Fossil Sport is the brand’s first smartwatch to use Snapdragon Wear 3100

Fossil has announced a plethora of new smartwatches in the second half of 2018, but the latest one is set to be the first from the brand to sport the most recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset.

The Fossil Sport comes in a variety of bold colors as well as featuring a light yet premium look body. The case is made of nylon cases and then topped with aluminum.

That aluminum top comes in silver, rose gold, gold, blue or red, while there are over 28 different straps to choose from too. You can see a selection of the options above and below.

The watch comes in two sizes; 41mm or 43mm, depending on how large you want the watch to be on your wrist. There’s a touchscreen for navigating around the features, but Fossil has yet to share any of the specs or the exact size of the display.

Bright and bold

According to Fossil, it will offer a full day of battery from a single charge and an additional two days if you activate the battery saver mode. We’ll be sure to test that during our full review.

It comes running the latest version of Wear OS software and it sports the top end Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset that should offer improved battery and a slicker performance than other Fossil watches.

Exactly what makes this a more of a fitness led watch doesn’t seem to be much more than the design, but it comes with a heart rate sensor, GPS and a variety of other sensors.

You’ll be able to use this with you iPhone if it’s running iOS 9.3 software and your Android handset if it’s running 4.4 and above.

You’ll be able to pre-order the Fossil Sport from November 8 in the UK and it’ll begin shipping by November 12. We’ve yet to hear any details about the US or Australia, but we’ll be sure to update this article when we do.

Price wise you’ll be looking at spending £249 (about $330, AU$450) on both versions of the watch in the UK. We hope to learn the pricing for the UK and Australia soon.

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Dyson Global CEO talks UAE growth and electric car plans

Dyson’s entry into the UAE market has seen some interesting growth. Apart from dedicated stores in select malls in Dubai, the company also now enjoys being present in some of the prime shopping malls and venues across the country. It’s also investing heavily in its online store, helping to fuel the region’s growing pangs for online shopping.  

James Rowan, Dyson Global CEO, is confident that there’s still much to be done with the company’s product lines. Speaking to TechRadar Middle East, he talked about how AI is coming to future products, and what we could expect from a Dyson-engineered electric car.

What made you decide to finally launch stores in the UAE?

There were a few things that led to that – we’ve always kept an eye on growing markets in the past, Japan was for example a huge market for us to look at, to keep the business growing. So we started to look around the world at which markets where our products would be appreciated. What’s happened in the UAE is that our technology has been appreciated and understood, we’ve grown the business 200% in the past few years we’ve been here and we’re continuing to invest in that growth. The next step is how do you engage more deeply with that customer base – our products are best sold when they’re explained properly, which led to us taking more high-street retail space as well as spending on our online channels to bring the products to people.  

The region is seeing a strong uptake in ecommerce and online shopping, how are you balancing this between your online store and traditional brick and mortar stores?

There’s been a great success with high-street stores, and there’s going to be a need for the retail channels to always remain. There’s different demographics with different areas – for example people in China prefer to shop online more than visiting a physical store. Then there are some people who still want to buy online, but want to be able to touch and feel the product and try it out for themselves in person. So that’s what you need the physical stores for.

What we’ve found is that some retailers weren’t quite showcasing our products in the way that they’re meant to, so we’ve taken a lot of that back and crafted better in-store experiences for our products, coupled with experts who can really demonstrate what our products can do. Standalone Dyson stores don’t make sense everywhere, but in new and emerging markets they definitely are a requirement. The online channel compliments anyone who doesn’t want to necessarily visit a store, but still wants the benefits from shopping directly from the manufacturer.

We’ve been investing around five times more into online channels than we have in the past, just to make thing more manageable for our customers and to make sure that everything is both easy and secure.

What has consumer reception been like in the UAE since your products launched?

We have about eight products in place in our stores here, across three categories. All of them are doing really well – haircare products especially because they reduce damage and they’re easy to use. We also make sure that we properly field test all of our products to ensure that they can withstand all kinds of climate conditions and usage scenarios.

The v10 Cyclone is an example of how Dyson’s R&D department has helped to innovate and improve upon an existing popular product – what else are you doing as a company to ensure that you’re consistently improving your in-house engineers as well as attracting new talent?

For any tech company it’s all about pushing boundaries. For the first time ever this year, we have more software and electronics engineers than we do hardware engineers. And that’s a real pivot point for us – I think James Dyson said a while ago that software is enabling hardware companies faster than hardware is enabling software companies, and that’s true for Dyson as well.

You have this beautiful partnership of great hardware being augmented by great software to produce a world-class product. For example the next version after the v10 has a lot of AI in it, and it makes a huge difference to the product.

When it comes to attracting talent, what we’ve found is that people love working on products that you can actually go out and buy in the stores. They become attached in a way that they can say ‘I’m part of the design team that made that’. We put a huge amount of investment in the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology, which we set up two years ago.

It’s a fantastic training environment that results in a recognized degree in the end, and we’re only the sixth private university to be setup in the UK. The best part is that at the end of their four years, the students have the opportunity of a full-time paid role at Dyson should they want to come work with us.

You’ve spoken before about plans to work on an electric car – from an expertise point of view, what could Dyson bring to the market that we haven’t already seen?

