Forza Motorsport 7 lands on Windows 10, Xbox One consoles October 3

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LOS ANGELES—Shortly after his employer introduced the brand-new Xbox One X, Forza game series producer Dan Greenawalt stepped on stage to confirm what had been assumed, and even leaked, in advance: Forza Motorsport 7 is coming to all Xbox One systems and Windows 10 PCs on October 3. The game will be the first in the “mainline” Forza series to launch on Windows 10.

To add some more sizzle to the expected announcement, Greenawalt introduced a previously unannounced Porsche car to the E3 demonstration crowd: a Porsche 2018 911 GT2 RS. “Like the Xbox One X, it’s a monster,” Greenawalt said about his shiny on-stage friend.

Forza Motorsport 7‘s debut included visual perks that are apparent even without an Xbox One X-friendly 4K TV, including rain, mud, and noticeable particle effects. Members of the crowd could watch separate gameplay feeds during the game’s introduction, including a drive through a rainy Nürburgring.

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Pegatron sees decreasing 2016 revenues

Pegatron Technology has announced consolidated revenues of NT$1,157.7 billion (US$39.01 billion) for May, down 4.6% on year with gross margins reaching around 5.4%, net profits of NT$19.3 billion, down 19% on year, and EPS of NT$7.50.
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Uber board to adopt all recommendations from investigation into company culture

(Reuters) — Uber’s board of directors voted unanimously to adopt all recommendations from a report stemming from allegations of sexual harassment at the company and other employee concerns, a board representative said on Sunday.

The board, at a meeting on Sunday, adopted a series of recommendations from former U.S Attorney General Eric Holder following a sprawling, multi-month investigation into Uber’s cultures and practices.

The recommendations will be released to Uber employees on Tuesday, said the representative, who declined to be identified.

Holder and his law firm were retained by Uber in February to investigate company practices after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post detailing what she described as sexual harassment and the lack of a suitable response by senior managers.

The recommendations in Holder’s firm’s report are expected to force greater controls on spending, human resources and other areas where executives led by Chief Executive Travis Kalanick have had a surprising amount of autonomy for a company with more than 12,000 employees, a source familiar with the matter said.

The meeting, which Uber did not publicize, is a pivotal moment for the world’s most valuable venture-backed private company that has upended the tightly regulated taxi industry in many countries but has also run into legal trouble with a rough-and-tumble approach to local regulations and the way it handles employees and drivers.

Uber’s image, culture and practices have been largely defined by Kalanick’s brash approach, company insiders and investors previously told Reuters.

Also at the meeting on Sunday, board members were expected to discuss Kalanick temporarily stepping away from the embattled ride-hailing firm – possibly returning to a role with less authority – and other changes to executive leadership.

The board’s decisions follow a series of public-relations crises for Uber. The company faces a criminal probe related to a technology it created called Greyball that was used to deceive regulators in cities where it was operating. Its self-driving car program is in jeopardy after a lawsuit from Alphabet Inc alleging trade secrets theft, and the company has suffered an exodus of several of its top executives.

One Uber investor called the board’s decisions on Sunday a step in the right direction, giving Uber an “opportunity to reboot.”

(Reporting by Heather Somerville and Joseph Menn; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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Xbox One X Pre-order Updates

Microsoft unveiled the complete details about the Xbox One X, formerly known as Xbox Scorpio, at the E3 2017 on June 11. The Xbox One X will be released on November 7 for $499.99.The Xbox One X is…
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Xbox One expanding backwards compatibility to original Xbox games

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LOS ANGELES—Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed a surprise expansion to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility program: original Xbox games. As in, the Xbox “1” before the 2013 console arrived and created name confusion.

“Our team of engineers are working hard to bring some of your favorite original Xbox games to today’s Xbox One library,” Spencer told the Los Angeles Galen Center crowd. Spencer took the opportunity to only confirm one game coming from the OG Xbox to Xbox One’s backwards compatibility: beloved multiplayer shooter Crimson Skies.

Crimson Skies!

Crimson Skies! (credit: Microsoft)

He also insisted that original Xbox games will “look better and play better” on Xbox One. As X360 backwards compatibility has shown, that system’s case-by-case game improvements tend to focus on more rigidly locked frame rates. We’ll report on any perceptible performance gains if we play OG Xbox games on the E3 show floor this week.

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