Xbox Gear Store
Larry: Hi, it's Larry here of Xbox Live's Major Nelson. Here we are. We are one, two, three, four, maybe five days away from launch depending upon when you're listening to this so that means it's time ... This is the last show before launch. We're moments, days, perhaps, depending upon when you're listening to this, hours ... Or maybe the launch has already happened for some of you. We're just excited to be here. We're excited about the games. Lot of news this week. Lot of games coming out. Jeff and I've been playing some X and S optimized titles. I tweeted out something earlier this week about ... I don't know if you saw the tweet I put out about how you'll see X and S in your library. Did you see that tweet?
Jeffrey: Yeah, I did actually and it's cool to be able to see that when you go into My Games and Apps and just see which games are going to be ready to be optimized for you and, as we said, there's going to be over 30 titles on launch day that'll be optimized for Series X and Series S and many of those titles you may already own. They'll be delivered by a smart delivery. We've got a great list over on Xbox Wire and highly recommend you check that out.
Larry: One thing, and we'll talk about this later on the show, we're going to kind of go through what we're playing in the news, but later on in the show we're going to talk about a couple things. One is we're going to have James Monosmith here. He's going to talk about the new Xbox Gear Store at gear.xbox.com and then we're going to talk about how you can prepare for Xbox Series X and Series S. I've got some notes here about hey, I've got my TV and my cable, just plug it up ... Well, there's a couple things you're going to want to do to make sure that you have good experience and I've got a checklist here that we're going to go through later on-
Jeffrey: That's great.
Larry: ... so that's-
Jeffrey: No, we should absolutely do ... It's super important. I can tell you from experience what I thought this TV could do based on things that I saw on the box. I was misinformed and I think we all are going to want to be able to look at ... And we're going to actually have an article going up on Xbox Wire about the different things you need to keep in mind when you're hooking up if you want to be able to take advantage of 120 frames a second.
Larry: I have that article here.
Jeffrey: Great. Variable refresh rates and a lot of things that we've been talking about that are going to be hallmarks here. Your TV may support some of these things and I-
Larry: And I'm going to give you ... All right, ready? I'm going to get all click baity, Jeffrey.
Larry: I'm going to give you the one simple thing you need to do to make sure your TV works.
Jeffrey: One trick, that one trick.
Larry: That one trick that they don't want you to ... No, I'll tell you about that later on so stay tuned for that. Yeah, we're playing. I'm kind of seeing it back here. I am playing ... What am I playing?
Jeffrey: Playing [inaudible 00:02:31], right?
Larry: I'm playing Watch Dogs, still doing Shotgun Farmers. Apex Legends, the new season starts this week. I haven't updated yet so that's why you're probably seeing the old icon there. So doing that. A little bit of Halo action. We're having some fun.
Jeffrey: Yeah, Watch Dogs. You've gotten very into that to the point where you actually-
Larry: For the first time ever.
Jeffrey: This does not happen often where I'm like, "Hey, you want to play, get a couple rounds of Apex in?"
Larry: You sent me a party invite. I joined the party. I'm like, "Nope, not playing. Got to go. In a mission."
Jeffrey: And I respect it. If you're getting that wrapped up into the story, it means it's doing something right. And something that I'm actually holding off, I'm reasonably far into that game. I couldn't tell you how far in but I have taken over all the different territories. London is mine. But then I saw a post that we had up on Xbox Wire the end of last week. We have been doing a series called Xbox Series X Optimized.
Jeffrey: And where we bring in the [debs 00:03:29] of some of those 30 games that will be optimized on day one to talk about what they're doing, how they're optimizing, how they're taking advantage of the power and the speed of Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X. And we had some folks from Ubisoft on here to talk about that and they brought some footage with them. They brought the receipts. And that footage looks really good.
Larry: It does.
Jeffrey: We're playing on current gen. All of a sudden these rain-slicked streets of London are reflecting phenomenally and how the light bounces off these glass towers.
Larry: To Jeff's point, it's not one thing. It's a series of little things that just add up to ... It's almost like going from black and white to Technicolor. Things are just like, "Wow!"
Jeffrey: If you want to get excited, look for this. Look for Xbox Series X optimized Watch Dogs Legion. You will find this footage whether it's directly on YouTube or on Xbox Wire. You will want to play it this way so I am actually pausing the game. I will come back to it. That's how I want to play the rest of the game now.
Larry: Maybe I'll do another play-through with it on. I don't know. We'll see. By the way, I want to thank everybody in the YouTube comments, on Twitter, wherever, that was telling me how to get the spy. We talked about how to get the MI6 and I got one which is funny. It's dramatically different from your spy, right?
Jeffrey: Yeah, yeah. Mine is, I think as we talked about, he speaks a little bit like the janitor from Harry Potter so he's like ... How many teeth he has, I don't know. It doesn't sound like the suave spy. R.I.P. Sean Connery, by the way.
Jeffrey: Doesn't have that Sean Connery coolness but he's awesome, and you have a completely different character.
Larry: I have this female secret agent who's badass. She's unbelievable. Yeah, and it's completely voiced differently so you and I were like, "Hey, I found her." And you're like, "Her?" "Yeah, she's a lady." I'm like, "Okay, rock on."
Jeffrey: That's cool. I'm glad it's not cut and dry like that.
Larry: I've been using her most of my missions because, I don't want to spoil it, but she's got some really cool things that you could do. So that's all I'll say about that.
Jeffrey: Toys, toys.
Larry: She's one of the reasons I keep playing Watch Dogs because I'm having such a great time with it and I'm doing these things and I've got the car and the gadgets and all that fun so it's my ... Again it's-
Jeffrey: It's your Watch Dog simulator.
Larry: It's my inner-
Jeffrey: Oh, I'm sorry, it's your James Bond simulator.
Larry: Yeah, tapping my inner 007.
Larry: So that's the way that goes. Yeah, those are primarily what we're doing. Of course, you and I have been working OT for the launch, leading up to the launch. We've got the stream. We talked about the stream coming up later next week. I'm doing something else too. I'm doing a meet-and-greet with some fans.
Jeffrey: Nice. XSuites I believe it's called.
Larry: Yeah, I'm going a virtual one with some fans next week. There's a lot going on at the end of the day, a lot of people are going to want to play some games and the great news is a lot of the games that you already own are optimized.
Jeffrey: Yep. A good time to go back. I think we've talked about this before but if you haven't played Forza Horizon 4 in a while, you want to go back and see this game with fresh eyes. When it's running at 4K 60 it is just stunning. It is beautiful. And also the higher frame rate, I just feel like it's more ... And it could be the dynamic latency or the reduced latency on the Xbox Series X. It felt much more responsive and the game is great to begin with but really worth a second look and there's just going to be a ton of good things to play. Yes, please play.
