Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard falls to $100 (Save 23%) + extra $40 off bundle sale

Amazon currently offers the Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard for $99.99 shipped. Down from its $130 going rate, today’s offer is good for a 23% price cut, comes within $1 of the all-time low, and is the best we’ve seen in over a year. Microsoft’s Ergonomic Keyboard delivers an elevated typing experience to your Surface device with a unique design that’s aimed at tackling wrist and finger pain. Its ergonomic design pairs with a wrist rest and connects to your machine over Bluetooth. Rated 4/5 stars from over 685 customers. Head below for more.

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 falls to one of its best prices yet at $769, more from $749

B&H Photo is offering the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 i5/8GB/128GB for $769 shipped in Platinum. Also at Amazon, but stock is running low. Normally retailing for $999, today’s deal is one of the best prices that we’ve tracked in months and comes within $10 of the all-time low at Amazon. This laptop features a 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. This is plenty of power for browsing Facebook, handling emails, and joining in on Zoom calls for work. Plus, with up to 11.5-hours of battery life, this laptop is designed to go all day before it’s time to charge again. Rated 4.6/5 stars.

Microsoft discounts Cold Pursuit, Rambo, Sicario, and much more to just $5 each in HD or 4K

Microsoft’s weekly $5 movie specials are back with another wide selection of great films. One of our favorites is Cold Pursuit at $4.99, which goes for $13 at Google Play. This movie stars Liam Neeson as a snowplow driver whose life is turned upside down after his son is murdered. Will Nels (Liam) be able to get vengeance for his son? You’ll have to watch this entertaining thriller to see what happens. Rated 4.4/5 stars. Head below for a few of our favorites, or swing by Microsoft’s landing page to view everything on sale.

Free Microsoft Xbox FPS Boost update breathes new life into old games

Backwards compatibility is something that felt ultimately necessary in both of Sony and Microsoft’s latest batch of consoles. But unlike PCs, console game settings typically cannot be configured to take advantage of better hardware once it comes out. Developers must get their hands dirty and hope that an update to the game will encourage enough sales to cover their investment of time, resources, etc. Some know that this effort is simply not worth their time, but Microsoft has their back with a new Xbox FPS Boost feature. Continue reading to learn more.

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All-new Xbox Wireless Headset debuts at $99 with auto-muting mic, ear-cup dials, more

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If you get your gaming fix on Xbox or PC, Microsoft has a brand-new headset for you. An all-new Xbox Wireless Headset with a sleek design is now available for pre-order. Microsoft touts this offering as having “best-in-class audio and chat performance,” features that can prove to be a big deal for every gamer. Wearers will benefit from industry-leading spatial sound technologies like Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone: X. Another great feature is that the microphone can detect when a player is not talking and automatically mute itself to keep background noise to a minimum. Continue reading to learn more.

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Microsoft reverses Xbox Live price hike, free-to-play games no longer require Live

After announcing the first price hike to Xbox Live Gold in years last week, Microsoft has since reversed course and stated that no price increase will be coming to its online gaming service. Plus, Microsoft also decided to make free-to-play games truly free-to-play, removing the requirement for Live in order to enjoy games like Fortnite, Apex Legends, and others.

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Microsoft announces first Xbox Live Gold price increase in years, here’s what you need to know

Microsoft is announcing an Xbox Live Gold price increase for the first time in years. Taking to the official Xbox Wire, the Live Gold team is announcing the first major price jump in as many as 10 years today and they are quite significant in some cases. While they won’t immediately effect existing subscribers, it appears as though Microsoft is looking to push folks to convert Live Gold accounts over to the newer, all-encompassing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tier. Head below for more details. 

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New OtterBox mobile gaming accessories aim to elevate streaming, Apple Arcade, more

With game streaming and Apple Arcade continuing to gain momentum, mobile developers are likely to feel pressured when it comes to quality. There’s been a huge push for controller support in games, a lacking feature in many titles that has arguably kept loads of console players away from mobile. Thankfully, a new batch of OtterBox mobile gaming accessories should not only help make the case for console-grade titles on iPhone and Android devices. The company has unveiled several new offerings during CES 2021, which include a gaming clip, controller grip, protective carrying case, and more. Continue reading to find photos and additional details.