A lot of it will be quite nuanced – for example we could take any of our existing products and take it apart to find out how to make it faster, quieter, and more efficient. That’s sort of how we feel with electric cars – it’s about taking things to the next level, apart from the obvious things like range and better battery management.

The nice thing about a project like working on a car is the almost endless things that can be taken apart and reengineered to perform better, even if it’s a part of the car that’s been unchanged for decades. We have about 400 people working on this project, split between Dyson engineers and automotive experts. We mixed them all up to get them thinking differently, and the crossplay between the two has been really incredible.

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Best Xbox One X games: what to play on the world’s most powerful console

Since the Xbox One X’s release a year ago, the powerful console has changed the limits of gaming – improving game visuals and allowing new titles to true 4K on the console. 

We now know of over 250 Xbox One X enhanced games for the new console including new titles such as Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Forza Horizon 4 – and there’s more on the way. While we’d love to tell you all of these games are going to ooze visual fidelity when you pop them onto your TV, not all of these games are going to look like they’re fresh out of the developer’s oven. 

You see, even though the Xbox One X is capable of 4K/HDR at 60 frames per second along with Dolby Atmos sound, not all games are guaranteed to have all of these improvements. Some will support all of them, while some will support HDR and nothing more. 

With this in mind, we’ve created a list of the best games that push the console to its limits. Here you’ll find the games whose patch details confirm they’ll push at least two of the console’s capabilities, whether that’s 4K, HDR or Dolby Atmos.

We’ve also included details on some upcoming titles with confirmed Xbox One X enhancements in the works in an effort to keep you informed of what’s on the horizon for the 4K-ready console.

The vast majority of the Xbox One X-enhanced games on this list, however, have been played by TechRadar staff, either in preview form or in their final retail state. Read on for our in depth impressions of the best Xbox One X games.

It’s also worth keeping an eye on the regularly updated list of Enhanced titles on Major Nelson’s website or Microsoft’s official Xbox One X Enhanced list found on Xbox.com.

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What are its enhancements? Native 4K and HDR (3840×2160 at 30 FPS or 1920×1080 at 60 FPS)

The only word that can be used to describe Forza Horizon 4 is stunning. The latest addition to the open-world racing title is a testament to the power of Xbox One X enhancements. Racing through Great Britain at 4K is a truly breathtaking experience, further boosted by the game’s dynamic seasons.

If the the native 4K mode isn’t graphically impressive enough, the new 60FPS mode will blow you away with its smooth transition and its picture perfect take of every pothole, lavender field and pebble dash wall in Britain. 

Make sure to check out our full Forza Horizon 4 review.

What are its enhancements? Native 4K and HDR 

Assassin’s Creed games are known for being visual masterpieces and Odyssey is no different. Xbox One X enhancements truly bring Odyssey’s Grecian world to life, with higher resolution textures, denser crowds, improved depth of field and an overall richer environment. 

Check out our Assassin’s Creed Odyssey review diary for more.

What are its enhancements? Native 4K / 30FPS or 1080p / 60FPS

If you’ve previously had a chance to play Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Xbox One X, then you probably have a pretty good idea of what to expect from its follow-up, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, in terms of enhancements. 

Like its predecessor, Shadow of the Tomb Raider can be played using settings that favor either Resolution or Performance — the former allows the game to regularly display at a native 4K resolution, while the latter drops the game down to 1080p, but offers much smoother gameplay targeting 60FPS.

Needless to say, Shadow of the Tomb Raider benefits greatly from the additional detail afforded by its 4K resolution uptick. Environments (particularly foliage, water and mud) are utterly jaw-dropping in 4K, making this entry the best-looking in the series to date. 

That said, it’s not an entirely flawless presentation, with occasional screen tearing issues and framerate drops cropping up during some of the game’s more graphically intense sections. Still, it’s highly likely that developer Eidos Montreal is working on a patch to iron out these problems — we’ll check back on the game in the near future to see if they’ve been addressed. 

While Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s Performance mode shows a noticeable drop in visual fidelity when compared to the game’s Resolution mode, the game still looks exceptional, with its smoother framerate giving the player an additional level of responsiveness, making its controls feel more tactile in the process. 

It’s clear that a lot of effort has been put into Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s enhancements, and barring some occasional performance hitches that will likely be addressed in an update, the game really shines on Xbox One X.

Check out our full Shadow of the Tomb Raider review

What are its enhancements? Native 4K / 30FPS or 1800p / 60FPS

Though it’s almost ten years old, Red Faction Guerrilla arrives on Xbox One X with some impressive visual enhancements that serve to make the game’s destructive architecture and enormous explosions all the more satisfying. In the game’s display options, you’ll find two video options: High Quality and High Performance. The former sees the game target a 4K resolution at 30FPS, while the latter drops the resolution slightly to 1800p, delivering a smoother 60FPS experience. 

To the naked eye, the High Quality resolution benefits aren’t immediately apparent, given that the Xbox One X will automatically upscale to 4K anyway. However, the buttery-smooth framerate of High Performance mode is immediately apparent, looking especially great while driving around Red Faction Guerrilla’s vast Martian landscapes.

As part of its ‘Re-Mars-tered’ package, the game also receives improved textures and lighting — both of which work hard to enhance the game’s visual appeal. Of course, there’s no denying that Red Faction Guerrilla looks like a remaster of a last gen title, with very little color variation in environments and shadows that are just a little too dark (the inclusion of an HDR mode might’ve given the game’s endless browns, reds and oranges a little more life and variety). 

