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Double Great Productions is Microsoft’s most current Xbox acquisition

Double Great Productions is Microsoft’s most current Xbox acquisition

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Enlarge / Tim Schafer introduces himself as part of Microsoft for the first time. LOS ANGELES—"For the last 19 years, we've been independent. Then Microsoft came to us and said, 'What if we gave you a bunch of money.' And I said 'OK, yeah,'" That was the half-kidding way Double Fine Productions (Psychonauts, Brutal Legend,…
Microsoft’s Spring Sale makes Xbox Video game Pass an outright deal

Microsoft’s Spring Sale makes Xbox Video game Pass an outright deal

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Enlarge / Ten days to ponder whether Fallout 76 is worth a console discount. Hmm. We're expecting some imminent changes to Microsoft's Game Pass service, but right now the company is offering something of a bargain: three months of Xbox Game Pass, with more than 100 games available, for just $1. This is part of…
Video Game Pass “Ultimate” and Video Game Pass for PC reported to be coming quickly

Video Game Pass “Ultimate” and Video Game Pass for PC reported...

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Enlarge / The arrow is pointing to a PC that's just off-frame to the right. Microsoft is reportedly planning a couple of new subscription services for gamers, per Brad Sams and WalkingCat. First up is a "Game Pass Ultimate" that combines an Xbox Live Gold subscription with a GamePass subscription. Xbox Live Gold is routinely…
Discless Xbox “Radical” might show up as quickly as May

Discless Xbox “Radical” might show up as quickly as May

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Enlarge / Prepare to say goodbye to this slot... Sam Machkovech A download-only Xbox One that doesn't include a Blu-ray optical drive could be on the market very soon. Windows Central reports that the device, codenamed "Maverick" and carrying the pithy branding "Xbox One S All-Digital Edition," will be available for pre-order in April, with…
Microsoft takes a huge action towards putting Xbox video games on Windows

Microsoft takes a huge action towards putting Xbox video games on...

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Enlarge / Xbox One X. But what good is a monolithic box without some software to test on it? The last few Windows 10 preview builds have included some vague instructions from Microsoft to install a special edition of a game, State of Decay, and report any problems with the process. There are no problems…
Report: Less expensive, disc-free Xbox One alternative following year

Report: Less expensive, disc-free Xbox One alternative following year

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Psht, who needs 'em? Any future for used games? View more stories Microsoft is planning to release a disc-free version of the Xbox One as early as next spring, according to an unsourced report from author Brad Sams of Thurrott.com (who has been reliable with early Xbox-related information in the past). The report suggests the…
Microsoft desires Azure to be the multiplayer server service for each platform

Microsoft desires Azure to be the multiplayer server service for each...

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Enlarge / Sea of Thieves is a game already using Azure for its server hosting and scaling. Rare Microsoft today launched a preview of PlayFab Multiplayer Servers, a new Azure-based service giving game developers dynamic, on-demand scaling of multiplayer servers. Microsoft bought Seattle-based PlayFab earlier this year with a view to using it to expand…

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