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    SLIME Rancher 2 has recently launched, and children and adults alike are excited to get their hands on the latest game in the acclaimed series. However, there has been some confusion about which platforms the latest game is available on. 1The original game launched on Xbox One.Credit: Louis-Philippe Poitras via Unsplash If you’re not sure where to find the Microsoft exclusive game, then this is the guide for you. Here are all the platforms and ways you can play Slime Rancher 2: Is Slime Rancher 2 on Xbox One? Unfortunately, Slime Rancher 2 is not available on Xbox One. While the original game was released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, the second game is not available on any of these consoles at the moment. More in XboxSCORNED This Xbox exclusive horror game is a playable nightmareXBOX BONANZA 42 games were just announced for Xbox — here’s the full list If you are a console gamer, then you will need either the Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S in order to play Slime Rancher 2. On Twitter,...
    THE UK government is investigating Xbox over its attempted purchase of Activision Blizzard, the publisher behind series such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft. An investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) highlighted concerns “that Microsoft could use its control over popular games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft post-merger to harm rivals.” 1Xbox boss Phil Spencer stands on stage at Xbox's E3 conference.Credit: AP:Associated Press In other words, there’s concern that Xbox could essentially stop Nintendo and Sony from being competitive in the video game market by making its titles exclusives.  While World of Warcraft was namechecked as one of the series that could impact platform holders, the bigger concern is Call of Duty, which is on consoles as well as PC and mobile.  The Call of Duty series is one of the biggest mainstream video games and its brand recognition is second to none. For many, it and FIFA are the only games they buy in a year. Call of Duty has sold 425 million units in its lifetime and earned more than...
    MICROSOFT has hit back at Sony, after the Japanese company tried to block Xbox’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the publisher of Call of Duty. Sony, alongside other publishers such as Bandai Namco and Ubisoft, have tried to block Microsoft’s purchase of the company due to supposed fears that it would create a monopoly. 1Xbox hopes to acquire the Call of Duty series. The PlayStation owners claimed Xbox’s purchase of Activision Blizzard is an anti-competitive issue. Sony claimed Call of Duty is: “an essential game, a blockbuster, an AAA-type game that has no rival”. This is despite Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer confirming that the FPS shooter would remain on PlayStation consoles. Even if Spencer goes back on his promise, Activision Blizzard is contractually obliged to release the next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation. More in Call of DutyCALL OF SHOOTY The Call of Duty MW2 Beta is coming, here's what to doDOWNFALL OF DUTY Call of Duty players on the decline for third year running This will include the upcoming Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. In fact,...
    Developed by MachineGames in association with Lucasfilm Games, new information reveals that this game is not exclusive to Microsoft. Indiana Jones game though Announced a year ago, No additional information on the topic has been released. However, today we discovered that this game is (probably) not exclusive to Microsoft. In fact, following the acquisition of MachineGames Studio – known for the Wolfenstein license – Bethesda and Microsoft, the game Indiana Jones may have been released to various media outlets, while it became clear that the title was Xbox. And PC exclusive. In fact, Windows Central reporter Jess Gordon spoke on the subject during an episode Xbox to Podcast. In it, he says he heard from his sources that the Indiana Jones game would not be exclusive to Microsoft.. The only information I have on this game is that it is not exclusive to Microsoft. But that was a long time ago, and things may have changed after that. If Jez Corden insists that things have changed, the US company has already announced that despite the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, the...
    Police are seeking to identify a 'suspicious person' caught on camera at Kirsten Bridegan's home just days after her husband, Jared, 33, was gunned down in what police have described as a 'targeted attack.' Sharing exclusive security camera footage and details with DailyMail.com, Kirsten, 30, revealed that she was left 'scared' and 'not okay' by the still unexplained incident. It took place on the evening of February 24, the week after her husband's murder on Wednesday February 16. She recalled, 'I was putting Bexley to bed, and I got an alert on my watch that a person was spotted on the driveway.' Two-year-old Bexley was in the car, strapped into her car seat, when her father was shot multiple times on a quiet stretch of Sanctuary Boulevard just two miles from the home of his ex-wife Shanna Fernandez, 35. In the footage recorded by Kirsten's Nest camera the Thursday following his murder, a bright blurry figure can be seen moving quickly from the corner of the garage, across the yard and away from the house Kirsten told all gathered...
