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2:15 PM on 08.15.2014

The guy responsible for Xbox 360 banner ads says he's sorry

When I think of the dashboard on Xbox platforms, I think "ads, everywhere" -- but it wasn't always this way. In a blog post on Gamasutra, software developer Allen Murray writes about how he was "one of the people -- if not TH...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 08.14.2014

Does Tomb Raider's timed exclusivity make you want an Xbox One?

Rise of the Tomb Raider launches next fall as a timed Xbox exclusive, and it will be fascinating to see how that affects Microsoft's fortunes. There are millions of folks around the world keen on experiencing Lara Croft's nex...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 08.14.2014

The Halo Channel is a huge indicator of Microsoft's plans for the franchise

Xbox's flagship franchise isn't something that Microsoft's going to stray from anytime soon. Why would it? If there was any doubt about Halo's lasting appeal, it was dashed with the E3 reveal of Halo: The Master Chief Collect...

Brett Makedonski

4:30 PM on 08.13.2014

Microsoft's gamescom press conference wasn't as bad as I expected

Microsoft's press conferences often leave me with cranial damage from head-to-desk impact, but their gamescom 2014 presser felt pretty okay to me. I'm excited to see Microsoft making an attempt to partner with more indies. A...

Bill Zoeker

3:45 PM on 08.13.2014

Phil Spencer wants the Xbox One to 'win' this generation's console war

The idea of the console war -- that the big console makers are locked in this all-or-nothing struggle for hearts and minds -- has gotten sillier as I've gotten older. Still, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer has told Game Informe...

Alasdair Duncan

10:15 AM on 08.13.2014

Rise of the Tomb Raider is actually only a timed Xbox exclusive

Put down your pitchforks, people. As it turns out, Rise of the Tomb Raider isn't really an Xbox exclusive. According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, the deal "has a duration." Microsoft didn't say that during its gamescom presenta...

Kyle MacGregor

6:45 AM on 08.13.2014

Here's a better look at that Sunset Overdrive White Xbox One

My Xbox One already looks dirty. Scummy, even. It's not just the fingerprints and dust in the grooves, either. I don't know what they did with their plastics or build or whatever, but mine looks like hell and it hasn't even b...

Dale North

4:00 PM on 08.12.2014

Fable Legends actually looks pretty fun

This trailer also best explains (though not completely clearly?) the 4 vs. 1, heroes versus villain mode, which we talked a bit about here. Though it's not traditional Fable, there is also regular single-player and co-op pla...

Steven Hansen

1:30 PM on 08.12.2014

Here's everything that happened during Microsoft's 2014 gamescom conference

If you don't like Halo, you probably didn't have a great time watching Microsoft's gamescom conference today. Having said that, they did have a decent indie sizzle reel showing, and the ID@Xbox program is making vast strides compared to how rigid its old ways were during the tail end of the 360. Check out all of the news from Microsoft's conference below.

Chris Carter

9:00 AM on 08.12.2014

Microsoft confirms digital pre-orders for Xbox One

Pre-orders and pre-downloads are coming to select Xbox One titles, starting with Forza Horizon 2 ahead of the racer's September 30 launch. The feature has also been confirmed for FIFA 15, Microsoft announced today at its game...

Kyle MacGregor

8:24 AM on 08.12.2014

The Halo 5: Guardians beta will run from December 29 through January 18

Today at gamescom, Microsoft unveiled some more information on the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians beta, which is set to arrive in December. All in all, it's going to be a three-week beta, starting on December 29, running th...

Chris Carter

8:15 AM on 08.12.2014

The Halo Channel is a thing (Update)

[Update: Trailer now included.] At Microsoft's press conference, right after talking a bit about the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection, 343 took the stage to reveal The Halo Channel. It's for watching "all things Halo," including shows, streams, and recorded play. It's like Mario Kart TV. Kind of. A partnership with Twitch for the channel was also announced. 

Dale North

7:38 AM on 08.12.2014

Rise of the Tomb Raider coming exclusively to Xbox platform

Yep. Rise of the Tomb Raider, the latest from Crystal Dynamics, is coming to Xbox only. This was announced today at Microsoft's gamescom press conference. Note that "Xbox" was said, and not a specific console. Maybe it'll come to both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Whatchu think 'bout that?

Dale North

7:10 AM on 08.12.2014

Xbox One gets a FIFA 15 bundle in Europe

Microsoft opened their gamescom press conference by reminding us that Germany won the World Cup. I didn't know that! Some soccer star is on stage and people are screaming, but I don't know who he is. So I thought it would be ...

Dale North

6:50 AM on 08.12.2014

Xbox One gets USB, DLNA, USB media support, and more

Just ahead of its gamescom 2014 press conference, Microsoft has kicked things off with the announcement of new system features and functions. For you media consumers, the Xbox One will now support lots of different file types...

Dale North

2:15 PM on 08.11.2014

Here's a look at what's happening at gamescom

We've already gotten the news from Activision's Call of Duty event earlier today but there's plenty of big things happening at gamescom this week. Here's an idea of when you're going to hear all the news from Microsoft, Sony,...

Alasdair Duncan