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I Have Complicated Feelings About the Xbox Pride Line

Xbox is making its Pride controller available as a part of its Xbox Design Lab service that lets you customize a controller with a unique design. The Pride controller was unveiled last year, and was sent to various queer content creators, but wasn’t made widely available to the public. That’s…

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Microsoft, EA, and Gearbox Add Names to Letter Opposing Texas Anti-Trans Orders

Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and Gearbox Entertainment are among the 65 companies listed in an open letter calling upon Texas public officials to abandon efforts pushing anti-trans policy. Running as a full-page advertisement in the Dallas Morning News, the letter is a response to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s order to investigate…

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Microsoft Confirms Multiplatform Call of Duty Continues, Iffy on Anything Else

Microsoft’s Activision-Blizzard acquisition is still in its early stages, but the company has released a statement regarding the company’s exclusivity in a post on the Microsoft blog. There had already been word that Microsoft wouldn’t interfere with any established deals on games like Call of Duty, but it seems the Xbox…

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The Global Everything Shortage Sucks, and Even Microsoft Can’t Find a Series X for its Halo Tournament

I can’t find an Xbox Series X, but neither can Microsoft. Thanks to the global supply chain shortage, literally everything is a nightmare to find, and the struggle even sent Microsoft scrambling to find Xbox Series X consoles for the Halo Championship Series held yesterday. The console maker apparently does…

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Mastering the Chief: The Evolution of Halo’s Iconic Hero

If you only ever played the first Halo game, Halo: Combat Evolved, you’d be forgiven for thinking the franchise has a rather one-note protagonist. From the outset, Master Chief appears as just another typical military commando, but if you dig deeper you’ll discover a whole host of weird facts and…

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From An Accessibility Perspective, Halo Infinite’s Open World is Exhausting

In terms of first-person-shooters, Halo is my comfort series. Regardless of my strength or energy level, the simplistic and precise gunplay never fails to keep me entertained. And if I’m too weak to engage in multiplayer matches, the linear design of the campaigns makes me feel accomplished even if I…

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The Elder Scrolls VI is Most Likely Going to be Xbox-Exclusive, Too

At this point it shouldn’t be particularly shocking, but sometimes it takes a confirmation to really hit home: The Elder Scrolls VI appears to be careening toward Xbox exclusivity. The news comes from an interview with Microsoft Executive VP of Gaming Phil Spencer in British GQ, which tapped Spencer on the…

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Why Everyone Thought Fable was Getting Revealed Today

Social media is difficult. Imagine all the daily misinterpretations you have from just talking to people with the added contexts of vocal intonation, body language, and the ability to quickly clarify what you mean and then strip all those away in favor of a megaphone that reads out statements in…

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Xbox Cloud Now Available for Game Pass Ultimate Members on Windows 10 and iOS Devices

Microsoft’s stated goal since the beginning of the generation has been to make the Xbox ecosystem as wide as possible and Xbox Cloud — formerly known by the much better title of Xcloud — is part of that plan. While the service’s initial rollout hit some stumbling blocks like a…

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Space Jam 2 Gets a Video Game Tie-In That’s Equally a Throwback

Remember Space Jam, the 1996 live-action/animation hybrid wherein Bugs Bunny and the Loony Tunes set partnered with Michael Jordan to defeat aliens with the power of basketball. If you’re of a certain age, you almost certainly remember the weird level of cultural zeitgeist surrounding the movie. With Space Jam: A New Legacy coming…

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ICYMI: Here’s a Recap of Microsoft and Bethesda’s E3 Conference

If you hadn’t heard, Microsoft bought Bethesda, so the two companies have combined their usual E3 press conferences this year. So that means we’re getting updates from Microsoft, a bunch of third-party developers, and also the collective of Bethesda and its various studios in the span of 90 minutes. If…

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Starfield Leaked Ahead of Conference with November Release Date

Ahead of their annual E3 conference today, Microsoft’s newly-acquired Bethesda acquisition got a bit of a hit in the stomach when Starfield was seen for the first official time since the game was revealed at E3 2018. It comes out from The Washington Post’s Launcher site, which accidentally posted an in-engine…

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Holy Shit, Xbox was Still Charging for Party Chat?

A few months back, Microsoft made the disastrous call to double Xbox Live Gold prices, the subscription service used to gate non-subscribers from playing multiplayer games online. The immediate backlash lead to Microsoft pulling their planned price hike and, to smooth things over, they also announced that they would be…

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Xbox Live Becomes Xbox Network

In November 2002, one year after the Xbox first launched, Microsoft shipped out the Xbox Live starter kit. The package, which included a headset, a year of Xbox Live, and a minigame, separated itself from other console online solutions by bundling the network adapter into the console and then selling…

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ICYMI: Bethesda and Xbox Stream Brings Game Pass News, Contradictory Exclusivity Information

If you hadn’t heard, Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda and all its studios has finally been made official this week. As such, the company is bringing 20 games to Game Pass for Xbox and Windows. The list of 20 games reads as follows: Dishonored: Definitive Edition Dishonored 2 Doom Doom II…

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Microsoft on the Precipice of Closing Zenimax Deal

It has not been that long since Microsoft announced a potential acquisition of Zenimax, parent company of Bethesda Games, but the process is just a few steps away from the finish line. The $7.5 billion deal requires some degree of government oversight to go through in order to investigate potential…

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Leaked Microsoft Document Suggests Multiple Next-Gen Xbox Consoles

According to a report at The Verge, Microsoft has been making plans for a second next-generation Xbox console in addition to the Xbox Series X. This console, codenamed Lockhart, will incorporate the improvements found in the Xbox Series X to a less powerful degree. In turn, it’ll be available at…

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RIP Mixer, Née Beam, Survived by Facebook Gaming

Mixer, the video game streaming service once nailed to a perch by Microsoft, will cease operations on July 22, the company announced today. In its place, Microsoft will kick off a new partnership with Facebook Gaming by moving existing Mixer users to that platform, should they be so inclined. After…

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Fanbyte Evening News March 13, 2020

Here’s your audio roundup for this evening’s news! Direct link here or use the embed below. You can find our Morning, Evening, and Sunday edition short podcasts on the Fanbyte FM feed of your favorite podcatcher.

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Microsoft, Epic, and Unity Latest to Bounce on Ever-Shrinking GDC 2020

Microsoft, Epic Games (and its Unreal Engine division), and fellow engine maker Unity Technologies all separately announced today that they are pulling out of this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19. This brings the total number of high-profile absences up…

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