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  • Microsoft's xCloud Streaming Service Surpasses 50 Games

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    Microsoft's xCloud Streaming Service Surpasses 50 Games

    Meanwhile, at Google...

    Microsoft announced a big expansion to its Project xCloud streaming service today. At X019, the company revealed over 50 additional games for xCloud. This is a big jump from the initial five titles that were available at the initial launch just one month prior.

    Microsoft is now working with over 25 partners to bring these 50 games to you. Some of these titles include Tekken 7, Madden NFL 20, World War Z, and Just Cause 4 to name a few. This should give current testers a large pool of very different games to select from...
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  • The Outer Worlds Reportedly Won't Ship with PlayStation 4 Pro Enhancements

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    The Outer Worlds Reportedly Won't Ship with PlayStation 4 Pro Enhancements

    But it will have Xbox One X enhancements.

    The Outer Worlds will reportedly not include any enhancements for the PlayStation 4 Pro version of the game when compared to the base PlayStation 4. It will, however, include some Xbox One X enhancements over the base Xbox One.

    What gives?

    Usually there are some enhancements given to the Pro versions of games when compared to the base PlayStation 4. These can be something significant like 4K resolutions, assets, texture filtering, and even higher framerate. They can even be as little as just...
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  • Report: Microsoft Hired Contractors to Listen to Xbox User Audio

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    Report: Microsoft Hired Contractors to Listen to Xbox User Audio

    Xbox, invade my privacy.

    According to multiple sources speaking with Vice, Microsoft had hired contractors to listen to audio picked up and recorded by Xbox One consoles.

    Reportedly, human listeners, the contractors in this case, were brought into the mix in an effort to improve how the Xbox One understood voice commands. However, these contractors say that their jobs also saw them listening to the audio of multiple personal conversations in cases where the assistant was unintentionally triggered on the Xbox One.

    Anybody that has...
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  • Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will Start Disclosing Loot Box Odds

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    Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will Start Disclosing Loot Box Odds

    This joint effort announced today by the ESA.

    The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), yes that one, announced today that Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo will now have required policies that ensure the odds of loot boxes are known on their platforms. These odds will be shown on any and all paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platform.

    This comes straight from the ESA's chief counsel for tech policy during a workshop on loot boxes held by the Federal Trade Commission. ...
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  • Halo: Reach Running on a PC in 4K and 60fps Looks Fantastic

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    Halo: Reach Running on a PC in 4K and 60fps Looks Fantastic

    It begins.

    The first wave of invites have gone out to a very small group of individuals selected to test Halo: Reach on the PC. Those who have been selected will have access to a single mission in Halo: Reach from today until July 1.

    When I say that it was a "small group" that was selected, I mean it. As in the vast majority of people who have signed up as a Halo Insider have not been selected. 343 Industries notes that they picked a handful of people that have "varying ranges of hardware and are using the Windows 10 operating...
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  • Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to North America Spring 2020

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    Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to North America Spring 2020

    Xbox One has first dibs.

    Phantasy Star Online 2 is slated to make its debut in North America coming Spring 2020. This comes years after it was had become one of Japan's biggest online RPGs. However, it won't be available for anything other than the Xbox One platforms at its initial release. In fact, I'm not sure when it will hit other platforms or even what those other platforms will be. All I see is that it's debuting in North America on the Xbox One come Spring 2020.

    When it releases, Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free-to-play for everyone...
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  • Microsoft Announces Xbox Branded Body Wash from Makers of Axe

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    Microsoft Announces Xbox Branded Body Wash from Makers of Axe

    Smell like a Gamer.

    Microsoft announced a new partnership today with the makers of the Axe body spray, Unilever. Together, these two companies will bring to the world Xbox branded body spray, shower gel, and deodorant. It's green. It's very green. The actual lineup of products is called "Xbox Lynx" and, unfortunately for all of you already throwing money at your screens, these products will be exclusive to Australia.

    If Lynx sounds familiar to you, that would be because it's the name given to Axe in markets that aren't the US. Microsoft...
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  • Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Supports Cross-play Between Steam and Microsoft Store

    Buy from wherever and play together.

    In another good move by Microsoft, the studio revealed today that there will be cross-play between the Steam and Microsoft Store versions of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. This means that you and your friends can purchase the game from whichever store you want to and you'll be able to play together. Keep in mind that games appearing on both Steam the Microsoft Store can often be purchased from third-party sites without issue.

