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How to turn your phone into a gaming console: the best controllers for Android and iPhone

By Campbell Simpson September 30, 2021

The long-awaited launch of Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) means that you can now use your smartphone to play Xbox games even when you’re not in front of your TV. Wherever you have a fast internet connection, all you need is a compatible device – but it gets even better with a handheld controller (required for some games).

Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) bursting onto the scene in Australia gives you an all-access pass to the library of games that you already know and love if you’re a Xbox Game Pass fan, without even having to think of downloading games or updates – just open the app and dive right in. Over 100 incredible Xbox and PC titles are available from day one and more are on the way, including some fully touch-enabled titles.

Your phone, when it’s teamed up with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and a solid Wi-Fi, 4G or 5G connection, will let you jump into a game of Forza Horizon 4 or Gears of War at a moment’s notice. There’s one other piece of the puzzle for maximum fun, though – a quality gaming controller.

Of course, you can use the standard Xbox Wireless Controller with your iOS or Android device by pairing it over Bluetooth – which is handy if you’ve got a spare controller that you keep for whenever friends come around, or if you don’t mind nicking your Player 2’s.

But truly portable gaming means a truly portable controller – one that you can carry around, clip your phone into and just start blasting. So here are two of our favourites!

Razer Kishi – iOS & Android

The Kishi comes from the gaming peripheral experts at Razer, and it’s been a tried-and-tested favourite of mobile gaming fans for years now. If you’ve got an Android phone with a USB-C port, then the Kishi will almost certainly fit it – it’s one of the most universally compatible phone controllers we’ve used.

Any recent Samsung Galaxy S or Google Pixel device will fit snugly, and you can check any other device’s dimensions to see if it will fit. The iOS variant, which replaces USB-C with a Lightning port, has a universal fit for iPhone models since the iPhone 6s, including the newer plus-sized Pro Max models.

What we love about the Kishi is how straightforward it is – just pull the two tabs at the back of the controller and it extends to a size large enough to make sliding your phone in easy. Once your phone is securely connected to the Kishi’s port, gently squeezing the two controller halves together locks your phone into place. When you’re done gaming, slide your phone out and clip the two halves back together – the Kishi will even fit into a pants pocket for travel.

It also has a USB-C charge-through port (or Lightning for the iOS model), so you can keep your phone charged while you’re playing whether that’s from a power bank or from your normal wall charger. And because it’s hooked up to your phone directly, there’s no extra lag from a wireless controller. You can equally happily set it up for just a quick game or two, or settle in for a long gaming session with the Kishi.

The Razer Kishi is great fun to use. Its control scheme is perfect for Xbox games, with two joysticks, a D-pad and four main buttons, as well as extra buttons that map to the Xbox’s Menu, Xbox Home and View buttons. Two bumpers and two triggers complete the ensemble – you couldn’t ask for anything more! The joysticks are well damped and click satisfyingly, and the buttons feel great to press. It makes a spin around the track in F1 2019 more fun than it has any right to be.

Backbone One – iOS

The Backbone One is another great choice if you’re looking for a sleek, slim portable controller to turn your iPhone into a Xbox Cloud Gaming powerhouse. With an adjustable width that will fit iPhones from the 6s onwards, you can drop almost any iPhone into the Backbone One and get gaming straight away. (Backbone has a solution on the way for iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max users – these phones have a slightly larger camera bump.)

Like the Razer Kishi, the Backbone has a relatively flat profile which means you can easily slide it into a bag or pocket. The Backbone One has a Lightning charge-through port on its lower right side, so you can plug in your iOS device charger and keep playing without burning through your iPhone’s battery life.

Where the Backbone One differs to the Kishi, and why you might prefer it as an iPhone user, is that there’s no clips to press to unlock the Backbone from its compact position – instead, all you have to do is pick up the controller and pull its two halves apart.

Since it’s spring-loaded, it’ll naturally settle back into place and clamp your iPhone tightly once you’ve placed it into the controller and plugged it into the Backbone’s iPhone connector.

