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  • Xbox Boss Wants “To Give Our Games More Time” at E3
    Bald Bouncer
    Though it’s still less than three months away, Microsoft has been teasing its E3 2017 plans for some time now. We know that Project Scorpio will be a major part of the presentation but it seems the company wants to give more time for its games as well.


    This is according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer on Twitter who noted that, “I want to give our games more time on stage at E3. I sometimes feel like we rush telling the story of our games at E3.”

    This could be in reference...
    27-03-2017, 01:26 PM
  • Darksiders, Darksiders 2, and Assassin’s Creed Revelations Newest Backward Compatible
    Bald Bouncer
    Microsoft has announced three new games being added to its list of Xbox 360 backward compatible games running on Xbox One. They’re three AAA Xbox 360 games, and while they’re not ever going to be topping any lists, they’re all reasonably cool games that more people should play and try out.


    The games in question are Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Darksiders, and Darksiders 2. Now to be fair, we already knew about the former two- they had been announced as Games With Gold games...
    25-03-2017, 01:47 PM
  • Games With Gold April Ryse: Son of Rome, The Walking Dead, AC, and Darksiders
    Bald Bouncer
    April will probably be the very best month that Microsoft’s Games With Gold service has had yet- the games for this month will include four rather good titles, across Xbox 360 and Xbox One both- which means that subscribers will be getting some real bang for their buck here.


    Over on the Xbox One, the two headlining titles include Telltale’s The Walking Dead Season 2, and Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome. While the latter particularly was panned upon release, it is the kind of game...
    23-03-2017, 05:01 PM
  • Daytona USA Headlines New Batch Of Xbox One Backward Compatible Games
    Bald Bouncer
    The newest batch of Xbox 360 backward compatible games on the Xbox One has been revealed - it’s a relatively lower profile bunch of games this time around, with the headlining game being Daytona USA. Of course, ardent fans of the classic arcade racer will tell you that Daytona USA is better than just about any other major AAA title Microsoft could have put up on the store- honestly, they’d probably be right, too.


    The other two games that are included as part of this update are...
    23-03-2017, 04:30 PM
  • Halo Wars 2 Receives First Add-On Leader With Kinsano
    Bald Bouncer
    Ranked competitive multiplayer is still missing from Microsoft’s Halo Wars 2 but new content is still coming for the action RTS. A new leader is currently available via DLC – Lt. Colonel Morgan “Inferno” Kinsano. The add-on costs £4.79 and comes with the Season Pass.


    Having first fought for the Insurrection and then the Covenant, Kinsano is now waging war against the Banished on the Spirit of Fire. She’s an interesting personality, willing to burn down the entire Ark before...
    21-03-2017, 04:48 PM
  • Dead Rising 4: Frank Rising Will Be Available On April 4
    Bald Bouncer
    If you don’t own a PlayStation, and can’t play Persona on April 4, you’ll still have something to occupy you- Capcom has announced that Dead Rising: Frank Rising, the newest DLC for last Winter’s Dead Rising 4 which sees Frank West himself become a zombie, will be available on that date. You can purchase it for $9.99 USD, or get it as part of the Season Pass.


    However, if absurdity in your Dead Rising games is what you want, Capcom is more than happy to oblige- Frank West will...
    21-03-2017, 04:29 PM

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  • Xbox One Dashboard Losing The Snap Feature

    Xbox One Dashboard Losing The Snap Feature

    Microsoft has been talking quite a bit lately about its’ upcoming dashboard UI update. One of the details about this refresh that just became available is that it will feature the removal of a function that is one of the more original functions on any console out right now.


    Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra confirmed on Twitter that the Xbox One dashboard will soon not have the Snap function any longer. Ybarra said the removal is so that the dashboard will, “improve multitasking, reduce...
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  • Project Cars Headlines February’s Xbox One Games With Gold

    Project Cars is among the games that will be available free to those gamers who have an Xbox Live Gold account. The racing game with impressive graphics is the headliner when it comes to the Xbox One lineup for the Games with Gold program for February.


