Microsoft Microsoft: Get the New Xbox Series X Forza Horizon 5 Bundle in Canada Get the New Xbox Series X Forza Bundle!

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Game throughout 2023 with a new Xbox from Microsoft, where the Xbox Series X Forza Horizon 5 Bundle is now available in Canada.

Originally unveiled on January 5, the Xbox Series X Forza Horizon 5 Bundle is a new listing with an Xbox Series X console and a digital copy of Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition – for reference, the bundle does offer a discount of $69.99 compared to buying the two items separately, as a standalone Xbox Series X is regularly $599.99, while Forza Horizon 5 Premium Edition is regularly $129.99.

The Xbox Series X is Microsoft's flagship gaming console, with a built-in Blu-ray drive and capable of playing next-gen games at up to 4K. While Xbox Series X re-stocks were more frequent in 2022, stock has dwindled in recent months and the standalone console has been more difficult to find in late-2022.

The Xbox Series X Forza Horizon 5 Bundle is available online and qualifies for free shipping from Microsoft.

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    • Right.

      The new bundle includes FH5 which means it's yours to "own" and you can play it without game pass.

      Game Pass is obviously not required of people who buy Xbox but it's at least common I think - it's one of the better features of the Microsoft ecosystem. So if you have or plan to get Game Pass, the new bundle is essentially not very good because you get Forza in Game Pass (presumably forever since it's Microsoft Game Studio but theoretically Microsoft could remove it from Game Pass at some point).
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    • I thought I can play FH5 without Game Pass since FH5 included in the bundle ($60 more than Xbox alone).
      @ReeGee means if you are getting an Xbox, you should be subscribing to Game Pass which allows you to play FH5 among many other games.
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    • Sorry. Xbox newbie here. What is this about "every Xbox is a FH5 bundle thanks to Game Pass"?

      I just bought one after I read this.
      https://www.ign.com/articles/xbox-series-xs-prices-raised-in-japan

      lol every Xbox is a FH5 bundle thanks to Game Pass. If it's the same price or not much more I'd say go for it if you don't want to wait because you'll get your money worth with how many games you'll get access to right away
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    • It seems Xbox Series X is still OOS everywhere... There is a "Xbox Series X – Forza Horizon 5" bundle but I don't need that game.
      lol every Xbox is a FH5 bundle thanks to Game Pass. If it's the same price or not much more I'd say go for it if you don't want to wait because you'll get your money worth with how many games you'll get access to right away
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    • It seems Xbox Series X is still OOS everywhere... There is a "Xbox Series X – Forza Horizon 5" bundle but I don't need that game.
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    • Halo needs a reboot.

      Halo Infinite's current player count on PC is ranked 209th on Steam. Behind other games considered flops like Battlefield V and others which still have a higher playerbase despite being much older.

      https://steamcharts.com/app/1240440
      https://steamcharts.com/top/p.9
      At heart Halo is a FPS and MS owns enough talented studios in that department, potentially even more, there is nothing to stop them from making it better
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    • id.soft would be my pick

      they should dismantle 343 altogether, or only keep it around to service halo infinite for a while
      At heart Halo is a FPS and MS owns enough talented studios in that department, potentially even more, there is nothing to stop them from making it better
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    • Honestly, I believe that's for the best. Personally, I would like to see an Activision studio taking over Halo for a while
      id.soft would be my pick

      they should dismantle 343 altogether, or only keep it around to service halo infinite for a while
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    • Halo Infinite had a decent campaign but you need to be a lot more than decent when you're a flagship studio IP that is depended on. I didn't find any longevity in the multiplayer either due to lack of maps and playlist limitations, though I understand some of that has been patched. Frankly Halo Infinite was never going to end well after numerous delays and the half baked state it was released in. I pointed out that forge/coop was finally released to my group in Discord and was met with shrugs or silence in the Xbox channel.

      I'm pretty dissatisfied with the lack of consistency with Microsoft's first party IP and I don't think it makes any sense to keep giving 343i big projects, Halo or otherwise. The Series X is objectively the better console in most respects and it's the software that's dragging momentum. Let 343i retool internally and work on a little AA game in the same vein as Hi-Fi Rush or something to release on Gamepass. Don't give them Halo again, enough already.
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    • Honestly, I believe that's for the best. Personally, I would like to see an Activision studio taking over Halo for a while
      I don't think it's that simple, you can't just pass off one of your biggest franchises from a studio you built to make games in that franchise to a different developer that makes different kinds of games and expect good results.

