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Why Microsoft sold Bethesda for $7.5 billion

Why Microsoft sold Bethesda for $7.5 billion

Microsoft’s priciest video game acquisition, a $7.5 billion purchase of Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media, shocked the industry on Monday. The deal puts Bethesda, one of the industry’s biggest publishers and owners of some of the most successful gaming series, under the Xbox brand. It also raises a simple but powerful question: how does…

The DS used to be Nintendo at its most inspiring and most unearthly

The DS used to be Nintendo at its most inspiring and most unearthly

Nintendo has always been a strange company. The Kyoto-based game maker turned an Italian plumber into one of pop culture’s biggest icons, and the company has experimented with everything from DIY cardboard game accessories to three-pronged controllers. This unpredictable nature is what makes Nintendo so exciting (and occasionally infuriating). Often, these concepts seem to come…

What newsrooms can be taught from menace modeling at Fb

What newsrooms can be taught from menace modeling at Fb

Editor’s note: We’re barreling toward the 2020 election with big unresolved problems in election interference — from foreign actors to domestic troublemakers. So how can journalists sort through all of the noise without having their coverage or their newsrooms compromised? Jay Rosen, one of America’s foremost press critics and a professor of journalism at NYU,…

Oculus Quest 2 review: higher, more inexpensive VR

Oculus Quest 2 review: higher, more inexpensive VR

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge The new default for VR, if you’re okay with Facebook As someone who writes about virtual reality and has been stuck at home just like many people during the 2020 pandemic, I’ve gotten asked one question over and over: if virtual reality is so great and actual reality…

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 assessment: an extravagant success

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 assessment: an extravagant success

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. It’s a weird sort of relief to be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Depending on how you count, it’s either the second, third, or even fourth iteration of Samsung’s folding phone design. The first was…

Fold, Flip, or Duo: the hows and whys of folding telephones

Fold, Flip, or Duo: the hows and whys of folding telephones

I’m currently reviewing the Microsoft Surface Duo and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 — they’re sitting on my desk right now next to another folding phone, the Galaxy Z Flip. All three represent different ideas for how to make a folding phone and all three are prohibitively expensive. Even if at the end of…

How Fb’s current election tips sidestep the true challenge

How Fb’s current election tips sidestep the true challenge

Programming note: The Interface will be off Monday for Labor Day. I. The announcements After months of deliberations, Facebook gave its answer to the critics who have called for it to put new restrictions on political advertising. The company said it would not accept new political ads in the seven days leading up to the…

The legacy of the skate video lives on in TikTok

The legacy of the skate video lives on in TikTok

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Filed under: Entertainment Skateboarding is more accessible and inclusive than ever, thanks to social media platforms The last professional skate video I remember getting excited about was Lakai’s Fully Flared. Featuring a roster of top talent at the time — Mike Carroll, Eric Koston, Guy Mariano, plus up-and-comer…

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and a pair of is the righteous remaster

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and a pair of is the righteous remaster

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. For developers, revisiting a classic game has always been a tricky proposition. Games tend to age poorly — whether it’s the graphics, controls, or subject matter — and so they’re regularly rereleased in an attempt to update…

What we take designate to while working from dwelling

What we take designate to while working from dwelling

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. If you’re used to working in an office full of coworkers, but are now forced to labor from home, you may be feeling that things are a little quiet — too quiet. The solution might be to…

Fb’s big QAnon crackdown can also need near too unhurried

Fb’s big QAnon crackdown can also need near too unhurried

Before the Tide Pods challenge was a public health crisis, it was a joke. The laundry detergent capsules, which were originally released in 2012, evolved over time to look strangely delicious: lush green and blue gels, swirled around one another attractively, all but daring you to eat them. This led to many jokes about Tide…

Fb is making Oculus’s worst characteristic unavoidable

Fb is making Oculus’s worst characteristic unavoidable

Yesterday, Facebook infuriated the VR world, announcing plans to require a Facebook login for future VR headsets. The decision broke an early promise from Oculus founder Palmer Luckey and was almost universally reviled online, with critics raising concerns about intrusive data collection, targeted advertising, and being forced to use a service they hated. On the…

Apple has lastly met its Fortnite match

Apple has lastly met its Fortnite match

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple’s walled garden gets an epic test Epic Games executed its most ambitious Fortnite live event yesterday, leading both Apple and Google to remove one of the world’s most popular games from their app stores. It was a well choreographed sequence of events designed to highlight the power…

