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Console gaming is in a sort of interesting place at the moment. New generations of hardware are building on top of previous releases, such as the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S, and later Project Scorpio. Rather than release brand new systems that leave the old ones behind, these incremental upgrades are faster and more capable versions. And on the software side, developers are spending more time supporting their games with extra DLC and graphical upgrades. These things combined have led to a sort of game-as-a-service model, which Xbox boss Phil Spencer would like to see evolve. Into what, exactly?... Read more...
Microsoft is betting big on the follow-up to its current Xbox One S gaming console. It’s next big console, codenamed Project Scorpio, will be formally introduced at the E3 expo, which is less than two months away. In the meantime, we’re learning a little bit more about the console in the lead up to its official unveil. Today, we’re being treated to some screenshots which show the difference in image quality and detail between games rendered at 1080p versus 4K that’s possible with Project Scorpio. Although the screenshots were taken from a tech demo that Microsoft showcased at a private event, the... Read more...
A couple of years ago, Valve relaxed its rules and regulations for customers being able to get a refund on a game title as a clear result of way too many unhappy customers asking for refunds. At that time, the company began letting people play up to 2 hours of a game, and if it didn't live up to expectations (or it simply didn't work on your system), you'd be able to get in touch with customer service and get a refund. Valve was praised for its move, and it was well-deserved. Now, though, Microsoft has decided one-up that offering for both the Xbox One and Windows Store, allowing customers... Read more...
It seems as though the two top console makers are content with extending this generation with higher performing machines to usher in 4K gaming on big-screen TVs. Sony delivered the PlayStation 4 Pro in late 2016, and Microsoft will do the same later this year with Project Scorpio — the follow-up to the Xbox One S. The latest rumblings surrounding Project Scorpio are that Microsoft will highlight three upcoming games that will take full advantage of the 4K capabilities of the upcoming console. Those games include Forza Motorsport 7, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Redemption... Read more...
Microsoft had a vision to unify different hardware under a single platform and little by little we're starting to see the benefits of that. The upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10 will really set in motion what Microsoft had in mind. Not only will the Creators Update bring fancy new features and improvements to Windows 10 desktop users, but it will also benefit Xbox One owners. Some of those features are already arriving on the Xbox One, including an overhauled dashboard and Beam streaming. "We’re excited to announce that we are shipping new features to the broader Xbox One community today.... Read more...
Once a relatively niche market, the gaming peripheral sector is now a big business that has attracted a bevy of hardware makers looking to cash in on the craze. It is not just third-party hardware partners that recognize the opportunity, either. Microsoft offers its own accessories, including customized controllers. It is perhaps best known for its Xbox Elite controller, a premium $150 game pad with interchangeable parts. Now the company is introducing a more affordable wireless controller, the Recon Tech Special Edition. The Recon Tech Special Edition is the first product in Microsoft's new Tech... Read more...
Members of the Xbox Insider program have spoken out about certain features they would like to see Microsoft implement and lo and behold, the Redmond outfit is responding to the feedback. Over the course of the next few weeks, Xbox Insiders will see a handful of new features they requested, including the ability to filter game libraries by platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360). "Gamers are at the center of everything we do at Xbox – we value your opinions and want you to help evolve the Xbox experience. Over the past few months, we’ve released brand new features to Insiders including Beam broadcasting... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to send a message while playing an intense MMO, but did not have time to type? Microsoft has the solution for you, as the company has just released the pilot for its Game Chat Transcription feature for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Game Chat Transcription features speech-to-text and text-to-speech capabilities. Speech-to-text converts what a player is verbally conveying into text. Text-to-speech enables typed text to be spoken aloud to other players. This feature is perfect for deaf or hard-of-hearing gamers, or gamers who are simply doing a lot of multitasking. According to... Read more...
Energizer is not some fly-by-night brand that nobody has ever heard of—the company's roots date all the way back to 1896 when it was known as the American Electrical Novelty and Manufacturing Company. But even established brands are susceptible the occasional misstep. In this case, Energizer has issued a voluntary recall for its smart battery chargers for Xbox One controllers.The chargers are actually produced for Energizer by PDP (Performance Designed Products), a company that bills itself as the number one video game accessory company in North America. That might be the case, but the Engergizer... Read more...
With Sony’s PlayStation 4 kicking butt in the current generation console sales race, Microsoft is hoping for a winner with its upcoming Project Scorpio, which will be the next phase in the evolution of the Xbox One and Xbox One S. Today, we’re learning more about the gaming machine, which is being billed as a “true” 4K console. Like the current Xbox One S, Project Scorpio is said to support both VP9 and HEVC codecs for decoding 4K content. That means that you’ll have no issues streaming 4K HDR content from popular video services like Amazon Video and Netflix. However, where Project Scorpio enhances... Read more...
If things go to plan, Microsoft will release an upgraded console capable of playing games at a 4K resolution later this year. It is called Project Scorpio and it will have more powerful components than what is found in today's Xbox One S consoles. There are many questions surrounding the unreleased console, including whether or not gamers will need a 4K television to take full advantage of it.Turns out that will not be the case, not if Windows Central's "trusted sources" know what they're talking about. According to those sources. Microsoft will highlight numerous benefits of playing on Project... Read more...
There was a time back during the closing months of 2016 when we thought that Microsoft had turned the tide with Xbox One sales. A rather extensive round of price cuts along with the release of the Xbox One S allowed Microsoft to beat the PlayStation 4 in console sales for four straight months. However, Sony got its groove back in November (helped by the PlayStation 4 Pro launch) and hasn’t looked back since. According to NDP Group, the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro have taken the sales crown again in February, extending its unbroken winning streak to four months. It shouldn’t be too surprising... Read more...
Microsoft has been promising to bring mixed reality experiences to Windows 10 with the Creators Update scheduled for this Spring, along with a spattering of lower-cost headsets starting at $299 from the likes of Asus, Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. But what about its Xbox One game system? Microsoft confirmed this week that mixed reality experiences will also find their way to the Xbox One and, later, Project Scorpio. Details are light in this regard, so we'll have to wait to find out more details. In the meantime, Microsoft announced a developer edition mixed reality headset created in partnership... Read more...
If you prefer the all-you-can-eat buffet approach to digital media consumption, Microsoft has a new gaming service that just might be right up your alley. The new subscription service, which is called Xbox Game Pass, will give you access to over 100 games at a cost of $9.99 per month. In essence, this is quite similar in concept to the Netflix model, albeit for games. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer says that Xbox One and backwards compatible Xbox 360 games will be included in that 100-game tally, although we hope that there are more of the former instead of the latter. A number of popular publishers... Read more...
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