The Backbone is a little more sleek and streamlined than the Kishi, which might make it more appropriate for smaller hands, and its two hand grips are easy to hold onto for long periods of time and during those tricky boss battles.

It has the same mix of two joysticks, D-pad, four main buttons and all the bumpers, triggers and extras you’ll need for playing Xbox Gloud gaming titles on your phone, wherever you have a strong internet connection. We like the fact that the Backbone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, too, so you don’t have to use a pair of wireless earphones if you don’t want to.

Whichever phone gaming controller you choose, it’ll open up a new world of gaming on Xbox – so get up off the couch, hit the road and start playing!

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X Marks the Spot with Xbox Cloud Gaming

By Nathan Gumley September 30, 2021

As someone who previously spent a bit of time travelling pre-COVID, the concept of being able to play Xbox on the go was an awesome idea when I first heard about it.

At airport lounges, hotel rooms and during breaks in the day, playing the games I love has always been a great way to kill time. Mobile games were OK, but nothing beats reminding my mates who’s the Forza king or getting a chicken dinner on PUBG.

The last couple of years may have been different, but the ability to access my Xbox is still a challenge – especially given there’s always a bit of a fight over who gets to use the TV with everyone at home! I always have my phone with me though, so using its screen is the perfect solution…

With Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta), launching in Australia today, you can do just that. Whether you want to take a break at the local park, play in the spare room without a TV or even on your camping trip – you can play the latest Xbox games on your compatible phone, tablet or laptop wherever you have a fast internet connection. No console required.

At launch, there are over 100 incredible Xbox titles to play, including the likes of Forza Horizon 4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Destiny 2. Best of all, Xbox Cloud Gaming is part of your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, so if you already have an account, you’re good to start playing at no extra cost.

Think of it like the ultimate subscription for gaming. You get a whole library of games that you can play on all your devices instantly, wherever you have internet. There is no downloading games, no downloading updates, you can just dive in and play –and your saved data syncs across your account, so you can pick up where you were playing last. Also, highly anticipated games like Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite will be cloud enabled for those with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription (which we now offer).

X marks the spot

To make the most of Xbox Cloud Gaming and to celebrate its launch in Australia, we’re also giving 10 Aussie gamers the opportunity to win an amazing pack to up your game with a virtual treasure hunt.

We’re calling it X Marks the Spot and well, it’s eXactly what it sounds like. We’ve put our hiding hats on and have hidden 10 cloud gaming packs in virtual locations across the web.

Here’s a hint: each location was picked due to some significance to Telstra or Xbox. The first person to find each virtual location will win a prize pack.

The prize packs? Five winners will take home an epic Samsung Galaxy S21 5G phone to take your gaming everywhere, a Razer Kishi gaming controller and a 12 month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes access to Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Another five winners will be firing up an Xbox Series S console, a Razer Kishi gaming controller for their mobile phone and a 12 month subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which of course includes access to Xbox Cloud Gaming.

So… it’s time to start hunting!

Clues and locations:

  1. The company’s place to chirp and cheep – Found HERE by Jamie, Goonellabah

  1. It’s a game improvement, sure, but the match sounds like a rooster – found HERE by Xudong, Rowville

  1. Crosses staff on every shouting line – Found HERE by Jamil, Raby

  1. This blade sounds fishy – Found HERE by Luke, Roseville

  1. Follow it to the letter and you’ll know where to go – Found HERE by Wesley, Calamvale

  1. A sudden mark of shame for quick movements, it’s an elegant home for streamed entertainment – Found HERE by Corwyn, Evatt

  1. Recreational webs – Found HERE by Ben, Woolloongabba

  1. A keep in Vic’s capital has a battleship to lend – Found HERE by Simon, Craigie

  1. The company swaps upcoming victorious redhead – Found HERE by Keeshan, Dayton

  1. The company swaps the opening of five pretty stallions for speed – Found HERE by Lee, Australind

Update: Well, wow. Just, wow. We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the number of entries (you would have thought we’d learn from last time!) and have only just sifted through the rubble. While we double-check our numbers and sort out a couple of photo-finishes, we can confirm that all the clues have been successfully found.

