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Microsoft Bing arrives on Xbox with the promise of Rewards

Microsoft Bing arrives on Xbox with the promise of Rewards

Today's consoles are no longer just dedicated gaming appliances. They have also become entertainment centers and, in some cases, computers in their own right. That's especially true with the Xbox, which shares a common DNA with Windows because of their Microsoft heritage. The ties between the two just got a bit closer with Xbox gaining a Microsoft Bing, formerly just Bing, app, which also brings with it Microsoft's Rewards program just for doing searches.

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GameStop’s new deal with Microsoft includes Xbox digital revenue sharing

GameStop’s new deal with Microsoft includes Xbox digital revenue sharing

Struggling video game retailer GameStop quietly announced a major new revenue-sharing deal with Microsoft last week, eclipsing the news with information about what Microsoft gets from this arrangement. Details about the mutual benefits provided by this business arrangement have trickled out, however, with insiders claiming that Microsoft will share a portion of the revenue earned through digital transactions that take place on Xbox consoles sold by GameStop.

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Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 owners just got a nice warranty surprise

Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 owners just got a nice warranty surprise

Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 owners received a nice surprise today, as Microsoft announced that it's extending the warranty on the controller. This move comes amid user reports of drifting joysticks and as Microsoft faces a class action lawsuit for these issues. If you own an Xbox Elite Controller Series 2, your warranty has just gone from 90 days to a full year, which is a huge increase.

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Major Digimon Survive release date delay official: Q2 at least

Major Digimon Survive release date delay official: Q2 at least

Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. announced on the 15th of October that they'd be moving Digimon Survive to 2021. This game was originally expected to be released inside the fourth quarter of 2020, but circumstances dictated that the company needed to give the game more time in development before it was ready to prime time. A statement from Kazumasa Habu was released this morning for the public to peruse.

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Xbox Series X launch games revealed: 30 games playable on day one

Xbox Series X launch games revealed: 30 games playable on day one

Launch day for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is just around the corner, and now Microsoft has revealed the list of games that will be playable on both consoles on day one. In all, Microsoft says that 30 games will be playable on both consoles on launch day, making this the "largest launch lineup in Xbox history." Many of these titles will be Smart Delivery games that allow users to upgrade from the Xbox One version automatically.

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Xbox new UI rolls out with Customer Profile themes

Xbox new UI rolls out with Customer Profile themes

Microsoft's new consoles, stylistically named the "Xbox Series X|S", are just a few weeks away from shipping with a new design physically and digitally. The user interface will feature a new look and feel and introduce new ways to get started. To make sure that the Xbox's loyal fans won't feel left out, it is now rolling out the October update that will make the Xbox One family share the same UI DNA as the upcoming next-gen consoles.

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Windows 10 gets Screen Refresh Rate settings, enhanced Search

Windows 10 gets Screen Refresh Rate settings, enhanced Search

Fast refresh rates are all the fad in smartphones these days but computer monitors have sported 120Hz and even 144Hz far longer than their mobile cousins. That doesn't mean, of course, that everything will be smooth and fluid magically and it still depends on the software taking advantage of that capability. Windows 10 finally lets you do so, at least in the latest Insider Preview, with a simple new feature in the Settings app.

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Windows Ping of Death exploit returns, patched in October 2020 update

Windows Ping of Death exploit returns, patched in October 2020 update

Bugs and vulnerabilities are pretty much part of software life and developers try their best to patch those up sooner or later. Sometimes, however, these problems pop back up, either in a new form or because fixes weren't applied to newer versions of the software. It's not clear which of the two was involved in this latest Windows 10 vulnerability but an old enemy has reared its ugly head again to drops users into Blue Screen of Death hell using relatively trivial methods.

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Xbox Series X and S roll with Auto HDR (by default)

Xbox Series X and S roll with Auto HDR (by default)

Today a Microsoft representative confirmed that the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S consoles will work with Auto HDR. That's high dynamic range, turned on by default, for all titles, for both consoles. Per Peggy Lo, Compatibility Program Lead for Xbox, "this gives an extra sense of richness and depth to the image when compared to a standard dynamic range (SDR) image".

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Xbox Game Pass is ending October strong with new game additions

Xbox Game Pass is ending October strong with new game additions

Microsoft has revealed a new slate of games heading Xbox Game Pass in the second half of the month, and there are some big names on the list. There are 8 games in total, and they're being led by Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition. That'll be joining Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day it releases via Steam and the Microsoft Store: October 15th.

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Surface Laptop Go Review – Microsoft’s compromise

Surface Laptop Go Review – Microsoft’s compromise

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go arrives at a time when it feels like everyone needs a computer of their own. The expectations we have of our computers - and the access we need to them - has changed immeasurably this year: a rise in home-schooling, remote-schooling, and working-from-home has in part turned the laptop market into a numbers game. A shared PC or Mac just isn't going to cut it any more, not when multiple members of the same household now each need hours of access.

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Microsoft app fairness principles try to woo devs into its own Store

Microsoft app fairness principles try to woo devs into its own Store

App store businesses are a hot topic these days, with governments on both sides of the pond and across the world trying to put Big Tech under a microscope. Apple and Google are, of course, the poster boys for app stores but they are hardly the only big ones out there. There's Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox, for example, and even Microsoft has its own Windows app store. The latter is now being promoted as the more open app store by codifying what almost all developers already know: you don't have to be on the Microsoft Store.

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