Microsoft has seen significant growth in its Xbox Game Pass subscriptions. In its second quarter financial results, the tech giant showed that the number of subscribers rose to 18 million, up 3 million from the previous quarter.
Xbox Game Pass offers over 100 subscription games for $ 10 a month. You can also buy discounted games if you decide to keep them after your subscription ends. Xbox Game Pass isn’t the only area where Microsoft has seen growth. The company said it generated $ 43.1 billion in quarterly revenue and $ 15.5 billion in net income, up 17% and 33%, respectively.
The new Xbox consoles – Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X – launched last quarter are considered the most successful in the company’s history. CEO Satya Nadella has reported record sales during the launch.
Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said she expects significant demand in the new quarter, but supply will remain limited. Both consoles are currently listed as missing on Microsoft’s own site and partner stores.
Microsoft’s Surface business also saw 3% revenue growth and is now worth $ 2 billion for the first time. It is expected to grow as demand for laptops and PCs increases. Office 365 subscribers also increased 28% to 47.5 million, and Microsoft’s cloud business, Azure, recorded 50% revenue growth.
GeForce GTX 1060 finally retires. GTX 1650 tops Steam stats, though it depends how you count it
The Steam stats have been updated, and there are tangible changes again.
The GeForce GTX 1650 knocked the GTX 1060 off its pedestal in one big leap to become the most popular 3D gaming card… if you just look at the table.
Recall that with the release of the RTX 30 line in Steam statistics, mobile and desktop cards of this generation began to be displayed separately, while before that they were all displayed together under one name. Thus, the GTX 1650 takes 6.27%, and the RTX 3060, if you add the mobile and desktop versions, takes 8.04%, so the RTX 3060 is the most popular video card among Steam gamers, and will probably remain so for more for a very long time.
Returning to the castling in the table, the GTX 1060 has been in first place for the last couple of years, if not more, but this card has not been on sale for a long time, and the GTX 1650 is still available. In just one month, the newer card gained 0.66 percentage points while the GTX 1060 lost 1.85 percentage points for some reason. By the way, the RTX 2060 also sank very strongly (by 1.46 p.p.), and the share of the desktop RTX 3060 fell by 2.06 p.p., which is very strange.
In terms of processors, AMD’s share jumped 3.88 percentage points over the month to 32.87%. The most popular on Steam are six-core CPUs with a share of 33.52%, the share of processors with four cores is 30.07%, and eight-core processors occupy 19.19%.
“This is a true continuation of Dead Space”, “The best horror game of the year”, the horror movie The Callisto Protocol went on sale
The Callisto Protocol, a sci-fi action horror game created by Striking Distance Studios, went on sale today.
At the same time, reviews of Western publications appeared on the network, which were collected on the Metacritic aggregator. Over 60 reviews have already been published for all versions, including 37 articles for the PlayStation 5, which received 76 points out of 100 possible. The PC and Xbox versions received 75 points each.
In general, the game is praised for its atmosphere, modern graphics, high-quality animation, combat system with new dodge mechanics, but criticized for the lack of scary moments, low variety of enemies, clichéd story and technical problems on PC.
Below are quotes from reviews of various publications:
The Callisto Protocol is the true sequel to Dead Space that we never had, and Glen Scofield had to return to the horror genre.
Jeux Actu (90/100)
The Callisto Protocol gave me nightmares. This is the best horror game of the year and a bright new contender in the survival horror genre.
The Callisto Protocol, for all its tension, cannot hide the horrors within.
Bloody and grim, The Callisto Protocol doesn’t go against the horror formula, but instead uses all of its beats and clichés to tell a dark sci-fi story laced with menace.
PC Gamer (79/100)
A fantastic looking game that builds a great sci-fi world only to destroy it with nasty combat missions.
GPD Win 4 Slider Handheld Game Console with Ryzen 7 6800U Starting at $800 Coming Mid-December
The Chinese company GPD at the beginning of the year introduced a portable game console for Windows – the GPD Win 4 model. The novelty is made in a rare slider form factor and is equipped with a full keyboard, as well as a productive hardware platform. And it will reportedly go on sale in mid-December.
GPD Win 4 is equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 6800U processor, Radeon 680M graphics, a 6-inch Full HD display and a large amount of memory, both RAM and permanent. Prices start at $800.
The options look like this:
- 16 GB RAM / 512 GB SSD for $799;
- 16 GB RAM / 1 TB SSD for $899;
- 32 GB RAM / 1 TB SSD for $999;
- 32 GB RAM / 2 TB SSD for $1199.
All options use LPDDR5-6400 RAM soldered on the motherboard, and the drives support the PCIe 4.0 NVMe standard. They can be replaced. Among the ports, we note USB4 with support for data transfer rates of 40 Gb / s and the connection of an external video card. There are also USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C and Type-A.
Among other features, we note a 6-axis, improved vibration motor, analog sticks and additional buttons on the back. LED backlighting and a full keyboard are also announced. It is also illuminated, the brightness can be adjusted.
The 6-inch display is characterized by a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels with support for a refresh rate of 60 Hz. There are also Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 adapters, a fingerprint scanner, stereo speakers, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a microSD card reader.
You can optionally add a 4G LTE cellular modem and a Win 4 docking station with HDMI 2.1, Ethernet, and USB 3.2 ports. Prices for these options are not listed.
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