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China lifts ban on sale of foreign consoles

The decision by the State Council will allow the likes of Microsoft and Sony to sell to the Chinese - but it's not certain who can afford to buy their wares

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Microsoft has sold 2 million of its new games console Xbox One since its launch, the computer giant announced yesterday, catching up to rival Sony's Playstation 4.

Microsoft issues warning after fake Xbox One 'hack' leaves gamers with broken consoles

Six step guide promises users they can unlock backwards compatibility but instead leaves consoles completely inoperable

Microsoft 'disrupts' ZeroAccess, one of the world's largest botnets

Two million infected computers cost advertisers £1.7m each month through click fraud, whilst also targeting the public through infected search results

Microsoft brands governments a 'persistent threat' alongside malware and cyber attacks

Maker of the world's most popular operating system joins Yahoo and Google in offering encryption as default for customers and their data

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Sony's PS4 sells more than 2.1 million consoles since launch

Initially released in the US on November 15, the console is now available in 32 countries

The Playstation 4 console retails for £349 – £80 less than its rival Microsoft's Xbox One system

PS4 beats Xbox One to become UK’s fastest ever selling console

Sony's console sold more than a million consoles during its US launch, and has now beaten records in the UK

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