It shouldn't be much of a surprise that Project Scorpio will be a major drawcard at this year's E3. And we'll no doubt hear more about the raw hardware, all the games it can play at 4K, and how nice HDR makes everything look. But there's one thing I badly want Microsoft to do with Project Scorpio, and it's a lesson they can learn from Sony.
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I'm not joking when I say the Microsoft Surface Studio makes this sentence — pulled from the incredible video that Microsoft wrote to promote its new super-luxury, all-in-one PC, in the words of Willy Wonka's fantasies — come true. When you get face to face with the Surface Studio, and when you see what it can do, you can't help but think of all the possibilities of what you can do with it. It's incredible.
Microsoft held a big Surface event in Shanghai overnight. While the event was basically impossible to watch in America, with a broken liveblog and zero English livestreams, savvy viewers (and those fluent in Chinese) might have caught the big news: There's a new Surface Pro. It's been more than sixteen months since Microsoft's landmark tablet-laptop hybrid saw an update.
In the intervening time, Microsoft has seen a lot of competitors attempt to encroach on the 2-1 device space While some of those clones have been aesthetically delightful, few have approached the slick combination of design and quality the Surface Pro delivers. So a refresh is welcomed, and this year's refresh could fix some of the tablet laptop's biggest problems, even if the name is stupid.
Phantom Dust, which we very recently named one of the best Xbox games, is re-releasing tomorrow on Xbox One and Windows 10. And it will be free.
Microsoft's fancy new "military" controller for the Xbox One will be available for sale come tomorrow. Aside from its weaponised looks, it'll deliver... uh, well, that's it really.
Microsoft is testing out a digital refund service on Xbox One, although it's currently only available to alpha testers and might not make it to the public. If this service does go wide, Xbox One players will be able to return games that are less than two weeks old and that they have played for less than two hours, just like Steam users can.
Microsoft and Sony aren't planning to upgrade their flagship consoles for a few months yet, but you can still improve your gaming experience with some well-chosen accessories - even if the hardware at the core of the system stays the same.