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Nintendo Switch just blew Sony and Microsoft out of the water (again)

Nintendo Switch just blew Sony and Microsoft out of the water (again)

It's no secret that the Nintendo Switch has been selling well since launch. It's a new console with a solid first party library and it can be purchased at a decent price - of course it's selling well. Today we're getting a better idea of just how well it's performing thanks to the folks at NPD Group, who are gearing up to deliver their games industry report for the month of October.

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These Xbox One Black Friday deals kick off today

These Xbox One Black Friday deals kick off today

We've known about Microsoft's Black Friday deals for a few days now, but today the company revealed the sales it has in store for games purchased digitally through Xbox Live. A lot of these discounts seem pretty solid on their own, but there are extra perks if you happen to be subscribed to Xbox Live Gold. For Gold members, the sales begin today - four days before they go live for everyone else - and on top of that, they'll get deeper discounts than those who aren't subscribed to Gold.

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Surface Book 2 Review (15-inch): The MacBook Pro eater

Surface Book 2 Review (15-inch): The MacBook Pro eater

If you were crafting a recipe for the perfect performance notebook, the Surface Book 2 15-inch wouldn't be a bad place to start. Microsoft's move to "lead by example" in Windows 10 laptops still wows, with its detachable screen and crisp, premium hardware, even two years after its original debut. Still, for all its battery life and design cred, the Surface Book wasn't perfect. Embracing USB-C, a larger 15-inch screen, and some of the beefiest specifications this side of a gaming PC, the Surface Book 2 sets out to give Apple some nightmares.

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Windows 10 on Snapdagon 835 Geekbench scores are uninspiring

Windows 10  on Snapdagon 835 Geekbench scores are uninspiring

Microsoft has made it no secret that it will put Windows 10 on ARM devices, specifically on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset. It has, however, denied that will take the form of a smartphone as some have hoped for. Which is probably all for the best, if this sighting on Geekbench is any indicator. While it is, perhaps, impressive that we are able to see figures for Windows 10 running on a Snapdragon 835 board at all, the scores it yielded are way below what you’d expect from the processor, at least compared to Android running on the same chip.

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Black Friday 2017: All of the big gaming deals from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft

Black Friday 2017: All of the big gaming deals from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft

In about a week and a half, a ton of different companies and manufacturers across the US will be vying for your hard earned cash through tempting Black Friday deals. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have always been huge days for the gaming industry, so it should be no surprise that the big three - Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo - want in on the action. All three companies have announced their deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we'll outline them here in this one guide.

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Xbox One X is off to a surprisingly strong start

Xbox One X is off to a surprisingly strong start

Though the Xbox One X offers a lot of power for a home console, there's been some concern that it may be priced outside of the range that many gamers consider acceptable. After all, at $500, it's the most expensive console out there, with its closest competitor being the PlayStation 4 Pro at $400. When you couple that with the fact that 4K has yet to really take off as the next big thing, it becomes clear that Microsoft is kind of venturing into uncharted territory here.

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Xbox One Black Friday sale at Microsoft includes Surface, too

Xbox One Black Friday sale at Microsoft includes Surface, too

Microsoft detailed all of its incoming Black Friday deals today, and it looks like the company will have a lot on offer. Microsoft's Black Friday discounts will encompass everything for Xbox One and Surface to Windows 10 mixed reality and even some services like Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass. It even plans to get a bit of a jump on the retail holiday, launching this sale on Thanksgiving Day.

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Surface Book 2 pre-order has begun

Surface Book 2 pre-order has begun

It has mostly been all about smartphones these past months, but Microsoft, unsurprisingly, still doesn’t have one. Instead, it has chosen to focus on its Surface line of portable computers instead, despite how analysts and observers are claiming they are on the way out. Just last month, it unveiled the Surface Book 2, which was thought would actually never come to pass. Now it is doing one better, by making the souped-up 2-in-1 laptop available for pre-order, promising that it isn’t an empty promise at all.

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Xbox One X 4K HDR Official Demo app released by Microsoft

Xbox One X 4K HDR Official Demo app released by Microsoft

The app is called Insects, and its intention is to show what the Xbox One X is really capable of at its best. What we're dealing with here is an app originally intended only for Microsoft's use in showing developers the ins and outs of the Xbox One. Microsoft decided to tweak the app in order to release it publicly for Xbox One X owners to experience the full HDR10 and 4K Ultra HD power of the console just in case they didn't already have a game that did so.

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Windows 10 to get wireless file sharing, Edge mute tab

Windows 10 to get wireless file sharing, Edge mute tab

One of the good things about Microsoft’s new “Windows as a Service” thrust is that you don’t have to wait for ages before you can get your hands on significant new features. Sure, you might have to wait a year or even just half for the next Windows 10 update, but that’s still lots faster than previous Windows versions. The Fall Creators Update was just released a month ago and fans will probably already be looking forward to the next one, which brings offline file sharing and more functionality to the Edge web browser.

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Xbox One X release: Best Buy and GameStop plan midnight openings

Xbox One X release: Best Buy and GameStop plan midnight openings

For most of the year, much of the gaming industry has focused on Sony and Nintendo. 2017 was a big year for both of them, with of a lot of highly anticipated exclusive titles launching on Sony's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo enjoying an excellent launch for its newest console, the Switch. That all changes tomorrow, however, as Microsoft will pull the focus back onto itself with the launch of the Xbox One X.

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Microsoft says last free Windows 10 upgrades will end soon

Microsoft says last free Windows 10 upgrades will end soon

If you're still a Window 7 or 8 user that's been putting off the eventual upgrade to Windows 10, your chance to do so for free will soon be over. Microsoft has stated that there is now an end date for its last remaining offer to upgrade to its newest operating system at no cost. After offering Windows 10 for free to Windows 7/8 users for over a year, followed by a loophole that extended the timeframe from last July until now, a cut-off date has been set: December 31st, 2017.

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