Apple right kicked Fortnite off the App Store

Apple right kicked Fortnite off the App Store

Apple has removed Epic Games’ battle royale game Fortnite from the App Store after the developer on Thursday implemented its own in-app payment system that bypassed Apple’s standard 30 percent fee The decision marks a significant escalation in the feud between Epic and one of the world’s most dominant mobile software marketplaces. It also comes…

Platforms efficiently stopped a lame COVID conspiracy video from going viral

Platforms efficiently stopped a lame COVID conspiracy video from going viral

One of the more hopeful developments at tech platforms this year has been their investment in removing misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter were all relatively quick to acknowledge the threat that COVID hoaxes represent, and have worked to purge it from their networks. Enforcement of those misinformation policies has sometimes…

Microsoft and Samsung need every other now extra than ever

Microsoft and Samsung need every other now extra than ever

Outside of its hardware announcements, one of the bigger takeaways from yesterday’s Samsung event was its ever-closer relationship with Microsoft. The two companies are partnering together on everything from mobile gaming bundles, to optimizing their apps and integrating their software. They even announced that you’ll soon be able to use and control multiple apps from…

The gargantuan takeaways from Samsung’s Unpacked bulletins

The gargantuan takeaways from Samsung’s Unpacked bulletins

Samsung’s big Unpacked event went off with just a few hitches. It’s nice to know that even when an event is online some kind of logistical issue can cause AV problems and delay the beginning of a keynote. Makes everything feel a little more normal. I tease — the event itself was actually well executed.…

TikTok has a intrepid sleek notion to uncover over regulators

TikTok has a intrepid sleek notion to uncover over regulators

Programming note: It’s time for our summer vacation! The stretch between January and today is the longest uninterrupted period we have ever written The Interface, and so we’re taking a break to recharge. We return August 17th. On any other day, the memo that Kevin Mayer published Wednesday might have been the talk of the…

Why Microsoft desires TikTok

Why Microsoft desires TikTok

Based on wallpaper by Michael Gillett (Wallpaper Hub) Forty-five days to close the deal At first glance, a Microsoft acquisition of TikTok seems a little unusual. Microsoft has spent years walking back consumer plays like the Groove Music service, the Kinect Xbox accessory, its Microsoft Band fitness device, Windows Phone, and more recently the Mixer…

The tech antitrust hearing was as soon as genuine, certainly

The tech antitrust hearing was as soon as genuine, certainly

Well, we had an antitrust hearing. A long one, too. The House Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the market power of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google ran to nearly six hours, accounting for a handful of delays and intermissions. Alternating Democrats and Republicans asked the CEOs of those companies a combined 217 questions, ranging from pointed…

An unheard of Nintendo leak turns exact into a super problem for archivists

An unheard of Nintendo leak turns exact into a super problem for archivists

For the past week, Nintendo fans have resembled digital archaeologists. Following a massive leak of source code and other internal documents — appropriately dubbed the gigaleak — previously unknown details from the company’s biggest games have steadily trickled out. Those poring over the code have uncovered a new Animal Crossing villager, early prototypes for games…

How Microsoft Flight Simulator returned to the skies

How Microsoft Flight Simulator returned to the skies

A spectacular comeback for a Microsoft icon Let’s play a quick game of word association: Microsoft — Windows? Excel? Xbox? All solid answers. But for me, for a while in the ‘90s at least, I would have immediately answered “Flight Simulator.” Microsoft Flight Simulator is the very first thing I can remember ever doing on…

MSI’s GS66 Stealth nearly has what it takes to beat Razer

MSI’s GS66 Stealth nearly has what it takes to beat Razer

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. For years, Razer has set the standard for making gaming laptops that are compact, slim, and feel great to use. MSI wants to end that streak, and its new GS66 Stealth is actually a viable alternative, at…

Mischief managed

Mischief managed

How MSCHF managed to dominate the internet — with fun! Illustration by Grayson Blackmon / Alex Castro / The Verge Here is the first honorable use of venture capital: using the funds to design, prototype, test, and then build a rubber chicken pipe to smoke weed out of. The first time I saw Puff The…

Xbox Sport Pass is Microsoft’s correct subsequent-gen Xbox

Xbox Sport Pass is Microsoft’s correct subsequent-gen Xbox

Microsoft is gearing up for a different Xbox future If you were heading into Microsoft’s Xbox game showcase yesterday to witness a demonstration of why next-gen gaming and the “world’s most powerful console” matter, you were probably left a little disappointed. Microsoft’s event featured a solid showcase for the future of Xbox and Xbox Game…