    Pictured for the first time since father-of-four Jared Bridegan was gunned down in what cops call a 'targeted' attack, his ex-wife cuts a strikingly carefree figure. Seen in these exclusive DailyMail.com images, Shanna Fernandez, 35, was wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan, 'I'm fine. It's fine. Everything is fine,' as she enjoyed some downtime with 9-year-old twins, Liam and Abbie – her children by Bridegan, 33. She did cartwheels and laughed in Jacksonville Beach's South Beach Sunshine Park. Twenty-four hours later she was nowhere to be seen when Bridegan's widow, Kirsten, 30, held a candlelight vigil for her dead husband in a nearby spot in the very same park. Kirsten said the park, which is five minutes from Fernandez's home, had a special meaning because it was where Bridegan's older children often played though they were not present either. DailyMail.com spotted Jared Bridegan' s ex Shanna, 35, wearing a t-shirt bearing the slogan, 'It's fine. I'm fine. Everything is fine' A day after the sighting Shanna was nowhere to be seen when Bridegan's widow, Kirsten, 30, held a candlelight vigil...
    MICROSOFT has announced that Call of Duty won't become an Xbox exclusive game. This is great news for PlayStation and Nintendo users who were worried that Microsoft's acquisition of Call of Duty's developer would stop their access to the game. 2Call of Duty won't be an Xbox exclusiveCredit: PA:Press Association Some gamers have taken to social media to tease Xbox users about the decision. One person tweeted: "Xbox fanboys about to have a meltdown over this." Another joked: "LOL! Imagine spending $70B to not make the games exclusive." While, another added: "All that bragging from xbots for nothing". However, a lot of Xbox fans have hit back and said they expected this decision all along. Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, said in a statement: "To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation through the term of any existing agreement with Activision. Most read in GamingCOMING OF ARK When will Lost Ark be released in the US?Enter the Shiberse Is Shiba Inu launching a metaverse?NEW PLAYER Voice actor taking...
    In this article ATVI MSFT 6758.T-JP Gamers visit Sony's PlayStation booth at the annual China Joy gaming conference in Shanghai on July 30, 2021.Arjun Kharpal | CNBCSony shares fell more than 12% in Tokyo on Wednesday after Microsoft announced plans to buy Activision. Investors likely fear rising competition to Sony's PlayStation division as well as the potential for Microsoft to pull some popular games from the Japanese entertainment giant's platforms. For some time, Sony has been ahead of Microsoft with its portfolio of first-party games, allowing it to stay ahead in the console wars. But should Microsoft close the acquisition of Activision, it will have a strong portfolio of hit games from the Call of Duty franchise to World of Warcraft. That content can help power Microsoft's subscription strategy around Game Pass, a pay-monthly service that allows users to access a library of games across different devices. It is a rival to Sony's "PlayStation Plus" and "PlayStation Now" services. When console makers own the gaming studio, they often make those games exclusive to their platforms. Games like Call of...
    Multi-billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates celebrated his 66th birthday in Turkey in the company of fellow tycoon and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Friday. Bezos was among the 50 guests invited to Gates' private party beside the Mediterranean. It's not clear whether any of Gates' family helped him celebrate at his exclusive bash.  Gates - once the richest man on earth who has dropped to fourth on the Forbes Rich List ranking with $124 billion - transported his guests by helicopter from his $2million-a-week rental yacht 'Lana' to the Sea Me Beach club in Fethiye. Lana boasts a gym, jacuzzi, beach club, and swimming pool, Insider reported. After the party, Bezos - who is worth $177 billion, according to Forbes - was reported to have returned by helicopter to his yacht 'Flying Fox' docked in Gokova.   Attendees of the four-hour party were secured of their privacy in the lavish and secluded resort, as workers at the bash were prohibited from using their phones. Multi-billionaire and Microsoft founder Bill Gates celebrated his 66th birthday in Turkey in the company of...
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    Microsoft was given an advance copy of major antitrust legislation, a document given to Republican Rep. Thomas Massie by a whistleblower appeared to show. The document is the original version of the Platform Competition and Opportunity Act, one of Democrats’ six pending antitrust bills targeting Big Tech, according to Rep. Thomas Massie. Every page of the document, which the Daily Caller News Foundation obtained on Wednesday, is watermarked with the text “CONFIDENTIAL – Microsoft.” “I just came into possession of a document that everyone needs to know about,” Massie said during the Judiciary Committee markup of the legislation on Wednesday. “It’s marked ‘CONFIDENTIAL – Microsoft.’ A whistleblower provided this. It’s the first draft of one of these bills that would’ve covered Microsoft. This begs the question: did Microsoft have this bill and the other bills that we are voting on today before I had this bill?” “Why would you have to mark it ‘CONFIDENTIAL – Microsoft’ if they found it on the website for Congress,” he said. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: House Judiciary GOP Slams Microsoft’s ‘Woke Agenda,’ Welcome Hearing With CEO)...
