Microsoft Surface Studio

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Microsoft have unveiled an array of new devices including a new, more powerful Surface Book. But Microsoft have announced a new member of the Surface team, the Surface Studio. The Surface Studio is Microsoft’s first desktop PC. It’s a creative machine built for creative minds. The all-in-one machine has a vibrant 28 inch touchscreen that uses it’s “zero-gravity hinge” to fold back to a 20 degree angle.

Microsoft aims to rival Apples iMac. Looking at the device, I can see them having no problem at all. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s 12.5mm thin touchscreen is able to push 63% more pixels than a 4K display.

Inside, there are specs to rival any machine. You have a choice of a 6th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 1TB of internal storage, 8GB of RAM and a 2GB GPU, or for an extra $500, you can get a more powerful Core i7 CPU and 6GB RAM. If you’re looking for something even better, Microsoft have you sorted with a Core i7 processor, 2TB storage, 32GB of RAM and a 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 980M graphics card.

The Surface studio is available December 15th and can be pre-ordered now. Prices range from $2,999 to $4,199.

Project Scorpio

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Microsoft have teased their new console coming at the end of 2017. Project Scorpio will run on Windows 10 and have backwards capabilities to both Xbox One and Xbox One S.

It will have an 8 core processor and a graphics card with a huge 6TFLOP’s of power. That is 4x more than the current Xbox One that has 1.3 and the PS4 that has 1.9.

What does this mean?

This new graphics card will perform as good as the high-end cards today giving 4K, 60 frames-per-second gaming.

The console can also handle VR. When announced, Fallout 4 VR was also mentioned. 4k is now the standard and Project Scorpio will meet that standard. It will also include HDR, which is also in the new Xbox One S (which is available in August).

Xbox One S

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Microsoft show off their new slim Xbox One as part of their briefing on E3. The new Slim Xbox is 40% smaller and comes with 4k and HDR support. It will be available in august with a new controller and will come in 500GB 1TB or 2TB versions. Te 2TB version comes with a vertical stand for the console.

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There will be a USB port on the front along with 2 others on the back. It also includes a IR sensor at the front of the console to enable you to configure the Xbox One S to turn on devices such as your TV.

 

Cortana for Android and iOS is now avaliable

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Cortana is now available on both Android and iOS. Microsoft’s powerful assistant will be able to be downloaded on both these devices in addition to coming with Windows Phone. She is able to set reminders, toggle network settings and much more. Window’s phones and Cortana have much more functionality just as Google Now does on Android.

Cortana is very similar to Google’s Google Now and Apples Siri, but is the only one available cross platform.

 

Xbox one to PC streaming just got better

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You now have a “Very High” option in Windows 10 on the streaming options. It now enables you to stream your Xbox one to your PC in 1080p and 60 frames per second (fsp). To do this, go to Settings > Game Streaming, and set the video encoding level to Very High. This is recommended for those who’s home networks have the bandwidth to stream at this quality.

Watch Halo 4 Xbox One to PC streaming for a video recorded while streaming in 1080p and 60fps.

Things to look forward to in Windows 10

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With 9 days to go, here are 10 things to look forward to in Windows 10.

1. Return of the start menu
2. Multiple desktops
3. Cortana
3. Windows Hello
4. Microsoft Edge web browser
5. Xbox One streaming
6. Snap assist
7. New Action Center
8. Direct X 12
9. New look Windows Explorer/ Control Panel
10. Universal Apps

Xbox One streaming to Windows 10

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Not going to lie, streaming your Xbox One over the internet to your PC sounds awesome, and it is. Streaming your Xbox One to Windows 10 enables you to play all your favourite games on your PC.

You are able to play PC games with your Xbox controllers. Microsoft has had the 360 controller compatibility and the Xbox One controller has followed. A wireless dongle for the Xbox One will soon be available to connect your controller to your PC, but I don’t find using a micro USB cable any issues.

As for streaming, you do not need to connect you controller to the PC. As the controller is connected to the Xbox and you are streaming the image, you can still use your Xbox controller as normal. Just click continue when prompted to connect a controller to the PC.

To stream your Xbox, you will need to ensure that you tick “Allow game streaming to other devices (beta)” is checked in the settings – preferences menu on the Xbox. Once that is ticked, head over to the Xbox app on your PC. On the left hand side is a option to connect to your Xbox one. If your Xbox is turned on, you can click the stream button, and you will start streaming. You are also able to turn on and turn off your Xbox from the App.

The streaming quality was surprisingly good. I was connected via a wired network and have not test this over the wireless yet.

The screenshots below show my step by step guide.

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