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Ninja, the biggest name in Fortnite, is leaving Twitch

Mixer is a fledgling streaming service owned by Microsoft that launched as Beam back in 2016, and later rebranded in 2017. The Ninja exclusivity marks a major get for the platform, which has struggled to catch up to competitors like Twitch and YouTube. – Andrew Webster, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2KgUlmh
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Hulu and Xbox Live Are Back Online After a Major Outage

According to Down Detector, there were more than 10,000 reports of issues connected to Xbox Live, as well as more than 10,000 instances of problems with Hulu. People were also reporting issues with Reddit earlier, but it appears that website is up and running again. The outage map on Down Detector shows that the Hulu and Xbox Live outages were only affecting the U.S. – Allison Matyus, Digital Trends » http://bit.ly/2IWUxX7

PS4 Pro will make more games look better on older TVs

On the Xbox One X, that translates to higher frame-rates, improved visual clarity and more detailed graphics on select titles when the console is connected to a 1080p TV. Here’s how Sony describes the situation on PS4 Pro: “Certain games already have the ‘supersampling’ benefits as part of their ‘PS4 Pro Enhanced’ feature set, but this new mode can enhance the experience for those games that don’t already have the feature.” – Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget http://engt.co/2nI7Sc3

Kodi Lands on the Xbox One, Making It the Ultimate Set-Top Box

It isn’t just the inclusion of Kodi that makes the Xbox One so versatile, but it’s the final piece of the puzzle. Kodi is a Swiss Army Knife-like media player that actually spun out of an open-source project on the original Xbox way back in 2002. Kodi, which was formerly called XBMC, allows you to access media on remote drives, making it useful for people with a huge library of old ripped DVDs and home movies. (It’s also great for torrenting pirates.) Yet Kodi’s real power is now found in its add-ons and enormous add-on repository. – Alex Cranz, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/rH6IO9p

Microsoft’s Mixer introduces mobile game streaming apps for iOS and Android

The Mixer Create app, released this morning on the eve of the annual PAX West gaming convention in Seattle, lets people broadcast games, join streams with friends, pair with other devices like a PC or Xbox, engage in text chats and manage profiles. The app was previously in beta testing, but now it is widely available and works with all Android games and iOS games with the “ReplayKit” function enabled. – Nat Levy, GeekWire http://ift.tt/2iJHfDD

Microsoft’s Plan to Beam Internet Over TV Frequencies Is So Crazy It Might Work

If you were born before 1985, you might remember the days when TV signals floated through thin air, delivering episodes of Married With Children to homes across America without any wires. Those TV signals still exist, and in between the channels, there’s unused spectrum called white space. Enterprising scientists have figured out how to turn that white space into a sort of super wi-fi and broadcast internet service to a many miles-wide radius. What’s extra special is that, unlike wi-fi or cellular service, the stronger TV signal can penetrate buildings and other obstacles. This makes it ideal for rural areas, where conventional broadband service is either unavailable or prohibitively expensive. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo http://ift.tt/2uaHSdG

Xbox One X still has an HDMI-in port for your cable box

Microsoft may have a new tagline for its latest console, but you can still plug a cable box into the Xbox One X. The company shared some extra images for the system, which is due out November 7 for $500, and these shots reveal the input and output ports on the back of the box. Like with Xbox One and Xbox One S, the X features two HDMI ports. One is an HDMI-in that enables you to feed your cable-box signal into the system. The other is the HDMI output that sends the Xbox’s video and audio to your television. – Jeff Grubb, VentureBeat http://ift.tt/2rkYdY8

Xbox Game Pass launches June 1 with over 100 titles

The service is similar to PlayStation Now, Sony’s PlayStation 4-based equivalent, and also to Nivida’s GeForce NOW streaming service for its Shield Android TV set-top box. The Xbox version will cost members $11.99 per month, and will be available to Xbox Live Gold members starting today, with access opening to everyone on June 1. The key difference is that Microsoft’s offering allows full downloads of titles available to play, meaning you can access them offline and don’t have to worry about having a high-quality broadband connection to ensure smooth streaming. – Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch http://ift.tt/2qW8GL3

Microsoft might launch a slim Xbox One version to take on the Apple TV

photo: BGR

The news comes from Petri IT Knowledgebase, which has heard from unnamed sources that the company is considering a lightweight Xbox one that might be released at some point in the second half of 2016. The new console will be smaller than the Xbox One and would compete directly with the Apple TV and other similar set-top boxes. – Chris Smith, BGR
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