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The Coalition has finished work on a new patch (Title Update 2) for Gear of War 4 that makes available two new maps, Glory and Speyer, for Season Pass owners. Both maps will be available in public playlists for everyone, along with Private Matches for Season Pass holders starting December 13. When they arrive, Gridlock and Relic will be rotated out. Fallout has also been removed from Competitive Play, a decision that brings the playlists in line with the official Pro Circuit settings. Since all of these maps are from the original 10 that shipped with Gears of War 4, they'll still be available to... Read more...
  Back in late October, Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Creators Update, which will arrive next spring for customers. At its keynote, Microsoft introduced a number of consumer-centric features including Paint 3D, improved inking support, and support for new virtual reality headsets. In the weeks since the original announcement, we’ve also learned about the Unified Update Platform (UUP) which reduces the download size of major Windows 10 updates by up to 35 percent. While the Creators Update might seem like all fun and games at first glance, there’s a lot more going on just beneath the surface... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft is looking to delve back in to the artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot scene with a follow-up to the ill-fated Tay. After some rather raucous behavior that eventually earned Tay a permanent stint in rehab, Zo is emerging as its true successor. Zo is the latest generation of Microsoft’s AI chatbot, and it is currently available in preview form for those that use the Kik messenger platform. Kik isn’t are popular as Facebook Messenger and Snapchat, and it definitely isn’t as pervasive as Twitter (which allowed Tay to become a hate-filled PR nightmare for Microsoft). Perhaps... Read more...
Marvel and Capcom are again teaming up so that nerds everywhere can settle life's important questions, such as who would win in a brawl, Iron Man in his spiffy suit or Ryu with his deadly hadouken? Such epic battles will be made possible in Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, the upcoming cross-over fighting game that's due out for release sometime in late 2017. The game will feature a variety of modes, including single player arcade, training, and mission modes, plus an immersive cinematic story mode that place players at the center of both universes as they duke it out against new forces a new unnamed... Read more...
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 is long due for an upgrade -- while the current convertible is still a potent beast, it was originally released back in October 2015. A new report, however, suggests that we may have to wait a few more months for the Surface Pro 5, which will reportedly debut in Spring 2017. When the Surface Pro 5 launches, it will sport Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors, which is to be expected. The source for this information, The BitBag, says that the Surface Pro 5 will come paired with up to 16GB of RAM and a “massive” 512GB SSD. We question the excitement over the 512GB SSD, as... Read more...
Smart home technology is on the rise and everyone is looking to get in on the action. That includes big players such as Amazon and Google, and pretty soon you can count Microsoft among the contenders as well. However, Microsoft's solution won't be a hardware product. Instead it has been working on a software solution called Home Hub since before the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 arrived.The Anniversary Update actually includes some features designed to work with Home Hub, such as being ability to summon Cortana from the lock screen. Even more features that link Home Hub's functionality with... Read more...
If you’re a Windows Insider that loves to see a steady stream of preview builds of Windows 10 come through via the Fast ring, things are about to slow down a bit. Microsoft announced yesterday that it will “pause” the release of Windows 10 Insider Preview builds on both the Fast and Slow rings. Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar broke the news in a blog posting concerning the release of Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 14977: We are getting ready to start releasing PC builds to Insiders using UUP. To prepare for this, we are going to pause all PC builds for both the Fast and Slow rings starting this... Read more...
Frank West, Capcom's popular freelance photographer and photojournalist turned zombie exterminator for the past decade, is about to return for some Christmas-themed carnage in Dead Rising 4. To welcome him back and celebrate his return, Microsoft's Major Nelson is giving away some goodies to randomly selected winners who answer a simple question—what is your favorite Dead Rising combo weapon (or weapon of choice during the zombie apocalypse)? There's an official form to submit your answer and those are the only ones that will be eligible for the contest. Major Nelson says he's trying out a new... Read more...
Over the summer, Microsoft began pushing out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to consumer PCs (and the Xbox One). While Regular Joes might not mind putting up with bleeding edge software and a few bugs here and there, businesses and those that use Windows 10 in mission critical situations aren’t very keen on taking chances with new updates. Thankfully, Microsoft has just declared that after months of testing by its various customers — including enterprise deployments — that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (aka Windows 10 1607) has been certified as a Current Branch for Business (CBB). “Businesses... Read more...
Are you a huge Gears of War 4 fan? Well, no matter if you enjoy the game on a high-end Windows 10 PC or on an Xbox One console, you’ll be able to partake in cross-platform gaming sessions starting tomorrow, December 2nd. That’s right, the “elite” PC gaming class will be going head-to-head against “lowly” console gamers. According to The Coalition team, the game’s developers, this test is being used as a way to expand past crossplay Private Matches to full-on Versus experiences. “The purpose of this weekend is to give crossplay a trial run in a public playlist,” writes The Coalition. “We care... Read more...
We saw in a teardown analysis earlier this week how difficult it is to perform at-home repairs and upgrades on Microsoft's recently announced Surface Studio all-in-one desktop, which comes with several core components soldered to the motherboard, but what about the hockey puck shaped Surface Dial accessory that goes along with it? Don't hold your breath hoping that it's any less difficult to work on. About the only thing that can be done on the Surface Dial without a bucket of courage and years of experience is swap out the pair of AAA batteries as needed. The rubber bottom protecting the battery... Read more...
Microsoft recently announced its first desktop PC, the Surface Studio, a sleek looking all-in-one with some unique features. As is the trend these days, the Surface Studio is pretty thin. It's also not a system that is easy to repair at home, a teardown analysis reveals. Much of the reason for that is because Microsoft opted to solder several key components to the motherboard. Getting into the 21-pound Surface Studio isn't all that difficult, though finding a pathway isn't all that obvious, either. Flipping the AIO on its base reveals a strip of air vents that border the entire bottom panel. In... Read more...
It looks as though Microsoft is getting a second wind in the console sales race thanks to the arrival of the Xbox One S. The Xbox One has outsold the PlayStation 4 for the past four months, reversing a trend that has seen Sony dominating the sales race for the past three years. Microsoft chalked up another victory during Black Friday, once again edging out the rival PlayStation 4. These figures come courtesy of Adobe’s annual market-tracking data, which pegged the Xbox One as the fifth best-selling electronics product in the U.S. during Black Friday. It was outpaced by the Apple iPad, Samsung 4K... Read more...
The Xbox One has been on a sales tear lately with Microsoft bragging earlier this month that its game console had outsold the PlayStation 4 for the fourth consecutive month in the United States, based on tracking data by The NPD Group. Things are not slowing down, either. As Black Friday sales morph into Cyber Monday, Microsoft noted "strong demand" for its console. "There was strong demand for Xbox hardware, accessories, games, and Xbox Live engagement on Black Friday, based on initial results, with a strong start to the holiday season," said Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Marketing.... Read more...
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