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Star Wars: Squadrons release date, price, and VR cross-play revealed

Star Wars: Squadrons release date, price, and VR cross-play revealed

Today we're taking a peek at the release details of Star Wars: Squadrons. This is the newest EA Games / Motive Studios release in the Star Wars universe, centered on 5v5 dogfights in starfighters piloted by New Republic (rebellion) pilots and pilots fighting on the side of the dying Galactic Empire. Now that the Death Star II has been destroyed, and both Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine along with it - things are different, and attitudes have changed.

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Xbox Series X Smart Delivery means old game buys stay free

Xbox Series X Smart Delivery means old game buys stay free

Microsoft expanded Smart Delivery for the Xbox Series X today with a variety of big-name game titles. With Smart Delivery, users will be able to play games on Xbox Series X that they'd previously purchased on systems like Xbox One and Xbox One X. Microsoft suggested that all Xbox Game Studios games that are "Optimized for Xbox Series X" will "support Smart Delivery."

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When is cloud gaming worth making the switch?

When is cloud gaming worth making the switch?

The gaming industry is looking up to a future where the requirement for complex hardware will no longer be necessary. Cloud gaming is here and it’s going to change the way we interact with our devices. No longer will there be need for high-end, processing-power hungry hardware which keeps evolving every month. You can literally play any high-end gaming title with just a basic machine.

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Xbox Windows 10 app just got two big improvements

Xbox Windows 10 app just got two big improvements

The Windows 10 Xbox app, which is currently in beta, is getting a rather big update today. Not only has Microsoft made some improvements to performance, but it's also given the green light to mod support within the app. The list of games that support mods at this point is definitely a short one, but this is nonetheless good news for PC players who like mods as a way of squeezing more replayability out of their games.

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Xbox Digital Direct ditches redemption codes in console bundles

Xbox Digital Direct ditches redemption codes in console bundles

Many gamers buy consoles that come bundled with some games primarily because they want that game and need a console to play it. There will always be some, however, who will buy such a console just for the looks, even if they already own the game or even if they don't even want to play the game. These gamers would often just give away or sell those bundle games but the Xbox's new Digital Direct feature is now making that impossible in the name of making it easier to redeem those games in the first place.

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Xbox Store design store gets fluent with Project Mercury

Xbox Store design store gets fluent with Project Mercury

Long gone are the days when Microsoft's design language was considered clinical and flat, although there a time it was literally the latter. The company has finally become more conscious of beautiful design in the past years and its recent Fluent design has been the culmination of that evolution. More than just for Windows and Office, however, Microsoft is pushing that design language to almost all of its products, including the Xbox Store app coming to consoles this year.

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Xbox Series X backward compatibility includes Xbox 360 and OG games

Xbox Series X backward compatibility includes Xbox 360 and OG games

Today we're taking a peek at Microsoft's latest revealed details on Xbox Series X backward compatibility with older Xbox games. Microsoft revealed today that "thousands of games" are already playable on test versions of Xbox Series X hardware. It's clear already that this won't be a 1-for-1 game compatibility list with the Xbox One, but it'll certainly include a whole BUNCH of games right out the gate.

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Xbox Family Settings app helps keep kids safe while gaming

Xbox Family Settings app helps keep kids safe while gaming

Gaming has seen a huge surge in the past months but not all games and gamers are created equal. There will always be games not suitable for younger players but the latter group might not always know that. That's why Xbox has been steadily improving is Familly Settings on the console to protect these young gamers and now it is extending those controls so that parents and guardians can set or ease limits even when they're not currently at home.

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Serious Sam 4 is seriously delayed for consoles because of Stadia

Serious Sam 4 is seriously delayed for consoles because of Stadia

Game streaming services like Google's Stadia are advertised to break down barriers that prevent gamers from playing their favorite titles the way they want. It turns out there are some barriers it just can't break down, barriers that are set up more by business considerations rather than technical limitations. Gamers will be reminded of that unfortunate reality when Serious Sam 4 launches in August on PCs and Stadia but not on consoles it was once advertised to launch on as well.

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Every Mortal Kombat 11 Friendship revealed so far in trailer form

Every Mortal Kombat 11 Friendship revealed so far in trailer form

Mortal Kombat 11 will get a content update soon with the 1990's favorite finishing move FRIENDSHIP. This original fan-favorite feature of the game allows the brutal violence of the game to get a healthy dose of absolute positivity, ending a match with love. Each individual fighter has the potential to deliver a hilarious ending move that'll turn cringing into giggles, and the update for the game will be free.

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Video games that are great for kids

Video games that are great for kids

In good doses, video games can be a rich source of entertainment and education for kids. Games often offer challenges to work the mind, building resilience. Some are meticulously researched. Many are colorful and intricately designed, a valuable source of inspiration and creativity.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 soundtrack playlist released to Spotify

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 soundtrack playlist released to Spotify

So there's something strange going on over at Spotify. It would appear that Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2, the game itself, has created a profile. The game - more than likely the creators of the game at Activision - are now on Spotify to release the music of the game before the game is officially released. This wouldn't normally be a newsworthy situation, but the music of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game collection is iconic - and exceedingly memorable. It's a set of songs that's seared into our brains forever.

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