Halo Infinite Season 5 looks great, but where’s the love for Big Team Battle?

Halo Infinite has been in an absolute groove ever since the December 2022 update, and it looks like 343 Industries has got plenty steam in them yet with Season 5: Reckoning. Whether its Pierre Hintze taking over or the usual drawn out wind up of live service games, Season 5 has again addressed why Infinite hasn’t felt like prior games.

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How to best manage input lag on Xbox Series X|S

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The best ways to lower input lag:

  • Always choose Game Mode on your TV (other modes can have more than 1/10 of a second of input lag)
  • If you’ve been having spikes of input lag that seem strange, switch to a wired controller
  • Microsoft optimized the official wireless controller for latency, but it can still be prone to interference
  • Choose Performance Mode over Quality Mode (30 FPS has double the input latency of 60 FPS)

I’ve had the Xbox Series X for about two years, and in that time it’s been mostly smooth sailing when it comes to input latency. There’s been a little weirdness at times (I’ll get to that below), but for the most part, responsiveness has come down to:

  • The display I’m using
  • The type of controller I’m using
  • The game I’m playing

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Starfield 1.7.33 Update: and so it starts

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It’s incredible the state Starfield launched in when you stack it up against both prior Bethesda releases and games launches like Cyberpunk 2077. Things just work for the most part. Sure, I’ve seen my fair share of floating rocks (geodes?) and wonkiness with AI, but nothing game busting. And look, there’s over 1000 planets so it’s probably going to take a little time to full iron out the procedural generation.

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Need for Speed Unbound: not the worst (Xbox Game Pass)

There’s nothing better than a racer that nails physics, presentation, and that itch to push further. I’ve mainly gotten that out of the Forza Horizon series in recent years, but have played a ton of Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo in the past. Of course you’ve also got your older series like Test Drive, Burnout, and one off titles that died way too soon like Driveclub. And that’s the kicker – it’s damn sad to see the genre flatten out as time goes on.

So when Need for Speed Unbound recently hit Xbox Game Pass I had to at least try it out. It kind of approaches the aspects I look for in a racing game but never really gets there (at least in the first few hours). But it’s scarce for new arcade racers and you can’t exactly be choosy.

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Halo Infinite finally hits its stride with Season 4: Infection

For as much hype as Halo Infinite generated on release, 343 has been in a state of perpetual catch up since. I couldn’t believe the way the development team had nailed it – mixing the old with the new – to bring the best Halo game since the Bungie years. And this is what hurt the most. Halo Infinite was (and is) an incredible game, but its lack of content has always been a reminder of ruined potential.

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Forza Motorsport’s career mode looks matured (if a little sterile)

You’re either someone who lives for shaving off milliseconds on lap times in racer’s like Forza Motorsport, or you’re bored to tears by the thought of playing anything that approaches a simulator. It seems like most people fall into the second category these days, and Microsoft definitely read the room with their recent Xbox Showcase.

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Outer Wilds review: this feels different

Outer Wilds is one of those games that was perpetually in my backlog. I knew I’d love it. I had that sort of gut feeling about it – the kind of feeling that goes beyond the tricky pull of every game’s coverage cycle. And yet, I stayed in the comfort zone of Destiny 2 and various other multiplayer games. But you just can’t mainline Destiny 2 forever, especially as a solo player.

At this point you can play Outer Wilds on every system except the Nintendo Switch (a port is in development). I’ve never had an experience quite like playing Mobius Digital’s ambitious blend of different genres, but I also know that some people would find themselves bored to death or frustrated by the game.

I don’t want to dive too deep into the inner workings of Outer Wilds. It’s a game where the less you know the better. The asking price is more than fair, and has great sales regardless of your platform. And while it just left Game Pass for the second time, I’d be willing to bet that it will return.

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A controller clip is a huge value add to Game Pass Ultimate

I didn’t win a Steam Deck when tuning into The Game Awards, but it sure was something to watch right up until the end. Valve’s push into the handheld market has been a relatively successful one. And while I don’t need it in the slightest (I’m willing to bet most buyers don’t), damn does it look cool. It’s chunky, capable, and offers a true native handheld experience in the way the Nintendo Switch doesn’t.

It’s no match for the Steam Deck, but over the past few months I’ve found a lot of love in the 8Bitdo Xbox Controller clip. I’ve backed off a bit in using it most recently, but it really does mix things up for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. For a service that’s already an amazing value, it’s a huge boon to what you’re getting for your money.

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Will the PS5 make the PS4 obsolete?

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With hype building and the launch of the PS5 looming on the horizon, it’s hard not to wonder if sticking with the PS4 is pointless. New games, better graphics, instantaneous loading – Sony’s new console looks to be better in almost every way, and contemplating the sundown of the current generation is only natural.

Will the PS5 edge out the PS4 to the point of making it obsolete?

It’s a loaded question, and one that’s often ambiguous depending on how you go about playing games. Yes, the PS5 introduces redundancy to the PS4 in some ways, but the current generation isn’t necessarily going to dust.

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