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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.

Cortana found hidden in current Xbox One preview build

Recently, Microsoft announced that Cortana will not be available on the Xbox One update preview until later this year. Now, some players have found that the assistant is actually already included and can be activated from a hidden menu.

Even Microsoft doubts Xbox One can catch the PlayStation 4

Since the 2013 launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Microsoft has trailed behind Sony in terms of raw sales. The company now seems to have accepted that fact, appearing uncertain it will ever be able to catch up.

Microsoft: No Cortana on Xbox One until next year

Microsoft this week rolled out new features to Xbox owners running the preview release of the upcoming Windows 10 Experience. It also confirmed the company's Cortana digital assistant won't be available on the Xbox One console until 2016.

Microsoft begins first preview release of Windows 10 for Xbox One

Microsoft has begun rolling out the first preview of the new Windows 10-powered Xbox One experience. The interface has been rebuilt from the ground up to make accessing content easier, faster and more responsive.

Microsoft announces October 6th event for Lumia, Surface and more

Microsoft has begun sending out press invites to an event in New York City on October 6. The company is expected to announce its new flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, a new Surface tablet and other Windows 10-powered devices.

Microsoft launches premium Xbox One Elite Bundle for enthusiasts

Microsoft has created a special Xbox One bundle designed with the most hard-core fans in mind. It includes a 1TB version of the Xbox One featuring a solid state hybrid drive for super-fast storage and a new Xbox One Elite Controller in the box.

Microsoft exec shoots down rumours of an Xbox One Mini

Microsoft's head of Xbox has said that rumours of an upcoming "Xbox One Mini" console are simply "not real," shooting down theories that have been circulating online in recent weeks.

Lumia, Surface, Xbox, Band: Microsoft to launch all in October?

Reports have indicated that Microsoft may have cancelled its rumoured Windows 10 Mobile Lumia unveiling next month in favour of a large-scale October event set to include the Surface Pro 4, flagship Lumias, a smaller Xbox and the Microsoft Band 2.

ESRB gives Halo 5: Guardians a Teen rating

It has been confirmed that Halo 5: Guardians has been given a T for Teen rating by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), the first in the series to receive such a rating.

After 15 years, game consoles are officially legal in China again

China has officially relaxed its formal ban on video game consoles which has been in place since 2000 and has prevented the sale of dedicated gaming devices. It was feared playing games could be detrimental to the development of children.

Lizard Squad hacker guilty of hacking PlayStation Network

The teenager partly responsible for shutting down PlayStation and Xbox network for millions of kids on Christmas has been convicted of 50,700 offenses. Despite the enormous number of offenses, the 17-year-old user was let off with a slap on the wrist.

Microsoft rebranding Xbox Music to 'Groove'

Microsoft has announced it is rebranding its Xbox Music streaming service to "Groove Music" ahead of the launch of Windows 10. The company cites consumer confusion about the use of the Xbox brand as the reason for the change.

Microsoft announces a new Xbox One controller

Microsoft announced a new controller for the Xbox One Monday at their E3 showcase, complete with new trigger buttons and completely customizable button mapping.

The Oculus Rift is ready for consumers, launching early 2016

Oculus has finally unveiled the much-anticipated consumer version of its Rift VR headset. Slated for release in early 2016, the Rift will now be shipping with an Xbox One controller and seeks to make games more immersive than ever before.

Microsoft launches a 1TB Xbox One with a revised controller

Microsoft has launched an updated version of the Xbox One which now includes 1TB of internal storage. A refreshed controller has also been revealed which features a full-size 3.5mm headphone jack for use with gaming headsets.

Microsoft releases substantial update for Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft has just released a substantial update for Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Insiders. It brings along the new universal Office apps for the first time and updated music, video, Xbox and camera apps alongside improvements and support for new devices.

Xbox One May update brings new features including voice messages

Microsoft has released the May update for its Xbox One games console and media hub. It features several notable new features that have been often requested by the community including the ability to send voice messages and turn the console on remotely.

Lizard Squad attacks Malaysia Airlines website, replaces homepage

Hacking group Lizard Squad took control of the Malaysia Airlines website homepage for a while earlier today, replacing it with a high-profile mocking of the disasters that have struck the troubled company in the past year.

Microsoft unveils Forza Motorsport 6 for Xbox One; Ford GT stars

Microsoft has publicly revealed the next installment in its Forza Motorsport Xbox racing series. The sixth major addition to the long-running franchise accompanied by the spin-off Forza Horizon, it is expected to launch at some point this year.

Cool last-minute holiday deals: Xbox One bundles at $299

As the last few frantic hours of Christmas shopping for friends and family take hold, American retailers are slashing the prices of Xbox One console bundles to under $300, comparable to Black Friday.
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