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 ultimate and most eldritch

The DS used to be Nintendo at its ultimate and most eldritch

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…

Price Zuckerberg on why he doesn’t must “put an Apple Take into accounts for your face”

Price Zuckerberg on why he doesn’t must “put an Apple Take into accounts for your face”

Social networks contain multitudes. One day you’re writing about internal dissent over the company’s ability to uproot influence campaigns and election interference; the very next, you’re watching a live stream of the same company’s foray into virtual reality helmets and designer mixed reality glasses. At a company with as many interests as Facebook has, different…

Oculus Quest 2 review: better, less pricey VR

Oculus Quest 2 review: better, less pricey 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…

What newsrooms can be taught from threat modeling at Facebook

What newsrooms can be taught from threat modeling at Facebook

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,…

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: an extravagant success

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review: 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…

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…

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

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

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…

Apple and Epic must grab over better than marvelous a grab

Apple and Epic must grab over better than marvelous a grab

Yesterday saw the first of what promises to be many, many hearings in the Apple vs Epic legal battle over Apple’s App Store policies and fees. That first hearing was preliminary to the preliminaries, merely designed to see if Apple should be forced to reinstate Epic’s developer privileges immediately while the court figures out whether…

What we listen to whereas working from home

What we listen to whereas working from home

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…

Facebook is making Oculus’s worst feature unavoidable

Facebook is making Oculus’s worst feature 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…

Samsung announces Galaxy Expose 20 and Expose 20 Extremely

Samsung announces Galaxy Expose 20 and Expose 20 Extremely

If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. Samsung has officially announced 2020’s Galaxy Note lineup. There are two models this year: the regular Galaxy Note 20 and the high-end Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Both feature the main thing that differentiates the Note line —…

Apple has finally met its Fortnite match

Apple has finally 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 honest kicked Fortnite off the App Store

Apple honest 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…

TikTok has a brave original thought to assemble over regulators

TikTok has a brave original thought to assemble 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…

Microsoft and Samsung want each a bunch of now bigger than ever

Microsoft and Samsung want each a bunch of now bigger 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…

Why Microsoft needs TikTok

Why Microsoft needs 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 listening to used to be factual, in actuality

The tech antitrust listening to used to be factual, in actuality

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 unparalleled Nintendo leak turns staunch into a safe pickle for archivists

An unparalleled Nintendo leak turns staunch into a safe pickle 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…

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 Circulate is Microsoft’s merely subsequent-gen Xbox

Xbox Sport Circulate is Microsoft’s merely 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 narrative that won’t trek away

‘COVID parties’ are a virus metropolis narrative that won’t trek 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…

Our ideal burning query about Apple’s ARM silicon

Our ideal burning query 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…

TikTok’s success has made it a large diagram for regulators

TikTok’s success has made it a large diagram 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 manner ahead for Snapchat

Evan Spiegel on maps, Minis, and the manner 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…

Gaming can’t fix its abuse self-discipline one individual at a time

Gaming can’t fix its abuse self-discipline one individual 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…

Turning off political ads on Facebook would perchance perchance perchance dangle unpredictable consequences

Turning off political ads on Facebook would perchance perchance perchance dangle unpredictable consequences

Programming note: The Interface is off on Thursday. Back on Monday. It seems hard to believe now, but there was a time when political advertising was relatively uncontroversial. Sure, individual ads regularly proved to be controversial, from the nuclear provocations of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Daisy” to racist fear-mongering of George H.W. Bush’s “Willie Horton.” And…

How activists will contain to be lively on cybersecurity

How activists will contain to be lively on 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…