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The Death of Xbox OneGuide

Chris Rausch



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Have you ever used your Xbox One to watch TV? If not, you’re not alone. There’s a reason that the new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S don’t include TV functionality!

When it was first released, the Xbox One was pushed as a “living room entertainment system” to distinguish itself from the PS4. Its goal was to be an all-in-one media and gaming console – but that didn’t go according to plan.

Despite being a prominent feature and selling point in Microsoft’s marketing plan, not many users turned their $400 console into a cable box. Even with Kinect voice features – innovative at the time – it never drew a large user base. The console still needs a cable box or TV antenna to attach to, which pales in comparison to current smart TVs and streaming services that are available today. But if you’re one of the users who has held on for the past 8 years, you’ll need to go elsewhere to see what’s on TV.

This May, the TV listings provided by the OneGuide app will be disabled for all builds of the Xbox One dashboard. This interface, which is similar to TV guides on most major cable boxes, allowed a full TV lineup to be displayed and interacted with through the console.

Fortunately, this doesn’t affect the HDMI-passthrough that enables the Xbox to be used to watch television, but it will remove the “TV Guide”-esque interface that accompanied it. While this is undoubtedly a downgrade for those who use the functionality, you can still watch TV on your Xbox and find listing information elsewhere.

In my 4+ years as a professional tech copywriter, I've written about everything from laptops & routers to the software that facilitates billions in online sales each day. If it relates to, connects to, or belongs on the Internet, I'm in. Equipped with my Associate's in Computer Science and a computer I assembled myself (no big deal), I write about all things hardware, software, gaming, and digital tech to keep you up-to-date on important news, releases, and tips & tricks.

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Nintendo’s Big Reveals From E3 Direct

Colin Edge



Nintendo’s long-awaited Direct broadcast aired today as part of the annual E3 gaming conference. As promised, Nintendo made big announcements and revealed exciting trailers about its upcoming games for their flagship Switch console.

However the Japanese gaming company did not make any announcement about the highly rumored “Switch Pro” console. The absence of this news likely disappointed fans who were almost sure of the upgraded console’s imminent release.

Nonetheless, news from Nintendo is always cause for celebration! Here are some games we have to look forward to:

BotW 2

Nintendo shared an exciting update on Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. The sequel to 2017’s smash success has been given a release date. Well, more of a release year. The game will be arriving sometime in 2022.

In a trailer that opens with Link free fallin’ like Tom Petty, we see a wider span of Hyrule, walking boulders, and our hero passing through solid matter. It’s an exciting update on a game that’s already highly anticipated. 

Creators said the sequel will explore the skies above Hyrule, the fabled Legend of Zelda kingdom. Makes sense, since we see plenty of falling/gliding in the trailer.

Metroid Dread

While BotW 2 is exciting, its announcement was still quite nebulous, with few details. But another major announcement of the day provided much more concrete info: Metroid Dread, the latest in the fan-favorite Metroid series, is coming to Switch on October 8 of this year.

The official title and release date are welcome announcements. Creators even shared details on the deluxe edition, featuring a case, booklet, and collector cards.

According to producers, “The series has chronicled the uncanny relationship between Metroid and the heroine Samus, but this game will make an end to that story arc.” Woah.

Nintendo’s Treehouse presentation following the Direct also exhibited gameplay from the upcoming side-scroller, showing off its thrilling play and intricate design.

Mario Party Superstars

A bundle of Nintendo announcements just has to include the company mascot in some way or another. The game giant announced Mario Party Superstars as another major release. 

With the success of Super Mario 3D All-Stars, it seems Nintendo has found “greatest hits” collections valuable to the fans, and the company itself. Sample gameplay for this title was also shown in the Treehouse presentation.

The video board game includes five boards from the N64 era and 100 mini games. Every mini game is compatible with button controls and every game mode works in online play. Play on your Switch Lite. Play with friends online. It’s a party.