Still, this is as good as Red Faction: Guerrilla is ever likely to look on a console, and if you’re a fan of the game from its original release, we heartily recommend that you pick up this stellar remaster and get your ass to Mars again as soon as possible.

What are its enhancements? 4K and 60 FPS

What is it? It took a Hell of a long time, but Doom has now been updated for Xbox One X. While the game always looked incredible, it now looks sharper than ever, thanks to a native 4K update. Like before, the game still runs at 60 FPS, meaning the Xbox One X version of the game offers the best of both worlds. Admittedly, we’d have liked it if a HDR mode had been added, given how long this update was in gestation, but we can’t argue with the 4K update we’ve received. Seriously, Doom looks incredible in Ultra High Definition, and its buttery smooth framerate is just the icing on the cake. 

What are its enhancements? Native 4K and HDR

A contender for prettiest open-world shooter to date, Far Cry 5 receives a number of impressive enhancements when played on the Xbox One X. Unlike many enhanced games that employ dynamic scaling techniques to keep their resolutions as close to 4K as possible, Far Cry 5 boasts a full and unwavering 3840 x 2160 resolution that never dips. It also manages to retain the temporal anti-aliasing that made Ubisoft’s own Assassin’s Creed Origins look so spectacular on Microsoft’s high-end console.

HDR settings are also available on Far Cry 5, though you won’t be able to tweak them as thoroughly as you could with Origins’ ‘paper-white’ and ‘maximum luminance’ sliders. Still, the game looks and runs gloriously on Xbox One X at 30FPS. On top of this, users playing on the console will also receive improved terrain detail and shading. We can only hope that every Ubisoft title going forward looks as good as this on Xbox One X. 

Check out our full Far Cry 5 review

What are its enhancements? 4K and HDR

Though it’s art-style is simplistic, there’s an incredible beauty to be found in the presentation of Microsoft’s latest exclusive, Sea of Thieves. This massively multiplayer online pirate adventure is available on both Xbox One and PC, and while the latter offers unlocked frame rates and ultra-wide monitor support, the console version ultilizes HDR to really bring the game to life — sunsets have never been more breathtaking in a video game. Thankfully, Sea of Thieves supports cross play between Windows 10 and Xbox so you can play with everyone. 

Along with its stunning HDR-enhanced visuals, Sea of Thieves’ cartoonish art style is bolstered by a native 4K resolution on Xbox One X. As you’d imagine, the water is especially beautiful in Sea of Thieves — we’d even go as far as to call it the most realistic water in any video game to date. The way that light shines through waves is also especially realistic. 

Still, Sea of Thieves is most impressive when you’re standing on the deck of your ship, looking out as the sun sets over an island brimming with the promise of treasure. Weather can change on you in an instant, with a dynamic cloud simulation and storm system that really ups the intensity as you sail the game’s vast ocean. 

If you want a game that shows off just how much the Xbox One X can enhance a visual experience, we suggest you set sail for the Sea of Thieves. 

Read all about it in our Sea of Thieves hub.

What are its enhancements? 4K and performance enhancements

Bethesda’s epic post-apocalyptic role-playing game has received an Xbox One X update which brings it more in line with the PS4 Pro version of the game. We now have a native 4K resolution, though the game still exhibits horizontal scaling during more graphically intense moments. 

That said, at its lowest, it still delivers an impressive 3264×2160 resolution, which is much higher than the PS4 Pro’s 1440p target. 

Elsewhere, improvements have been made to Fallout 4’s framerate on Xbox One, hitting its target of 30fps more consistently than it did at launch, though you’ll still find dropped frames on occasion – a problem the PS4 Pro version does not have. 

Still, even with the odd framerate hiccup, Fallout 4 looks glorious on Xbox One X, making it the best way to experience the game on consoles. 

What are its enhancements? 60 FPS, 3K, enhanced graphics

What is it? Following behind Forza Horizon 3, Project Cars 2 is another racing game taking advantage of the Xbox One X’s power. Developed by Slightly Mad Games and first released in September 2017, this is a racing sim that prides itself on striking visuals and accurate simulation.

Players will have a choice of three modes on Xbox One X: Enhanced Visuals, which will put the game in 1440p resolution while having shadow, track and vehicle details as high as possible; Enhanced Resolution will bump the game’s resolution up to 3K; the final mode Enhanced Framerate will set the game’s resolution to 1080p while ensuring the game maintains a smooth 60 frames per second. 

What are its enhancements? 4K and 60 FPS

As the game is built on the same engine as Doom and already runs at 1080p and 60 PFS, the big difference with the Xbox One X  version is that the game is brought up to a native resolution of 4K. Unfortunately, there’s no HDR support as yet, but the game looks utterly sublime at 2160p. That the game’s rock-solid 60fps is also maintained is especially impressive. A truly great example of what the Xbox One X is capable of. 

What are its enhancements? 4K, HDR, and 30 FPS

What is it? Like Gears of War 4, this is an Xbox One exclusive that’s been around for a while. Though it doesn’t offer the same high frame rates that Motorsport 7 does, this game is sure to look fantastic in 4K with HDR. As well as a resolution bump, plenty of graphical improvements are promised with better visual effects and draw distances. The best thing is, if you already own it your enhanced patch will come free and the file size is a relatively manageable 670 MB. 

