Old Games Are New Again In These Xbox Series X Videos

Yesterday morning, I woke up to videos of Assassin’s Creed: Unity. I have to be honest, I haven’t thought much about that game in a few years: the Ps4/Xbox One launch title was pretty and ambitious, but also loaded with bugs, bloated with features and ultimately a major black eye for what was then a yearly franchise. It’s been largely forgotten as the series reinvented itself with Origins, which is why I was surprised to see this Digital Foundry video running the game at a smooth 60 FPS, many of those launch bugs long-since patched. And I’m going to be honest: I kind of want to play it.

And while I’m a whole lot less likely to play Blinx The Timesweeper, a 2002 title for the original Xbox, I can’t say that my interest wasn’t piqued by Geoff Keighley booting the thing up on the Xbox Series X and showing off an 18-year old game with 4K and HDR:

Without true next-gen exclusives yet, Microsoft’s preview program revolves around backwards compatibility and the Xbox Series X’s ability to use both more powerful hardware and AI to soup up older games, making them run better and look nicer than their original versions. It’s reflective of both how Microsoft is selling this console given that it’s not making exclusives, and of a slow shift in the gaming industry away from major leaps in graphical fidelity. We spend more time playing old games than we ever have before, and there are tons of new games designed not to take full advantage of powerful hardware but rather to work on as many devices as possible.

It’s a perspective that PC players have had for a long time: when you get a new machine, you don’t just

Pakistan bans TikTok for ‘immoral’ and ‘indecent’ videos

Pakistan’s telecom regulator has banned TikTok, claiming the app failed to remove “immoral” and “indecent” content. The ban comes just over a month after the regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, banned dating apps, including Tinder and Grindr, for the same reason.

TikTok had been installed 43 million times in Pakistan, according to the analytics firm Sensor Tower. That made it the app’s 12th largest market in terms of installs. The firm estimates TikTok has been installed 2.2 billion times total across Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store.

The ban comes just a few months after TikTok was removed in India over concerns around the app’s Chinese ownership. The United States is still moving to ban TikTok over those same concerns. The ban itself is currently on hold due to a court order, but other restrictions are set to go into place in mid-November.

TikTok has remained a cultural phenomenon even as it comes under immense pressure from regulators across the globe. But the ongoing bans — particularly, the pending ban in the US — pose real threats to the app’s growth, as they could indefinitely cut off new installs in major markets like the US and India.

Regulators in Pakistan said they gave TikTok “considerable time” to respond to their concerns, but the company “failed to fully comply.” A recent transparency report shows that government authorities in Pakistan asked TikTok to restrict 40 accounts during the first half of 2020, but the company only restricted two of them.

TikTok said it has “robust protections in place” and hopes to return to Pakistan. “TikTok is an inclusive platform built upon the foundation of creative expression, and we are hopeful to reach a conclusion that