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Xbox One

Background music is coming to Xbox One, but not anytime soon


Okay
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
In case you weren't aware, fans have been asking for the ability to play background music on the Xbox One since launch, and we haven't gotten many updates in regards to its availability. Last year Microsoft said it was too bu...
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Windows

Microsoft just stopped supporting Windows 8


8.1's good to go, though
Jan 13
// Brett Makedonski
Microsoft has a history of supporting its operating systems for ten years after launch. It's making an exception in the case of Windows 8, which released in 2012. Yesterday, the software giant quit officially supporting its c...
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Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg to Bill Gates: 'Fix yo shit'


Or he's moving to PlayStation
Jan 13
// Chris Carter
The lines have been drawn -- Snoop Dogg might be moving to PlayStation. According to Snoop, Microsoft's servers have been out of sorts lately, leading to an Instagram takedown message, addressing the Xbox One's online perform...
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Huge FIFA bill

Man swears off Xbox after son spends $8,000 on FIFA microtransactions


I'd be swearing, too
Jan 11
// Steven Hansen
It's not just Kanye who hates microtransactions. Canada's Lance Perkins is upset after his 17-year-old son unwittingly charged $7,625.88 in FIFA microtransactions to the credit card he was granted for emergencies and family p...

Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider: Endurance Mode

Jan 05 // Chris Carter
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Endurance Mode (Xbox One [reviewed], Xbox 360, PC, PS4)Developer: Crystal Dynamics (Xbox One), Nixxes Software (Xbox 360)Publisher: Microsoft (Xbox One, 360); Square Enix (PC, PS4)MSRP: $9.99Released: December 29, 2015 Endurance Mode is very light on story, offering up a shaky excuse for its existence which isn't even all that necessary. Lara, seemingly breaking from her travels, is in search of artifacts as is the evil mustache-twirling Trinity organization. Her job is to locate caves and recover said artifacts, then signal a helicopter and high-tail it out of there with as many goodies as she can grab. The catch is, players now have a food and warmth meter. Grabbing supplies such as bark and berries (or killing animals for food) actually has a point now, rather than a gamified version of an upgrade system like the core story. Hilariously, it even goes as deep as needing resources to light the signal fire to even escape, something I failed at in my first run. Ammo is often much more scarce a la Resident Evil as well, which is a nice touch -- I'd almost always find myself out of arrows during nearly all of my runs. Relic caves are actually mini-crypts, and are roughly 5-10 minute, bite-sized dungeons of sorts with random trap types. They're fun to play through, and don't overstay their welcome given their short length. Additionally, the rewards for actually exploring these caves are decent, including credit payouts for more Expedition rewards, and new weapons. I would prefer a lot of these elements to just be baked into the core game, but since I assume a lot of folks would complain that it's "too hard," we have this mode instead -- a risk-reward, arcadey score attack concept. It even features challenges (locate five crypts), which are an achievement-ception of sorts. At times, it feels like a rushed bit of DLC. There's only one Endurance sandbox for starters, and as a whole, the map feels rigid and forced -- with plenty of ways to corral players into specific zones. All of that cheapness generally washes away when you're in caves, but I would have preferred the overworld to be just as enjoyable. The best part is that it involves cards. If you're into that aspect of Rise, this is probably the best game type for it, in fact. For the uninitiated, cards modify the experience -- making it tougher or easier -- depending on what cards you play before match. For example, you can up your rewards by making enemies do more damage, or lower them by taking a specific outfit that automatically grants you the entire Brawler skill tree. Some cards are limited to a one-time use, but tons more, including a large pack that comes with the Survival DLC, are permanent. Deciding whether or not to buy Endurance Mode for Rise of the Tomb Raider is a pretty easy decision. Did you play and enjoy the Expeditions? If so, go ahead and grab it, if not, skip it.
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Don't starve
I'm surprised how much mileage I've gotten out of Rise of the Tomb Raider. While most developers are keen on stuffing multiplayer into every single project, Crystal Dynamics did the right thing but nixing it in Rise, instead adding in a much more enticing Expeditions gametype. Endurance Mode isn't exactly as thrilling as it sounds, but it expands upon Expeditions quite well.