We’ll post the list of winners Saturday, and will contact our 10 most intrepid X-searchers to get those prize packs delivered. Thank you all so much for all your effort! Keep an eye out for more Xs out there – you never know what we might do next.

Thanks, the competition is now closed!

You can find all the terms and conditions for this competition here.

A match made in gaming heaven

5G is the perfect match for Xbox Cloud Gaming as it delivers the low latency, high capacity and fast speeds needed for a superior gaming experience outside of the home. Telstra’s 5G now covers more than 75 per cent of the Australian population – the largest of any telco – with more than 3,200 suburbs and over 240 cities and towns across the nation. So, it’s not just inside the big city CBDs where Telstra gamers can enjoy the benefits of 5G, and where 5G is not yet available they will switch to 3G/4G.

To enjoy the benefits of 5G, Telstra gamers will need a 5G compatible device and a mobile plan with 5G network access.

As the exclusive telco partner for Xbox Cloud Gaming, we’ve also worked to optimise our networks to make sure Telstra gamers have the best experience possible both at home and out and about. Eligible Telstra customers who are new to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate from Telstra can also get the first month’s subscription on us (normally $15.95/month), giving them access to Xbox Cloud Gaming as well as more than 100 high-quality console and PC games. Existing Telstra Xbox All Access customers will also have access to Xbox Cloud Gaming service from tomorrow as part of their included Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.

At home, if you’re playing on WiFi, we’ve also got you covered with Game Optimiser in our nbn Smart Modems making sure that you can race the streets in Forza Horizon 5 this November 4. Eligible Telstra customers can also get the first month on us.

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All the new games on Xbox All Access: July 2021

By Luke Hopewell July 22, 2021

Your destiny awaits you this month on Xbox All Access. Will you become a UFC champion; fly high above the clouds; run your own farm, or even your own island nation? It’s all on offer.

Here’s what’s coming to Game Pass for July:

Tropico 6 (Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 8

In Tropico 6, travel to a beautiful island state and make it your own. In this sixth entry in the series, build and manage a whole archipelago, decking it out with your choice of buildings, industry, and décor. Will you rule your people as a generous statesman or ruthless dictator? The choice is yours.

UFC 4 (Console) EA Play – July 8

Shape your legend with EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – UFC 4 is coming soon to The Play List! Members can enter the Octagon on July 8 to create and customize their own character and start their journey from unknown amateur to UFC superstar.

Bloodroots (Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 15

Left for dead by a colourful group of bandits, you will chain killing sprees to exact revenge on the treacherous Mr. Black Wolf. Improvise your kills with utterly everything you can get your hands on from carrots to plasma guns.

Farming Simulator 19 (Console, and PC) – July 15

The ultimate farming simulation returns! Become a modern farmer and develop your farm on two huge American and European environments, filled with exciting new farming activities, crops to harvest and animals to tend to.

Atomicrops (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 22

Atomicrops is an action-packed, roguelite, bullet-hell game where you must defend and cultivate the last farm in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Tend to mutated crops (be careful, some have teeth), marry townsfolk (ooh la la), collect cats (because who wouldn’t?!), and kill every mutant creature that tries to invade! This ain’t no ordinary farming simulator.

Raji: An Ancient Epic (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 22

Take on the role of Raji, a young girl blessed by the gods to defend the human realm from an onslaught of demonic beings that seek to destroy her world. Brother and sister, Raji and Golu, separated by the attacking demonic hordes, now find themselves in the middle of a great war. Raji has taken it upon herself to find her brother and put an end to this reckless conflict.

Last Stop (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 22

Developed by Variable State, creators of the award-winning Virginia, and available with Xbox Game Pass on day one, Last Stop is a single-player, third-person adventure set in present-day London, where you play as three separate characters whose worlds collide in the midst of a supernatural crisis.

Blinx: The Time Sweeper (Cloud and Console) – July 26

Coming to Xbox Game Pass to celebrate 20 Years of Xbox, Blinx: The Time Sweeper is a fast-paced action game featuring a cool, clever character in wild, warped worlds. The ability to control the flow of time provides a classic 4-dimensional gaming experience.

Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge (Cloud and Console) – July 26

Celebrating 20 Years of Xbox, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge combines thrilling aerial combat with the swashbuckling style of a Hollywood action-adventure movie. Set in an alternate 1930s world of gunship diplomacy and sinister intrigue, pilot powerful aircraft against nefarious air pirates and behemoth war zeppelins.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Xbox Series X|S) – July 27

From Xbox Game Studios, available with Xbox Game Pass on day one of its release for Xbox Series X|S! From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly-detailed and accurate aircraft in the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox Series X|S. Test your piloting skills against the challenges of real-time atmospheric simulation and live weather in a dynamic and living world. The sky is calling!

Lethal League Blaze (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 29

An intense, high speed ball game with unique characters, outta sight sounds, and none of that weak stuff. In Shine City, the anti-gravity ball game has long been illegal. The group who kept playing was dubbed the Lethal League. Even now, with their sport pushed underground, players and crews compete for challenge and respect.

Omno (Cloud, Console, and PC) ID@Xbox – July 29

Available with Xbox Game Pass on day one! A single-player journey of discovery through an ancient world of wonders, created by solo developer Jonas Manke. Full of puzzles, secrets, and obstacles to overcome, where the power of a lost civilization will carry you through forests, deserts, and tundra – even to the clouds.

What is Xbox All Access from Telstra?

With Xbox All Access, you can take up either an Xbox Series X or an Xbox Series S console and get access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate starting from $33/month for the Xbox Series S when you stay connected for 24 months.

An Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership includes all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus over 100 high-quality console and PC games, and access to EA Play at no additional cost.

New games are added all the time, so there’s always something new to play. Plus, enjoy exclusive member deals and discounts, play together with friends on the most advanced multiplayer network and discover your next favourite game.

Get in on the action

If you don’t have Xbox All Access yet, now is a great time to join with the latest generation Xbox Series X and Series S consoles.

We currently have a good amount of stock of the Xbox Series S on Xbox All Access available both in-store and online. This console offers next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever, and is bundled with Xbox Game Pass for Telstra post-paid customers for $33/month*.

The Xbox Series S is an all-digital next-gen console designed to deliver faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds in our smallest Xbox ever. Its superior speeds mean you’ll enjoy more gaming and less waiting. Experience next-gen gaming with no upfront cost, available in-store and online, the Xbox Series S is bundled with Xbox Game Pass for Telstra post-paid customers for $33/month*. With the Xbox Series S you can also play some of your favourite games from the previous generations of consoles including Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Original Xbox titles with backward compatibility and many of these games will look and play better than ever.

Head to our website to find out more about Xbox All Access from Telstra, and to sign–up.

Things you need to know about Xbox All Access

Available to Telstra consumer postpaid customers only. Prices vary by console. Stock is limited. Limit of one pre-order per customer account. If you cancel, your monthly subscription within the first 24 months you will need to pay out the remainder of your Xbox console as a one-off payment on your next bill. In order to receive your paid months of Games Pass, you must have activated your Games Pass before you cancel. You cannot activate Games Pass after you cancel. Any months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Live Gold, or Game Pass that you have paid for but not yet used will remain on your account after you cancel until they expire up to a maximum of 36 months, inclusive of the 24 months that is part of All Access. Roll onto monthly subscription on your Telstra bill at the standard market rate after 24 months. Your existing Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass membership(s) will convert to Ultimate at a conversion ratio, up to a max of 12 months (36 months inclusive of your All Access package). Learn more xbox.com/gamepass. To activate the Game Pass subscription that is part of Xbox All Access you will need to sign into your chosen Microsoft account on your new console. Learn more at xbox.com/digitaldirect. Game catalogue varies over time. Requires internet and suitable display. Not available in conjunction with other offers.

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How to enable FPS Boost on Xbox Series X and Series S

By Luke Hopewell July 15, 2021

Your Xbox Series X or S console is absolutely stacked with power. So much so that the console can make older games look even better with the addition of more frames. Here’s how to enable FPS Boost.

