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Pocket Gamer reports that EA Motive has released a new trailer for the eagerly awaited Star Wars Battlefront 2 that illustrates how the single-player campaign story portrays the Empire’s point of view through the eyes of an Imperial soldier. This is quite something for fans to get their heads around, being used to seeing the Empire as the bad guys, but Lucasfilm creative executive Steve Blank said that this EA Motive’s intention right from the beginning of the game.
Venture Beat has a major scoop from Evan Blass today posting pictures and details about Microsoft’s next Surface tablet, which Blass says will be announced at the Microsoft event due to be held in Shanghai on Tuesday May 23.
According to Blass, the updated Surface Pro 4 will simply be called the Surface Pro. Blass says that the new Surface Pro looks very similar to the Surface Pro 4, and that the upgraded elements are mainly internal.
Microsoft will also be unveiling optional accessories for the new Surface Pro on the 23rd, including the updated Surface pen and Surface keyboard, both of which will be available in four colours. Blass says that the colour palette for the accessories is similar to, but not exactly the same as, that of the Surface Laptop.
As for what else Microsoft might be unveiling on Tuesday, Blass says one thing not to expect is a new Surface Book reveal, which will not be happening on Tuesday.
As we know from many of our own forum members, gaming on Surface is much more popular than some people might realise. A new article by Kotaku’s Nathan Grayson, entitled “Prey Runs Remarkably Well on My Wimpy Microsoft Surface Tablet,” illustrates this perfectly.
Grayson decided to try playing Bethesda’s newly released Prey blockbuster on his Surface Pro 4, which has 4GB of RAM and an integrated Intel graphics card.
“Now, my Surface isn’t a horrible machine by any means, but it’s definitely not made to run brand new triple-A games," he said. "I wasn’t expecting much. And yet: It works! It’s playable! I can make phantoms go boom!”
Grayson goes on to say that when playing Prey on his Surface Pro 4 he gets approximately 40 FPS in smaller areas in the game, 30 FPS in the majority of the game, and 20-25 FPS in bigger areas with more enemies and sophisticated lighting effects.
Bear in mind that Grayson is getting these results with just...
Microsoft today announced that due to “huge demand” for the Surface Hub in the UK it has increased the number of companies that are authorised to sell the product, with 15 more companies now added to the Microsoft Surface Hub partner program from today. This means more locations where customers can buy the Hub, as well as accessories and support.
Here’s what Capita, one of the newly announced authorised partners, had to say on the issue:
Microsoft announced at its Build developer event in Seattle that iTunes will be coming to the Windows Store by the end of the year, writes The Verge. Microsoft said that it has been working with Apple to get iTunes made available in the store. As The Verge notes, iTunes is one of the most searched-for apps that is currently not available in the Windows Store, so a good move by both companies.
Tech Crunch says that the Windows Store iTunes app will have full iPhone support and that it will basically work in the same way as the current Windows iTunes app.
This will be of particular relief to anyone who likes to use iTunes and is thinking of buying a Surface Laptop, as the standard Windows 10 S operating system of the Surface Laptop only runs Windows Store apps, although there will be the possibility to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
Microsoft general manager of Surface Engineering, Pete Kyriacou, has been talking to The Verge about the hardware design of the Surface Laptop. According to The Verge, many people are concerned about how the Alcantara fabric will withstand the rigours of use that a laptop goes through.
The high-quality, suede-like Italian fabric, which is also used in high-end cars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, and Audi, is actually well-known for being very durable, despite looking, and feeling, luxurious.
Kyriacou told The Verge that Microsoft has worked with Alcantara to develop the specialized stain-resistant polyurethane coating that the Surface Laptop fabric has been treated with in order to provide even more protection for the fabric, but without making it too thick.
“The balance there was making sure we maintained the luxury feel of the product,” said Kyriacou. “Because you can coat it with a Scotchguard or something like that and...
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