    This news actually came the same day that the company announced that they're...
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  • Microsoft Bringing More Games to Steam Starting with Gears 5; Ditching UWP

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    Microsoft Bringing More Games to Steam Starting with Gears 5; Ditching UWP

    Microsoft is making all the right moves for PC gaming.

    We know already that Microsoft is readying a PC specific version of the Xbox Game Pass. You can find out more on that right here. However, the company also revealed that they plan on bringing more of their titles to even more PC storefronts in the near future.

    We already know that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC via Steam and the Windows 10 Store. Today, it has been revealed that Microsoft is already planning to bring more than 20 Xbox Game Studios titles to Steam. This...
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  • Xbox Game Pass Announced for PC

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    Xbox Game Pass Announced for PC

    I guess technically it would be the 'PC Game Pass' then.

    Microsoft announced a new Game Pass today. Unlike the current Xbox Game Pass, this one is tailored specifically for the PC owners out there. Microsoft says that they have designed a Game Pass experience that specifically meets the needs of PC gamers and PC game developers.

    The Xbox Game Pass for PC, but it will give PC gamers access to a library of over 100 PC games on Windows 10. Some of the developers that are already on board with the Pass include Bethesda, Devolver Digital, SEGA, Deep...
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  • Anthem Falls Out of Top 49 Most Played Games on Xbox

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    Anthem Falls Out of Top 49 Most Played Games on Xbox

    It's being beat by games that have been out for far longer.

    This week, Microsoft updated their most played games section on their store. These are the most played games in the Xbox ecosystem from 1 to 49. Why 49 and not 50? How am I supposed to know? The important part here is that Anthem has now fallen off of this most played list.

    The last handful of games on the list include Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Borderlands 2, Brawlhalla, and Battlefield 1. That's Battlefield 1, not the more recent Battlefield 5 which is actually looking to be the 23rd...
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  • Minecraft Earth Announced as Minecraft Becomes Most Sold Game of All Time

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    Minecraft Earth Announced as Minecraft Becomes Most Sold Game of All Time

    Build an alternate reality.

    Microsoft wants to build a world within our own world. That's the basic idea behind the newly announced augmented reality game, Minecraft Earth. This is a newly announced upcoming augmented reality game that should be coming to a mobile phone near you this Summer with the launch of a closed beta program.

    Minecraft Earth will be free to play when it releases and may include some sort of microtransactions. The team still isn't sure yet just how or what they would monetize with the game, so it's still very much in the...
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  • Microsoft and Sony Announce Team Up for Gaming and Cloud Services

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    Microsoft and Sony Announce Team Up for Gaming and Cloud Services

    This partnership focuses on "game and content-streaming services."

    Microsoft announced today that they and Sony have formed a partnership that will see the two working together on AI solutions and "innovations to enhance customer experiences in their direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms." That's probably as close as you're going to get to them strongly hinting at some form of actual gaming partnership in this announcement release.

    The two studios will work together to create new cloud solutions using Microsoft's Azure...
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  • Xbox One SAD Edition Announced

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    Xbox One SAD Edition Announced


    Microsoft officially announced a new Xbox One SKU today. It's called the 1TB Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, or the Xbox One SAD Edition if you're feeling cheeky. As you may have already gathered from the name, there is no optical drive included on this Xbox One.

    It's just like a normal Xbox One S except you can't play any disc-based games. You can only download games or stream them. So just like the regular Xbox One S, you can still pre-order games, pre-load games, save games locally and to the cloud, and you still have access to your entire digital...
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  • Refunds Now Allowed on PlayStation Store Pre-orders but There is a Catch

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    Refunds Now Allowed on PlayStation Store Pre-orders but There is a Catch


    For the longest time, if you wanted a refund from Sony for a purchase made through the PlayStation Store, you were either completely out of luck or were maybe given a one time exception. There were a few other times where Sony cracked open that refund door another inch, such as when games were severely broken to the point of crashing systems, but these were made once in a blue moon. Even then it wasn't a guarantee that you would be issued a refund if you requested one.

    Yesterday, Sony pushed out a slightly less draconian refund policy for purchases...
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