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  • Quantum Break gets new patch to fix numerous bugs

    Tech giant Microsoft and developer Remedy Entertainment have released a new patch for Quantum Break on Xbox One. This should fix a few critical issues that have been reported by users. These errors ranged from issues with NPCs to missing cinematics and even subtitles not working correctly. Full list of fixes and updates for specific acts: Act 1 Part 1: Fixed a rare instance of taxi being missing from the intro cinematic Act 1 Part 2: Fixed assets disappearing if players backtrack Act 1 Part 2: Fixed an issue where players could not kill the guard in the parking lot Act 1...

  • 10 underrated Xbox 360 games that flew under the radar

    Yes, Microsoft's last-generation gaming console may have ceased production, but it still has plenty to offer. Featuring a game library of over 1000 titles, there really is something for everyone. But what about games then? We picked a few titles that flew under the radar. Blue Dragon This 2007 role-playing title was eagerly anticipated by gamers, as Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi was behind the story and had a hand in its development. The game saw players take part in traditional turn-based RPG action, albeit with a few tweaks (such as speed being a factor and the introduction of a shadow system), making for...

  • Microsoft reveals upcoming features in Windows 10 roadmap

    The BUILD conference is over, but Microsoft has more Windows 10-related news to share. The company recently published a roadmap for Windows 10, revealing several hitherto unannounced features that were in the pipeline. One of the coolest features is the ability to unlock your PC with a Windows Phone or Android smartphone and "authenticate with apps and services that support Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport based authentication". One of the few with a Microsoft Band 2 smart wearable? Then you can soon use this for PC authentication too, Microsoft confirmed. Continuum for Phones to be expanded Microsoft's roadmap also focuses heavily on the Continuum for Phones...

  • Windows 10’s new Blue Screen of Death features handy QR code

    Microsoft's updating its most infamous Windows feature; no, not the Start button, but the Blue Screen of Death. The harbinger of hardware failure, the BSoD is a general alert issued when the Windows OS runs into a terminal problem. It's like a digital white flag, except, you know, it's blue. But an eagle-eyed and unfortunate Redditor noticed that Microsoft's now including a QR code on the screen as well, after his VM running the OS crashed. "The first thing the new build did in my VM was crash, but instead of just the usual smiley I was greeted by a QR code...

  • Gears of War 4 hits Xbox One 11 October, beta begins 18 April

    Gears of War 4 finally has an official release date, after The Coalition's Adam Fletcher today announced new details on the Xbox Wire. That date is 11 October 2016, however, the multiplayer beta will still kick off this month, 18 April, for those who purchased Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox One or Windows 10. Additional Xbox Live members will be allowed to join on 24 April. It's clear that The Coalition and Microsoft are scrupulously micromanaging the information released about the game. There's not much else to report at present, and largely since the game's first public outing at...

  • Watch Microsoft’s cancelled take on 3D Touch in ‘leaked’ video

    A new video has emerged, purportedly showing some fancy "3D Hover Touch" functionality on Microsoft's cancelled McLaren smartphone. The handset, which was supposed to be released in Q4 2014, was cancelled earlier that year for unknown reasons. The cancellation meant that Microsoft was left without a high-end smartphone for almost two years, until the Lumia 950 and 950XL were released late last year. The phone was widely tipped to be packing some innovative display technology, allowing users to hover their fingers over the screen for certain features. Now, a video has emerged out of China, claiming to show this function on a prototype device. The video...

  • Quantum Break review: a fractured experiment in storytelling

    Billed as the next blockbuster title on Xbox One, Quantum Break comes from the developers of Alan Wake and Max Payne. It certainly has all of the makings of not only a great game, but a new and brilliant IP. Quantum Break experiments with the video gaming formula, has guns, time-travel, and well-known actors in key roles. Even with all of this, why do I find it so hard to recommend the game to anyone in particular? As with many a science-fiction story, the game starts with an experiment gone awry. Our hero Jack Joyce is caught up in a...

  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update arriving mid-2016

    Keep locked on to our #Build2016 portal for detailed coverage of Microsoft's flagship developer event. Its that time of year when Microsoft shows off its latest developer-friendly advances and software palettes for the year ahead. And for Microsoft, that also means fishing for developers' interests with fresh and sharp feature hooks. But the company's annual Build conference -- taking place from 29 March to 1 April this year -- has also become a more consumer-friendly event in recent years. The latest snippet from the conference is proof of that. The company never fails to talk operating systems at the event, and...

  • All Xbox One consoles are now development kits lying in wait

    Keep locked on to our #Build2016 portal for detailed coverage of Microsoft’s flagship developer event. If you have an Xbox One and have a penchant for making your own games, Microsoft is making it a little bit easier for you. The company has announced at Build 2016 that all retail Xbox Ones will be allowed to become Xbox One dev kits, making it easier for indie developers to craft titles for the platform. This move makes the console a more interesting proposition for the serious and casual developer alike, who had to previously go through the ID@XBOX system to obtain a development...

  • Alan Wake, Castlevania, Pac-Man now available for Xbox One

    In the latest round of backwards compatibility games for the Xbox One, Microsoft has released three new titles for the system. This wave consists of Alan Wake, Pac-Man, and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The games were announced in a Major Nelson blog post along with a full list of all currently available backwards compatible titles. Alan Wake was teased in the initial backwards compatibility announcement. It was later revealed to be included with every purchase of Remedy Entertainment's upcoming game Quantum Break on Xbox One. The game has now been released with both DLC add-ons, The Writer and The Signal. Read more: Quantum...