    House Judiciary Committee Republicans would welcome the opportunity to question Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about censorship of conservatives on his company’s platforms and antitrust issues, a spokesperson said. “Big Tech censorship of conservatives is not limited to just Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter,” Russell Dye, a spokesperson for House Judiciary Republicans and Ranking Member Jim Jordan, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Microsoft has used its power to promote a woke agenda and to help Democrats.” Microsoft’s popular employment social media platform LinkedIn has reportedly censored conservative voices and posts on numerous occasions, according to conservative commentators.  House Judiciary Committee Republicans would welcome the opportunity to question Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about censorship of conservatives on his company’s platforms and antitrust issues, a spokesperson said. While conservatives often aim their criticism of Big Tech at Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google and Twitter, they often leave out Microsoft, Russell Dye, a spokesperson for House Judiciary Republicans and Ranking Member Jim Jordan, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. However, Microsoft has similarly wielded its massive power as one of the largest...
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    As claims of Bill Gates' pursuit of female employees surface, explosive internal reports buried in a Microsoft discrimination lawsuit expose how women were 'abused and degraded' with men 'groping' and 'spanking' their female co-workers.   According to a bombshell discrimination case filed in 2015, Microsoft is a company where women were 'ignored, abused, or degraded' and male bosses ran a 'good ol' boy culture' that 'accepts and tolerates abuse and toxic behavior, especially towards females.' Employees code-named a project 'Wrecking Ball' in honor of Miley Cyrus' raunchy music video and wrote an email called 'Working Backwards' filled with stereotypes about women,' the case claimed.  The lawsuit was made public at the time, but an investigation by DailyMail.com uncovered new internal complaints that are deeply unflattering to the tech giant and its newly-single boss. A bombshell discrimination case claims Microsoft is a place where women are 'ignored, abused, or degraded,' DailyMail.com can reveal This comes as reports of married Bill Gates' pursuit of female employees surface The 2015 case claims that male bosses ran a 'good ol' boy culture' that 'accepts...
    Bill Gates held naked parties with strippers in his bachelor days, his biographer claims – and wonders whether the billionaire will go back to his risqué partying now that his marriage is over. Journalist James Wallace wrote two books on the Microsoft founder in the 1990s, and uncovered eyebrow-raising details of Gates's frat-like life as a single man. In an interview with DailyMail.com, Wallace, 74, said Gates was 'no choir boy' in his early days as a tech founder. 'A lot of those Microsoft kids back then, they were young guys in pizza-stained t-shirts for two or three days working on software code,' the former Seattle Post-Intelligencer investigative reporter said. 'Then they would have some pretty wild parties, where they would go out and get strippers in Seattle and bring them over to Bill's home. 'He wasn't a choir boy back then, he wasn't just this little computer nerd. He did have a life back then.' Bill Gates biographer James Wallace revealed how the Microsoft founder (pictured in 1985) was an unlikely womanizer and party animal in his bachelor...
    How serious are the rumors that Microsoft is in talks to acquire Discord for more than $10 billion? After initial reports last week from VentureBeat and Bloomberg, tonight the Wall Street Journal reports talks between the two are now “advanced” and “exclusive” and could result in a deal next month. That’s still assuming talks don’t completely fall apart, as some of the sources last week indicated Discord could still choose to go public independently. Another Bloomberg report suggested Microsoft is interested in acquiring the app as a “place to talk” for many of the communities that use it, not just gamers or for Xbox Live.
    Microsoft completed its $7.5 billion Bethesda acquisition earlier this week and initially hinted that “some new titles in the future” would be exclusive to Xbox and PC players. That some language left some wiggle room for the possibility of future Bethesda titles to appear on Sony’s PlayStation 5, Nintendo’s Switch, or elsewhere. Now, Microsoft’s Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, is making it very clear why the company paid $7.5 billion for Bethesda: Xbox Game Pass. Speaking during a Bethesda and Xbox roundtable event today, Spencer revealed that Xbox Game Pass is at the heart of this Bethesda deal. “If you’re an Xbox customer, the thing I want you to know is that this is about delivering great exclusive games for you that ship on platforms where Game Pass exists,” said Spencer. “That’s our goal, that’s why we’re doing this, that’s the root of this partnership that we’re building.” It’s not a surprising admission, as it has been obvious Microsoft has been gearing up for a different kind of Xbox future with its Xbox Game Pass subscription push. But hearing it directly...
