Xbox news recap: possible Project Scorpio price leaked, Xbox Game Pass “close to launch” and more

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Welcome to our weekly Xbox news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Xbox. Let’s get started.

Possible Project Scorpio price leaked by retailer

Spanish retailer may have leaked the price of Project Scorpio – and it’s a whole lot lower than expected. Microsoft has been telling us that Scorpio is “Premium console” – something that’s going to be pumped full of strong hardware to give gamers the absolute best performance – and we were expecting some serious pricing to reflect that kind of power. The projected price tag give to us by the leak was just about $420 USD, which is actually pretty reasonable compared to the average launch price of a console. We’ll see if this number holds up.

Xbox Game Pass launches later this Spring

The Xbox Game Pass is ending its testing phase on April 28th, giving Insiders about another week to test it out and enjoy some of the games that are on offer. In the announcement that the test session is ending, it was mentioned that they’re “getting close to launch” and that the Xbox Game Pass will be available “later this Spring.”

Xbox Game Pass

Beam partnership standards raising

As Beam gains popularity as a streaming service, tnhe requirements to get partnered are going to be raising quite a bit. The first change happened this week, as Beam raised the standards for prospective partners’ follower count and active viewers. The change shouldn’t make a huge difference for people who are already serious about streaming on Beam, but it should help to keep out some of the people who get partnered before making a meaningful commitment to their channel, and to Beam as a whole.

Microsoft's Beam Video Game Streaming Service

ID@Xbox releases its 500th game

ID@Xbox was a risky move when it launched so many years ago. It was an attempt to give indie developers a way to stay independent while still getting access to the sorts of premium tools that are necessary to really get a project moving. This week, the ID@Xbox program celebrated its 500th release, and put out a few videos to commemorate it. If you love indie games as much as we do, you should really go take a look at them.

Battlefront 2 won’t have a Season Pass

Gamers tend to not approve of the Season Pass model of DLC sales, and for good reason. Potentially, they’re exceptionally predatory and ask consumers to buy something they don’t even know about yet. In response to the negative response of Battlefront’s Season Pass model, the team at DICE has confirmed that no Season Pass will be coming for the sequel.

Star Wars Battlefront II on Xbox One

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