Larry: Should we take this time right now to go through how to prepare because we've been talking about the resolution and some of the experiences? Should we go ahead and do that right now?
Jeffrey: Yeah, absolutely. You have a checklist so I'd love to hear that.
Larry: Yeah, so couple things, when you get your Xbox Series and S and here's that one thing you need to do. I know this sounds trivial but it's not. You're going to get home. We've all done it. You're excited. You get your console home. You reach around the back. You plug it in. You unplug your old one, put it aside. You unplug your old console, put it aside, put the new one, done. Use the cable that is with the Xbox Series S or X. It is an optimized HDMI, let me get the notes up here, HDMI 2.1 cable and it's really critical that you use that cable because it's opt ...
And I know it's going to be a pain in the neck. It's, "Oh, I don't want to go behind the TV," or "I got to unplug some ..." But it's going to be worth it. It's an HDMI 2.1 cable that comes with the Xbox Series X. You plug it into your TV. Now, here's the other thing, and we've talked about this when the Xbox One X launches, sometimes the ports are different on your TV and there's no way for us to know but you have to check with your TV manufacturer and your specs or AVS forums or you can got to ratings ... What is it?
Jeffrey: Yeah, R-T-I ... It's R-T-I-N-G-S dot com.
Larry: Yeah. So go to rtings.com and check out is it just port one, is it port ... Most of the newer TVs have all the ports but do they all support HDMI 2.1? Do they support HDR? Do they support 4K? So you got to spend a little extra time and do the homework and find out-
Larry: ... what's the best way for you to optimize for your own setting. That's the-
Jeffrey: Exactly, and here's the thing, I thought and kind of referred to it earlier, that this TV, which is a great TV, I love this TV. I thought it could do 4K 120 easily. On the box it said motion-flow 240. Well that sounds good, right? But then as I looked through and I looked at rtings.com I realized, okay, the max refresh rate on this TV at 4K is 60 Hz. So if you have a TV that does not have HDMI 2.1, honestly if it's a TV older than 2018, it's pretty unlikely that it will be able to support 120 Hz. I think over time, I think in the next couple years, these will be incredibly common. I will also say I'm having a tremendously great experience playing on this so it doesn't mean-
Jeffrey: ... if I don't have a new TV that this is not for me. I'm enjoying all the speed. I'm enjoying games that used to be at 30 frames a second now at 60 frames a second.
Jeffrey: I am going to be enjoying games that I was playing at 4K but now they're going to be adding hardware accelerative rate tracing like Watch Dog's Legion. I'm having a great experience. If you've got a TV, like I know you do, Larry, that you picked up that hits 120 Hz, you're going to have that much more. But I think the important thing is knowing what your display is capable of and then also making sure you get the most out of it, that you're able to connect. One thing that you had mentioned is use the cable.
Jeffrey: The second thing is, I know a lot of you out there have a soundbar. You've got a receiver, something like that. It might even be a 4K-compliant one. Anything that is standing in between the console and the display has the potential to strip some important stuff out of it that could affect you. You really should connect directly-
Larry: Correct, if you can.
Jeffrey: ... into the TV if you can. The way I've got it done here, because I have a soundbar here, a really cool soundbar, is actually I am outputting ... So I go directly from my Xbox Series X into the TV. Then I go out from optical out of the TV into the soundbar and that's how I'm doing it. And that way I'm not missing anything. I'm not introducing any additional latency-
Jeffrey: ... or anything like that. I'm getting the most pure signal out of my Series X into the TV.
Larry: Yeah, and we talked about the TV that I have here. You've got a Samsung back there. I've got an old LG CX series here and one of the key things you can do is go into your console and go into settings. You can't quite see the whole thing but if you go up to general TV and display options, you can kind of see it right here-
Jeffrey: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Larry: ... and click A. You're going to go off, you just can't quite see it but you can see I'm running 120 Hz. It'll tell you what my resolution, but go into here, to 4K details. This is where you want to go and you click this and if all things are good you're going to see all these-
Jeffrey: Ah, look at all those beautiful green checks.
Larry: I am green and I've got HDR support, I've got 4K 120. This is all ... I am good to go. If you see an X and you think you shouldn't have an X, then you got to crawl through some of the troubleshooting steps that you need to do. That's one of the tips as well. A couple things, let's be clear. Use the cable that came with the console, one. I know it's a little bit of a pain in the neck to go back there and re-cable because who wants to do that? So do it. Make sure you have the right port so do that. Make sure your display supports HDR 10. Here's something really interesting that I did not know, Jeff. You know we're doing auto HDR in some of these back-compat titles, right?
Jeffrey: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Larry: You'll actually be able to see, and I just got sent this screenshot, I don't even think you've seen this screenshot. When you have a title that's running that auto HDR using the Microsoft technology on Xbox Series X and S, you're actually going to see it onscreen in the upper right hand corner-
Larry: ... right under the time.
Larry: Our engineers are, we're going to tell you, hey, this is auto HDR so you should be seeing a better picture. We're doing some stuff like that so you're going to see that. So you're plugged into the right port, you've got the right cable, you've got all the green check marks. Hopefully you have all the green check marks. Jeff talked about maybe not putting anything in between the display. Then the last thing you're going to want to do is, let me bring my screen back up here, is under settings and under display options, you can calibrate your TV.
This is a built-in calibration tool that we have on the consoles. We've had it since, I believe, Xbox One X. That'll be available on the newer console as well. It'll step you through how to optimize and make sure that your screen looks and the brightness is the right level and a few other things. It's certainly not the level of getting an external device and connecting it to the TV and tweaking it but this is free and it's out of the box. Jeff, go ahead. You have something to say?
Jeffrey: Yeah, I want to talk about ports here jut for another second because not all ports are created equal even if they are side by side like this particular TV, it has a little dongle that comes out. I have run that through the wall and all the HDMIs are right there next to each other. But one of them is labeled ARC and that one can do things that the other ports can't do. If you're plugging into a monitor, let's say you have an Xbox Series X or Series S coming and you want to play it at 1440. It's a very popular resolution to play games these days.