    It promises that some games will be released exclusively on Xbox and Windows PC Microsoft has successfully completed its acquisition of Bethesda subsidiary Genimax Media for $ 7.5 billion. One day after being approved by the European Competition Commission, Microsoft now owns 23 studios for the Xbox. Etc. he said And Bill Spencer:“This is the latest step in creating an innovative title development team to support the Xbox community. By adding Bethesda Teams, gamers will know that Xbox, PC and GamePass consoles are the best places to enjoy Bethesda titles, with some titles exclusive to Xbox and PC.” The deal includes several major studios such as Arcane (Insulted), Machine Games (Wolfenstein), IT Software (Doom) and Tango Gameworks (The Evil With). Overall, Microsoft now has 23 first-party studios, compared to Sony’s 13 first-party studios. Of course Bethesda will operate autonomously from Microsoft, with its current management. The same approach was applied to other Microsoft acquisitions such as Mosang, LinkedIn and GitHub. A solo Website, Petasta’s Pete Hines said there will be no major changes, at least...
    Californias Pacific Coast Highway is falling into the ocean. Is this the end of the road for one of Americas most scenic drives? Jury selection begins in Derek Chauvin trial Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad © Provided by GamePur When Microsoft purchased ZeniMax Media last September for a whopping $7.5 billion, the entire games industry shook. Speculation over what the acquisition could mean was rampant — are future Bethesda titles going to be console exclusive to the Xbox? What would happen to the leadership at these studios? Are we still going to see Todd Howard on stage at E3? Today at least some of the questions are finally being answered. The deal has officially gone through, and ZeniMax Media, along with every developer and publisher under its umbrella, are now part of the Xbox family. Of course, the question now is what this acquisition will mean for consumers. On the Bethesda side, Pete Hines, the senior vice president of PR and Marketing, wrote in a post that “we’re not making any landmark announcements...
    Todd Howard, director and executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios.Christian Petersen | Getty Images Microsoft says it has closed its blockbuster acquisition of ZeniMax, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda. The company announced in September that it would buy ZeniMax for $7.5 billion in cash. It's the biggest gaming acquisition in Microsoft's history, eclipsing the $2.5 billion the firm paid to buy Minecraft developer Mojang in 2014. The Bethesda deal's completion comes days after the European Union and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission gave the takeover their blessing. Bethesda is a household name in gaming. It's published a number of hit franchises including the role-playing game series Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, and the Doom shooter franchise. In a blog post Tuesday, Microsoft confirmed rumors that some new Bethesda games would be exclusive to its Xbox console and Windows PCs. "With the addition of the Bethesda creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox consoles, PC, and Game Pass will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles in the future that will be...
    As violence surges, some question Portland axing police unit How much Did Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr.s claims of cancel culture help drive sales of Dr. Seuss books? Insider takes a closer look. Earlier last year, Microsoft announced that it will be acquiring Zenimax, the parent company of Bethesda, for $7.5 billion. The purchase was one of the biggest moves in the gaming industry’s history. After an approval process, we are now one step closer to the purchase being final. © Provided by GamePur Just yesterday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission filed a notice of the effectiveness of the purchase. In plain terms, this means that the purchase of ZeniMax by Microsoft has been accepted in the US after a review process. All that is left now is for the European Commission to approve the purchase as well. Once that is filed, the acquisition is final. A buyout of this magnitude was always going to take quite some time. During the timeframe between purchase and now, gamers have had questions on how this move will affect exclusivity...
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    By Rodolfo León 0 COMMENTS 02/14/2021 2:30 pm James Gwertzman, cloud gaming director for Microsoft, has been talking to Game rant in a new interview, giving his opinion on exclusivity and if “exclusive games to a certain console are the solution to push these platforms forward.” In your reply, Gwertzman explained that Microsoft has done a good job with cross-platform experiences, and ultimately, game developers are not interested in exclusivity: “The average video game developer doesn’t want exclusivity. The average developer wants to be on every possible device. They want a version for cell phones, for consoles. Console makers want exclusivity because they want their hardware to be better or whatever, but no, we don’t see it that way. “ During the last years, Microsoft has been bringing almost all of its first-party games to Pc in addition to consoles, and has also introduced things like the saga of Ori to the Nintendo switch Y PS4 as well. Source: Game rant Bloodborne can now run at 60fps on PS4, and here’s how A job...
