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Final Fantasy comes to Xbox Game Pass, Final Fantasy XIV promised

Final Fantasy comes to Xbox Game Pass, Final Fantasy XIV promised

At its X019 event, Microsoft practically tried to steal Google's thunder just as the latter is about to launch its Stadia game streaming service. Not only did Microsoft confirm 50 games for Project xCloud, a stark contrast to Stadia's starting 12, it also revealed that xCloud will also dip its toes into the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. That opens the doors to dozens more game, including the newly announced arrival of most of the Final Fantasy series, with a big one still promised to come.

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Xbox Black Friday deals revealed: Games, consoles, subscriptions

Xbox Black Friday deals revealed: Games, consoles, subscriptions

We're days away from Thanksgiving and that means, for many consumers, that it's time to start shopping for the holidays. Here to usher that in is consumer holiday Black Friday when a number of companies will discount their items and launch various deals (and pseudo-deals) to lure in customers. For gaming enthusiasts, Microsoft has unveiled its upcoming Xbox Black Friday deals.

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Disney Plus starter kit: 10 key details at launch

Disney Plus starter kit: 10 key details at launch

You just opened Disney Plus (or Disney+ if you prefer) for the first time and you're feeling overwhelmed. Or you've been using Disney Plus for a while now, and you wonder if there's anything you've missed. If you're looking for a "what to watch on Disney Plus" sort of article, you can find that on SlashGear too - but THIS article is all about getting started out right.

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Xbox Surprise Me button will remind Insiders about games they forgot

Xbox Surprise Me button will remind Insiders about games they forgot

Given how easy it is to purchase games these days, provided you have the funds, of course, it's not unusual for a single gamer to accumulate dozens or even hundreds of titles in their collection. Many of them have probably gathered digital dust even before they have been played once. Some may have even been lost to memory, at least not until the Xbox's upcoming feature surprises them with a suggestion to play a game owners might have forgotten they even have.

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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 adds Bluetooth, built-in battery

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 adds Bluetooth, built-in battery

How many ways can you improve a gamepad? Apparently, quite a lot. Microsoft has just made available the shiny new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 and while there are quite a few upgrades that are noteworthy, not one stands out in isolation of the others. Instead, the new controller is being defined by a host of small improvements that together try to level up the console gaming experience by delivering comfort and personalization to a part of gaming that's almost too easy to take for granted.

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EA Games back on Steam, at last

EA Games back on Steam, at last

Electronic Arts and Valve announced a partnership to bring EA Games-distributed games to Steam, at long last. They also announced that they'd be bringing the EA Games-specific gaming subscription service to Steam. Per Valve's Game Newell, this partnership with EA will "bring their great games and subscription service to Steam" as well as "open up our communities to each other in an unprecedented way."

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Final Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer echoes Dark Forces

Final Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer echoes Dark Forces

This morning the folks at EA and Respawn released their final trailer for the game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This trailer shows the main character Cal Kestis, Jedi Padawan, in trouble. He's living in a time immediately following Order 66, and you know what that means - fun for everyone!

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Xbox All Access returns offering Project Scarlett upgrades: What to know

Xbox All Access returns offering Project Scarlett upgrades: What to know

Last year, Microsoft began offering a financing program called Xbox All Access. With it, those who sign up can finance the purchase of an Xbox, along with subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold and Game Pass, through monthly payments. Microsoft is bringing back Xbox All Access here at the tail-end of 2019, though this time it has some additions.

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Xbox mobile accessories kickoff Project xCloud push with MOGA Gaming Clip

Xbox mobile accessories kickoff Project xCloud push with MOGA Gaming Clip

In addition to the Pixel 4, Google's upcoming Stadia cloud-based game streaming has dominated that section of the news where tech and gaming intersect. It isn't the only company with big game streaming plans in the works and Microsoft is also getting the ball rolling with its own Project xCloud program. So it's not really a surprise that Microsoft is now making an announcement to somewhat remind interested players that all that they might need is a $14.99 accessory for the ideal xCloud experience.

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Microsoft and Taco Bell team once again on Xbox One X bundle

Microsoft and Taco Bell team once again on Xbox One X bundle

As they've done for the past couple of years, Taco Bell and Microsoft today announced that they've teamed up once again to giveaway some console bundles. Just like last year, there's a limited edition Xbox One X at the center of this bundle, with a design that isn't normally available. There are also a number of other items in the bundle, including the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2, which was revealed back at E3 and is launching on November 4th.

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Xbox One adds fine-grained control over offensive text messages

Xbox One adds fine-grained control over offensive text messages

While not generally true, some gamers do have a reputation for having a rather loose tongue, especially during competitive gameplay. That's probably fine if you're simply among peers of the same age range but can be a problem when a more heterogeneous mix is involved. It especially becomes dangerous when there are younger gamers in play, like when using a family-owned console. At long last, Microsoft is finally giving Xbox One owners the ability to censor some potentially harmful speech and even gives an almost ridiculous amount of control over it.

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Xbox Live outage hits core services ahead of Fortnite’s return

Xbox Live outage hits core services ahead of Fortnite’s return

Microsoft is currently experiencing a massive Xbox outage that is impacting the platform's core services, as well as hit game Fortnite. The outage impacts Xbox Live, which is currently preventing some users from signing into their accounts on Xbox One consoles. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue and is working on it, but there's no word on when users can expect things to be fixed.

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