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Halo: Reach is Still Great—But Its PC Port is Missing Some Key Features

The magic of Halo coming to Steam is marred by a barebones port.

Bungie Originally Wanted Halo: Reach to Just be Called "Reach"

The name didn't stick, but the title screen makes its own statement.

Control Isn't Coming to Xbox Game Pass After All [Update]

Xbox Head Phil Spencer indicated that it was, but Remedy says otherwise.

Phil Spencer is Apparently Playing the Next-Gen Xbox Scarlett at Home

If he beats you in Killer Instinct this weekend, feel free to blame that.

Xbox's Next-Gen Plans Reportedly Include a Second, Disc-less Console

The streaming future is upon us.

Minecraft Black Friday Deals - Games, Toys, Playsets, and More

You can't build a Minecraft deal this good.

Phil Spencer: Customers Don't Associate VR With Xbox

And he's not wrong.

We Test Project xCloud: Why Xbox Already Has the Lead in the Next-Gen Streaming Wars

Project xCloud wins by not being the main event for Xbox.

"Stadia Nailed the Impossible, and Then Failed the Possible"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A time of technological transitions for companies like Google, Valve, Game Freak, Microsoft, Sony, and more.

State of Decay 2 Shambles Over to Steam in 2020

Undead Labs' survival game is transitioning to a new platform next year.

Amazon Will Reportedly Announce a Cloud Gaming Service Next Year

Google, Sony, Microsoft, and soon, Amazon.

Halo: Reach's PC Version Sports an Enhanced Mode That Goes Beyond Performance

Digital Foundry got a look at Reach for PC and liked what they saw.

The Game Awards 2019 Nominations: Control and Death Stranding Among Top Nominees

And Smash Bros. gets some belated acknowledgement.

Xbox Game Studios Head Says Game Pass is Solving Monetization Woes

"It allows our game creators to do what they do best, which is make a game."

Xbox's Phil Spencer Has Thoughts on Sony Holding Back Important Exclusives From Its Subscription Service

Phil Spencer says putting games on Game Pass doesn't devalue them.

Black Friday 2019 - Only the Best Video Game Deals

Whether you want a PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch on Black Friday, we've got you covered.

No More Finicky DualShock 4 Plugins on PC: Official Support Coming Thanks to Project xCloud

Play Xbox games… on a PC… with a PS4 controller. Really!

Xbox Head Says It's Learned Some Lessons For Scarlett From Xbox One's Launch

"...We will not be out of position on power or price."

Microsoft X019 Recap: A Flood of Games to Finish the Generation

At the generation wraps up, Microsoft goes big.

A Deluge of New Announcements for Xbox Game Pass Came Out of X019

The Witcher 3, Rage 2, classic Final Fantasy titles, and more.

Obsidian CEO Says It Doesn't Plan On Expanding Too Much Under Microsoft

More resources doesn't mean Feargus Urquhart wants giant teams.

Project xCloud’s Preview Selection Makes Stadia’s Launch Lineup Look Tiny

Dozens of games are coming for testers of Microsoft's game streaming service.

Life is Strange Developer's New Game Will Explore Memories and the Trans Experience Through Twins

Tell Me Why looks like it ain't nothing but a heartache.

Obsidian's First Microsoft Exclusive is Minecraft Meets Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Grounded, Obsidian's next game, is small in multiple senses of the word.

Rare Announces Everwild, Its Mysterious New IP

We got a glimpse of what Rare's next project is.

Xbox X019 Could be Where All of Microsoft's Shiny New Studios Start to Bear Fruit

It looks like the many, many studios of Xbox will have some news to share.

In 2004, Tens of Thousands of People Answered Payphones for Halo 2

What dates the hype for Halo 2 the most? The smartphone revolution.

Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller Review: A Modular Marvel That Merits Your Money

Can a $180 controller change your life?

The Halo TV Series Rounds Out its Cast as it Nears Production

New to the cast are two UNSC legends and a mysterious Covenant sympathizer.

No, Playtonic Isn't Working on a New Banjo-Kazooie

"At first, we found it amusing that Ed Bryan's bag is being used as serious 'evidence.'"

Not Even the Master Chief Can Avoid Battle Pass Fever

When Halo: Reach comes to PC and The Master Chief Collection, it'll bring a familiar looking progression system with it.

Xbox Launches Monthly Payment Console Bundle With Project Scarlett Upgrade Plans

Sign up to buy an Xbox One now, get the option of upgrading to Scarlett down the road.

Mixer Doubles Down on Twitch Talent By Poaching Another Popular Streamer

In the wake of recent departures in Mixer's leadership team, Shroud is following Ninja to Microsoft's streaming platform.

