Xbox Series X: Brian Fargo is delighted with the progress of inXile's first exclusive game

Xbox Series X: Brian Fargo is delighted with the progress of inXile's first exclusive game

Xbox Series X

The first inXile exclusive game for Xbox Series X / S will be a first-person RPG developed with Unreal Engine 5, which is coming up very well, at least according to what Brian Fargo wrote on Twitter. Unfortunately, it will take some time to see him in action, since we are in the early stages of development.

Fargo has always said it, who for those unfamiliar with him is the head of inXile, as well as a great personality of the game industry, which said he was enthusiastic about the graphics, design and script of the game. Of course, such a comment on one of his games leaves the time it finds, but considering the previous works of the studio a little mouth watering is inevitable that it made us come.

However we kill the hype, so as not to risk nasty surprises. Let's wait and see what awaits us. The fact remains that we are talking about one of the best Western studios in the development of classic RPGs, along with Obsidian and Bethesda, so that there is some interest is inevitable.

For the rest, go and play that pearl of Wasteland 3, the latest title published by inXile, because it is really worth it.

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Xbox Series X HDMI Bug Fix Announced For Denon And Marantz Receivers

Awesome though the graphics capabilities of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and latest Nvidia/AMD graphics cards may be, they’ve certainly exposed a few problems with the current generation of HDMI connections. One of the strangest of these problems emerged last October with the discovery - as described in this previous story - that a bug with the crucial new HDMI 2.1 ports on the latest Denon and Marantz AV Receivers meant that they couldn’t pass through any 8K signals, or 4K signals at 120Hz refresh rates from Xbox Series X consoles. 

Now, thankfully, Sound United, which owns the Denon and Marantz brands, has announced that a solution has been found that will be made available to owners of all affected receivers free of charge.

As was suspected when the issue was first discovered, the fix has involved the development of new hardware, rather than just a software update. Specifically a new HDMI adapter called the SPK618 designed to sit between the Xbox Series X and affected AVRs.

A new adapter Sound United is providing free of charge to owners of Denon and Marantz 2020 AVRs will ... [+] fix those receivers' issues with passing through 4K/120Hz signals from the Xbox Series X.

Photo: Denon

The adapter ‘corrects’ (Sound United’s word) the HDMI data that’s passed from the console to the AVRs’ HDMI 2.1 port, allowing 4K at 120Hz or 8K signals to pass through to compatible screens as they should. 

Having to use an adapter like this is hardly a perfect solution, of course, given that it requires you to attach a rather prosaic-looking extra box to your otherwise glamorous Marantz or Denon AVR. But it’s probably overall preferable/more practical than having to find a way for engineers to retrofit a new HDMI section - even if such an approach were possible - into AVRs already sitting in people’s living rooms. And honestly, finding any solution at all after all this time has to count as a major win.

As noted earlier, Sound United is making the new adapter box available free of charge to affected owners if they order one within their AVR’s warranty period. Owners of the Denon and Marantz models listed below will be able to register to receive the adapter from May 15th, with shipments expected to start by the end of May. Bear in mind, though, that even if you have one of the affected AVRs you really don’t need to bother ordering SPK618 unless you have an Xbox Series X and a TV capable of 4K/120Hz playback.

Affected devices

Denon AVR-A110

Denon AVR-X6700H

Denon AVR-X4700H

Denon AVR-X3700H

Denon AVR-X2700H

Denon AVR-S960H

Marantz AV7706

Marantz SR8015

Marantz SR7015

Marantz SR6015

Marantz SR5015

Marantz NR1711

The registration process to get the adapter in the US, the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and France is as follows:

  • Step 1: Go to for Denon.
  • Or go to for Marantz.
  • Step 2: Fill out the form with the required information.
  • Once received, users will need to update their AVR’s firmware to complete the process.
  • In other countries and the Asia-Pacific region, eligible Denon/Marantz owners will need to contact their local dealer or distributor, who will then be responsible for shipping the adapter upon verification of the submitted details. As with the US/EU approach, once a verified user receives the adapter they will also need to update their AVR with the latest firmware. A video from Sound United outlining the procedure can be found on this link.

    How the new SPK618 adapter will fit into your system.

    Photo: Sound United

    Now that the new generation of consoles and PC cards are actually readily available for future AVRs (and TVs) to test themselves out with, hopefully issues like the one now addressed by Sound United’s adapter solution will become a thing of the past. For now, though, it’s a relief to see this problem joining the recent PS5/Samsung 2020 TV bug fix in enjoying a positive conclusion. 

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