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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 19TH – 25TH JANUARY

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Microsoft are to offer a free upgrade to its new Windows 10 operating system in the first year of its release – this offer applies to anyone currently running a Windows 7, 8 or Windows Phone OS in an attempt to boost the adoption rate of the new software (Windows 8 has notoriously failed to strike a chord with consumers since release in 2012). The computing giant has also revealed a HoloLens headset designed to take on Google Glass eyeware, and confirmed that the ‘Cortana’ voice control tool will also make the jump to all Windows 10 devices having previously been limited to Windows Phones.

Of greater interest for gamers is the news that Xbox One owners will be able to stream games to their PC via an Xbox application on the new OS, as well as the fact that Windows 10 will natively support Xbox Live multi-player allowing for cross-device play. While I can’t imagine that the majority will actively use the ability to stream games to PC (increased input lag and generally poorer visual quality will likely put people off), rumors that the company is also reportedly looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One will get tongues wagging. You can see a visual presentation of how the cross compatibility will work here.

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