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Xbox One fall update now available, complete with a faster dashboard

Xbox One Fall Update 2017

The most substantial Xbox One update of the year is now available to the general public. On Monday, Microsoft rolled out the 2017 fall update for the Xbox One, bringing a host of changes and additions to the gaming platform.

First up is the new Home tab, which you can now customize in order to get the content you access most often closest to the top of the page. With a new concept called blocks, you can place games, friends, Xbox Live Gold and a variety of other apps and features virtually anywhere on the Home screen. Plus, you can now have up to 40 "pinned" apps and games, and you can even choose between three themes: dark, light and high-contrast.

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Even Microsoft admits that the Xbox One X is ‘not for everybody’

Xbox One X: 'Not for everybody'

When Microsoft officially unveiled the Xbox One X at E3 over the summer, I asked a straightforward question: Who exactly does Microsoft expect to pay $499 for a 4K Xbox One? After all, if a consumer without an Xbox One decides to finally buy one this holiday season, the Xbox One S is a much better deal. Plus, if you're a core gamer who wants to push games to their limits, chances are that you already have a solid PC, one which will play virtually every Xbox One exclusive from this point forward with even betters visuals than the Xbox One X.

With all of this in mind, it's not especially surprising to Microsoft hedging its bets when it comes to expectations for the 4K console. In fact, in a recent interview with GameSpot, Xbox chief Phil Spencer went as far as to say that "it's not for everybody," much like the Xbox One Elite controller before it.

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Loot boxes have reached a new low with Forza 7’s “pay to earn” option

Enlarge / This is not the way loot boxes work in Forza Motorsport 7. After Aurich's Photoshop job, however, we almost wish it was. (credit: Turn 10 / Aurich remix)

At this point, it would take something monumentally stupid to reverse the "loot box" trend in video games. The practice, which combines real money, virtual items, and random chance, has been found in various free-to-play games for years (and has been showing up more in fully priced retail games recently). The sales pitch, in short: by paying a little more real cash, a player will more quickly unlock a random item in the game (and see a flashy animation of a box opening—that part is apparently crucial).

This racket often skates by because game makers say that they're hiding "non-essential" and "cosmetic" items in these boxes. Game makers also point out that these "random item" boxes can almost always be earned simply by playing the game. Who's losing out?

The problem, as far as I'm concerned, is the poison these random-prize systems inject into their games' design. I've been biding my time, waiting for a loot box system so stupid and unnecessary that I can finally name and deconstruct the demonic practice in no uncertain terms. For that reason, I wholeheartedly thank Turn 10 and Microsoft Studios for the loot-box disaster that they've cooked into this week's release of Forza Motorsport 7.

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Every Xbox One and Xbox 360 game you can download for free in October

Xbox Games with Gold

I, like countless others, have spent the past few weeks hopelessly obsessed with Destiny 2. Every Tuesday after work, I jump on and complete the latest milestones so that I can get some marginally better gear to boost my character's power level. But as I begin to run out of things to do in Destiny 2, I'm going to need to find other games to keep me occupied. Thankfully, Xbox is here to save the day starting next week.

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Starting this weekend, you can go hands on with the Xbox One X at Best Buy

Xbox One X demos

Back during E3 2017, when Microsoft fully unveiled the Xbox One X, we were skeptical about how large of an audience it would find. That will remain a mystery until the console launches on November 7th, but Microsoft has to have been encouraged by the first wave of Xbox One X preorders in August. Thankfully, if you're still on the fence about picking one up, you won't have to bug a friend to take theirs for a spin, because Best Buy on Wednesday revealed that it will host Xbox One X demos in-store starting this weekend.

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