What are its enhancements? 4K and HDR 

Fans of Ubisoft’s tactical co-operative shooter Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands are in for a treat with the game’s Xbox One X update, as it brings a bevy of enhancements. First off, the game now renders at 1800p (which is then upscaled to 4K), and also offers high-dynamic-range support – all without sacrificing the game’s rock-solid 30 FPS framerate. Further enhancements include an increased texture cache size (which is said to improve loading times by keeping more recent assets in memory), increased terrain details and texture resolutions, bigger draw distances and more. Quite frankly, the game has gone from being moderately good-looking to drop-dead gorgeous on Xbox One X. HDR is a particular highlight here – the game just looks so much sharper than before, with a noticeable uptick in vibrancy, especially in bright and sunny environments. Extremely impressive.

What are its enhancements? 4K or 60 fps and HDR.

What is it? The Witcher 3 is one of the older enhanced titles on this list but it still stands as one of the best. Believed by many to be the RPG to end all RPGs, this fantasy adventure will take you through incredible vistas and through thrilling adventures. Using the Xbox One X’s power, CD Projekt Red has created two enhanced modes. 

One utilises 4K visuals and runs at a solid 30 frames per second, while the other uses dynamic resolution and promises a smooth 60 frame per second. Both modes will allow you to enjoy HDR – a technology that will truly shine in the game’s dynamic world. 

What are its enhancements? 4K and HDR

What is it? As one of the biggest games this year, it’s natural that Destiny 2 appears on this list. With its original game, Bungie managed to create a huge triple-A success as well as a cult hit.

Now, however, it’s opening up to the masses and anyone that felt like they couldn’t jump on the Destiny band wagon the first time shouldn’t miss the opportunity to do so now. 

This huge online multiplayer shooter will reel you in with its universe, single-player story, satisfying gameplay and addictive online modes. In our full Destiny 2 review, we call Destiny 2 “the Destiny you know, and the Halo you used to love, all in one loot-filled package.”

If you’re just getting started, it’s also worth taking a peek at our handy tips and tricks guide which will allow you to hit the ground running.

What are its enhancements? 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos and 60 FPS

The fourth entry in the Gears of War series already looked great on the original Xbox One, however, it looks damn-near astonishing when enhanced for the Xbox One X. Once patched, new advanced video options appear in the game’s settings which give the player control over every major area of its presentation. 

You can choose whether you want to place preference on detail (offering native 4K resolutions and textures at 30 frames per second) or performance (locked 60 frames per second and increased graphical detail). While the jump in detail is noticeable when playing the game at 4K, the performance mode looks nearly as good in terms of textures, with the added bonus of running at a buttery-smooth frame rate.

And, while the Xbox One S already provided Gears of War 4 with HDR settings, they’ve received a boost here to work in conjunction with the game’s 4K rendering, allowing for its wider color gamut to be displayed in much greater detail. You’ll find a much-appreciated HDR brightness slider in the settings, and if you want to get a real picture of the difference between standard and high-dynamic-range, you can split the screen and see them both side-by-side while playing the game. 

Although it’s a slightly older release, The Coalition has done a great job to turn Gears 4 into a poster child for what the Xbox One X is capable of.  

What are its enhancements? 4K and HDR

Right from its opening chapter, which takes place during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, Call of Duty: WWII astonishes with its graphical presentation. 

We’ve all come to expect the Call of Duty series to provide 60 frames per second gameplay, regardless of platform, but when that framerate is used in conjunction with the Xbox One X’s 4K resolution boost and HDR functionality, the game takes on an extraordinary level of detail and visual clarity.

The opening mission, which recreates the D-Day invasion of Normandy, feels more realistic because of the Xbox One X. Witness, for instance, the realistic textures of fabric on uniforms and realistic skin textures found on faces. 

Or how about the way the ocean sprays fine mist and water all over you as your landing craft crashes through the waves on your approach to the beach? The game’s steady framerate, incredibly high resolution and high-dynamic-range colors and lighting, gives the game an almost unnerving quality when played on Xbox One X. 

Like many other Xbox One X-enhanced games, Call of Duty: WWII has HDR sliders that allow you to tweak the game’s brightness and white balance to your liking – a much-appreciated addition that we hope carries over to all enhanced games going forward. Quite frankly, we want all games on the console to look this good.

What are its enhancements? 4K, HDR, and 60 FPS

Forza Motorsport 7 was Microsoft’s poster-child for the power of the Xbox One X and thus far it’s the game that’s received the most attention in terms of performance assessments.

As a first-party title, the game’s development team has been able to take full advantage of the Xbox One X’s power. The game’s patch promises 4K resolution at 60 frames per second with HDR support. 

Having played the Xbox One X-enhanced version of the game for several hours, we’re still blown away by how good it looks and how smooth it runs. The game’s One X enhancements are most noticeable in its various environments, which show exceptional definition. We pelted our Porsche 911 GT2 RS around the rocky desert hills of Dubai and were astounding by the level of detail found in the rock faces surrounding the track. 

Thanks to HDR, the sunlight hitting the track and our vehicle looked brighter than ever. The 4K resolution also allows developer Turn 10 Studios to recreate the cars and their interiors to an astonishing degree of detail. This is especially evident in cars with Alcantara upholstery (pictured) – the fuzziness of the suede-like synthetic material looks just like the real thing!

