Fresh out of high school, Jez enjoyed a long career unemployed as a World of Warcraft dragon slayer. After slaying every dragon WoW had to offer at the time, he eventually stumbled into an I.T. support role for a small company smack in the middle of the good old United Kingdom. While in this role, Jez encountered his first "tech fanboys," people who inexplicably get so deep into tech that they start rooting for them, much like a sports team.
One day, Jez picked up a Windows Phone on a whim — and little did he know it would eventually land him a role as a managing editor for the biggest Windows-focused site in the world! "This is actually pretty cool," he thought, watching the Windows Phone 8.1 tiles flip and cycle, followed by a "wow!" upon discovering the games therein had actual Xbox achievements baked in as standard. "I must tell the world about this," he resolved and began blogging during breaks at work. As one of the few people on Earth who actually actively used and enjoyed using a Windows Phone, Nokia invited Jez to MWC to watch them launch the Lumia 640. Enticed by the promise of free whiskey, Jez immediately leaped at the opportunity. Wholly impressed by the fact that there was someone else on Earth who loved Windows Phone more than he did, Windows Central editor Daniel Rubino saw Jez's excellent content from MWC and promptly offered him a job, and now the rest is history.
Since joining Windows Central, Jez turned his workaholism and restlessness to producing masses of world-exclusives on the Microsoft ecosystem. From the existence and spec sheet of the Xbox Series S, to unannounced Xbox features and games, Jez also has a wealth of expertise in producing analysis on the Microsoft platform and its future direction. An active user of Windows 11, Surface devices, Xbox consoles, Xbox cloud gaming, and beyond, Jez's role as managing editor is to ensure that Windows Central remains the #1 destination for all news, reviews, and analysis pertaining to the Microsoft ecosystem.
ok :( From misrepresentative CGI trailers to unrealized promises, Xbox is under a microscope. Why has Xbox become notorious for misaligned expectations, and are fans actually being fair?
Key to my heart Microsoft is working on a mini cloud-based Xbox console formerly codenamed Keystone. Here's your first (grainy) look at it.
📉📉📉 A hardware stock surplus has contributed to a massive drop in demand for PCs, but even more so for Apple Macs.
Haunted After a year of updates, is the former PlayStation exclusive worth your time on Xbox? It depends on your tolerance for performance issues, sadly.
Shrooms The UK's Unconventional Computing Lab is working towards a biomechanical future, which could pave the way for more dynamic algorithms that break free of the binary mold. Pun intended.
Square Nixed Square Enix and Xbox are no longer friends, apparently. The long-awaited Pixel Remasters of classic Final Fantasy titles is coming to every platform, except Xbox.
Xbox VRn't A new report suggests that Sony's PlayStation VR 2 has struggled to reach above 300,000 units, in what comes as something of a vindication for Xbox's ambivalence towards the tech.
Bard gets barred Bing Chat is powered by an exclusive contract with OpenAI's ChatGPT AI model, and apparently, Google has been "borrowing" its data.
Huge Diablo 4 is shaping up to be a megahit for Blizzard, and given how large the map is, we expect to be addicted to it for many dozens of hours.
承認 Early this morning, Japan's Fair Trade Commission regulatory body seems to be in favor of Microsoft going ahead with its Activision-Blizzard merger.
Evaporated All good things must come to an end, or something. One of those good things is Steam on older Windows operating systems, as the obsolescence cycle continues.
Promover Since its launch, Microsoft had a promotional $1 for one month Xbox Game Pass fee to incentivize new users into the service, it seems that promo may now be at an end.
Navigate Sanctuary A huge interactive Diablo IV map is here, showcasing all the game's main cities, cellars, dungeons, Lilith statues, and much more.
Xbox in Japan Now senators are getting involved in the big Xbox-PlayStation console war, this time as part of trade talks between the United States and Japan. Oh boy.
Redfallen Arkane's upcoming vampiric shooter Redfall was originally slated for PlayStation, confirmed by the studio.
Call of Duty VR? A footnote in the most recent regulatory filings with the UK CMA may hint at Sony's ideal outcome for the big Microsoft Xbox-Activision merger.
Beautiful in Sin Dark, gritty, and bleak, Blizzard pulls no punches in showcasing why the Diablo franchise defined a genre.
Diabloh no. Diablo 4 promises to be one of the most popular games of the year, which is why it's probably a good thing that Blizzard is stress testing the servers now, rather than later.
CMAke it stop The UK competition authority the CMA just published seven positions on the Activision-Blizzard deal (not including Microsoft and Activision itself). Guess who still isn't happy?
Another deal In another rebuke to competition regulators, Microsoft just unveiled another 10-year licensing deal for Call of Duty.