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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







The Halo Channel is a huge indicator of Microsoft's plans for the franchise photo
The Halo Channel is a huge indicator of Microsoft's plans for the franchise
by Brett Makedonski

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 Collection. Life was suddenly jolted into fans of the franchise as many that weren't on-board with the Xbox One resigned themselves to getting the console primarily to pick up the four-in-one package.

As The Master Chief Collection provides an experience that ties together the included titles, Microsoft wants to offer a means to tie together everything Halo that fans could possibly want. At the company's gamescom 2014 press briefing, The Halo Channel was introduced, and during a speed run meeting with 343 Industries, we got a better glimpse at what it'll be like.

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Microsoft's gamescom press conference wasn't as bad as I expected photo
Microsoft's gamescom press conference wasn't as bad as I expected
by Bill Zoeker

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. After their poor policies left them with a bad name among the independent development community, it seemed like the PlayStation 4 had substantially more launch content than its rival in the form of indie ports.

In retrospect, with it becoming clear that Rise of the Tomb Raider is not as exclusive as they made it out to be, I'm quite miffed. During the conference, any games that were only timed exclusives, had clear visual and spoken indication of the stipulation. We've been getting more clarification that Tomb Raider is maybe just a prolonged timed exclusive, but the language used in the presentation was pretty obviously meant to make us think Rise of the Tomb Raider would only be on Xbox. That's messed up.

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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



Here's everything that happened during Microsoft's 2014 gamescom conference photo
Here's everything that happened during Microsoft's 2014 gamescom conference
by Chris Carter

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.

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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

10:30 AM on 08.11.2014

Was Ryse legendary? Because it's getting a 'Legendary Edition'

Since its E3 reveal and through its launch alongside the Xbox One, a lot of people have had some not-so-great things to say about Ryse: Son of Rome. Despite the fact that it wasn't necessarily a critical darling, Microsoft's ...

Brett Makedonski