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Xbox serves up controller snark over Sony’s PS5 decision

Xbox serves up controller snark over Sony’s PS5 decision

The next-generation gaming consoles are on the horizon and ahead of their release comes all of the details, as well as many questions. Among the top inquiries from gamers were questions about backward compatibility, including whether any accessories for the current-generation models will work for the upcoming Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles. Here to reinforce the point is Microsoft with a subtle jab at Sony.

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These are the Xbox Project xCloud launch controllers

These are the Xbox Project xCloud launch controllers

Today Microsoft announced that the Project xCloud beta will be launching as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th. It sounds like Project xCloud will only be available on Android devices for the foreseeable future, which means those of you who who plan on streaming games for the service will need an Android phone or tablet and a controller to go along with it. Microsoft today detailed a number of upcoming controllers intended for Project xCloud gaming, which will all be available under the "Designed for Xbox" banner.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets Project xCloud streaming next month

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gets Project xCloud streaming next month

Project xCloud has been in testing for many months at this point, and last month, Microsoft finally started talking about the streaming service's eventual release. Later this year, Microsoft said, Project xCloud would launch as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, giving subscribers game streaming without raising the monthly cost of Ultimate. That all sounded great, but Microsoft didn't tell us when we could expect xCloud support to go live.

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Microsoft Teams adds 1:1 calling, add-on for supporting 20K participants

Microsoft Teams adds 1:1 calling, add-on for supporting 20K participants

Zoom might be the household name for video conferencing these days because of convenience (and hype) but its rivals are slowly but surely surpassing it in terms of features. Microsoft, in particular, is building up Teams to go beyond the usual end-users and turning into something that would better appeal to business customers that pay Microsoft big bucks. For this round, it's adding the ability to have as much as 20,000 participants in a meeting as well as choosing a branded background, for a price, of course.

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Microsoft Store gets some big changes in Xbox One beta

Microsoft Store gets some big changes in Xbox One beta

It looks like there's a big redesign for the Microsoft Store on the way to Xbox One users. Microsoft will begin testing this new store this week, and it's making some hefty promises about its improvements over the original store. As is usually the case with these Microsoft tests, only a few will be able to take it for a spin right away - the rest of us will have to wait until Microsoft rolls it out to more users.

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Halo classics getting crossplay features, Infinite multiplayer to be free

Halo classics getting crossplay features, Infinite multiplayer to be free

The past few days have been great for fans of the Halo franchise. Of course, there's the shadow of Halo Infinite looming over the horizon but that's still a few months away at best. In the meantime, those fans can relive the good old days but with some slight twists. Thanks to the Master Chief Collection, the classic Halo titles are getting more than just a fresh coat of paint but new capabilities like crossplay between PCs and Xbox consoles.

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Microsoft really wants to buy TikTok despite imminent US ban

Microsoft really wants to buy TikTok despite imminent US ban

Just like Google, Microsoft hasn't had any real success with building a social networking network. In fact, it barely even tried beyond the brief research experiment So.cl and the acquisition of an employment-centric LinkedIn. If it weren't for all the focus that TikTok came under due to threats of a US ban, Microsoft's intention of purchasing a large part of the popular video-based network would have never come to light until the deal was sealed. Curiously, Redmond seems really bent on pushing through with those plans to the point of publicly talking about it in the face of US President Trump's threats.

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Microsoft pulls plug on consumer Cortana: Invoke and app shutdown roadmap

Microsoft pulls plug on consumer Cortana: Invoke and app shutdown roadmap

As Microsoft continues to narrow Cortana's scope and turn it into an AI assistant that's primarily used in Microsoft 365, the company has made the decision to drop pretty much all of Cortana's consumer integrations. Today, Microsoft outlined a roadmap for Cortana's end of support, and it begins in September with the company pulling the plug on all third-party Cortana skills. Not long after, we'll see the Cortana app vanish and its integration with the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker end as well.

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Microsoft Edge URL bar crash issue fixed: How to update

Microsoft Edge URL bar crash issue fixed: How to update

Microsoft Edge web browser had a bit of an issue with its primary URL bar system that caused the application to crash. Every time you tried to start entering a URL into the address bar, the web browser would crash. Now, it would seem, enough users have complained about the issue that Microsoft's dev team on Edge have taken care of said issue.

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Halo Infinite devs respond to campaign demo graphics complaints

Halo Infinite devs respond to campaign demo graphics complaints

Last week, 343 Industries gave us our first real look at Halo Infinite's campaign during Microsoft's big Xbox Series X game showcase. In the week since then, there's been a lot of discussion about Halo Infinite's graphics and a decent amount of that discussion has been negative. In short, many players were less than impressed by what they saw in that demo, and a number of them have voiced their concerns about the game through social media.

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Halo Infinite leak hints at a big free-to-play multiplayer shift

Halo Infinite leak hints at a big free-to-play multiplayer shift

Halo Infinite has been in the news a lot lately, as it was the headliner during last week's Xbox Series X game showcase. Since that showcase, there's been plenty of discussion about the game's campaign, its graphics, and even some mention of microtransactions, but there hasn't been a whole lot of talk about Halo Infinite's multiplayer. A new leak today is changing that, and it's supposedly revealing a lot of juicy details about how multiplayer will work in Halo Infinite.

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Surface Duo teased again with two new hints

Surface Duo teased again with two new hints

You can probably hear Microsoft's hype machine churning by now. Without easy access to more traditional forms for marketing resources, the company's executives have taken it upon themselves to build up the buzz for what is probably one of its biggest device announcements since the first Surface 2-in-1 tablet. Corporate VP Brad Anderson once again gives the public a glimpse of the Surface Duo, this time subtly teasing some more details to look forward to next month.

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