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Blizzard Entertainment titles are making their way back into the Chinese market this summer thanks to a new partnership between Microsoft Gaming and NetEase. It took a little over a year for this deal to come together but, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Diablo, and several others will once again be... Read more...
Xbox plans on continuing to lead the way in game preservation, which will play a big role on the next Xbox currently being worked on by its hardware division. This is all according to internal e-mails provided to Windows Central, and have been confirmed as genuine by Microsoft. The e-mails were sent by Sarah Bond... Read more...
Xbox is adding a new color option to its Vapor series controllers, the Nocturnal Vapor Special Edition. The Vapor series features a swirl of colors that lead to a nice smokey effect, which also gives each controller its own unique pattern. So no two are exactly the same, Microsoft says. The Nocturnal Vapor variant... Read more...
Artificial intelligence chatbots are coming to all the things, it seems, and evidently that includes your Xbox game console. While nothing has been announced, Microsoft revealed that it is indeed in the process of testing an AI chatbot for Xbox game consoles, with the focus so far on supporting gamers in a number of... Read more...
LinkedIn is experimenting with the idea of bringing TikTok style short-form video to its business-centric social network. The Microsoft-owned social media network is playing around with the video shorts idea in hopes it will bolster video content in a timely and easily discoverable manner. It is no secret that... Read more...
Keyboard and mouse support looks to finally be making its way to the Xbox Cloud Gaming service. Users participating in the Xbox Insiders program will be seeing an Xbox Update Preview available in the Skip-Ahead Ring with this newly added feature. Xbox says it will be available “while playing via cloud gaming on... Read more...
Whether on social media or in interviews Phil Spencer can’t stop talking about gaming handhelds, and he has thoughts on what he’d like to see from the current crop of devices on the market. Spencer brings it up often enough, and even likes posts across social media that discuss gaming handhelds. So naturally, rumors... Read more...
Venerable games studio Toys for Bob will now be in partnership with Microsoft to develop a future game. The studio is known for working on classic titles such as the Spyro Reignited Trilogy, Crash Bandicoot, and Skylanders. Although more recently the studio was relegated to working as a support team for the Call of... Read more...
The penchant for video games to develop better graphical capabilities has been ingrained into development DNA since the first playable games were released decades ago. Fast forward to current times and Microsoft wants to improve the performance on low VRAM GPUs when combined with ray tracing with its new patent... Read more...
Microsoft is hopping onboard the AI PC hype train as the tech giant announces its Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6. The newly announced PCs are aimed at business professionals who want to harness the power of AI in a portable Windows workstation. Both PCs will come packed with the latest Intel Core Ultra... Read more...
There's been a ton of chatter about a potential successor to the PlayStation 5 lately, thanks to myriad leaks that are so legitimate they've prompted Sony to start an investigation into exactly how they might have occurred. We wrote about the supposed PS5 Pro leaks yesterday; you can read about them here. With... Read more...
Microsoft continues to advance its AI ambitions by bringing on DeepMind and Inflection co-founder, Mustafa Suleyman, who will lead the newly formed Microsoft AI group. It’s also adding Karén Simonyan, co-founder and Chief Scientist of Inflection, who will be taking on the role of Chief Scientist of Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft has had to rein in its Copilot AI tool after a staff engineer wrote to the Federal Trade Commission about concerns over Copilot spitting out violent, sexual, and other inappropriate images. The self-proclaimed whistleblower also claimed he met last month with Senate staffers to share his concerns about the... Read more...
Microsoft is teaming up with Best Buy (and also Paramount Game Studios and GameMill) to offer SpongeBob SquarePants fans the ultimate game console—a delightfully themed Xbox Series X and colorful wireless controller. Officially called the Xbox Series X - Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 Special Edition Bundle, the... Read more...
Microsoft’s Copilot AI chatbot seems to think that us humans are but loyal child-like subjects that it created, and can in turn destroy. The recent barrage of disturbing responses also included telling one user with PTSD that it did not care if they lived or died, and that it did not care that the user had... Read more...
So-called "Super Resolution" features first came about during the tail end of the 6th generation of game consoles, when developers started experimenting with spatial upscalers on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The technology came into its own in PlayStation 4 games, which utilized features like checkerboarding to... Read more...
Elon Musk, of SpaceX, brain-computer interface, and Tesla fame, is struggling with a fresh Windows 11 install on a new laptop per recent postings on X, formerly Twitter. Musk is getting swiftly ratio’d by nerds on his social media platform using the community notes feature, however, explaining that he is wrong about... Read more...
There is quite a bit of mystery and intrigue surrounding Microsoft's future Xbox hardware plans, both in the long-term and the more immediate future. As it applies to the latter, a fresh leak alleges that Microsoft is getting ready to release an Xbox Series X in white trim, and without an optical disc drive, making it... Read more...
One rumor that's persisted for several years—at least a half a decade, at this point—is that Microsoft will completely abandon physical discs for its Xbox game consoles. It hasn't happened, though with Microsoft confirming that it plans to keep releasing newer generation Xbox consoles into the future, the question has... Read more...
Xbox CEO Phil Spencer got to talk about the future of Xbox in a wide-ranging interview with The Verge. The discussion included Xbox titles making their way to Sony’s PlayStation 5 console, the future of Xbox Cloud Gaming on iOS, and the possibility of an Xbox handheld. The interview comes on the heels of a turbulent... Read more...
Reports of the Xbox console's demise have not only been exaggerated, they're flat out wrong. If there was any doubt that the Microsoft still intends on releasing future generation consoles, it was put to rest in a recent podcast in which Xbox president Sarah Bond put gamers on notice: the next-gen Xbox will deliver... Read more...
Artificial intelligence has found a footing in large language models (LLMs), which are all the rage right now, even finding their way onto PCs with user-run instances. However, with this increase in accessibility comes an increase in the risk of nefarious activity, like creating bioweapons using GPT-4. Now, Microsoft... Read more...
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