      If 343i is going to take a hands off approach, I can't imagine a better fit than Certain Affinity for future Halo Content.
      They are made up of a bunch of former Bungie Dev's and have been working with 343i for ages, they were a pretty small studio that now boasts over 250 employees (and growing)
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    • Well according to the article "Takana" is now a full fledged game being developed by Certain Affinity (a bunch of former Halo 2 Devs).

      So in a sense they are kind of doing that.
      Honestly, I believe that's for the best. Personally, I would like to see an Activision studio taking over Halo for a while
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    • I would like to see 343 make something else. After 15 years you can get too caught up into it and forget how to innovate and captivate in your creations. I enjoyed the last Halo campaign but I wished there was more to it in both length and depth.

      and a 24" 1080p 144 Hz gaming monitor as my secondary. I run most games on the 1440p 60Hz but would like to use the 144 Hz for the occasional 144 Hz game. Both monitors have one HDMI and one Displayport input.
      You need an HDMI switch

      From Amazon
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      Well according to the article "Takana" is now a full fledged game being developed by Certain Affinity (a bunch of former Halo 2 Devs).

      So in a sense they are kind of doing that.
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    • I would like to see 343 make something else. After 15 years you can get too caught up into it and forget how to innovate and captivate in your creations. I enjoyed the last Halo campaign but I wished there was more to it in both length and depth.
      Is there a product or way to connect the Series S to two different monitors at different times without having to disconnect the HDMI from one monitor and connect to the other?

      I have a 24" 1440p 60 Hz monitor with nice colour calibration as my main for most games + home/work use and a 24" 1080p 144 Hz gaming monitor as my secondary. I run most games on the 1440p 60Hz but would like to use the 144 Hz for the occasional 144 Hz game. Both monitors have one HDMI and one Displayport input.

      You need an HDMI switch/splitter

      From Amazon
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    • Is there a product or way to connect the Series S to two different monitors at different times without having to disconnect the HDMI from one monitor and connect to the other?

      I have a 24" 1440p 60 Hz monitor with nice colour calibration as my main for most games + home/work use and a 24" 1080p 144 Hz gaming monitor as my secondary. I run most games on the 1440p 60Hz but would like to use the 144 Hz for the occasional 144 Hz game. Both monitors have one HDMI and one Displayport input.
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    • The article is behind a paywall but I guess those rumors from last year were true, unfortunately.

      Footnote version from twitter:
      https://twitter.com/BenjiSales/status/1 ... TRoqVlvnQw

      All from the Paywalled article Linked here: The Microsoft Studio Behind Halo Franchise Is All But Starting From Scratch

      As a big Halo Fan, I have mixed feelings about this. I thought Halo Infinite was actually pretty good and felt like a pretty fresh direction to go in, it had some really cool ideas but a lot of it felt really half baked like it needed some more time in the oven.
      There was definitely some stuff that I was hoping they would iterate on for a sequel and the story was half decent (they retconned Halo 5 really well) and kind of finished with a cliff hanger for a bigger battle in the future.

      On the flipside Halo Infinite was supposed to be that "10 year game" and obviously the people at the studio weren't getting that memo. I don't know if it was the engine they created (it obviously appears that way) but there is clearly some major major issues happening behind the scene and a lot of that tea leaves point to it being around the slipspace engine they built.
      I think this also means we may not see another proper Halo game for at least a 4-5 years unless "Takana" really is something more than a BR Royale.
      It's been very frustrating to watch Halo be pulled in so many different directions and there just never appears to be a clear vision for where the franchise is headed.

      EDIT:

      holy crap, it was even more messed up and mismanaged than I could ever think:

      https://twitter.com/aegies/status/16204 ... hmkYm8amlg
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    • That sounds interesting
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    • When this came up in the FTC documents, most were assuming it was Starfield, Redfall, and Elder Scrolls 6. But it seems it likely weren't those and they were 3 unannounced titles. The Developer Direct literally stated "Redacted" 😂 before announcing and dropping Hi-Fi Rush. It's also a game played alone. So I wonder what the other two are! With how good Hi-Fi Rush is, I'm excited to see what's next.

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      https://www.eurogamer.net/three-redacted-future-bethesda-games-are-exclusives-microsoft-states
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    • Forza Motorsport is next gen only after all. I know there were some that claimed it might also be available on last gen consoles but that doesn't seem to be the case. Native 4k at 60fps with real time RT on track
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    • Tango Gameworks: Hi-Fi Rush Deep Dive (Shadow Dropped today)

      https://youtu.be/0GlkDcf006I

      Mojang: Minecraft Legends (April 18th, 2023)

      https://youtu.be/lw6f-tJKoao

      Arcane Austin: Redfall Official Gameplay Deep Dive (May 2nd, 2023)

      https://youtu.be/cR8GVePOdpY

      Turn 10: Forza Motorsport (2023)

      https://youtu.be/aHgceB5vzhk

      Elder Scrolls Online, yeah that exists.

