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The Medium, Yakuza 3, 4, 5 Remastered, and more head to Xbox Game Pass
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Xbox Game Pass subscribers are about to get more high profile games this month, as Microsoft today announced what titles are incoming to its monthly services in the second half of January.
Some of the highlights include Control which finally got announced for the PC service during the weekend, the new Yakuza Remastered Collection that includes three games from the popular franchise, the Xbox platform exclusive title The Medium on its launch day, and Mimimi Games' popular real-time tactics game Desperados III.
Check out the list below for the incoming Xbox Game Pass titles, their platform, and arrival date.
Control (PC) – January 21 Desperados III (Android, Console, and PC) – January 21 Donut County (Android, Console, and PC) – January 21 Outer Wilds (Android) – January 21 Cyber Shadow (Android, Console, and PC) – January 26 The Medium (Xbox Series X|S and PC) – January 28 Yakuza 3 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC) – January 28 Yakuza 4 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC) – January 28 Yakuza 5 Remastered (Android, Console, and PC) – January 28 As new experiences arrive, some will be leaving the subscriptions near the end of January, with them being:
Microsoft still hasn't revealed the new launch date of EA Play on the Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription following its last-minute delay. Console gamers have had access to the Electronic Arts service since November as an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership perk.
By Rich Woods
Microsoft announces five laptops for education that support 4G LTE
by Rich Woods
Acer TravelMate Spin B3 Today, Microsoft announced five new laptops from Acer, ASUS, and JP-IK. Touted as the most affordable 4G LTE PCs ever, they start at $185. Of course, you won't actually get 4G LTE at that price, because four out of these five PCs use an Intel processor, meaning that cellular connectivity is an option, and will come at a premium.
The most inexpensive options are made by JP-IK, and they include the Leap Connect T304 and the Leap T304, the former of which includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c processor with integrated cellular connectivity for $229. The Leap T304 costs $185 and comes with an Intel Celeron with 4GB of RAM.
From Acer, we have the TravelMate B3 and TravelMate Spin B3. Starting at $239 and $329, respectively. They come with Intel's new 10nm 'Jasper Lake' Pentium Silver processors, USB Type-C, and more. Finally, ASUS has its new ExpertBook BR1100 for $279, which is meant to be rugged and has an anti-bacteria C cover, adding protection for if the device needs to be shared.
One other thing that Microsoft is announcing, and that's the new Classroom Pen 2. Microsoft only said that it has a longer enclosure, but it also costs just $19.99. Finally, there's Reflect integration in Teams, which lets teachers check in on students and just sort of see how they're doing. That's available in Teams now.
By Rich Woods
Windows Insiders with a HoloLens 2 can now test out Edge Chromium
by Rich Woods
If you've got a HoloLens 2 that's on the Dev channel of the Windows Insider Program, build 20279.1006 was released last week. The build is from the Iron branch, which is apparently going to be a real update for HoloLens 2 headsets, unlike Windows 10 client. The new build has a bunch of new features, which is perfectly natural for HoloLens, being that it doesn't receive as many new builds as Windows 10 does.
First up is the new Edge browser. It's based on Chromium like what we've been getting on Windows 10 for a while now. It's not actually replacing Edge Legacy just yet though. For now, you'll be able to choose between the two browsers, but to be clear, Edge Chromium will replace Edge Legacy eventually. You'll be able to tell the difference because Edge Chromium has a new icon.
Setting up Edge is pretty much the same as on Windows 10. There will be the same first-run animation that interrupts your workflow, and most functionality should work as expected after that. You can view and mark up PDFs, turn on dark mode, save PDFs from the Print menu, and more. Features coming soon include WebXR and 360 Viewer extensions and joining a Teams call through the browser with video, mixed reality capture, or screen-sharing.
There's also a new Settings app. It includes new HoloLens 2 settings for Sound, Power & sleep, Network & Internet, Apps, Accounts, Ease of Access, and more. Here's the full list:
You'll find the Office web app in the 'All apps' list now, and it's really just a shortcut to Office.com. In fact, there's also a new default app picker, so if you launch the Office web app, you should be asked if you want to use Edge Legacy or Edge Chromium.
If you're on the Dev channel, this build is available now, and it should be a near-final build for the spring update.
By Steven P.
Surface Pro 7 + Pro Type Cover Bundle gets a $360 price cut on the Microsoft Store
by Steven Parker
Earlier this month Amazon was offering a decent discount on the lower end Microsoft Surface Pro 7 variant that was announced in October 2019, with pricing for the base i3 variant starting at $749. And while that deal has now ended, Microsoft has come with its own deal that knocks off $360 for its top offering of the Surface Pro 7 + Pro Type Cover bundle.
The device, which comes in Platinum or Black colors, has a 10th gen Intel Core i7 processor which is paired with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. You can choose from six Pro Type Covers that usually costs $129.99 or $159.99 depending on feature choice but are now all $50. For example, the configuration with the Surface Pro Type Cover with Fingerprint ID will normally cost you $2,059.98 on the Microsoft Store but it is now $1,699.98 so you will be saving $360 on the bundle.
In addition, you can also add the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo 3C Flash Drive which is designed for USB and USB Type-C compatibility and has a capacity of 64GB, to the bundle for free. There's also a bunch of other accessories that can be added with various discounts.
It's unclear how long this discount will stay live for, but if you were on the lookout for the top variant of the Surface Pro 7, now might be the time to act.
Control hits the Xbox Game Pass for PC subscription on January 21
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The Xbox Game Pass subscription on PC is gaining a new experience later this week, as Microsoft announced over the weekend that Control is finally debuting on the PC variant. The action game had arrived to the console version of the subscription last month.
This delay of gaining high-profile content on the PC Game Pass side compared to the console version is not an uncommon sight anymore, as Doom Eternal - and in a larger way EA Play - also suffered a similar delay.
Control will be available to Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers this Thursday, January 21. The hit title developed by Remedy Entertainment is a third-person action experience surrounding a government agency, the Federal Bureau of Control, that investigates supernatural events. It is set in the developer's connected universe of games where the classic Alan Wake series also resides.
Keep in mind that this should only be the base game that is arriving to the subscription, and gaining access to the two expansions of Control, The Foundation and AWE, will require additional purchases. Meanwhile, another Xbox Game Pass content injection announcement is very likely to be happening soon, as the previous one only covered the first half of January.