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Microsoft unveils latest-gen Pulse Red Wireless Xbox Controllers today

Today we are getting our first look at the new Pulse Red Xbox Controllers. After introducing the latest-edition wireless gamepad alongside the release of Xbox Series X/S in carbon black, robot white, and shock blue, Microsoft is expanding the lineup today with the new Pulse Red variant. With custom mapping, the new Share button, and the striking red colorway, this model sports the same enhancements the initial colorways carry and is set for release starting next month. Head below for more details. 

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Among Us is coming to Xbox Game Pass for Console in 2021

After making its console debut on Nintendo Switch earlier this week, Among Us will be coming to Xbox Game Pass for Console sometime next year in 2021. Already available on Xbox Game Pass for PC, this marks the second console-based launch of the unique game. But, this poses a few potential issues for players, so let’s take a look at what hurdles both companies have to jump before the launch of Among Us on Xbox.

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Microsoft unveils pair of limited-edition Mandalorian Xbox controllers

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With the second season of The Mandalorian coming to a close, Microsoft is getting in on the hype by showcasing a pair of new limited-edition gamepads inspired by the series. With two eye-catching designs inspired by the popular Disney+ series, you’ll want to head below for a closer look at the unique gamepads and for all of the details on adding the Mandalorian Xbox controllers to your collection.

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Last-minute EA Play delay halts Xbox Game Pass for PC catalog expansion until 2021

It wasn’t long ago that we covered the debut EA Play for Xbox Game Pass on console. At that point we cited a planned December 15 launch for PC subscribers, but at the last minute Microsoft has announced an EA Play delay. With many arguably looking forward to today’s launch, taking so long to share this unfortunate news is bound to be both frustrating and disappointing. Being in the midst of a pandemic is likely part of the reason for a delay, but Microsoft hasn’t come out and said as much, perhaps because spending more time at home is the very reason many subscribers could be very excited for this update. Continue reading to learn more.

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Microsoft unveils Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X/S with ‘same level of depth as the PC’

After spending 38 years of releases on PC, Microsoft Flight Simulator will finally make its way onto game consoles — Microsoft’s latest Xbox Series X/S units, to be exact. The company announced these plans last night, and one could argue this move may help sell consoles to gamers and non-gamers alike. While this experience is unlikely to rival the graphical capabilities that gaming PCs are able to pull off, many are bound to agree that Flight Simulator on Xbox is going to look great on the big screen. Continue reading to learn more.

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Early indications show PS5 could be ahead in the next-generation console war

Next-generation consoles have officially debuted, and many would agree that it was unclear which manufacturer would win the highest market share this time around. While PlayStation 4 won last time around, Xbox 360 was more pervasive the time before that. Pairing this game of leapfrog with odd behavior from Sony in the realm of crossplay, a lower entry price for Xbox Series S, alongside Microsoft services like xCloud or Xbox Game Pass, and it wouldn’t seem far-fetched to anticipate a potential loss for PlayStation 5. Surprisingly, it seems like the exact opposite could be the case if the PS5 resale market can serve as an indicator. Continue reading to learn more.

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Halo Infinite launching fall 2021 to give time for polishing gameplay and design

Halo Infinite is no stranger to delays, as we saw back in August when 343 announced that it would be 2021 before we’d see the latest installment in the series. Many were saddened by this, but in a way, it was good, as it gave the development team more time to polish things up and get them ready for the big release. Well, we finally have a more detailed timeline as to when Halo Infinite will launch, as well as developmental updates and new screenshots to view. So, while we wait for Halo Infinite to launch in fall of 2021, let’s take a look at the latest information we have as of right now.

