In my reviews of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, I pointed out that the ballooning size of modern video games was going to be problematic for the consoles going forward. Well, as much I like being proven right, I’m dismayed to tell you that I’ve already run out of storage on the Xbox Series X. And that’s the console with the most storage.
It should have been a cause for celebration: Yesterday, I received an email from Activision telling me that my Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War preorder could now be pre-loaded on my console so that I could begin playing it immediately on its release day next week, on November 12. So I powered up the Xbox Series X, searched for the title, navigated over to the store link, and pressed “Install All Now.”
I was told that I was out of storage space and would have to delete apps and/or games to make space.
Not good. What exactly was installed, you ask? Just six games: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (from the multiplayer beta), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Dirt 5, Gears 5, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
I uninstalled that latter title because it was taking up over 100 GB of space, and I’m playing those games on the PC anyway. But I later realized that I could have removed the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta and saved ~77 GB right there, since the full game downloaded next to it and I now have two entries for the same game in my Games list.
Anyway, that’s beside the point. With just 802 GB of free space on its 1 TB of internal storage, my Xbox Series X was full with just six titles installed. Six. Maybe this problem is yet another reason why Microsoft is pushing cloud game streaming these days: Games are getting too big to be stored locally on a console. And this problem is even more acute on the Xbox Series S, which arrives with a paltry 364 GB of available space.
I know what you’re thinking. Maybe that’s not as much of a problem because Microsoft is using a technology called Smart Delivery to ensure that optimized games only download the resources that are needed for a particular console. That is, the on-disk space used by optimized games will be less for Xbox Series S than they are for Series X because the former only needs 1440p assets. Those will take up less space than the 4K assets that Xbox Series X users would get.
Fine. But according to Microsoft, these optimized games take up roughly 30 percent less space on Series S than they do on Series X. And non-optimized games could simply take up the same amount of space on both consoles. Looking over that list of six games, four are not optimized and two (Dirt 5 and Gears 5) are optimized. The optimized games, collectively, use up about 150 GB of storage space, so they would presumably take up about 105 GB on an Xbox Series S. The other titles would take up roughly the same amount of space. So I wouldn’t even be able to install all of these games on the Series S as it is.
Obviously, your mileage will vary. And yes, there are a few small things you can do to save a bit of space.
There’s a “Free up space” option in storage management in Settings that lets you delete leftover add-ons and “shrink” compatible games, but neither is applicable on this particular console.
You could delete local game saves or clear Xbox 360 storage, but neither would amount to much savings in most cases, and they amount to none in this case.
You could attach a USB 3.0 hard drive and tediously move an installed game there, freeing up space on the internal storage. If the game is Backwards Compatible (i.e. a non-optimized OG Xbox, Xbox 360, or Xbox One game), it should be playable from there, and this is something I’ll need to test now. But if the game is optimized for Xbox Series X|S, you can’t play it from the USB drive: You would have to move it back to internal storage later to actually play it.
You could buy the Seagate 1 TB internal expansion card, but that costs $220.
Or you could simply delete a game, as I did, and wonder anew about the magic of cloud-based game streaming.
Maybe that was the point all along.
Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad is up to $70 off in Best Buy’s Black Friday sale – The Verge
Best Buy is offering a pair of great deals on Apple’s recently-released 10.2-inch iPad, with offers of up to $70 off. The retailer has knocked $50 off the price of the base 32GB model, which is now $280 compared to its usual asking price of $330. Meanwhile the 128GB model, which is the model we recommended most people should buy, is $70 less than its usual price of $430 at $360. It’s the lowest price we’ve seen the 128GB model sell for since its launch.
Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad sits at the bottom of its tablet lineup, but it’s still very good at doing the kinds of things iPads have always done well. This year’s model comes with a faster A12 Bionic processor that means the tablet still feels fast and sprightly to use, even if its outward appearance is starting to look a little bit dated. It lacks some of the features of more expensive iPads like a USB-C port or a 120Hz screen, but depending on your needs that might not matter. Here’s how Dieter summed up the performance of the tablet in his review:
“As I use it, I am continuously impressed with how well the iPad works and how much I can do with it. No other computer makes it as easy or as fun to bounce from editing photos to playing games to kicking back and watching some Netflix. And though there’s a bit of a learning curve, even this iPad can be used to do real work.”
If you want to grab the deal, head on over to Best Buy’s site. Here’s a link to the 32GB model, and here’s a link to the 128GB version. Otherwise, check out our guide to Best Buy’s best Black Friday discounts, our roundup of the best Black Friday Apple deals, and our page on the best early Black Friday deals overall.
Amazon dumps driver who drove off with boy's birthday PS5 – Eurogamer.net
Amazon says it will no longer work with a courier who drove off with at least one of the company’s many missing PlayStation 5 consoles.
The unnamed driver was captured on CCTV by Oxfordshire mum Jenni Walker, who had bought a PS5 as a birthday gift for her son.
Speaking to Eurogamer this afternoon, Walker said her son – who turned 16 the day PS5 launched in the UK – had not wanted the driver to get into any trouble.
But CCTV footage, shared on social media by Walker’s husband Richard, appears to show the driver handling a large PS5-shaped box at the back of his van. After delivering other packages, the driver then puts the big box back and drives away.
The Walker family initially contacted Amazon, and went through a similar process with customer support I’ve now heard dozens of times in the past week from the many, many people similarly affected.
In short, Amazon initially said it would investigate, gave some hope of a replacement being delivered, then later issued a refund.
Walker told me she, like many others I’ve spoken to, tried to refuse a refund for some time, believing this would end the contract between her and Amazon, and their responsibility to deliver the console she’d paid for.
She was initially offered a £5 gift voucher in compensation, though this was eventually raised to £50.
Walker’s daughter, meanwhile, drove in person to the local Amazon depot and confronted the site’s boss with the CCTV footage, saying it showed one of his drivers speeding away with the £450 next-gen console. The site’s boss confirmed the driver shown on camera was one of his employees, and said they would be fired.
“We have very high standards for our delivery service providers and how they serve customers,” Amazon said today in a statement to Walker’s local paper, Oxford Mail, which also picked up the story. “The delivery associate will no longer be delivering on behalf of Amazon.”
As for Walker and her son, the hunt is on again for another PS5 – though she has decided to avoid the scalpers on eBay. Not only are the consoles there overpriced, but it may be that’s where her son’s original PS5 ended up.
Last week, Amazon promised to “put it right” for every PlayStation 5 customer who did not receive the console they’d paid for, after many received alternative items or simply nothing at all.
Yesterday, we checked in with some of those affected to see how things are going, and if Amazon had kept its word…
The Best iPhone 8 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals (2020) Identified by Retail Fuse – GlobeNewswire
The top iPhone 8 and 8 Plus smartphone deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2020, featuring the best unlocked and carrier-locked Apple iPhone discounts
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