Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy‘s unexpected success has lit a fire under the pants of Activision to crank out more games with more beloved mascots it bought from Sony. No longer relegated to a spokesperson for Skylanders, the one and only Spyro the Dragon will be making his grand return to video games in a new bundle that remasters his three original classics.
Microsoft has announced that it’s putting local Xbox Live data centers in Australia and New Zealand so gamers can enjoy faster online gaming.
The company said in a press release that because it’ll be hosting Xbox Live in Australian data centers, Xbox One players will enjoy faster connection speeds, centralized local hosting and improved reliability on “certain Xbox One games” with further support coming soon.
Xbox gamers in the southern hemisphere have previously needed to connect to overseas sources to get games and play online, so the news is great for those who have seen slow speeds and drop outs previously.
The new servers are online as of today and support a small number of games, including Titanfall, Forza Motorsport 5, Sunset Overdrive, Halo Master Chief Collection and Forza Horizon 2 at launch.
Source- The Next Web
Xbox Japan Boss Takashi Sensui has resigned from his post in the shadow of disappointing Xbox One sales in his home country, as reported by Famitsu. He will continue to remain employed with the company at the Microsoft Redmond headquarters as General Manager for the Interactive Entertainment Business, but his term as Chief Executive comes to an end after taking the job in 2006.
Microsoft on Monday announced the Office.com Clip Art emporium has finally and officially been closed. The library of corny 90s imagery will instead be replaced by Bing Images, so your presentations will no longer look like they were drawn up by a newspaper cartoonist. Clip Art has become a ubiquitous part of Office’s history, but as the productivity suite has evolved, Microsoft finally saw fit to abandon the years-old notebook doodles.
Xbox fans who love Japanese games are feeling the full brunt of the country not buying into the console. After all, why would any company want to develop games for a console its main audience does not buy? Japan’s best companies have always insinuated that they make games for Japanese fans first and everyone else second. Recent times have showed that doing otherwise spells nothing but trouble.
Microsoft on Wednesday is officially patching a bug that existed in its Windows operating system for 19 years, according to a new report from IBM’s Security Intelligence arm. The security flaw had been present in every single version of Windows since Windows 95 was released, IBM said, noting that the bug was complex and rare.
“The bug can be used by an attacker for drive-by attacks to reliably run code remotely and take over the user’s machine — even sidestepping the Enhanced Protected Mode (EPM) sandbox in IE 11 as well as the highly regarded Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) anti-exploitation tool Microsoft offers for free,” the security team explained in a recent blog post. ”Typically, attackers use remote code execution to install malware, which may have any number of malicious actions, such as keylogging, screen-grabbing and remote access,” the researchers said.
IBM said that this just shows that small bugs can exist for years and years, in this case for more than a decade, before they’re actually detected by anyone, and that the flaw in Windows potentially left an open hole for remote exploitation for the last 18 years, though the “buggy code” that enabled it has existed for 19 years.
IBM said it first discovered the bug in May 2014 and that, had it been found by someone else, it could have “ fetched six figures on the gray market,” among hackers who might have used it to cause serious harm to computer systems. The researchers explain the ins-and-outs of how it works very technically, so hit the source for a deeper understanding.