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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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6:00 PM on 03.05.2014

Hey! You can buy a Mr Destructoid helmet for your Xbox Avatar

You may recall about a year-and-a-half ago, when we unveiled the Destructoid line of merchandise for your Xbox Live Avatars. At the time, the biggest request was that we get a Mr Destructoid helmet to join the cool shirts and...

Mr Andy Dixon

8:00 PM on 03.04.2014

The next major Xbox One update starts rolling out tonight

The next big Xbox One system update will address all things multiplayer, prepping for the big release of Titanfall. The system update is rolling out now for users, and here's what you can expect out of the update: Friends li...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

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



Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre photo
Preview: Trials: Fusion is daring and really bizarre
by Alessandro Fillari

The year was 2009. Back when the Xbox 360's XBLA Summer of Games was all the rage, a small little downloadable title called Trials HD came out of nowhere and won the hearts of players. With two sequels, and several million copies sold, Trials has been a staple of downloadable gaming scene and has garnered a loyal and devout following.

Now, with another title on the way, the developers at RedLynx and Ubisoft have gone all in and made Trials: Fusion the most content rich and expansive title of the series. With over 150 developers working on the title across three different studios, Ubisoft plans to give fans and newcomers alike a crash course in making a splash with this bizarre and challenging puzzle racer.

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1:45 PM on 02.25.2014

Xbox One March update improving friends lists, parties

A new video on the Xbox Wire gives information on how Microsoft will be streamlining and improving Xbox Live functions on Xbox One in the coming March update. Chat will now be on by default when joining a party of your frien...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:30 AM on 02.21.2014

Tomb Raider and Walking Dead headline Xbox Ultimate sale

There are a few quality pickups today in day four of the Xbox 360 Ultimate Game sale, most notably Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons ($4.04), Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 1 ($1), Tomb Raider ($13.49), Prototype 2 ($10), The Darkn...

Chris Carter

11:30 AM on 02.05.2014

Strider release date announced

The new Strider game from Capcom and Double Helix has been looking pretty good. With every screenshot and trailer sent out, I've been become more and more excited with getting my hands on it. And now, it looks we'll do just t...

Alessandro Fillari



Review: Rekoil: Liberator photo
Review: Rekoil: Liberator
by Ian Bonds

It's difficult to have a unique idea in a genre that's as over-saturated as 'first-person shooter' is. With Call of Duty, Halo, and Battlefield already out there year after year, making a multiplayer game enticing while offering something fresh and unseen is becoming harder and harder for developers to accomplish.

The makers of Rekoil: Liberator are proof of that.

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2:00 PM on 02.04.2014

World of Tanks hits the Xbox 360 on February 12th

Some time ago, free-to-play guru Wargaming spoke on Microsoft's stubborness of offering a true "free-to-play" platform. Wargaming wanted to offer World of Tanks truly free without forcing people to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 01.31.2014

Watch video, buy cameras: Xbox One, 360 getting GoPro app

Look, lions are wild animals and you should not endeavor to hug them. This is not a Disney movie. Camera-maker GoPro is partnering with Xbox to create The GoPro Channel app, through which you can stream curated GoPro footage...

Steven Hansen

3:50 PM on 01.31.2014

The Wolf Among Us Episode 2 finally out next week

Telltale Games has seriously tested the patience of The Wolf Among Us players with the release of the next episode, Smoke & Mirrors. Following the series' debut all the way back in October, Episode 2 is nearly ready for r...

Jordan Devore

6:00 AM on 01.30.2014

White Xbox One coming this year, update coming this March

I don't want an Xbox One, but if I did, I'd want One in white. An anonymous NeoGAF poster let loose a flood of leaks, including word that October would see a white Xbox One bundled with Insomniac's Sunset Overdrive. A 1TB con...

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 01.25.2014

Microsoft considering competitively pricing digital games

Speaking in a Reddit thread,regarding the state of digital downloads for Microsoft's Xbox One, Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb has confirmed that competitive digital priced games is "indeed on the agenda" as well as other "great st...

Wesley Ruscher

12:30 PM on 01.22.2014

Xbox Live deal: Dark Souls, Tales of Vesperia, D&D

The Xbox Live deal of the week features a strange group of games, but strange can be good. These discounts are valid until Monday, January 27 for Gold subscribers: Dark Souls ($4.99) Tales of Vesperia ($4.94) Powerstar Golf ...

Jordan Devore