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Software Giant Microsoft to Launch Mini Xbox for $60

According to the report, the box would be dealing with some navigation around a 3D environment

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Software giant Microsoft could introduce a mini Xbox priced around $60, especially for its Project xCloud, media reported. Microsoft’s project xCloud is a vision for game-streaming technology that was introduced in October last year to complement Microsoft’s console hardware and give gamers more choices in how and where they play.

The tiny box would be designed to make it easier for users to connect their Xbox controller to TVs and offer minimal processing power itself, tech website MSPoweruser reported on Thursday.

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Xbox would be dealing with some navigation around a 3D environment. Wikimedia Commons

According to the report, the box would be dealing with some navigation around a 3D environment. However, it would not deal with rendering, textures and all the other processor-intensive work involved in playing a modern game.

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Hence, it would likely cost only around $60 without a controller. Microsoft has not officially announced anything about the device as yet. Details about other specifications of the device remain unknown. (IANS)

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Amazon Alexa May Come to Windows 10’s Lock Screen

Microsoft even started testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of “19H2” code and continues to issue builds to testers

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Tech giant Microsoft would allow Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa to activate on the lock screen in the next update to Windows 10.

Microsoft’s new update follows changes to Cortana in Windows 10, as it moves to a separate app in the Microsoft Store and away from the built-in search experience in the operating system, The Verge reported on Monday.

By putting Alexa on the lock screen, a Windows 10 PC would be an Alexa smart speaker even when the PC is in sleep mode.

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The tech giant plans to implement these changes to Alexa in the code name “19H2” update which is expected to arrive in September.

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Microsoft and Amazon last year entered into a partnership to integrate Cortana and Alexa.

Microsoft even started testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of “19H2” code and continues to issue builds to testers. (IANS)