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Xbox One bundle

Next Xbox One holiday bundle goes nostalgic

Gears of Capitalism
Sep 29
// Steven Hansen
Microsoft is announcing one new Xbox One bundle every day this week, starting with yesterday's Rise of the Tomb Raider set, which is only available in Best Buy and Microsoft stores, at least in the US. Next is the Xbox One 1T...
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Xbox One

Xbox exec believes Scalebound will boost Xbox One sales in Japan

Which is currently outsold by PS3
Sep 29
// Chris Carter
Although Microsoft managed the Xbox 360 situation in Japan, the Xbox One's fate is less clear. Just a few months ago it was outsold by the PS3, and it seems as if the only answer Microsoft has is exclusives with big-ticket Ja...
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Tomb Raider bundle

Tomb Raider is the star of Microsoft's first holiday Xbox One bundle

Just the first of five
Sep 28
// Brett Makedonski
Late last week, I warned everyone who's thinking about buying an Xbox One to hold off for the weekend. That's paying dividends early Monday morning. Microsoft has revealed the first of five holiday Xbox One bundles that will ...
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Xbox One

You'll probably want to hold off on buying an Xbox One for just a bit

Better things are just around the corner
Sep 25
// Brett Makedonski
Save for those of you who find an absolute killer deal on an Xbox One, everyone else may want to refrain for a week or so from upgrading to Microsoft's latest and greatest. Something awfully enticing may be just around the co...
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Killer Instinct

More Killer Instinct Season 3 info is coming soon

Would like some PC details too
Sep 25
// Chris Carter
Killer Instinct had a pretty massive showing at E3, followed by a surprise beta period for Rash, and then...that's basically all the news we've heard since then. Thankfully, more news is coming next week, as the develope...
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Duh: Halo 6 is in development, according to developer 343

In the planning phases
Sep 25
// Chris Carter
Oh hey, Halo 5 isn't out yet, and it looks like Halo 6 is in development. This is probably surprising to no one, since this is how the AAA cycle is handled these days, though it's always interesting to hear an exact conf...
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Fable 4

Lionhead talks about Fable 4

...and it ain't happening. Yet
Sep 24
// Vikki Blake
Lionhead Studios has no plans to start work on Fable 4. Replying to a commenter on Twitter, the developer confirmed that it was not yet developing a fourth instalment of the franchise, but was instead concentrating effor... upgrades photo upgrades is now slightly more useful

Hear voice messages, search for demos
Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
If you use to queue downloads or check your Xbox Live messages, there's good news on that front. The site now shows game demos in search results (I always wondered about that) and lets you listen to voice messages. Minor improvements, but very much appreciated. If you don't use, well, enjoy this image. Website Receives Updates And Adds New Features [Major Nelson]

