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Microsoft has some big things planned this fall, including the release of its Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 and, tying into that, its big push towards mixed reality experiences. One thing that is not on the docket for a fall release, however, is a new generation Surface Book. Instead, it seems Microsoft is content to wait until next year before releasing refreshed models.The Redmond outfit has a press event scheduled for October 3 in San Francisco. That is when it will highlight its mixed reality initiative and how it ties into Windows 10. Then later in the month, Microsoft will announce... Read more...
Evidence recently started mounting that something interesting was afoot in Fortnight, a game developed by Epic Games that is available for both Xbox One and PS4. The first indications of cross-play between the Xbox One and PS4 for this particular title came when PS4 gamers noted that there were players running around in their games that had spaces in their online usernames. The PS4 doesn't allow spaces in usernames, only underscores or other characters. A bit of sleuthing by some of those users turned up the same exact players and usernames active on the Xbox One version of the game. More definitive... Read more...
Odds are that most of what regular Americans know about submarines comes from what we see in movies. Those subs always have a large mast that comes down in the middle of a room for the periscope. The person manning that periscope simply spins in a circle to look out and see what's going on above the surface of the water. However, most modern subs don't operate in this manner.  The sub in the image above is one of the U.S. Navy's newest submarines called the USS John Warner. Inside the advanced attack submarine are lot of high-resolution screens that show all manner of detail on the sub including... Read more...
When it comes to developing games, the easier it is to make a game for multiple systems, the better it is for gamers because studios can make better games with more resources that function across all platforms. Microsoft has announced that it has launched a new Expanded Resource feature in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that has moved the development industry closer to the goal of creating one game that can run anywhere. Expanded Resources gives developers access to 6 exclusive cores, 5GB of RAM, and full access to the GPU. In case you didn't already realize, when Windows 10 launched back... Read more...
We are an impatient society; we need everything "right now", the faster the better. Microsoft is looking to fuel this need for urgency with a new method for installing and streaming games on the Xbox One called "Intelligent Delivery". Intelligent Delivery strips a game's assets down to data chunks that are individually tagged. There could be tags for 4K assets in a game or for each local language that is supported. So, if you live in the United States and play a game that is enjoyed by a world audience, like FIFA 2018, you would only need to download the English audio tracks instead of countless... Read more...
The October 17 release date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is looming , with barely more than a month to go before it is here. At this stage of the game, Microsoft is finished implementing major new features. Instead, it is focused on fixing last minute bugs in the homestretch. As such, the newest Windows 10 Insider build (16288) contains a whole bunch of improvements, and you can grab it now if you are an Insider subscribed to the Fast ring. "We are now at the point of the development cycle for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where our focus is now on stabilization for release to... Read more...
The American DJ and production duo known as The Chainsmokers have officially arrived, ladies and gentlemen. Not that Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall were not already successful and a well-known team, but when Microsoft takes notice and designs a custom themed Xbox One S just for you, nobody should be able to question your status after that point. And so it goes with The Chainsmokers—this DJ duo kicks off a new effort by Microsoft to create custom, one-of-a-kind Xbox One S consoles for celebrities and brands. "We were really pumped to work with Xbox on this project and help bring our music to life... Read more...
One of the things Microsoft focused on when developing the original Creators Update for Windows 10 was playing games. Features such as Beam (now called Mixer) and even a dedicated Game Mode intended to make gaming performance better were introduced with the update. Unfortunately, so were some bugs that had the opposite effect—users have been complaining of stuttering and random drops in frames per second in games such as Overwatch and Rocket League. Now several months later Microsoft says it is working on fixes. Yes, fixes, as in plural. There is not just one issue causing these problems, but several... Read more...
It's not uncommon for us to write about security issues, but it's pretty rare when we write about one that's not going to be fixed, per the guilty party. In this case, that guilty party is Microsoft, and the bug is one that has been around ever since the launch of Windows 2000. Whether or not it's truly severe, we'll really have to wait and see. Or, at least we suppose, since it's existed for 17 years already.  The bug is related to a Windows API hook called PsSetLoadImageNotifyRoutine, which lets the kernel know that a new module has been loaded. The problem, allegedly, is that invalid module... Read more...
Things have been relatively quiet on the Microsoft Surface hardware front for the past few months (at least with regards to new releases). Earlier this summer, Microsoft performed a brain transplant on the Surface Pro convertible and introduced the all-new Surface Laptop. However, an update for the Surface Book, which was first introduced in late 2015, was nowhere to be found. Fortunately, Microsoft has revealed that it will hold a keynote on October 31st at its “Future Decoded” event in London. As you might expect for a major announcement relating to Surface, division chief Panos Panay... Read more...
Microsoft really wants PC users to embrace the Surface Laptop, however, the rub for some people is that it runs Windows 10 S and some want the real deal when it comes to Windows 10. To make these folks happy, Microsoft has been allowing users who like the Surface Laptop, but don't want Windows 10 S to upgrade to full Windows 10 Pro at no cost. That upgrade normally costs $50 on other notebooks. Originally Microsoft planned to allow the free migration to Windows 10 Pro until the end of 2017, but that has changed (for the better). Microsoft is now saying that Surface Laptop owners will be able to... Read more...
Late last month, Microsoft and Valve announced that Windows Mixed Reality headsets would play nicely with SteamVR content. “Virtual reality enthusiasts know that Steam is a great place to enjoy cutting edge immersive experiences,” said Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman at the time. “We can’t wait to bring their content to you.” Unfortunately, it appears that this match made in virtual reality heaven will not arrive on October 17th, which is when the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Mixed Reality devices will officially launch. According to a new report from German news outlet Computer... Read more...
At some point in time, it is reasonable to expect that Microsoft will refresh its Surface Laptop line with 8th Generation Kaby Lake-R processors, which offer up to a 40 percent boost in certain benchmarks versus 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs (largely the result of having more cores). In the meantime, Microsoft is taking pre-orders on a decked out Surface Laptop with oodles of system memory and storage space. To be more specific, you can now head to the online Microsoft Store and configure a Surface Laptop with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB solid state drive. The top-end setup is only... Read more...
Participants of the Xbox Insider program were recently treated to a Minecraft beta that added mouse and keyboard support to the mix. If you have been wondering when Microsoft will roll out official support for keyboards and mice to the Xbox One community at large, Microsoft still does not have a specific date to share, though Xbox Platform CVP Mike Ybarra did promise that it is coming soon. "Keyboard and mouse support is definitely coming. We have to be very smart in how we do that. We'll leave it a lot up to developer choice. A lot of people tweet me and say 'you can't do this because of fairness,'... Read more...
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