Microsoft Is Giving Xbox Insiders A Chance To Reserve The Xbox Series X/S
Due to the global chip shortage and also high demand for modern consoles like the Xbox Series X and S, you’re not alone if you’re finding it a bit difficult to get your hands on either console. However, Microsoft is hoping to increase your chances if you happen to be an Xbox Insider, according to a tweet by the company.
Microsoft Confirms They Have Never Profited From Selling Xbox Consoles
Over the years, Microsoft has pushed out different models and generations of Xbox consoles. The consoles are sold at a few hundred dollars each, but what’s interesting is that Microsoft has actually never profited from selling them. This interesting nugget of information was revealed during the Apple VS Epic trial.
Microsoft Says They Won’t Be Reducing The Cut They Get From The Xbox Store
Last week, Microsoft announced that they will be making changes to the cut they get from developers from the Microsoft Store. Instead of a more traditional 70-30 split where Microsoft gets 30%, they will be changing it to a 88-12 split, meaning that Microsoft will now take a 12% cut.
Bang & Olufsen Gets Into Gaming With The Beoplay Portal Headphones
Bang & Olufsen is no stranger when it comes to consumer headphones and audio products. The company has been making them for years where they are usually marketed and styled as lifestyle products. However, it seems that the company is now exploring a new market segment with its first pair of headphones designed for gaming.
Microsoft Testing Allowing Free Online Gameplay For Free-To-Play Games
With Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, if you want to play online games with your friends, you would need to subscribe to their online gaming service. This means additional fees that gamers have to pay. However, the good news is that Microsoft could change it by removing the requirement to pay for their online services.
Xbox Testing ‘Suspend’ Feature That Will Boost Download Speeds
There are many things that can affect the latency of our internet connection and the subsequent download speeds. It could be that there is a technical issue with the ISP, or maybe the server you’re connected to is having some difficulties, or there are too many people using the internet at the same time.
Future Bethesda Games Could Be Exclusive To The Xbox Game Pass
With Microsoft acquiring Bethesda, many are undoubtedly wondering what this could mean for the future of Bethesda games. Could it all be made an exclusive to Microsoft’s Windows and Xbox platforms? Turns out the answer is kind of yes and no. During a Bethesda and Xbox roundtable event, Xbox boss Phil Spencer laid out the company’s plans for the future.
Microsoft Testing Its Edge Browser On Xbox Consoles
If you truly want the most feature-rich experience of a browser, then you probably need to use the one on your computer. This is because even on mobile, certain features available on desktop aren’t supported, like extensions, for example. This gets progressively worse on other devices such as consoles, in which browsers are there for the basic stuff.
Microsoft Testing 1080p Streaming For Xbox Game Pass
Due to the fact that games contain a lot of textures and elements, streaming them would require you to have a pretty decent internet connection as the transfer of data might be quite large. This is why for the most part, game streaming services tend to stream at lower resolutions to help ensure a smoother experience.
Microsoft Just Launched A Pair Of Xbox Branded Wireless Headphones
When it comes to headphones, Microsoft might seem like an odd brand to think about, but over the years, the company has launched several audio products such as headphones and wireless earbuds. Now it looks like they’re back with a new pair of headphones, except that these have been designed for gaming in mind.
Microsoft Starts Internal Testing Of Xbox Cloud Gaming On PCs
Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate comes with a feature that allows gamers to stream Xbox games onto devices like Android phones or tablets. Oddly enough, this option was not given to those on PC, even though Microsoft also owns the Windows operating system, but there is some good news on that front.
Microsoft Walks Back Decision To Increase Xbox Live Gold Price
Given that a subscription to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold is required to play online games on the console, it’s safe to say that Microsoft is earning a pretty decent amount. This is why it does come across as tempting to increase the price, where even a $1 increase could mean millions in revenue generated every month.
Xbox Handheld Concept Goes Viral On TikTok
While Sony used to dabble in handheld consoles, Microsoft on the other hand has pretty much held out from doing so, although we suppose if they had managed to acquire Nintendo, that would be a very different story. However, what if Microsoft were to launch a handheld console, what might it look like?
iOS Users Will Be Able To Stream Xbox Games In 2021
If you’re looking to stream Xbox games to your iOS device through the Microsoft Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service, you’ll be pleased to learn that you will be able to do so in 2021. This is according to Microsoft who has announced their plans to bring their game streaming services to iOS devices in the spring of 2021.
Microsoft Willing To Work With Apple To Bring xCloud Onto iOS Devices
Apple had not too long ago expressed their willingness to allow game streaming services on their mobile devices, but there was a caveat in which they also required developers to submit their games to the App Store if it were also available on the game streaming service. Apple claims that this is so that they can review the games to ensure it abides by their terms and conditions.
Xbox App Will Be Coming To Smart TVs Next Year
One of the advantages of game streaming is the ability for gamers to play games on almost any device that can connect to the internet, and not have to worry about things like hardware compatibility, whether or not their device has enough power to run those games, and so on, and this is an opportunity that Microsoft is looking to take advantage of.
You Can Now Stream Xbox One Games To The iPhone Or iPad
If you own an Xbox One console and love the idea of being able to stream games from it to your iPhone or iPad, you’re in luck because Microsoft has since updated its Xbox app for iOS devices to enable game streaming. What this means is that you’ll be able to stream games from your Xbox One console to your iPhone or iPad and keep playing.
Microsoft Might Have Found A Way To Bring Xbox Game Pass To iOS Devices
Last month, Microsoft announced that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is now available on Android, so the question is, what about iOS gamers? Microsoft did state that they do plan to eventually bring the service to iOS, but given Apple’s restrictions that would require them reviewing every single game that’s part of the service, it just didn’t seem feasible.
Apple Could Bring Apple TV App To Xbox And PlayStation Consoles
It seems that Apple’s TV ambitions are starting to grow because according to multiple reports, Apple is apparently planning to bring its Apple TV app to more platforms like the Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
Microsoft Is Bringing Its Xbox Streaming App To The iPhone
The other day, Microsoft released its Xbox app for Android. For those unfamiliar, this is different from the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service where users can stream games from the cloud onto their mobile devices. Instead, this app will stream a game you own from your Xbox console onto your mobile device, acting like a local server of sorts.