Xbox Console Shortage to Last Into 2022

Microsoft head of Xbox Phil Spencer said in an interview that he now expects Xbox console shortages to last into 2022. And he’s trying to frame the issue as being broader than just a component shortage. “I think it’s probably too isolated to talk about it as just a chip…

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Microsoft Reveals the Games for Gold for September

Well, this year is suddenly blowing by quickly, and now Microsoft has revealed which titles it will release via Games for Gold in September. “The September Games with Gold lineup is here,” Microsoft’s Dean Shimabukuro writes. “On Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, battle the Chaos Gods and their horde…

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Xbox Cloud Gaming Comes to Windows, Apple Devices

Microsoft announced today that it has transitioned Xbox Cloud Gaming to Xbox Series X and has dramatically expanded the availability of the service. “Starting today, Xbox Cloud Gaming is available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members with Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets, via browser, across 22…

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IKEA Announces Symfonisk Picture Frame Smart Speaker

IKEA inadvertently leaked this product weeks ago, but its new Symfonisk Picture Frame smart speaker is now official, with availability on July 15. “The space-saving picture frame speaker can hang on its own on the wall as an eye-catching art piece, be matched with other art on the wall, be…

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Microsoft’s Gaming Strategy? Xbox Everywhere

Ahead of its Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase on Sunday, where it will reveal its best and biggest-ever games lineup, Microsoft has provided some context for its gaming platform. And it amounts to “Xbox everywhere.” “We believe that games, that interactive entertainment, aren’t really about hardware and software. It’s not…

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Sony Has Sold Almost 8 Million PlayStation 5 Consoles

Despite rampant component shortages, Sony still managed to sell 7.8 million PlayStation 5 consoles through the end of March 2021. That exceeds the number of PlayStation 4 consoles—7.6 million—that it had sold during the same time frame following that console’s launch in 2013. Sony reported that it earned a net…

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GeForce NOW Raises Prices, But Not for Founders

NVIDIA announced today that it is raising the price of GeForce NOW from $4.99 per month to $9.99 per month. But not for existing Founders members who keep their subscription going. “GeForce NOW members who started a paid Founders membership on or before March 17, 2021 will continue to receive…

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Intel Releases 11th-Generation Core Desktop Processors

Intel today announced the availability of its 11th-generation “Rocket Lake” Core S-series processors for desktop PCs. The big news this time around is a new microarchitecture, codenamed “Cypress Cove,” which replaces the old Skylake core that Intel has used since 2015. “11th Gen Intel Core S-series desktop processors are designed…

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Xbox Wireless Headset is Now Available

Microsoft’s eagerly awaited Xbox Wireless Headset is now available for purchase in 30 markets worldwide for $99.99. “Launching today, the Xbox Wireless Headset offers best-in-class audio and chat performance, a comfortable and intuitive design, and unique experiences customizable to each gamer,” Microsoft’s Navin Kumar writes. “With all these benefits, we…

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