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Gaming is one of the fastest-growing forms of media we have today, thanks in part due to the pandemic that has kept people at home. However, people would typically need a console or PC to game on, but that becomes less of a problem with the advent of cloud gaming. Now, Microsoft is trying to “bring the joy and community of gaming to everyone on the planet” by bringing Xbox and Xbox Game Pass with cloud-based gaming to more screens. Interactive entertainment and video games are central to Microsoft, as “Games build bridges and forge bonds, generating mutual empathy among people all over the world,” explained Xbox Head Phil Spencer in a blog post released today. “When... Read more...
Microsoft is partnering with Spotify to offer four months of the streaming music service's ad-free Premium subscription tier at no cost to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate customers. It is not quite as long as the six months of Spotify Premium that Microsoft gifted to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate customers around this time a year ago, but hey, free is free, right? "Play all your favorites with access to millions of tracks and podcasts titles. Ultimate members can enjoy ad-free music listening, music + podcast offline downloads, and on-demand listening with Spotify Premium for 4 months," Microsoft stated in a blog post. There are some caveats. You have to be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber (duh), and... Read more...
Many people didn't know what to think of Xbox Game Pass when it initially launched for the Xbox One back in 2017, but it has grown to become a formidable and "sticky" feature for Microsoft's game consoles. For $9.99 per month (or $14.99 per month with Xbox Live Gold included), you get access to an ever-expanding library of 100+ games that can be played on your console or even streamed to your Android device. On the other hand, Sony has PlayStation Now and gives gamers access to over 700 video games streamable to your PlayStation console or PC. However, new PlayStation games don't launch on the service; you're reliant on your internet connection for the best streaming experience (since not all... Read more...
The song may say, "Take me out to the ballgame, take me out with the crowd," but that last part is certainly difficult in the middle of a pandemic. Though we may be on the upswing, it is still generally unsafe to be a part of a large crowd, so perhaps there is an alternative that could be just as fun. As it turns out, MLB The Show 21 is coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one, so you can "root, root, root for the home team," all from the comfort of your own home. Becoming available for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Xbox Cloud Gaming on April 20th, MLB The Show 21 will bring the MLB experience anywhere a player goes. Moreover, Jamie Leece, MLB Senior VP, explains that with "cross-platform play and... Read more...
This has been an interesting week in the land of video games, with Microsoft having officially received regulatory approval to proceed with its $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax, which owns Bethesda. Microsoft's Phil Spencer was quick to confirm that some future Bethesda titles would be exclusive to Xbox and PC, and following up on that, he said the move is primarily geared towards bolstering Xbox Game Pass. Let's back up a moment. When Spencer talked about Microsoft's exclusivity plans, we noted it was an unsurprising stance. That was also the most likely outcome when the deal was first announced, and if you're an Xbox or PC gamer, it's great news—you'll be able to play future Bethesda... Read more...
When Microsoft launched EA Play with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the intent was to give EA Play to Xbox gamers first, and Windows PC gamers later. While the plan remains the same, Windows 10 PC gamers will be getting EA Play a little later than expected. The Xbox Game Pass team has now decided to push back the launch of EA Play on Windows 10 PCs until some time in 2021. In September, Microsoft announced that EA Play would be a free, no-cost upgrade to Xbox Game Pass to expand the library of playable games. Alone, EA Play would have cost $4.99, but for $14.99, gamers got over 100 games for consoles and PC, EA Play, discounts, deals, and much more with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. For PC gamers, at $9.99... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox platform could take the crown of most ways to play games this year. In September, Microsoft updated the Xbox Mobile app for Android to deliver the whole Xbox experience in your hand. Previously, this would have been done with a controller, but Xbox is now including touch controls for a list of games beginning today. Catherine Gluckstein, GM & Head of Product with Project xCloud, explains, “Quite simply, Xbox’s vision for cloud gaming is to provide you with choice in how and when you play games.” Touch controls give gamers a new and easier way to play games on the go. When playing games from the cloud, you may not always have access to a controller,... Read more...