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    Sony Playstation 5 : Microsoft has published an article on its official website in which they wanted to list all the games that will arrive as console exclusives to Xbox Series X / S and Xbox One throughout this 2021 that has just begun, a list that includes titles of all kinds and very different companies. Thus, in it we find highly anticipated games such as Halo Infinite, The Medium, the console version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, Scorn, the intriguing Twelve Minutes (an interactive thriller that has the participation of actors such as James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley and Willem Dafoe) or Warhammer 40K: Darktide. As a curiosity, for some reason Microsoft has decided to also include in this list some works that are not exclusive to Xbox consoles such as Psychonauts 2, The Yakuza Remastered Collection or Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, titles that will be released or are already available on PlayStation 4. In the same article he points out that they have wanted to add them for their direct arrival on Xbox Game Pass when available....
    After a release without exclusives, the new generation consoles of Microsoft prepare to receive a 2021 loaded with unique games. The company announced the list of titles to be released in Xbox Series X and S during this year, among which stands out Halo Infinite. The official list has interesting proposals, independent games and old acquaintances of the PC. The closest launch will be The Medium, dated to January 28, a psychological horror game developed by the creators of Layers of Fear. To the catalog is added Microsoft Flight Simulator, the most recent version of the flight simulator that debuted in 2020 on the PC. Xbox Series X and S version will offer the same level of depth and downloadable content. In the case of the X Series we can enjoy the impressive views at 4K resolution. CrossfireX is another interesting game that will seek to bring to the console the multiplayer experience that PC users have enjoyed for years. The cherry on the cake is a story mode developed by Remedy, creators of Alan Wake and Control. ...
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    Highly anticipated action RPG, Cyberpunk 2077 is now in hands of players worldwide. Continued delays over many years surely created a huge hype in the gaming community. The game has finally released; however, if you’re not enjoying Cyberpunk 2077 to its core, here are some exclusive items to enhance that experience for you. ALSO READ: Cyberpunk 2077 Pays Homage to GTA San Andreas Characters Xbox Wireless Controller–Cyberpunk 2077 Limited Edition Xbox designed a full Cyberpunk 2077 themed wireless controller to provide best experience to its users. Despite this great motive, the controller is a limited edition one and not all players will have the fortune of landing one. Microsoft is even offering players a chance to get their hands on a replica of Johnny Silverhand’s arm. This will attract a lot of player’s eyes all across the globe and will increase its sale drastically. SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless Heaphones An ideal-gaming setup is incomplete without proper headphones and having a CP2077 customized headset would be the icing on the cake for many. Furthermore, SteelSeries is known for its comfortable and...
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) -- A South Bay grandmother's simple request for assistance securing one of this season's hottest toys for her two grandsons turned into the surprise of her life thanks to ABC7 News anchor Dion Lim and 7 On Your Side consumer team producer Brinke Guthrie.Roseann LaCoursiere had tried every big box store she could imagine, searching for the elusive XBOX X Series gaming system. The device, so rare, the console's maker, Microsoft even announced supply shortages until at least April of 2021. So she emailed 7 On Your Side looking for guidance on how to get her hands on one in time for the holidays for her two grandsons, Winston and Sebastian, ages 12 and 13.RELATED: SF Giants star Buster Posey surprises girl whose baseball cards burned in wildfireBut these were not any ordinary kids.According to their mom, Nicole LaCoursiere Wells, the brothers had lost their father to lung cancer about a year ago. He was a man who had never smoked a day in his life. This past wildfire season, their mom's home burned to the...
    While many of us cut down on our travel across the US, anyone playing Microsoft Flight Simulator should be enjoying a better view. The game’s latest update has added high-res versions of many US landmarks, including the White House, the Statue of Liberty and the Hoover Dam. Oddly, for a game that loves unexpected towering monoliths, the recently discovered real-world structure in Utah failed to make the cut (this time). If you don’t have a PC ready to run the game or time to virtually pilot yourself across the country, there’s a 4K trailer showing off some of the new sights. — Richard Lawler SIE CEO also said there’s “news to come” in response to Microsoft’s G ame Pass. Confidence is a wonderful thing. Sony came to this generation’s console fight in prime position: The PS4 eclipsed the Xbox One family in sales, setting itself up well for PlayStation 5. If you needed proof of the company’s position, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) CEO Jim Ryan confirmed in an interview with Russia’s Tass that the PlayStation 5...
