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  • Bonnie Ross Leaves 343 Industries After 15 Years

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    Bonnie Ross Leaves 343 Industries After 15 Years

    Ross will be replaced by Pierre Hintze as the new studio lead.

    Bonnie Ross announced her retirement today, citing "a family medical issue" as the main reason for her departure. Ross has been the lead at 343 Industries and the Halo franchise for the past 15 years, having worked at Microsoft and Xbox for 28 years.

    In her Twitter post, Ross says she originally intended to leave following the Winter update's release for Halo Infinite. She also says that she is "incredibly...
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  • Xbox Announces Elite 2 Core Controller

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    Xbox Announces Elite 2 Core Controller

    Cheaper than the Elite Series 2 but still feature packed.

    Microsoft announced a new Xbox controller today that they're calling the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 CORE (or Elite 2 Core for short). This new controller is based off of the rather pricey Xbox Elite Series 2 controller but will be cheaper and will include fewer features than the Elite 2 but more features than the basic controller. As such, the Elite 2 Core is priced at $129.99 (USD). In comparison, the Elite Series...
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  • Overwatch, Diablo, and Call of Duty Coming to Game Pass

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    Overwatch, Diablo, and Call of Duty Coming to Game Pass

    Cross-platform play also confirmed for these Activision Blizzard titles.

    Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, took not to the Xbox Wire page but rather to the official Microsoft Blog to talk about some of the changes and concerns over Microsoft's potential acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In the blog, Spencer tries to put to bed fears that long-standing multi-platform titles like Call of Duty would suddenly become Xbox exclusive.

    In the blog post, Spencer also says that franchises...
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  • Xbox Returns to Gamescom with 6-Hour Livestream

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    Xbox Returns to Gamescom with 6-Hour Livestream

    Xbox is back at Gamescom with some new games and returning favorites.

    Microsoft revealed their big Gamescom lineup and schedule today, which seemingly includes a six-hour long livestream. The "Xbox Booth @ gamescom Live Stream" will take place on Thursday, August 25 from 5AM - 11AM (PT).

    This stream will include various developer interviews and some gameplay footage. Xbox has not indicated that there will be any new announcements made during this stream, so keep...
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  • As Complaints Grow, Mojang Says They Won't Back Down from Minecraft's New Reporting System

    The new system will let players report chat messages in multiplayer games, even in private servers.

    A new user reporting system was just added to a pre-release build of Minecraft that has large swaths of the community crying foul. As part of this week's 1.19.1 update to Minecraft, this new reporting system allows players both on private, self-hosted servers and Mojang-hosted servers to flag inappropriate chat messages. These messages will then, allegedly, be reviewed by Mojang and...
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  • Microsoft Admits There are Xbox Controller Shortages

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    Microsoft Admits There are Xbox Controller Shortages

    Those darned "supply disruptions" are also impacting controller availability.

    We already knew about the supply shortages of things like CPUs, GPUs, and consoles over the past couple of years, but here's one thing you probably didn't think about being impacted: Controllers. Due to "supply disruptions" Xbox controllers are also in short supply with many major retailers being completely sold out for all of June.

    Microsoft admits the issue to VGC, who says...
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  • Microsoft Makes Java and Bedrock Editions of Minecraft a Single Purchase

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    Microsoft Makes Java and Bedrock Editions of Minecraft a Single Purchase

    You can still play each version separately.

    The tale of the two separate versions of Minecraft on PC is an odd one. A while back, if you had purchased the Java version of Minecraft prior to October 19, 2018, you were able to claim a free copy of the non-Java built Bedrock Edition for free. All you had to do was tie your existing Mojang account to your Microsoft account.

    If you didn't own the game prior to that 2018 cutoff date, you could still get Minecraft, but you apparently...
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  • Activision Blizzard Now Being Sued by New York

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    Activision Blizzard Now Being Sued by New York

    Several organizations in New York City are now suing the Call of Duty publisher.

