Xbox wanted to start the year by launching several new features for players who have a subscription to the Xbox Game Pass service. A couple of days ago, the company held the Xbox & Bethesda Developer_Direct event, where some details were revealed about the upcoming releases that Microsoft is preparing for its console and PC.
In fact, players can already access a couple of titles that had previously been announced as Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden, and Monster Hunter Rise, along with Hi-Fi RUSH, GoldenEye 007, and RoboQuest.
Now three new games have arrived to reinforce the catalog that Xbox Game Pass has.
This service will close the first month of 2023 with three very attractive titles for its users, which will offer an exciting experience for strategy and anime fans.
The three free games coming to Xbox Game Pass
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition
One of the most striking releases is Age of Empires II: Definitive Editionthe classic of the real-time strategy genre finally comes to Xbox consoles with a version that offers significant adjustments to the interface and controls to provide a fun experience without having to rely on a mouse.
Inkulinati, the first game from Yaza Games, is another great title that is also part of the strategy genre which has an attractive plot that is developed through turn-based tactical combat presented with a great artistic section, where the battles are animated as if It was a medieval manuscript. This proposal joined Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass in Early Access.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R
Finally, there is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R, a fighting game that is based on the popular manga by Hirohiko Araki, whose anime is available on Netflix. Fans of the Joestar adventures will have the opportunity to engage in fun battles using the abilities of the franchise’s most popular characters.
Xbox prepares an update designed to take care of the pocket of its users
Microsoft has released a software update that will automatically switch your Xbox Series X and S consoles to off (power saving) settings while not in use, reducing home power consumption without affect performance.
This is a commitment by the technology company to sustainability and cost savings, plus a push to reduce Xbox’s environmental impact. In fact, as Microsoft reflects on its blog, this initiative is one more step towards achieving the goal of being “a company with negative carbon emissions, positive water and zero waste by the year 2030”.
Likewise, the company in the video game sector has insisted that they are responsible for the emissions in the process of both the production and distribution of their products, but also for the emissions created with the use of their consoles and products in the homes of the users.
In this sense, Microsoft has released an update that will affect Xbox Series X and S consoles and that it will change the default sleep mode when the console is not used. Now, with this setting, the console will not stay in sleep mode, but will stay in off mode (power saving).
As Xbox explains, this mode reduces the power consumption of the console by up to 20 times compared to sleep mode. Additionally, it does not affect performance or the device’s ability to receive nightly system, game, or application updates, although the console will experience a slower boot time from sleep mode.
Likewise, Xbox has underlined the amount of energy that can be saved. Although it can vary by console and other factors, the data collected shows that for every two consoles switched to off mode in a year, the equivalent amount of carbon removed by a tree will be saved in a decade.