      Looks like Xbox is starting off 2023 the polar opposite of 2022's fail. Finally some good first party eats starting right now.

      Hi-Fi rush is my kind of game! I love the cell shaded art style and gameplay. It’s like a Jet set radio, space channel 5, Viewtiful Joe, and Brutal Legend mix, played to rhythm. Sweet! I'll be playing that tonight. Minecraft Legends surprisingly is also my kind of game. I love base building and defending so I'll give that a go too. Redfall is gearing up to be really good stuff. I plan to play it solo, so hopefully it works well that way, because I'm really liking the gameplay, world design, and customisation. Forza Motorsport looks amazing! The amount of stuff they’re doing is impressive. Sound, visuals, dirt and damage accumulation. The time and temperature affecting the racing, even rubbering in of the tracks changing how the laps feel. Will continue to be the best sim racer out there.

      This developer direct format worked well. I hope they do more presentations like this.
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    • Lets just there a bunch of nuts.
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    • Anyone have a prediction for when the Series S will go on sale again at Shoppers or Superstore for $320? By easter? I wanna use Optimum Points and pay less than the $280 I paid for a PS3 in 2010. I know I'm being a cheapass but I like the idea of buying a console 12 years later and paying less instead of more lol.
      it goes for 220-260 on amazon warehouse deals pretty often, might be more efficient than using optimum points, not sure, otherwise you gotta wait for black friday to get max redemption value for your points
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    • Anyone have a prediction for when the Series S will go on sale again at Shoppers or Superstore for $320? By easter? I wanna use Optimum Points and pay less than the $280 I paid for a PS3 in 2010. I know I'm being a cheapass but I like the idea of buying a console 12 years later and paying less instead of more lol.
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    • Ok, I could try turning off 2.4 on my router but from what I just read it seems controllers operate at 5ghz?

      Just saw my router has a checkbox for "Optimized for Xbox ". Let's see if that helps.
      I stand corrected - it was the 360 that used 2.4ghz for its controllers, they upped it to 5ghz for the One and later. It's the built in XBox Wireless Headset protocol that is still on 2.4ghz.
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    • Ok, I could try turning off 2.4 on my router but from what I just read it seems controllers operate at 5ghz?

      Just saw my router has a checkbox for "Optimized for Xbox ". Let's see if that helps.
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    • This is on series x. I haven't tested the regular controller because I'm not going to use that anyways. What do you mean by changing channel? I didn't think that was possible on the controller. My Xbox is wired so the xbox is not causing. It's most likely my router I assume.
      Sorry, not the channel - the profile switch on the old Elite controller to switch between profiles 1 and 2. I don't know if that forces it to switch wireless channels that it's using or not, and it may have just been a placebo effect. But the XBox controllers use 2.4ghz as the wireless band to connect to the console, and despite Microsoft touting "interference prevention" and "channel hopping" abilities, I've found that sometimes there can be massive issues with interference if there are a lot of 2.4ghz devices (ie any wifi device) in the vicinity. I've updated most of the devices in my house to use 5ghz and it has greatly reduced interference issues.
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    • This is on series x. I haven't tested the regular controller because I'm not going to use that anyways. What do you mean by changing channel? I didn't think that was possible on the controller. My Xbox is wired so the xbox is not causing. It's most likely my router I assume.
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    • I was having issues with my old Elite controller yesterday along those lines. Hadn't used it in a long time, but the wife and I were doing some split screen Fortnite last night (the kids were upstairs using the PS5 and gaming PC for their side, we of course got the subpar experience) and I had to bust out that controller so we could go two player. Switching it over to channel 2 and replacing the batteries seemed to eliminate the problem. But also since we had two controllers going wirelessly at the time, it could have been too much 2.4 ghz activity going on.
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    • Is this on the Series X? What about the regular controllers, does it happen with that as well? I would suspect the 2.4 receiver in the Xbox itself if so.
      I have random problems using a controller on the PC, but it's rare and probably windows itself is to blame, as usually removing and reconnecting the USB receiver does the trick
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    • Damn, I thought Redfall was still slated for January. Was looking forward to it.

      Has anyone dealt with controller constantly disconnecting every few minutes for a few seconds then reconnecting? I've had this issue for years with my elite controller so I just thought it was that controller and just used it wired.

      I got the new elite core yesterday and it does the same with that. I tried resetting my xbox last night and that didn't seem to help.

      The only thing I can thing of is my router's 5g band is causing it?
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    • Does Costco no longer sell the XBOX consoles in Canada? Can't see it on their website...
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