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  • The Witcher 2, CS: GO added to Xbox One backwards compatibility list

    Microsoft this week announced a few more backwards compatible titles for their Xbox One video game console. The announcement also included a change to the way backwards compatible titles will be released. The latest batch didn't include as many titles as the December update, and not many available in the South African Xbox Store. Some of the titles in the latest release include Age of Booty, Small Arms, and Counter-Strike: GO (CS: GO). Microsoft has said there will be a chance to the way games in the Xbox backwards compatible programme will be released. Instead of bulk releases, which the company originally...

  • Windows 10 will be Microsoft’s only OS to support Intel’s Kaby Lake

    Microsoft has announced that it will end support for Windows 8.1 and older OSes for the newer Intel, AMD and even Qualcomm processors due this year. Essentially, Intel's current Skylake processors will play nice with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 until 17 July 2017, after which the company will end mainstream security and bug fix support. Microsoft was also quick to point out that Windows 10 will be its only OS to support Intel's next chipset, Kaby Lake, due late 2016, and a number of other processors coming this year. Microsoft does however do this often with older OSes. Windows...

  • New Xbox One bundle to ship with Tom Clancy’s The Division

    Microsoft Xbox has announced that a new Xbox One bundle will begin shipping soon with Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's The Division as the primary game. The cross-genre post-apocalyptic shooter will debut on 8 March on all systems -- Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC -- but plans are already in motion to make the Xbox One The Division's de facto console. "The bundle features a 1TB hard drive, giving you added space to play and store more games than ever, and a full-game download of Tom Clancy’s The Division," notes Xbox's Major Nelson on his blog. "In addition, fans in the U.S. that...

  • Microsoft Lumia 650 to debut on 1 February – report

    We've waited quite a while for Microsoft's own Lumia-branded devices running Windows 10, and now the flood gates have opened so to speak. Hot on the heels of the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagships (pictured above), the 650 is rumoured to launch early February. In a new report published by Windows Central, the company is said to be planning a launch on 1 February, but it won't be as high profile as previous launches. In fact, the announcement of the phone might just be made over a blog post. Clearly the Microsoft Lumia 650 then isn't one of the...

  • Microsoft ends Windows 8 security support

    Microsoft today ends it support for Windows 8, which effectively means the company will no longer supply security and stability patches to the operating system. In other words, Windows 8 is about as dead as Windows XP. While a long time coming -- especially considering Windows 10's arrival -- this does put around 41-million Windows 8 machines in an awkward and insecure position. Microsoft generally releases a support timeline after a new OS launch to indicate the  maintain legacy OSes. After all, not every user can upgrade to the new OS immediately, especially enterprise users. However, the real issue is Microsoft's vague branding. While...

  • Xbox One Chatpad review: texting while gaming made easy

    Consoles have always had sloppy text input functionality, even when they allow the usage of generic USB keyboards. The process is cumbersome when trying to find the right key with a D-pad, or inane when you need to put the controller down and pick up a keyboard. Enter the Xbox One Chatpad, which looks to benefit players wanting a full keyboard on their controllers. The Xbox One Chatpad is unassuming in size. The device plugs into the expansion port of any Xbox One controller and creates a bridge between the hand grips. Once attached, it adds a bit of weight to...

  • Xbox store ‘biggest sale ever’ pricing up early [Update]

    A few days ago, Major Nelson teased that the Xbox store would be having a major sale starting on 22 December. Well, it seems as it all of those sales prices are already pre-loaded ahead of schedule. According to the teaser, titles such as Halo 5: Guardians (review), Rise of the Tomb Raider (review), and Forza Motorsport 6 will be discounted. There will also be deals on a wide variety of non-exclusive titles like Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Fallout 4 (review). Prices can range from 40% to over 60% off Xbox One and Xbox 360 backward compatible titles, though don't expect those kinds of...

  • Microsoft adds 16 more backwards compatible games for Xbox One

    Announced today on Major Nelson's blog, Microsoft has added 16 more Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles for the Xbox One. This comes after the first 104 titles were launched on 12 November with the New Xbox One Experience (NXOE). Some of the included titles include the likes of Fable III, Halo: Reach, and Braid. All titles are playable today if you own a digital or physical copy of the game, otherwise they are purchasable through the Xbox website. According to the blog post, over nine million hours have been spent playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One since 12 November. The...

  • Microsoft Store South Africa is finally live

    Technology giant Microsoft today launched the South African version of the Microsoft Store. This ecommerce site is dedicated to selling all things consumer under the company's robust product belt. The store was launched at the #MicrosoftSummer event in Johannesburg, South Africa. While Microsoft creating a South African store is an excellent move, it has made some curious decisions regarding its product ranges and pricing. Upon closer inspection of the product listings it appears the site is missing quite a few products compared to its international counterparts. The PCs and Tablets category only houses a single unit, the Acer Aspire Switch 10e, which...

  • Could a Microsoft Surface Phone be in the works?

    Microsoft's Surface Phone is closer than we may think, according to a new report by WindowsCentral. Citing "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans," the publication notes that plans for an Intel powered flagship smartphone in the form of a Microsoft Lumia has fallen through and will be replaced with an "an all-new flagship phone lead by Panos Panay." Panay was one of the principal designers of the company's Surface range of tablets, which has now overtaken Apple in tablet sales for October 2015. Further speculation suggests that Intel isn't completely abandoning the party though, with rumours suggesting that the chipmaker could develop a...