Microsoft has its hands full at the moment with its upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launch, both of which are set to arrive next month. Be that as it may, there is a burning question some people would like answer—will Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass service ever support streaming to PC and console instead of just Android devices? Yes, as a matter of fact, it will. Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that has often been likened to a Netflix for games. Subscribers have unfettered access to a catalog of over 100 Xbox games from various publishers. The regular subscription price recently jumped to $9.99 per month (from $4.99 per month) because it exited out of beta, and perhaps to... Read more...
Microsoft has suddenly become rather forthcoming about its Xbox Series X retail launch, having announced pricing, when exactly it will land on store shelves, and even unveiling a disc-less Xbox Series S with the same CPU inside, and an aggressive price to boot. At the same time, however, Microsoft let it be known that its Xbox Game Pass for PC service is about to double in price. Xbox Game Pass for PC is currently in beta, and if you sign up now, you can still take advantage of the $1 introductory offer, to cover your first month of membership. That offer stands until next week, ending on September 17. During the beta period, the price would normally be $4.99 per month after the initial introductory... Read more...
Virtual pilots have been preparing for takeoff and then flying the skies rendered on their PC, courtesy of Microsoft's long running Flight Simulator franchise. The latest iteration kicks things up several notches with real-time mapping data and stunning graphics, making it the simulation's biggest launch in 38 years. It also ranks as the biggest game launch to date on Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass for PC. The latest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator now has over 1 million unique players. And collectively they have logged more than 26 million flights. As Microsoft points out, that is equivalent to flying around the globe 40 thousand times. Not too shabby. It's also not shocking, given the high... Read more...
Gaming has taken on a new importance during the COVID-19 pandemic as people have sought out an “escape” from the dire news that has been broadcast over the airways for the past few months. Well, if you’re a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One gamer, we’ve got a few good deals for you today that will help you save money on some popular subscription services. Starting off with the Sony camp, Amazon is discounting both its PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now subscriptions by 30 percent, taking them from $60 per year to just $42 per year each. PlayStation Now is what enables multiplayer functionality for PlayStation 4 games, and gives you access to free games each month.... Read more...
Microsoft has offered the Xbox Game Pass service since June 2017, and it's been growing rapidly in popularity ever since. Microsoft's Phil Spencer says that over the last two months, he has seen just how important gaming can be to the community. People around the world have been stuck inside due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, and many have turned to gaming to pass the time and keep in touch with friends and family. Spencer said that after Xbox gamers join Xbox Game Pass, statistics show that they play 40% more games, and more than 90% of Game Pass members have played a game they wouldn't have tried without the service. He also notes that gamers often discover new genres they haven't previously... Read more...
Microsoft's communications lead, Frank. X. Shaw, provided some rare insight into the subscriber numbers for Xbox Game Pass, the nifty game subscription service for Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs. Bolstered by "record engagement" this quarter, Xbox Game Pass hurdled over the 10 million user mark, Shaw stated in a Twitter post. That's a big number and certainly a brag worthy achievement. Of course, we can't overlook that a deadly pandemic contributed to record engagement this past quarter. But if looking at the glass half full, this shows that gaming is providing refuge from going stir crazy amid the call for social distancing to stop the spread of the virus. This is also an impressive milestone... Read more...
Fans of Grand Theft Auto V, who don't already have the game on Xbox One, will be happy to hear about the latest news from Microsoft. The game has been added to Xbox Game Pass, so players with a valid subscription can play the game on the console. GTA V launched back in 2013 and remains a very popular game thanks to online content updates and a massive modding community. GTA V is also one of the most viewed games on Twitch and is regularly in the top five games on Steam. Rockstar hit a home run with GTA V, and adding it for free to Xbox Game Pass may bring gamers to the franchise that haven't yet tried it out. For Xbox One gamers with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Live Gold membership, access... Read more...
Anyone getting a new Xbox One for Christmas will be thrilled to get a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate along with it. Typically Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is $14.99 monthly, but a deal has returned from earlier this year that will get a six-month membership for the price of three months. The deal is being offered via Amazon and is for three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $44.99. When that three months is purchased, the deal comes with another three months at no additional cost. That gives you a total of six months of all the games you can cram onto your hard drive and online access for $44.99. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Deal A caveat for those seeing a cheap way to get an entire year... Read more...
