Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is finally here, and for better or worse, it could be the final Metal Gear Solid ever made.
Controversy marred the build-up to MGSV's launch. Long-time director Hideo Kojima has reportedly been ousted by Konami, following internal conflicts. Similar reports say that Konami are treating staff at Kojima Productions with an unfairness, pending dismissal once the game ships. Konami have been scrubbing all mention of Hideo's name from the game's marketing materials, right after cancelling a high-profile Silent Hill reboot helmed by Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro. What a mess.
Going into this review, I had to wonder if the reported drama at Kojima Productions would have an impact on MGSV's quality. At this early stage, it's hard to claim that it has. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is damn good, but I do have concerns.
Square Enix is getting closer to taking fans of the Deus Ex games series on another adventure. The publisher revealed today that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be released on February 23, 2016, for the Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 platforms.
Microsoft is offering hardcore console gamers a new option if they want to get a new Xbox One for the holiday shopping season. The company has just announced the Xbox One Elite Bundle, which not only has the previously announced Xbox One Elite Controller but also uses a 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive for storage.
I'm relatively new in town, having just moved to Boston a few months ago. I still trek to New York every other weekend, but I've been exploring the new area, looking for things to do and places to see. One service that's especially helpful is Eventbrite (eventbrite.com). It lets you browse and join events. There isn't an official Eventbrite app for Windows Phone, but third-party app Events for Me does a great job.
We've covered Events for Me before, but it has just been revamped. It now allows users to browse and see event details without having to login. It also now has a more streamlined search and filter screen plus localizations in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Check out our hands-on video to see it in action on the Lumia 930.
We have our answers. (Again). Industry watchers, analysts, investors, and enthusiasts all had their questions regarding the direction of Microsoft's mobile future, particularly about long awaited flagships, put to rest.
This is all thanks to communications from Satya Nadella at the end of Microsoft's 2015 fiscal year. Well, thanks to his redundancy at that time.
Based on the early reviews and comments not only were gamers unhappy that the free game was a demo and not the full game, but there were several performance issues with the game.
Qualcomm today announced Snapdragon Smart Protect. This new technology will be featured by new Qualcomm chips – the first being the Snapdragon 820 – and will provide advanced protection against zero-day malware threats. It's stated Snapdragon Smart Protect will introduce improved privacy and mobile product security.
Super simple could describe the Windows Phone game Spider Square. The graphics are minimal, the controls singular and in many respects this BoomBit game is super simple. That is until you get into game play.
The goal of Spider Square is to swing your gaming character from the ceiling of the gaming screen as far as you can without crashing into the ceiling, floor or any of the objects that lie in between. The game has three gaming modes, a nice selection of cartoon characters to unlock and is insanely hard (but that's a good thing).
Spider Square is a free Windows Phone game, available for low-memory phones, but to unlock the easy gaming mode you will need to make a $.99 in-app purchase. It is a fun time waster of a game and a welcome addition to the Windows Phone Store.
6tag is being updated. Developer Rudy Huyn has unveiled the new release on Twitter, noting that 188.8.131.52 includes a number of fixes, as well as smoother scrolling. If you've encountered an issue or two, this release should hopefully improve the user experience.
When it comes to cloud storage, much like content delivery services, there is something to suit everyone. Microsoft's OneDrive is a great choice if you're a Windows 10 user.
OneDrive, like all services, has its good points and its bad points. But some of those good points really make it worth your attention. Especially if you use other Microsoft products and services.
Here are our top reasons to use OneDrive.
Acer has released a teaser video for IFA 2015, showing off very little aside from an upcoming gaming laptop and desktop computer. The company has also shared details about its IFA conference, which will kick off in just two days, so the wait shall be a short one until we learn exactly what Acer has in store for us.
Telegram continues to gain features at a steady pace, with the latest update bringing the ability to view all shared links in one location, receive messages in the background, a better search and more.
Earlier this month, the development team Message Across Studios launched a version of their popular Windows Phone Reddit app, Readit, for Windows 10. The team has continued to update the app with new improvements and features, and this weekend they released version 184.108.40.206 with many new additions to the Readit app.
Dragon Age: Inquisition, the acclaimed fantasy RPG from developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts, will get its final DLC expansion pack for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC platforms on September 8. The pack, titled Trespasser, will serve as an epilogue to the main game's storyline.
If you are still using the Instagram BETA app for Windows Phone that has not been updated since March 2014, you might be experiencing an issue where the app is not refreshing your feeds. A number of users of the app have sent in reports on this activity to Windows Central over the past few days, and it's also been reported on other outlets as well.
Update: There's yet another new version of 6tag in the store, with the version number 220.127.116.11. It fixes the bug that was causing the app to crash when users were encoding a video during the app update.
Original story: Earlier this week, Intstagram announced that it was updating its iOS and Android apps to support viewing images in both portrait and landscape formats, in addition to the regular square format. While Instagram hasn't updated its Windows Phone app since March 2014, the popular third-party app 6tag just got a new version that allows uploads and viewing images in the new formats.
EA Access is a great way to spend a few bucks a month on your Xbox One and members are being rewarded this month with ownership of an expansion for Battlefield 4. For a limited time, EA Access subscribers can snag the Naval Strike expansion pack completely free of charge. Perfect to play with Battlefield 4 being one of the titles in the vault.
Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!
This week we're looking at tweets from Phil Spencer, LawBreakers and Dragon Age Inquisition's final DLC!
We'll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed. However, I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumors and talking points into one handy post every weekend! You can also rely on this weekly column to keep up to date with all the latest game releases.
So without further ado, here's the latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.
It would appear that the Windows Phone developer Game Troopers has another hit on their hands. This go around it is with a minimalistic arcade game where you are challenged to bounce a ball up the screen, avoiding a host of dangers and seeing how long you can survive.
The twist in the Windows Phone game is that the gaming screen is split in half and your ball can switch sides or worlds as it bounces up the screen. Timing is key with Twins Minigame and if you allow your concentration to stray, you'll bounce into deadly spikes.
Twins Minigame is a Xbox gaming title and available for low-memory Windows Phones. In playing the game over the past few days, it can be a little frustrating but in a challenging way and overall a fine addition to the Windows Phone gaming library.
There's a lot going on in the world of Windows Phone. So much, in fact, that it is sometimes tough to catch every important story.
Device rumors come and go. New apps join the Windows Phone Store, and your favorite app can get a big update with a new look or new features.
Therefore, every week we will compile a list of the Windows Phone news that you just shouldn't miss. Welcome to the "Windows Phone Weekly Digest."
A lot can happen in a week. Seven days might not seem like much, but it can be an eternity in the tech news cycle.
Between Windows news, hardware and software developments and Microsoft's fast-paced movements throughout the technology landscape, it's never easy to keep your hand on the pulse of technology. Not to mention everything that's going on right here at Windows Central!
Every week we're going to compile the biggest stories into one post, so you never fall behind – In Case You Missed It (ICYMI).