    That game will be coming for free, alongside Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime for Xbox One, and Xbox 360 games Star Wars: Force Unleashed and Monkey Island 2 SE. Those excited to get their hands on Project Cars for free will have...
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  • Xbox One New Update Adds ‘Copilot’ Feature, Accessibility Options

    One of the best features on the PS4, I have always felt, is SharePlay - the ability for a player to stream their game to a friend over the internet, and then, over the internet, hand over control of that game, so that their friend can help them through a tricky spot in the game. SharePlay can also be used to effectively approximate and substitute for local co-op- in other words, it’s just an all around great feature, and the kind of ‘next generation evolution’ that this cycle of consoles has...
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  • Xbox One Scorpio Specs Detailed In Leak- ESRAM Gone, Boosted L2 Cache, And More

    So far, we haven’t had much in the way of hard numbers as far as the Xbox One Scorpio goes- Microsoft announced it at E3 last year, with the promise that the system would be able to target 4K gaming, thanks to a 6 TFLOPs GPU- and that was a pretty ambitious promise. It was also the only firm commitment we got from Microsoft.


    Since then, we’ve been left to speculate about what else the system’s specs might entail. Reports earlier this year suggested that Microsoft may be using...
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  • Tekken 6 Headlines Next Batch Of Xbox 360 Backward Compatible Games On Xbox One

    Microsoft continues to build up the catalog of Xbox 360 games that is playable on the Xbox One with its Xbox One Backwards Compatibility initiative. January has been a particularly eventful month for them, and that continues with the addition of Tekken 6 to the list of Xbox 360 games that will be playable on Microsoft’s new console.


    Yes, Tekken 6 will be headlining the next batch of games that are enabled for backwards compatibility- the other two games include Midway Arcade...
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  • TowerFall Ascension Heading to Xbox One on January 25th

    Remember TowerFall Ascension, the crazy 2D multiplayer title that focused on flicking arrows, killing your friends and hopping about stages? After releasing on the PC, PS4 and PS Vita (let’s pretend the Ouya release never happened), it’s finally coming to Xbox One on January 25th as per Eurogamer.


    Developed by Matt Thorson, TowerFall Ascension was pegged for release on Xbox One back in August 2015. Along with a release date for the base game, it was also announced that the latest...
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  • Microsoft Changing The Way The Home Button Works On Xbox One

    Now that 2017 has officially kicked off, Microsoft is working on bringing a new UI update to the Xbox One’s dashboard. While we don’t know all the details yet, or when the UI refresh is officially going to land we do know that the company is going to be changing the way the home button works.


    According to a recent blog post, when users push the home button the guide is going to pop up in just one push. The company has also said the guide is going to be featuring items that Microsoft...
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  • Microsoft Xbox Boss – Cloud Tech Is Working Great, Crackdown 3 World Feels Alive

    Remember ‘the power of the cloud’? That was the big thing that Microsoft and Xbox executives were touting for the Xbox One at the beginning of the generation. In the end, it all came to nothing, of course- while cloud gaming may some day happen in the future, our present day bandwidth infrastructure simply cannot support it.


    There were going to be a lot of cloud powered games, that would make the Xbox One far more powerful than the PS4. In the end, it will be just one game that...
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  • Microsoft’s Position With Exclusive Games Concering After Scalebound Cancellation

    So, you’ve probably heard the news by now - Scalebound is cancelled. Microsoft announced that the eagerly anticipated Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive from Platinum Games’ Hideki Kamiya (known for classics like Resident Evil 2, Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry, Okami, Bayonetta, and The Wonderful 101) was cancelled yesterday, after nearly four years of development.


    I don’t want to get into a post mortem of what happened during the game’s development, and why we ultimately reached...
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  • Crackdown 3 Development “Not Going Too Hot Either” – Insider

    Between Microsoft cancelling Platinum Games’ Scalebound, rumours of the publisher setting difficult milestones for the studio and many pointing out the number of titles that were just outright cancelled by the House of Xbox, things are looking rather dicey for Phil Spencer and his crew.