I have a 1440 monitor here that I'm looking at. I found out as I was setting this up that it was set up so HDMI can do certain things but display port actually was more full-featured and I could get a different resolution at display port versus HDMI. Each monitor is going to be different and so if you re not getting those checks, as Larry points out, I highly recommended, before you think that there's something wrong with your console, look at all the documentation for your monitor. Look online, look at forums, look at rtings.com. Make sure there's nothing in between, you're-
Jeffrey: ... using the right cable. All those things because there's just a number of things. Again, I think over time it's just going to be the standard. I feel like when HD was new it was a little bit confusing. I remember going home to visit my parents. I'm sure this probably happened to you. You go there and they're running an SD signal into the HD and so everything is-
Larry: Your eyes are melting.
Jeffrey: Oh my God, I'm like, "How do you live like this?" And so I think there's a little bit of homework to do here but the reward is just, it's beautiful. It looks so good.
Larry: Yeah, the other thing, of course, is once you get your audio set up. I have, I don't know if you can see here. I have a Sonos Arc which uses eARC. The eARC-
Larry: ... way to get the signal in and it uses Atmos. We're going to have a show hopefully coming up soon about all the different types of audio that you can use with your console.
Jeffrey: Mm-hmm (affirmative). That'll be cool.
Larry: So we'll talk about that later. You've got something else to talk about?
Jeffrey: And the blog post will be up. By the time you're viewing this they'll be a blog post on TV settings up on Xbox Wire.
Larry: And we're talking a lot about different things and we've tried to make it as easy as possible from our side but at the end of the day we don't know what you're going to plug your console into, whether it's going to be an LG TV, a Panasonic, a Philips, a Samsung, a Sony Bravia, a Vizio, a TCL. Who knows? And they all kind of call HDMI different things so we'll talk about that. The other thing again, cable. Please use this cable, high-speed HDMI is not enough bandwidth for 4K 120 so I don't want to have you in two months, in a month, in six months, in a year when you're like, "Why am I doing 4K 120 and it's not?" So just please go ahead and make sure you use your ultra high-speed HDMI cable. Anything else?
Jeffrey: I think that-
Larry: Oh, oh, oh. One more thing, and this is critical. Update your TV's firmware. That is something-
Jeffrey: Got to remember that.
Larry: Every single TV does it differently. Some you have to put it on a stick. Some you can just go check manually using the UI on the TV.
Jeffrey: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Larry: I don't know how you do it. You're going to have to figure that out yourself. I can't help you there but upgrade your TV's firmware.
Jeffrey: Yeah, and the firmware you mentioned, I know that we're working closely with these manufacturers and some of those things you might be fine as you're listening here-
Larry: Yeah, yeah.
Jeffrey: ... and they might update it even next week or something like that. I'm not speaking about specifics but I just know this is going to be an active thing and I think-
Larry: By the way, here's a little insight into my electronic life. You know I have all this crazy stuff in my house. Every Sunday my wife usually will go out with our daughter and they'll do something and I usually stay home-
Larry: ... for about an hour and that's what I do. I have a whole checklist of update firmware, reboot the modem, do this. It's all this tech stuff that I don't want to do when they're here but ...
Jeffrey: I can only imagine that happens while I'm still asleep although I'm the person who has a mug whose firmware needs to occasionally be updated which, you haven't lived until you've updated the firmware on your coffee mug. Not this one but ... It charges-
Larry: Not that one. Anyway, speaking of coffee mugs, Jeff. Speaking of coffee mugs, you know we've got a bunch of new products coming with the Xbox Gear Store, it's relaunching, and James Monosmith is going to talk to us about some of it, including coffee mugs. That was the segue way.
Jeffrey: Wait, are you serious?
Larry: Yes. So, stop. What do you say we, would you like-
Jeffrey: Shut up and take my money. Where's my wallet?
Larry: Would you like to introduce James? Let me go full screen. I'll let you introduce James and I for the interview.
Jeffrey: Yeah, sure. James Monosmith is in charge of Xbox Gear or one of the representatives of that team. And if you've ever seen any of the cool shirts like sometimes we wear on Inside Xbox, branded shirts. Just the hats. There's some really cool stuff they make and it comes from their minds and I cannot wait to see what they've got coming up next.
Larry: That's right, new gear. New gear store. I'm excited to have the man, the myth, the legend, James Monosmith. James, great to see you. Usually I have you in studio-
James Monosmith: Yeah.
Larry: ... but today we're doing the double box thing but thank you for joining us.
James Monosmith: Yeah. Thank you for having me. And I don't mind. That way I can just wear shorts and not have to wear a full outfit to be in studio.
Larry: Well, you know, I tell Jeff that and he won't even put his shorts on. I can barely get him to wear pants for the show but that's all of that conversation. Speaking of gear, you got some really exciting news. People know the Xbox Gear Store where they get the pins that they've seen me wear and all sorts of other stuff but you have some great news for gear fans, right?
James Monosmith: Yeah, absolutely. Super excited to announce that we are launching a brand new gear shop called Xbox Gear Shop.
James Monosmith: This'll replace our old shop, the Xbox Official Gear Shop and we have a brand new navigation, new front end, new back end-
Larry: Could we just jump in and start showing it?
James Monosmith: Oh, yeah. Let's look at it. Why don't we look at it. Let's do it.
Larry: All right, here we go. Let's be clear, this is launching or has launched already imminently and you're going to find it a gear.xbox.com, right?
James Monosmith: Yep, same URL address.
James Monosmith: But now when you click it, it's going to take you to this brand new experience which I think our fans are going to freak over. It's amazing new experience. Lots of bells and whistles. We're going to make it a lot more easier to use, have some amazing new product-
James Monosmith: ... and really we're thinking about putting in even more.
Larry: And new features.
James Monosmith: New features, new IP. We're going to have a ton new IP too. I will say that we're still going to continue to work with Microsoft Stores and bring our premium Xbox collections to them as well as the new shop but really this new shop is going to be the focus for our fans. It's going to be for them. We're going to be working with all of our amazing game studios to bring product not just from Xbox or Halo but from everybody, from Grounded, Gears, Wasteland 3, even our new studios so we're really excited about this brand new shop.
Larry: Well why don't we just ... We'll hop over there. So gear.xbox.com.
James Monosmith: Yeah.
Larry: And this is what it's going to look like, or something close to it. I know you guys are tweaking all the time.
James Monosmith: Yeah.
Larry: Walk us through what's new and if you could, show off some of the new stuff that people can get for the holidays.
James Monosmith: Yeah, absolutely. Right here right away you're going to see we have our new little logo here up front but a lot of it's going to be around navigation, how to get to the products that you're looking for. Here's a great example. You can now use a Shop By Title button right at the top. It'll bring up amazing little pages. You can see Grounded's coming soon at the top up there. Or, if you want to go by product, if you want coffee mugs, glassware, face masks, everything, it's going to be up here in this amazing navigation. But, it's not just about it but it's also about bringing new products to life. Here, example. We're going to have mugs.
