Gadgets, Game & Mobile News

Nintendo's next mobile game launches on September 27th

Engadget - Wed, 2018-08-29 08:21
Nintendo's next crack at the mobile gaming market is fast approaching. Today, the house of Mario announced that Dragalia Lost will be released in the US, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau on September 27th. There's no word on when the game will be a...

UK to work on $119M satellite system to rival EU's Galileo - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-08-29 08:19
The government wants to maintain the security Galileo offers post-Brexit.

Elon Musk revives unsubstantiated 'pedo' claim against rescue diver - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-08-29 08:08
He questions why the British diver involved in the Thai cave rescue effort "hasn't sued" him.

Netflix is distancing itself from the term 'binge-watching'

Engadget - Wed, 2018-08-29 08:01
The Oxford online dictionary has seen a spate of zeitgeist-related inclusions in recent times – 2014 was a particularly busy year, with "yolo," "clickbait" and "adorbs" working their way into the wordy hall of fame. Ditto "binge-watch," a term...

Put real Scottish accents in movies, you cowards - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-08-29 08:00
Commentary: Mel Gibson as William Wallace? Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce? Come on, ya bawbags, let's get some real-sounding Scottish accents in films.

National parks want you to stop picking them clean - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-08-29 08:00
Parks are doing what they can to keep the nation’s natural treasures safe for future generations — and out of your car's trunk.

The iPod changed the world. The world moved on, but we still remember our first MP3 players - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-08-29 08:00
From iPods to SanDisk Sansas, we reminisce about our first MP3 players -- and all the music we packed in our pockets.

Everyone is angry with tech these days. Here's why Washington is - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-08-29 08:00
FAQ: The White House and Congress have fallen out of love with Silicon Valley.

A look at what national parks are trying to preserve - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-08-29 08:00
It's not easy protecting our nation's natural treasures. Here's what's at stake.

Bosch unveils a rugged sport e-bike computer

Engadget - Wed, 2018-08-29 08:00
There's seemingly endless choice when it comes to monitoring tech you can wear on your body, now Bosch have come up with an equally useful bit of kit that can be attached to an e-bike. The Kiox on-board computer monitor is designed for sporty e-biker...

Sony's ultra-fast SD cards are designed to be abused

Engadget - Wed, 2018-08-29 07:35
Not content just to have the fastest UHS-II memory cards on the market, Sony wants to have the fastest and strongest. It just unveiled the SF-G series Tough UHS-II SD cards that can handle as much pain as you care to inflict. They're 18 times stronge...

Acer's latest Swift laptops are thinner and lighter than ever

Engadget - Wed, 2018-08-29 07:31
Acer prides itself on making some of the most portable laptops around, and new hardware the company announced today at IFA is no different. Acer already had an extremely lightweight notebook in the existing Swift 5, but a larger screen on the latest...

Acer unveils superlight 15-inch laptop plus tons of gaming hardware at IFA - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-08-29 07:15
The company claims the $1,100 Swift 5 is the world's lightest laptop of its size.

OnePlus 6T: Six features we're dying to see - CNET

CNET News - Wed, 2018-08-29 07:00
The upcoming phone will be great, but here's what it could have to make it fantastic.

We're live from IFA 2018!

Engadget - Wed, 2018-08-29 07:00
As summer comes to a close, Engadget heads to Berlin for Europe's biggest tech show, IFA. Judging from our sources and early leaks, it looks to be a quieter event than previous years. That said, the big companies like Samsung, Sony, LG and the rest h...

The Morning After: IFA 2018 and Intel's new CPUs

Engadget - Wed, 2018-08-29 06:30
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. It's just about time for IFA 2018 to begin, and we'll have updates from the electronics show in Berlin arriving all week long. Of course, we're also keeping an eye on gaming news like the latest indie titles com...

Facebook rolls out its Watch video service worldwide

Engadget - Wed, 2018-08-29 05:50
Facebook launched Watch last year in the US as a platform for episodic TV content, and now it's going international. The social media company announced that the VOD service will be "available everywhere" as of now, giving creators around the world an...

Microsoft is about to announce Xbox All Access subscription

TechCrunch - Mon, 2018-08-27 11:04

Microsoft published a news item announcing Xbox All Access on the Xbox blog and then unpublished it. But multiple news outlets spotted the article before Microsoft could take the post down. So now that the cat is out of the bag, it looks like Microsoft’s new hardware and software subscription is real.

There have been rumors over the past few weeks that Microsoft was planning to announce a new subscription. Today’s announcement lines up with those rumors. Microsoft is launching Xbox All Access in the U.S., which includes a console, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass.

You get to choose between an Xbox One S for $22 per month or an Xbox One X for $35 per month. After paying for 24 months, the subscription stops and the console is yours. You can then choose to keep paying for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass or you can cancel your subscriptions — it’s your console after all.

So let’s do the math. You can currently buy an Xbox One S for around $299. Xbox Live Gold lets you play multiplayer games and access free games for $60 per year. The Xbox Game Pass lets you download and play games from a library of 100+ games for $9.99 per month — it’s a sort of Spotify for video games.

If you buy a console and subscribe for two years, you’ll end up paying around $659. An Xbox All Access subscription lets you save around $130. If you already planned on subscribing to those two services, it sounds like a good deal. If you didn’t really care about Xbox Game Pass, you’ll end up paying more than buying a console the normal way.

The Xbox One X currently costs around $499. If you add two years of Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass, the bottom line is $859. Two years of Xbox All Access with the Xbox One X costs $840. So it’s not that good a deal if you’re interested in the Xbox One X.

With this new offering, Microsoft shows that it wants to shift its gaming strategy to subscriptions. Buying a console every few years isn’t as lucrative as buying an all-in-one Xbox subscription. Subscriptions increase customer loyalty and create predictable recurring revenue.

More importantly, gaming consoles won’t stick around forever. At some point, games will run on expensive servers in the cloud and you’ll subscribe to a service. Rumor has it that Microsoft is already getting ready to launch a low-powered system to stream games from the cloud. This is what Microsoft is thinking about with Xbox All Access.