What is FPS Boost?

FPS Boost takes advantage of the raw power available on the next-generation consoles to almost double the original framerate on select titles. Higher framerates mean buttery-smooth gameplay!

Fallout 4 – shown in the video above – effectively has its framerate doubled from 30 frames per second to 60 frames per second thanks to FPS Boost.

In some instances, titles can even run up to 120 frames per second! Check the list below to see what’s compatible.

How to tell if FPS Boost is enabled

Some titles have not had FPS Boost automatically enabled by default, as it requires a reduction in the game’s resolution in order to run smoothly.

You can turn on FPS Boost for these titles in the Manage Game>Compatibility Options section of any enhanced title. There you can also toggle Auto HDR to off or on.

To tell if you’re running either FPS Boost or Auto HDR in game, you can tap the Xbox Button on your controller to see the indicator in the upper-right hand corner of the Guide overlay.

How to enable FPS Boost on your Xbox Series X or Series S

Enabling FPS Boost is easy:

  • While in-game, tap the Xbox button on your controller;
  • Select the game you’re playing/want to enable FPS Boost for;
  • Scroll down and tap “Manage game and add-ons” menu;
  • In the Manage game screen, scroll down and open the “Compatibility options” menu;
  • Toggle FPS Boost and/or Auto HDR on and off;
  • Restart your game for the changes to take effect.

Check out the step-by-step process in action:

Which games support FPS Boost on Xbox Series X and Series S?

As of July 2021, there are 98 games currently enabled for FPS Boost on both Xbox Series X and Series S.

Here’s what you can play:

Title

Xbox Series X

Xbox Series S

Alien Isolation 60hz 60hz
Anthem 60hz Not Available
Assassin’s Creed III Remastered 60hz 60hz
Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered 60hz 60hz
Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection 60hz 60hz
Assassin’s Creed Unity 60hz 60hz
Battle Chasers: Nightwar 120hz 120hz
Battlefield 1 120hz Not Available
Battlefield 4 120hz 120hz
Battlefield Hardline 120hz 120hz
Battlefield V 120hz Not Available
Beholder Complete Edition 60hz 60hz
Dark Souls III 60hz 60hz
Dead Island Definitive Edition 60hz Not Available
Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition 60hz Not Available
Deus Ex Mankind Divided 60hz 60hz
DiRT 4 120hz Not Available
Dishonored – Definitive Edition 60hz 60hz
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider 60hz 60hz
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition 120hz 120hz
Dragon Age: Inquisition 60hz 60hz
Dungeon Defenders II 60hz 60hz
Dying Light 60hz Not Available
Fallout 4 60hz 60hz
Fallout 76 60hz 60hz
Far Cry 4 60hz 60hz
Far Cry 5 60hz 60hz
Far Cry New Dawn 60hz 60hz
Far Cry Primal 60hz 60hz
Gears of War 4 60hz 60hz
Golf with your Friends 120hz 120hz
Halo Wars 2 60hz 60hz
Halo: Spartan Assault 120hz 120hz
Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition 120hz 120hz
Homefront: The Revolution 60hz 60hz
Hyperscape 120hz 120hz
Island Saver 120hz 120hz
LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham 60hz 60hz
LEGO Jurassic World 60hz 60hz
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 60hz 60hz
LEGO Marvel Superheroes 120hz 60hz
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers 120hz 60hz
LEGO STAR WARS: The Force Awakens 60hz 60hz
LEGO The Hobbit 120hz 60hz
LEGO The Incredibles 60hz 60hz
LEGO Worlds 60hz Not Available
Life is Strange 60hz 60hz
Life is Strange 2 60hz Not Available
Lords of the Fallen 60hz 60hz
Mad Max 120hz 60hz
Metro 2033 Redux 120hz 120hz
Metro: Last Light Redux 120hz 120hz
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst 120hz Not Available
Monster Energy Supercross 3 60hz 60hz
MotoGP 20 Not Available 60hz
Moving Out 120hz 120hz
My Friend Pedro 120hz 120hz
My Time at Portia 60hz 60hz
New Super Lucky’s Tale 120hz 120hz
Overcooked! 2 120hz 120hz
Paladins 120hz 120hz
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 120hz 120hz
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 120hz 120hz
Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville 120hz 120hz
Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid 120hz 120hz
Prey 60hz 60hz
Realm Royale 120hz 120hz
ReCore 60hz 60hz
Sea of Solitude 60hz 60hz
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition 60hz 60hz
Shadow Warrior 2 60hz Not Available
Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition 60hz 60hz
SMITE 120hz 120hz
Sniper Elite 4 60hz 60hz
STAR WARS Battlefront 120hz 120hz
STAR WARS Battlefront II 120hz Not Available
Steep Not Available 60hz
Super Lucky’s Tale 120hz 120hz
SUPERHOT 120hz 120hz
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 60hz 60hz
The Evil Within 2 (PsychoBreak 2 in Japan) 60hz 60hz
The Gardens Between 120hz 60hz
The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame 60hz 60hz
The LEGO Movie Videogame 120hz 120hz
Titanfall 120hz Not Available
Titanfall 2 120hz 120hz
Tom Clancy’s The Division 60hz 60hz
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition 60hz 60hz
Totally Reliable Delivery Service 120hz 120hz
Two Point Hospital 60hz 60hz
UFC 4 60hz 60hz
Unravel 2 120hz 120hz
Unruly Heroes 120hz 120hz
Untitled Goose Game 120hz 120hz
Wasteland 3 60hz 60hz
Watch Dogs 2 60hz 60hz
Watch_Dogs 60hz 60hz
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life 60hz 60hz