James Monosmith: We're going to have mugs in our shop. Look at this.
James Monosmith: Who doesn't want a mug? But this home page, it's super, super beautiful. It's easy to navigate through. We separate things by-
James Monosmith: Drinkware, yes. Oh, let's click on that. Let's see what happens.
Larry: Yeah. So for those of you listening to the audio of this, obviously James is doing-
James Monosmith: Oh, no. See, we're still working on it. We don't have the products up there but they will be for launch.
Larry: Okay, yeah. But if you're just listening to the audio version of the show, James is showing off the website and I know it's not very exciting listening but go to gear.xbox.com on your device, you can check it out. Keep going, James. Keep going because there's good stuff here.
James Monosmith: Yeah, let's keep going. There's some amazing collections. So here, why don't we take a look. I'm going to show off a brand new collection. This is going to be, you're getting an exclusive, Larry. This is our winter collection for Xbox.
Larry: And this is launching with the store, correct?
James Monosmith: That is correct. These are launching with the store. When the store goes live you'll be able to purchase these items. Brand new work we did with Meta Threads. I love them. They're one of my favorite partners and putting together really this that celebrate this color wave and this cyberpunk feel to it. Amazing colors to play with how we work within the Xbox space. I absolutely love this windbreaker rain jacket. It's amazing. Same with this crew neck, it's really great.
And as you can see, look how fun these products are, these product pages. It's just so much easier for us to use and for our fans to go through it. Another example, here, let me show you real quick. This is amazing. We're partnering up with all your favorite game titles. This will be populating. Right now we're going to launch with Halo and Gears of War. We're bringing in Grounded. We're bringing in Age of Empire. We're bringing in Wasteland 3, Flight Sim. All of our properties are going to be coming to the shop-
James Monosmith: ... but we're trying to create amazing experiences for the communities within those IPs. So the new Gears Armory because that's what we call it. As you can see how we now thematically make it look a lot more similar.
James Monosmith: Gearsy, right? And you can go through, check out the products we're going to have. All brand new Gears products. We'll have action figures. We'll have some surprises down the line.
Larry: I would like to point out that James is sharing out his screen over the internet for me to record over so it looks slow but it's actually pretty darned fast when you're using it in person.
James Monosmith: Yeah. Yes, it will hum. And, again, really the point of the new shop is we want to have a variety of product and make it easier to find everything so it's all within this amazing new shop across all IPs.
Larry: What's that over there on the right side? Do I see exclusive Series X pins? Talk to me. I have not seen these.
James Monosmith: Oh, yes. I love accidentally debuting stuff that I haven't talked about yet. Yeah, to support the launch we have brand new pins coming to our universe. Let's take a look at these ones because these ones are fun. Oh, it didn't do anything. Oh, it's coming soon. If you can see here-
Larry: Ah, there it is.
James Monosmith: Oh, we're going to have a console and Series X icon pins coming.
James Monosmith: The consol pin is so cool. who doesn't want a tiny version of what they have in their house?
Larry: Are you making one that looks like a refrigerator too, with a door that opens?
James Monosmith: Work on refrigerators, are you kidding me? That's my goal. If I can create mini fridges for us then I've succeeded in life. I'm close too. I think I have an opportunity.
Larry: So we're recording this a few days before launch so that's why things aren't quite done here. By the time people go to gear.xbox.com, this'll all be filled out and ready to go for people to do their holiday shopping, right?
James Monosmith: Yeah, absolutely. And here's a couple of things I want to call out that we have that's amazing. One, we're going to ship international, Larry.
Larry: Oh, wow.
James Monosmith: This isn't just to US, to Canada-
James Monosmith: ... even to just UK.
Larry: That's huge.
James Monosmith: We are going to ship everywhere. Are you in Mexico? Yes. You can have it. Are you in [crosstalk 00:24:45]?
Larry: Are you in Brazil?
James Monosmith: Yes, you can have it. Are you in Brazil? Are you in ... I can't even think of another country. Italy?
James Monosmith: Yes, you'll have it. France, all of it.
James Monosmith: We're going everywhere and you can buy it.
James Monosmith: Now, it's very much in its early infancy. I'm going to be looking for feedback from our fans. Tell us what you want to see, what's working for you, what's not. But really our goal is to make sure that if you're a fan of Xbox and you want to get something from either our Xbox brand or any of our games, you can go to this website and you can get it and they'll ship to your house.
Larry: And I also want to point out is that you've rebuilt. The websites completely new, the navigation, the themes, the products, but there's also some new features that you can do. For instance we talked about it's obviously optimized for mobile-
James Monosmith: Yeah.
Larry: ... but also you can use all the modern form of electronic payments like Google Pay and Apple Pay-
James Monosmith: Absolutely.
Larry: ... and so you just click-click, done. That's exciting.
James Monosmith: Yeah. Well, here's some great things too. And I know our fans are all about this. In a new way we're going to be able to show you what sizes are available and what are already sold out so you don't have to call me and go, "Hey, is it there?" We have size charts. You're like, "Does this fit me?" Well, here you go. Here's a size chart right there for you.
James Monosmith: Yeah, and let's say you want to get it, you want to get a double that's-
Larry: You can do preorders. I see preorders, yeah.
James Monosmith: We can do preorders, yes.
James Monosmith: Now, you can go to checkout and as long as everything's working-
James Monosmith: ... you'll see all the amazing new ways that can ... Yeah, here we go. You can sign up for stuff. We're going to have Google Pay. We're going to have Apple Pay. We're going to have Shop Pay. We're going to take every credit card that you can possibly imagine. It'll all be there and you can shop any way. And, as you mentioned, multiple firsts like ... I love using Apple Pay and shopping mobiley.
James Monosmith: We're going to have that ability. You can go to the website on your phone, shop through Apple Pay, go through your face ID, boom, product is on its way.
Larry: Right. And then, of course, you provide all the modern tracking and all the rest of that stuff-
James Monosmith: Absolutely, yeah.
Larry: ... so those people can keep an eye on where the stuff is.
James Monosmith: Yeah. They'll get a tracking. They'll know when it's shipped. They'll know when it arrives. They'll know when it's been delivered to their house. It's a very modern new website.
Larry: Well, of course, they're going to know, James because they're going to hear the knock on the door because no one's leaving, most people aren't leaving their house.
James Monosmith: That's right. Or like me, my office is away from my door and I always go to the new house to get a new cup of coffee and there's four packages on my doorstep. I'm like, "Yes."