It’s not all about sunny weather, though – we also had the opportunity to race around the famous Nürburgring track in a Nissan GT-R during heavy downpour and were incredibly impressed with how realistic the rain and weather effects appeared.

The combination of 4K, HDR and locked 60 frames per second brings with it some incredibly detailed and realistic visuals with crisp and responsive gameplay.  Buckle up for a truly show-stopping Xbox One X demo disc in Forza Motorsport 7.

Read our full Forza Motorsport 7 review

What are its enhancements? 4K and HDR

As you’d probably expect, Assassin’s Creed Origins uses the power of the Xbox One X to make some serious visual impact. The game renders at 4K (although those without 4K screens will still benefit from an oversampled 1080p resolution) and supports HDR, too. 

The high resolution support means that the game’s environments and characters are seriously detailed with highly realistic textures and the console’s CPU power means the quality is maintained from longer distances. 

However, It’s HDR that makes the game really shine, creating greater contrast between bright sunlight and flames and shadows. This adds real depth to the game world, capturing the blinding brightness of the Egyptian sun and making the shade of tombs feel mercifully cool. As with most Xbox One X-enhanced games that we’ve tested, Assassin’s Creed Origins has an HDR slider that allows you to manually adjust the game’s paper white balance level, as well as the television’s brightness nits. 

Having played several hours of the game on Xbox One X, we found the game to be visually impressive with wonderful textures and a remarkably consistent frame rate given everything that was happening on screen at once.

Read all about it in our Assasins Creed Origins hub.

What are its enhancements? 4K, HDR, 60FPS

Having spent a significant amount of time with Rise of the Tomb Raider post-Xbox One X patch, it’s safe to describe it as one of the prettiest games on the console. 

The updated game supports three modes, so you can tailor what exactly you want the console to prioritise with the game. High frame-rate has the game run at 1080p with enhanced textures, and upscaling to reach 4K. This mode is probably the least detailed of the three, but comes closest to maintaining a locked 60fps framerate. 

Native 4K mode, as the name suggests, prioritises rendering a full 4K’s worth of pixels, even if this involves bigger hits to framerate, which can make the game judder in its more intense scenes, even though the game is targeting a more modest 30fps. 

Finally, the ‘Enriched 4K’ mode strikes a nice balance between the two. It features a more advanced form of upscaling, so even though it’s not native 4K, it’s close enough that it still looks decent. 

In all three modes, the implementation of HDR was a treat. Light peeking into each tomb we explored had a fantastic brightness to it, while water had a fantastic level of glimmer and shine. Truly stunning. 

What are its enhancements? 4K and HDR

Continuing the trend of giving users the option of how to use the X’s extra graphical horsepower, Shadow of War features two different graphical settings. You can either have the game favor resolution or favor quality. 

Choose to favor resolution, and the game will attempt to get as close to 4K as possible (falling back on dynamic scaling when this isn’t possible). 

Opt to favor quality and the improvements will be wider-ranging, but won’t bring the same benefits to resolution. Textures will see enhanced detail, draw distances will be improved, there’ll be more vegetation and shadows and lighting will be improved. 

Both modes will feature HDR, and will unfortunately only run at 30fps rather than the 60fps of some of the other titles on this list. 

Having played Shadow of War at a recent preview event, we came away impressed by the sheer detail offered by 4K, which really brought the large-scale battles to life. We’ll have to wait to see the final version of the patch to issue our definitive judgement. 

What are its enhancements? 4K, HDR, 60 FPS (coming soon)

FIFA 18 is another big title that takes advantage of the Xbox One X’s 4K and HDR capabilities. 

Looking more realistic than ever before, the latest entry in the FIFA series displays at 4K on Xbox One X at smooth 60 frames per second and with HDR support thrown in for good measure. 

4K resolution means even more detail and improved textures (you’ll pore over every blade of grass) but when it comes to fast-paced games like FIFA, it’s the consistent frame rate we’re looking forward to – a slight judder or dip in frame rate could be the difference between making and missing a goal.

Add to this the expanded color gamut and improved lighting that HDR brings with it, and this beautiful game really comes to life, contrasting the bright sunlight against the shadows cast by the stadium to add greater depth. 

This is everything we know about FIFA 18.

What are its enhancements? 4K and HDR

What is it? You’ve probably heard of the JRPG phenomenon that is Final Fantasy and XV is its latest addition. The games are already stunning but we’re looking forward to seeing what has been done with the Xbox One X’s power here – the open world of Eos is sure to be a treat in 4K. 

What are its enhancements? 4K, HDR, 60 FPS

Bungie might have left the Halo series to focus on Destiny, but the blockbuster Xbox series is still alive and well thanks to developer 343 Industries. The most recent entry, Halo 5: Guardians, was released back in 2015, but it will be receiving the Xbox One X treatment via a patch that’s available now. 

When patched for Xbox One X, the game will continue to run at 60fps as it did originally, but with the added bonus of a 4K resolution boost.

Unfortunately, due to the age of the original release, the game won’t be receiving an HDR upgrade alongside its 4K one. Still, a native 2160p resolution and rock-solid 60 frames per second is nothing to be sneezed at. 

Expect this already beautiful game to look even more stunning when played on the Xbox One X. 

What are its enhancements? 4K and HDR

The Xbox One X patch for Madden NFL 18 is not available just yet, but we already know what to expect: like the PS4 Pro version, this year’s Madden will display at a 4K resolution backed by HDR’s expanded color gamut. 