…And Lots More

Nintendo also announced a commemorative Zelda Game & Watch handheld game to celebrate the franchise’s 35th anniversary. We can also look forward to an Advance Wars 1+2 remake, a two-player WarioWare game, and Tekken’s Kuzaya joining Smash Bros ultimate. 

For updates on these (and many more) Nintendo Switch projects revealed today, stay tuned to Byte News!

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What We Learned from Xbox’s E3 Showcase

Chris Rausch



The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is one of the premier events in gaming, with companies like Xbox using it to showcase what’s coming to their platforms. This year – a year after everything was about Xbox Series X|S – the showcase was all about games and software. 

Confirmation of Halo Infinite in 2021

Halo is one of Xbox’s oldest franchises and its most popular Xbox-exclusive title, which has led to a lot of hype for the latest installment in the series – Halo Infinite. However, COVID-related delays had plagued the title’s release date in the past which left fans uncertain when to expect their favorite shooter to be ready.

Fans will be happy to know that Halo Infinite is coming this holiday season, with a release for both the base game and the multiplayer expansion expected in the middle of the month.

Bethesda’s First New Series in 25 Years, Starfield, is Xbox Exclusive

Bethesda, creator of the Fallout and Elder Scrolls franchises, was one of the most recent major acquisitions by Microsoft. The showcase (which included Bethesda in its title) highlighted the new partnership by announcing that a new Xbox Exclusive series from the developer called Starfield is coming in November of 2022. Updates to Fallout 76 were also announced that will provide more story gameplay to a relatively barebones offering, hopefully elevating the game’s reputation.

New Releases Going Straight to Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is getting a major boost in value with the announcement that both exclusive AAA title releases – Starfield and Halo Infinite – will be available on release day through the pass without requiring a separate purchase. These are just a few of the new title releases which are expected to go directly to Game Pass as the service continues to grow its library.

Xbox Streaming Web App Coming by July

The exciting game streaming service known as Xbox Streaming will be available before July for Android, iOS, and web browsers. This app allows devices to stream games rather than process them directly, minimizing the system resources required and allowing for better gameplay with cheaper PC or mobile gaming setups.

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E3 2021 Details Announced

Colin Edge



E3 is only a month away, and in the leadup to its all-virtual event, the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) has announced details about the E3 app and online portal. 

According to the ESA, the app and portal will serve as “a key hub for the duration of the show”. The entire “interactive experience” is free to the public upon registration.

The app will air the livestream of the E3 broadcast, with interactive overlays including live tweets and viewer polls.

The app and portal will also house virtual exhibitor booths. These booths will be the place for brand-specific news, video content, and articles from your favorite designers and developers.

Forums within the app will provide platforms for discussion and further interaction. (“Interaction” seems to be a key theme in ESA’s language, as the association is likely working to clear the hurdle of virtual events tending to feel impersonal.)

The event will also include leaderboards and user profiles, complete with customizable avatars. How E3 plans to “gamify” the event experience is unknown at this point, but it looks like fun.

A more nebulous feature of this virtual E3 will be “lounges” within the portal. The ESA describes them as “gathering spots for all E3 attendees”. While many are a bit confused as to what that means, it’s likely a forum. Hopefully with some kind of creative twist.

Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez, Jacki Jing and Greg Miller will host the event this year, which is very likely to include big announcements, celebrity guests, panel discussions, trailers, and more.

 “From the moment we decided to host E3 virtually, we’ve been focused on providing an interactive experience for fans around the globe that goes beyond the typical livestream,” according to ESA CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis. “The result is a bespoke online portal and app that will allow fans, media and industry professionals to have an E3 experience designed to run parallel to the four-day broadcast, laying the foundation for interactive E3 elements to continue beyond this year’s all-virtual show.

Exhibitors include Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games and Koch Media. It’s a strong lineup, though EA and Sony ditched, the former hosting its own event.

E3 is June 12-15. Let the countdown commence…

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