James Monosmith: It is like that every day.
Larry: This is really exciting and you talked about internationally and, of course, it's going to simultaneously launch internationally around the world and all of these products are going to be available the world, right?
James Monosmith: Yeah, absolutely. And then as we evolve the shop and we build out more products, there are shipping rates. Unlike Microsoft Stores which offered most people just free two-day shipping just because that's what Microsoft Stores does across every product, we will have shipping costs so I'll flag that now.
James Monosmith: But we're keeping them very reasonable and including our international shipping costs. We're trying to make sure it's kept reasonable and as we expand the shop, offer new products, new ranges in different areas, regionalized products, we'll get those shipping rates to come down so it becomes even better experience for our fans.
Larry: I also want to point out that this doesn't mean anything ... Well, it may mean something to folks, is that your team has the ability to really rapidly update the site. Before it took perhaps a few days and whatnot but here you're able to do things the pretty quick, right?
James Monosmith: Yeah, absolutely. Before you would see us do launches of new product maybe once every three to four months, maybe even once every six months but now with the ability of the new website you're going to see us launch products all the time. It's my goal to have something new in the shop every two to three weeks. We're going to be able to be topical and, you know what? The way we have our new printing technologies, we're going to be able to some really fun and interesting stuff.
James Monosmith: I'm not going to spoil too much-
James Monosmith: ... but upcoming we have a launch coming up pretty soon, I'm pretty sure, and we have a couple special surprises built into the shop for that launch. So if you're fans and you like some exclusive gear, we have stuff I'm not even showing here, I'm not even talking about. That's going to be coming you in time for our launch and it'll be pretty special. You're going to see stuff when we work with game titles and they have new DLC content. Boom, you're going to see new product for that DLC content up right away.
James Monosmith: And we're able to be very topical with what we're doing in the marketplace and to support all of our game launches.
Larry: You've been running The Gear Shop for a few years now so when did we launch it? Was 2018?
James Monosmith: Yeah, 2018 at E3.
Larry: 2018 E3, I remember that. And, of course, you've been at all the E3s and the FanFest. What's the through-line of, and I'm sorry to put you on the spot as we didn't really talk about this before, but what are some of the top five items that people really enjoy that are interesting and maybe some that surprise you?
James Monosmith: I think the biggest product we have has been our bomber jackets have been extremely, extremely popular.
James Monosmith: Really it's about our new Xbox line, really the way that we've been able to break away from traditional aesthetics within the Xbox space. We just don't do corporate logos, right?
James Monosmith: We're trying to play with it and Xbox is a lifestyle for most of us so how-
James Monosmith: ... do we bring that to the space? But, yeah. Our biggest products have been our bomber jackets have done extremely well. Our hoodies from Meta have done extremely well. The programs we've done with Cyberpunk and with Gears-
James Monosmith: ... especially the one we do with the Bathing Ape collection, those were insanely popular. And those are the types of things I want to see that we'll be bringing more to the shop are these kind of fun collaborations with other game IP like Cyberpunk or with other fashion IPs like Bathing Ape, et cetera. We're going to be able to bring those kind of fun things to the shop which is, I know, what our fans have been clamoring for. But, it's not just about apparel. One of the great things too is we're really ramping up our accessory and collectibles lines. You'll see a lot more figures for those who love to collect figures from Gears or Halo. You're going to see more pins. More pins!
Larry: More pins!
James Monosmith: Bigger, better. You're going to see a revamp of our Xbox sphere collection-
Larry: I love that.
James Monosmith: ... which is amazing so that'll be like the version, what are we on, 3.0, 2.0?
Larry: I think 3, yeah.
James Monosmith: That's scheduled for next year. We're bring like homelife sales stuff. You're going to see us have wine glasses, pint glasses, cutting boards, blankets. We want to bring Xbox world to your home, not just on your clothes, but all throughout your entire house. And we want to give those offers to our fans.
Larry: Yeah, there's just so much stuff that you have here. And you were talking about these Cyberpunk-esque hoodies. Let me see if I ... I think I have one I can bring up here. No, I guess I can't. There it is. There it is. Right?
James Monosmith: Yeah.
Larry: That's one that you, and apologies because it just looks a little bit better on your screen, but these are really cool-looking things here. Do you work with a bunch of different ... You talked about some of the collabs you did. Do you work with different designers? Tell me a little bit about how that works.
James Monosmith: Yeah. We do work with a bunch of different designers. A lot of times with these cool collections we do like this we work with Meta Threads who is one of our premiere partners and we've been working with them for, I think, we're going on three years now. And the way that we're able to design with them is special. We definitely will sit there, me and my creative director, and we'll just throw out ideas and we'll do mood boards like this is what we want to see and we kind of just throw a bunch of pieces at them. They go around and they stir it all up and then a week later they come back with designs.
Larry: I'm laughing because every call you're on I'm throwing two or three ideas over the fence to you, right?
James Monosmith: Yeah, yeah. Totally. And every single collection we do or the way we look at it, I'm just trying to push the envelope a little bit.
James Monosmith: I want to see how far can we push our brand and do stuff that's fun and differentiate it because at the end of the day we will offer simple stuff. We'll have simple logo shirts and logo hoodies but is there something we can do that's a little more differentiated and to treat the Xbox brand in a more meaningful way.
Larry: I also what I love, and I know you need to get going here-
James Monosmith: Sure.
Larry: But one of the things I love is that all of the brands and all of the content, and feel free to kind of mouse around here while we're talking so give people an idea.
James Monosmith: Yeah, yeah.
Larry: Oh, look at this.
James Monosmith: Oh, here we go.
Larry: Oh, there they are. There they are.
James Monosmith: There they are.
Larry: There's the pins.
James Monosmith: I found them. There's the pins, the new pins. We'll be launching those next week. I'm super excited about that. New totes.
Larry: Wait a minute. That one on the right hand side there. I believe that may be world's most powerful pin.
James Monosmith: That is the world ... Yes, exactly. It's got the most [inaudible 00:33:10] of any pin we've ever been in.
Larry: Ever. But what's interesting is what I love about the materials and the products that you come up with, James, you and your team, is that it's not like you just take ... We've all been to these trade shows and many people have been to trade shows where just they're slapping logos on. You just don't take stuff and slap a cheap logo on it. You really are thoughtful about every product you make and does it fit into the universe, does it make sense. So I really want to applaud you and your team for really kicking out some cool stuff.
James Monosmith: Yeah, absolutely. The way that we see it and basic my barometer is, "Would I own that?" And that's the way we see it. I've been in gaming, I think, I went to my first E3 when I was 18 years old-
Larry: All right.