This will give the game razor sharp visuals with naturalistic lighting and eye-popping colors, particularly in uniforms and stadiums. 

On top of the 4K and HDR boost, Madden NFL 18 is expected to always run at a smooth 60 frames per second during plays on the field. The PS4 Pro version does this, though will drop to around 30 frames per second during replays and when sideline camera angles are used throughout the game’s broadcast-style presentation. 

Whether the Xbox One X version will be able to stick to 60 frames per second at all times is currently unknown, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as the patch is released.

What are its enhancements? 4K, HDR and 60 FPS

What is it? Minecraft is a game that needs no introduction, and its ‘Super Duper Graphics Pack’ is set to make its polygonal world the sharpest its ever looked. We got to have a look at the Xbox One X-enhanced version of the game and it was quite fun to see a more beautiful version of what is essentially a very simple looking game. 

While the game keeps its famous blocky appearance (we obviously wouldn’t want that to change), it does receive vastly improved lighting thanks to the inclusion of HDR support. For instance, your creations can now be viewed with the added bonus of a glorious sunset.

Colors also receive a boost, looking less flat in the process, and vegetation also looks more detailed than before. Still, you can rest assured that the Xbox One X version of the game doesn’t mess with the winning formula too much – it simply makes it better.

What are its enhancements? 1440p (upscaled to 4K) and HDR

We hope you’ve got plenty of space on your hard drive, because the patches required to play the Xbox One X-enhanced version of Quantum Break, combined with the game install itself, will take up a staggering 178GB of your console’s storage. Welcome to gaming in the future! 

So what do the huge patches give you exactly? Well, since the game is incredibly demanding from a hardware perspective, even on high-end PCs, Quantum Break technically runs at true resolution of 1440p but is displayed as 2160p in its video settings. 

According to Digital Foundry, the game makes use of a ‘temporal reconstruction’ technique that gives the illusion of 4K by cloning frames and using the information to make the resolution look much higher than it is. The original Xbox One version did the same thing, taking its native 720p resolution and applying the same technique to provide the illusion of 1080p. 

Aside from this, the game has received a texture boost, making its visuals look much crisper in the process. Funnily enough, the film grain effect seen in the standard Xbox One version of the game has been dropped entirely for the One X, giving Quantum Break much more depth and clarity in its presentation. 

It’s a shame that 60 frames per second is unavailable, but given the game’s cinematic styling based on film and television, it seems like developer Remedy would probably prefer it that way regardless. Either way, Quantum Break looks downright beautiful on Xbox One X. 

What are its enhancements? 4K, HDR, Dolby Atmos and 60 FPS

What is it? The next addition to the Xbox exclusive chaotic franchise. Crackdown 3 was supposed to be a launch title for the Xbox One X but its been pushed back to Spring 2018 to make extra sure it’s ready to meet those high running standards its promising. 

What are its enhancements? 4K, HDR and 30 FPS

What is it? BioWare’s new IP is a bit of a mystery at the moment but its already confirmed as an Xbox One X enhanced title. We know it’s going to be a science-fiction game that leans down the fantasy vein like franchises such as Star Wars. You can read more about it here. 

The best Samsung Galaxy S8 cases

The Samsung Galaxy S8 might not be latest and greatest Galaxy phone on the market now that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 have taken the lead. But thanks to all the new phones on the market, this still-powerful smartphone is more affordable than ever. Even if it’s cheaper, it’s still a good idea to put a case on your Galaxy S8.

One of the nicer features of the Galaxy S8 is its stunning edge-to-edge display. Of course, a bigger screen is also more vulnerable to drops since the angled screen is more likely to make contact with the ground than other devices. We don’t have to tell you how a drop could spell doom for your screen.

We’ve pulled up a list of great Galaxy S8 cases to guard your phone so it will last you as long as possible, perhaps while you wait for the rumored foldable Galaxy X. 

While some of these case options are untested, they are each a cut above the rest due to their value and design, and are backed by positive consumer feedback.

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Spigen has spread its low-cost Tough Armor series to plenty of phones, and it’s at home here for a Samsung phone that has been surpassed by newer devices. It’s an affordable case with a couple layers of protection, providing basic safety for those who don’t need to splurge on their older phone.

The Tough Armor has a flexible TPU body that wraps around the device along with a polycarbonate shell, which also houses the wee kickstand for propping up your phone to watch media. You can pick one up for just under $17 (£13, AU$23) on Amazon here.

Vena’s vCommute is a rugged take on the wallet case, offering more protection (and a grittier look) for anyone who wants to carry cards around with their phone. It’s got a typical flexible TPU and polycarbonate combo frame to handle drops and scuffs. 

Unlike other wallet cases, the vCommute’s card pocket can be completely enclosed by a cover. This layer is articulated, allowing you to turn it into an impromptu stand – and it’s also magnetic, and allegedly works with appropriate car mounts.

You can get the vCommute for just under $20 ( £15, AU$27) on Amazon here.

This Samsung Galaxy S8 Super Thin case is for you if you’re even the least bit reluctant to cover up your new S8. Coming in a few different colors, each adds a nice touch to the S8’s forward-thinking design.

Its easy application and low profile makes it an easy choice for minimalists, though at $25, it’s not the cheapest case given its simple build. However, if form takes higher priority over function, Peel’s case is exactly what you need. 

