Xbox Family Sharing App arrives on iOS and Android today

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Since the pandemic began, gaming has offered a way for people to stay connected, but even Microsoft knows that too much of a good thing can be harmful and that “gaming should be part of a balanced life.” With that in mind, it’s rolling out the…

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Microsoft’s Bethesda deal: Great for Game Pass, troubling for exclusives

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Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media is huge news in many ways. It brings renowned studios like Bethesda, id and Arkane into the Xbox family, along with popular franchises including Doom, The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. It make…

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Xbox remote play is open to everyone on Android devices

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Microsoft has rolled out a new Android Xbox app, which will allow all Xbox One owners (and Series X/S players in the future) to stream games from their console to their phone or tablet. Until now, only Xbox Insiders had access to the feature. …

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Xbox Game Pass has more than 15 million subscribers

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Tucked away in its blockbuster announcement that it’s buying Bethesda Softworks, id Software and Arkane Studios parent company ZeniMax Media, Microsoft revealed that Xbox Game Pass now has more than 15 million subscribers. That means it has ad…

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The PlayStation 5 vs. the Xbox Series X and Series S

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We finally have a price and release date for both models of the PlayStation 5, so it’s time to take another look at how the new Sony console generation measures up to the competition. Last week we found out about the cheaper, lower-specced Xbo…

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Microsoft xCloud will offer over 150 Xbox games when it goes live tomorrow

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Microsoft’s game streaming service, xCloud (also referred to as “cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate”), will go live in 22 countries on Tuesday, and it’ll have more titles available at the outset than expected. You’ll be able to play more than…

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Podcast: Surface Duo review, Xbox Series S and Apple’s upcoming event

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The Surface Duo reviews are in and the verdict is a resounding meh. Devindra and Cherlynn talk about what excited them about Microsoft’s dual-screen debut, and explain why using it in the real world was frustrating. Then, UK bureau chief Mat S…

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Microsoft confirms Xbox Series S supports storage expansion cards

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The Xbox Series S will arrive on November 10th and while that $299 price is compelling for a next-gen console, some of its specs are significantly lower than its big sibling, the Xbox Series X. One of the major differences is that it’ll have 5…

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The Xbox Series S and X will be available on monthly payment plans

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This morning, Microsoft announced that the Xbox Series X will officially arrive November 10th, with pre-orders beginning September 22nd. If you’re not ready to shell out $499 for new gaming hardware, you may be happy to learn that Microsoft wi…

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Here’s everything Samsung announced at its Unpacked 2020 event

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Even after several leaks, Samsung had plenty to share at its Unpacked 2020 event today. The company officially unveiled its Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, as well as the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus, Galaxy Watch 3 and Galaxy Buds Live. It continued …

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Samsung will offer an Xbox Game Pass Bundle with the Note 20

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Cloud gaming is coming to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th, and mobile users will be able to play dozens of Xbox One and Xbox Series X games through xCloud over data connections. It’s probably not too much of a surprise that you’ll be…

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‘The Alto Collection’ bundles two mobile classics for PC and console

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If you read Engadget often, you’ll know that we’re big fans of Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey. The relaxing games — which are predominantly about snowboarding, though the second title features sandboarding too — were instant hits on mobile tha…

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Cloud gaming hits Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th

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Microsoft’s video game streaming technology, Project xCloud, will come to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th, at no additional cost to members. The initial rollout covers 22 countries across North America, Europe and South Korea, and gi…

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Microsoft redesigned the Xbox store ahead of Series X debut

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The Microsoft Store on Xbox is getting a makeover ahead of the Xbox Series X release later this year. Microsoft says it rebuilt the store from the ground up, and it’ll be “faster, safer and easier to use than ever before.”It claims the store i…

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Classic ‘Halo’ games will get crossplay and custom game browsing in 2020

By 343 industries, crossplay, engadget, games, gaming, halo, halo the master chief collection, master chief collection, Microsoft, News, video games, xbox, xbox one

The Halo games in the Master Chief Collection should soon get many of the features you’re used to with modern shooters. The 343 Industries team has provided (via Eurogamer) an MCC “snapshot” indicating that several welcome additions are coming…

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Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox promise was trouble from the start

By all-access, engadget, Game Pass, gaming, gear, Microsoft, News, playstation, playstation 4 pro, playstation 5, Sony, xbox, xbox one, Xbox One X, Xbox Series X

Microsoft has, since the launch of the Xbox One X in 2017, been able to claim that it sells “the most powerful console.” It’s a claim that will extend into the next generation, as the Xbox Series X’s CPU and GPU are, in terms of raw compute, s…

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