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Mixer streamers can now make money from Xbox Game Pass

Mixer streamers can now make money from Xbox Game Pass

In recent weeks, Microsoft has been doing quite a bit to try to build out its streaming service, Mixer. The biggest move it made was paying Ninja an undisclosed-yet-almost-certainly-large amount of money to drop Twitch and begin streaming on Mixer full time. Now, the company is looking to get more money in the pockets of Mixer streamers, and it's using Xbox Game Pass subscriptions to do it.

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Android gaming gets a boost with Honor GamePad, Xbox USB controller support

Android gaming gets a boost with Honor GamePad, Xbox USB controller support

Before game streaming services like Google Stadia and Microsoft Project xCloud stole the spotlight, mobile gaming was the big thing in the tech industry, where anyone and everyone tries to make a big or at least quick buck from anyone will to pay for IAPs. Despite the proliferation of titles, mobile gaming, unlike their desktop or console counterparts, mobile gaming hasn't been big on accessories, especially controllers. That situation may be improving soon with Honor's launch of its own GamePad and upcoming support for Xbox's latest Elite controller.

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Xbox One owners are not safe from contractors listening on them

Xbox One owners are not safe from contractors listening on them

The past weeks have been filled with news about smart assistants not just accidentally listening to conversations but those utterances being heard by complete strangers. That, however, it turns out wasn't just limited to the likes of Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Even the likes of Microsoft Skype has been subjected to the same treatment so it's no surprise that even the Xbox One console is now reported to have been accidentally recording conversations for human ears to hear without the owner's knowledge.

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More Xbox exclusives on other consoles? Don’t get your hopes up

More Xbox exclusives on other consoles? Don’t get your hopes up

Earlier this week, Nintendo announced that Ori and the Blind Forest is coming to the Switch later this year. That was a particularly surprising announcement because up until it happened, Ori and the Blind Forest was an Xbox One console exclusive. If you thought that maybe this meant Microsoft would consider bringing other exclusives to platforms like the Switch and the PlayStation 4, you might want to pump the breaks, because Microsoft says that isn't happening.

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WD_Black gaming HDD and SSD look like shipping containers

WD_Black gaming HDD and SSD look like shipping containers

This week the folks at Western Digital released a new collection of WD_Black series hard drives (HDD and SSD) with radical new industrial designs. When you're buying a hard disk drive or solid-state drive, especially an external HDD or SSD, you'll first look at the capabilities of the drive - mostly innards. Then you'll look at the external bits - the way the case looks, the bits you'll be seeing every time you access your gaming machine. Because of this, Western Digital went the extra mile (in the right direction) with their latest round of WD_Black.

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New Microsoft Xbox One controllers revealed in black and blue

New Microsoft Xbox One controllers revealed in black and blue

A couple of new official Microsoft-made Xbox One controllers were revealed this week - black and blue. Technically they're called Night Ops Camo and Sport Blue - and they're a bit more complicated than their simplest color conversions. Their release details aren't particularly shockingly different from their predecessors, but they've got some slightly different features than what's come in the past.

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Streaming-only Xbox “cloud console” isn’t happening just yet

Streaming-only Xbox “cloud console” isn’t happening just yet

At its pre-Gamescom interview with Gamespot, Microsoft Xbox head Phil Spencer had a lot to say about the company's focus for the future of Xbox gaming. Naturally, one of the biggest points of interests has been Project xCloud game streaming. Specifically, there has been rumors about an Xbox "Lite" that eschews the expensive hardware in lieu of streaming games. That may sound almost dreamy but that may now remain a dream as Spencer insists they aren't working on such a console just yet.

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Gamers are Xbox Project Scarlett’s first priority

Gamers are Xbox Project Scarlett’s first priority

E3 2019 was a pretty big show for the games industry. Even though Sony wasn't in attendance, Microsoft was, and it shared the first details about its next-generation console, which for now is called simply Project Scarlett. Microsoft made some big promises about Project Scarlett during an E3 sizzle video, but now Xbox chief Phil Spencer is getting a little more specific about his company's major goals with the console.

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Madden NFL 20 Ultimate Superstar edition, Championship Series Twitch live stream today

Madden NFL 20 Ultimate Superstar edition, Championship Series Twitch live stream today

Today the folks at Electronic Arts and NFL Announced the EA SPORTS Madden NFL 20 Championship Series along with a semi-new game. The game goes by the name "Madden NFL 20 Ultimate Superstar edition" and in it you'll find a whole bunch of stuff not available in any previous release of a Madden game. This all kicks off during a livestream video event hosted on the Madden NFL Twitch - which will also be shown right here in this article.

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Xbox One changes to Home Screen and Voice Commands promise quicker access

Xbox One changes to Home Screen and Voice Commands promise quicker access

The best computer interfaces, some experts say, are those that you may not even see or at least get out of your way when you don't need them. And yet at times those interfaces, be they graphical or even vocal, tend to themselves be the cause of confusion and distraction. In an effort to move the attention away from interfaces and to games, Microsoft is tweaking the Xbox One Home Screen and its Voice Commands to remove what it deemed unnecessary complexities, which happens to include Cortana.

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How Nintendo Switch made my kids forget about Xbox

How Nintendo Switch made my kids forget about Xbox

Over the past couple months, there's been a fundamental shift in the way my kids play video games. Before the Nintendo Switch arrived in the mail, my kids played nothing but Minecraft* on our Xbox One. We also had a PlayStation 4, but due to a simple set of reasons, they stuck with Xbox One for the majority of their game time. Again - this was all before the Nintendo Switch arrived on our doorstep.

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Xbox Live issue prevents gamers from downloading and purchasing games

Xbox Live issue prevents gamers from downloading and purchasing games

A number of websites and services have experienced issues today, including the multi-hour outage over at Reddit this morning followed by a brief outage at Twitter. Microsoft is among the companies having trouble, in this case with its Xbox services. Though most services remain operational, one is limited, and that's causing big problems for players who want to download purchased or new content.

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