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10 key battles that will define the future of gaming, as PS5, Google and Xbox Project Scarlett draw near

Google recently trialled a cloud gaming service called ‘Project Stream’, where a select audience was invited to play Assassin’s Creed Origins on a Chrome Browser. Google is far from alone in championing cloud gaming. EA has announced a cloud gaming service called Project Atlas. In fact, Wikipedia lists 22 active cloud gaming services right now and that’s discounting services yet to be announced, or that have been halted. What’s obvious, is that *no-one* is signing up for 22 cloud gaming services

By | 2019-03-19T16:31:21+00:00 March 19th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Microsoft is developing Defender security extensions for Chrome and Firefox

To help deal with that, Microsoft is porting its Defender Application Guard extension for Edge over to Chrome and Firefox. It's also tied to its Edge browser, so those secure browsing sessions initiated by the extension don't actually take place in Chrome or Firefox. If the site is determined to be untrusted, the user is redirected to an isolated Microsoft Edge session. "If the user tries to go to a trusted site when in an isolated Microsoft Edge session, the user is taken back to the default br

By | 2019-03-18T16:31:30+00:00 March 18th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Xbox Live on iOS and Android is official, but not Nintendo Switch just yet

Following a revealing GDC 2019 panel preview description in February, Microsoft has announced that its Xbox Live gaming service is coming to iOS and Android. What we do know now is that this Xbox Live SDK will bring trusted game identity security controls and will allow developers to pick and choose which Xbox Live features they want to include in their games. Of course, this will also bring the infamous Gamerscore and Xbox Live achievements to iOS and Android games. What this announcement makes

By | 2019-03-14T16:48:28+00:00 March 14th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Still running Windows 7? Get ready to be badgered to upgrade to Windows 10

Leading up to that date, the company is planning to once again badger Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 by pinging them with notifications. "Beginning next month, if you are a Windows 7 customer, you can expect to see a notification appear on your Windows 7 PC. According to Microsoft, there are now more than 800 million devices running Windows 10. It's not clear how many people are still using Windows 7, but the available data suggests it's still a lot. StatCounter, for example, pegs the

By | 2019-03-13T18:59:44+00:00 March 13th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Microsoft finally ports DirectX 12 to Windows 7, but only for certain games

There was a time when support for DirectX 12 on Windows 7 would have been a big deal. Embracing the 'better late than never' adage, Microsoft has finally "decided to act" on feedback imploring the company to bring DX12 to Windows 7. By "act," Microsoft means it's working with a select group of developers to port existing DX12 games to Windows 7. "We are currently working with a few other game developers to port their D3D12 games to Windows 7. "Windows 7 WoW gamers can run the game using DirectX

By | 2019-03-13T18:27:41+00:00 March 13th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Microsoft announces Xbox Live for any iOS or Android game

Microsoft is bringing its Xbox Live network to iOS and Android devices. Xbox Live features like achievements, Gamerscore, hero stats, friend lists, clubs, and even some family settings will all be available on iOS and Android. Some iOS and Android games already have Xbox Live Achievements, but they’re only enabled in titles from Microsoft Studios at the moment and this new SDK will open up Xbox Live functionality to many more games. The software maker is announcing a new Microsoft Game Stack for

By | 2019-03-13T17:00:00+00:00 March 13th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to Steam

Microsoft finally confirmed during tonight's Inside Xbox show that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC—and it will include Halo: Reach, the 2010 prequel to the original Halo: Combat Evolved. That means Halo: Reach will be first, followed by Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST (Campaign), and Halo 4. Pricing and release dates haven't been announced, but it's great (and a little surprising) that The Master Chief Collection will be on Steam as well as the Microsoft Store. Hal

By | 2019-03-12T21:04:49+00:00 March 12th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming to PC, Adding Halo Reach

Microsoft kicked off the latest Inside Xbox livestream with two big announcements: Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC, and will be adding the prequel Halo: Reach. As a result, Microsoft won’t release Halo: The Master Chief Collection all at once, but is opting to release one game at a time on PC. Finally, there’s one other interesting detail regarding the Halo: The Master Chief Collection release on PC worth noting. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available now on Xbox One an

By | 2019-03-12T14:58:26+00:00 March 12th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets a weird Surface Hub listing

According to the Microsoft Store, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be available on the Surface Hub. The Hub is an interactive screen for use in businesses and classrooms, so it's not really a gaming device. There are rumours that a PC release is imminent, though there's no official word from Microsoft. If it was added in error, that's something Microsoft could have fixed pretty quickly, but it's still listed in the store. A Master Chief Collection announcement has already been teased, with

By | 2019-03-11T13:09:26+00:00 March 11th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC might have just been leaked by Microsoft

It looks increasingly likely that we’ll be seeing a PC release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection in the very near future, with Microsoft seemingly spoiling its own surprise by listing the collection of remastered Halo games on the official Microsoft Store as a Surface Hub title. Previously, Halo: The Master Chief Collection was listed on the Microsoft Store as Xbox Only, but it now also states that it is available on ‘Hub’. However, the Surface Hub runs Windows 10, so it could be yet another

By | 2019-03-11T10:10:52+00:00 March 11th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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