The Xbox Drive 12 (Dollar Coffee is Back! @McDonalds )

Dollar Coffee Days are Back at McDonalds! Sean finished CoD: WWII, and has a preview of Skyforge -  . Also plenty of "Braking News" and a Steady Cruise Control Topic including:

 

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • HOLY BALLS BEST BUY BLACK FRIDAY IS AMAZING

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/target-black-friday-2017-ad-deals-all-ps4-switch-x/1100-6454934/

 

Deals with Gold

Brutal This Week: https://majornelson.com/2017/11/13/this-weeks-deals-with-gold-and-spotlight-sale-106/

New Games with Gold

Xbox One: Trackmania Turbo (76 Metacritic) November 1 - 30
Xbox One: Tales From the Borderlands Until December 15
Xbox 360: Deadfall Adventures Until November 30

 

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The Xbox Drive 11 (Call of Duty is Good?)

Sean’s driving to with sleepy eyes so Dave’s has to be his navigator on the way to work. Sean bought a second Xbox One X, played Call of Duty: WWII and Battlefront 2. Also plenty of "Braking News" and a Steady Cruise Control Topic including:

  • Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy are now on Xbox One! And VERY expensive.

https://majornelson.com/2017/11/07/wheel-of-fortune-is-now-available-for-xbox-one/

  • Xbox One X sales estimate nearly doubled by IHSMarkit

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-11-06-xbox-one-x-sales-estimate-nearly-doubled-by-ihsmarkit

 

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • Who is the Xbox One X for?

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2017-11-06-xbox-one-x-not-just-for-the-core-crowd-microsoft

Or

  • HOLY BALLS BEST BUY BLACK FRIDAY IS AMAZING

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/black-friday/sale-ad/?categry=video+games&ref=199&loc=OQRBbqeVo*g&acampID=1&siteID=OQRBbqeVo.g-.ZTIg0Cv4VKrnAsK027uAg

Deals with Gold

New Games with Gold

Xbox One: Trackmania Turbo (76 Metacritic) November 1 - 30
Xbox One: The Turing Test (80) Until November 15
Xbox 360: Nights into Dreams (72) November 1 - 15

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The Xbox Drive Extra (Xbox One X Review in Progress)

Sean played a bunch of games on the Xbox One X and tells Dave all about it while driving to work.

Overall Thoughts

  • Results may vary. Always looked better, sometimes quite a bit (Gears4) sometimes less (Diablo3)

  • Load times are most drastic, measurable improvement.

  • I spent a lot of time downloading stuff this week. Trying to get the same games on X and S so I could flip inputs back and forth on 4K.

  • I didn’t get as much time on a 1080p as I would’ve liked this week. Most comparisons were on 4K.

  • Enhanced by Xbox matters. Wish there was a splash screen when the game loaded.

  • There’s a value in the confidence of having the most power.

  • Games that already looked good on Xbox look great - games that didn’t look good before won’t be saved with higher pixel count.

  • You have plenty more to worry about now. HDR10, 10-bit color-capable TVs. Enhanced by X.

https://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/xbox-one/xbox-one-x-enhanced-list

4K Comparisons. Enhanced by X vs Xbox One S

  • Very few games released Enhancecd by X versions until November 2

  • Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition. Noticeably weather and environmental effects like fog and lighting - but the old version looked okay and the new version doesn’t blow your hair back.

Not Enhanced by X: X vs S

  • Forza Motorsport 7: 30 seconds on X. 58 seconds on S.

    • Jaggy edges in S. Shadows are way too dark, lost details. Smoother, more colours, and greater exploration of shadows on X. Particularly noticeable in the cockpit view. Some dropped frames in cockpit on S, none on X.

Load Time Comparisons.

  • Boot Times - nearly identical

  • Gears 4. About 10 seconds faster on X (beginning of game)

  • Shadow of War 1:30 to start playing on X; 2:00 on S

  • Assassin’s Creed was the same

  • Forza Motorsport 7: 30 seconds on X. 58 seconds on S.

 

Other considerations:

  • Xbox One X pushes out a ton of heat out the back. Keep it ventilated.

  • My TV doesn’t have HDR

  • More Enhanced by Xbox X patches coming every day. Lots on Thursday.

    • Titanfall 2, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Quantum Break, Need for Speed, Halo 5, Halo 3. More to come on We The Nerdy and future Xbox Drives.

  • I have a couple games (DOOM, Titanfall 2) coming from the library for PS4 to some third party comparisons.

  • Quantum Break is 150GB after the Xbox One X Enhanced update, loads slowly.

Final Thoughts:

  • Set your expectations appropriately. I wasn’t blown away but when I was able to compare, as close to side-by-side as possible, I noticed a difference. Load times are significantly faster, in some cases, on X.

  • Buy a bigger hard drive. These texture packs are MASSIVE.

  • I wish Xbox was more in your face about the games that have been enhanced. I’m not always sure - especially for those outside of the US, does the table on xbox.com correlate with what I have access to? I don’t think it does but I’m not sure one way or the other.

Read Sean's Review in Progress at http://wethenerdy.com/xbox-one-x-review-in-progress/ 

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The Xbox Drive 10 (Midnight Stop)

Sean’s driving to the airport to catch a flight so Dave’s back at home, safe and sound. Sean beat Shadow of War, unboxed an Xbox One X. Also plenty of "Braking News" and a Steady Cruise Control Topic including:

  • PUBG Coming to Xbox One December 12 - as Early Access in the Preview Program

https://news.xbox.com/2017/10/31/pubg-coming-xbox-one-december-12-2017/?ocid=Evergreen_soc_omc_xbo_tw_Photo_lrn_10.31.4

  • New Games Coming to Game Pass in November:
    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Halo Wars Definitive Edition, Resident Evil HD, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, Mega Man 9

https://news.xbox.com/2017/10/27/xbox-game-pass-november-2017/

  • Xbox One X getting enhancements for The Witcher 3, Titanfall 2

 

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • Midnight Releases Are Awesome.

