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Microsoft and Sony are battling over what '4K' actually means

Both Microsoft and Sony are building new gaming consoles with next-generation features. The Xbox One "Scorpio" and PlayStation 4 Pro will each support 4K gaming, although their respective manufacturers have gone for different approaches.

Sony launches PlayStation Now and over 400 games on Windows PCs

Sony has announced it is bringing its PlayStation Now online gaming service to Windows PCs, alongside an official wireless adapter for its DualShock controllers. The move is a response to the increased role of Xbox on Microsoft's Windows 10.

Microsoft boosting arsenal with Beam purchase

Microsoft has announced it has bought interactive game streaming startup Beam in a bid to bolster its Xbox arsenal, although financial terms were not disclosed.

The winner of the first Forza Championship will get a free car

Microsoft has announced it will be giving away a high performance car to the winner of the inaugural Forza Racing Championship, commencing at the end of the week. The competitive event is designed to involve every Forza racer, from novice to pro drivers.

Microsoft begins rolling out the Xbox One Summer Update

Microsoft has begun to roll out the Xbox One Summer Update, a few days ahead of its expected launch date. The launch marks the arrival of digital assistant Cortana on the console, allowing gamers to take control of features with their voice.

Microsoft announces slimmer Xbox One S is coming August 2

Microsoft has announced that the latest addition to its Xbox console line-up, the Xbox One S, will be available on August 2. The console is a slimmed down version of the Xbox One that includes new game and video features and a redesigned controller.

You'll soon be able to have a wheelchair in your Xbox avatar

Microsoft has revealed it is working on an option for Xbox Avatars that will allow wheelchair users to include a wheelchair in their avatar. Xbox Avatars are animated 3D characters that represent players. Microsoft is working on a larger Avatar expansion.

Windows 10's 'innovative' Anniversary Update is coming August 2

Microsoft has announced it will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to consumers on August 2, marking one year since Windows 10's launch with a substantial delivery of new features. It includes productivity, entertainment and security improvements.

Microsoft introduces the 40 percent slimmer Xbox One S, $299

Microsoft has announced the Xbox One S, a slimmed-down version of the current Xbox One console that also features improved internals, a redesigned controller and support for HDR gaming. It will retail at $299 and launch in August.

Sony's upgraded PlayStation 4 is real, will play 4K games

Ahead of the E3 gaming conference, Sony has announced it is developing an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4 capable of running 4K games with enhanced graphics. The news confirms months of rumours and will give the PS4 a substantial mid-life refresh.

Microsoft suspends development of Xbox One TV DVR feature

Ten months ago, Microsoft announced it would turn the Xbox One into a complete TV streaming box by adding support for TV DVR. After going quiet on the feature recently, the company today confirmed development is "on hold" as it prioritizes gaming.

Microsoft announces Cortana is coming to the Xbox One this summer

Microsoft has lifted the lid on this summer's Xbox One update, to launch in tandem with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Console gamers will gain access to digital assistant Cortana, a refreshed interface, and greater integration with Windows PCs.

Sony announces 40m PlayStation 4 sales amid rumours of successor

Sony has announced it has sold a total of 40 million current-generation PlayStation 4 games consoles since its 2013 launch. The figure reveals the company has sold 10 million PS4s in the past six months as it hit 30 million units in November.

Gamer gets Windows 95 running on an Xbox One

An Xbox One owner has managed to get Windows 95 running on the modern games console by exploiting the capabilities of Microsoft's Universal Windows Apps platform. The experience lets you run classic PC games and programs on an Xbox.

Forza Motorsport racing onto Windows 10 for free next month

Microsoft has announced that PC gamers will be able to get their first taste of the hit Xbox racing title Forza Motorsport from early May. The company announced Forza Motorsport 6: Apex for Windows 10 earlier this year, an exclusive PC Forza experience.

Microsoft to end production of Xbox 360 after 10 years of gaming

Microsoft has announced it is to end production of its Xbox 360 games console over 10 years since the launch of the iconic gaming platform. Current owners will be able to use their consoles as normal as supplies begin to dwindle around the world.

Microsoft says there is no 'Xbox neXt' to rival PlayStation '4.5'

Rumours of Microsoft planning an upgraded "Xbox One and a half" have recently stepped up amid widespread reports of Sony intending to launch a high-performance "PlayStation 4K" later in the year. Microsoft's Xbox chief has denied the rumours though.

Windows 10 a closed 'walled garden', claims veteran game dev

Tim Sweeney, CEO of games giant Epic Games, has written a scathing attack on Microsoft's apparent plans to make the Windows 10 Store the de facto place to buy new PC games. Sweeny called on the industry to "fight" what he sees as monopolisation.

Windows 10 'Redstone' update to converge platforms this June

Microsoft plans to release a major update for Windows 10 later this year that will be comparable in size to the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8. According to a new report, the feature-filled release, dubbed "Redstone," will be launched in June.

Microsoft to let Xbox gamers write Office docs from their console

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has reportedly confirmed that the Xbox One will soon be able to run Windows 10 Universal Apps, further blurring the line between games machine and full-blown computer. The console will also support mice and keyboards.

The Xbox One still isn't a true music player, won't be for months

Microsoft has announced that Xbox One owners won't be able to use their consoles as full media players with background music playback until the summer at the earliest. The hotly anticipated feature is still months away.

16 more Xbox 360 games now playable on Xbox One

Microsoft has added 16 new entries to the list of Xbox 360 games that can now be played on Xbox One consoles, just in time for the holiday season. The additions include fan favourite titles such as Halo: Reach and Fable III.

Xbox gamers played for 325 million hours during Black Friday week

Microsoft has revealed that record numbers of gamers took the day off work to try out hit new titles on their Xbox consoles this Black Friday. The company observed a 196 percent increase in total playtime over the same Black Friday week last year.

Sony to rival Microsoft with PS4 game streaming to Windows, Mac

The president of Sony's studios division said today the company is working on building an app for Windows and Mac that will let gamers stream titles from the PlayStation 4. The feature will directly rival Microsoft's Xbox One to Windows 10 streaming.

Xbox One outsells PlayStation 4 for first time in six months

The Xbox One has managed to outsell the PlayStation 4 for the first time since April as Microsoft's promise of the "best games line-up in history" and yesterday's console update begin to make an impression on gamers.

Xbox One update now available with all-new interface and features

Microsoft's Windows 10-powered Xbox One New Experience console update is rolling out to all gamers today. It includes a redesigned interface and support for backwards compatibility, a feature the team has revealed it previously thought impossible.

Microsoft reveals the first 104 Xbox 360 games coming to Xbox One

In three days' time, Xbox One owners will receive a free update to the Windows 10-powered Xbox One New Experience. One of its key features is backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games and Microsoft has now revealed there will be 104 launch titles.

New Forza Motorsport 6 DLC brings some Fallout 4-themed cars

Bethesda Studios and Turn 10 have teamed up to give Forza Motorsport 6 and Fallout 4 fans something doubly special. A DLC for the former game will introduce a couple of Fallout-themed cars, including the Chryslus Rocket 69.

Windows 10 coming to Xbox One on November 12

Microsoft has announced that the New Xbox One Experience update will be rolling out to all console owners on November 12. The update brings an all-new responsive interface, backwards compatibility with some Xbox 360 games and a Windows 10-powered core.

Sony cuts price of PlayStation 4 as Xbox One still drags behind

Microsoft's Xbox One games console continued to lag behind Sony's PlayStation 4 throughout last month, according to new sales figures. Microsoft's promises of the best exclusive games line-up in history are failing to offset the popularity of the PS4.
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