Microsoft launched its game subscription platform earlier this year called Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The service bundles both the game subscription service with the required Xbox Live Gold online access. The best deal going is normally direct from Microsoft, where you can get two months for $1 frequently. After that, the service costs about $15 per month. Amazon is offering Xbox gamers three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate via a download code for $44.99. The big deal here is that Amazon is offering a special promo that gets you an extra three months of Game Pass Ultimate for the same price. The second code will be emailed after purchasing the first code. There are caveats to the deal, however.... Read more...
If you're looking to purchase an AMD Radeon graphics card, we've got some good news for you. AMD is upgrading its Raise the Game promotion, which means that you'll be able to score some enticing freebies once you make your hardware purchase. When you buy an eligible Radeon graphics card, you will get your choice of a free digital copy of the smash hit Borderlands 3 or Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint. AMD notes that both games come with an "in-game item". In the case of the former, you'll get an AMD Echo Device Communicator, while the latter will net you an AMD Ryzen/Radeon t-shirt and an AMD Clan Emblem. In addition to the free game, you'll also get a complimentary three months of Xbox... Read more...
Microsoft told us last October that the Xbox Game Pass was coming to the PC platform and would bring with it a bunch of games that gamers could play for one low price, just as it does on the Xbox console. At the end of May, Microsoft announced that the Xbox Game Pass would hit Windows 10 PCs with 100 game titles in tow. E3 2019 is underway and Microsoft has offered up all the details that we have been waiting to hear about the service. TheXbox Game Pass for PC beta has launched with a regular price of $4.99 per month, but during its introductory period, the service is only $1.00 monthly. Microsoft says that there is a "huge variety" of games from every genre and new games will be added on an... Read more...
Microsoft has been making an effort to convince PC gamers that yes, it cares about their platform of choice just as much as it is smitten by Xbox One players. We have seen this with certain additions to Windows 10, such as the new Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar that was pushed out with the May 2019 Update. Taking things a step further, Microsoft is planning to bring its Xbox Game Pass to PC. Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that, as of this moment, is exclusive to Xbox players. It runs $9.99 per month (new subscribers can currently sign up for a buck for the first month) and includes unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, playable on the Xbox One. The obvious comparison is... Read more...
Microsoft has long had its Xbox Live service that you must have to play Xbox game online In 2017, it launched another service called Xbox Game Pass that gave gamers access to a slew of streaming game titles for one price, including some brand new games. A new rumor is going around that claims Microsoft is set to combine Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass at one cheaper rate for gamers. The rumor comes from WalkingCat via Twitter, who has a track record of being correct on these things. The leaker claims that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be the name of the new service and that it will cost $14.99 per month. If you bought those services separately, they would set you back $19.98 per month combined. Combining... Read more...
Earlier this month, we first received word that Microsoft is working on a cheaper, disc-less version of the Xbox One S. Not only would this console allow Microsoft to hit a lower price point, making it a more attractive entry for gamers looking for a hot deal, but it also acknowledges the strength and appeal of digital-only game distribution. Today, we’re hearing that the launch of the Xbox One S All-Digital is set for May 7th, which lines up with our previous reporting. According to Windows Central, this will be a simultaneous global launch, although the console is expected to be first unveiled in mid-April at Inside Xbox. The Xbox One S All-Digital is said to look much like... Read more...
Well, this is one spectacular bombshell. Reports are making the rounds that Microsoft and Nintendo are working together bring some Xbox games directly to the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo Switch -- these would be straight ports of existing titles. But that's not all, it appears that the two companies are going all-in with a Project xCloud partnership that would allow Xbox Game Pass subscribers to stream games to a Nintendo Switch. This would allow for truly cross-platform gaming that would be less dependent on tying you into one particular hardware ecosystem, but instead rely on streaming games to a wide variety of devices as long as you have a fast and stable internet connection.... Read more...
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