To get in on the action, you can sign up for Xbox All Access with Telstra.

What is Xbox All Access from Telstra?

With Xbox All Access, you can take up either an Xbox Series X or an Xbox Series S console and get access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate starting from $33/month for the Xbox Series S when you stay connected for 24 months.

An Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership includes all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, plus over 100 high-quality console and PC games, and access to EA Play at no additional cost.

New games are added all the time, so there’s always something new to play. Plus, enjoy exclusive member deals and discounts, play together with friends on the most advanced multiplayer network and discover your next favourite game.

Get in on the action

If you don’t have Xbox All Access yet, now is a great time to join with the latest generation Xbox Series X and Series S consoles.

We currently have a good amount of stock of the Xbox Series S on Xbox All Access available both in-store and online. This console offers next-gen performance in the smallest Xbox ever, and is bundled with Xbox Game Pass for Telstra post-paid customers for $33/month*.

The Xbox Series S is an all-digital next-gen console designed to deliver faster load times, higher frame rates, and richer, more dynamic worlds in our smallest Xbox ever. Its superior speeds mean you’ll enjoy more gaming and less waiting. Experience next-gen gaming with no upfront cost, available in-store and online, the Xbox Series S is bundled with Xbox Game Pass for Telstra post-paid customers for $33/month*. With the Xbox Series S you can also play some of your favourite games from the previous generations of consoles including Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Original Xbox titles with backward compatibility and many of these games will look and play better than ever.

Head to our website to find out more about Xbox All Access from Telstra, and to sign–up.

Things you need to know about Xbox All Access

Available to Telstra consumer postpaid customers only. Prices vary by console. Stock is limited. Limit of one pre-order per customer account. If you cancel, your monthly subscription within the first 24 months you will need to pay out the remainder of your Xbox console as a one-off payment on your next bill. In order to receive your paid months of Games Pass, you must have activated your Games Pass before you cancel. You cannot activate Games Pass after you cancel. Any months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Live Gold, or Game Pass that you have paid for but not yet used will remain on your account after you cancel until they expire up to a maximum of 36 months, inclusive of the 24 months that is part of All Access. Roll onto monthly subscription on your Telstra bill at the standard market rate after 24 months. Your existing Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass membership(s) will convert to Ultimate at a conversion ratio, up to a max of 12 months (36 months inclusive of your All Access package). Learn more xbox.com/gamepass. To activate the Game Pass subscription that is part of Xbox All Access you will need to sign into your chosen Microsoft account on your new console. Learn more at xbox.com/digitaldirect. Game catalogue varies over time. Requires internet and suitable display. Not available in conjunction with other offers.

