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Xbox's May update focuses mostly on the PC side of things


Looks like this is rapidly becoming a reality
Apr 22
At GDC last month, Microsoft's plans for the immediate future largely focused on a unified platform anchored by Windows 10. We even sat in on a platform demo that was dedicated entirely to showing off how all the systems wou... read
Alan Wake

Alan Wake port might be heading for Xbox One


And the sequel could be coming to any major platform
Apr 22
Further to yesterday's revelations that a sequel for Alan Wake was still very much on the cards, Polygon has managed to squeeze even more information out of Remedy's chief creative officer, Sam Lake, including confi... read
Halo

Latest Halo: Master Chief Collection patch brings improvements to ranking, stability


But is it too little too late?
Apr 22
The latest patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection -- which focuses on "ranking, matchmaking penalties, stability, as well as game-specific improvements for each title" -- also confirms that progress on the remastered Hal... read
Windows 10

Windows 10 rumored to be released late July, is getting an Xbox avatars app


Upgrade with all the launch bugs, or wait?
Apr 21
Windows 10 is nearly upon us, and it may be sooner than we thought -- according to a leak from an AMD earnings call, it will be released in late July. For those of you who own Windows 7 and 8, it will be a free upgrade -... read
Halo 5 pre-orders

Halo 5 has some fancy Hunter armor, but only for those who pre-order at GameStop


Are you a gambler?
Apr 20
Imagine, if you will, that you're in a GameStop plunking down money for Halo 5: Guardians well ahead of the game's release. Kenny Rogers saunters in and croons in your ear "You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to ... read
Rare

Rare's next game a 'career highlight' for Phil Harrison


Former Xbox executive calls the studio a crown jewel of game development
Apr 20
Another positive quote about Rare's unannounced game to add to the pile. Don't look so worried, Banjo! Phil Harrison, the former corporate vice president of Xbox in Europe, recently departed from Microsoft to build a high-tec... read
Conker

A better look at our beloved Conker in Project Spark


DLC releasing April 23 for $9.99 / 1,000 Tokens
Apr 16
That last trailer for Conker's arrival in Project Spark didn't go over so well. There was no getting around the disappointment of seeing a long abandoned (but never forgotten!) character return not in his own adventure, but ... read
NPD sales

March NPD: PS4 still the one true king; Battlefield tops software charts


Bloodborne takes No. 2 spot
Apr 16
It's that time of the month again. The time console warriors are able to pull out actual facts to back up their extreme fanboyism in the most heated of forum discussions. Taking the top spot again for hardware was the PlaySta... read
Xbox One energy wasting

Environmental group calls Xbox One energy-saving efforts insufficient


Give a hoot, kill an owl
Apr 15
Microsoft is addressing the Xbox One's excessive latent power consumption ($6-$15 worth per year) with an update, but Natural Resources Defense Council scientist Noah Horowitz says on the non-profit's website, "It may be prem... read
Witcher 3

New Witcher Xbox One bundles coming soon to Europe


No limited edition console, though
Apr 15
Microsoft has confirmed the release of two all-new The Witcher 3 Xbox One bundles for selected EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) territories. The bundles include a standard Xbox One console, a digital code for The Witcher... read
Phantom Dust

Microsoft's unreasonable demands caused Phantom Dust dev's demise


More work without more money
Apr 13
Around this time last year, rumors were swirling surrounding a Phantom Dust reboot for Xbox One. It was eventually announced at E3 2014, but it hasn't come to fruition, and it's on an indefinite hold as of now. However, ... read
Xbox One power

Microsoft is addressing the Xbox One's latent power consumption


Will be a bootup option later on
Apr 13
Since the launch of the Xbox One, it hasn't exactly been a power-friendly console. The Natural Resources Defense Council came down hard on Microsoft last year for the "Instant On" feature, which consumed a ton of power while ... read
Happy Wars

Free-to-play Happy Wars released on Xbox One, promptly pulled


Early trigger finger?
Apr 13
Happy Wars enjoyed a certain degree of success in the past few years on Xbox 360, reaching six million players -- they're not all paying customers, but to have that many people download your product is still impressive. It ap... read
Gears of War

Xbox uploaded a really old Gears of War video for some reason


Speculation inbound!
Apr 10
You probably don't need to bother watching this video; it's nearly four years old at this point. That's when Gears of War 3 launched -- almost four years ago. Time flies and all that, eh? But, Xbox just uploaded the vid... read
More Xbox 360 storage

More space! Xbox 360 to support 2TB external drives


My patience finally pays off
Apr 09
I can barely recall a time when my Xbox 360 hard drive wasn't full of games and DLC. It would've been before Rock Band, certainly. And the situation has only gotten more chaotic since Microsoft starting pumping out regular Ga... read
Conker

Microsoft again gives the finger to Conker fans


This is what everyone wants, right?
Apr 08
At its E3 press conference last year, Microsoft openly mocked Conker fans with a reveal that the infamous squirrel would be added to the free-to-download Project Spark. Everyone knew that this wasn't what anyone wanted ... read
Xbox sale

