OpenAI Taught an AI to Play Minecraft

Photo: Leon Neal (Getty Images) Chess, Goand now—Minecraft. Artificial intelligence models have added a new victory to their gaming kill list. Using a mix of unlabeled Minecraft videos and a small dataset of ones labeled by contractors, artificial intelligence company OpenAI was able to train a neural network to competently play Minecraft—a milestone for the … Read more

Microsoft Wants Users to Use Their Edge Browser in Exchange of Minecraft’s In-Game Currency

Microsoft is offering a nice reward for those people who play “Minecraft.” In exchange for using the Microsoft Edge browser, the user will receive Minecoins, the game’s official currency. Microsoft Wants Users to Use Edge Browser (Photo : EVA HAMBACH/AFP via Getty Images)Microsoft is rewarding 330 Minecoins for those who will switch their default browser … Read more

Hideo Kojima Appears During Xbox Stream To Tease Announcement

Screenshot: Xbox / Kotaku Today, during Microsoft’s large Xbox and Bethesda video game showcase event, well-known game director and cinema lover Hideo Kojima appeared to announce he’s working with Xbox on his next game, and uh…hmmm… Microsoft spent nearly an hour today showcasing countless trailers and teasers for a laundry list of video games, most … Read more

Microsoft Claims 50 Games Coming To Xbox In 2022 And 2023

Microsoft aired this graphic during its annual Xbox press conference.Screenshot: Microsoft / Kotaku Six months into the year, Xbox’s release calendar is looking slim. Fresh off the heels of an absolutely banger 2021Microsoft hasn’t released a single first-party tentpole in 2022. But that’s all set to change, Microsoft assured viewers today during Its big splashy … Read more

EA Sought After By Amazon, Disney, Apple, Nearly Merged With NBCU

Apex Legends Respawn With Activision Blizzard’s tentative sale to Microsoft, no major video game publisher is off the table for purchase, which includes Electronic Arts, the giant, often controversial purveyor of games like Madden, Apex Legends and Battlefield. A new story from subscription news service Puck reports that a whole bunch of major companies have … Read more

Microsoft’s Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers

Microsoft just showed how artificial intelligence could find its way into many software applications—by writing code on the fly. At the Microsoft Build developer conference today, the company’s chief technology officer, Kevin Scott, demonstrated an AI helper for the game Minecraft. The non-player character within the game is powered by the same machine learning technology … Read more

Xbox Game Pass Subscribers Say They’re Unsubscribing, For Now

Image: Microsoft Typically, when Game Pass starts trending, it’s either because it scored a killer game or some influencers concocted a viral “joke” that ultimately does nothing other than hand a $2 trillion corporation two days of free marketing. Over the past few days, however, Microsoft’s games-on-demand program started trending for another reason: Players say … Read more

‘Starfield’ And ‘Redfall’ Delays Are Bad News But Is Xbox Doomed?

Bethesda’s premiere 2022 releases have been delayed. Credit: Bethesda No doubt, the fact that Bethesda’s two big Xbox and PC exclusives have been delayed into 2023 is bad news for Microsoft and Xbox gamers. Starfield was supposed to come out on 11/11/22—a release date that was apparently set “in ink, not pencil” according to Bethesda … Read more

How To Legit Buy A Next-Gen Console

Photo: Charly Triballeau (Getty Images) Trying to get your hands on a PlayStation 5 remains a fool’s errand. Stock sells out as soon as it becomes available. When it pops up from unofficial retailers, it does so with a staggering markup. The scarcity is driven by a bunch of factors: by bots, which scoop up … Read more