This week we have learned important news about the upcoming Xbox One console, named Project Scorpio. Existing games that make use of dynamic scaling on Xbox One will achieve their target resolutions more frequently on the new console. Project Scorpio will also offer fewer dropped frames, meaning existing games should look and run better. More details as well as other interesting news, in this week’s recap:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
Project Scorpio will deliver enhanced Xbox graphics to 1080p TVs (exclusive) - One of the biggest questions revolving around the next Xbox is whether or not you will need a 4K TV to take full advantage of it. Well, here's an answer.
Advertising in Windows has reached an exasperating new low - “I don't know what triggers OneDrive advertisements in Explorer. I don't know if they appear in Windows 10 stable builds or just Insider Previews as a taste of things to come. I don't know that I even care any more.”
Microsoft Pledges to Use ARM Server Chips, Threatening Intel's Dominance - Microsoft Corp. is committing to use chips based on ARM Holdings Plc technology in the machines that run its cloud services, potentially imperiling Intel Corp.’s longtime dominance in the profitable market for data-center processors.
Microsoft’s Slack competitor gets ready for general availability with a gigantic update - Microsoft is introducing a slew of new features to Teams, making the team communication service much more powerful. There’s a lot of new stuff in their latest update, so let’s get right into the details.
Microsoft is closing the social network you forgot it ever launched - So.cl was launched in late 2011 as a social community where the objective was “collaborative consumption, not communication.” Initially for students, So.cl opened up to anyone once it got going and subsequently added support for mobile devices, too.
Groove Music drops “Your Groove” for “Recommended”, picks up new tabbed interface - To begin with, Microsoft has replaced the “Artist”, “Album”, and “Song” tabs with a single “My Music” section. This single tab comes with top-level tabs for faster navigation between the three sections. For users who rely more on local and personal music than recommendations, this makes Groove Music simpler and faster to use.
Microsoft wants to redesign the office with Surface-powered ‘Creative spaces’ - Microsoft announced a partnership with Steelcase – a 105-year-old office furniture and design company – to show off its vision of futuristic office spaces where productivity and creativity go hand and hand. Naturally, they’re all powered by Surface devices.
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Should I Use RGB Limited or RGB Full on My PlayStation or Xbox? - If you’ve dug through your game console’s settings, you’ve probably seen an option for “Full” or “Limited” RGB output. But what do these options mean, and which should you use?
How to Set Up an External Hard Drive on Your PS4 - Sony released a PlayStation 4 firmware update. Alongside some tweaks for PSVR and PS4 Pro users comes the long awaited introduction of external hard drive support. Here’s how to set it up.
Is Microsoft Edge Really Safer than Chrome or Firefox? - Microsoft is heavily pushing their Windows 10-exclusive browser, Edge. Ads built into Windows 10 are now claiming that Edge is “safer” than Chrome and Firefox. How did Microsoft determine that, and is it really true?