‘COVID parties’ are a virus metropolis memoir that won’t creep away

‘COVID parties’ are a virus metropolis memoir that won’t creep away

Amid hosts of reasonable fears about the coronavirus pandemic, there’s also one far more dubious threat: “COVID parties.” As Wired explains in a good exploration of the topic, COVID parties (or “corona parties”) are events where people supposedly expose themselves to the coronavirus on purpose. Medical professionals and government officials have periodically warned about these…

Antitrust investigations aren’t the largest risk to Fb’s future

Antitrust investigations aren’t the largest risk to Fb’s future

I. A week from now, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will be among the CEOs appearing before the House of Representatives’ antitrust committee. Today let’s check in on how the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case is developing. The first thing to say is that the case is developing slower than expected. Once on track to wrap up…

The large Twitter hack can even be a world safety disaster

The large Twitter hack can even be a world safety disaster

You can’t say you didn’t see it coming. Whatever Twitter eventually comes to say about the events of July 15th, 2020, when it suffered the most catastrophic security breach in company history, it must be said that the events were set in motion years ago. Beginning in the spring of 2018, scammers began to impersonate…

Peacock’s no longer-so-secret ingredient in the streaming wars is its free tier

Peacock’s no longer-so-secret ingredient in the streaming wars is its free tier

Peacock is NBCUniversal’s new streaming service and the last major entrant in the colloquial streaming wars. But Gidon Katz, the company’s president of direct to consumer, believes Peacock can win by leaning into something most of its biggest competitors won’t: offering premium entertainment, mostly for free. When Peacock launches tomorrow across the United States, people…

Our ideal burning demand about Apple’s ARM silicon

Our ideal burning demand about Apple’s ARM silicon

For years, Apple has steadily revealed how the ARM-based chips in its mobile phones were catching up in performance to the beefier silicon you’d find inside a laptop or desktop — in 2018, the company claimed its new iPad Pro was faster than 92 percent of portable PCs. At some point, it seemed inevitable that…

Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of workmanship

Sen. Ed Markey on the politics of workmanship

If you’ve ever had an 18-inch satellite dish, you’ve enjoyed the work of Senator Ed Markey. Sen. Markey (D-MA) was there in 1992 as a US Representative when the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act was passed, which regulated cable service pricing, increased competition, and, in his eye, birthed the 18-inch satellite dish. He…

Everything it’s good to always bound TV

Everything it’s good to always bound TV

We live in the era of streaming entertainment, and it’s easier than ever to start watching whatever new Netflix, Prime Video, or Hulu show that your friends and co-workers are raving about. No matter if you’re looking for movies, sports, live TV, or anything else, you can probably stream it, and that’s why consumers have…

TikTok’s success has made it a excellent aim for regulators

TikTok’s success has made it a excellent aim for regulators

I. A recurring theme of this newsletter is that I write about TikTok, make some dark prediction about its future, and then turn out to be totally wrong. In that spirit, I thought today we could look at the particularly newsy week the ByteDance-owned video app has had, and then contribute some additional speculation that…

Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the arrangement ahead for Snapchat

Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the arrangement ahead for Snapchat

On Thursday Snap held its second-ever partner summit as a virtual event, announcing a new suite of products and developer tools for Snapchat. The inaugural event was one of the more memorable tech productions I’ve been to — a high-energy keynote from CEO Evan Spiegel in front of giant vertical screens on a converted Hollywood…

The pleasant tech deals for the July Fourth weekend

The pleasant tech deals for the July Fourth weekend

Tomorrow is July Fourth, or Independence Day if you live in the US. Like all major US holidays, there are some good sales happening on tech that are worth mentioning. We’ve listed the best ones we know about below, broken up by category. Many of them are happening through tomorrow night, so it’s best to…

Gaming can’t fix its abuse topic one particular person at a time

Gaming can’t fix its abuse topic one particular person at a time

Over the last week, dozens of developers, journalists, and streamers have come forward on Twitter with allegations of abuse they’ve endured as part of the video game industry. Their stories span several high-profile companies and include figures in powerful positions. While the sheer number of people speaking up at once is remarkable — and concurrent…

How activists ought to be critical about cybersecurity

How activists ought to be critical about cybersecurity

In this week’s edition of our Vergecast interview series, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and policy editor Russell Brandom talk with cybersecurity expert and founder of CryptoHarlem Matt Mitchell. Mitchell has worked with activists in the US to help them better understand the tools technology offers as well as the threats it can impose. On The…

circulate Disney Plus

circulate Disney Plus

The highly anticipated Disney Plus streaming service, which will likely prove as essential as Netflix to many consumers, is now available. Disney Plus combines content from Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic into a single streaming app. You can dig into Disney Plus’ vault of animated classics, superhero blockbusters, TV shows, and new originals,…