Check out the Super Thin case by Peel right here.

This Samsung Galaxy S8 case has a translucent cover envelopes the entire phone and provides a see-through window for the time and date, incoming calls, music controls and lock screen notifications. On top of that, it doubles as a stand so you can easily watch movies in landscape mode.

This is Samsung’s fun Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus case that shines LED lights through the translucent cover. There are 54 special icons and you can have limited control over the phone without having to open up the cover.

This is the most standard case Samsung makes. It has a smooth, rubberized feel on the outside and a microfiber interior to keep your phone scratch-free. It protects your phone and gives you several bright color options.

Samsung’s premium Alcantara case feels like suede with a soft, textured material that extends all the way around the phone. You even get a slight lip around the display in order to avoid scratching the front glass when the phone is face down.

Let your Samsung Galaxy S8 true color and slim design shine through this clear case. It’s 0.8mm thin, so there’s not much extra bulk to this bumper case. It’s protection without the distraction.Samsung Clear Cover

Defender to the left, Commute to the right

Otterbox makes heavy-duty Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases, so you’re getting drop protection from the incredibly rugged Defender and almost as durable Commuter series. Both have a polycarbonate shell and synthetic rubber slipcover.

Incipio already has 22 Galaxy S8 cases available (and another 22 for the Galaxy S8 Plus), so here are our favorites: The Carnaby has a soft fabric back that reminds of us Incipio’s stylish backpacks; Stowaway gives you a pocket for up to three credit cards; and Haven provides protection from six-foot drops. Not enough? Incipio also sells two different glitter cases.

There are four Caseology Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases, and they’re all fairly inexpensive. The Caseology Coastline is the company’s basic clear polycarbonate case for minimalists, the Parallax case provide stylish grooves in addition to protection, the Vault I case is meant to be ‘slim armor’ and the Legion case is all about offering rugged protection without compromise.

Speck is best at offering Samsung cases with slim designs and just enough protection to get you through your first year or two with the phone (until you trade it in). We like the new Presidio case for exactly that reason. It takes on a slim design, yet offers drop and bezel screen protection. The Speck Presidio Grip, meanwhile, it meant for more impact and, with a no-slip back, hopefully fewer drops.

You can find some fun cases among Casemate’s Galaxy S8 collection already. Skip the ‘Naked Tough Clear’ case and go for one of the three ‘Naked Tough Waterfall’ cases. They send glitter cascading through clear cases, just in case a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch phone didn’t stand out already. Also fun are Casemate’s Karat cases that stick various shiny metal accents (like gold flakes or mother of pearl and silver) inside a case – they just don’t move around.

Lifeproof’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus cases bring your Android phone up to army grade standards thanks to the military standard 810G-516.6. It’s ready for rough and tumble action and extends the device’s IP68 waterproof capabilities. The company even claims to give it snowproof and drop proof capabilities to boot.

There are six Samsung Galaxy S8 cases from Tech21, with the cheapest being the Pure Clear case and three Evo cases: Evo Active Edition, Evo Check, and Evo Tactical. Tech21’s two card-carrying cases are more more expensive, the Evo Wallet folio case and Evo Go case that has a trap door for your card carrying needs.

If you want your Galaxy S8 protected, the Spigen Slim Armor CS case will do the job. Soft and hard plastics combine to keep the phone safe from falls. Even though it’s a bit bulky, it can save you some pocket space by carrying two cards, so you may not need to always bring a wallet everywhere you go.

This case can fully replace most wallets, more card storage than anyone should reasonably need. It has nine card slots and three cash slots, so you can keep this case loaded with ways to pay. And if you use Samsung Pay, keeping your phone in this case will mean it’s holding one more payment method.

For anyone looking to ditch the wallet and carry just a few cards around with their Galaxy S8, the Maxboost Wallet Case is a good fit. It fits the phone into a simple holder, and closes up folio-style. The card slots are perfect for a credit card, debit card and license.

The leather flip wallet case from Ocase will offer you protection for the Galaxy S8 while also letting you store multiple credit cards and cash. It includes a magnetic clasp to help it stay closed, and has the necessary cutouts for you to use your camera and fingerprint scanner. There are a variety of color options, and even models with a detachable phone holders.

See the Ocase leather flip wallet case at Amazon here.

Enjoying Samsung’s visual design and protecting it from destruction are hard to balance. The Zizo Bolt Galaxy S8 case leans heavily in favor of the latter. It features multi-layer protection and a screen protector to make sure a simple accident won’t  do serious damage. Most importantly, it offers military-grade drop certification to protect your Galaxy S8 from up to 12-foot falls.

See the Zizo Bolt case on Amazon here.

We’ll continue to update this page with more cases as they become available to us.

The best iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus cases: how to protect your all-glass iPhone

 While getting a case for your phone has always been important, it’s more critical now that they’ve all switched to glass backs. The iPhone 8 was the first of Apple’s phones to follow the trend, and boy does it suck when a clumsy spill cracks either of your phone’s glass sides. 

Luckily, we’ve assembled a list of cases to wrap around your iPhone 8. It’s not the newest phone on the block, but it’s still a quality device that could last you years – so long as you protect it from accidents.