    Several groups in New York City have come together to file a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. The group says that current Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and the board of directors sped through the deal with Microsoft in order to "escape liability for their egregious breaches of fiduciary duty."

    The initial report by Axios says that this alleged breach of duty may have harmed...
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  • Halo Infinite Season 2: Lone Wolves Update Out Now

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    Halo Infinite Season 2: Lone Wolves Update Out Now

    An update so large, it has its own table of contents.

    343 Industries and Microsoft released a massive update for Halo Infinite today to kick off the start of Season 2: Lone Wolves. this update changelog is a big one. It's so big that it has its own table of contents, and I probably won't be pasting it here directly.

    The update adds in a bit of new content, including the latest Battle Pass, plus "numerous bug fixes," and some new features. This second season for...
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  • Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase Announced for June 12

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    Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase Announced for June 12

    Get ready to feast on new game reveals!

    Microsoft announces that the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will stream on Sunday, June 12 at 10AM (PT).

    This show, like the shows in the previous years, will include titles from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and "partners around the world." The games shown off during the event will be coming "soon" to the Xbox ecosystem, including Game Pass releases on Xbox and PC.

    There will be a number of places...
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  • Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

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    Activision Blizzard Stockholders Vote in Favor of Microsoft Acquisition

    The FTC hurdle has still yet to be overcome.

    Activision Blizzard stockholders voted today in favor of the pending acquisition by Microsoft. Of course, this really doesn't mean that it's all a done deal just yet as Microsoft still needs to get approval from the FTC and other regulating bodies.

    According to a press release sent out today, over 98% of the owners voted in favor of the acquisition. Microsoft is hopeful that the deal will close in their next fiscal year, which...
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  • Xbox Series Consoles Outsold Nintendo and Sony in Q1 2022

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    Xbox Series Consoles Outsold Nintendo and Sony in Q1 2022

    Xbox is having a pretty great year so far.

    The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the best-selling hardware for the first quarter of 2022 thus far, at least in terms of dollars made. This news comes to us from the latest NPD Group analysis that combined sales of the Series X and S not only topped the charts for March but for the entirety of Q1.

    This is probably a bit surprising to hear given how well the PlayStation 5 started out 2022. Sony's latest was the best-selling...
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  • Halo Composers and Microsoft Settle Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties

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    Halo Composers and Microsoft Settle Lawsuit Over Unpaid Royalties

    The parties arrived at a mutually agreeable settlement.

    This past February, original Halo composers Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori, sued Microsoft claiming that the tech giant owed them unpaid royalties. Some of those royalties supposedly dated back as much as 20 years, according to the lawsuit. Full details on this lawsuit from February 2022 can be found in our initial article.

    Originally, the pre-trial was set to take place on May 9, 2022. It was here that the issues...
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  • Bobby Kotick's Post-Acquisition Fate Still Undecided

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    Bobby Kotick's Post-Acquisition Fate Still Undecided

    Talks have supposedly not yet happened yet.

    Activision Blizzard says that they have not yet talked to Microsoft about what Bobby Kotick's employment status will be after Microsoft's acquisition of the company. As of right now, Kotick is still the CEO of Activision Blizzard despite the numerous legal battles and accusations of sexual harassment and discrimination that have hit the company.

    As first spotted by Stephen Totilo, Activision added a line to its United States...
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  • Upcoming Windows 11 Security Feature will Require a Fresh Install of Your OS

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    Upcoming Windows 11 Security Feature will Require a Fresh Install of Your OS

    You want to be secure, right?

    A new update for Windows 11 is in the works from Microsoft that aims to "help protect hybrid work." This new security feature is called Smart App Control and it hopes to prevent you from running malicious software. "Hybrid work" in this case is a combination of work that is done both at home and in-office, something that isn't too uncommon these days.

    The new Smart App Control will be built into Windows 11. It will monitor...
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