There was a place in Brighton a few years back that used to do a drink called London Fog. If you’ve never come across it, it’s a sort of Earl Grey latte, really – tea with a lot of hot, foamy milk, and something else, some glittering flavour, that I struggled to identify. The place closed down just as I was getting into them, London Fogs. I looked up a range of unsatisfactory online recipes, and then bodged together a few London Fog concepts of my own, all of which were completely undrinkable in thrillingly different ways. Then I found this cookbook a few weeks ago – Destiny: The Official Cookbook. Page 171. London Fog. Honey and almond milk. It’s good. Actually, it’s great!

The London Fog is a favourite of Devrim Kay, who I once met in the European Dead Zone. I remember him crouched in the church, maybe … Read the rest

“It’s time we took a peek behind the Iron Curtain.” – Russell Adler, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Ready to make history?

It’s time to blow up a Cold War conspiracy decades in the making with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, the direct sequel to the original and epic Black Ops. Jump into the 3 explosive modes of play: a mind-bending single-player Campaign, a bold new chapter in the cooperative Zombies mode and an action-packed Multiplayer mode, all connected to deliver a creative and immersive experience for fans. Black Ops Cold War expands access for players on all platforms with new and revamped crossplay and cross-progression features. Multiplayer and Zombies will also share a new progression system and players will be able to earn the prominent Prestige Master title in every future Season that is released. Study up on the features and content packed … Read the rest

Hardware accelerated ray tracing is now firmly established in triple-A titles on PC and with the transition to next generation Xbox and PlayStation hardware, consoles can now join the party. Watch Dogs: Legion is the first DXR-enabled title we’ve seen that also features ray tracing on consoles – which raises the question: to what extent can the new machines match up to existing PC hardware? What kind of compromises are required to bring RT to consoles – and what happens when we retrofit those cuts to the PC version? Let’s just say that the answers are illuminating.

Hardware RT in Watch Dogs Legion is used for reflections, replacing the standard system based on a combination of screen-space reflections and cube maps. To make that clearer, cube maps are essentially non-dynamic ‘probes’, capturing environment detail and baking them into a texture wrapped around a cube – and typically thousands of them … Read the rest

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Power Your Dreams: Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Now Available Worldwide
The future of gaming starts today with the launch of Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, bringing the most performant, immersive and compatible next-generation console gaming experiences to players around the world. The launch of these next-generation consoles is the continuation of our vision of an entirely new future for players… Read more

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Some might say that Xbox Series S is the anti-Digital Foundry console. Out of the gate, its mission statement is specifically not to deliver the state of the art in its visual presentation. Instead, the pitch is something very different – to enable next-generation gaming without having to shell out $500/£450 to indulge your hobby. Combined with Xbox All-Access, or as a standalone purchase with the value-rific Xbox Game Pass, it’s a machine designed to enable access to the games of today and tomorrow without having to wait a couple of years for the latest and greatest console hardware to drop in price – something that Microsoft says may not happen anyway.

Series S delivers exactly what it sets out to achieve, but it’s not an anti-DF machine, far from it. It’s beautifully designed, irresistible in the flesh, and in a world of economic uncertainty and an increased drive … Read the rest

At sixteen years old in the Summer of 2013 I set out to make the dream game I wanted to play with my friends: Unturned. Seven years later it is still my passion project for Windows PC, and now 505 is bringing an edition to Xbox One! Over the years the game has expanded with dozens of maps, hundreds of new features, all with the help of a vibrant modding community.

Unturned is a sandbox survival game where you set your own goals, so almost any feature can be included in one way or another. As the developer this has been a lot of fun because I have been able to build in elements from all my favourite games, and experiment with tons of different ideas.

One of these aspects I am proudest of is the Coalition questlines on the Russia map. The Coalition is an international team of … Read the rest

It’s finally happening. Ever since Microsoft and Sony revealed the hardware specifications of Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, the question has always been to what extent differences in teraflops, clock speeds and memory bandwidth will actually translate into the gameplay experience and today, we have our first glimpse at how the systems truly compare. Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition was initially supplied to us on PlayStation 5 last week, with Xbox Series X code arriving yesterday. There’s what looks very much like feature parity across the board here, and a unique set-up that’s very friendly for benchmarking – so which machine is faster?

First of all, it’s worth emphasising just how preliminary this test is. Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition is essentially a cross-gen title – an enhanced version of the game already available on current generation Xbox and PlayStation hardware. And we also know from … Read the rest

Everyone here at Studio Wildcard has been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to reveal the second part of the Ark: Survival Evolved Genesis saga, which is launching March 2021. And this weekend at the annual Extra Life charity event, where the Ark community raised over $180,000 for the kids, we finally did just that and revealed quite a bit of what’s coming!

Continuing the story of ARK: Genesis, the second installment takes place on a huge contiguous new world packed with mysterious biomes, story driven missions, and otherworldly creatures. Set on an enormous colony ship travelling through deep space, survivors will join the spritely HLN-A in a final confrontation against her archnemesis Sir Edmund Rockwell. Drawing on all your previous Ark experiences will be key to overcoming this challenge!

This expansion pack is our largest yet and has game-changing additions for every kind of Survivor. Say hello to convenience with … Read the rest

We knew it was in development, we even got to see it during our visit to the Microsoft campus back in March – but today, Xbox Series S launches and it’s a fascinating product. Targeting an aggressive $299 (£249 in the UK) price-point, the junior next-generation Xbox allows users access to a much cheaper console that still plays the same games as the premium/performance Series X that’s $200/£200 more expensive. The story behind the machine is remarkable and illuminates the challenges the platform holders will have in reducing costs over time, as well as suggesting a difficult time ahead in delivering a generational leap in console performance beyond Series X and PS5. I spoke to Xbox system architect Andrew Goossen about Series S in person back in March and in a follow-up call several months later after the system was revealed.

The bulk of this Xbox Series S discussion actually … Read the rest

Today the team at Obsidian Entertainment has released the biggest Grounded update yet, introducing players to a brand-new biome – the underwater world of the Koi Pond.

This new area of the backyard brings new wildlife, new crafting recipes, and new mysteries, along with underwater gameplay mechanics that will allow players to go deeper than ever before.

Intrepid explorers navigating the depths of the murky pond will meet a host of creatures, including Tadpoles, Water Boatmen, Diving Bell Spiders (did you know certain spiders can swim?!), and the awe-inspiring Koi Fish. Additionally, players can craft recipes for a Slime Lantern, Bone Trident , Pebblet Dagger, Gill Tube Rebreather and much more, to help increase the survival chances down in the pond. We can’t wait for players to dive in and check out the new update!

Obsidian and Xbox Game Studios are ecstatic to celebrate that Grounded’s community has brought more … Read the rest