E3 2019 took place this past week, and Microsoft was there, as usual, to showcase a number of first- and third-party games. We also got some Patch Tuesday news, and more. Catch up below.
E3 recap extravaganza, the Tuesday of patches, and more Insider news
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The latest and largest expansion for State of Decay 2, Heartland, is now available. Following two different story paths, the add-on retails for $9.99 and is available on Xbox One, PC, or in Game Pass.
Techland's upcoming survival horror title has finally gotten a brand new trailer, as well as release window. Dying Light 2 is out Spring 2020 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Yes, also on Steam.
Mojang's dungeon crawler-inspired entry in the Minecraft universe has a new gameplay trailer, with a release window of Spring 2020. It's coming to all current-gen consoles, Windows 10, and Game Pass.
After a mere four years since the release of the original Wasteland 2, InXile has unveiled a trailer for the third game set in a frozen Colorado. Wasteland 3 is coming Spring 2020.
The long awaited reboot of Battletoads has finally gotten a gameplay trailer showing off the latest adventures of Rash, Zitz, and Pimple. There is currently no release date associated with the game.
The sequel to 2015's Ori and the Blind Forest has finally gotten a release date: February 11, 2020. The game will be available on the Xbox One, on Windows 10, via Xbox Game Pass, and on Steam.
With a few hours to go until the Xbox Briefing, store listings for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Game Pass for PC have showed up. Pricing is $14.99 for Ultimate, and $4.99 for the PC version.
It's been an interesting week for Microsoft, with a couple game-related leaks ahead of E3, a new 20H1 build for the Fast ring, and the arrival of Edge Dev on macOS. Be sure to catch up below.
At its EA Play event, Electronic Arts showed off the seventh expansion for The Sims 4, dubbed Island Living. It's set to arrive for Windows and macOS on June 21, while consoles get it July 16.
Naughty Dog will shut down PS3 multiplayer servers for Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3, and The Last of Us on September 3. Until then, the service remains active, and all multiplayer DLC is free to get.
Thanks to popular demand, the Hellfire expansion for the original Diablo is now available as a free add-on on GOG. It's just as well, since the base game is 10% off as part of the ongoing sale.
After the ban on Huawei products in the U.S., officials and company execs have denied spying allegations, stating the U.S. has no proof. China is also working on a list of "unreliable" foreign firms.
A number of things happened this week, among which was the announcement that Xbox Game Pass would be coming to PC. Some interesting Surface patents were unveiled too so be sure to catch up below.
GOG has decided to take the wraps off of its Summer Sale Festival, which coincides with the arrival of DRM-free BioShock Infinite Complete Collection. Obduction is free to claim for 48 hours.
After much anticipation, Death Stranding's release date has at long last been revealed, coupled with a trailer showing more combat, story, gameplay settings, and a few editions to pre-order.
Folks who are in either the Alpha or Beta rings of the Xbox Insider Program should be getting a new build today from version 1906 of the console operating system, which is due out next month.
Windows 10's May 2019 Update finally began its rollout this week. In addition, a few apps had their icons changed, and Project xCloud currently supports 3,500 titles. Catch up via the guide below.
Those using Visual Studio Code should be getting a brand new icon soon. The tweak has been made to both the Insider and Stable icons, which will be identical across all three platforms.
It's been a reasonably packed week for Microsoft, with not only Patch Tuesday rolling around, but also the announcement of a Minecraft AR title, as well as an unlikely partnership with Sony.
In the second episode of the Neowin Podcast, we talk about Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Extreme, ThinkBooks, the OnePlus 7 series, a new Edge Dev build, and so much more. Be sure to join us!
As a bit of surprise, GOG has made Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow and Disney's Hercules available on its platform DRM-free. Both titles have a discount of 15% applied as part of the ongoing sale.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced its intention to buy supercomputer manufacturer Cray in a deal valued at $1.3 billion. The acquisition is expected to close by Q1 of HPE's FY2020.
As part of the 10 year anniversary celebrations of Minecraft's first public version, Mojang has unveiled Minecraft Earth. The free-to-play mobile AR title will kick off its closed beta this summer.
With E3 2019 less than a month away, Sony and Microsoft have announced a partnership that seeks to use both companies' strengths in cloud, AI, and superconductors for game and content streaming.
Build 2019 was held at the top of the week, which means the flow of news has been constant. Azure, Edge on other platforms, AR Minecraft, and much more. Be sure to catch up via the guide below.
Gaming news was present quite a bit this week, accompanied by some info about patches, new Edgium builds, and much more. Be sure to catch up via the handy guide that awaits you herein.
A rather interesting proof of concept for a phishing attack, dubbed the 'inception bar' has been discovered by developer James Fisher, and has been demonstrated to work on Chrome mobile.
To celebrate the upcoming Elsweyr expansion pack for The Elder Scrolls Online, Xbox Game Pass is organizing a giveaway via Twitter of an Xbox One X, plus a year of Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold.
As another week comes to an end, we take a look at Microsoft's Q3 2019 results, a few changes related to the May 2019 Update, and the death of Sets. Be sure to catch up via the handy guide below.
Celebrating the one year anniversary of its adventure title Sea of Thieves, Rare has unveiled its Anniversary Edition a little early. Coming in at $49.99, it is available now in the Microsoft Store.
In response to Ubisoft giving away the title for free on Uplay, Unity's recent Steam review score jumped up to 'Very Positive'. As a reminder, for those interested, the giveaway runs until April 25.
Since it's the end of the week, we should look back on what's happened, including the announcement of Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, 32-bit Edgium previews, and more. Be sure to catch up below.
Joining Facebook itself, it appears as though the passwords of millions of Instagram users were also being stored in a 'readable format', though no improper use was determined to have taken place.
In an effort to further accelerate the development of its IoT offerings, Microsoft has acquired San Diego-based Express Logic, most well known for its X-Ware Internet of Things platform.
A number of things took place this past week, among which the arrival of official Edgium preview builds, and the unveiling of the May 2019 Update release candidate. Be sure to catch up below.
With the weather improving, Microsoft has decided to knock the prices of various things in its Store down a peg. Offers are available between April 12-22 on games, services, and even HMDs.
In anticipation of Anno 1800's arrival on the 16, Blue Byte and Ubisoft have organized an open beta period between April 12 and 14. You can preload the game now via the Epic Games Launcher or Uplay.
After a reasonable wait, Geralt is coming to Monster Hunter: World on PC too, on May 9. As part of the game's sixth title update, players get a new event, special assignment, and more.
As announced via an email to registered users, the Microsoft HealthVault platform will be discontinued on November 20. Any data that is still on the platform will be deleted on the day of closure.