Don't get too excited about Xbox's spring sale


Not a lot of winners here
Apr 08
Xbox players may have noticed recently that Microsoft has turned a new leaf when it comes to the quality of sales. Once known for being laughably bad, Microsoft's often very respectable Ultimate Game Sales have gone a long wa... read
Xbox One update

Today's Xbox One update improves party chat and Achievements


Voice messages aren't ready yet
Apr 06
It's Monday morning and I cannot handle Major Nelson's unbridled enthusiasm for the Xbox One's new "What's on" channel, a collection of "curated links to popular videos, games, movies, TV shows, and more." Clearly this is a ... read
Free Forza expansion

That free Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is out today


You don't need the base game to play
Mar 27
More free stuff to download on Xbox One and Xbox 360 assuming you get around to nabbing Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious before April 10, at which point the standalone expansion becomes $10. As we said previously,... read
Xbox One

Microsoft details Xbox One April update, includes dedicated servers for party chat


Also, voice messages
Mar 27
The Xbox One continues to make incremental updates just like the PS4, and although the April update looks rather small, it's welcome. Microsoft is adding in voice messages between Xbox One and 360 owners, dedicated servers f... read
Halo Online

Halo Online doesn't look half bad in motion


Relatively speaking
Mar 26
Yeah, this is about what I would expect from a free-to-play, multiplayer-only Halo game for Russia. That fast-forwarded run through the customization menu at 0:33 is telling -- rentable weapons, boosts, and "special offers."... read
Games with Au

How does twice the number of Games with Gold in April sound?


More games, same price
Mar 26
We're at that point in the month where it's time to start thinking about which adorable kitten is waiting to replace that other adorable kitten when you flip your calendar, and less importantly, what Xbox's Games with Gold ti... read
Halo Online

Multiplayer-only Halo Online headed to Russia


You know what's good? Money
Mar 25
Halo Online sounds like something you'd see scribbled on a homemade DVD complete with copyright-infringing cover art but, no, it's a proper PC game in development at Saber Interactive. Granted, it's a free-to-play, multiplaye... read
Xbox One update

Xbox One is getting more descriptive Achievement notifications


Look for the update today if you're a preview member
Mar 23
Another Xbox One system update, another opportunity to use some insane cartoon image. Microsoft is rolling out updates for Xbox One Preview Program members in two waves -- the first hits today, while the second will arrive ne... read
Rare's next game

Fans will be 'really happy to see' Rare's next game


Former Rare developer drops hints
Mar 23
In recent months, there's been talk of Rare "building a uniquely Rare game," but that's as much as we've gotten -- talk. While I'm looking forward to seeing if that project comes to fruition, Playtonic has more of my attentio... read
Phantom Dust in the wind

Microsoft-canceled Xbox One Phantom Dust reboot leaked, looks alright


Developer shuts down, 50 people lose their jobs
Mar 20
Microsoft announced a reboot of a 10-year-old Xbox cult-classic, Phantom Dust, at its E3 conference last year. This raised a lot of "huh?" and a lot of "uh, ok" (from me included) but people who played the original were excit... read
#HUNTtheTRUTH

Mysterious Halo 5 Guardians countdown on tumblr


#HUNTtheTRUTH
Mar 20
A Halo 5 Guardians tumblr with a countdown clock and the hashtag #HUNTtheTRUTH has been discovered. The countdown ends under three days from now. Oh boy. Who wants to take a guess at what is revealed? A second season of Halo:... read
Conker

Conker returns in episodic form starting next month!


Inside of Project Spark
Mar 19
Great news, Conker fans: he is finally coming back in his own episodic game. Sort of. Remember when Microsoft announced Conker would be in Project Spark? Well, Conker makes his debut in Project Spark on April 23 for Windows ... read
Gears of War

No Marcus Fenix Collection, says Black Tusk


Maybe get on that
Mar 19
Microsoft-owned Black Tusk Studios is heading up the future of Gears of War with a new game on Xbox One and, assuming that goes okay, more to come. Recent rumors have pointed to a series collection, which seems inevitable eve... read
Windows 10 free

Microsoft is cool with pirates upgrading to Windows 10 for free


Windows 7 and 8.1 users have one year to upgrade at no charge
Mar 18
Microsoft is launching Windows 10 this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages, which is good to know but not all that inherently interesting. This, on the other hand, sure is: during the operating system's first year, it'l... read
Dead Rising Steam

You can switch Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record over to Steamworks tomorrow


New backend for matchmaking, leaderboards, cloud saves, etc.
Mar 16
I have no memory of writing about the plan for Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record to drop Games for Windows Live in favor of Steamworks, but I did so last year and slipped in a gif of Resident Evil's Chris punchi... read
Free BioShock

Grab a free copy of BioShock Infinite on Xbox Live


At least play the opening sequence
Mar 16
March is already half over (have you filed your taxes yet?), which means more free Xbox games. With an active Xbox Live Gold membership, you can now download BioShock Infinite for free on Xbox 360. Love it or hate it, there's... read






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