Phil Spencer defends Halo’s future amid budget cuts and criticism

Image: 343 Industries / Microsoft Things haven’t been going well for Xbox lately. Microsoft is facing fierce resistance in its bid to acquire Activision Blizzard. It hardly released major exclusive blockbusters last year. And last week more than 10,000 jobs were cut, including many senior developers Bee Halo infinity studio 343 Industries. Phil Spencer, CEO … Read more

Xbox surprises with new game Hi-Fi Rush after a series of bad news

Hi-fi hurry. Screenshot: Tango Gameworks/Microsoft Microsoft tried to create some good vibes around its Xbox business yesterday, with an online gaming showcase featuring the surprise announcement – and release – of a new game. Why it matters: The tech giant has had a string of gloomy gaming news, including layoffs, sales declines, and a drought … Read more

Microsoft lays off 10,000 people ‘hurts’

Photo: Patrick T Fallon (Getty Images) A few hours agoXbox CEO Phil Spencer sent a company-wide email to all full-time employees of Microsoft’s gaming divisions. A copy of the email has been shared with my city by a current Xbox employee we have confirmed its authenticity and the full text is transcribed below: This has … Read more

Gear up and start gaming with today’s best Xbox deals

Graphic: Joe Tilley Whether you’re playing an Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or Xbox One, you might be looking for a fresh game to keep you going through the winter. Or maybe you’re looking for one of those consoles in the first place! Fortunately, there are now many recent releases with deep discounts. Watch … Read more

Xbox lists its picks for pre-built gaming PCs and laptops for 2023

With Windows 11 being the operating system of choice for new pre-built gaming desktops and gaming laptops coming in 2023, Xbox has put together a list of PCs and notebooks to keep an eye on. 3 CyberPower’s new Prism 360V VIEW GALLERY – 3 IMAGES On the desktop front, Xbox highlighted the CyberPower Prism 360V, … Read more

Inflation hits gaming hard, with global gaming revenue falling by more than $8 billion by 2022

2022 wasn’t the best year for video game revenue, a new report from analyst firm Newzoo suggests. 3 VIEW GALLERY – 3 IMAGES From 2020-2021, pandemic spending led to record earnings among the Big 3 of gaming (Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo) and several publishers such as Activision-Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive, and Electronic Arts. Now, in 2022, the … Read more

10 best things from 2022 we can’t live without

What do you mean you don’t know what this is? Is not it clear?Image: Impact Acoustics / Kotaku / LUMIKK555 (Shutterstock) 2022 was the year I decided to take my retrogaming setup seriously. I was tired of having a 104lb CRT dominating half my computer desk and a PlayStation 2, Sir, and all the other … Read more

Lina Khan’s FTC War on Gaming

EEven before taking the job as the new chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina Khan had set her sights on Big Tech. But few expected her to stop tech companies from buying into gaming. This summer, the Federal Trade Commission sued Meta to block a deal to buy virtual reality (VR) fitness app maker … Read more

Sony permanently blocks Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy XVI and two other games coming to Xbox, Microsoft is making three Bethesda games exclusively for Xbox and PC

Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard is not well received by regulators as the Redmond giant must respond to both the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the UK’s CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) over the need for the deal to go through. Back in October, Microsoft confirmed to the UK CMA that Sony, … Read more

Microsoft’s $69 billion Activision Blizzard deal is the largest in gaming

Microsoft’s $69 billion Activision Blizzard deal is the largest in gaming history, more than five times bigger than the next most expensive deal. Data analysts at Best Sport Betting Canada collected data from Statista regarding the top 10 largest acquisitions in the video game industry. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s acquisition of Activsion Blizzard is the largest in … Read more