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9 Things We Just Learned About Xbox, Game Pass And Microsoft's Gaming Future

9 Things We Just Learned About Xbox, Game Pass And Microsoft’s Gaming Future

Image: Microsoft / Kotaku Microsoft is making big moves and Game Pass is just one piece of the puzzle. The subscription service has kept Xbox Series X/S relevant despite the lack of recent conversation-stealing first-party exclusives, but the company seems to be setting its sights on the mobile space for its next big gaming push. …

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Return to Monkey Island achievements plundered ahead of Game Pass drop

Return to Monkey Island achievements plundered ahead of Game Pass drop

Return to Monkey Island is coming to Xbox consoles and Game Pass next week, and we’ve just scanned the point-and-click adventure game’s achievement list. After a stint of exclusivity on Nintendo Switch and Steam, Return to Monkey Island finally launches for Xbox Series X|S on November 8th, where it will also join Xbox Game Pass …

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Microsoft misses Xbox Game Pass subscriber growth target again

Microsoft misses Xbox Game Pass subscriber growth target again

Halo Infinite. Screenshot: Xbox/343 Industries Subscriber growth for Microsoft’s all-you-can-play Game Pass subscription service fell far short of an annual company target tied to CEO Satya Nadella’s pay, according to a new financial filing. Why it matters: The strength of Game Pass has long been used to measure Microsoft’s success in disrupting the gaming industry. …

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The Athletic

Eagles bolster pass rush, acquire Robert Quinn from Bears: Grading the trade

Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman kept his trade deadline streak alive Wednesday with the acquisition of Chicago Bears pass rusher Robert Quinn in exchange for a 2023 fourth-round pick. NFL Network first reported the move. Our Eagles writers Bo Wulf and Zach Berman react to the deal. Wulf: Howie beat us to it. Zach …

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Shams’ Inside Pass: As Lakers stumble early, Russell Westbrook trade possibilities linger

We are one week into the NBA season and teams across the league are still working on finding their footing on and off the floor. Playing and rotation styles are still being figured out. It is still far too early to make changes in most situations, and as front-office officials travel with their respective teams, …

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Why you need to play Persona 5 Royal on Xbox Game Pass

Why you need to play Persona 5 Royal on Xbox Game Pass

The fifth installment of Atlus’ critically acclaimed life simulator-meets-RPG series has finally arrived on Xbox and PC — here’s why it’s worth your time. When it first launched on PS4 back in 2017, Persona 5 became an instant classic. Atlus’ unique combination of high school life simulator and action-packed RPG has been honed over the …

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Can Netflix reclaim the "Netflix for games" crown from Xbox Game Pass?

Can Netflix reclaim the “Netflix for games” crown from Xbox Game Pass?

Netflix wants to try where Google Stadia failed. Just a few weeks ago, Google publicly retreated from cloud gaming with the surprise announcement that it would be shutting down Stadia. By throwing in the towel, it seemed like Microsoft, which has made cloud gaming a perk but not its primary focus for Xbox, has the …

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Overwatch 2's Free-To-Play Grind And Battle Pass System Has Players Wanting Loot Boxes Back

Overwatch 2’s Free-To-Play Grind And Battle Pass System Has Players Wanting Loot Boxes Back

Image: Blizzard / Kotaku In the two weeks Overwatch 2 has been live—yes, it’s only been two weeks—players have become so disappointed with the hero shooter’s free-to-play grind and battle pass system that they’re longing for the days when the original game had loot boxes. In a post on the Overwatch 2 forumuser LeafyBamboo summarized …

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A Rare Opportunity To See The Huge Money Spent To Keep Game Pass, PS Plus Bursting With Games

A Rare Opportunity To See The Huge Money Spent To Keep Game Pass, PS Plus Bursting With Games

Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images) Video games are a nearly $200 billion industry. That’s a lot of money sloshing around an increasingly small group of notoriously secretive companies. Where does it all go? At least some of it is poured back into competing storefronts and subscription services like PlayStation Plus and Game Pass. Thanks to …

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Fans think Phil Spencer's shelf is teasing the Xbox Game Pass streaming box

Fans think Phil Spencer’s shelf is teasing the Xbox Game Pass streaming box

UPDATE 11/10/22: Xbox has confirmed that the device on Phil Spencer’s shelf is an old prototype for Keystone. “The device on Phil’s shelf was an old prototype of Keystone. Earlier this year, we announced that we made the decision to pivot away from the current iteration of Keystone and are taking our learnings to refocus …

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