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This Is the Best Gaming Controller You Can Buy

I resisted the urge to fling the controller across the room as I tried, once again, to beat the first damn level of Cuphead. I’d been making my attempts using what is currently one of the best PC game controllers to date, the Microsoft Xbox One Elite. But it wasn’t happening. Then I switched over to Razer’s ridiculously-named Wolverine Ultimate. The buttons on the Razer controller seemed to have the same response time, but they also had a nice snap to them and were so much more pleasant to press. I finally beat the level. Read More >>

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The Xbox One X is the Perfect Console for Lazy PC Gamers

Here’s a fact rarely discussed outside of super nerdy gaming circles. The guts of your video game console actually matter. Once upon a time games were designed to run the same on every console and, in some cases (like the massive multiplayer first person shooter Destiny 2), games are still designed that way. But most games have what is called a “dynamic resolution” with the resolution shifting on a spectrum from as 720p to 4K depending on the scene. Thus the more powerful the console the higher and more consistent the resolution of the game you are playing will be. Want something close to consistent 4K without spending a grand on a PC gaming rig? You need a powerful console. Read More >>

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Xbox One X: Can The Most Powerful Console Ever Made Win Back This Playstation Switcher?

History may one day look back at E3 2013 as a pivotal moment in gaming history. At the show, both Microsoft and Sony took the opportunity to reveal to the world their brand new games consoles, both of which would be launching the same year, in time for Christmas. Read More >>

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Kinect, One of Microsoft’s Most Revolutionary Ideas, Is Dead, But It Will Live on in iPhone X

Microsoft has killed off the Kinect. Seven years after the company first introduced the Xbox accessory that paved the way for 3D-tracking and virtual-assistant technologies that will soon be ubiquitous, we are saying goodbye. But its ground-breaking approach to depth-sensing will live on through several products, including the iPhone X. Read More >>

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Tech Writer Robert Scoble Accused of Sexual Harassment, Assault by Multiple Women

Over the course of the past few weeks, the media world has been experiencing a bit of a wake-up call about rampant sexual harassment throughout the industry after an anonymously sourced list of allegations circulated on Google Drive. At the same time, growing numbers of women have been using the hashtag #MeToo to talk about their own experiences of harassment—including in Silicon Valley, where the culture can be so bad that allegations startup UploadVR had a “kink room” were no less disgusting, but not exactly surprising. Read More >>

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The Latest Xbox One Update Fixes The Home Screen, Again

The Xbox One has had more interface updates than I've had hot dinners. And I'm a hungry guy. Every change has refined things further and further, and the Fall Update improves your Xbox home screen even more. It's also the last update before the Xbox One X launches, so it gets existing owners ready just in case they want to upgrade. Read More >>

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Microsoft and US Justice Department Will Square Off in Supreme Court Over Critical Privacy Case

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a critical case over data privacy, the outcome of which will likely determine how easily law enforcement can gain access to information stored in tech companies’ overseas data centres. Microsoft will go head-to-head with the Justice Department, arguing that the agency cannot use a warrant to collect emails held in Microsoft’s Ireland data centre. Read More >>

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Microsoft Made Pricey New Surface Books, Including a Giant One – They Seem Nice!

Microsoft is finally dragging its ambitious Surface Book line into the present day, refining the striking design and making this a laptop you can covet for reasons besides that funky hinge. Read More >>

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Windows Phone Is Dead—How to Make Android the Next Best Thing

Windows Phone is dead, but Microsoft isn’t getting out of mobile—in fact it’s redoubling its efforts. With plenty of apps for iOS and Android out now and improving fast, you can recreate much of the feel of a Windows Phone on your existing handset, as long as you can live without those rotating tiles. Here’s how to go all-in with Microsoft on mobile. Read More >>

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Microsoft Confirms Investigation Into Whether Russians Bought Pre-Election Ads Through Bing

The sprawling inquiry into the extent of Russian attempts to purchase ads on the US internet before the 2016 federal elections has expanded to yet another digital giant, with Microsoft confirming that it has launched an internal investigation into whether it sold such advertisements via its Bing search engine. Read More >>

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Microsoft Confirms Windows Phone Won’t Be Resurrected Any Time Soon

In case the lack of new phones or software updates didn’t already clue you in, Microsoft has shut down any efforts to keep Windows Mobile 10 alive. On Twitter, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for Windows Joe Belfiore stated that the company is no longer actively developing new features or hardware for the platform, and that even he has switched over to an Android phone for his personal mobile needs. Read More >>

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Forza Motorsport 7 Might Just Be My Favourite Racing Game Ever

Forza 7 opens with a demo that takes you through a sand-swept track in Dubai, with the new Porsche 911 GT2 — a car announced at E3 — sliding around from corner to corner under your control. It's fun. It's fun without being too hard, it's fun without being too easy. The driving dynamics are a little bit arcade, a little bit sim. And that's the newest Forza game in a nutshell — not too cold, not too hot. Just right. Read More >>

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Microsoft Admits That Windows Phone is Dead

We've all known it for years, what with it's dwindling market share and lack of support, but Microsoft has finally admitted that Windows Phone is dead. Deader than the Norwegian Blue. In a series of tweets Microsoft's Joe Belfiore has confirmed that the company will no longer be actively working on Windows Phone, or its sort-of successor Windows Mobile. Read More >>

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Okay, Maybe This Microsoft VR Thing Won’t Suck

VR, like that one cousin on Facebook, can be hard to love. The potential is there, and you have all these fond memories—mainly rooted in cool science fiction books you’ve read, but in reality VR is pricey, buggy, and kind of limited to one experience: games. Yet Microsoft has been making a lot of low key noise about VR, AR, and the mixed reality recently, and how it can be more than a tool for fragging aliens. Read More >>

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Microsoft Gives Up on Its Groove Music Service, Says to Use Spotify Now

Spotify inched a little closer to owning the whole music streaming market yesterday. Microsoft announced that its own subscription streaming service, Groove, will be mothballed and that it’s arranged a partnership to move you Groove-lovers into a safe zone with all your tunes. Read More >>