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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.