James Monosmith: ... when I was going to school in LA. And I've gotten enough swag throughout my lifetime to know what-
Larry: The good stuff and the bad stuff is.
James Monosmith: [crosstalk 00:33:59], right? Yeah.
Larry: What's your favorite piece that you got over the years? Tell me. That's not Xbox. Do you have one?
James Monosmith: My favorite, just because I still have it for some reason. I have a Gun 2 shirt and I have kept it for so long and I just remember getting it thrown at me at one of the E3s, I don't know when. And I've kept it and I still have it so it's my favorite because it just reminds me literally of being a kid and riding my bike to E3 and getting in somehow. I don't want to go through-
Larry: Right, lets not go through that, shall we?
James Monosmith: ... the antics I did to get into that E3, and getting this free stuff. But now to me what we do here and the gear is about ... Xbox is a lifestyle. Gaming's a lifestyle. These brands, these IPs, they mean something. Oh, by the way, here's some sneak peeks at Halo stuff I just added-
Larry: Oh, wow. Look at that.
James Monosmith: Look at this. This jacket, it's like reflective so when you take a photo of it, it looks gray, and then you take a photo of it, boom, it's colorful.
Larry: It lights up. Oh, that's cool.
James Monosmith: Yeah, how fun is that. Yeah. But, how do we bring our brands to everyday life and to be more than swag? Because our marketing teams do a great job of creating swag and throwing it out for free.
Larry: Sure, sure.
James Monosmith: I want to create product that people feel good about that does the going out test. "Can I wear this going out to dinner and feel great about it?" And that's exactly what I want to do.
Larry: That's fantastic. It's great to see the work that you and the team are doing and more importantly, the fact that you've re-launched the store, gear.xbox.com, with all sorts of new features, easier and faster ways to buy, more products, more things for people to get their hands on, and more people to really connect with the brand and the brands they love.
James Monosmith: Yeah, absolutely.
Larry: What's more to say. We're looking forward to seeing what you guys are doing. James Monosmith from The Gear Store. Thanks for joining us. Gear.xbox.com, check it out. What I'll do is in the show notes I'll make sure I link off to your Twitter handle so if anybody has any feedback on the store or any products they can hit you up.
James Monosmith: Great, thank you guys.
Larry: Thanks, James.
James Monosmith: Awesome. Thanks, Larry.
Jeffrey: All right, the official gear store is right about now and I am going to go on and upgrade this old thing. You're speaking my language. I need a new coffee cup.
Larry: [crosstalk 00:36:12].
Jeffrey: One that does not require firmware upgrades.
Larry: I tell you, I did a studio shoot this week and I had to wear this.
Larry: Yeah, yeah. Just while we were on set. Of course with a mask as well. It was very interesting. I've never done that before.
Jeffrey: Yeah. We have some rehearsals coming up for our celebration stream and so I'll be doing that. I am looking forward to that. I love how we're going to be playing together and that's the goal for this one. It's not like let's do a big newsy thing and make a bunch of announcements. It's here.
Larry: Just want to have fun.
Jeffrey: We've been waiting for this all year. Let's have some fun together. Exactly.
Larry: Let's take a look here. You've got a couple of news items before we wrap up the show and prepare for that show, right?
Larry: What've you got?
Jeffrey: Yeah. It's a new month, as you know, and so there's some Games with Gold so make sure you get on there and download them soon. First of all we have Arigami Shadow Edition which is the sequel to Nightfall which was available on Xbox Game Pass or maybe it still is. You play as a undead assassin, sort of I don't want to say ninja but that type of character, and that's available now through the end of the month. And then also now for the next few days OG Xbox Classic Full Spectrum Warrior. Second half of the month you're going to be able to play Swimsanity. This was not the swimming game you were into-
Jeffrey: ... earlier this year, right?
Larry: No, no.
Jeffrey: Different swimming game.
Jeffrey: This one is a multi-player party game where you can team up with four friends across a bunch of different modes. You can call it an action-packed underwater co-op shooter, maybe something if-
Larry: You just did.
Jeffrey: If people in your safety COVID bubble are coming over for Thanksgiving, if you just have a few people-
Larry: American Thanksgiving.
Jeffrey: You don't want to get too many people together.
Larry: What are you doing for Thanksgiving, by the way? Are you staying around.
Jeffrey: Where'm I going to go? I really don't know. I guess I'm going to make a turkey. Turkey for two.
Larry: It's funny because a lot of folks have been on Twitter and whatnot have been asking what are we doing and we're staying home as well. But it's funny, I come over to your house a couple times and I pull up in front, I don't go in the house. I've got my mask on.
Larry: You come out. I'll give you whatever you need or we talk for a little bit then we leave. Next time, Jeff, I'm going to be wearing this and my mask.
Jeffrey: I fully expect it. You actually dropped by over the weekend with a bag of Halloween candy so thank you. Halloween was super weird, not great this year, but [crosstalk 00:38:40].
Larry: By the way, my daughter gave everybody in your family a nickname.
Jeffrey: I know, but except for me.
Larry: Well, she did.
Jeffrey: So I have one now? I have one now?
Larry: It's funny, we were sitting at breakfast this morning and I told her I was going to see you today. She's like, "Oh." She's like, "Oh, your daughter's name ..." What'd she call her? I think Pumpkin.
Larry: Flower. Your wife's name was Pumpkin. And I said, "Well, what's Jeff's name?" She said, "Jeffrey." I said, "No, no. What's his nickname?" She said, "Jeffrey." Okay.
Jeffrey: Okay. Yeah. She learned it by watching you, Larry. She learned it by watching you. One last game from Games of Gold for the second half of this month and that is through the magic of backwards compatibility, Xbox 360 Classic, Indiana Jones, The Original Adventures. Those are great. Your daughter's maybe not quite old enough yet but I think the Lego games are good games to start with. I remember playing Lego Star Wars.
Larry: You had a good time with those with Lego Star Wars as well, right?
Jeffrey: Yeah, yeah. When she was five years old or so. Then we quickly jumped right into Battle [Rails 00:39:44], so they learn quick these kids. They learn real quick. A couple other news, this was really exciting news. This might be a good thing to do if you're in the last couple days before your Xbox Series X shows up. We know that Dragon Quest 11, which first Dragon Quest to come to Xbox, is coming in December and it is going to be both an Xbox Play Anywhere title-
Jeffrey: ... so you'll be able to play it on PC or on Xbox 1, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and it's also part of Xbox Game Pass so that's amazing. But, let's say you want to start now, there is a full demo available now and if you start the demo it lets you play what I'm told is about 10 hours of the game and then you can carry that over to the final game when that comes out which, again, if you're an Xbox Game Pass member, you already have the rights to it or you will as soon as it comes out on December 4th. That's a good way to spend maybe 10 hours over the weekend if you want to get ready for that because we know you're all going to jump into Yakuza and Assassin's Creed and Falconeer and Dirt 5-
Larry: Are you playing Yakuza now?