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/xbox-one-x-midnight-launch-event-at-gamestop-annou/1100-6454559/

Deals with Gold

New Games with Gold

Xbox One: Trackmania Turbo (76 Metacritic) November 1 - 30
Xbox One: The Turing Test (80) Until November 15
Xbox 360: Nights into Dreams (72) November 1 - 15

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The Xbox Drive 09 (The Xbox Walk)

Sean’s in a hotel room this week so Dave’s taking a walk. It’s like driving but with his legs. Sean played Spintires: MudRunners. Also plenty of "Braking News" and a Steady Cruise Control Topic including:

  • Digital Foundry: Xbox One X huge difference over PS4 Pro

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-shadow-of-war-xbox-one-x-one-version-to-rule-them-all

  • Original Backwards Compatibility Live Today

http://ca.ign.com/articles/2017/10/23/first-13-original-xbox-games-announced-for-xbox-one-compatibility

  • Four Xbox 360 Games Get Xbox One X Enhancemenets

http://ca.ign.com/articles/2017/10/23/4-xbox-360-games-getting-xbox-one-x-enhancements

  • Gears 4 Enhanced by X at launch. 4K 60fps Campaign and Horde.

https://gearsofwar.com/en-us/games/gears-of-war-4/xbox-one-x-enhanced

 

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • Kinect is Officially Dead

https://www.polygon.com/2017/10/25/16543192/kinect-discontinued-microsoft-announcement

Deals with Gold

    CheapAssGamer.com Part 1 CheapAssGamer Part 2

 

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The Xbox Drive 08 (Can i Get Those Toys?)

Dave is here and Sean is driving that means it's time for the Xbox Drive. Sean played Uno, more Shadow of War. Also plenty of "Braking News" and a Steady Cruise Control Topic including:

https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/13/cuphead-sales-pass-1-million-in-two-weeks/

  • Fall update brings new Xbox One Dashboard. And it’s awesome.

https://news.xbox.com/2017/10/16/fall-update-xbox-one-2017/

  • Xbox Exec “confused” About Claims That Microsoft Has Too Few Exclusives This Year

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/xbox-exec-responds-to-claims-that-microsoft-has-to/1100-6454185/

 

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The Xbox Drive 07 (PUBG. LMNOP. And sometimes Y)

Dave is here and Sean is driving that means it's time for the Xbox Drive. Sean played Shadow of War for a hot minute, introduced Cuphead to Neighbour Matt,  and revisited Inside. Also plenty of "Braking News" including:

  1. Play Ghost Recon Wildlands for Free This Weekend with Xbox Live Gold

    https://news.xbox.com/2017/10/10/play-ghost-recon-wildlands-free-weekend-xbox-live-gold/

Cruise Control - Topic of the Show

  • Shadow of War is Play Anywhere. But nobody knows because of Loot Boxes. Why is Microsoft bad at promoting this gamer-centric and is the outrage over  Loot Boxes overblown?

Deals With Gold Pick of the Week

  • Uno is 50% off $5.00.

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The Xbox Drive 06 (Cuphead)

Dave is here and Sean is driving that means it's time for the Xbox Drive. Both Sean and Dave have gotten there hands on Cuphead the  run and gun indie video game developed and published by StudioMDHR Entertainment. Also plenty of "Braking News" including

  • Forza Makes Major Changes to Most Expensive Version and VIP Benefits

https://www.forzamotorsport.net/en-us/news/fm7_launch_update

  • Overwatch Halloween 2017 Event Adds New Skins

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/overwatch-halloween-2017-event-adds-new-skins-date/1100-6453752/

  • PUBG's Xbox One Exclusivity Period May Get Extended

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/pubgs-xbox-one-exclusivity-period-may-get-extended/1100-6453770/

  • Xbox Boss Explains Why Backwards Compatibility Is So Important

https://www.gamespot.com/articles/xbox-boss-explains-why-backwards-compatibility-is-/1100-6453776/

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The Xbox Drive 05 (Forza Motorsport 7 is in Sean's Car)

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The Xbox Drive is talking about Driving again. Sean has a review copy of Forza Motorsport 7 and we have planting of "Breaking" News including

Xbox Hosting October GamerScore challenge. Prize: Xbox One X

http://bit.ly/Gamerscore

Games With Gold

Xbox One

Gone Home: Console Edition

 The Turing Test

Xbox 360

Medal of Honor: Airborne

 Rayman 3

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The Xbox Drive 04 (Congrats to Our Friends)

Dave and Sean are back to talk about Xbox. Did Dave play a DVD in his Xbox and Does Sean like cars or engines? 

"Braking" News

    Xbox keeps getting better than PS4

    The Best Xbox Exclusive now available as a bundle

Also lets Cruse into how smooth the Pre-orders for the X went.

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The Xbox Drive 03 (Forza Motorsport 7 Goes Gold)

Sean is driving to work so it's time to talk about Xbox

Breaking News

Forza 7 Motorsport has gone gold. Demo available September 19.

EA Access adds Dead Space 2 to the Vault

NHL 18 is available three days early if you want to pay extra

Deals With Gold

  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 ($35.99 - 40% off)

  • Dark Souls 3 ($24.00 - 60% off)

  • GTA V ($30.00 - 50% off)

  • XCOM 2 ($24.00 - 60%)

  • Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass ($0.00 - 100% off)

What did Sean and Dave play? Is the power of the Xbox One X enough to sell it?

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