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Microsoft

Microsoft summarises biggest 2016 'exclusives,' including Below and Cuphead


Cuphead and Below still to come
Jan 05
// Vikki Blake
As part of yesterday's update, which confirmed "every title in [Microsoft's] exclusive 2015 holiday games line-up -- Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6 and Gears of War: Ul...
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Minecraft

Minecraft has sold over 22 million copies on PC and Mac


That's a ridiculous amount of sales
Jan 05
// Joe Parlock
Minecraft has officially shifted over 22 million copies for PC and Mac. In the last 24 hours, 13,000 copies of the game have been sold, and so we’re roughly looking at a million sales every three months for a game that ...
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Xbox holiday fallout

Well, Rise of the Tomb Raider hit 1 million sold, at least


Xbox's weird boast for low numbers
Jan 04
// Steven Hansen
What notable exclusives graced the PlayStation 4 and Wii U over the past two months? Xenoblade Chronicles and...? With help from the Uncharted 4 delay and brief Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusivity, the Xbox One had the strong...
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Tusk

Classic character Tusk is in Killer Instinct Season 3


Game is still Windows 10 exclusive on PC
Jan 04
// Chris Carter
Killer Instinct is bringing back another old-school character for Season 3. In addition to Kim Wu, Tusk will be joining the fray, and both fighters have been confirmed for launch. According to creative director Adam Isgreen t...
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Xbox One Elite

Xbox One Elite controllers expected to be sparse through March 2016


Whoa
Dec 31
// Chris Carter
The Xbox Elite controller is pretty damn fantastic. At a pricepoint of $150 it's absurd for sure, but if you play your Xbox One (or use your PC) on a daily basis, it's worth it. Sadly, shortages are expected to continue throu...
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Xbox One

The Xbox One might be getting a 'Lightweight' model


Rumors suggest weak and cheap
Dec 31
// Laura Kate Dale
You know the Xbox One? Yeah, that decently powered AAA game console that plays huge, epic scale games? According to a rumor currently circulating, you might soon see an Xbox One that does considerably less. According to write...
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Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider's Minecraft-like $10 Endurance Mode DLC is out today


Build by day, fend off the wild by night
Dec 29
// Chris Carter
If you've done all that you can do in Rise of the Tomb Raider, you may want to take a look at this DLC that just dropped today. It's called "Endurance Mode," and essentially adopts the core Minecraft gametype (yep, ...
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Microsoft

Microsoft gives the all clear on Xbox Live network issues


The storm has passed
Dec 26
// Chris Carter
Multiple networks going down and being manipulated? It's a Christmas tradition at this point. In addition to the Steam issue yesterday Microsoft has been having problems for several days now, but thankfully, we've been given ...
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Perfect Dark

Here's a fun behind-the-scenes look at Perfect Dark's development


Break out the expansion pak
Dec 24
// Zack Furniss
I haven't played Perfect Dark since it released over fifteen years ago, so I hold it in my memory as some mythical, flawless creation. I thought I wanted to preserve that and never play it again, but then Rare had t...
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Microsoft

Microsoft says this is its 'biggest sale ever'


Insert a Marge Simpson 'hmm' here
Dec 22
// Vikki Blake
Today Microsoft has launched its "biggest sale ever" - Countdown.  The offers are good from now until December 28, 2015, and include savings on games, movies, apps, and TV shows. As well as the offers below, there will also be a sparkly Daily Deal, too - keep an eye on Major Nelson's Twitter for those - and Xbox Live Gold peoples get an additional 10 percent off. Woot. 
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Deals

Xbox One gets discount + $50 gift code at Microsoft Store again


Maybe earlier is better, yeah?
Dec 20
// Dealzon
Update: $50 gift code deal is now dead :( Microsoft probably should have checked the calendar when it started up this Xbox One sale, but for those who don't care or need to have it in time for Christmas, this deal is rock sol...
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Star Wars

Sony and Microsoft are competing for the Star Wars crowd


None of this matters
Dec 18
// Brett Makedonski
Statistically speaking, every single person on earth will go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend (sample size: my Twitter timeline and Facebook feed). Before the main attraction begins, many of those people are...
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Microsoft

Microsoft is adding 16 new Xbox 360 games to Xbox One today, including Doritos Crash Course


