Microsoft on Xbox Hardware Revisions, Rare’s Classics Revived?

Today: Amnesia: Rebirth delivers the Halloween horror you crave — Microsoft is open to reviving Rare classics, but the studio has to take the initiative — Leage of Legends quarter-finals draw record audience

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Microsoft is already working on hardware revisions of the Xbox Series consoles

Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer says that Microsoft’s console engineering teams are already working on future iterations of the next-gen Xbox console.

Xbox Series S is a hardware bridge to that digital only future

“Our team doesn’t go away, when we kind of lock the spec,” he told Kotaku in an interview. “How do you drive down the cost of the console in the parts that are there, but also just looking at areas in terms of what are the next iterations that you might do?”

Convenience: Microsoft is betting big on services with Xbox Game Pass and xCloud, but Xbox hardware is still a key part of their strategy – for now: “It’s not about the device in the middle anymore,” Spencer told Yahoo Finance. “You see that in every other form of media: my TV is with me wherever I go, my music is with me wherever I go.”

The future: “In terms of future hardware, absolutely I think we’re going to see more console hardware down the road. Just like in video, just like in music it’s not that streaming has cut off device innovation,” he said. Both models of the next-gen Xbox launches on November 10th.

What was Double Fine’s first game?

a) Full Throttle
b) Psychonauts
c) Brutal Legend
d) Day of the Tentacle

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Esteban the jumpy and scary moor

SCE Bend Studios’ Uncharted: Golden Abyss features an Easter egg that unlocks on your second playthrough, replacing the scene where Nathan and Marisa come across Esteban the Moor.

A little jump scare can rattle any treasure hunter

In it, the actor portraying Marisa, Christine Lakin, is the victim of a prank – or more accurately a cheap jump scare during the motion capture and performance capture session.

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Horror, grinding and dodging sawblades

Horror hounds, rejoice! Amnesia: Rebirth is out on Tuesday, but if that’s too scary you can relax with some leisurely grinding in Torchlight III on Thursday, or dodge giant sawblades near Jupiter in Disc Room..

Amnesia: Rebirth is the latest from horror experts Frictional Games

Tuesday – October 20th

  • Amnesia: Rebirth for PC and PlayStation 4

Wednesday – October 21st

  • Rogue for PC

Thursday – October 22nd

  • Bless Unleashed for PlayStation 4
  • Disc Room for PC and Switch
  • If Found… for Switch
  • The Red Lantern for PC and Switch
  • Torchlight III for Switch

Friday – October 23rd

  • Transformers: Battlegrounds for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch

It’s up to Rare to revive their classic series

Will there ever be more Banjo-Kazooie or Conker? Phil Spencer says it’s up to Rare to resurrect their classic franchises.

2008's Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts for Xbox 360 was last in the series

Rare enjoyed a golden age developing games for Nintendo in the 90s, before being acquired by Microsoft and going through a somewhat turbulent period as a first-party developer for Xbox. They recently returned to form with the online pirate adventure Sea of Thieves, and are busy making the fantasy adventure Everwild for the next-gen Xbox.

Self-determination: “I leave it up to the studios in terms of the things that they want to go work on,” Spencer said. “They do like building new things, and they’ve seen success with Sea of Thieves. I think they’re really excited about Everwild.”

Back home: Banjo-Kazooie recently appeared in Nintendo's beat'em-up Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but that's the first time the bear and bird duo have appeared since Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts in 2008. Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot have made successful comebacks in recent years – will Rare follow suit and revive their golden oldies?

6 Little Legends reimagined as Pokémon

Illustrator Katherine Fortune from Riot Games has turned the League of Legends beasties Choncc, Hauntling, Squinx, Flutterbug, Hushtail, and Nixie into adorable Pokémon-likes.

She adapted their designs to the Pokémon style, to create all-new and dangerously cute critters. Crossover, please?

League of Legends quarter-finals reaches record number of viewers

2.4 million viewers watched Top Esports and Fnatic duke it out in the League of Legends World Championship 2020 quarter-finals, making it the most popular match of the series so far.

The games have had average peak viewership of 1.6 million, with both Twitch and YouTube peaking around 1.1 million respectively – but it's likely the real numbers are even higher, since Chinese viewers are not counted. The League of Legends World Championship 2020 semi-finals are scheduled for October 24th.

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What was Double Fine’s first game?

ANSWER: Psychonauts!

A sign of things to come, for better and worse

Double Fine built their reputation making quirky games that just can't find the audiences they deserve, and Psychonauts is probably the best example of their inimitable style. The game stars a circus kid running away from home to attend a summer camp for psychics, where he is launched into a wild adventure involving stolen brains, lungfish civilizations and milkman conspiracies. Unfortunately, despite critical acclaim and loyal fans, Psychonauts just couldn't break into the mainstream.

Brütal Legend suffered a similar fate, despite starring Jack Black at the height of his popularity. Fortunately, Double Fine managed to stay alive and found success with smaller titles like Stacking and Costume Quest. They raised a generous helping of cash with Tim Schafer's return to point-and-click adventures, Broken Age, and became something of a fairy godmother for the indie scene, funding and publishing a number of games. Now they're back in the big time, after being acquired by Microsoft.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey.

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