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Microsoft launches massive digital Xbox Black Friday game sale, over 700 titles from $1.50

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After seeing a wealth of notable deals at Amazon this morning, Microsoft has now kicked off its digital Xbox Black Friday game deals. And it’s a big one. You’re looking at over 700 titles on sale ranging from new release like Crash 4 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to a wealth of sports games, and much more. In fact, this sale is already listing some titles at the best advertised Black Friday prices and you won’t  even have to get off the couch to score them. Head below for a closer look at this year’s digital Xbox Black Friday game deals. 

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Black Friday Android smartphone deals: Galaxy S20 Ultra $450 off, more from $150

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Update: It looks like the Note20 Ultra has sold out, but you’ll still be able to save up to $450 on Galaxy S20/Ultra devices right here, as well as a handful of other Android smartphones below.

Microsoft is currently discounting Samsung’s unlocked Galaxy Note20/Ultra lineup headlined by the Note20 Ultra 128GB at $949.99. Usually selling for $1,300, today’s offer is $350 off the going rate, $50 below our previous mention, and a new all-time low. Centered around a 6.9-inch AMOLED 2x display with 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+, Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone is certainly worth a look at today’s price. You’ll also enjoy S Pen support as well as a triple-sensor rear camera and expandable microSD storage to complete the package. Over 1,200 customers have left a 4.5/5 star rating and you can get a closer look in our hands-on review. Head below for more Black Friday Android smartphone deals from $150.

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Xbox Series X: Unboxing the ‘world’s most powerful console’

It’s finally here: Microsoft’s “most powerful console ever” has arrived. My unit got here a little while ago, and I’ve just finished unboxing it. I had a One X from around two months after it was announced up until last week when I sold it to prepare for the Series X arrival. So, what’s in the box? How big is it? And is it really worth the upgrade? Ready to find out what’s in the box? Keep reading for our full Microsoft Xbox Series X Unboxing.

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EA Play now available on console with Game Pass Ultimate, coming to PC Dec 15

EA Play was first announced to be coming to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers back in September. But, today the service actually launched, right alongside Xbox Series X and S. Starting today, Xbox gamers can take advantage of EA Play as long as they have an active Game Pass Ultimate subscription. However, PC players will have to wait until December 15 before the service is available. Want to learn more about how to utilize EA Play with Game Pass, and what titles are available on both services? Keep reading to find out more.

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Microsoft Black Friday ad: Surface lineup, Sonos speakers, VR headsets, more

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Today, Microsoft is giving shoppers an early look at what to expect in terms of all the discounts for the holiday season, detailing two weeks’ worth of price cuts. With deals on its lineup of Surface devices, Sonos speakers, coding kits, and Android smartphones, and more, you’ll be able to lock-in Black Friday discounts starting on November 16. Head below for a look at everything in this year’s Microsoft Black Friday ad.

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Xbox Series S/X: Where and when to buy

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Xbox Series X launch day is upon us. Many of us have been waiting years for this day, and it’s finally here. After the pre-order window came and went without as many gamers getting a chance to score a new Xbox Series X or Series S as we would have liked, today is the next chance to get one before the holidays. Many of the biggest retailers have already confirmed more stock of both consoles will be available today (if it isn’t already) and you’ll find all of the details on when and where to buy an Xbox Series X or Series S along with some handy links down below. 

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Samsung and Xbox partner to give away limited edition QLED Cyberpunk 2077 TV

With Xbox Series S/X console releases just around the corner, it’s important to have a top-tier television to play on. To help aid this, a limited edition Samsung QLED Cyberpunk TV giveaway has launched. Not only will this unit feature a standout Cyberpunk 2077 design, it will also be able to display 4K content at 120Hz. A “low millisecond response time” takes things even further. Continue reading to learn how you may be able to participate in the giveaway.

