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FIFA 21 “no cross-play” highlights break between PS4, PS5, Xbox One X, Series X

FIFA 21 “no cross-play” highlights break between PS4, PS5, Xbox One X, Series X

The soccer (football) game FIFA 21 will not allow players to meet across console generations, console to console, or console to... anything else, really. EA noted this week that users will be able to carry over their progression from an older console generation to a newer generation, but no cross-play will be available for anyone, at all, ever. This might well be the first major example of the dropping off point between generations of consoles released at the tail end of 2020.

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These Surface Duo photos explain a lot

These Surface Duo photos explain a lot

It pays to be obsessed when you're designing a new device, something Microsoft clearly took to heart when it came up with the Surface Duo. The folding Android sorta-phone, sorta-tablet may not be the first modern clamshell on the market - indeed, Samsung is readying the second generation of its foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 - but an early glimpse inside helps highlight why Microsoft's is special.

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You don’t need an Xbox to play Xbox anymore

You don’t need an Xbox to play Xbox anymore

Today Microsoft's made clear their intent with Xbox for the future. They want the Xbox gaming experience to be available on all the hardware, all the time. To make this clear, they've coined the term "The New Xbox Experience." In this experience, the user can access Xbox media and play Xbox games whenever, wherever, on whatever.

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Minecraft Jurassic World DLC tests your skills as a park manager

Minecraft Jurassic World DLC tests your skills as a park manager

Minecraft has long been home to recreations of fantastic fantasy worlds made by players but, from time to time, the game's own developers also do their fair share of bringing the worlds into the game themselves. Tie-ins with popular franchises and films are not uncommon and no real-world disaster is going to put a stop to that. Instead of taking players to the past, the Jurassic World DLC is bringing the past to them to see if they can fare better than hapless movie stars in running a dinosaur-filled park.

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Internet Explorer, old Edge are retiring and you can’t uninstall the new Edge

Internet Explorer, old Edge are retiring and you can’t uninstall the new Edge

Microsoft's Internet Explorer may have been a trailblazer and innovator back in the infancy of the Web but it has already shown its age and the baggage it has accumulated over the decades. Of course, IE is old news and Edge has the edge on Microsoft's web efforts but the company is now issuing a reminder to its Microsoft 365 customers to be prepared for the browser's retirement next year. Unfortunately, the replacement it has prepared is leaving a bad taste in people's mouths because of how Microsoft is pushing the otherwise good Chromium-based Edge down everyone's throats.

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Windows 10 update mercy error: “failed to install”

Windows 10 update mercy error: “failed to install”

If there's going to be an error when you're installing a Windows 10 update, it might as well be this one. Windows 10 users have reported that the latest "Patch Tuesday" release (from last week) that the install stops with an error message that suggests that they cannot continue installing. "Failed to install" might be the least serious, most welcome error message ever reported by a Windows user in the history of Windows updates.

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Microsoft Ultimate Game Sale discounts Xbox, PC games, accessories

Microsoft Ultimate Game Sale discounts Xbox, PC games, accessories

There's never any lack of video game sales in the summertime, and today, it seems it's Microsoft's turn to host one. Microsoft has kicked off its Ultimate Game Sale, and while the focus for many might be the Xbox One game discounts, there are also some PC and gaming accessory discounts to be had as well. There even seems to be some hardware sales to take advantage of if you're looking for a new gaming desktop or laptop.

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Surface Duo promised to get three years of Android updates

Surface Duo promised to get three years of Android updates

Although it has sold Android phones in the past, the Surface Duo is technically Microsoft's first true Android phone, under its own name and without Nokia's involvement. It's not surprising, then, that it wants to put its best foot forward, and not just in the sense of being a unique dual-screen phone. It turns out, Microsoft is joining the rather exclusive club currently formed by Google and, surprisingly, Samsung, who are promising their customers three years of software updates, both for security fixes as well as major OS updates.

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Watch Microsoft justify Surface Duo

Watch Microsoft justify Surface Duo

It's fair to say that Microsoft's newest hardware is proving divisive, with Surface Duo splitting opinion between those who think it's potentially the future of computing, and critics who say it's just too expensive. The dual-touchscreen clamshell will cost a heady $1,400 when it goes on sale in September, and now Microsoft has released its thirty minute briefing video on just why it thinks that's worth it.

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Surface Duo feels like a stopgap

Surface Duo feels like a stopgap

There's no denying that Microsoft's new Surface Duo has the wow-factor. A waif-like clamshell of soft-touch metal, that smoothly hinges open to reveal not one but two touchscreens - complete with Surface Pen support - it's hard not to look at it and think of a sci-fi movie prop. Yet Microsoft aims to put its futuristic gizmo on sale next month.

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Forza Horizon 3 is about to disappear for good

Forza Horizon 3 is about to disappear for good

The Forza Horizon series has proven to be a very popular one for Microsoft, but it seems that the sun is about to set on Forza Horizon 3. Today, Microsoft and Playground Games announced that Forza Horizon 3 is entering its end-of-life phase, which means it won't be available to purchase for much longer. It's actually being removed from sale next month, along with all of the DLC that has been released for the game.

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Windows 10 update tipped to change a classic feature forever

Windows 10 update tipped to change a classic feature forever

There's a new Windows 10 Build 20185 tipped in the pipeline with a new sort of clipboard panel in the mix. This new way to work with the clipboard could change the way you work with the copy and paste feature on your laptop or desktop machine forever. The panel is tipped in testing now, with the ability to include new sorts of media like emojis, kaomoji (顔文字), animated gif image files, and larger content. This is just one of a list of new features likely coming soon.

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