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The best trailers from E3 2021

By Luke Hopewell June 17, 2021

It’s an exciting time to be a gamer. With consoles resembling supercomputers and narrative storytelling better than ever, we’ve got a lot to look forward to. Here are our picks for the best of E3, and when you can get your hands on them.

E3 is the world’s biggest gaming expo, but with COVID-19 still causing issues, it went virtual for the second year in a row. Despite not taking over Los Angeles in its typical style, E3 still gave us some incredible games we can get hyped about.

The best part? Many of our faves are landing this year! Here’s what we love.

Forza Horizon 5

Release date: November 9, 2021

The Forza Horizon series is the next best thing to going on a road-trip with your buds to some far-flung land.

This new Forza iteration lands us in Mexico and features dynamic weather conditions and a whole bunch of glorious rides to pine over.

Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X | S

Release date: July 27, 2021

PC players have taken to the skies in the last few months with Microsoft Flight Simulator’s gorgeous 2020 remake. But the promise of support for Xbox Series S and Series X models has kept us guessing.

Now we finally have a release date, with the new consoles getting the coveted flight sim on July 27, 2021. Check out the glorious trips we can take in-game!

The Outer Worlds 2

Release date: TBA

Game trailers have been known to overpromise and, at times, under deliver. Newly-minted Microsoft cohort Bethesda is hard at work on The Outer Worlds 2, and wants to let you know that while it doesn’t have a lot to share right now, it will soon.

Until then, enjoy the jokes.

Among Us

Release Date: Coming Soon

Look, we know it’s not a new game. Even before it had a resurgence on TikTok and Twitch, Among Us wasn’t new.

The new news here is that it’s not only coming to Xbox Game Pass, but you’ll also have access to 15-player lobbies to celebrate the game’s third birthday! More sus than you can handle.

Halo Infinite

Release date: Holiday 2021

This is it. The big one. The franchise that made the Xbox something we all wanted: Halo.

Halo Infinite continues the story of Master Chief and his various adventures through time and space, but it’s the multiplayer that has us transfixed. That’s because – according to this reveal trailer – it’s free to play. That’s huge!

Get a load of all the new gear in this reveal trailer, and clear your Christmas 2021 schedule.

Battlefield 2042

Release date: October 22, 2021

If you really love blowing stuff up, you’re going to go nuts for Battlefield 2042.

It’s a throwback to what made games like Battlefield 3 & 4 truly excellent. Massive fights with huge player counts on gorgeous and dynamic maps, with more vehicles than you can throw a grenade at.

Best of all? We’ll be playing it this year! For a bit of extra trailer fun, check out the classic jet takedown in the announce trailer.

Jurassic World Evolution 2

Release date: Coming soon

Real-time strategy and management games are few and far between these days, but Jurassic World Evolution was a lot of fun. So much so, that it’s getting a sequel for 2021.

Check out a bunch of dinosaurs roaming about in this trailer narrated by Jeff Goldbum, reprising his role as Dr Ian Malcolm.

Marvel’s Avengers – Black Panther

Release date: August 2021

If you loved the original Marvel Avengers game for Xbox, you’ll really dig the new Black Panther expansion.

Best of all, it’s free if you own the base game! Who doesn’t love free?

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

Release date: October 26, 2021

Speaking of Marvel, how about parading around the galaxy as the Guardians of the Galaxy? You can in the new game that puts you in Star Lord’s rocket boots to fight once again for the fate of the universe.

No pressure.

Xbox Mini Fridge

Release date: Holiday 2021

What started as a meme now lives on in actual, real product form. It’s a mini-fridge in the same shape as the iconic Xbox Series X.

Honestly, that’s it. That’s all I can tell you. And it’s all I’d ever need to know to buy one. Just don’t go storing drinks in the wrong Xbox by mistake, yeah?