Microsoft News Roundup: Galaxy Z Fold 4 ‘Windows Phone,’ Xbox responding to PS5 price hike, and more

With all the information that rolls out, it really is easy to miss out on a couple of tidbits here and there. Thankfully for you, we get together the biggest news from Microsoft land into a roundup at the conclusion of every single week. From a Samsung Galaxy Fold 4 staying turned into a Home windows Telephone to Microsoft responding to the PS5 price hike, right here are the greatest news tales from the earlier 7 days.

Windows Cell phone lives… form of

Home windows Cellphone is dead and it is not coming again. Now that I have ripped that band-aid off, it is time to target on the pseudo return of the dropped cell phone OS. YouTuber Mark Spurrell converted his Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 into a Windows Mobile phone by employing a blend of the Sq. House and Win-X Android launchers. The conclude final result was a Galaxy Z Fold 4 that appeared like a product functioning Home windows Cellphone 8.1 when shut and Home windows 11 when opened.

The Galaxy Z Fold 4 can’t operate two different launchers ordinarily, but Spurrell worked around that limitation by working with Bixby Routines.

In connected news, our government editor Daniel Rubino shared five factors he loves about the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 (and 5 points he hates) as a Surface Duo 2 person.

Xbox will never match PS5 cost hike

Image of Xbox Series X and Series S side-by-side with Xbox Wireless Controllers.

(Graphic credit rating: Matt Brown | Windows Central)

Sony introduced that the price tag of the PlayStation 5 would improve in various marketplaces. Though the United States is at this time excluded from that checklist, the price of the PS5 went up or will before long go up in Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico, and Canada. Obviously, individuals questioned if Microsoft would abide by suit with amplified charges for the Xbox Sequence X and Xbox Sequence S.

Those people considerations were set to mattress, at least rather, with a statement by a Microsoft spokesperson to Windows Central.

“We are frequently analyzing our organization to supply our lovers terrific gaming selections. Our Xbox Sequence S proposed retail value remains at $299 (£250, €300) the Xbox Collection X is $499 (£450, €500),” they claimed.

Microsoft did not assure that its console pricing would remain the identical likely forward, but it verified that the price of the Collection X and S will continue being the exact same for now. 

HP unveils Dragonfly Folio G3

HP Dragonfly Folio G3

(Impression credit score: Daniel Rubino)

HP introduced various gadgets this week, including the “world’s most impressive industrial AIO” and a 4K streaming webcam. The greatest news of the week, nonetheless, was the HP Dragonfly Folio G3. That enterprise-oriented 2-in-1 has a identical variety variable to the HP Elite Folio but packs substantially more effective specs.

The Dragonfly Folio G3 capabilities a 12th Gen Intel U-series processor, an OLED display, and an 8MP AI digital camera. Our government editor Daniel Rubino stated he was “blown away by it” in his initial glimpse at the unit.

“So significantly, the Dragonfly Folio G3 is the most exciting laptop computer I’ve managed this yr. Actually, something else is coming that is very interesting, but in phrases of getting pragmatic, useful, and probable one thing you would get, I imagine HP strike it out of the park,” claimed Rubino.


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Gamescom 2022 took location this week in Cologne, Germany. There, Microsoft and a number of major businesses through the sector confirmed off the greatest Xbox games. Our Senior Xbox Editor Jez Corden was on the show flooring and the rest of our staff coated the function remotely.

The record of titles revealed off is massive, but the kinds that turned the most heads have been Microsoft Flight Simulator, Sea of Robbers, A Plague Tale: Requiem, Age of Empires IV, and Minecraft Legends.

You can recap all of the most important news from the celebration by examining out our Gamescom 2022 reside web site.

Assessment roundup

Secretlab Magnus Pro

(Graphic credit rating: Daniel Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central)

With gadgets galore coming out all the time, our workforce of industry experts is generally on the hunt for matters to evaluate. From routers to tablets to standing desks, this is almost everything we reviewed this 7 days:

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