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4:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Cole seems to be returning for the next Gears of War

Hey, remember there's a new Gears of War game coming at some point? Well Lester Speight, the voice actor for the Augustus Cole "Train" character, has confirmed that he has been contacted to return to the series. When ask...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 07.03.2014

Forza Horizon 2 will have a digital personal assistant named ANNA

Forza Horizon 2 is coming to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 later this year, and more details are starting to arise with every passing week. The latest development is "ANNA," the "digital personal assistant" of Forza Horizon 2, w...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 06.27.2014

Xbox One profiles are coming to Xbox.com

Xbox.com user profiles are getting an overhaul soon, and with these updates comes the ability to view Xbox One profiles on the web. That of course means viewing and comparing Achievements with friends -- nothing new there --...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 06.26.2014

Guacamelee!, BattleBlock Theater among next free Games with Gold

Now we're talking. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition is going to be a nice freebie for Xbox One owners. That's coming up next month as a part of Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion, though last month's selection,...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 06.25.2014

NECA's Master Chief motorcycle helmet is cool, but you might look like a dork in it

After purchasing the Halo 3 Legendary Edition and thinking the replica of Master Chief's helmet would be large enough to fit over my head, you can imagine how disappointed I was when I realized it would only house a copy of ...

Brittany Vincent

12:00 PM on 06.24.2014

Microsoft's Phil Spencer on Kinect: 'consumers love the device, they'll buy it'

As much as people make fun of Kinect, it sold a lot of units on the Xbox 360 as an add-on. On the Xbox One -- they didn't have a choice -- they had to buy it. But as of a few weeks ago Microsoft had a change of heart, and dec...

Chris Carter





4:45 PM on 06.23.2014

Microsoft Store lists Batman: Arkham Knight for February

[Update: It seems that they've changed the date listing to read "Not announced" since this morning. Tease.]  We found out that Batman: Arkham Knight was delayed right before E3, and last week we learned that the wait mig...

Dale North

2:00 PM on 06.23.2014

Isn't Games for Windows Live supposed to close soon?

Word got out that Games for Windows Live will close on July 1, though to my knowledge, Microsoft has never properly announced an end date for the service -- or that it's actually ending. Its PC marketplace was shut down, howe...

Jordan Devore

12:45 PM on 06.20.2014

The Xbox One will launch with 29 games in Japan

The Xbox One is coming to Japan on September 4th, and with it, 29 games will launch in the territory. Microsoft is bringing Crimson Dragon, Dead Rising 3, Forza 5, LocoCycle, Halo: Spartan Assault, Killer Instinct, Kinect Spo...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 06.19.2014

You can now view your Xbox One achievements online

When the Xbox One launched, it didn't have full feature parity with the Xbox.com website. One of the chief complaints was the inability to view achievements online off the consoles -- but starting this week, you can do just t...

Chris Carter

11:45 AM on 06.17.2014

Agent Locke is Master Chief's Spartan foil in Halo 5: Guardians

While Chief boasts top-billing in Halo 5: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Agent Locke (pictured above) will have a "key role" in the proceedings, 343 studio boss Bonnie Ross told Eurogamer. Apparently Ridley Scott's digital serie...

Steven Hansen

10:30 AM on 06.16.2014

Charlie Murder and Super Street Fighter: AE are free on Xbox Games with Gold

In addition to Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault, Microsoft's Games with Gold is getting two more additions this month on the 360 -- Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition and Charlie Murder. S...

Chris Carter



Aaron Paul is turning on Xbox Ones with his new ad photo
Aaron Paul is turning on Xbox Ones with his new ad
by Chris Carter

I happen to really like the Kinect functionality for video playback. I watch all my media on the Xbox One, and being able to yell "fast-forward" or "pause" while I'm in the kitchen is great -- I don't even use a remote anymore.

Of course, it has its drawbacks. This new ad with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul is apparently turning on Xbox Ones randomly by way of the "Xbox, on" command. I've actually seen the ad a few times but I was watching it on my Xbox One funnily enough, so I didn't experience it.

The Kinect has some measures for not accidentally hearing commands from the TV, but I guess Paul's voice is too commanding for the Xbox One to handle.

E3: Xbox One ad is switching on Microsoft consoles [BBC]

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7:03 PM on 06.10.2014

Microsoft executive: Kinectless Xbox One SKU is the best thing for Kinect

Approximately a month ago, Microsoft revealed that it was releasing a new Xbox One SKU -- a package that was $400 and didn't include a Kinect. A lot of people interpreted this as the beginning of the end for Kinect, a sign th...

Brett Makedonski

6:30 PM on 06.10.2014

Xbox exec: New Crackdown will be a showcase for evolution of cloud power

Microsoft's long sang the praises of the power of the cloud, especially with regard to Xbox One. One of the games announced yesterday during the Xbox press conference may be a shining example of what the cloud can do. Today,...

Brett Makedonski



Swery65's D4 is all about finding D, dodging weirdos photo
Swery65's D4 is all about finding D, dodging weirdos
by Steven Hansen

Swery65 brought us Deadly Premonition, so you know D4 is going to be weird. In fact, Swery told me that he drafted six or seven different stories to work on next and in his partnership with Microsoft, went with the "most bizarre."

While the new, Kinect-free Xbox One means the team has had to add controller support -- which Swery says is also very good thanks to a lot of work -- Swery says the Kinect is still the way to go, so that's the way I went. 

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