    And apparently Crackdown 3, an Xbox One/PC title that’s seen delays and lack of information, is also floundering. Industry insider shinobi602 addressed Scalebound’s cancellation on NeoGAF, noting...
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  • Xbox Scorpio ‘Beefier Than Expected,’ Says Halo Developer

    There’s been so much speculation and news flying all around the place when it comes to the Scorpio that at some point, you’re not sure just what you should believe, and what you should be skeptical of. So it’s always nice when some official sources decide to oblige us with comments that can nudge us in the right direction.


    This happened recently on NeoGAF, when Halo developer 343 Industries’ Frank O’Connor posted in the thread dedicated to the discussion of the Scorpio possibly...
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  • Conan Exiles Trailer Features Combat, Crafting and Much More

    Funcom’s Conan Exiles has received a new trailer and it showcases the game’s gameplay mechanics. Creative director Joel Bylos and lead designer Oscar Lopez Lacalle detail the different parts of the game like combat, crafting and building. The duo also talks about what the giant sandbox offers players.


    What’s interesting is how much of a role combat plays in the whole experience. “Building is a big part of Conan Exiles and you will need to build smart and build strong in order...
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  • Halo The Master Chief Collection Could Receive More Updates

    343 Industries’ Halo: The Master Chief Collection didn’t exactly have the best launch in the history of gaming. The Xbox One compilation of past Halo titles released in 2014 and faced several bugs and issues including long matchmaking times, server issues, you name it.


    Though the developer has improved on the experience dramatically, it’s still far from great. Support isn’t completely over though. Community manager Brian Jarrard recently commented on a post from the Halo sub-Reddit...
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  • Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Car Pack Now Available

    Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Car Pack Now Available

    Another month and another car pack becomes available for Forza Horizon 3 fans. The Rockstar Car Pack can be picked up and features quite the exotic selection of vehicles. These include the 2015 Volvo V60 Polestar, 2015 Radical RXC Turbo, 1972 Ford Falcon XA GT-HO, 1987 Nissan Skyline GTS-R (R31), 2014 Ford #11 Rockstar F-150 Trophy Truck, 2016 Bentley Bentayga and the 2015 BMW i8 which is making its debut for the first time in a video game. The Rockstar Car Pack is available with the Forza Horizon...
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  • Alan Wake and Quantum Break’s Linear Gameplay Was A ‘Missed Opportunity’

    Remedy are an extremely talented studio- they changed the game with Max Payne, and while Alan Wake‘s impact wasn’t as far reaching, it was an excellent game that remains beloved to this day. And sure, they dropped the ball with Quantum Break, but everyone is allowed a dud or two- Quantum Break doesn’t take away from their talent and what they have accomplished so far. Especially when Remedy have a chance to learn from where they went wrong, and grow in the future.


    Speaking to...
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  • Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra: Project Scorpio Is ‘Going Well’

    We’re headed into the new year, the year that Microsoft will finally be detailing more of their upcoming Xbox One Scorpio, ahead of its Holiday 2017 launch. However, it’s not like they haven’t talked about the system so far- in fact, one could easily make the argument that they have talked too much about it. So of course, excited and eager fans want to learn more of it.


    When Xbox’s Mike Ybarra decided to take to Twitter to answer some of these questions, we ended up learning...
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  • Forza Motorsport 7 Leaked By Fanatec CEO

    Forza Motorsport 7 Leaked By Fanatec CEO

    At this point, we all probably expected a Forza Motorsport 7 for next year- over the last few years, Microsoft’s racing franchise has settled into a nice, comfortable rhythm of a Motorsport game releasing one year, and a Horizon game releasing the next. With Forza Horizon 3 releasing this year, it was Forza Motorsport 7‘s turn next year.


    However, even with the general predictability of the franchise’s release schedule, Microsoft are unlikely to be happy with Fanatec CEO Thomas...
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  • Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Looking “Pretty Good” in January

    The Xbox One will be receiving even more backwards compatible Xbox 360 games in 2017 and while that’s pretty much a given, Xbox boss Phil Spencer hinted at January’s line-up looking “pretty good”.


