I can't believe it's October already, but one of the best things about September flying by is that it's time for Games with Gold again. As always, Xbox Live Gold subscribers have four new free games to look forward to, two for Xbox One and two for Xbox 360.
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If you were put off by the garish Xbox One S Gears of War 4 2 TB Bundle but still wanted to show off your Coalition colors, here's some good news: Microsoft has announced two new Gears of War 4 bundles that feature less controversial console designs.
Tech tidbits from around the web: A Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered launch trailer, the entire Gears of War 4 prologue, a Microsoft exec sees the end of the QWERTY keyboard, the new Amazon Fire TV Stick offers the cheapest way yet to get Alexa in your home, and Blackberry will no longer build its own phones.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Call of Duty: World at War comes to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility, more Google Pixel leaks, Google plans to bring fast Wi-Fi for the world, Chrome on Android gets Data Saver, more, and I finally get the new Outlook.com!
It's a big day for Forza fans: Forza Horizon 3 is now available for both Xbox One and Windows 10. And because it's an Xbox Play Anywhere title, when you buy it on one platform, you get it on both.
Having played through the first day of Firewatch previously on a friend's PlayStation 4, I was excited to see that the game was coming to Xbox One. But now that I've actually finished the game on my favorite console, I'm a bit less excited.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Consumer group criticizes Windows 10 upgrade, Call of Duty 3 is now available on Xbox One Backwards Compatibility, Microsoft makes MIDI enhancements in Windows 10, the unlocked version of the Moto Z is now available, and much more.
The Xbox One S bundles just keep on coming: Today, Microsoft announced he Xbox One S Minecraft Favorites Bundle, which combines a 500 GB version of the console with a digital copy of Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and some interesting Minecraft goodies.
Tech tidbits from around the web: A reminder about Games for Gold, the HoloLens experience “Destination: Mars” is now open at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, a look back at 10 years as a professional developer, Google Play Books adds a new Discover feature, and much more.
Microsoft today unveiled its launch trailer for Gears of War 4, the upcoming reboot of its Xbox-exclusive game series. The game is coming October 11, but those who pre-order Gears 4 can play a few days early.
In a major push into the living room, Twitter announced today that it is launching apps on Xbox One, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. These apps will feature live streaming video, naturally, including NFL Thursday Night Football games, and other Twitter content.
Microsoft announced three new accessories for the Xbox One S today, padding out the lineup with new Xbox Wireless Controller designs and a new Xbox Stereo Headset. The new accessories will be available for sale over the next month or so.
Today, Microsoft announced a trio of special Xbox One S Battlefield 1 bundles that combine the firm's latest console with the hit first person shooter. But this time, there's a twist: Two of the bundles include specially colored Xbox One S consoles.
This week's launch of Recore, the new offering from the genius behind such games as Mega Man, Lost Planet and Dead Rising is a big deal on a number of levels. But of course what I care about most is that Recore is the first Xbox Play Anywhere title.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft's ninth major, free update for Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One brings Forge to Windows 10 too, the first Office Insider Fast ring build has been released, Microsoft updates OneNote for Android with new features, more.
While the Xbox One S comes with a perfectly serviceable Xbox Wireless Controller, you have other options. And among them is a cool Microsoft service called Xbox Design Lab that lets you customize an Xbox Wireless Controller with over 8 million possible color combinations.
For a brief, shining moment, Microsoft's nifty new Xbox One S dominated the video game headlines. And then Sony and its PlayStation 4 Pro happened. And now everything is different. Again.
Microsoft announced today that it is rolling out Clubs and Looking for Group (LFG) to Preview members on Xbox One and the Xbox app for Windows 10. These features were previously announced at E3, alongside another feature, Arena, that is coming soon.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour arrives October 11th, Microsoft puts Windows 10 and Cortana on a refrigerator, You will have to wait a little longer to get Quantum Break on your Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, and Microsoft is evolving its OneNote strategy on Windows 10.
The hit game Firewatch, previously available only on the Sony PlayStation 4 and Windows PC (Steam), is coming to the Xbox One on September 21. And here's even better news: We're getting a unique Firewatch audio tour as well.
Microsoft announced today that you can now pre-order the first wave of Xbox Play Anywhere game titles from the Windows Store. These are the games that let you move between devices and play on both Xbox One and Windows 10.
It's September 1, and you know what that means: It's time for our monthly peek at Games with Gold, where Xbox Live Gold members get another set of four free games, two each for Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Microsoft Solitaire Collection reaches 100 million unique users, a new Minecraft mini game is available now, Pandora app on Xbox One now supports background music playback, Google discontinues the Chromebook Pixel 2 and may be discontinuing the Nexus brand too, and more.
Oh happy day: EA's intriguing new first person shooter Battlefield 1 is now available as an open beta for gamers on Xbox One and Windows PCs, offering a thrilling if limited first glimpse at some of the game's multiplayer modes.
Tech tidbits from around the web, including a possible workaround for the Kindle BSOD issue on Windows 10 version 1607, new Minecraft content adds bosses and more, the Photos app is coming to Xbox One, Duke Nukem is being remixed, and more.
Microsoft's new Xbox One S isn't just the premier video game console. It also offers an elegant solution for living room entertainment, providing access to many popular services and capabilities.
Great news for those who were among the first to customize their own Xbox Wireless Controller using the new Xbox Design Lab: Your controllers are on the way!