    According to reports, Xbox Series X and S launch title Yakuza: Like a Dragon has been indefinitely delayed in Japan. This implies that the biggest Japan-made launch title for Microsoft’s next-gen consoles won’t be releasing in Japan itself. Earlier this year, Yakuza: Like a Dragon released for the PS4. In the USA, the game will finally release for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on November 10. Interestingly, the delay is exclusive to Japan. ALSO READ– PlayStation 5’s Custom SSD Fails to Beat the Xbox Series X In Loading Times Japan’s significance for the Xbox Series X and S Owing to its enormous size and revenue, Japan is one of the most competitive gaming markets in the world. Console giants like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have always emphasized on maximizing their sales in the region. However, both Nintendo and Sony are Japan-based companies and already have a huge user base. Xbox, on the flip side, is at the outset of influencing the Japanese gaming community. Despite Xbox One’s failure, the pre-order sales for the Series X/S have been promising...
    Bloober Team isn’t the first developer to move the release date of its latest game to avoid Cyberpunk 2077, either. In October, Rockfish Games delayed Everspace 2 to avoid CD Projekt’s behemoth. It was more explicit on that point. “We are aware that Everspace 2 fans will be unhappy, but competing with the arguably most anticipated video game in history is just not a good idea,” the studio said at the time. As we point out in our Xbox Series X and S reviews, both of Microsoft’s next-generation consoles feature powerful hardware, but they lack compelling games at the moment. The Medium isn’t a tentpole title for Microsoft. However, had it come out to strong critical acclaim, it would have helped give Series X and S owners something to play that’s not available on many other platforms.
    By Raphael Satter, Christopher Bing and Joel Schectman WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The group of Russian hackers accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election earlier this year targeted the email accounts of Democratic state parties in California and Indiana, and influential think tanks in Washington and New York, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The attempted intrusions, many of which were internally flagged by Microsoft Corp over the summer, were carried out by a group often nicknamed "Fancy Bear." The hackers' activity provides insight into how Russian intelligence is targeting the United States in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election. The targets identified by Reuters, which include the Center for American Progress, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said they had not seen any evidence of successful hacking attempts. Fancy Bear is controlled by Russia's military intelligence agency and was responsible for hacking the email accounts of Hillary Clinton's staff in the run-up to the 2016 election, according to a Department of Justice indictment filed in 2018. News...
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    “Xbox FanFest was created with a passion to give back to our fans. It has been an amazing 6 years of in-person FanFest events. We dearly miss connecting with the Xbox community and sharing these experiences with you,” said Brina Hatcher, FanFest Lead, Xbox. The annual event has been a platform where Microsoft can interact with Xbox fans and get feedback on their games and consoles. However, given the situation due to the coronavirus pandemic, hosting a public event is going to be impossible.  Companies like Blizzard and Sony have already switched to a digital platform to conduct their events. Following the lead of these companies, Microsoft has also announced that it will shift the annual FanFest to a digital platform. With this move, Xbox plans to include a much larger audience in the FanFest than ever before. Additionally, it also aims to provide exclusive opportunities to the fans who sign up for the event. We’re excited to share that Xbox FanFest is expanding to include exclusive digital experiences for fans to jump in and participate virtually. Learn more here:...
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    One day before Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders go live, Microsoft has announced a compelling argument for investing in its next-generation consoles: The company is acquiring ZeniMax Media, parent company of game publisher Bethesda Softworks and more than 10 game developers such as Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, and MachineGames. Of course, that raises a $7.5 billion question. Now that Microsoft is poised to take full control of ZeniMax and everything in its portfolio — Microsoft says the deal is expected to close in the second half of its 2021 fiscal year, which runs from Jan. 1-June 30, 2021 — will future Bethesda games be exclusive to Windows PC and Xbox, or will they continue to also be released on platforms like PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch? The answer for now is, well, it depends. Speaking to Bloomberg following the announcement of the acquisition, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said that Microsoft will decide “on a case by case basis” whether to release future Bethesda games on “other consoles” aside from Xbox. We’ve asked Microsoft and Bethesda...
