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May 17, 2019

Xbox, PC get a little bit closer with the latest Xbox updates

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The May 2019 update for the Xbox One’s system software is now rolling out, bringing some small refinements to the friends list, messaging, and game/app list.

Starting with the last one first, the app list will now ignore “a,” “an,” and “the” when sorting or grouping alphabetically. This is the kind of change that makes me amazed that they weren’t already doing this, as it almost always makes for easier-to-use listings. Video games don’t even have The The to contend with.

The Messaging change is rather inexplicable. There’s a [...]

 
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April 5, 2019

Game Pass “Ultimate” and Game Pass for PC rumored to be coming soon

Enlarge / The arrow is pointing to a PC that’s just off-frame to the right.

Microsoft is reportedly planning a couple of new subscription services for gamers, per Brad Sams and WalkingCat.

First up is a “Game Pass Ultimate” that combines an Xbox Live Gold subscription with a GamePass subscription. Xbox Live Gold is routinely on sale, but it typically costs around $60 when bought annually or $10/month when bought month by month. Game Pass is a flat $10 per month (though there’s a special offer at the moment giving one month for one dollar). The Ultimate subscription is going to be $15/month, making it [...]

 
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April 5, 2019

Game Pass “Ultimate” and Game Pass for PC rumored to be coming soon

Enlarge / The arrow is pointing to a PC that’s just off-frame to the right.

Microsoft is reportedly planning a couple of new subscription services for gamers, per Brad Sams and WalkingCat.

First up is a “Game Pass Ultimate” that combines an Xbox Live Gold subscription with a GamePass subscription. Xbox Live Gold is routinely on sale, but it typically costs around $60 when bought annually or $10/month when bought month by month. Game Pass is a flat $10 per month (though there’s a special offer at the moment giving one month for one dollar). The Ultimate subscription is going to be $15/month, making it [...]

 
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March 13, 2019

All signs point to a Google game console announcement at GDC

Enlarge / A (not serious) artist’s conception of what Google’s gaming hardware might look like. (credit: Ron Amadeo / Apple)

Normally, Google showing up to the Game Developers Conference isn’t a huge deal. The company does this pretty much every year—Android smartphones and Google Play are a pretty big gaming platform, after all—and it shows up with livestreams and blog posts and all the usual festivities. This year, though, is different. Google has been sending out vague teasers since last month for a GDC event, but as the date approaches, the company has been dropping more and more hints of exactly what it is [...]

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