Former Xbox VP Mike Ybarra Joins Blizzard Amidst a Rocky Year

Ybarra starts as Blizzard's new executive vice president and general manager next month.

Microsoft Sees Decreased Hardware Sales as This Console Generation Comes to a Close

As we near the end of a console generation, Microsoft is touting success on the services side.

How to Play The Outer Worlds For $5, And Get a Chalupa in the Process

For the price of a chalupa combo (yes, really), you can get some time with Xbox Game Pass.

Microsoft Claims Xbox Game Pass Subscribers Play More Games and More Genres

The average Game Pass user is apparently playing—and buying—more games than they used to.

Obsidian Developer Says Studio Can Focus on Games, Not Pitches, After Microsoft Buyout

Designer Brian Hines says Microsoft wants Obsidian to keep doing what's been working.

Halo Infinite Lead Producer Leaves 343 Industries Two Months After Taking Charge on Campaign

A 343 representative says the departure isn't a sign of a "creative dilemma."

Xbox Corporate Vice President Mike Ybarra Departs From Microsoft

"After 20 years at Microsoft, it's time for my next adventure."

Rod Fergusson on Gears 5 Microtransactions: "We Will Continue to Evolve Until We Get It Right"

Gears 5 doesn't have loot boxes, but there are still improvements to be made to the new system.

Finding Time for Games and "Sweet Revenge:" An Interview with Double Fine's Tim Schafer

We talk to industry veteran Tim Schafer about developing games with Microsoft, his favorite games, and the inspirational powers behind cult RPG Skies of Arcadia.

Project xCloud, Microsoft's Game Streaming Service, Goes Into Public Preview Next Month

Microsoft will let players in to test out xCloud in the real world.

Microsoft Is Giving Updates on xCloud, X019, and Lots of Games on Tomorrow's Inside Xbox

We'll be seeing The Outer Worlds, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and more games slated for release between now and X019.

Sony, Microsoft, Google, and More Announce New Commitments with UN to Combat Climate Change

21 companies are committing to various goals from lowering CO2 emissions to supporting the inclusion of environmental themes in games.

NPD: Five of August's Top 10 Best-Selling Games Were Nintendo Switch Exclusives

Astral Chain makes a surprisingly strong debut.

A UK Ministry Just Recommended Heavy Loot Box Regulation. Here's Why This Matters

It's another step in an ongoing escalation of regulatory involvement in games.

A Gears 5 Glitch Gives Players a Glimpse of What It'd Be Like as an FPS

It seems more like a plain old bug than an unfinished feature.

Game Devs Speak Out on Gaming's Discoverability Problem

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Developers and publishers dance around the question of how to get games noticed in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

Gears 5 Release Date - How to Play Gears 5 Early Access

This is our guide covering the Gears 5 release date, how to play Gears 5 in early access, and more.

Gears 5 Voice Actors - The Full Gears 5 Voice Cast

Here's the full list of voice actors for everyone in Gears 5.

What the Heck is Ray Tracing and Why Does it Matter for Next-Generation Consoles? An Explainer

Nvidia is pushing ray tracing very hard, so let's talk about why it matters to games.

Where Nintendo Switch Online Has Gone Wrong

The reasons Nintendo's online service is flaccid, and what it can do to pump things up.

Microsoft Contractors Reportedly Heard You Talking to Your Kinect

The listen-ins were apparently meant to improve the service.

Gears 5's Monetization is "Ahead of the Industry," Dev Says

The Coalition was reading the tea leaves.

Microsoft Says It Has "No Further Plans" to Bring Exclusives to Other Consoles

The recent Ori announcement was honoring prior commitments.

Gears 5's Campaign Will Bring Back Some Familiar Faces

The boys are back in town.

Gears 5 Has a Crossover With Halo: Reach

And Horde mode is looking a little Overwatch-y.

PUBG Is Getting Cross-Play on Xbox One and PS4, but Not PC

The consoles are going to crossover, but PC doesn't get an invite.

Devil May Cry 5, Ape Out, and Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Headline Upcoming Xbox Game Pass Titles

Microsoft reveals its Game Pass lineup for the rest of August, across Xbox One and PC.

After Months of Rumors, Ori and the Blind Forest is Finally Coming to the Switch This September

It's another step in Microsoft and Nintendo's partnership.

Halo Infinite's Creative Director Leaves 343 Industries

This week sees a leadership shake-up for Microsoft's big launch title.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says Project Scarlett is Making Frame Rate a Priority

The next Xbox wants smooth gameplay.

Minecraft's Super Duper Graphics Update is Ending Development

Mojang will explore other ways of making Minecraft more super.

"There is a Benefit for Lying [About Loot Boxes]"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The industry, academics, and watchdogs weigh in on the loot box debate for the FTC in a week full of big issues.

Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony and Other Game Companies Unite Around the Issue of Loot Box Odds

Several publishers are set to disclose odds by 2020 at the latest.

Halo TV Series Gets Its Cortana and Sets a Release Window

We may yet see Halo on premium cable.

Halo Master Chief Collection Will Let You Save Your Old Custom Maps From Days Long Gone

Save those classic modes for your next game night.

Hidden QR Code In Halo Infinite E3 Trailer Finally Found By Fan

It leads to an audio file from a very familiar voice.

Microsoft CEO Says Cloud Gaming Partnership Is "All Driven By Sony"

The partnership to push cloud gaming forward was pushed by Sony, it seems.

Gears 5 Will Support Mouse and Keyboard on Xbox, If That's Your Jam

This evens things out for crossplay.

The Wii U And 3DS Both Have The Same Number Of Upcoming Games... One

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Nintendo sticks to its traditions of focusing on families and pretending its older hardware is still viable.

Sorry, No Smoking Allowed in Gears 5

Marcus will have to put the cigar out.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Teaser Posted By Xbox Germany Was An "Internal Mistake"

This odd slip-up makes us curious about a potential new platform.

"G2A Do Not Care About the People Who Make Games"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | It's all about indies this week as small developers have it out with G2A, discuss marketing strategies, fumble through PR gaffs, and move to the Epic Games Store.

The Best Games of 2019 After Six Months

Our ongoing list of what we believe are the best video games of 2019.

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course Bumped Back To 2020 Alongside New Trailer

You'll need to wait to savor the final sip.

Alan Wake On PlayStation Could Happen, As Rights Revert Back To Remedy

The developer teased the multiplatform potential, though they're focused on another game for now.

The Developers Who Never Gave Up

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Stories of ongoing or aspiring success from studios big and small that had rough starts on games such as Fallout 76, No Man's Sky, and Anthem.

Here's What Banjo and Kazooie Look Like in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Rare's iconic animal duo weren't originally native fauna on Outset Island, but a mod is changing that.

Rare's Logo is Based on a Roll of Golden Toilet Paper

Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after playing a Rare game.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Says He's Giving Teams The Time They Need To Build Their Games

It's about getting things right, rather than getting things out.

Gears 5 is Ditching the Season Pass For A Battle Pass

Take a Tour of Duty.

Xbox Beats Out PlayStation and Nintendo for Spot on 100 Most Valuable Brands List

Both Sony and Nintendo failed to make the list.

PlatinumGames Studio Head Says It's "Hard To Get Excited" About Next-Gen

He's looking to places like cloud platforms for innovation.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer: "The Business is Not How Many Consoles You Sell"

Spencer says you shouldn't worry about the hardware side of things.

Spiritfarer is a Calming Management Sim About The Afterlife

Like Animal Crossing, but about helping the deceased find peace before moving on.

Minecraft: Story Mode Episodes Re-Listed At $100 Apiece On Xbox Store To Deter New Purchases

A high price to pay to play Story Mode before it disappears.

"If We Are Going to Do [E3] as an Industry, Then We Need to Be Into It"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The theme of this year's E3 2019? Subscriptions and streaming, with every major company either participating or at least weighing in on the coming wave of services.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says E3 Just Isn't the Same Without Sony

Without the friendly rivalry, E3 suffered a little bit.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Will "End Up on All Platforms," Phil Spencer Confirms

The popular MMORPG will eventually come to PlayStation and maybe even the Switch.

Xbox Scarlett Price, Release Date, and Spec Speculation - Xbox Project Scarlett Revealed

All the latest industry gossip about the next Xbox, which is officially called Project Scarlett.

Gears Tactics Still In Development, Gears of War Producer Confirms

The missing Gears game is still okay.

The Actual Winners and Losers of E3 2019

Tired: Ray-tracing, 8K graphics, and bombshell announcements. Wired: Pitbulls, pee scandals, and grannies who kill.

Will PS5 and Scarlett be the Last Console Generation? Execs Disagree

Phil Spencer's view on the future of consoles differ from Ubisoft's top executive.

Halo Infinite's E3 2019 Trailer Was All Running in 343's Newest Game Engine

It's actually the opening cinematic to the Halo Infinite campaign.

Microsoft Talks About Desire to Buy Japanese Studio, What Needs to Happen With Game Pass Exclusives

Phil Spencer and Matt Booty are still keeping things about Xbox's future a secret.

Microsoft Open to Possibility of Services Like Xbox Game Pass on Switch as It Seeks to Blur the Lines Between Devices

"If any game developer or platform holder wants to come talk about cross-play, I'll be the first one in that meeting," says Microsoft's Mike Ybarra

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