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Xbox One deal

Arkham Knight or Witcher 3 free with an Xbox One


Or, haha, Battlefield Hardline
Jun 19
// Jordan Devore
I keep forgetting that Batman: Arkham Knight is out real soon, on Tuesday, what with E3 keeping us busy and Warner Bros. not passing along a review copy to certain outlets (was it something we said?). It seems like one of tho...
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360 to One vote

Red Dead Redemption is most-wanted for Xbox One backwards compatibility


What do you want to work?
Jun 18
// Steven Hansen
Microsoft has a place what where you can vote on what Xbox 360 games you want to work on Xbox One with the backwards compatibility. Tops is Red Dead Redemption with 34,862 votes, followed by Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skyrim, Halo: Reach, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.  What are you rocking the vote on?

Xbox originally thought backwards compatibility was impossible

Jun 18 // Brett Makedonski
To be blunt, I was sort of astonished to watch the Xbox One transform into an Xbox 360. With a simultaneous press of the menu and view buttons, the Xbox 360's guide pops up -- yes, the exact one that still exists on the legacy console. From there, it's fully functional to look at friends, launch games, view Achievements -- all that stuff that everyone's already familiar with. Maybe the most interesting aspect of backwards compatibility is its cross-platform ability. The presenter stressed that, because this is essentially an Xbox 360 running off of an Xbox One, anyone can play and chat with friends who are on 360. That's a nice way to bridge the gap for those whose friends haven't taken the "next-gen" plunge yet. But, just because it's acting as an Xbox 360 doesn't mean that it forfeits the perks of still being an Xbox One. The system's sharing and broadcasting features remain live, so snapping screenshots, capturing video, and Twitch broadcasting are all available options. Have your cake, eat it too. While all this seems great, one has to wonder how on-board third-party publishers will be with the feature. After all, they aren't making money if you're playing a game you already own. In an age of remaster after remaster, you have to think that it's a more alluring prospect to opt out of backwards compatibility and re-release a game at a higher visual fidelity and -- more importantly to publishers -- a price tag. However, Xbox doesn't necessarily think this will be the case. Or, at least it hopes it won't be. One representative went so far as to suggest that companies will use backwards compatibility to grow their brands. "Our group doesn't talk to the publishers directly, but if you listen to what Bethesda had to say on-stage on Monday where you get Fallout 3 for free if you buy Fallout 4, I think they'll do things like that to encourage customers to buy the latest games and to get into the IP. They want more people in the IP to grow their audience, not just the same people coming back. I think it's a good channel for them to be able to do things like that," he said. Microsoft's intentions for backwards compatibility appear earnest and sincere, but all these advancements make it sort of seem like the Xbox 360 is an obsolete machine. When I asked if consumers can just throw away their 360s after backwards compatibility is fully up and running, the presenters laughed and said "We wouldn't advocate throwing them away! But, like Phil said at the conference, now's the time for 360 customers to upgrade to Xbox One. We want them to say 'everything's there for me. Let's go.'"
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'The team never gave up'
Microsoft's E3 announcement that the Xbox One would be backwards compatible was a big one for fans who have thousands of dollars invested in the last generation of gaming. Two years ago, many struggled with the idea that thei...

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Halo 5: Guardians

Here's what you get in the Halo 5 Limited Collector's Edition


Would you pay $250 for it?
Jun 18
// Vikki Blake
Amazon has unveiled the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition. The bundle comes with a Spartan-themed Steelbook, Spartan Locke's Classified Orders, the Halo: The Fall of Reach - Animated Series, Warzone REQ Bundle: 14...
Gears 4's Kait photo
Gears 4's Kait

The woman in Gears 4 is Kait and it's not called Gears 4


Holiday 2016
Jun 17
// Steven Hansen
I had an appointment with Microsoft about Gears today, but it ended up being mostly about Gears of War Ultimate, the remake of the original game. I did get one piece of news about Gears 4: the woman's name is Kait. We already...

Marcus Fenix's default Gears of War face is a permanent scowl

Jun 17 // Steven Hansen
Before Gears became the big bad brolf of Microsoft franchises, it was a bit more scrappy. Fergusson was excited to be able to go back and completely change Gears' cinematics. "Back then we were under such time constraints we called them Frankenscenes," he said. Motion capture was re-used and stitched together. The dialogue in cinematics remains intact, but there are all sorts of new camera angles, zooms. Fergusson and company went back to assess, "what were we trying to convey, what did we successfully or not successfully convey," in terms of tone. The five chapters left out of Gears' 2006 360 release (they later made it into the 2007 PC release) are also being included in Ultimate. The "casual" difficulty has become the new normal and a truer "casual" setting has been added. There's still local split-screen on and offline (take notes, Halo 5) with a pillar box look to give both players a view closer to 16:9. And, as folks might be seeing in the online beta, there are dedicated servers, a spectator mode, LAN support, 19 maps, Team Death Match, King of the Hill, community designed Gnashers 2v2, and 1080p, 60fps online play. Unless you're playing on PC and want to crank it up to 4K or whatever.
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And more on Gears of War Ultimate
Microsoft announced a 60fps, 1080p remake of the first Gears, Gears of War Ultimate, a couple days back. I sat down with Rod Fergusson for a meeting about the remake, which has completely replaced every single art asset, adde...