Jeffrey: ... and everything else.
Larry: Are you playing Yakuza?
Jeffrey: Oh, I'm loving Yakuza. The reviews came out today.
Larry: Find you.
Jeffrey: Really good reviews. It's a completely different Yakuza game. If you take me full screen you can see it real quickly there.
Larry: Why, of course, I will.
Jeffrey: I don't know if the streaming can ... We'll count this not as streaming. This is just the pause screen. It's a full-on RPG. You can see Powerbarn, MP Bar. It's not magic, it's ... I forget. It stands for something else. But it's funny because the hero, the protagonist there in the middle, Ichiban Kasuga is a big fan of Dragon Quest and keeps referring to it. And in his mind as he's fighting these gangsters and doing everything else, in his mind he's in a Dragon Quest game and he's a hero.
Larry: That's kind of Meta, isn't it?
Jeffrey: It's incredibly Meta and I love it. I've been playing a bunch of that. I'm working on an article for Xbox Wire as a Yakuza veteran along with one of our editors on Xbox Wire who's brand new to that world and is like, "Is it always like this? Does the food look this good all the time?"
Jeffrey: Yes, yeah. I've been eating a lot more Japanese food since I got into the Yakuza series because-
Larry: I didn't think that was possible.
Jeffrey: It is possible, and I'm doing it. I'm absolutely doing it.
Larry: I do love my teppanyaki.
Larry: Having that teppanyaki overlooking Tokyo Bay out there by the [Messay 00:42:17] Center. Oh, that was a beautiful week.
Jeffrey: Teppanyaki's like an event dinner.
Larry: Which, for people that don't know what it is, it's basically that's what here in America what we know as Benihana. Right?
Jeffrey: There's a big grill and they're chopping up meat and they're making a volcano out of onions and all that stuff. A great experience. I've done it maybe twice in my life.
Larry: You and I have never done it.
Jeffrey: No, I guess we haven't.
Larry: And we should.
Jeffrey: When and if we get to go back to Japan-
Larry: Or when and if we get to eat together again, more importantly.
Jeffrey: We should. Japan is very high up on my list of places I want to go mostly because the Yakuza games. They make me miss certain elements of it and we would get teppanyaki. But then I'll take you to places where they will do something similar and they'll make it okonomiyaki which is like an ... I don't tell you what's in it because then you won't eat it. It's like a pancake, a savory pancake. We'll leave it at that. But they make it in front of you and it's huge and it's delicious and it's usually the only thing you'll end up eating all day because it's very filling.
Jeffrey: And, man. I love it. You know what else I love. Let's talk about things we love.
Jeffrey: Ted Lasso. Ted Lasso is show that actually came from a series of promotional videos that when NBC acquired the rights to the English Premiere League Soccer, it was like joke video. It was this Texan football coach became the coach of a team in London. It was just like a joke but it was very funny. It was played by Jason Sudeikis. Then they did a thing that seemed unlikely five years later, eight years later, which is turn it into a show called Ted Lasso. Then they did the even more unlikely, which is that show's amazing and even if you don't care about soccer, it is just an amazing, I don't want to say heartwarming because that's like ehh, but it is like a reaffirming-
Larry: I need heartwarming. It's not ehh. Yeah.
Jeffrey: ... positive show that I think you would enjoy and I could recommended to everyone.
Larry: So where do people find it?
Jeffrey: You can find it on Apple TV.
Larry: Which is also available on your console, coming soon.
Jeffrey: That's what I'm getting to, which is the Xbox Series X and Series S launch. There is an Apple TV app that is going to be there. I tested it. I actually watched the whole season on the test and it worked flawlessly for me, just absolutely flawlessly. It worked perfectly. You can sign up for I think it's a seven-day trial or something like that with no money down. Check it out. There's some really cool stuff on that app and Ted Lasso. You should watch it.
Larry: On your console now. On your console unless-
Jeffrey: Oh your console, yes. It's on Xbox One now and Series X and Series S at launch.
Larry: And we just make sure that the app works great on it. We're not looking at every single title to look at how it just goes straight out there, right?
Jeffrey: That's right. Do you remember when I sent you an email out of nowhere last week, Larry?
Larry: Which one?
Jeffrey: I don't know if you recall. It did go over my head, I didn't get it.
Larry: Approving every title to go into the app store versus ...
Larry: Yes, the email you sent me last week.
Jeffrey: I may have sent you a lot of emails but this one was about a game that we have to play together which is called Jeopardy Play Show.
Larry: Oh, I've got it up here.
Jeffrey: Do you?
Larry: I have it-
Jeffrey: I love Jeopardy. It's my favorite. And I love The Price is Right. But those two are my favorites.
Larry: I loaded it up here for you.
Jeffrey: Thank you. And so what I'm told is like you effectively are playing a real game of Jeopardy. It's like real video and you can play it much like really good party games like Drawful.
Jeffrey: The Jackbox Party Pack.
Larry: I'll play.
Jeffrey: Depending on how fast you are with the controller, you play with a phone.
Larry: Which we all have.
Jeffrey: And that is how you play this so you can load it up and people with a phone can sit around the sofa and play together and that sounds really fun. We should do that. We should stream that-
Larry: Do we have to be or could we play it over live together? Can we-
Jeffrey: That's the question. I want to know that.
Larry: We'll have to figure that out, how to play that.
Jeffrey: But you play as yourself but then it's like a real game and you-
Larry: Oh, I have an idea.
Larry: Let's play my household versus your household.
Jeffrey: Sure. Unless My Little Pony or Apex Legends is a question-
Larry: Okay, well let me be clear. My wife ...
Jeffrey: Korean dramas [crosstalk 00:46:30] versus-
Larry: You and your wife versus me and my wife. Okay, we'll our daughters out.
Jeffrey: I was talking about my wife, actually.
Jeffrey: I have a little pony knowledge. Yeah. No, that'd be really fun. I've downloaded it, haven't had a chance to play it but this is high on my list. It came out this week and it just seems really interesting, really cool. And last thing is, this as announced earlier this week, was just over on seaofthieves.com, the executive producer, Joe Neate, talked about-
Larry: [crosstalk 00:47:03] Joe.