Halo 5: Guardians has some new toys but a familiar feel

Sep 23 // Rey Gutierrez
What they say. Set eight months after the end of Halo 4, Halo 5: Guardians dives into the intrigue surrounding the Master Chief as he breaks away from the UNSC to uncover the truth of inexplicable events. Close on his heels, Spartan Locke, a legendary manhunter with Fireteam Osiris and a rising new star in the UNSC, is hunting the Master Chief to find answers of his own. Experience the most dramatic Halo story to date in a 4-player cooperative epic that spans three incredible worlds and a galaxy of war with itself. Halo 5: Guardians is evolving. What Rey & Kayla Like Visually, the game is vibrant. It's full of color pops, explosions, and beautifully rendered characters and textures. Takes full advantage of the Xbox One. Jumping and climbing/clambering allows you to explore new heights, gain better vantage points on enemies, and discover hidden skulls and terminals more easily than ever before. Your days spending 45 minutes trying to glitch jump that rock wall are pretty much over! Spartan Charge introduces a new melee mechanic. It allows you to break through certain walls and structures, sometimes as part of the storyline, sometimes on your own exploration to discover hidden rooms and pathways. Spartan Charge also acts as a one-hit shield breaker on enemies, amplifying close-quarters combat. Revive and Tracking, new abilities specifically for Campaign, allow you to call for help or aid fallen teammates, and always know where your objective is (which I ended up using quite a bit, due to the world feeling much more open and expansive). Listening to the Covenant chatter is always amusing. I spent more time trolling a Grunt waiting to hear what he has to say about the Master Chief, than actually following the campaign mission. Halo veterans may find the new 60fps off putting by removing the cinematic immersion of Halo (or junk in the trunk), but after getting acclimated -- Halo 5 is smooth, easy on the eyes and just pure joy to control, especially on the Xbox One’s controller, and fantastic use of the Rumbling Triggers. What Rey & Kayla Dislike Watching Master Chief take a knee and request assistance from a squad mate when he’s down will take some getting use to. It reeks more of Gears of War than a new gameplay enhancement. The all-knowing and all-seeing AI favorite, Cortana, has been replaced with a Master Chief who uncharacteristically talks too much. Your fireteam AI (Blue Team: Kelly-087, Fred-104, Linda-058) and fireteam Osiris are nonexistent for the most part and operate autonomously. They’ll aimlessly follow you around and partake in the firefight with generic “bro-chatter” that you’d hear in a Call of Duty game, and not nearly as witty, random, or entertaining as a UNSC Marine. But you can give your fireteam contextual commands like “Go To Location, Attack My Target, Use Turret or Vehicle,” even if they’re acting more like distractions or decoy for enemies. “Run and gun” is not a recommended strategy. Keeping an eye on your ammo (there's never enough ammo), bouncing around high vantage points (Ground Pound) to avoid enemies, and remembering which ability does what leads to a lot more strategy and thinking than most Halo veterans are used to. More Halo 5: Guardians Facts Three epic worlds, epic battle, and epic scale A gripping story full of new and returning fan-favorite character, and introducing enemies that will change the Halo universe forever. The ability to play through the entire campaign either solo or with up to three other friends online through seamless drop-in/out co-op on dedicated servers. Make your team a deadly weapon, by commanding them with Halo 5: Guardian’s Fireteam AI or team up with friends online and experience the story through the perspective of your Spartan teams. Expansive, complex battlefields designed to support more players, more enemies, and even more intense, epic-scale battles than ever before. Kayla’s final initial thoughts on previewing Halo 5: Guardians. "Tons of new abilities for campaign AND multiplayer that will change the way people play, but there’s still enough that feels true to the Halo franchise that OG players aren’t going to feel abandoned. Definitely some new game types that I know are going to suck every minute out of my days when it’s released. And of course I’m excited to see the storyline play out. We got a pretty good preview that sparked some feels, so I’m ready to see where they go with it! Is it October yet?"
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Meet Kelly, Fred, Linda, and John!
Master Chief, Cortana, Grunts, Elites and the UNSC, all names that should sound familiar to Halo fans and fans of gaming alike. Before we had "Guardians," there was just evolved combat in the original Halo: Combat Evolved, ...

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Halo 5: Guardians

Halo 5 podcast 'Hunt the Truth' returns today

I'm probably too excited for this
Sep 22
// Mike Cosimano
Let's be honest with each other. Hunt the Truth, a Serial-esque podcast set in the Halo universe, is a marketing tool. It exists so people can get excited for Halo 5: Guardians. But you know what? It's actually fantastic...
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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider trailer shows off hot grappling hook action

Also: tomb exploding
Sep 21
// Darren Nakamura
Lara Croft probably has some sort of death wish. Mountain climbing can be good exercise and recreation, but I don't think anybody in her right mind would swing from a grappling hook, launch 30 feet, then catch on a vertical r...
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PS4 price cut

Xbox boss predicts PS4 price cut for the West

Markdown coming in Japan this October
Sep 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Speaking with IGN, Xbox kingpin Phil Spencer asserted his belief that a PlayStation 4 price drop in western markets is around the corner following Sony Japan's recent markdown announcement. "I fully expect they [PlayStation] ...
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Xbox One

Xbox One Elite controller coming October 27

Hope you've been saving up
Sep 20
// Kyle MacGregor
Microsoft's Xbox One Elite controller seems to be targeting an October 27 release date, according to a number of retailers, including Amazon, GameStop, and Microsoft's own online storefront. That would mean the customiza...
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Xbox cloud storage

Xbox 360 cloud storage bumped up to 2GB

Good news for backward compatibility
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
Microsoft pushed out an update on Xbox 360 today that extends the console's cloud storage -- you'll now have 2GB of space for your precious save files. That's not all: Accept Terms of Use – You can now connect your Xbo...
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Microsoft snubs Mario, nods to Zelda on bullshit made-up holiday

Super Mario Bros. 30th anniversary
Sep 14
// Steven Hansen
Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. Fine. But, also, the Internet keeps trying to convince me that it was also "8-bit Day," one of those bullshit, made-up holidays from the folks that brought you the insuf...
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Xbox One overhaul

