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Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Killer Instinct to land on PCs

Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Killer Instinct to land on PCs

E3 2015 naturally has a lot of great tidings for those on Xboxes and PlayStations, but the PC crowd need not feel left out too much. Although Microsoft still touts its Xbox One as *the* gaming device, its unifying spiel of Windows 10 is trickling into gaming aspects as well. Yep, the recently confirmed Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will also be landing on Windows PCs, giving gamers a chance to enjoy all that shooting action in all its high res and high fps beauty.

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Temper your Minecraft HoloLens enthusiasm

Temper your Minecraft HoloLens enthusiasm

It was the mic-drop of Microsoft demos, Minecraft coming to life in augmented reality on the HoloLens headset, and it unsurprisingly stole the E3 keynote. Given Microsoft's previous hints about just what it had in mind for HoloLens, which overlays digital graphics on top of the real world, the idea of a special version of the brick-building game shouldn't have come as a surprise. Nonetheless, the sight of a table suddenly overcome with virtual blocks proved more than enough for us to temporarily forget HoloLens' big issues.

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New Xbox One dashboard puts Cortana on call

New Xbox One dashboard puts Cortana on call

All your base is belong to Cortana! Whether it be your smartphone, your tablet, or your PC, Microsoft's personal assistant is there to serve your every voiced need. And now, she's on the Xbox One too! Microsoft has just demoed the latest dashboard experience and it showed off the new and improved interface. While things are arguably better for hunting down friends and remembering what game you last played, one of the most interesting new features is probably one that you hardly expected: Cortana.

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Xbox Game Preview is like Steam Early Access with free demos

Xbox Game Preview is like Steam Early Access with free demos

Today's gamers are more conscientious of purchases, being wary of games that over promise and under deliver. At the same time, however, they are also more willing to put their money where their mouths are, willing to help fund games still in development in exchange for some exclusive early access to the game and experience its evolution. Balancing those two needs is a delicate dance and Microsoft might have just mastered the steps. With Xbox Game Preview, gamers won't have just access to alpha or beta versions of games, they can also have a free peek at it first.

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Minecraft for Hololens demo shows big virtual potential

Minecraft for Hololens demo shows big virtual potential

While we've caught glimpses of Minecraft on the Microsoft HoloLens headset before, today is the first we've seen Microsoft pushing gaming specifically. Before, HoloLens was a far more diverse piece of equipment, showing of all manner of odd applications. Today it's a strictly gaming affair. Mojang Brand Director - aka Mojang's "Director of Fun" Lydia Winters spoke up onstage this afternoon about how Minecraft would be jointing the fun in our collective living rooms. This game wont be played on a screen, it'll be played in three dimensions.

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Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft isn't slowing down with virtual reality partnerships, announcing at E3 2015 today that it is working with Valve on VR for Windows 10. "We will be working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 the best platform for VR gaming," Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda said during the company's keynote in Los Angeles this morning, confirming the second deal in two weeks with a high-profile player in the virtual reality space.

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Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Microsoft security tools will now be treating the Ask Toolbar that comes alongside Oracle's Java installations as "unwanted software" (a category that also includes malware). For a while now, when Windows users install Java, they have to opt out of getting the Ask Toolbar installed in their browser. Opting out is a small task, but it's enough to give Java users a bad impression of Oracle.

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Windows 10 Mobile to reach OEMs Q3 or Q4, users a lot later

Windows 10 Mobile to reach OEMs Q3 or Q4, users a lot later

Here's one more revelation that could douse the enthusiasm of Windows Phone users eagerly waiting to be transformed into Windows 10 Mobile users. In some slides presented to its partners, a Microsoft spokesperson revealed that, although slated for a Q3 release, the mobile version of Microsoft's latest operating system won't hit its hardware partners until October at the latest. And that's only hardware partners, meaning that end users might not even get the update until end of the year at best, next year at worst.

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Preorders for Microsoft’s 84-inch Surface Hub begin July 1

Preorders for Microsoft’s 84-inch Surface Hub begin July 1

Microsoft's Surface Hub, that huge wall-sized computer that multiple people can write on at the same time with touchscreen pens, is finally going on sale. Preorders will begin on July 1st for businesses, with shipping expected to start in September. The larger model, which features an incredible 84-inch screen with 4K, will cost a whopping $19,999. Mere peasants may be more interested in the 55-inch model, which is priced at a more reasonable $6,999, and has 1080p resolution.

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Microsoft announces 1TB Xbox One, includes new controller

Microsoft announces 1TB Xbox One, includes new controller

After several leaks, and just prior to E3, Microsoft has officially taken the wraps off a new Xbox One package featuring 1TB of storage. The 1TB model will include a revised controller which features a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom edge, allowing any audio head set with a standard plug to be connected. Priced at $399, Microsoft says the 1TB Xbox One will be available starting June 16th, with the existing 500GB model remaining on sale for $349.

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