Xbox update begins rolling out with new dynamic backgrounds and more

Microsoft has an update for Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One that is going live starting today. This patch adds new customization features as well as tags to indicate games you own that use certain next-gen optimizations.

“This month marked the start of the next generation of console gaming on Xbox with the release of Xbox Series X/S, and Team Xbox is excited to continue bringing new ways to make your experience on Xbox even better,” Xbox Experiences program manager Jonathan Hildebrandt said. “Just like we’ve done on Xbox One, we will continue to periodically release software updates designed to improve your Xbox gaming experience.”

Here are the highlights for this update:

  • Microsoft is adding more dynamic backgrounds to personalize the theme of your console.
  • A new “tech tag” will show up in the top right of a game when you open the guide using the Xbox button. Now a
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Walmart Cyber Monday 2020: 70-inch 4K TV , robot vacuums, price cuts on Xbox, Switch and PS4 games

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Cyber Monday is upon us. If you’re still bargain hunting after Black Friday, you still have time to capitalize on the many deals still available and several new deals that have been added today. You’ll find discounts between now and Christmas, but this is the height of the shopping season.

It’s little surprise that Walmart’s Black Friday sale is continuing through Cyber Monday. Yes, the XboxPS5AirPods Pro and Apple Watch Series 3 all quickly sold out, but you can still get in on some great deals. Similarly, while the Nintendo Switch Mario Kart bundle has been impossible to get hold of this shopping season, it was in stock early Sunday morning at Walmart. The newer Fortnite

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PlayStation 5, Xbox hard to find? You could be battling a bot

When Microsoft rolled out its Xbox Series X|S and Sony debuted the PlayStation 5 in mid-November, gamers were ready with their credit cards. But the devices sold out within minutes, leaving many consumers disappointed and dismayed. 

About two weeks later, shoppers got another chance to lay their hands on a PlayStation 5 when Walmart restocked the new console the night before Thanksgiving, ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping events. But that inventory also sold out within minutes. 

“I’ve been trying to purchase it for my little brother. I’m pissed and confused as to how at exactly 9:00 it’s going out of stock,” one person complained in a tweet to Walmart.

 The answer, tech experts says, boils down to one word: bots. 

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Black Friday: PS5 And Xbox Series X Gaming Headsets Get Steep Discounts

If you’re looking for a gaming headset for your new PS5 or Xbox Series X, it’s an excellent time to buy one. Black Friday 2020 has brought some stellar deals on a bunch of solid gaming headsets. We’ve rounded up a handful of the best Black Friday gaming headset deals below, some of which have universal compatibility across all platforms, including Xbox Series X and PS5.

A gaming headset is one of the first accessories you should grab when you get a new console. Headsets are vital for multiplayer games, but they’re also great for single-player games, since they typically pinpoint sounds and create a more immersive experience. See our guide to the best PS5 gaming headsets for 2020 for more options if you’re shopping for that platform.

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How Cyberpunk 2077 Cross-Saves Work On PS5 And Xbox Series X/S

Developer CD Projekt Red has outlined the way Cyberpunk 2077 players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can transfer their saves to their respective next-gen consoles.

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players who upgrade to the next-gen system in their respective console family can pick up their Cyberpunk 2077 save file on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S / Series X from where they left off when the game drops on December 10. As you’d expect, the process of transferring saves from one console to the other is different for each console family.

Xbox is very simple. Thanks to Smart Delivery, Cyberpunk 2077 players on Xbox One can upload their save to the cloud and simply pick up their file on Xbox Series S / Series X. Similarly, players can connect both consoles to the same network and download their saves via selecting the System Network Transfer option.

PlayStation, on

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Holiday gaming gift guide: What to know about the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch

So many games, so little time. From bottom left, clockwise: Xbox Series S (white); Xbox Series X (black); Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4; Xbox One; Nintendo Switch Lite. (Thomas Wilde Photo)

This is the first holiday season for the ninth generation of video game consoles, as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (XSX) have recently hit the market, and Nintendo’s hybrid system the Switch is still a hot seller. The PS5 and XSX are likely to be two of the most-wanted gifts this year, for everyone from kids to nerdy adults.

That, however, assumes that you can find them. Both the PS5 and XSX are currently in short supply at every major retailer, with new shipments selling out almost faster than they can be put on sale. This is fairly typical for any new gaming console for the first couple of months, but in 2020, it’s been exacerbated by scalpers,

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Xbox Restock For Black Friday: Buy Xbox Series X At GameStop This Week

The Xbox Series X launched earlier this month, but if you haven’t managed to buy the Series X or the cheaper, digital-only Series S, you may be hoping to buy it during Black Friday or Cyber Monday 2020. There’s already been one Black Friday Xbox Series X restock at Walmart, which restocked the systems on Wednesday evening, only to have them sell out in minutes. However, that’s not your only chance to buy the Xbox Series X this week: GameStop will have limited stock in stores on Friday.

For more info on where you might be able to pick up a Series X or Series S this holiday season, keep on reading. We’ll be updating this story as we learn more about restocks and other opportunities to pick up a next-gen Xbox before the holidays. For everything else, we have general Black Friday tips and other essential info (like retailer

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Xbox Live Bug Let Hackers Access Gamertag Email Addresses

A bug in Xbox Live allowed hackers to find any email associated with a registered gamertag. The site used to report bad behavior in the Xbox online community was hiding a vulnerability that allowed hackers to snag user email addresses.

that last week an anonymous hacker reached out to them claiming to be able to find the email attached to any Xbox gamertag. Motherboard verified the hacker’s claims by sending them two gamertags, one of which was created specifically for this testing. Within seconds the hacker sent back the email addresses these tags were registered with. Normally, these email addresses are supposed to be private. Another anonymous hacker told Motherboard that the bug could be found in the . This page is where players can contact the Microsoft team that monitors Xbox’s online communities.

Despite the apparent threat to customer security, Microsoft’s original response to this security breach was not

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Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller Went Through A Unique Evolution During The Design Process

Microsoft has focused a lot of energy over the last few years into making Xbox more accessible, with the Xbox Adaptive Controller being a positive step towards addressing the unique needs of players. A product of the Xbox accessibility movement and a team of engineers in the Xbox gaming division, the controller went through numerous iterations when it was in development. Direct feedback from gaming and disabled communities helping to shape the final product into its current form.

“The Xbox Adaptive Controller looks absolutely nothing like the first prototype created,” Brannon Zahand, Microsoft’s senior gaming accessibility program manager, explained to Game Informer. “It changed many, many times over the course of development. The reason was that we built the device with the Gaming & Disability Community, not for them. As such, feedback constantly was rolling in that forced us to continually re-examine the design of the product during development.”

Microsoft

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Xbox Head Phil Spencer Weighs In On PS5’s DualSense Controller

Xbox head Phil Spencer enjoys the innovation that Sony has pushed with the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller, stating that innovation by any of the major console manufacturers can only be good for the industry as a whole.

“I applaud what they did with the controller, not actually for–well, I shouldn’t say not for the specifics of the controller, but more than just the specifics of the controller,” Spencer told . “I think for all of us in the industry, we should learn from each other and the innovation that we all push on, whether it’s distribution of business model like Game Pass, or controller tech, or the Wii back in the day, which clearly had an impact on us when we went off and did Kinect and Sony did the Move.”

Spencer went on to add that innovation in the console and controller spaces can be welcome inspiration for others.

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