Hell yea
Dec 17
// Chris Carter
Not bad, Microsoft. After coming out of the gate swinging with backward compatibility for Xbox One, 16 new titles are being added today. Highlights include Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Braid, Halo: Reach, Hydro Thunder, Pe...
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Rare chose Kinect

Microsoft didn't push for Kinect development, Rare chose it


Kinect Sports was the largest Rare team
Dec 16
// Steven Hansen
The internet narrative has always been: Microsoft bought Rare (Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye) in 2002, then wrecked it, most recently by way of consigning the company to Kinect development. But in a lengthy Eurogamer retrospective...
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'No information'
It appears as if Minecraft Wii U and Phil Spencer have opened the floodgates. Given that the Microsoft-owned Minecraft is coming to Nintendo's newest console and Spencer recently mused on the idea of bringing Golden...

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Microsoft

Microsoft: 'We know there's a lot of demand for a Minecraft amiibo'


Toy-to-Steve
Dec 14
// Chris Carter
Now that Yacht Club Games has proven that it is possible to engineer a third-party amiibo, pretty much every publisher that has a Wii U or 3DS game is asked about creating one. The latest publisher is Microsoft, who has even ...
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Killer Instinct amiibo

Killer Instinct is getting its own amiibo-like toy line


Starting with Shadow Jago
Dec 12
// Chris Carter
Killer Instinct Season 3 is still in development, but that hasn't stopped the team from adding in a few more tweaks and extras along the way. One of the biggest upcoming changes is the addition of a Shadow Jago figure, that w...
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Star Wars

Power A's Xbox One Star Wars controllers are nifty looking


Not the best pad, but wired is useful
Dec 11
// Chris Carter
I was recently sent a pair of Power A wired Xbox One controllers for testing, and they happened to line up directly with the arrival of the new Star Wars film, set to debut next week. The feel of the controller is rather slic...
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Microsoft

Xbox boss is '100% committed' to keeping you engaged with Xbox consoles


'I love that console experience'
Dec 11
// Vikki Blake
Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed that Microsoft is already looking ahead to the next generation console. Talking to The Verge about the future of consoles in an age where TVs and mobile devices are becoming smar...
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Fable Legends

Fable Legends still nowhere to be found this year, even the beta


More info in the 'coming weeks'
Dec 10
// Chris Carter
So, Fable Legends, guys. Where is it?Initially it was slated as a Fall 2015 title, but the beta is nowhere to be found, much less the finished product. Game Informer reached out to Microsoft to get some answers, and it really...
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Xbox PC adapter

Windows 7 now supports the Xbox One wireless controller adapter


Support added for Windows 8.1, too
Dec 10
// Jordan Devore
The Xbox One controller is terrific enough that I've considered dropping $25 on one of those wireless adapters for PC so I can use it beyond just Xbox gaming. But I haven't. Not yet! I'm still on Windows 7, despite Microsoft'...
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GoldenEye

Phil Spencer: GoldenEye 64 rights are 'challenging,' has looked at it 'many times'


Bummer
Dec 09
// Chris Carter
This week, Phil Spencer mused on the idea of working with Nintendo to bring Minecraft to the Wii U, stating that it has been a positive experience. It's a noble partnership of sorts, but people really want to know if thi...
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Microsoft

Microsoft wants to make it possible to buy Xbox 360 games directly on Xbox One


Nice
Dec 09
// Chris Carter
As I've said many times, Microsoft's Xbox 360 backward compatibility feature on Xbox One is pretty awesome. It's been very smooth so far, with one caveat -- you need to purchase Xbox 360 titles online, or on the actual 360 ma...
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Xbox One

Microsoft: Xbox One backward compatibility on a 'monthly cadence', December details 'soon'


It's already been pretty awesome
Dec 04
// Chris Carter
I've been taking advantage of the Xbox One backward compatibility option weekly since it was released. Every so often I'll jump into my game library and go "oh yeah I have that!" and play it. The PDA Games in Alien Hominid HD...
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Microsoft

Here's what's on offer in Microsoft's Game Awards sale


Black Friday 2.0
Dec 04
// Vikki Blake
In tribute to the nominees and winners of last night's Game Awards, the Xbox Store is running a flash sale for Xbox Gold members on a range of games, including Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Destiny: The Taken King, and Th...

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