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Microsoft unveils an Xbox Series X Fridge, and you can win it for yourself

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From the moment that the Xbox Series X hit the scene, Microsoft’s latest console was being compared to a refrigerator rather than a state-of-the-art gaming machine. Now, Microsoft is getting in on the joke by debuting a fridge that looks exactly like the Xbox Series X. And you could even win it for your very own game room. Head below for a closer look and all of the details.

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Official Xbox Series X walkthrough showcases Quick Resume, UI details, more

Microsoft took to YouTube today with an official next-generation Xbox Series X walkthrough. The lengthy video highlights “faster load times, higher frame rates, and more dynamic game worlds,” with the main focus being on the user experience of booting up an Xbox Series X or S on launch day. While this isn’t a full-on teardown video like we got from Sony recently, today’s presentation showcases the Xbox Series X and Series S redesigned user interface, sharing features, quick resume access, and more. Head below for more details and to see it for yourself. 

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Microsoft’s all-new Surface Laptop Go launches from $549, Pro X upgraded, more

Earlier today, Microsoft made some fresh additions to the Surface lineup. Leading the pack is an all-new Surface Laptop Go that clocks in with a very affordable starting price of $549.99. The company also doubled down on its ARM-powered Surface Pro X by debuting a high-end model with a faster Microsoft SQ 2 processor. Continue reading to learn more.

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Xbox Series S and Series X pre-orders start now at these retailers

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Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X pre-orders officially kick-off today at various retailers. Unlike the PlayStation 5 pre-order disaster, Microsoft has left us with a neat and tidy schedule to prepare for its next-generation of gaming. Here’s to hoping Xbox Series S/X stock is in good order and the listings will stay live for more than a split second, but only time will tell now. Your best bet is to ready your favorite retailer(s) Xbox Series S/X listing for the moment it goes live to ensure you’re ready to go on day one. Head below for quick links and more details.

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Microsoft buys Bethesda for $7.5 billion: Fallout, Elder Scrolls, DOOM, more

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Big news today from the Xbox camp has officially confirmed Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media — one of the largest independent game publishers on the planet. ZeniMax Media owns a number of the biggest and historically relevant game development studios out there including, but not limited to, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, and Bethesda Game Studios — subsequently welcoming a series of massive game franchises to the Xbox family from Prey and Dishonored, to DOOM, The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, and Fallout. Head below for more details.

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Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S pre-order: When, where, and how

The PlayStation 5 arrived yesterday to much fanfare, including early pre-orders. Microsoft, on the other hand, decided to give gamers a week or so to prepare for the pre-orders. Well, today, Microsoft outlined what time its pre-orders will take place and what stores to purchase it at. So, without further ado, let’s dive into when, where, and how to pre-order the Xbox Series X and Series S.

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Xbox Series X vs. Series S comparison: Which should you buy?

Microsoft just confirmed the pricing of both the Xbox Series S and Series X, but there’s quite a difference between the two. Considering the Series S comes in at $299 and the Series X will cost you $499, which should you buy? The answer might not be obvious, but we’ll do our best to break down the differences between the consoles below. We’ll be laying out the main feature sets of each and who should pick up the higher-end Xbox Series X vs. the more budget-focused Xbox Series S this time around.

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Microsoft officially unveils Xbox Series X/S price and release date

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We now have the official Xbox Series X price and release date along with even more Series S details. Yesterday we got official confirmation on the disc-less Series S as well as its $299 price point, but Microsoft has now inked an official release date for both of its upcoming flagship consoles as well as the Xbox Series X price in today’s Xbox Wire update. Head below for more details.

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Xbox Series S goes official at $299 while more next-gen details emerge

Amid long-running speculation, new reports and Microsoft itself have revealed new details on the next-generation of Xbox consoles. Fresh details from Windows Central point to an early November launch date for Xbox Series X, while the lower-cost Xbox Series S has now been made official as well, with Microsoft confirming early this morning. With prices starting at $299, today’s news offers a further glimpse into Microsoft’s next-gen plans. Head below for full details on today’s news, pricing for the entire lot, and most importantly, the launch date.