While we haven’t gotten to test out the following iPhone 8 cases and won’t guarantee all will be as protective or suave, the list includes many that come highly rated by users. (And they look pretty cool, too.) Here’s our list:

Note: We’ve ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing. 

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JETech’s iPhone 8 case is also its iPhone 7 case (it fits both), which tells you a lot about the design: it fits, it works, it’s not complicated. This crystal-clear case should protect against basic drops, scratches and scuffs.

In other words, don’t expect phenomenal protection from this case, but it’s an extremely functional choice for someone who doesn’t want to spend much or just needs a quick fix before upgrading to a pricier case.

You can get the JETech Case for under $8 (£6, AU$11) on Amazon here.

Spigen releases Tough Armor cases for plenty of phones, and this iPhone 8 case is much like them: improved protection over basic cases for a bit higher price, but nowhere near as expensive as others in this list.

The case has a flexible TPU body wrapped in a polycarbonate back, providing a little extra cushion between the ground and your phone than simple plastic cases. Plus, it’s got a little kickstand if you enjoy watching media on your iPhone 8.

The Spigen Tough Armor iPhone 8 case is just under $16 (£12, AU$22) and available on Amazon here.

Matone’s Crystal Clear case is a simple solution for protecting your iPhone 8 Plus. It’s a basic, soft TPU bumper case that goes around the edges and back of the phone to absorb shock when dropped.

It comes in four colors, but all of them are see-through, so you’ll still be able to show off the full appearance of your phone. And, of course, with simplicity comes a low price tag.

See this iPhone 8 Plus case at Amazon here.

Looking for a simple protective cover that will help you grip your iPhone 8? This option from trusted case manufacturer Speck is basic, but does exactly what you need it to.

It won’t protect the screen of your phone, but the grip material at the back will help you keep hold of your phone when you really need to. 

Protection for your pricey iPhone 8 can come at a high cost, but it doesn’t have to. The X-Doria Defense Clear case costs less than most ruggedized cases.

One understated feature this one boasts is that it tucks the iPhone 8’s screen under a bit of its lip so as to avoid scratching it on a table if you like to set your phone face down. This case is no frills, but if all you’re looking for is protection on the cheap, look no further.

If you’re looking for a case, but don’t want to add any heft or thickness to the iPhone 8, this is the one you’re after.

MNML makes, you guessed it, cases with minimal aesthetic. They are cheap and come in a variety of colors. Better yet, they’ll work on your iPhone 7 as well, should you have one laying around.

Tech21 offers a great protective case here that will ensure the back or edges of your phone won’t get scratched and will hopefully be able to take a bit of the brunt when you next drop your iPhone 8.

There’s no front to this case, so you may want to buy a screen protector, but this see through option may be a good idea if you want to be able to see your phone while it’s protected.

Apple makes its own official cases for the iPhone 8, and unsurprisingly they’re worthy of inclusion in this list. This one is made from a silicone material that should feel comfortable in your hand.

But perhaps the best element is the color choices on offer here. You have the choice of nine colors, including bright red, so you can make your phone look like the red iPhone 7.

If style is your modus operandi, this leather case by Mujjo should fit your tastes nicely. In terms of its looks, it’s reminiscent of Apple’s own leather case, but it’s going for the much cheaper rate of about $38 (around £28, AU$47).

It likely won’t be the most protective case, given that it doesn’t look to hug the camera unit closely, so it’s probably not the wisest choice for those who like to take their phone out in the elements. That said, if you biff, you’ll really be going down in style.

This is another choice you can buy directly in the Apple Store when you grab your iPhone 8, but we really like the leather version of Apple’s official case.

Apart from the material it’s made of, the design is very similar to the silicone version up above and it comes in a great variety of colors too including pink, brown and bright red.

If protecting your phone is your number one priority when investing in a case, LifeProof’s signature offering looks to fit the bill with its colorful suite of cases.

By hugging around the back and securely over the iPhone 8’s front, it protects its fragile glass build materials on every front. 

While the phone looks as much like an iPhone 6 as it does an 8 while covered, at least you’ll still be able to take advantage of all the new features, like wireless charging and the improved camera. The big downside is that this ruggedized case is nearly $100.

Otterbox’s Defender Series of cases is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to ensure their iPhone 8 is safe from just about anything. This case offers multi-layer protection for the front, back and sides of the phone. An attachable clip can even help you keep it easily accessible without making it more prone to falls.

Spigen’s Slim Armor CS is a handy case for the iPhone 8. It not only protects your phone with a two-layer combination of soft TPU and hard PC, but it also lets you store two card inside. Throw a credit card and license in there, and you’re set for a night on the town. 

Caseology’s Parallax iPhone 8 case has a stylish design combining a soft shell with a 3D effect on the back and a hard shell for extra reinforcement.

While it might cover up most of the iPhone 8’s own design, the Parallax case’s look is interesting enough that you might not even mind. Plus, there are plenty of color combinations to choose from.

See the Caseology Parallax iPhone at Amazon here.

Otterbox makes great cases, and the Strada series for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sticks to that trend. The case features mutli-layer protection for your phone. And, thanks to its folio style, it can protect your screen as well.

It may be pricey, but it’s a lot cheaper than a serious repair. It also has room for a credit card, so you can store one in your case if you don’t like bringing your wallet everywhere.

See the Otterbox Strada case for iPhone 8 at Amazon here.
See the Otterbox Strada case for iPhone 8 Plus at Amazon here.

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