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PS4 vs Xbox One – which one should I get ?

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PS4 Or Xbox One: That Is a Real Question

Tom has purchased a PS4 and his friend Joe is the proud owner of Xbox One. Now Tom and Joe want to have a contest as to which system is better.

They are aware that both Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 (or PS4 for short) are constantly evolving.

Game Library is the first thing to consider. You do not need to use Xbox One for all of Microsoft’s biggest first-party games. Microsoft’s Play Anywhere initiative allows you to buy the digital versions of certain games and play them either on Xbox One or on Windows 10. Hence, if you have a decent gaming PC, you do not need Xbox One. However, Joe needs it as not only does he not have a good gaming PC but also because he knows that not all games can be played on Windows 10. Tom’s PS4 on the other hand allows him to play some older PS2 classics for $15 apiece. He can also stream some PS3 games for $20 a month or on a per game basis. In this comparison Xbox One offers you greater quantity of games whereas PS4 gives you more quality games that you can play only on a console.

Now, how about the looks? Clearly, Tom’s PS4 console is slimmer, lighter and thus more travel friendly than Joe’s Xbox One which makes him a bit jealous. As far as other hardware is concerned, each system’s controller is simply a matter of preference. Tom uses his console a lot so he is really enjoying his skinny PS4 controller. It is also easier and cheaper for him to charge it as it does not require any extra batteries or a charging kit like Joe’s Xbox One. To Tom’s liking his PS4 also supports virtual reality whereas Joe’s Xbox One console doesn’t although Joe will most likely get it with an upcoming Project Scorpio console.

The third round of this contest involves performance and graphics. In terms of resolution, Tom’s PS4 is better than Joe’s Xbox One. PS4 will also support more HDR (High Dynamic Range)-ready games. In case you don’t know this, HDR support allows for richer colors and better brightness.

Next, Tom and Joe want to check which console is more user friendly. It turns out that Tom’s system has more intuitive options for broadcasting gameplay and sharing with friends.

Round 5! Entertainment. Joe is a little bit worried by now. Can you guess why? Well, he has not yet won a single round of this contest. Naturally, he wonders whether or not he will win this one. What do you think? Let’s find out. Xbox One allows you to quickly switch between playing a game and watching a show. You are also able to snap your TV feed to the top right of your screen such that you can watch and play. Even without a cable subscription, Xbox One is able to receive basic over-the-air live TV.  Therefore, Joe’s console is a clear winner here. Good for you, Joe! It’s about time.

The final two rounds in this competition are over value and online experience. Again, a question is: who do you think will win these ones? It should be interesting. Xbox One is more stable online and offers more cloud storage along with more games to play each month. Last but not least, Joe can be happy that his console was much cheaper to buy than Tom’s.

So what do you think is the final result of this contest? Well, both Tom and Joe have won 3 rounds each and drew one so at the end it is a draw!

Hence, Mission Repair Centre believes that choice of a system is entirely up to you and depends solely on what really matters or is important to you from the things we had considered.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

Windows Updates: Things you should Know

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Windows Updates: Things You Should Know

Let’s talk about windows updates. You will learn what they are and why they are so important to you. You will also find out how you should use update features in Windows.

So what are windows updates? To begin, we all know that all software we use needs to be regularly updated from time to time. Same holds true for windows.

Some updates are used to fix both bugs in the code as well as security problems. They can also be used to add functions or features not previously included with the software. Therefore, it is very important that you keep your drivers, applications and your operating system up to date.

Windows Update enables you to download and install recommended and important updates automatically, without having to visit Windows Updates website. To manage them you should go to the Windows Updates console in your Control Panel. “View update history option” will allow you to view a list of previously installed updates. This list will also show you updates that were not installed successfully.

If you hold administrative privileges, you can check for updates and change their settings. Typical settings you could choose from are as follows. You can install them automatically (by default), download and notify (without installing), check for them and notify (without downloading or installing) or check for them manually (not recommended). You are also able to review installed updates and view hidden ones. Choosing to hide an update equals declining it.

