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Launching in partnership with Sydney's flagship Microsoft Store and the Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), the newly formed "Xbox Academy" is offering a three hour hands-on gaming workshop where you can learn coding, art, marketing and other aspects of development - for free.


Demos have been gone so long there will be younger readers who never really got comfy with them in the first place, but a some news from big PC publishers this week shows that the oldest (and maybe best) way of selling a video game is making a comeback.


In this generation of console wars, the Xbox One has lagged behind the PS4 in both sales and consumer mindshare. In fact, a January report from games intelligence firm SuperData pegged Microsoft has selling half the number of consoles as Sony. To be frank, Microsoft is getting its arse kicked.


The Microsoft Store is selling the 500GB Xbox One S bundled with a choice of six popular games for just $299. That's $100 off the usual RRP. The deal also includes the snazzy Gears Of War 4 Special Edition console pictured above. Here are the links to buy online.


In a feature due to be rolled out to members of the Windows Insiders program, Microsoft is unveiling "Game Mode" - a new feature designed to optimise your computer's CPU and GPU usage for video games.


Snap Mode, that gimmick on the Xbox One that let you "snap" something else onto the side of your screen while you were watching a movie or playing a game, is no more. Microsoft is ditching the feature to make the console's dash run faster.


Remember those Xbox Onesies?

Remember that stroke of marketing genius that went viral on a global scale? To the point where even EA tried to imitate it with a tone deaf Battlefield Onesie that almost every reasonable human being railed against?

That idea originated in Australia, with Microsoft Australia to be precise. And as much as I hate onesies with a powerful passion it was a world class idea.

But now Microsoft Australia is drunk with power.