Halo 5 Map Tools Go to PC

MAY 20, 2016 • Microsoft Corp. is bringing its Halo 5 Forge map editing tool to Windows 10 PCs as a free application later this year. Forge was first introduced with Halo 3 back in 2007 and was redesigned for Halo 5 to add more control. Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition takes that control philosophy another step forward by embracing mouse and keyboard control, which allows users a better opportunity to create higher-quality map levels. What sets the Windows 10.....

The Fall of Microsoft’s Game Business

MAY 16, 2016 • The recent news that Microsoft Corp. was shutting down its highly ambitious Project Spark game/service received only muted attention but it is a sign of how the company is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the game space. Project Spark was a virtual world building game along the lines of Minecraft. It was hampered by a clumsy freemium business model and never could gain much trac.....

Microsoft Looks At Modular PCs

FEB. 16, 2016 • Last July, Microsoft Corp. filed for a U.S. patent on a modular PC design in which GPU, CPU and accessory components would be housed in separate easy to stack components without requiring any tools. Microsoft’s application was published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on February 11. The reason behind Microsoft’s interest in modular design is that the company sees that most consumers upgrade their PCs by buying a whole new .....

Some Xbox One Bundles are $299 at Thanksgiving

NOV. 20, 2015 • Microsoft Corp. is lowering the MSRP of two Xbox One SKUs to $299 between November 26th and 30th. The move is part of a $50 off promotion on every Xbox One SKU. As both The LEGO Movie Videogame Bundle and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle are already priced at $349, t.....

Microsoft Confirms 1TB Xbox One

June 10, 2015 • The Xbox One is officially receiving a new model with a 1TB storage drive. The updated console will arrive on June 16 for $399 in time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The only other change to existing Xbox One specifications disclosed is the addition of.....

China Xbox One Systems Region Unlocked

APRIL 8, 2015 • This week a firmware update went out to China Xbox One systems, after which consumers there reported their consoles were no longer region locked and screenshots of international versions of Xbox One games running on Chinese systems soon appeared. Microsoft Corp. and its local partner, BesTV, have not officially commented on the update. The disabling of the region lock on imported discs comes less than a month after the .....

Microsoft Xbox One Update Interview with Mike Nichols

MARCH 30, 2015 • With the onset of springtime, DFC Intelligence wanted to get an up-to-date perspective on Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One. A lot has changed since the console was launched in late 2013 with the Xbox One achieving a strong measure of sales success during the holidays, especially in the United States. There is also greater integration with PCs on the horizon with Windows 10. To help us better assess where the Xbox One system is today, and Microso.....

Halo Online For Russian Release

MARCH 28, 2015 • Later this spring Microsoft Corp. is holding a closed beta for a free-to-play multiplayer online game on the PC in Russia called Halo Online. The title is based on the Halo 3 engine and is set directly after the events in that game. Most of the action takes place on a spac.....