    Spencer made the comment on Twitter when a fan asked if he could pre-announce a future backwards compatible game. He simply replied that, “January looks pretty good for [backwards compatibility].”

    He noted in another tweet that, “Back compat was good as it brought a bunch...
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  • Xbox January Games With Gold: Killer Instinct Season 2, The Cave and More

    Xbox Live Gold members will have quite the line-up of games to play in January 2017. Microsoft has announced next month’s free Games With Gold which begins with World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap for Xbox One and Double Fine’s The Cave on Xbox 360 from January 1st onwards.


    On January 16th, Killer Instinct Season 2 will be the next free title on Xbox One along with Rayman Origins on Xbox 360. Thanks to backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, you effectively gain...
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  • Bully, Catherine And Other Xbox 360 Backwards Compatible Games On Xbox One Announced

    Microsoft has announced the final group of Xbox 360 games this year that are going to get backwards compatibility on Xbox One. As is usually the case, Major Nelson announced the new group of games on Twitter.


    Among the new games that are going to be playable on the Xbox One are some of the most beloved classic games, including Bully and Raskulls. Catherine, Sky Dive, Planets Under Attack and CLANNAD (only in Japan) are also going to be playable on the current generation console....
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  • Forza Horizon 3’s Blizzard Mountain Expansion Available Now

    Forza Horizon 3‘s Blizzard Mountain expansion pack, which was originally announced last month, is now finally available. it is available on the Microsoft Store right now for $20, if you don’t own the Expansion Pass for the game. If you did buy the $35 Expansion Pass, then the download is available to you for absolutely free.


    To celebrate the new release, Playground Games and Microsoft have released a thrilling new launch trailer for the expansion, which you can see below. Blizzard...
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  • Forza Horizon 3 Blizzard Mountain Trailer Teases Snowy Races

    Forza Horizon 3 had a pretty strong launch in September, releasing to both critical and commercial acclaim, and while Playground Games has kept fans busy with car packs each month, the most significant content additions will be coming by way of two new expansions. The first is Blizzard Mountain for which a teaser has been released below. Check it out.


    The teaser is short but displays some of the areas players will be racing on, including what seem to be frozen-over lakes. Sports-cars...
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  • State of Decay 2 Has “Substantially Larger” World Than Original

    State of Decay 2 is one of Microsoft’s more under-stated exclusives for 2017 but given the success of the original, it could end up being a dark horse. Then again, we do know that it will have a large world than the original.


    This is per Undead Labs CEO Jeff Strain telling IGN that, “I know SoD fans are hungry for details on number and size of maps, regions, kilometers of playable area, etc, but we’re not quite ready for that. For now, suffice it to say that the playable...
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  • Crackdown 3 Releasing in Holiday 2017 “Or Earlier”

    Crackdown 3 is still very much alive and if Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s reassurances weren’t enough, Microsoft Studios art director Dave Johnson recently announced during an Extra Life livestream that it would be out in holiday 2017 “or earlier”. NeoGAF also pointed out Johnson’s confirmation of 4K resolution support for Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, which is also slated to release in holiday 2017.


    The obvious assumption is that Crackdown 3, besides being delayed for additional polish...
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  • Gears of War 4 Xbox One and PC Cross Play Test Will Start This Weekend

    Gears of War 4 is playable across the Windows 10 and Xbox One versions, at least for the co-op modes in the game- but now, it will soon be playable across both platforms in competitive modes, too. The Coalition have announced that starting this Friday, they will be holding a special Gears of War 4 crossplay test weekend to evaluate the potential of allowing PC and Xbox One gamers to play togetherbeyond just ht eco-op multiplayer modes.


    “Crossplay is divisive in any Versus experience,...
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  • Sea of Thieves New Trailer Shows Us A World Beyond The Ships

    Sea of Thieves‘ showings so far have largely focused on the ships in the game, with maybe a few cursory glances at the islands every now and then. Now, with this new video, Rare show us the outposts that can be found in the game’s world, as well as how players can build them- and at last, we get to see a world in this game beyond just the ships that we will admittedly be spending most of our time on.


    The video stars Environment Artist Joe Bradford, and goes into detail about...
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