Jeffrey: ... how Sea of Thieves is going to show up on next gen consoles and basically it's going to be running at 60 frames a second-
Larry: Spoiler, it's going to look great.
Jeffrey: It's going to look amazing and it's 60 FPS and 1080 P on Xbox Series S with, and I know if you play a lot of this game, you're going to appreciate it this, significantly reduced load times. This is already a beautiful game. I don't think any game has done water better. It's just a stunning game. There's vistas and-
Larry: There's moments in the game which are just beautiful.
Jeffrey: ... the sun is setting. There's moments in the game that are-
Larry: And it's Game Pass. If you're on Game Pass, check it out.
Jeffrey: And yeah, cannot wait to see that. And that will be available to all players along the launch of these consoles on November 10th, which is next week.
Larry: Is it next week, Jeff. Is it?
Jeffrey: Can you believe it? In my mind it's still July or August or something. Time has no meaning anymore but here we are. And also November 10th, as a reminder, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is going to welcome EA Play so if you're a member like we are, you're going to have access to EA Play. That means you get access to the vault and to get discounts on their new games like FIFA 21. It means you get trials. It means a lot of good stuff. We've had EA, formerly known as EA Access, now known as EA Play.
Jeffrey: We've had that on our Xbox for some time now but it's also available on PC and you get to try out games there as well. Pretty awesome.
Larry: Thank you for wrapping up the news there. We're going to kind of bring the show into the garage now. We've gone out for a ride, as it were. I've got a couple ... That was a terrible metaphor, terrible. I'm sorry. I don't know what's ... Hey, I got to couple things I want to talk about. I got some new gear in the building that I've been testing. Have you ever heard of this company?
Jeffrey: Nura, no. Tell me about it.
Larry: They make headphones and these headphones are sort of an interesting design. Look at this. It's like they're closed ear but they're in-ear.
Larry: It's kind of like the best of both worlds. I'm testing those out right now and they actually have a ... In fact, you and I were talking on it last night or the other night when I bowed out of your Apex game, I was using these. They work with the console. They've got a wired connection that go into the controller.
Jeffrey: Into the controller, yeah.
Larry: So that worked out real well. And then the other one is, as always, I'm tweaking my home network. It feels like I should just do a completely separate gadget show. What do you? Why? What?
Jeffrey: Larry's Major Network.
Larry: My stuff always is working great. It's just my ISP tends to have a little bit of some issues.
Jeffrey: You lost cable three times this week. In fact we didn't get to play one day because of that.
Larry: Right. And let's be clear, Jeff. I know you think it's me and my futzing but I always text my neighbors and I'm like, "Hey, is the internet out?" "Yes." So it's not me.
Jeffrey: Yes, Larry. It's not you and your networking that is endlessly tweaked. Meanwhile, I will say, you know a lot about it. You helped me set up the router that we have here and everything. I have not touched it in a year and a half, two years. Still great.
Larry: You might want to update your firmware, pal.
Jeffrey: Yeah, probably a good idea. Probably a good idea.
Larry: Just saying. Feels like that you should do. All right, we are going to-
Jeffrey: Every Sunday. Every Sunday I'm going to do that.
Larry: I will teach you how to do this. I've got a checklist. I go through my hardware, update my software.
Jeffrey: Sorry, game's on, Larry. Can't update firmware, busy vegging out.
Larry: My server software. I know whatever you're bingeing. All right, we're going to wrap it up here because we've got some meetings to go to. You guys, everybody out there, I know you're rapidly hitting F5 on your delivery service, UPS or Amazon or the Microsoft Store, where's your consoles so hopefully you'll get those and probably what we're going to try to do a show next week but we've got a lot of streams we're doing so we're going to try to. We can't make a commitment now because frankly we're just so busy but we want to do it because, I don't know about you, Jeff, but this is like the finest hour I have all week is being able to hang out with you and talk about all the cool stuff that our teams are working on.
Jeffrey: Yeah. No, this is great. Take care of each other, your friends, your family, your neighbors. We're in this together and before you know it we're going to have things to celebrate. We're going to have new consoles to celebrate and that's a good thing even if Larry has to wear that mask.
Larry: It's a shield. It's a shield.
Jeffrey: Shield. Shield.
Larry: All right gang.
Jeffrey: Thank you.
Larry: All right gang, we'll see you guys. Enjoy launch. Hit me up on Twitter @majornelson. That's how you find us. That's how you find me. You can find Jeff over there at ... Right there. That's where you want to-
Jeffrey: Long name. Apologies.
Jeffrey: I didn't know Twitter was going to be a thing. I would've selected @rubes. Missed out.
Larry: It's okay. It's okay, just go to me and look for one of the seven-
Jeffrey: There we go.
Larry: I added someone new to my follow list.
Larry: Let's see if you can figure it out as we get ready to wrap this show up.
Jeffrey: Yeah, this is going to be very interesting because ... What's the most? I feel like you've never followed more than single digits.
Larry: Like seven or eight people, right. I've always kept it under single digits.
Jeffrey: All right, twitter.com/majornelson. Following eight which is very lucky, very auspicious number. Mel Brooks?
Larry: Yep, he's the new one. I'm just a huge Mel Brooks fan. I always have bene.
Jeffrey: Okay, yes. I'll look. This is some rarefied company here.
Larry: I think I have more followers than Mel, as well.
Jeffrey: Fill ... It's true, followers are not the measure of a man.
Larry: But I have a fraction of the body of work.
Jeffrey: Yes, exactly.
Larry: I'll just say that. All right, gang. Thanks for watching the show as Jeff, the bell, the subscribe, blah, blah, blah, yeah.
Jeffrey: Like and subscribe and comment.
Larry: Look, I'm not cluttering up your feed with the reaction shots or any of that other stuff.
Jeffrey: You should do that. You'd get much more engagement, Larry, with a thumbnail that's outrageous.
Larry: The people who know how to find us are here for the content not for the nonsense.
Larry: Or maybe they-
Jeffrey: You won't believe what happens on the next Major Nelson.
Larry: Maybe a little bit of the nonsense. Anyway, thanks for downloading this show. Thanks for keeping us honest. Hit me up on Twitter. Of course, drop some comments over there at YouTube and what have you. Love to see what we can do to make this show better. Really looking forward to seeing what you think of when you get your hands on Xbox Series X and Series S. Jeff, any final words?
Jeffrey: We're looking forward to playing with you this coming week. We're here. We almost made it.
Larry: All right, gang. We'll see you next time. Bye-bye everybody.