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Sony and Bethesda win by a mile
The final results are in! After every E3 conference we provided a full recap, and at the end, a poll that allowed you to voice your opinion with a "love, like, okay, and hate" rating. I've tabulated the "loves" and "likes" in...

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Gears of War

Gears of War Ultimate Edition is coming to PC


And Xbox One of course
Jun 16
// Chris Carter
Another PC-centric announcement at the first ever PC Gaming Show at E3! The Coalition's Rod Fergusson took the stage to reveal that Gears of War Ultimate Edition, which was just unveiled yesterday for Xbox One, is coming...
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Fable Legends

Fable Legends has 'years of content' planned


Not a one-and-done
Jun 16
// Darren Nakamura
At the PC gaming show this evening, Xbox's Phil Spencer came out and introduced a few developers working on PC and Xbox One. One game in the presentation was Fable Legends, which I liked the last time I played it. In addition...
Phil Spencer at E3 photo
Phil Spencer at E3

Killer Instinct is coming to the PC, Phil Spencer has announced


Live at the PC Gaming Show
Jun 16
// Chris Carter
Today at the first ever PC Gaming Show at E3, Phil Spencer took the stage to talk a bit about Windows 10. Spencer stated, "for me, there are a lot of opportunities for cross-platform, but there's a lot of games that should be...
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Video

Grading the Microsoft, Ubisoft, EA, and Sony press conferences


Video
Jun 16
// Steven Hansen
We -- me, Jordan, Kyle MacGregor, Brett Makedonski, and Kenny Redublo -- shot some videos throughout the day yesterday discussing the major press conferences. We got kicked out of the Lakers' arena trying to talk about Micro...
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Rare Replay

Rare Replay has an infinite Battletoads speeder bike challenge


30 games for 30 bucks
Jun 16
// Jordan Devore
It doesn't have Donkey Kong Country or GoldenEye, but Rare Replay does offer a neat challenge for Battletoads fans: how long can you stay alive on the infamous speeder bike sequence? During a hands-on session with t...
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Kinect

Has Microsoft killed Kinect?


Kinda. Maybe. Possibly?
Jun 16
// Vikki Blake
Talking of backwards compatibility... did you notice what wasn't on that list of playable titles? Kinect games. There are no Kinect games. No Kinectimals, no Kinect Sport, no Dance Central. It seems that Xbox's all-singing, a...
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Xbox One

Here's all Xbox One's 'backwards compatible' games


The list is, uh, interesting, right?
Jun 16
// Vikki Blake
I was very excited when, at yesterday's E3 Conference, Xbox's Phil Spencer announced that "BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY!" was coming to Xbox One.  I thought that I'd be able to pander to nostalgia at a whim, grab any one of t...
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Let's poll the audience...wait, we did!
The results are in! I've been recording your opinions for the press conferences so far at E3 2015, and Sony is winning by a 78% ratio of "love" or "enjoy" ratings. In second place, neck and neck is Bethesda with a 77% approva...

MS games photo
MS games

All of Microsoft's games are up for pre-order now


And Dark Souls III
Jun 15
// Brett Makedonski
Well, this is going to be a recurring theme today. As soon as press conferences end, Amazon's going to go live with pre-orders for all the games. Convenient for those who like that sort of thing. The first instance (apart fro...

Everything that happened from Microsoft's 2015 E3 conference

Jun 15 // Chris Carter
Halo 5 will feature 24-player mode with 'Warzone Multiplayer' Keiji Inafune and Metroid Prime devs unveil Xbox One exclusive ReCore Xbox One will now be backwards compatible Xbox One Elite Controller announced, lets you customise it Fallout 4 on Xbox One will support PC-made mods Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is coming! EA Access adding Titanfall and Dragon Age: Inquisition to the Vault Forza 6 reps American muscle for Xbox One Dark Souls III confirmed for early 2016 Tom Clancy's The Division is getting an Xbox One Exclusive Beta in December Pardon the interruption Rainbow Six Siege will come with free Vegas 1 and 2 on Xbox One Tacoma's new trailer has a lot of zero-g goodness Xbox One Game Preview lets you play games still in development Ashen looks like Microsoft's answer to Journey Cuphead still looks amazing in this new trailer! Beyond Eyes coming to Xbox One and PC Gigantic beta hits Xbox One, Windows 10 in Aug. Montage music and a ton of awesome-lookin' Xbox indies Microsoft announces 'Rare Replay," with 30 classic Rare games Rise of the Tomb Raider gets a November release date DayZ creator's ION is an MMO set in space Rare announces 'most ambitious project yet,' Sea of Thieves Microsoft outline future VR plans - working with Valve on the Vive How're you liking the Microsoft E3 conference? There's a Skyrim-lookin' dude in Fable Legends Mo-yang? Gears of War Ultimate Edition coming August 25 Gears of War 4 announced features new characters Wow, Minecraft on Microsoft's Hololens looks hot [embed]293994:59017:0[/embed]
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Backwards compatibility! Your move Sony
Well, that was a nice little conference! Microsoft didn't blow me away this year, but I enjoyed it as a whole, and so far, there have been no disasters of any kind on the level of Caffeine Man (Google it). The biggest ne...