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Score 3 more months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at $24 today (Reg. $45)

CDKeys is now offering 3-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions for $26.69 $28.59 $24 with free digital delivery. Regularly $45, like it currently fetches at Amazon and Best Buy, today’s offer is within about $2 of our previous mention and the best price we can find. This is a perfect time to add an additional 3-months to your Game Pass Ultimate membership at a major discount. Along with access to Microsoft’s growing library of on-demand streaming games, it also includes online multiplayer, freebies, and special deals on digital titles. For more information, we just recently detailed the value Game Pass Ultimate brings to gamers compared to Sony’s PlayStation Plus service. Head below for more details.

Microsoft gives us our first look at the Xbox Series X interface today

While Halo Infinite might have gotten delayed beyond the likely November next-generation release date, but Microsoft is ready to give us our first good look at the new Xbox Series X interface today. In fact, it sounds like the “New Xbox Experience,” as Microsoft puts it, will also be rolling out for current-generation Xbox One machines with a strong focus on usability and connecting users across multiple Xbox-compatible platforms. Head below for more.

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Xbox Series X confirmed for November launch, Halo Infinite delayed to 2021

Developer 343 Industries has announced a major Halo Infinite delay. Just as excitement for the next generation of gaming has begun to ramp up, the Xbox Series X release lineup is taking a big-time hit and will have to launch without its flagship shooter. 343 Industries took to Twitter this afternoon to issue an official statement to its fan base regarding the disappointing news. While this just gives the team more time to make the game even better, it’s a tough pill to swallow nonetheless. Head below for more details.

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Leaked images show white Xbox Series X controller + confirm upcoming Series S

Leaked images and retail documentation for the new Xbox Series X controller have now all but confirmed the existence and upcoming announcement for Xbox Series S. Rumors and leaks have been pointing at an upcoming reveal of a second, less powerful and more affordable Series S Xbox console for a while now. If the recently leaked images are indeed real, and we have no reason to doubt the sources here, we are getting our first look at the all-white Xbox Series X controller as well as what is essentially confirmation of the upcoming Series S Xbox. Head below for all the details.

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Leak points at free-to-play Halo Infinite multiplayer, new features, and more

After getting our first taste of the single-player action on Xbox Series X, we now have surprising new details on Halo Infinite multiplayer. According to a retailer leak, the upcoming iteration of Microsoft’s sci-fi shooter saga could be taking a very different approach to its multiplayer suite this time around. Head below for more details on what could be a new free-to-play setup and developer 343 Industries’ response to recent criticism on the game’s visuals.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offers value Sony can’t compete with

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If you missed it, Microsoft announced a plethora of new titles today that will launch on Xbox One, Series X, and PC. But, instead of having to buy each title individually, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes most of the aforementioned games for one small monthly fee. You’ll find that Game Pass Ultimate has over 100 titles to choose from, and even include Xbox Live Gold with it, at not much more than Sony’s PlayStation Now service. Right now, Game Pass Ultimate is the best value in gaming and it’s only getting better as time goes on.

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Xbox Series X game showcase: Halo Infinite, Forza, Avowed, much more

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The big-time, first-party Xbox Series X game showcase starts now with brand new Halo Infinite gameplay. After getting a closer look at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and some other light gameplay demos on Series X back in May, Microsoft is now ready to open the flood gate on Halo Infinite. Today’s livestream event is expected to focus on major first-party titles like the upcoming Halo Infinite, but we are also expecting to see more Microsoft Studios titles in action and maybe even more about the Xbox Series S “Lockhart.” Head below for today’s Xbox Series X game showcase.

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Microsoft now offers 70+ new Xbox game demos you can play from home for FREE

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As part of the ongoing Summer Game Fest that brought us yesterday’s Nintendo Direct mini, there’s a whole lot of new Xbox One game demos to play. Microsoft is offering over 70 new game demos for players to get their hands on for free over the next week or so in order to simulate some of the experiences normally had at E3 and other physical events. Games will begin to go live starting today and continue to do so through July 27, 2020. Head below for all the details.