As a standard user you can only check for and install new updates. Please remember that Windows Updates rely on Windows Update service, set to start automatically by default.

Updates are classified as either Hot Fixes or Service Packs. A Hot Fix addresses one specific problem with the operating system or its related files. Hot Fixes, created periodically, fix code related problems.

Service Pack or SP identifies a set of hot fixes and other system enhancements. It brings your operating system (OS) up to its most current level. Service Packs are numbered such as SP1, SP2, SP3, etc.

You should be made aware of a couple of things. Hot Fixes and Service Packs are specific to the version of the operating system you are using. If you own a business with several computers, please test your updates before installing them on multiple systems.

There exists another classification for windows updates. They can be viewed as Important, Recommended or Optional.

Important updates address critical security issues. Recommended updates often address functionality issues. Optional updates include driver updates, language packs or updates enhancing or adding functionality to your system.

“Give me recommended updates” option allows us to treat recommended updates same as important ones.

Dynamic updates are downloaded during your Windows system installation. They check for critical updates, using them to patch the OS. They also try to find missing drivers to complete the installation.

Your default Windows Update settings attempt to detect and install important updates every day at 3 am. If your computer is not on at that time, the Windows Update process will start next time you turn your computer on.

Mission Repair Center wants you to remember that keeping your system updated is a part of regular system maintenance. When you experience a problem with a specific device or a program, your first step should be to check for updates and apply them.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

Useful Features of new Windows 10

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Useful Features of Windows 10

You have Windows 10 but you are wondering what benefits you get with this particular version. When you have some free time and feel like playing with your Windows 10 in order to explore some of their great new features, the following overview should help you choose ones you might be interested in.

To begin with, Windows 10 is safer and more secure than previous versions.

Windows Hello is the password free sign in giving you the fastest and most secure way of unlocking your Windows devices. So how exactly do I sign in, you might ask? Well, Windows 10 will grant you access by recognizing your face, fingerprint or companion device.

The new Windows is also the most secure Windows ever built, delivering comprehensive protection which includes antivirus, firewall, Defender and anti-phishing technologies. Increased built-in security features and ongoing updates safeguard you against any current and future threats.

You can now definitely increase your productivity with more innovative tools helping you to stay organized and do things online so that you could quickly get your work done.

Windows 10 uses Microsoft Edge browser which is more personal and responsive. What can you achieve with it? You are able to write directly on webpages and read articles streamlined for cleaner and more responsive reading. Your one-click access to your favorites, downloads, reading list and others allows you to search faster. By writing and typing directly on your web page with Web Note, you can share your mark-ups with others. Finally, you sweep distracting content out of your way with Reading View while browsing so you can only read what you want.

Windows 10 also offers the quickest way to set ideas in motion with Windows Ink which allows you to capture ideas and notes at the speed of thought without being logged in.

You can also do great things faster as Windows is loaded with multitasking tools such as a custom start menu, live tiles, snap assist, task view and virtual desktops.

If you have a laptop, Tablet Mode lets you use it as a tablet such that you can easily and smoothly navigate between apps.

You now get to enjoy Cortana, a more personal digital assistant. What does Cortana do for you? Well, it helps you find things, complete tasks, set reminders and work across your devices more productively. Action Center gives you quick access to things like notifications from Cortana and other apps.

You can also play new Xbox games on Windows 10, staying connected to your gaming community with the Xbox app and playing wherever you might want with in-home streaming.

There are even more features that you might really be interested in.

The new emoji keyboard features a new font and categories of expressive and playful emoji and is available for 25 languages. Windows dark mode allows you to work in low-light conditions such as at night or on a plane. You can now continue playing your music even after locking your screen.

Windows 10 can be used on devices such as 2-in-1 tablets that can replace laptops and phones that can be used like a PC.

The final feature we will discuss is Windows Store. This one allows you to easily download apps, games, music, movies and TV shows.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