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Microsoft teases big news about original Xbox backward compatibility

Microsoft teases big news about original Xbox backward compatibility

Eric Frederiksen

I used to look at backward compatibility on a console as a nice-to-have feature, but not something that most people would use. In the last few years, though, I’ve changed my mind thanks in large part to Microsoft’s big push to make compatibility a pillar of the Xbox brand. After bringing Xbox 360 compatibility to the Xbox One in 2015, Microsoft then announced backward compatibility for...

Sea of Thieves is Microsoft's fastest-selling new IP this generation

Sea of Thieves is Microsoft's fastest-selling new IP this generation

Eric Frederiksen

Microsoft and Rare’s new pirate simulator Sea of Thieves may have struggled with us critics, but it’s a hit with gamers and Microsoft’s fastest-selling new IP with 2 million copies of the game in players hands already. “The worldwide excitement for Sea of Thieves has made it the fastest-selling first-party new IP of this generation,” said Rare studio head Aaron Duncan in a statement. “...

Surface Book 2 just got a big price cut—but there's a catch

Surface Book 2 just got a big price cut—but there's a catch

Brandon Russell

Microsoft on Friday announced a cheaper Surface Book 2, making the laptop a more attractive option. The new base model begins at $1,199; the device features a 13.5-inch display, Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Previously, Microsoft’s cheapest Surface Book 2 ran for $1,499, though that model features 256GB of storage. If you can live with less storage, today’s...