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11:30 AM on 09.24.2014

Xbox One China release delay was brief, on track for September 29

The Xbox One was all set to release in China this week, but it hit a slight last minute delay. Microsoft has announced that the release is back on though, and will now launch on September 29. 10 games will be available at lau...

Chris Carter





10:00 AM on 09.24.2014

Comedy Central now has an app on the Xbox One

Comedy Central has just released an app on the Xbox One, and thank goodness, it's not just another "clip app" that shows 30 second bumpers. According to their post, you can watch full episodes of The Daily Show, South Park, K...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 09.23.2014

Xbox discounts Spider-Man, 1001 Spikes, and a lot of Mass Effect DLC

As part of this week's Deals with Gold promotion, Microsoft's slashing prices by a third across three Xbox One games. Web-slinging Amazing Spider-Man 2 ($40.19), shadowy noir Contrast ($10.04), and death s...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 PM on 09.21.2014

Microsoft postpones Xbox One launch in China

The Xbox One's launch in China has been delayed, Microsoft announced this weekend. The console was slated to arrive in the country on Tuesday, thereby becoming the first foreign videogame device officially sold on Chinese soi...

Kyle MacGregor



Review: D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die (Prologue, Episode 1, Episode 2) photo
Review: D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die (Prologue, Episode 1, Episode 2)
by Chris Carter

D4 starts off rather grounded. The game's opening narration describes the tale as a "story of a man with a very strange fate." A man whose wife was murdered, and is tirelessly searching for her killer.

Then a cat girl named Amanda runs into your apartment, spits a mouse into your mouth, and you puke.

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9:30 AM on 09.17.2014

Xbox One sales tank in Japan following launch

The Xbox One sold 3,015 units during its first full week on the Japanese market, according to data obtained by sales tracking group Media Create. The new figures follow earlier reports of disappointing launch weekend sales, w...

Kyle MacGregor



Download Halo: Reach for free with Xbox Live Gold photo
Download Halo: Reach for free with Xbox Live Gold
by Jordan Devore

Now through September 30, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download Halo: Reach for free through Microsoft's Games with Gold program. And those of you with an Xbox One still have the rest of the month to nab the excellent Super Time Force. Just putting that out there.

Reach has the distinction of being the last Halo game I was even moderately into, though my memory of it is mostly hazy. I do recall struggling quite a bit toward the end of the game. Funny how of all the things I could remember about my playthrough, it ends up being the painful part.

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It's official: Microsoft bought Mojang, creator of Minecraft photo
It's official: Microsoft bought Mojang, creator of Minecraft
by Chris Carter

[Update: Microsoft's Phil Spencer and Notch have chimed in with their own statements. Spencer is obviously excited (and confirms that Minecon still exists), and Notch gives us a look at his mindset over the past few years, as well as were he's headed.]

The rumors are real -- Mojang has confirmed that they are being bought by Microsoft for a "smooth 2.5 BILLION dollars."

In a post to fans, representatives of the company noted that "Minecraft has grown from a simple game to a project of monumental significance. Though we’re massively proud of what Minecraft has become, it was never Notch’s intention for it to get this big. As you might already know, Notch is the creator of Minecraft and the majority shareholder at Mojang. He’s decided that he doesn’t want the responsibility of owning a company of such global significance. Over the past few years he’s made attempts to work on smaller projects, but the pressure of owning Minecraft became too much for him to handle. The only option was to sell Mojang. He’ll continue to do cool stuff though. Don’t worry about that."

According to the post, the development and support of Minecraft on the PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, iOS, and Android platforms will continue. Minecraft will also "continue to evolve," and it is predicted that the "majority" of Mojang's staff will continue to work there. Notch, Carl, and Jakob, the founders, are leaving. The fate of their other game, Scrolls, is still up in the air -- my guess is if it's doing poorly Microsoft will can it and focus more on Minecraft.

Well, that's interesting. We'll see how this goes, and it's a real testament of how powerful AAA publishers are -- Minecraft was one of the prime examples of how sustainable independent development was in the industry.

Yes, we’re being bought by Microsoft [Mojang]

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1:00 PM on 09.12.2014

That Xbox 360 is blue!

Consoles sporting nontraditional colors can be hit or miss, but I have to say, I'm liking this blue Xbox 360. It'll be available starting October 7 in the US at Walmart with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Ghosts, a...

Jordan Devore

8:30 AM on 09.10.2014

Xbox One Japanese launch sales are just terrible

Xbox One sold 23,562 units in Japan during its opening week, Famitsu reports, while data tracking firm Media Create estimates a total of 25,674. The numbers are ugly no matter how you slice them. For reference, the ...

Kyle MacGregor

7:30 PM on 09.09.2014

Report: Microsoft trying to buy Minecraft developer

Microsoft is in serious talks to purchase Minecraft developer Mojang, according to a WSJ report citing unnamed sources familiar with the situation. The supposed deal is said to be worth somewhere in the neighborhood...

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 AM on 09.09.2014

Get a detailed look at the new October Xbox One update

In October, the Xbox One will be getting another major update to improve the standard user experience. The main thing is that the snap update is completely overhauled. Now instead of going back to the home screen to change t...

Chris Carter





1:00 AM on 09.09.2014

Microsoft's TGS lineup includes few Japanese games

Microsoft has revealed its Tokyo Game Show lineup, and one has to wonder how much it will resonate the crowd next week at the Makuhari Messe convention center. Japan has never embraced the Xbox brand, largely due to a lack of software designed to appeal to the local market, and a slate of titles like this doesn't figure to bring about a sea change.

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 AM on 09.08.2014

Xbox Live Rewards program slightly revamped

The Xbox Live Rewards program is getting a little simpler. From now on, if you spend $150 a year, you'll actually get 1% back. Yeah, that doesn't sound like a lot, but if you earn more ranks you can get up to 5%, and if you'r...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 09.06.2014

Xbox pokes fun at Activision with fake Destiny ad

Microsoft loves promoting Bungie games, you know. Unfortunately, that ship has sort of sailed. Activision and the erstwhile Halo studio are now cozying up with Sony, and the folks at Xbox UK seem to be handling the situation ...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 09.04.2014

Xbox One has cool invisibility feature in Japan where everyone ignores it

The Xbox One is now available in Japan. The country is continuing its proud and long-standing tradition of not caring about the Xbox, however. Twitter user @kaztsu has tweeted pictures of Akiba game stores readying to sell th...

Steven Hansen