    Despite the awful pandemic, the year has been pretty eventful for the gaming community. Both Sony and Microsoft have announced the date and the prices of the PS5 and Xbox Series, respectively. While Sony has announced a series of exclusive titles, Cindy Walker believes Xbox’s’ success won’t depend on exclusives. Xbox has constantly emphasized on its ecosystem rather than the number of exclusive games accompanying it. Devs have also pushed Halo Infinite’s release to 2021. “Having Halo at our launch would have been tremendous,” said Cindy.”But we are not reliant on massive exclusive titles to drive console adoption. Our players will have thousands of games from four generations of Xbox available to play on launch day.” This clearly points to backwards compatibility and the game pass that Xbox has been marketing for a while now. But will old games do the trick for exclusive-hungry consumers? Where does the Xbox stand in the console war? 343 industries announced a while back that Halo Infinite wouldn’t make its way to the ramp this year. This came as a pitfall to the...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft identified a suspected hacking group that targeted a firm working with Democrat Joe Biden as the same Russian-backed unit blamed by the U.S. government for breaking into the campaign of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to two sources briefed on Microsoft's analysis. The hacking attempts targeted staff at Washington-based SKDKnickerbocker, a campaign strategy and communications firm working with 2020 presidential election hopeful Biden and other prominent Democrats, over the past two months, the sources said. SKDK Vice Chair Hilary Rosen declined to comment. The Biden campaign said it was aware Microsoft said a foreign actor had tried and failed to access "non-campaign email accounts of individuals affiliated with the campaign." Microsoft, which has shared with SKDK its assessment that Russian state-backer hackers targeted the firm, declined to comment. The Russian hacking group, which many cyber researchers refer to as “Fancy Bear,” is controlled by Russia’s military intelligence agency, according to reports from the U.S. intelligence community released after the 2016 election. A person familiar with SKDK's response to the attempts said the hackers failed to...
    Shroud’s homecoming stream will go live on August 12th at 11am PT. I’m coming homehttps://t.co/0nsby7MTHi pic.twitter.com/6qO2E4m4jy — Michael Grzesiek (@shroud) August 11, 2020 Shroud was one of many high-profile streamers who jumped ship from Twitch in fall 2019, mainly to sign exclusive deals with Microsoft’s rival streaming platform, Mixer. He was one of the most prominent names on the list, alongside Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Microsoft unceremoniously shut down Mixer in July, less than a year after signing numerous multimillion deals with streamers. This left Shroud, Ninja and other big names up for grabs, and it’s been a waiting game to see where they all land. Facebook Gaming reportedly offered both Shroud and Ninja “almost double” the value of their Mixer contracts, though they both refused early on, according to esports lawyer Rod Breslau . He said Shroud’s Mixer contract was worth $10 million, while Ninja’s came in at $30 million. Ninja still hasn’t announced any concrete plans, but he booted up his Twitch channel in early August and he streamed on YouTube in July. Ninja has...
    Reuters August 3, 2020 0 Comments President Donald Trump only agreed to allow Microsoft Corp to negotiate the acquisition of popular short-video app TikTok if it could secure a deal in 45 days, three people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The move represents an about-face for Trump and prompted the U.S. tech giant to declare its interest in the blockbuster social media deal that could further inflame U.S.-China relations. Trump said on Friday he was planning to ban TikTok amid concerns that its Chinese ownership represents a national security risk because of the personal data it handles. The proposed acquisition of TikTok, which boasts 100 millions U.S. users, would offer Microsoft a rare opportunity to become a major competitor to social media giants such as Facebook Inc and Snap Inc . Microsoft also owns professional social media network LinkedIn. Trump had dismissed the idea of a sale to Microsoft on Friday. But following a discussion between Trump and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the Redwood, Washington-based company said in a statement on Sunday that it would continue negotiations...
    By Greg Roumeliotis and Echo Wang (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has agreed to give China's ByteDance 45 days to negotiate a sale of popular short-video app TikTok to Microsoft Corp, two people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. U.S. officials have said TikTok under its Chinese parent poses a national risk because of the personal data it handles. Trump said on Friday he was planning to ban TikTok in the United States after dismissing the idea of a sale to Microsoft. But following a discussion between Trump and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the Redwood, Washington-based company said in a statement that it would continue negotiations to acquire TikTok from ByteDance, and that it aimed to reach a deal by Sept. 15. It was not immediately clear what changed Trump's mind. Several prominent Republican lawmakers put out statements in the last two days urging him to back a sale of TikTok to Microsoft. The negotiations between ByteDance and Microsoft will be overseen by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a U.S. government panel that has the...
