Xbox One owners with a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription have usually only been able to get one free game per month as part of Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion. That will change starting in July, with the Xbox One getting access to two free games a month from now on.
Lenovo has posted some renders of a concept device, the ThinkPad Time Machine, in an effort to gauge consumer interested to see if making the product would be a financially sound decision. On the outside would be a multi-colored ThinkPad logo, and under that would be a 16:10 aspect ratio screen, the classic 7-row keyboard, dedicated volume controls, and much more.
During last week's press conference, Microsoft announced a double dose of Gears of War awesomeness. Most excitingly, Gears of War 4 (now simply titled Gears 4) will launch exclusively on Xbox One in 2016. Current-gen gamers won't have to wait a year for a taste of the Gears series though, as Gears of War: Ultimate Edition comes out on Xbox One and Windows PC on August 25. So soon!
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is a full remaster of the original Gears of War, courtesy of Microsoft's Vancouver-based Coalition studio. Whereas many current-gen versions of old games get only minor facelifts, this Ultimate Edition sports completely revamped graphics, new campaign and multiplayer levels, and many more improvements. You couldn't ask for a better introduction to (or reason to revisit) the Gears series.
We learned all about Gears of War: Ultimate Edition during a behind-closed doors presentation at E3 2015. Read on for the full intel.
A new video on the Windows YouTube channel gives a nice look at the work that went into creating the hero desktop image that will ship with Windows 10 when it releases. In this, design director Bradley Munkowitz used lasers, smoke machines, colored filters, falling crystal dust, and more to capture this image.
Microsoft sometimes has placed HTML5-based video images on its Bing home page as part of the search site's daily photo. Now those same video images might have an optional audio componant. Today's Bing home page photo shows a flock of geese flying in the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in California, but you can actually hear them if you turn on the audio selection at the bottom right side of the image.
Described as having a Zen style of game play, Galaxy Rebound is a relatively new Windows Phone game that will test your accuracy, timing and to some degree your creativity. The goal is to shoot a star into a portal or galaxy that matches the star's color.
While the goal may sound like a simple task to accomplish, the color of the star can change as it bounces off the colored walls of the gaming screen. You'll need to calculate your ricochets just right, so the last color change matches that of the star's home galaxy. You also have barriers scattered about that can be used to bounce your star in the right direction.
Galaxy Rebound includes 45 puzzles to solve and is available for low-memory Windows Phones. After tackling about half the puzzles, we found the Windows Phone game to be a fun, laid back game that isn't too shabby of a way to pass the time.
Doodle Jump has had a presence in the Windows Phone Store for some time and a few weeks ago, the Windows Phone game recently received a facelift. The Doodler has gone rogue and taken on the role of Batman with the release of Doodle Jump DC.
Game play follows suit as the original but has you facing a variety of Batman's archenemies. Power-ups are also Batman themed with batarangs, batcopters and a bat jetpack.
Available for low-memory Windows Phones, Doodle Jump DC is an enjoyable time waster of a game and the new DC Comics theme is a nice refresh of the original. While the game has been out for a bit, we thought it was worth taking a closer look.
Last year, Microsoft announced that it would be building data centers in India to serve Azure and Office 365 customers locally. The Redmond giant has commissioned three "hyper-scale" data centers that will launch by the end of the year.
Microsoft is all set to unveil its first authorised reseller store in the Philippines on June 27.
The store will be located at the Cyberzone in SM City North EDSA mall in Manila. To commemorate the occasion, Microsoft is giving away Coloud Boom headphones and speakers, 11000mAh power bank and a SIM card to the first 100 customers purchasing either a Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia 640 XL, or Lumia 540. Subsequent 200 customers will receive a discount of 1000 Philippine Peso ($22) along with a smart SIM that comes with unlimited data and 400 text messages (valid for 10 days).
Rocksteady's highly-anticipated PC port of Batman: Arkham Knight didn't go the way the developer intended, with the game littered with launch-day bugs and a framerate lock of 30fps, leaving many gamers with high-end video cards with a sub-par experience.
The developer's response for limiting the game to 30fps was to "deliver an experience on par with the current generation of gaming platforms," a statement that did not resonate with gamers. The title recevied overwhelmingly negative reviews on Steam, with 67 percent of the 8,500 reviews citing performance issues. Features that were available on the PlayStation 4, such as rain shaders and Ambient Occlusion, were found to be missing from the PC port, which incensed gamers even further.
According to a report out of Russian tech blog Siliconrus, Windows Phone sales in Russia for the first five months of 2015 have increased by 106% over the same period last year, pushing Windows Phone to the second place spot for sales in that time frame.
Oh dear. Destiny developer Bungie have found themselves in a bit of bother this week, courtesy of a combination of criminal DLC practices and arrogant comments.
Edit: Bungie have since responded to the backlash, scroll down for more.
DLC continues to be a hotly debated topic, and Destiny has deservedly taken the spotlight over the past few days on this thorny issue.
The upcoming Destiny expansion The Taken King asks veterans to pay $40 for the privilege. The game includes a new raid, new sub-classes and a whole lot of new content. If you're a fan, you might be able to justify the price. For people who haven't yet journeyed into Bungie's plot-shy loot-fest they can pick up the base game, all previous DLC and The Taken King for just $60. You might imagine that this has slighted a few fans.
Windows 10 Mobile build 10136 may have just released to WIndows Insiders a week ago, but we're already getting a peek at what's coming down the line in future builds. Thanks to the folks at MSMobile.pl, some screenshots of Windows 10 Mobile build 10149 have leaked, revealing some minor tweaks and a welcome change in Microsoft Edge.
The popular music app Shazam got updated today for Windows Phone to version 4.4. The update adds a few notable features, including a News Feed so users can get info on the many music artists they might have "Shazamed" in the past.
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Microsoft continues to open new locations for its large retail stores in North America. The official Microsoft Store Facebook page was updated today with news on three openings that are happening soon. However, we still don't have any word on when the company's big flagship store, currently under construction in New York City, will open its doors.
Clash of Clans has been one of the most popular mobile games in the world for the last couple of years. Seeing as how Windows Phone still doesn't have Clash after all this time, it's up to other game publishers to pick up the slack. Gameloft, one of the largest publishers of Windows Phone games, already has a fair Clash clone called Age of Sparta.
Today, Gameloft has released another game in that mold called Siegefall. This one tasks players with building a fantasy kingdom, training armies, and doing battle across a campaign and against other players. Siegefall mixes things up a bit by giving players direct control of their powerful hero characters during battle.
Read on for quick Siegefall impressions and our exclusive hands-on video with Mandy Paez from Gameloft!
If you're a Bing Rewards member in the market for a laptop on the cheap, Microsoft has a deal you may be interested in. On the Microsoft Store, Bing Rewards members can score a Dell 15 i3 for just $300, or 50 percent off.
Gameloft has been busy today with new game launches and updates. That includes the fantasy "hack and slash" RPG Dungeon Hunter 5, which had added Xbox Live support for both Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 versions.