There’s No Profit Margin for Microsoft on the Xbox One X

There’s No Profit Margin for Microsoft on the Xbox One X

Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One X is an impressive piece of kit, given its $ 499 price point. But Microsoft could only hit the specs it targeted by compromising on one critical issue: Profitability. Unlike the Xbox One and Xbox One S refresh, both of which made money from Day 1 and were profitable pieces of hardware, Microsoft isn’t earning a cent on the Xbox One X. That’s the word from Phil Spencer, head of the…

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Microsoft Exec: PS4 Pro Competes With Xbox One S, not Xbox One X

Microsoft Exec: PS4 Pro Competes With Xbox One S, not Xbox One X

Microsoft’s Xbox One X, née Project Scorpio, has been a major topic at E3 2017. As we’ve previously written, the updated console packs considerably more firepower than anything Sony currently has on the market, though it’ll also debut at a higher $ 499 price as opposed to the PS4 Pro’s $ 399. According to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, that premium position is no accident. It’s a reflection of who the Xbox One X is meant to appeal…

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Microsoft Adds Local Multiplayer From the Original Xbox to the Xbox One X

Microsoft Adds Local Multiplayer From the Original Xbox to the Xbox One X

Once upon a time, if you wanted to play multiplayer on a game console, you had to do it with a common television and multiple controllers. This worked plenty well, if you had the right setup — I spent more than a few nights at college slugging it out against friends in Mario Kart — but local multiplayer on a common screen has been superseded by remote multiplayer across multiple consoles in many titles. Whether…

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E3 2017: Microsoft unveils Xbox One X

E3 2017: Microsoft unveils Xbox One X

Media playback is unsupported on your device Microsoft has unveiled the latest games console in its line-up, a more powerful version of the Xbox One called the Xbox One X. The tech giant touted the machine’s specs, including its ability to run games in 4K ultra-HD, ahead of the E3 games show in Los Angeles. To be released on 7 November, the Xbox One X will cost $ 499, or £449 in the UK. One…

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Microsoft Files Trademark Application for ‘DirectReality’ as E3 Approaches

Microsoft Files Trademark Application for ‘DirectReality’ as E3 Approaches

Microsoft has been teasing its E3 show for the past week or so, with hints about Project Scorpio. Now, we know the company is possibly looking to emphasize VR or AR with a new trademark filing for DirectReality. The single-word trademark describes itself as applying to “Computer software; computer game software; computer software for holographic applications… Online computer software; online computer game software; online computer software for holographic applications; Software as a Service (SaaS).” There’s…

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Seagate, Microsoft Debut Xbox One Storage Options With Game Pass

Seagate, Microsoft Debut Xbox One Storage Options With Game Pass

Seagate and Microsoft have teamed up before to offer Xbox-branded external storage options, and the storage manufacturer has recently refreshed its product line to match the style of last summer’s Xbox One S. Beyond that, however, these new drives also offer a several-month subscription to Microsoft’s new Xbox Game Pass subscription service. We haven’t covered Game Pass before, so let’s take a moment to do so. Game Pass is, to some extent, an answer to…

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Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns

Ransomware cyber-attack a wake-up call, Microsoft warns

Media playback is unsupported on your device A cyber-attack that has hit 150 countries since Friday should be treated by governments around the world as a “wake-up call”, Microsoft says. The computing giant said software vulnerabilities hoarded by governments had caused “widespread damage”. The latest virus exploits a flaw in a version of Microsoft Windows first identified by US intelligence. There are fears of further “ransomware” attacks as people return to work on Monday. Many…

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Microsoft makes emergency security fix

Microsoft makes emergency security fix

Microsoft has released an urgent update to stop hackers taking control of computers with a single email. The unusual bug, in Microsoft anti-malware software such as Windows Defender, could be exploited without the recipient even opening the message. Researchers working for Google’s Project Zero cyber-security outfit discovered the flaw at the weekend. The fix has been specially pushed out hours before the software giant’s weekly Tuesday security update. Hackers could exploit the flaw simply by…

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