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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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Deals

Xbox One with free game bonus returns at Microsoft (Elite back in stock)


For those who missed Black Friday...
Dec 03
// Dealzon
If you missed buying an Xbox One over the Black Friday weekend because you were busy cooking up a meal for 40 of your clan members, a new offer has turned up at the Microsoft Store. It's a today-only deal, where Microsoft wil...
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Deals

Cyber Monday Xbox One bundle deals and 50% off games


Going into a store is so 1999
Nov 30
// Dealzon
If you're curious what Microsoft Store is offering up for Cyber Monday, prepare to be un-surprised -- the deals are essentially the same as they were on Black Friday. If you were too busy or overwhelmed at the time, you might...
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Black Friday

Black Friday Xbox Deals in the UK


Let's save some MONNAY
Nov 27
// Vikki Blake
Here it is - the definitive list of the very best deals and discounts on the UK Xbox store today. These offers have been taken from the official Xbox website and feature deals on the Microsoft Store, GAME, and Argos, but othe...
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Deals

Xbox One Black Friday deal is $299 + $60 gift code + free game at Microsoft Store


Probably the best Xbox One deal?
Nov 25
// Dealzon
Update: More bundles selling out! The ones striked-out below are no longer in stock. No word if they'll return for Cyber Monday next week. If you want an Xbox One, you better be ready at the stroke of midnight Thursday (yep, ...
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Xbox One

Do you want original Xbox game backward compatibility? Xbox says 'nothing's impossible'


Could be 'challenging'
Nov 25
// Vikki Blake
Responding to questions about backwards compatibility for original Xbox games, Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra says that while it may be "challenging," "nothing's impossible." "We're not looking at original Xbox games on Xbox One yet," Ybarra said, speaking on The Inner Circle podcast (via GameSpot).
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Deals

$299.99 Xbox One confirmed for Black Friday by Microsoft


Select bundles get the $300 treatment
Nov 20
// Dealzon
To sway even more gamers into its side of the world, Microsoft has confirmed that for the Black Friday period next week, you'll be able to find select Xbox One bundles at the $299.99 price point at even more retailers. What's...
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Kudo Tsunoda

Kinect creative director Kudo Tsunoda has left Xbox, but not Microsoft


Well bam! There he goes
Nov 20
// Joe Parlock
Kudo Tsunoda, the creative director behind the Kinect since back when it was known as Project Natal, has left the Xbox division of Microsoft to work on non-gaming projects for the company. You might know him as the “Wel...
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Halo 5

Halo 5's World Championship starts early next month, prize continues to grow


REQ packs payin' off
Nov 19
// Brett Makedonski
The best of the best Halo 5 players face off against each other in March 2016 at the Halo World Championship. Getting there is a long and arduous process though, and the road starts on December 6. That's when ladder...
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Xbox One

Controller remapping is now available on all Xbox One controllers


PC support is incoming
Nov 17
// Laura Kate Dale
Good news for everyone who owns an Xbox One but didn't shell out for one of those ultra fancy premium Elite controllers, you can now remap the buttons on your standard Xbox One controllers too. Previously limited just to Elit...
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Games with Gold

PSA: Games with Gold cycles in the second half of November's lineup


Knight Squad and Dungeon Siege III
Nov 16
// Chris Carter
As a reminder, Microsoft has cycled in the next bit of November's Games with Gold promotion as of today. You can pick up Knight Squad and Dungeon Siege III with your Gold membership, and Pneuma: Breath of Life ...
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Tomb Raider

Xbox mullers Tomb Raider fans in London for publicity


It's okay, they were willing volunteers
Nov 13
// Vikki Blake
Microsoft celebrated the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider by challenging eight Lara Croft fans to survive 24 hours on a billboard while being mullered by brutal weather conditions.  Of the thousands of applicants, just...
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Deals

$260 refurbished Xbox One up for grabs from Newegg


Probably should wait on Black Friday
Nov 12
// Dealzon
For those who absolutely can't wait for Black Friday, or simply don't want to budget $300-$350 on an Xbox One, Newegg is unloading inventory of certified refurbished Xbox Ones at a cool $259.99 price tag (you'll need to do on...
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Very smoothly
The New Xbox One Experience rolled out today, and for me and many others, the transition has been painless. I simply booted up my console, downloaded a roughly 1GB update, and the UI popped right up after a restart. I think s...

Xbox One photo
Xbox One

Having issues with the new Xbox One Experience update?


Microsoft support has the solutions. Hopefully
Nov 12
// Vikki Blake
If you're one of the "small number" of Xbox One players who are having difficult booting up after the new Xbox one Experience update rolls out today, don't panic. Yet. Microsoft has acknowledged issues with first boot, content installation, and accessory and accessibility issues after the update.
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Microsoft

Here's how DLC will work with Xbox One Backward Compatibility


TL;DR: go to Xbox.com
Nov 12
// Vikki Blake
[Update: To clarify, while you can't purchase DLC via your Xbox One, you can still buy Xbox 360 DLC via the 360 store, or via Xbox.com.] Microsoft has detailed how DLC will work for those backward compatible Xbox 360 games. &...
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Minecraft Wii U

PEGI site lists Minecraft for Wii U


Super Enderman Maker
Nov 11
// Mike Cosimano
PEGI, also known as the Pan European Game Information (the video games rating board for most PAL territories), may have leaked a Minecraft port for the Wii U via its official website, apparently set for release tomorrow, Nove...
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Xbox One update

The new Xbox One dashboard rolls out tonight


Backward compatibility to follow
Nov 11
// Jordan Devore
November is flying by me. It's nearly time for the new Xbox One dashboard update, and you know what that means: backward compatibility! The initial list of supported Xbox 360 games falls short of my expectations, but it'll im...
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Kinect

Xbox One's Kinect gesturing is a thing of the past


Becoming less integral
Nov 10
// Brett Makedonski
Kinect's role on the Xbox One is becoming more and more diminished. Another blow comes with this week's arrival of the New Xbox One Experience. For the first time ever, Microsoft has done away with hand-gesturing that couldn'...

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