Let’s talk about Xbox | This week’s gaming news

No one is suggesting that Microsoft should stop making video game hardware. What we're wondering, here in the dark and twisted channels of Engadget Slack, is whether Microsoft should continue to create separate consoles from one generation to the next in the traditional hardware cycle. Basically, does the Xbox need a box? Microsoft has worked … Read more

Microsoft’s upcoming custom chip will be made by Intel

Intel's relatively new Foundry division – formerly known as Intel Foundry Services until today – just landed a notable order from a big name. According to Bloomberg And The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that his company will leverage Intel's latest 18A (1.8nm) manufacturing process for an upcoming in-house chip design. But … Read more

Diablo IV will be the first Activision Blizzard title on Xbox Game Pass

The first Activision Blizzard game to join Xbox Game Pass will be Diablo IVand it is expected to land on March 28. This decision means Diablo IV will be playable on Xbox and PC at no additional cost for Game Pass members – of whom there are 34 million, Xbox announced today. This is just … Read more

Xbox confirms four of its games are coming to more popular consoles

Times are changing at Xbox. Brand executives have confirmed plans to bring more Xbox games to other platforms, most likely PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. On the latest edition of the official Xbox podcast, Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, said his team would bring four of its games to “other consoles.” He did not name … Read more

Watch Phil Spencer discuss the future of Xbox at 3PM ET

This week's edition of the Official Xbox Podcast will likely attract a lot more eyes and ears than usual. That's because three top Xbox executives are about to expose what awaits the brand. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, Xbox President Sarah Bond and President of Gaming Content and Studios Matt Booty will “share updates on … Read more

NVIDIA becomes the third most valuable US company at Alphabet’s expense

NVIDIA is doing very well. The chipmaker overtook Google parent Alphabet to become the third most valuable company in the United States. Reuters reports. The news comes almost immediately after Nvidia has overtaken Amazon in the rankings, with the company now valued at $1.83 trillion. Globally, it occupies fourth place, behind the American companies Microsoft … Read more

Russian and North Korean hackers used OpenAI tools to hone cyberattacks

And say several state-backed hacking groups are using state-backed Generative AI (GAI) tools to bolster cyberattacks. Both researchers suggest that new research details for the first time how hackers linked to foreign governments use GAI. The groups in question have ties to China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. According to the companies, state actors use … Read more

Phil Spencer will address Xbox multiplatform rumors on February 15

The Internet has been with rumors that Microsoft will begin releasing first-party Xbox games on competing consoles. The company has promised that it will share more details about its “vision for the future of Xbox” soon and this is expected to arrive on February 15. Phil Spencer to share “Xbox activity updates”. The episode drops … Read more

Microsoft’s gaming layoffs include 86 jobs at Skylanders studio Toys for Bob

Post-Microsoft acquisition layoffs at Activision Blizzard have already caught the attention of the FTC. We now know more about the subsidiary studios which will suffer the consequences. First of all reported speak Chronicle of San Francisco (via Eurogamer), California WARN notices list 86 planned layoffs coming to Skylanders manufacturer Toys for Bob and 76 haircuts … Read more

FTC accuses Microsoft of misrepresenting its Activision Blizzard plans after layoffs

A week after Microsoft laid off nearly 2,000 employees in its gaming division, the Federal Trade Commission is accusing Microsoft of contradicting its commitment to allow Activision Blizzard to operate independently after the acquisition. The FTC filed a complaint Wednesday before a federal appeals court, arguing that last week's workforce reduction, which affected Activision Blizzard … Read more