Mark Hachman

Senior Editor

As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

Gateway GWTN156-3BK review: A gaming laptop that lives a bit too loud

Microsoft's Xbox All Access subscription now supports the Xbox Series X

Microsoft's Xbox All Access subscription now supports the Xbox Series X

Microsoft's monthly Xbox subscription service now allows gamers to lease an Xbox Series X or Series S console, controller, and Game Pass Ultimate game subscription.

Xbox Game Pass for PC gets even better next month with tons of free EA games

Xbox Game Pass for PC gets even better next month with tons of free EA games

Microsoft will add EA's FIFA, Madden, UFC, and NHL titles to Xbox Game Pass for PC, in addition to the over 200 games already available.

Your PC is either DirectX 12 Ultimate-ready, or you're not a real gamer

Your PC is either DirectX 12 Ultimate-ready, or you're not a real gamer

The latest Xbox Game Bar update checks whether your gaming PC can support DirectX12 Ultimate. Microsoft wants you to look for the logo when buying hardware and PC games.

Minecraft's Java version will require a Microsoft account to play
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Minecraft's Java version will require a Microsoft account to play

Mojang's original version of Minecraft, which millions play, will now require a Microsoft to play for security's sake, Microsoft says.

Don't tell your kids that they can play Xbox games on their Chromebooks

Don't tell your kids that they can play Xbox games on their Chromebooks

Microsoft's Xbox cloud gaming service runs on Android, and Android runs on most modern Chromebooks. So all your kids need is a controller and an Xbox Game Pass subscription, and they can turn their Chromebook into a gaming PC.

Ouch! Xbox Series X expansion SSDs will cost $220, Seagate says

Ouch! Xbox Series X expansion SSDs will cost $220, Seagate says

Seagate will charge $220 for an external Storage Expansion Card for the Xbox Series X and Series S, a necessary add-on if your Series X-optimized games exceed the capacity of the console's internal SSD.

Amazon rockets into cloud gaming with Amazon Luna

Amazon rockets into cloud gaming with Amazon Luna

Amazon launches its Luna cloud gaming service in early access for $5.99 per month and $49.99 for a dedicated Luna Controller that Amazon says will connect directly to its cloud servers.

Razer BlackWidow, DeathAdder, and BlackShark go wireless

Razer BlackWidow, DeathAdder, and BlackShark go wireless

Razer launches the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro gaming headset, DeathAdder V2 Pro mouse and the BlackWidow V3 Pro keyboard, all with Razer's HyperSpeed wireless technology connecting them.

Microsoft adds remote Xbox streaming to its free Android app
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Microsoft adds remote Xbox streaming to its free Android app

Microsoft said Monday that you can now stream your own games, from your own Xbox console, to your Android phone or tablet via the new, updated Xbox app.

How to use Microsoft Rewards to get Xbox Game Pass for PC (and more!) for free

How to use Microsoft Rewards to get Xbox Game Pass for PC (and more!) for free

Our Microsoft Rewards tutorial shows you how to use Microsoft Rewards to earn Amazon gift cards, Xbox games, and more , all for browsing the web and playing games.

Microsoft's Xbox Series S (code name Lockhart): What we know, what we expect
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Microsoft's Xbox Series S (code name Lockhart): What we know, what we expect

Microsoft announces a second, cheaper console to complement its Xbox Series X: the Xbox Series S. Here's what we know about it so far.

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