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11:45 AM on 04.21.2015

Windows 10 rumored to be released late July, is getting an Xbox avatars app

Windows 10 is nearly upon us, and it may be sooner than we thought -- according to a leak from an AMD earnings call, it will be released in late July. For those of you who own Windows 7 and 8, it will be a free upgrade -...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 04.07.2015

Xbox boss: 'Xbox One preview is going to get interesting'

When asked on Twitter what to expect in the upcoming Xbox One preview update, head of Microsoft's Xbox division Phil Spencer replied "Preview is going to get interesting in the next few months. The members do a great job wit...

Jed Whitaker

2:00 PM on 03.18.2015

Microsoft is cool with pirates upgrading to Windows 10 for free

Microsoft is launching Windows 10 this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages, which is good to know but not all that inherently interesting. This, on the other hand, sure is: during the operating system's first year, it'l...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 03.11.2015

Xbox to indie devs: There's a place for your game on Windows 10, no matter the size

Microsoft announced last week at GDC in San Francisco that it was introducing cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. That opens a world of possibility in ways for developers to deliver games to their audience. So...

Brett Makedonski

9:00 PM on 03.09.2015

Remember Kudo? He's now looking after a bunch of studios at Microsoft

Kudo Tsunoda, the guy who demonstrated Project Natal (now Kinect) at E3 2009, has been off working on Microsoft's crazy holographic headset HoloLens. He's going to keep at that but will also now lead a bunch of Xbox teams, i...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 03.09.2015

Windows 10 makes it even easier for gameplay videos to go viral

The latest generation in gaming has brought with it an emphasis on sharing. Screenshots and gameplay videos can be relatively easily captured and uploaded for anyone's audience to see. It's a smart way to drive interaction --...

Brett Makedonski

4:45 PM on 01.27.2015

Take a ride with RIDE

As a daily rider, when I first heard a game like RIDE was announced, I got a little excited. Not too excited, but just a little. Sometimes I need a virtual motorcycle fix and that's just not easy to get in a car-dominated ra...

Robert Summa

10:00 PM on 01.21.2015

You saw Microsoft's crazy hologram headset, right?

Earlier today, Microsoft held a Windows 10 event. My stream kept dying, but I posted about the Battletoads shirt worn by head of Xbox Phil Spencer during his segment about gaming. Much of the event was uninteresting or irrele...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 01.21.2015

Nice Battletoads shirt, Phil Spencer

During Microsoft's Windows 10 livestream this morning, Xbox boss Phil Spencer showed up to talk about what he knows: games. Fable Legends is headed to PC with DirectX 12 and cross-platform play with Xbox One, which is nice and all, but did you see Phil's shirt? That's Battletoads alright. The time is now.

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Microsoft now accepts bitcoin for Windows and Xbox purchases

We get it; you're a hip cat. You got some of those bitcoins to your name. You also have a Microsoft account for purchasing content from the Windows and Xbox stores. The latter isn't so much because you're cool; it's because o...

Brett Makedonski

1:30 PM on 09.30.2014

Microsoft is skipping right to Windows 10

The guy's face in the thumbnail says it all. Microsoft has announced the name of its follow-up to Windows 8 and it's, uh, Windows 10. Yeah, really. The new operating system is meant to run on all sorts of devices -- whether ...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 07.14.2014

AR-K–Chapter 2 is a sequel to a game I bet you didn't play

AR-K –Chapter 2: The Girl Who Wasn’t There- is the sequel to point-and-click adventure game AR-K –Chapter 1-. I'm willing to bet you haven't played it, but the brainchild of Gato Salvaje Studio is now availa...

Brittany Vincent

3:00 PM on 05.05.2014

Bill Gates would support spinning off the Xbox division if CEO Nadella wanted to

Asked about the possibility of spinning off Microsoft's Bing and Xbox divisions, founder, technology advisor, and board member Bill Gates said he doesn't foresee a division of either business unit from the company. "Well, we'...

Jordan Devore

1:00 AM on 04.24.2014

Windows Start Menu slated to return in the near future

In a marked change of pace for typical Windows releases, Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft’s Windows and Xbox software division, demonstrated a prototype build of a hybridized Start Menu. Combining the classic function ...

