Official Xbox Series X and S 1TB Expandable Storage Drive Costs $220

Microsoft has revealed the price of its proprietary expanded storage cards for Xbox Series X and S, which will start at $219.99 for 1TB of extra space.

As spotted by The Verge, a listing for the 1TB Game Drive for Xbox Series X and Series S appeared on Best Buy‘s website, confirming the pricing. According to the product overview, this is “the only available expansion card that replicates the Xbox Velocity Architecture – providing faster load times, richer environments, and more immersive gameplay.” As we’ve heard previously, it will only be used for next-gen games.

With the Xbox Series S sporting a slimmer 512GB SSD, the expandable drive may have been seen as a means of boosting the console’s usefulness. That may be less of an appealing option now, given that the price of the extra storage brings that console up to around $520, more than the $499 cost of the more powerful Series X console.

The Verge reports that Microsoft has said that, while this drive is currently the only one to interface correctly with Xbox Velocity architecture, other manufacturers may release their own expandable storage at a later date – that could potentially help to drive down prices.

The 1 TB Game Drive will allow players to “seamlessly” play Xbox Series X games from the drive “without sacrificing graphics, latency, load times, or framerates.” The drive has been developed in partnership with Seagate and will come with a three-year warranty.

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External 3.1+ USB hard drives will also work with the consoles as standard, but players will only be able to run Xbox One, 360 and OG Xbox from the external drives. According to Microsoft spokesperson Larry Hyrb, “Games optimized for Xbox Series X & Velocity Architecture need to be run from the internal SSD or the Expandable Storage Drive.”

The Xbox Series X and S will launch on November 10, 2020 worldwide. We’ve already got our hands on an Xbox Series X, so stay tuned for more preview coverage as we approach the console’s release date.

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Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Teases Future Bethesda Games

Microsoft didn’t spend $7.5 billion on ZeniMax/Bethesda for its current pipeline alone–the company splashed out that giant fee because it believes in Bethesda’s future games. We don’t know exactly what those are, but now Xbox boss Phil Spencer has provided a tease.

In an appearance on Major Nelson’s podcast, Spencer said he knows the “future roadmap” for Bethesda’s game studios, and he believes it is an “incredibly exciting time.”

“I have the benefit of knowing the future roadmap and having some insight into the things that have been both announced and unannounced that the teams are working on,” Spencer said. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for the work that Bethesda’s studios are doing, as they continue with the craft of creating games and also thinking about how our medium of gaming continues to evolve and their role in that.”

Some of the highest-profile games in development at Bethesda’s studios that we know about include Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI. Bethesda has also confirmed it’s working on a third Wolfenstein game. In addition to new games for console and PC, Bethesda has expanded its efforts on mobile, so you can expect additional titles for phones and tablets, too.

Also in the interview, Spencer spoke about why he believes Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda was a “natural” next step in their existing relationship.

“You find teams out there that are always pushing themselves and their own capability, and I fundamentally believe that the more closely we work with teams like that, the better we are as a platform,” Spencer said.

For more on Microsoft’s blockbuster buyout of ZeniMax, check out our stories below.

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The Snyder Cut Is Proceeding To Shoot New Footage, Reunite Cast, Despite Allegations

It’s a very strange time for Justice League fans. While the highly anticipated Snyder Cut is definitely happening and bound for HBO Max as a four-part limited series, a troubling conversation has been brewing around the film’s original release back in 2017. Actor Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg, publicly called out Joss Wedon as well as executives Jon Berg and Geoff Johns for creating an abusive and hostile work environment after Snyder himself left the project in the wake of personal tragedy. Since then, his co-star Jason Momoa has also taken to social media in support of Fisher’s claims, calling for a full investigation by WarnerMedia.

Notably, Momoa also called out Warner Bros. themselves, stating that they released a “fake” release about his involvement in an animated Frosty the Snowman movie to distract from Fisher’s claims.

This has not seemed to affect the Snyder Cut’s production, however. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Snyder will still be getting the band back together to shoot new scenes exclusive to the Snyder Cut as early as October. The call sheet THR has obtained lists Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, and notably, Fischer, to reprise their roles for what is scheduled as a week-long shoot.

Interestingly, Momoa is not mentioned–though, that could be for any number of reasons unrelated to the controversies.

THR also highlights the fact that Fisher is still in talks with Warner Bros. to make a cameo in the upcoming Flash solo movies, but negotiations have stalled out after a price was unable to be agreed upon. Momoa is currently preparing to shoot Aquaman 2 in early 2021.

The Snyder Cut will be released on HBO Max in 2021 under it’s official title, Justice League: The Director’s Cut.

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Among Us Sequel Canceled, New Content Will Be Added To Original Game Instead

Developer Innersloth has decided to cancel Among Us 2 and instead focus on expanding the content offered in Among Us. In a blog post, the developer wrote that the decision was made in response to the recent spike in popularity for the party survival game.

“All of the content we had planned for Among Us 2 will instead go into Among Us 1,” Innersloth writes. “This is probably the more difficult choice because it means going deep into the core code of the game and reworking several parts of it. We have lots of things planned and we’re excited to bring new content to everyone as you continue to enjoy playing.”

These content expansions include new servers, colorblind support, a friends/account system, and a new stage, though Innersloth added that there are “lots of other things planned too, we just need to prioritize and organize.”

Innersloth did not provide an exact ETA on when players can expect this new content to arrive, though the developer writes that working on the servers is currently “taking up all development time.” The new friends/account system will also “definitely take some time.”

Though it first released in 2018, Among Us has seen a tremendous rise in players in 2020, likely due to the game’s increased popularity on Twitch. According to SensorTower, Among Us earned 18.4 million mobile downloads in August, only to be followed by another 41.9 million mobile downloads in September.

Among Us is available for PC and mobile devices. When asked if Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch versions would be possible, Innersloth studio programmer Forest Willard explained that making console ports of Among Us would be complicated.

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Xbox Joins TikTok, And Their First Video Is A Good One

Xbox has become the latest big brand to join the viral app TikTok. The Xbox TikTok account posted its first video today, and it’s a treat.

The video features a narrator talking to themself and wondering aloud what they should post as their first video on TikTok. As the narration unfolds, the video cuts to the camera roll that shows a number of silly Xbox memes making fun of the Series S and Series X console designs. It’s a very self-aware joke, and it works. You can check it out below.

In other news about the next-generation Xbox consoles, here at GameSpot we now have the Xbox Series X in our hands and we’ll bring you lots of reporting on the console soon.

We have preview coverage lined up such as impressions, technical breakdowns, and discussions of the overall gaming experience, but that’ll be coming in the near future.

For more on Microsoft’s next-gen consoles, be sure to read our comparison of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and if you want to get a closer look at how the two systems stack against other console, check out our size comparison with the official Xbox Series mockups.

Microsoft also made a big splash this week by acquiring Bethesda and all the game studios under the prominent publisher. And if you’re still looking to get one yourself, consult our Xbox Series X pre-order guide for help. You can also catch up w

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