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Best gaming computers to build or buy for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Microsoft’s Flight Simulator 2020 comes out next month, and it’s going to be awesome. I’m stoked to play it. Many think this gorgeous game needs high-end specs to run, and while PC games always prefer expensive hardware, due to extra processing power, you won’t need a $3,000 desktop to enjoy Flight Simulator 2020. Head below for a list of the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 minimum, recommended, and ideal specs, along with the best custom-built and pre-built computers to run the game.

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Flurry of Xbox news shows Kinect games + some current consoles the door, more

With a Series X showcase scheduled for next week and a rumored Lockhart console on the way, it already felt like like there was an abundance of of Xbox news to digest. This just scratches the surface (pun intended) though, with a wide-ranging list of new details having emerged over the last few days. Not only will Xbox Game Pass Ultimate soon bundle xCloud, we’ve also learned that Xbox Series X will not support Kinect games. On top of that, Microsoft has discontinued some current-generation consoles ahead of Xbox Series X. Continue reading to learn more.

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Microsoft’s Flight Simulator gets official release date, new gameplay, + more

The latest entry in Microsoft’s long-running Flight Simulator now has an official date to go alongside today’s launch trailer. Now scheduled for launch this summer, the upcoming Flight Simulator will have players soaring over more than 2 million cities, new day/night technology, and a sort of scalable difficulty to support beginner pilots. Head below for more details and closer look at today’s trailer.

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Microsoft x 8Bitdo Bluetooth controller works with xCloud, ideal for Stadia

8Bitdo and Microsoft have partnered to make a portable, battery-powered, Bluetooth-connected gaming controller for xCloud and Stadia. This controller takes on the form-factor of old PlayStation controllers with a D-Pad on the left and two joysticks in the center. With an included clip to hold your phone at an angle, this controller is the best way to enjoy gaming while on-the-go.

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Xbox Series X showcase + new Halo gameplay officially set for later this month

Microsoft has now taken to Twitter to announce the official date of the upcoming Xbox Series X showcase. We already had a good idea another big-time Series X showcase was in the works after Microsoft launched its initial showing in early May, and we now know exactly when that will be. Much like previous pandemic-era presentations over the last couple of months, the livestream will take place via the usual channels at the end of July. Head below for more details and what we expect from the upcoming Xbox Series X games showcase.

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Xbox Series S “Lockhart” potentially coming in August with Series X CPU

We had our first glimpse at a Microsoft document that leaked information about a potential Series S console named “Lockhart” last week, but now we’ve got even more info about the upcoming console, including potential specs, a hopeful announcement date, and more.

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Xbox Series S leaks: Another next-gen. Xbox could be on the way for 2020

It looks like new development documents are adding even more validity to Xbox Series S, a more affordable Xbox Series X code-named Lockhart. Rumors have been in the air for quite sometime regarding the existence of a second version of Xbox Series X and it’s starting to look more and more like a reality. Head below for all the details.

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Xbox Series X launches in a few months, here’s everything we know so far

We’ve seen quite a bit of information come out over the past few months based on the Xbox Series X. From our first look at gameplay in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, to hardware specs, information on Quick Resume, and the initial launch, we’ve got it all right here. Well, Microsoft went in-depth in a blog post today to outline everything that we currently know about the Xbox Series X, and what’s to come. So, without further ado, let’s dive into everything Microsoft has told us about the Xbox Series X.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate 3-month memberships now down to $25 (Reg. $45)

Amazon is now offering 3-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Memberships for $24.99 $22.99 $24.99 with free digital delivery. Also matched at Best Buy. Regularly $45, today’s deal is $20 or 44% off the going rate, matching our previous 3-month deal price, and the best we can find. Today’s deal is an ideal opportunity to add an additional 3-months to your existing Game Pass Ultimate subscription. But for those yet to transition from Live Gold, you can do so for $1 and learn more about the process here. More details below.