What to expect from the New Xbox One Experience

Preview invites are going out soon
Sep 10
// Jordan Devore
In November, Xbox One will undergo a user interface overhaul. It's a substantial change. The new dashboard is powered by Windows 10, which Microsoft promises will help "get you to popular gaming features up to 50 percent fast...
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Xbox Live Indie Games is shutting down

Just... very... very... slowly
Sep 10
// Joe Parlock
Xbox Live Indie Games, the program that allowed people to make and sell their own games through Xbox Live, is in the process of what is possibly the slowest shutting down I have ever seen. An email sent out to developers on t...
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Halo 5

Halo 5's multiplayer won't be a democracy

Or a cheerocracy
Sep 09
// Brett Makedonski
We've written recently about some changes in Halo 5: Guardians that fans will have to get used to. Another of those has surfaced. 343 Industries will be in complete control of what maps get played in multiplayer. Josh &n...
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Ex-Xbox boss: 'I think there will be another generation' of consoles

But what would it look like?
Sep 08
// Vikki Blake
Former Xbox boss, Robbie Bach, believes that there will be another generation of consoles... but they probably won't look, or operate, much like they do today.  Talking to Geekwire, Bach -- who was head of Xbox for ...
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Gears of War

Play all Gears of War: Ultimate Edition modes on all maps

New update removes restrictions
Sep 02
// Vikki Blake
All game modes in Gears of War: Ultimate Edition will be available across all maps as of today. The latest update removes restrictions from the playlists that stopped certain modes being played on certain maps.  Dev...
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Halo 5: Guardians

Watch the Halo 5: Guardians opening cinematic

Enough military speak to sink a fleet
Sep 01
// Joe Parlock
Halo 5: Guardians is on the horizon, and so 343 Industries has given us a peek of the game’s opening cinematic. It’s got your usual Halo stuff: Covenant, people in absurdly big armour, and lots of holograms. The ...
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Microsoft unveils new Xbox One Elite bundle, exclusive GameStop controller

$499 and $64.99 respectively
Aug 31
// Chris Carter
Microsoft has announced the new Xbox One Elite Bundle, which will come with a 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive and an Xbox Elite Wireless controller. It's priced at $499, on sale in November at GameStop and the Microsoft Store. W...
Courtesy of Xbox and The Coalition
The original Gears of War is back almost nine years to the day on Xbox One with the HD soul-patched Gears of War Ultimate Edition. To celebrate, Xbox and The Coalition are giving away a custom Xbox One designed by The Coaliti...

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Cops arrest 6 teens linked to Lizard Squad

DDoS attacks are bad
Aug 28
// Robert Summa
Remember when our beloved Sony and Microsoft servers were continually down last year because some idiots sitting behind their keyboards thought it'd be cool to cripple an entire population of gamers? Well, the authorities hav...
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Forza 6 demo

Forza 6 will be getting a demo on September 1

Five days early if you bought Ultimate
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Forza Motorsport 6 has gone gold, and as a result, a demo will appear on Xbox Live on September 1. If you sprang for the Ultimate Edition of the game you'll be able to access the entire thing five days early, but for everyone...
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Call of Duty

The Black Ops 3 beta on Xbox One is stuck in the trenches

Codes not working for many users
Aug 26
// Laura Kate Dale
So, picture the scene. You've been patiently waiting weeks for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta to hit your Xbox One. The day has finally arrived. You input your code for the beta and get told it's invalid. You are not alon...
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Check out these hand-drawn Cuphead animations

The bird one freaks me out
Aug 21
// Vikki Blake
Cuphead artist, Jake Clark, has shared a selection of animations from the upcoming platformer. The hand-drawn, pencil cartoons popped up on his Tumblr and they are both awesome and strangely hypnotic...    
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Backward Compatability

Original Xbox games could get backward compatibility support on Xbox One

Hope you still have those old discs
Aug 20
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey, Destructoid reader. Do you still have a bunch of your original Xbox game discs lying around your house that you wish you could play on your Xbox One? Well, it's apparently possible that some time in the future you might ...
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Xbox One

Xbox One app update out today, allows 1080p60 streaming

Aug 18
// Chris Carter
Previously, Microsoft locked out the option to stream 1080p60 from your Xbox One to your PC by default, but as of today with an August update for the PC Xbox One app, everyone can just click the "Very High" option. Other enh...
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Halo 5: Guardians

343i: The problem with split-screen co-op is 'nontrivial'

Dev responds to #BringHalo5SplitScreenBack
Aug 18
// Vikki Blake
Halo 5: Guardians' franchise development director has hit back against criticism that the newest instalment of the shooter will not feature split-screen co-op play.

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