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6-core vs. 8-core CPUs: What's better for gaming?

More cores equals better gaming, right? Not necessarily. Here’s how it shakes out.

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Why does the Steam Deck run Linux? Blame Windows

The Steam Deck and its Linux-based software are the culmination of a decade-long "hedging strategy" by Valve after the Windows 8 disaster.

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Microsoft's next-gen storage tech won't be locked to Windows 11 after all

Relax, gamers. Microsoft's ultra-fast DirectStorage technology will be coming to Windows 10, despite an Xbox exec saying otherwise.

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Xbox Cloud Gaming opens to all Game Pass Ultimate subscribers on PC and iOS

No graphics card? No problem. Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming expands to PCs and iOS devices as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

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Microsoft's Xbox cloud charge continues with smart TVs, Xbox streaming hardware

Microsoft is continuing its push into Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming by announcing new low-cost Xbox streaming consoles and plans to push Xbox cloud gaming into smart TVs alongside Netflix.

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Save over 50% on Microsoft's Surface Duo, a killer phone for gaming and productivity

A third-party retailer on Amazon is selling the 128GB and 256GB Microsoft Surface Duo for 25 percent off.

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Microsoft yanks a Windows 10 update that was wreaking havoc with PC gamers

Windows 10's April update is causing issues with PC games, and now Microsoft is using a new feature to quietly pull it from your system.

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal ANC headphone review: Audiophile gamers rejoice

This premium headphone will please audiophiles, road warriors, and Xbox gamers, but they'll all have to pay to play.

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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.

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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.

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The tech that died in 2020

Some tech we'll miss. To others, we say good riddance.

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Xbox Series X vs. gaming PCs: Fight!

The Xbox Series X delivers exceptional value for the hardware inside, but the battle against gaming PCs isn't as cut-and-dry as you may think.

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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.

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Get 3 months of Xbox Game Pass, the best deal in PC gaming, for $20

Best Buy is selling three months of Xbox Game Pass for PC for $10 off.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How DirectX 12 Ultimate supercharges graphics on Windows PCs and Xbox

Microsoft's DirectX 12 Ultimate standardizes many innovative technologies introduced in Nvidia's GeForce RTX graphics cards, including ray tracing, mesh shaders, variable rate shading, and more.

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