    Reuters August 2, 2020 0 Comments  China’s ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. U.S. officials have said TikTok under its Chinese parent poses a national risk because of the personal data it handles. ByteDance’s concession will test whether Trump’s threat to ban TikTok is a negotiating tactic, or whether he is intent on cracking down on a social media app that boasts it has 100 million users in the United States. Trump told reporters onboard Air Force One late on Friday that he would issue an order for TikTok to be banned in the United States as early as Saturday. “Not the deal that you have been hearing about, that they are going to buy and sell… We are not an M&A (mergers and acquisitions) country,” Trump said. Late on Saturday, Peter Navarro, director of the White House’s...
    By Echo Wang NEW YORK (Reuters) - China's ByteDance has agreed to divest the U.S. operations of TikTok completely in a bid to save a deal with the White House, after President Donald Trump said on Friday he had decided to ban the popular short-video app, two people familiar with the matter said on Saturday. ByteDance was previously seeking to keep a minority stake in the U.S. business of TikTok, which the White House had rejected. Under the new proposed deal, ByteDance would exit completely and Microsoft Corp would take over TikTok in the United States, the sources said. Some ByteDance investors that are based in the United States may be given the opportunity to take minority stakes in the business, the sources added. The White House did not respond to a request for comment on whether Trump would accept ByteDance's concession. ByteDance in Beijing did not respond to a request for comment Under ByteDance's new proposal, Microsoft will be in charge of protecting all U.S. user data, the sources said. The plan allows for another U.S. company other than...
    Did Microsoft convince you that you wouldn’t need to upgrade to next-gen hardware to play Xbox Series X games? Think again: fully half of the new titles that Microsoft showcased at its Xbox Series X showcase today, including Forza, aren’t currently coming to Xbox One. Which means either some of those games aren’t actually coming out for a long time — or Microsoft has already broken a big promise it made just last week. For years now, Microsoft has been working towards a future where you don’t need to buy the latest console to play the newest games — many now run on a spectrum of hardware including Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, and Windows PCs — and the upcoming Xbox Series X was touted as the culmination of that vision. It will play almost every Xbox One game, as well as Xbox 360 and some original Xbox titles, and Microsoft has repeatedly telegraphed that many next-gen Xbox Series X games will run on 2013’s Xbox One, too. In fact, the company explicitly promised that...
    Phil Spencer, executive vice president at Microsoft, speaks at the company's Xbox One X reveal event ahead of the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles on June 11, 2017.Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images Microsoft pulled the wraps off a slew of new exclusive video games in a bid to impress gamers ahead of the release of its upcoming Xbox Series X console. The company kicked off its hotly-anticipated online games showcase Thursday with gameplay from its upcoming "Halo Infinite" title, which is the sixth main instalment in the "Halo" franchise. The game series is arguably one of the defining franchises of Microsoft's Xbox brand. The "Halo Infinite" reveal began with a look at the sci-fi shooter game's campaign story, which features main protagonist Master Chief battling alien enemies in similar fashion to its predecessors. Players will this time able to use a grappling hook to get up close and personal with enemies. The game also features a new villain named War Chief Escharum. One surprising announcement from Microsoft came in the form of "Fable," the first new...
    One of the biggest names in streaming is heading to YouTube. Today, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins started streaming on Google’s platform, finding a new home after the surprise closure of Microsoft’s Mixer. Ninja teased the announcement earlier today in a tweet, and started his new YouTube venture with a stream alongside Dr Lupo, TimTheTatman, and Courage. It’s not clear yet whether this is an exclusive deal, or if Ninja will feature on other platforms, like Twitch, as well. The news comes after Microsoft made the surprise announcement that it would be shuttering Mixer and transitioning its live-streaming efforts to Facebook Gaming. Streamers who had signed exclusive deals with Microsoft — which includes not only Blevins, but also popular names like Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek and Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler — were given the option to either move to Facebook or shift to another platform altogether. Blevins’ original move to Mixer set off a big shift in the streaming industry, as platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch all scrambled to sign top-tier talent to exclusive deals. And while Ninja’s viewership declined significantly after...
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