Telefónica and Microsoft expand partnership to focus on consumer market collaboration

Spanish telco Telefónica has announced an expanded global strategic relationship with Microsoft. The partnership will see the pair focus on accelerating the creation of joint initiatives in the consumer market. Such initiatives will be oriented around the development and commercialization of new proposals and solutions for the home, based on the network capabilities of Telefónica […]

FTC set to review Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is set to review Microsoft’s US$68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. According to Bloomberg, the FTC has been handed the antitrust review of the deal. The decision is noteworthy due to the FTC’s recent more aggressive stance towards mega mergers in the media and tech sectors under chair Lina […]

Microsoft to buy Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard in US$70 billion deal

Microsoft has announced a deal to acquire game publisher Activision Blizzard for US$68.7 billion. The deal represents Microsoft’s largest ever acquisition, and is more than double the US$26 billion the company paid for LinkedIn in 2016. Microsoft said that it would utilise the publisher’s games to boost its Game Pass subscription service, with Activision Blizzard […]

Microsoft confirms plans to bring cloud gaming to smart TVs, announces streaming stick

Microsoft has confirmed plans to launch a dedicated streaming stick and bring its Xbox Game Pass service to smart TVs. Details are currently scarce, but Microsoft has previously been open with its ambitions to expand its Xbox brand beyond games consoles and PC. The company previously hinted at a smart TV offering in November 2020, […]

Dolby Vision launches on Xbox games consoles

Microsoft has started rolling out Dolby Vision on its latest generation of games consoles.  Available now to members of Microsoft’s Insider programme – a tester scheme where users can sign up to be guinea pigs for new features before they are widely rolled out – the update will make the Xbox Series X and S […]

Microsoft buys esports platform

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of esports tournament platform The platform organises online and live gaming competitions and has raised millions in funding since its 2015 launch. It started as a community-led organisation tool for Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series but has since evolved into a more broad portal for esports. In a statement, […]

Xbox app for smart TVs ‘in the next 12 months’

Microsoft will introduce an Xbox app for smart TVs within the next year, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said. In an interview with The Verge, Spencer said that “I think you’re going to see that in the next 12 months,” when asked about the potential of an Xbox app for TVs, adding that “I don’t […]

Xbox launch contributes to record traffic for ISPs in the UK

A number of UK ISPs saw record amounts of internet traffic on November 10 as Microsoft rolled out its latest generation of games consoles.  Virgin Media said that it experienced the highest amount of data consumption on record, with 108 Petabytes of data consumed. This, the operator said, translated to a total of more than […]

Microsoft to offer free Disney+ trial to Game Pass Ultimate subscribers

Microsoft has announced that subscribers to its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offering will receive a month’s free subscription to Disney+. Game Pass Ultimate is not a cloud streaming service similar to Google Stadia and Amazon Luna. Instead, gamers are able to access a catalogue of more than 400 titles for a flat monthly fee. Microsoft […]

HBO Max, Apple TV, Netflix and other streaming apps confirmed for Xbox Series launch

A week ahead of their launch, Microsoft has confirmed the streaming apps that will be available on its new generation of Xbox consoles.  The company will release its Xbox Series X and Series S consoles on November 10, and announced the list of supported streamers in a blog post. The company confirmed that the big […]