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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



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

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. Some will likely take full advantage; others will be more reserved. But, the option's there, nevertheless.

Following Xbox boss Phil Spencer's talk, I sat down with ID@Xbox program director Chris Charla to discuss what this new ecosystem meant for independent developers. There was a lot of ebb and flow to the conversation, but the main takeaway was "There's a place for [indie devs] -- no matter what size or scale the game is -- on Windows 10."

Charla was the man that was brought aboard by Microsoft almost two years ago to try to keep Xbox in the never-ending arms race to court independent developers. The Xbox 360 generation saw Microsoft use up a lot of goodwill in that department, and it needed to re-establish its name. That's what ID@Xbox was built for: to recruit developers that bring a different flair to the Xbox stable of games.

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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



Windows 10 makes it even easier for gameplay videos to go viral photo
Windows 10 makes it even easier for gameplay videos to go viral
by Brett Makedonski

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 -- whether it's to share an unbelievable kill streak in Halo, or something as irreverent as a lunatic stabbing goats in the butt.

With the announcement that Windows 10 will, in part, contribute to the "Xbox ecosystem," it really opens the door to the accessibility and possibility of sharing content. In what was called a "platform demo" at GDC in San Francisco last week, we got a first-hand look at how simple Windows 10 will make this process.

Available for any game played on Windows 10 (even non-native Xbox titles) is a Game DVR that operates similarly to the "Xbox, record that" function of the Xbox One. Mapped to the Windows + G command, the DVR captures the past 30 seconds of gameplay, regardless of what's playing.

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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



You saw Microsoft's crazy hologram headset, right? photo
You saw Microsoft's crazy hologram headset, right?
by Jordan Devore

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 irrelevant for this audience, with one huge exception: an augmented-reality headset called Project HoloLens that can display holograms all around you.

Outlets like Wired, The Verge, and Gizmodo were able to try out the device and several demos, including a basic version of Minecraft shown above. Take your pick. Then, jealousy.

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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