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.

Xbox, PCs and gaming drive AMD and Microsoft's revenues
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Xbox, PCs and gaming drive AMD and Microsoft's revenues

Microsoft and AMD both reported strong earnings for the fourth quarter of 2020, driven by consumers who worked and played at home with their PC and Xbox game consoles.

Video: Intel answers our Rocket Lake S questions

Video: Intel answers our Rocket Lake S questions

Brandt Guttridge, Intel’s senior director of the Desktop Products Group, appears on The Full Nerd to answer questions about 11th-gen Core, Rocket Lake S, and desktop gaming.

Intel takes on Ryzen with Rocket Lake S and the Core i9-11900K
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Intel takes on Ryzen with Rocket Lake S and the Core i9-11900K

Intel launches its 11th-gen Core chip for the desktop, code-named Rocket Lake S, at CES 2021. The flagship Core i9-11900K offers gaming performance that competes that tops AMD's Ryzen 5900X.

Meet Tiger Lake H35, Intel's new bid for ultraportable gaming laptops
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Meet Tiger Lake H35, Intel's new bid for ultraportable gaming laptops

Intel believes that the world is ready for ultraportable laptops that can be used for both work and mainstream gaming, and its new 11th-gen Tiger Lake Core chip, the H35, is just the thing.

Microsoft will shut down Minecraft Earth in June

Microsoft will shut down Minecraft Earth in June

Microsoft will shut down its AR version of Minecraft, Minecraft Earth, in June. The company is giving players one final, free content update before then.

Microsoft's wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2020

Microsoft's wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2020

We've collected all of the best (and worst) moments of Microsoft during 2020, along with the "wha...?!" moments that made us scratch our head.

Xbox Game Pass for PC gets even better in 2021 with tons of free EA games

Xbox Game Pass for PC gets even better in 2021 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. Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed.

Microsoft's Pause Screen Time feature cuts your kids' access to Xbox and Windows

Microsoft's Pause Screen Time feature cuts your kids' access to Xbox and Windows

Microsoft has added a "Pause Screen Time" feature to its Xbox Family Settings app for smartphones, instantly cutting off kids' access to their games when you need their attention.

Microsoft: Xbox cloud gaming will finally arrive on Windows this spring

Microsoft: Xbox cloud gaming will finally arrive on Windows this spring

Microsoft said Tuesday that Xbox cloud gaming will arrive on Windows PCs in spring 2021, creating a relief valve for gamers who can't find next-gen GPUs.

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

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

Gateway's GWTN156-3BK squeezes advanced 10th-gen Core CPU and RTX GPU parts into its $999 shell, but the noisy fans and meager storage detract from the experience.

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.

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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