Brittany Vincent

6:00 PM on 03.21.2014

Microsoft has a 'renewed focus' on PC gaming

Microsoft hasn't given up on PC gaming -- that's what Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer believes, anyway. "A renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming inside Microsoft is definitely happening," he said thi...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 03.11.2014

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft launches for PC, Mac

The beta period for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has come to a close, which means the full release is upon us. Like, now. Blizzard's free-to-play card game has launched for PC and Mac. An iPad version of the title is comin...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 02.21.2014

Foiled is another head game fueled by fencing

Last weekend, I dropped in on IndieCade East to have a look at some of the new games being shown off. Foiled is one such game and I can't get it out of my mind. Designed by first-time developer Gabe Cuzzillo, it puts two...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:00 AM on 01.28.2014

Dawn of the Plow is a cute little snowplowing game

Dawn of the Plow is an adorable little snowplowing game for PC and mobile. The game sees you as a snowplower, and your goal is to simple clean up snow off the streets. You have to keep your approval rating up, and screwing a...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 01.07.2014

Steam leak reveals BattleBlock Theater, Killing Floor 2

Another Steam database leaked occurred tonight, and it's revealed quite a few games that may see a future on Valve's platform. Xbox Live Arcade exclusives BattleBlock Theater and Happy Wars are potentially coming to the PC. P...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 AM on 01.05.2014

Continue?9876543210 follows a failed, dead game character

Continue?9876543210 is the latest from the mind that brought us Skrillex Quest. Developer Jason Oda hopes that his new game "the first great cerebral indie game of the year following in the foot steps of Gone Home, Papers Pl...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:30 AM on 12.03.2013

Rumor: 'Threshold' update will unify Xbox One and Windows

ZDNet claims that Microsoft is working on an update to unify the Xbox One, Windows 8, and Windows Phone. This update, code-named Threshold, could be coming out in Spring 2015, and it will offer a common app store for all thre...

Joshua Derocher

4:45 PM on 11.08.2013

Microsoft CEO hopeful could be looking to sell Xbox

With longtime Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer stepping down, new leadership could mean big changes. According to Bloomberg, one such change could mean selling off Bing and Xbox, should the former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop take the jo...

Abel Girmay

5:15 PM on 11.06.2013

Microsoft starting to look at core games for Windows

Microsoft moving away from Games for Windows Live turned out to be quite the crowd-pleasing move, but the lack of games coming out on PC from the company has been nothing short of disappointing. "I think it's fair to say that...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 10.18.2013

Microsoft is rolling out Windows 8.1 this week

Microsoft has started rolling out an update for Windows 8 (an OS 17% of Steam users have, according to Valve), appropriately titled "8.1".The Windows 8 Metro Interface (which I barely use) has been enhanced, and more personal...

Chris Carter

2:00 PM on 09.23.2013

Microsoft shows off Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2

Microsoft has announced the latest iterations of its tablets -- the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 -- and they're launching October 22, 2013 for $449 and $899, respectively. The devices will debut in 22 markets including the Uni...

Jordan Devore

8:30 AM on 09.10.2013

EndWar is back ... as a free-to-play browser game

Remember EndWar? Well it's coming back as a free-to-play browser game for Windows and Mac. You were excited for all of one second. To be honest it doesn't look that bad at all for a browser game. I mean visually at least. G...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 08.16.2013

Games for Windows Live Marketplace closing soon

The Xbox.com PC Marketplace, which is where you can go to purchase Games for Windows Live titles, you non-existent person, you, is about to shut down. Microsoft has set its closure for the very near future: August 22, 2013. "...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 08.14.2013

Microsoft hires former Steam boss for Windows gaming

Microsoft has snatched up former Valve employee Jason Holtman to work on "making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment," reports GamesIndustry International. While at Valve, he was involved with de...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 06.27.2013

Unity announces support for all Microsoft platforms

Announced today at the Build Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft and Unity are partnering to bring the Unity game engine to all Microsoft platforms, including Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Unity Pro 4-licensed developers can save...

