Microsoft has announced that "mainstream support" for Windows 7 will run until January 13 next year.
After this date, the operating system will enter "extended support" until 2020, which is limited to security updates and paid hotfix services.
"Extended support lasts for five years and includes security updates at no cost, and paid hotfix support," said Microsoft in a statement. "Microsoft will not accept requests for design changes or new features during the extended support phase."
The computing giant also announced that several of its other services will enter extended support in January 2015, including Windows Server 2008, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Storage Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and Dynamics.
Software packages such as Host Integration Server 2004, Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004, Systems Management Server 2003, Visual FoxPro 9.0 and Windows CE 5.0 are among those reaching the end of their support.
Microsoft pulled the plug on its Windows XP support in April, a move that hit businesses hard given that the OS was running on a large number of company machines across the world.
Sony president Shuhei Yoshida has compared this year's PS4 lineup with that of the Xbox One.
Asked by Eurogamer how Sony's lineup stacks up against Microsoft's, Yoshida said: "Very well, very very well.
"Games like Destiny coming out, The Last of Us HD, it's a new game to play for people who didn't play on PS3."
Yoshida also said that 17% of PS4 owners didn't own a last-gen console, while close to 50% didn't have a PS3.
"Almost 50% of people who have purchased a PS4 didn't own a PS3, and that's lots of people that missed exclusive PS3 titles like The Last of Us, so it's a great way to welcome those people back to PlayStation, saying this is what you missed," he added.
Upcoming PlayStation exclusives include The Last of Us: Remastered, Driveclub and LittleBigPlanet 3.
The PS4 will also host games such as Uncharted 4 and The Order 1886.
Xbox One fans, meanwhile, can look forward to the likes of Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Microsoft has denied dropping plans to enable Xbox One retail units to double as developer kits.
Earlier today, Xbox Advanced Technology Group's Martin Fuller said during a Q&A that there were now "no plans" for the feature to be introduced.
A Microsoft spokesperson has since told Digital Spy: "The comments today were inaccurate. We remain committed to ensuring the best possible solutions for developers and hobbyists to create games for Xbox One. We will share more details at a later date."
Pricing for Hearthstone's single-player 'Curse of Naxxramas' DLC has been announced by Blizzard.
The add-on content, which introduces new dungeons, bosses and cards over the course of five weeks, will be available in its entirety for £17.49 ($24.99).
Alternatively, players can purchase individual wings of the dungeon for £4.99 ($6.99), or use in-game gold to unlock the wings for free.
Users who already own the first two or three wings can purchase remaining areas at a discounted price.
The remaining four wings cost £13.99 ($19.99), three wings are available for £11.49 ($14.99), while two wings cost £6.99 ($9.99).
Set in the Arachnid Quarter, the first wing will be free to all Hearthstone players.
The single-player 'Curse of Naxxramas' DLC will be available in July.
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft recently made its debut on iPad, having previously launched on PC and Mac.
Blizzard has temporarily ruled out a console version, explaining that its next priority is releasing the game on Android.
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Lords of the Fallen's release date has been announced by Square Enix.
The action role-playing game will make its Xbox One, PS4 and PC debut on October 31.
Developed by Deck 13 and CI Games, Lords of the Fallen has been compared to Dark Souls.
The game revolves around a convicted criminal named Harkyn, who must prevent a war between humanity and the defeated gods of old.
Unlike Dark Souls, however, it will feature an increased emphasis on story, as well as a combat system inspired by fighting games.
Lords of the Fallen will run at 1080p on PS4, something which the development team admitted was "slightly tougher" to achieve on Xbox One.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire users will be able to build 'Super-Secret Bases'.
Fans will be able to build fully customisable bases, which can be used as Pokemon gyms to challenge other players.
Players will be able to share their creations via StreetPass or by generating a QR code.
After visiting a base and challenging its owner to a battle, users can then invite that player back to their own base to become 'Secret Pals'.
'Secret Pals' can battle each other at will, and can also support each other during the course of the adventure.
Bases also include a capture-the-flag activity, which gives users the chance to collect secret flags to earn new ranks, rewards and skills for Secret Pals.
The reimagined versions of Game Boy Advance titles Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire will launch on November 28, 2014.
The original games sold over 16.22 million copies worldwide on Game Boy Advance.
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Microsoft is offering a $75 rebate to select Xbox 360 customers who purchase an Xbox One.
As a thank you to Xbox fans, users who receive the promotional email will receive $75 credit if they upgrade to Xbox One.
The promotional code can be used on games, add-on content, movies and more.
The credit scheme is also available in the UK and Canada, although the criteria for selection and amount of credit is yet to be confirmed.
"This short-term promotion is offered to select Xbox fans in the US, Canada and the UK," a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer.
"We are always looking for opportunities to bring promotions like this to our customers, but we have nothing further to share at this time."
Users who receive an email must claim their credit by the end of the month, but have until the end of the year to spend it.
The Xbox website was recently updated to display Xbox One profiles.
The official website now displays console-specific data, including Achievements, game clips and the expanded friends list.
American officials have ordered some overseas airports to heighten security checks on US-bound flights, measures that include closer screening of electronic devices.
The new regulations will require passengers to switch on their smartphones, tablets and laptops prior to boarding to prove that they are real.
This means that devices with no battery life must be left behind, unless the traveller is willing to abandon their flight.
"During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones," said US government body the Transportation Security Administration.
"Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveller may also undergo additional screening."
London's Heathrow airport is among the overseas sites implementing the new measures, according to BBC News.
Transport officials in the US announced the policy last week, but did not clarify why increased security is required.
A researcher has responded to an article published by The Sun, which has run with the headline 'Gaming as addictive as heroin'.
The piece, which says that "Britain is in the grip of a gaming addiction which poses as big a health risk as alcohol and drug abuse", pointed to a London-based clinic which receives 5,000 calls a year from concerned parents, as well as a "dopamine levels
Director of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University Dr Mark Griffiths, who supplied a questionnaire to the two-page article that allows readers to take a quiz to see whether they are addicted to games, said that such widespread gaming addiction claims were "incorrect".
"I've spent well over 25 years studying video game addiction," he told Eurogamer.
"If we're we're going to use the word addiction we have to use the same concepts, signs and symptoms we find in other more traditional addictions, like withdrawal and tolerance. By doing that, the number of people who end up being addicted by my criteria are actually few and far between.
"The little thing I did for The Sun is actually based on real criteria I use in my research. The number of people who would score seven out of ten of those items I put in The Sun today, I'd find it very hard to believe there would be more than a handful of people out there that would score high on all those things.
"You'd probably get a lot of people who might endorse three or four of them, but that doesn't mean they're addicted. That might be somebody who has problems with it."
While Dr Griffiths stressed that addiction to games does exist, cases are a "very tiny minority" and "most kids can afford to play three hours a day without it impacting on their education, their ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Battleborn has been announced as a new franchise from Borderlands studio Gearbox Software.
The first-person shooter is a battle arena-based multiplayer game similar to DOTA 2 and League of Legends.
All players start on an equal playing field before fast-paced levelling sees each unique character gain new abilities in five-versus-five matches fleshed out with computer-controlled minions.
The intergalactic story sees a universe of diverse heroes, from an immortal samurai to a minigun-wielding giant, competing over the last star, with each character set to play radically differently from those in other first-person games.
"Borderlands was an experience gamers didn't even know they wanted, wrapping a fusion of first-person shooting and loot-grabbing RPG elements in a living comic book art style," read the preview on this month's Game Informer cover story.
"Gearbox wants to change your perception of genres once again with Battleborn."
Battleborn will be a retail release on PS4, Xbox One and PC.