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When Microsoft announced the new Xbox One X on Sunday, the first thing to spring to mind of gamers was how will the console compare to the Sony PlayStation 4 Pro. The PS4 Pro, which hit the market late last year, became the first available “4K” gaming console and helped to solidify Sony’s lead in the current generation console race. However, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer doesn’t see the Xbox One X and the PS4 Pro as competitors. In fact, Spencer throws more than a little shade on the PS4 Pro, saying that it isn’t a true 4K gaming console and that it should be compared instead to the Xbox One S: I look... Read more...
Project Scorpio has been on the minds of console gamers for the past few months, and Microsoft today officially unveiled its latest gaming console. The console is simply called the Xbox One X, which isn’t exactly as cool as Project Scorpio, but we'll let that slide given what Microsoft has in store graphically for gamers. The console also doesn’t stray too far from the Xbox One S in design, and could easily be mistaken for its lesser sibling. While it doesn’t break new ground aesthetically, it’s actually smaller than the Xbox One S despite being billed as “the most powerful console ever made”.... Read more...
Electronic Arts has found itself in a giving mood lately (again). During the game publisher's EA Play event on Friday, EA boss Andre Wilson stepped on stage to announce that the company is providing a week of free gaming through its Origin Access and EA Access services for PC and Xbox One, respectively. And if you're a PlayStation 4 owner, you're also getting a free trial for some of EA's games on PS4.The free trial is EA's way of thanking gamers for participating in a recent Play to Give event in which players could complete in in-game challenges during June 2-4 to raise funds. Millions of gamers... Read more...
The WannaCry ransomware outbreak that rocked the globe last month opened the eyes of many people to the dangers of ransomware. However, Microsoft is making it clear that at least one version of Windows 10 will be able to completely fight off ransomware and other malware that typically targets its operating systems. Microsoft boats that Windows 10 S is immune to such attacks because it cannot run traditional Win32 apps. Windows 10 S is only capable of running Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that are available from the Windows Store. This gives users a curated app experience that should [hopefully]... Read more...
Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring—the Insider channel that receives new and less polished builds of Windows earlier than the Slow ring—have a new preview of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to play with. Microsoft on Thursday announced that the Windows 10 Insider Preview build 16215 for PC and 15222 for Mobile are now available to download, and with those new versions come a bunch of new features.Image Source: Microsoft First and foremost on the PC side are elements of Microsoft's Fluent Design UI now found in both the Start menu and Action Center. Improvements to Start include:... Read more...
Qualcomm and Microsoft are on the verge of ushering in a new class of always-connected mobile devices that run full-blown Windows 10. The two tech titans are enabling ARM-based Snapdragon 835 processors to run Windows 10 with full x86 emulation, meaning that devices will be capable of not only running Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps from the Windows Store, but legacy win32 apps as well. And there is little question, Intel is likely none too pleased with the situation. "Today's consumers experience mobility in nearly every aspect of their lives and they've come to expect more from their PCs... Read more...
  It looks as though Microsoft isn’t going down without a fight against smartphone industry stalwarts like Google and Apple. Google has upwards of 75 percent of the smartphone OS market with Android, and iOS has gobbled up most of the remaining share. Microsoft, by all accounts, has less than 1 percent of the smartphone OS market. However, it would seem that the long-rumored Surface Phone is still “in play” according to Twitter-based leaker WalkingCat. Information was gleaned from an official video posted by Microsoft to a Chinese video-sharing service. According to the report, the smartphone... Read more...
Microsoft is hard at working preparing to launch Project Scorpio, a powerful console that will be capable of playing games at 4K. We are all eager to see what the final version will look like and what tricks it will have up its sleeve. An official unveiling is coming soon, but in the meantime Microsoft talked more about a pre-release version for developers that it's been showing off in recent weeks. The "Project Scorpio Xbox Developer Kit" is not the same as what will be released to the general public later this year. Microsoft's Larry Hryb, otherwise known as Major Nelson, sat down with Kevin... Read more...
When the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update arrives later this year, it will likely come with three additional SKUs. The internal build of Windows 10 that was pushed by accident to testers last week revealed these new versions: Windows 10 Pro for Advanced PCsWindows 10 Pro N for Advanced PCsWindows Server 2016 ServerRdsh The third version is being aimed at servers that will be used as a Remote Desktop Session Host. However, it is Windows 10 Pro for Advanced PCs that is likely the most intriguing for our readers. Microsoft alternatively calls the operating system Windows 10 Pro for Workstation PCs,... Read more...
One of the greatest appeals of Netflix is that for a monthly fee, you have nearly unlimited access to a wealth of movies and television shows, as well as some seriously entertaining original series. What if a service existed for gaming that was similar to Netflix in terms of its addictive content? Microsoft just launched Xbox Games Pass, a video game subscription service that has the potential to do just. Xbox One owners can pay $10 USD a month in order to access over one hundred different games currently. Gamers will then need to download the games directly to their hard drive and install them... Read more...
Gears of War has been wildly popular for both the Xbox One and PC. The latest installment in the franchise, Gear of War 4, is poised to receive a massive update that adds a myriad of content and features to the game.In a blog post on Xbox Wire, Liam Ashley, Community Manager for The Coalition, says, “Prepare for the biggest ever update in the history of Gears of War 4 – and all for free – with the Rise of the Horde arriving on June 6th! And, if you haven’t dived into the next chapter in the epic saga of Gears of War 4, you can try it for free later this month with our Game Trial!”The Horde... Read more...
One of the main benefits of being a Windows Insider is getting access to new builds with unreleased features ahead of the general public. This comes at the expense of stability, though to what extent depends on whether you're subscribed to the Fast ring or Slow ring. For Windows Insiders who are concerned about stability and buggy behavior, be advised that you might be running a preview build that was not yet ready for testing. Microsoft on Thursday fessed up to accidentally releasing preview builds for both PC and mobile. The company said the builds were pushed out to Windows Insiders because... Read more...
  It seems as though there’s a lot of copycattin’ going on in the world of messaging apps. In recent months, Facebook has been accused of “stealing” heavily when it comes to adding functionality original found in Snapchat into its own communications apps Instagram and Messenger. Now we can add Microsoft to that list thanks to the ground-up redesign of its Skype app. Interestingly, this all-new Skype experience isn’t coming to Microsoft platforms first. Instead, Microsoft will first launch the new chat app on Android. The company’s mission is to make sure that “chatting is front and center”.... Read more...
It has been over three years since Steve Ballmer left Microsoft, and the company has thrived without him at the helm. Current CEO Satya Nadella has transitioned the company into a “cloud” powerhouse and has embraced the lucrative subscription model for its products. Microsoft has invested heavily in deep learning technology and has focused more attention to promoting its apps and services on competing platforms like iOS and Android. In Ballmer’s absence, the company’s stock has nearly doubled from $36 to just over $70 per share. So, what is Nadella getting right that Ballmer seemingly got wrong... Read more...
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