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Dude abides

How'd you like the Microsoft E3 conference?


Dude abides
Jun 15
// Steven Hansen
Well, that's just like your opinion, man.
Minecraft Hololens photo
Minecraft Hololens

Wow, Minecraft on Microsoft's HoloLens looks hot


The power of Microsoft money
Jun 15
// Darren Nakamura
We have seen snippets of Minecraft on HoloLens in the past, but at Microsoft's E3 press conference today, a couple of presenters showed off something that had us putting up the respect knuckles. With a special camera showing ...
Gears of War 4 photo
Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 announced, features new characters


Looks pretty spooky and stormy
Jun 15
// Jed Whitaker
Gears of War 4 has been announced by The Coalition at Microsoft's E3 press conference, and it looks spooky as hell. No familiar faces were in the trailer, as it looks like the game focuses on all new characters. Fans of the series will be happy to know that the Gnasher shotgun, Stub pistol, and Lancer are still here. Coming exclusively to Xbox One, the release date is still unannounced.
Gears of War photo
Gears of War

Gears of War Ultimate Edition coming August 25


Bring on the meat
Jun 15
// Zack Furniss
Looks like the Gears of War Ultimate Edition will be here in just a couple of months. If you're itching to get the chainsaw revving, you can play it when it releases August 25. I remember being 14 and thinking Gears of W...
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Microsoft VR

Microsoft outlines future VR plans, working with Valve on Vive


Also more about the HoloLens
Jun 15
// Joe Parlock
Microsoft has announced its plans for VR at its E3 conference. Alongside the already known partnership with Oculus for the Rift, Microsoft also announced it will be partnering closely with Valve to ensure the Vive headset is ...
New Rare game photo
New Rare game

Rare announces 'most ambitious project yet,' Sea of Thieves


Ahoy!
Jun 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Rare just revealed its next project, Sea of Thieves, a pirate-themed Xbox One exclusive. Other than that details are pretty scarce at the moment. Prior to the showing off the game, which looks like it might be an MMO, a studio rep dubbed the title Rare's "most ambitious project to date."
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Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider gets a November release date


Mind that falling ice Lara
Jun 15
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey everyone, Rise of The Tomb Raider is coming to Xbox One on November 10.  There's also a chunk of gameplay footage which we will have up shortly. The game appears to be both faster and more action packed than the last Tomb Raider, which is pretty cool to see.
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Microsoft

Microsoft announces Rare Replay, a collection of 30 classic Rare games


For $30
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
Rare Replay will hit Xbox One on August 4 for $30, Microsoft announced today. It will include 30 games as an anthology of sorts, including Perfect Dark, Blast Corps, Battletoads, and even retro classics like Snake Rattl...
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Xbox

Montage music and a ton of awesome-lookin' Xbox indies


Everyone loves some montage music
Jun 15
// Brett Makedonski
We're not training for the big fight. We're not getting the house back into presentable shape after a totally sick rager. We're looking at a bunch of Microsoft's indie games for Xbox One, and a lot of them look pretty great....
Beyond Eyes photo
Beyond Eyes

Beyond Eyes coming to Xbox One and PC


Hone your other senses
Jun 15
// Zack Furniss
Tiger and Squid is bringing its blind adventure Beyond Eyes to the Xbox One and PC. You play as a young girl without sight, and it looks like a beautiful little romp through a watercolor world. It's set for a 2015 release date.
Fill up my Cuphead photo
Fill up my Cuphead

Cuphead still looks amazing in this new trailer!


Don't deal with the devil
Jun 15
// Jed Whitaker
The above trailer for the cartoon-esque Cuphead was just unveiled at Microsoft's E3 press conference. The trailer shows off plenty of new enemies, including an evil carrot and a giant mermaid that Cuphead fights in an airplane.  Cuphead releases in 2016 exclusively on Xbox One.
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Ashen

Ashen looks like Microsoft's answer to Journey


Flying whales
Jun 15
// Darren Nakamura
Microsoft spent a little bit of time on ID@Xbox, its independent game initiative. Nestled in the middle was Ashen, a dark exploration game. In the trailer, a man gets impaled with a spear and a scary skeleton tree does a roa...
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Tacoma

Tacoma's new trailer has a lot of zero-g goodness


Twinkle, twinkle, little star
Jun 15
// Joe Parlock
Gone Home developer Fullbright has released a new trailer for its upcoming first-person zero-gravity game Tacoma at the Microsoft E3 event. We currently don’t have a release date, but it’s already looking gorgeous.  

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