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11:00 AM on 03.18.2014

Xbox One is set to launch in 26 more countries in September

Microsoft is poised to significantly expand Xbox One's global reach. This September, the console will launch in 26 more countries, bringing the grand total to 39 markets. Of the 26 countries slated to be introduced to the Xbo...

Brett Makedonski







14-year Xbox veteran Marc Whitten leaves Microsoft photo
14-year Xbox veteran Marc Whitten leaves Microsoft
by Steven Hansen

Marc Whitten, Chief Product Officer of Xbox, joined Microsoft in 2000, helping to build the original Xbox and Xbox Live, and release two subsequent consoles. Microsoft has announced his departure from the company to take the same role at Sonos, which makes speakers and things. 

"I have had the extreme pleasure over the last 14 years to work on the greatest product with the greatest team and for the greatest community,” Whitten said. "Xbox is so special because of the amazing team I've had the opportunity to work with and because our fans are the most incredible fans on the planet. It has been the highlight of my career to work on a product so loved. It's incredibly tough to leave but I am confident the best days are ahead for Xbox fans, in the capable hands of a very talented team."

Tretton, now Whitten. Crazy times.

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7:00 PM on 03.13.2014

That $99 Xbox 360 with a two-year contract promo has ended

In 2012, Microsoft rolled out a promotion in which people could pay $99 for an Xbox 360 (the basic 4GB model) with a Kinect -- if they signed up for a two-year Xbox Live Gold commitment of $14.99 per month. It's the sort of s...

Jordan Devore

5:45 PM on 03.11.2014

Xbox Live suffering sign-in issues at the moment

[Update: Microsoft has issued a statement regarding the service troubles.  Microsoft is investigating an issue that may interrupt customer access to some Microsoft online services. This is unrelated to the launch of &ldq...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:30 PM on 03.11.2014

Xbox One game preloads are on the roadmap

Responding to a reddit thread about download release times for Titanfall, Xbox Live's Major Nelson said that "A better digital experience is on the roadmap. Preloads, unlock by timezone etc. are all things we want to roll out...

Jordan Devore



Microsoft's Phil Spencer talks improving Games with Gold photo
Microsoft's Phil Spencer talks improving Games with Gold
by Jordan Devore

Comparisons between Microsoft's Games with Gold and Sony's PlayStation Plus cannot be helped. The two services may be set up differently, but on the surface, they both offer free games (some much newer than others) with a subscription. Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer spoke about the program during a Q&A session at SXSW, reports Polygon.

"One of our issues with Games with Gold -- not 'issues,' but differences between the other system we get compared to, is the fact that with Games with Gold, you get to keep that game, regardless of whether you continue to subscribe," he said. "And the business around Games with Gold, for us, is just fundamentally different from some of the other programs that are out there, which does put a different financial picture on a -- you're gonna go buy a game that's brand new, the cost of putting that in, just to be kind of blunt about it."

For its part, Microsoft appears to be listening to feedback even if it might not seem that way at all based on the service's offerings as of late. Continuing, Spencer said "I have been sitting down, monthly now, with that team -- some of the earlier months were already programmed -- and playing a more active role in picking franchises that show up in Games with Gold, and I think you'll see at least something that feels, at least, more true to what I think Games with Gold should look like with the constraints that are there."

Those darned constraints. At this rate, I'm more interested in seeing how Microsoft approaches Games with Gold on Xbox One where there isn't a library of years-old titles to fall back on.

Phil Spencer: Games with Gold will feel 'more true' to what consumers want in the future [Polygon]

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8:00 AM on 03.10.2014

Microsoft breaks down every aspect of Twitch on Xbox One

Twitch integration is coming to Xbox One tomorrow, and you can watch pretty much every bit of it above in Microsoft's newest video. Basically all you need to do is sign up for an account on www.twitch.tv, then go to your set...

Chris Carter

2:15 PM on 03.06.2014

Forza 5 free with Xbox One purchases in the US

Next week, Microsoft will roll out a deal in the United States which includes a free digital copy of Forza Motorsport 5 with Xbox One purchases at "select retailers." This pack-in will be available for a limited time, accordi...

Jordan Devore

6:30 PM on 03.05.2014

The Titanfall season pass isn't exactly revolutionary stuff

Alright, everyone -- let's play a game. I'm going to tell you what's included in the recently confirmed Titanfall Season Pass, and you act elated about what a totally sweet deal it is. Ready? Let's do this. Titanfall's Pass o...

Brett Makedonski

4:30 PM on 03.04.2014

Project Spark beta extended to Xbox One

The Project Spark beta is far from new at this point, but it's no longer restricted to Windows 8.1 users. Some 250,000 people have signed up and I imagine many more will express their interest now that the beta can be experi...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 03.04.2014

Microsoft wants Xbox Live to live on Android/iOS

Microsoft is building a platform that would bring Xbox Live to iOS and Android, The Verge reports. This was hinted at with a job posting for engineers to help build it, which read, "We will create a modern framework that is o...

Steven Hansen



Grab your pilot and watch the Titanfall launch trailer photo
Grab your pilot and watch the Titanfall launch trailer
by Conrad Zimmerman

Titanfall is just one week from release, which also means we're nearing hype critical mass. Here is today's reminder that Titanfall will provide a much-needed feather in Microsoft's cap when the game releases for Windows and Xbox One on March 11, a gameplay trailer full of robots, action and drama.

The robot designs are by far my favorite aspect of this game. They're rough, functional machines built solely to serve a military application. This isn't a sleek, futurist aesthetic, but the kind of hulking battle bots made by people who recognize little benefit in prettying up devastation. And yet, they're beautiful all the same because you have to acknowledge the effort in bringing that to life visually is much more demanding than smooth lines and contours. 

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1:15 PM on 03.03.2014

Cortana is Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri

Windows phones are getting a personal assistant in the Windows Phone 8.1 update that will replace the built-in Bing search. Cortana is a little blue ring, not a full 3D blue woman, and it is Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Rare designer talks canceled Donkey Kong Racing

Announced at E3 2001, Donkey Kong Racing was going to be Rare's sequel to Diddy Kong Racing for the GameCube. I distinctly remember seeing images of it in magazines at the time, thinking it was a true score for the console, a...

Jordan Devore



Civ Rev and Dungeon Defenders are March's Games with Gold photo
Civ Rev and Dungeon Defenders are March's Games with Gold
by Brett Makedonski

Well, we're certainly at the point where we know exactly what to expect from Microsoft's monthly Games with Gold promotion. If you're new to the process, it typically features two games that are generally considered to be good, but a bit too old. That doesn't really change in March.

This month's offerings are Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders -- two games worth checking out if you hadn't gotten to them before. As is the case with these things, Civilization Revolution is free for Gold subscribers through March 16, at which point Dungeon Defenders takes over and is free for the remainder of the month.

Xbox Live Gold Members get Civilization Revolution and Dungeon Defenders Free in March [Major Nelson]

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10:00 AM on 02.27.2014

Several new devs added to Xbox One's indie program

Right around when the Xbox One was announced, a new independent developer publishing program was announced. Called Independent Developers @ Xbox , or ID@Xbox, this program lets accepted game developers publish their own ...

Dale North