Jordan Devore

6:15 PM on 03.01.2013

Skulls of the Shogun gets a price drop on all platforms

Have you played Skulls of the Shogun yet? Why the hell not!? It's pretty awesome, and a blast to play. Well for those of you who have yet to pull the trigger, good news! Skulls of the Shogun just received a price drop. The Xbox Live Arcade version is going for 800 Microsoft Points ($9.99), and the Windows 8 and Surface versions are $6.99 now. The Windows Phone version will remain at $4.99.

Hamza CTZ Aziz





6:00 PM on 02.28.2013

Play videogames with a gesture control armband

Controllers and keyboards are standard tools in every gamer's repertoire, but what if I told you that a high-tech armband could be the next step in control interface evolution? Built by Canadian start-up firm Thalmic Labs, th...

Taylor Stein



The launch line-up: Xbox Games on Windows 8 photo
The launch line-up: Xbox Games on Windows 8
by Dale North

We had a chance to take the launch line-up of Xbox games on Windows 8 for a spin this past week. These games are available for play on any Windows 8 or Windows RT device, including laptops and tablets. I played them all on a slick Asus Vivo Windows RT tablet, which was nice as its detachable keyboard and USB port for a standard Xbox controller made for a really flexible system.

Just like with Xbox 360 games, all of these Xbox Games for Windows 8 feature achievements, and more support leaderboards, co-op, and more. It's the full Xbox experience on something other than your Xbox, which is pretty neat.

There's already a fairly broad selection for launch, and many more are in the works. We've prepared a quick rundown of the launch titles in this preview for you. 

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10:00 PM on 01.30.2013

Celebrate Skulls of the Shogun's release with MURDER

Skulls of the Shogun is now out for Xbox Live Arcade, Windows Phone, and Windows 8! With the release comes a launch trailer, and I'm going to just go ahead and say that this is the first best trailer of 2013. Check out our o...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Review: Skulls of the Shogun photo
Review: Skulls of the Shogun
by Chris Carter

The Xbox Live Arcade, after nine long years, still doesn't have a whole lot of classic style strategy RPGs. Discounting tower defense, there's Band of Bugs, Greed Gorp, and a scant few others.

Enter Skulls of the Shogun: a new SRPG that seeks to mix things up a little bit while retaining the classic strategy formula. 

Skulls is interesting in that it's a Strategy RPG without a grid, and it features cross-compatibility between three platforms.

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9:00 AM on 01.10.2013

CES: Small but powerful: Hands-on with Razer Edge

Remember Razer's Project Fiona from last year's CES? That's now an official product called Razer Edge, which is a tablet, PC, and console all wrapped up into one. Last year it was a Windows 7 screen with console-like controls...

Dale North

10:00 PM on 01.06.2013

Valve's Steam Box will use Linux, debuting this year

Valve's electronics engineer Ben Krasnow reportedly gave a talk at the EHSM 2012 conference in Berlin recently where he gave out new details on Valve's Steam Box. According to German tech site Golem.de, Ben told the audience ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 11.12.2012

Microsoft: No plans to bring Direct X 11.1 to Windows 7

Since the worldwide release of Windows 8 back in October, an interesting question has popped up concerning the newest version of its 3D API: Will DirectX 11.1 be made available for Windows 7 users? The answer from Micros...

Jason Cabral

9:14 AM on 11.06.2012

Croteam dev hates Windows 8, calls it a 'walled garden'

A number of game developers have already shared their less-than-positive views on Windows 8, slamming Microsoft's new interest in ruling the PC gaming market through proprietary services. Croteam's chief technical offer ...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 10.11.2012

Windows 8 will bar 'adult' content from its store

Tech blogger and programmer Casey Muratori has been talking about the level of God-like control Microsoft intends to wield over Windows 8, including the fact that it intends to block the sale of adult-rated games on the ...

Jim Sterling

10:30 AM on 10.08.2012

Windows 8 uses real cash, not Microsoft Points

We keep going back and forth on Microsoft Points. Rumors from earlier this year pointed to MS phasing out the silly points, but when we thought we saw price listings changing to real world money we learned that it was just in...

Dale North