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1:00 AM on 04.04.2014

Capy's Below, Super Time Force playable at PAX East

Next weekend in Boston, PAX East attendees will have the opportunity to play Capy's roguelike Below for the first time. It'll be at the Capy x Double Fine booth, and another of the studio's titles, the rad run-and-gun Super T...

Jordan Devore

7:00 AM on 04.03.2014

Ridley Scott attached to a Halo live-action project

There's a Halo movie in the works. Yes, another one. This one is sees Ridley Scott as executive producer, with Battlestar Galactica director Sergio Mimica-Gezzan on board as well. The series is expect to follow the same forma...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:45 PM on 04.02.2014

Meet Cortana, Windows 8.1 Phone's personal assistant

Today's Build Developer Conference saw Microsoft showing off Windows Phone 8.1, complete with its own personal assistant, the aptly-named Cortana. It's official! Signs of rampancy are likely still dormant, so at least that's...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 AM on 04.01.2014

Twitch reports positive progress on Xbox One app

It appears as if the Twitch app is going swimmingly on the Xbox One, as the company has shared some positive stats from the launch, which took place on March 11th. Twitch reports that on launch day, 30% of all broadcasters we...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 03.31.2014

New head of Xbox Phil Spencer to push for a 'gaming-led platform'

"When you make a decision to bring the head of studios to a position like this, you're going to get a gaming-led platform," former Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president and newly-appointed head of Xbox Phil Spencer ...

Jordan Devore



Hitman: Absolution, Deadlight are April's free Games with Gold photo
Hitman: Absolution, Deadlight are April's free Games with Gold
by Jordan Devore

The featured titles in Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion have tended to not be compelling, I think most of us can agree. April shows signs of improvement, with Hitman: Absolution available to Xbox Live Gold members for free from April 1 - 15, and Deadlight offered from April 16 - 30.

I hadn't yet played the game, but our own Brett Makedonski shared this advice for Deadlight: "Get it for free, play the first bit, then put it down forever."

Let's hope this pair is the beginning of moderately good things to come for Games with Gold.

Xbox Live Gold Members Get Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight Free in April [Major Nelson]

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11:45 AM on 03.31.2014

Phil Spencer has tamed the Xbox hydra as new Head of Xbox

Phil Spencer has gone from lowly Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president to the pithier, more impressive sounding Head of Xbox. He's presumably replacing departed Chief Product Office of Xbox Marc Whitten, consolidati...

Steven Hansen

4:30 PM on 03.28.2014

Microsoft isn't planning to bring more Halo games to Steam

Even though Microsoft says it has a "renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming" internally, we've been hearing that sentiment for a while and little if anything has come to fruition yet. It'd be unexpected for the company to bri...

Jordan Devore

10:15 AM on 03.28.2014

Kinect for Windows looks just like the Xbox One Kinect

The newly revealed Kinect for Windows sensor looks just like the Xbox One Kinect sensor, save for the removal of the Xbox One logo and the addition of a power cord. Well, there's a hub box, too. It connects to USB 3.0 and pow...

Dale North

5:00 PM on 03.26.2014

Microsoft to begin warning 'disruptive' Xbox One players

Microsoft has once again spoken about the Xbox One's player reputation system, revealing that it will begin sending warning messages to some players whose reputations drop from "Good" to "Needs Work" as a result of peer feedb...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 03.24.2014

Microsoft will be at PAX East, Sony and Nintendo won't

PAX East will see plenty of big names descend upon Boston on April 11-13, from Microsoft to Oculus to Ubisoft to Square Enix. And plenty of you, I'm sure. Side Questing stumbled on the full list of exhibitors, which you can s...

Steven Hansen





8:00 AM on 03.24.2014

Microsoft's E3 presentation will be 90 minutes, feature 'very few' execs

Microsoft always has a middle of the road E3, in my mind. Although they do tend to focus too much on what's popular outside of gaming (exercising, TV, sports), they usually show some actual games, and aren't complete tra...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 03.23.2014

Sup Holmes finishes off with Conker's Chris Seavor

Oh my god, it's the last Sup Holmes on Dtoid! Ahhh! What does that even mean? We'll find out soon enough, as the Sup Holmes year 3 Kickstarter is set to go live any second now. In the meantime, why not tune in to the show tod...

Jonathan Holmes

6:00 PM on 03.21.2014

Microsoft has a 'renewed focus' on PC gaming

Microsoft hasn't given up on PC gaming -- that's what Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer believes, anyway. "A renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming inside Microsoft is definitely happening," he said thi...

Jordan Devore



Xbox investing in 'name-brand franchises' as ID@Xbox facilitates indie development photo
Xbox investing in 'name-brand franchises' as ID@Xbox facilitates indie development
by Steven Hansen

One of the neatest touted functionality with the Xbox One is the ability to turn retail consoles into development units, but it's still not something you can with the One now. In a GDC talk, Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer explained that the company still wants to do it, but with its indie outreach program ID@Xbox, it's not top priority.

Thousands have apparently reached out to sign on with ID@Xbox. "We want to make sure the people that are signed up are getting the most support from us," Spencer explained. "Seeing all the games in development and trying to give the teams feedback on the games as they come through," is the focus, while "further down the road" we'll see a shift towards working on discoverability and the dev kit retail conversion.

"What we're trying to do is facilitate the games coming to the platform as quickly as possible and right now there's been focus on the people that can build today." 

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11:45 AM on 03.21.2014

Walmart has the Xbox One Titanfall bundle for $450

If you've been on the prowl for an Xbox One at the "right price," whatever that might be, you might've heard that Walmart has the Titanfall bundle for $450 right now. It's a deal worth considering -- especially if you were pl...

Jordan Devore