'Minecraft' themed Xbox One S
At Gamescom, Microsoft also announced a 1TB Minecraft Limited Edition Xbox One S Bundle. “The Xbox One S Minecraft Limited Edition Bundle (1TB) includes a custom designed grass block console, Xbox Wireless Controller – Minecraft Creeper, Minecraft system sounds, vertical stand and transparent underside with Redstone circuit accents. This exclusive bundle also includes a full game download of Minecraft plus the Redstone Pack, a collection of unique skin packs. Available only in limited quantities, it’s a must-have for avid Minecraft players and collectors. The bundle is available for pre-order now and will be launching in all Xbox One markets, except China and Brazil, on October 3, 2017,” said Microsoft Xbox Wire Editor in Chief Will Tuttle in a blog post.
Forbes contributor Mitch Wallace pointed out that the Minecraft themed controller can be purchased separately for $74.99 and there is also a Pig version for $74.99. The Pig version has a pink color and a "blocky swine mug." The console bundle will retail for $399.99 and it is available for pre-order at Microsoft.com. The individual controllers will be available at Microsoft and Target retail stores on September 5, 2017 and other retailers starting September 12, 2017.
Two More Xbox One Backwards Compatible Games
Microsoft has added two more games to the Xbox One backward compatibility program. The two Xbox 360 games that can now be played on the Xbox One includes Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and ScreamRide.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a spin-off of Metal Gear and is a sequel to Metal Gear Solid 4. ScreamRide was released for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One in 2015. But now you can play the Xbox 360 copy on the Xbox One. You can see the full list of backward compatible games on Xbox.com.
Microsoft Adds 7 Games To Game Pass
Microsoft has announced that it is adding 7 games to Game Pass, which is a Netflix-like service where users can access over a hundred Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles for $9.99 per month. Plus Game Pass is now available in eight new markets. The seven games that will be available on Game Pass starting September 1st includes ReCore: Definitive Edition, Metro: Last Light Redux, Fable II, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, 10 Second Ninja X, Hue and The Bridge. And the eight new markets where Game Pass will be available are Argentina, Brazil, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Turkey and UAE.
Crackdown 3 For Xbox One X Is Delayed Until Spring 2018
Crackdown 3, an open-world action game for Microsoft Windows and the Xbox One X, has been delayed until spring of 2018. Crackdown 3 was originally announced at E3 2014. And Crackdown 3 was scheduled to be released this November alongside the Xbox One X.
"We’re very excited about Crackdown 3, and so are many fans, and so it’s a difficult call to move the release date," said Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis via Polygon. "However, we want to make sure to deliver the right game, with the right quality, and at the right time." The extra time spent on the game will be for "visual polish."
Microsoft Buys Cycle Computing
Microsoft has announced that it has acquired Cycle Computing. Cycle Computing is a “leader in cloud computing orchestration” that makes it easier for customers to use High-Performance Computing (HPC) and other Big Computing capabilities in the cloud.
Microsoft will be integrating Cycle Computing’s technology into Azure. “Combining the most specialized Big Compute infrastructure available in the public cloud with Cycle Computing’s technology and years of experience with the world’s largest supercomputers, we open up many new possibilities. Most importantly, Cycle Computing will help customers accelerate their movement to the cloud, and make it easy to take advantage of the most performant and compliant infrastructure available in the public cloud today,” said Jason Zander, a corporate vice president for Microsoft Azure.
Some of Cycle Computing’s customers include City of Hope and MetLife. And prior to the acquisition, Cycle Computing bootstrapped and did not have any rounds of funding. The financial details of the acquisition were undisclosed.
comScore: Bing Has A 33% Share In The U.S.
Last week, Microsoft hosted a webcast called “The Art And Science Of Bing Ads Automation.” During the webcast, the Bing Ads team published a tweet with some stats about Bing. Based on comScore’s analytics, Microsoft Bing is hitting 12 billion individual searches per month — of which 5 billion is from the U.S. This gives Bing a 9% search market share worldwide and 33% share in the U.S.