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8:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Pay $2.99 to have Snoop Dogg narrate Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer matches

Infinity Ward is rolling out a bunch of customization items for the Xbox versions of Call of Duty: Ghosts on Tuesday, April 22. Among that content lineup is a Snoop Dogg Voice Pack for multiplayer. It's exactly what you'd ex...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 04.15.2014

Xbox 360 spring sale: Tons of DLC and Batman

Xbox Live Gold members can save on nearly everything Batman and loads of DLC as part of the Xbox 360 spring sale and weekly deal offerings. Batman: Arkham Asylum and its sequel Arkham City are $4.99 each, so that's an easy re...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 04.09.2014

Pick up Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater on the cheap this week

Have you heard that The Behemoth makes some pretty good games? It's true! Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater are two such examples, and you can pick them each up for under $5 on Xbox Live this week. Now, there...

Brett Makedonski

12:30 PM on 04.08.2014

Here are a few more Xbox One features coming soon

Xbox One owners set up to preview system updates are getting a few new features this week that will be available to the community at large in a future update. Those additions are: Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output f...

Jordan Devore

5:00 PM on 04.07.2014

Xbox One original programming could include Gears of War, Fable

Though we haven't seen Microsoft's television shows on Xbox One come to fruition just yet, the company has big plans to make the console compelling beyond games. Interactive TV, anyone? President of entertainment and digital ...

Jordan Devore



Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Xbox Tattletale Program photo
Dumb Idiot Ideas: The Xbox Tattletale Program
by Bill Zoeker

Max had to leave early this week to go stay in a horse cottage and attend a zoo wedding or something, so we farted out Dumb Idiot Ideas pretty quickly. I had the idea: what if the Xbox One, with all of its voice recognition, had a parental control that alerted parents when their kids acted like dicks online? Shitty kids are probably the biggest reason I don't do more online multiplayer, and I know I'm not alone in wishing there were some way to curb that nuisance. Enjoy our thoughts, and Max's strained trash-talking.

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Hitman: Absolution, Deadlight are April's free Games with Gold photo
Hitman: Absolution, Deadlight are April's free Games with Gold
by Jordan Devore

The featured titles in Microsoft's Games with Gold promotion have tended to not be compelling, I think most of us can agree. April shows signs of improvement, with Hitman: Absolution available to Xbox Live Gold members for free from April 1 - 15, and Deadlight offered from April 16 - 30.

I hadn't yet played the game, but our own Brett Makedonski shared this advice for Deadlight: "Get it for free, play the first bit, then put it down forever."

Let's hope this pair is the beginning of moderately good things to come for Games with Gold.

Xbox Live Gold Members Get Hitman: Absolution and Deadlight Free in April [Major Nelson]

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5:00 PM on 03.26.2014

Microsoft to begin warning 'disruptive' Xbox One players

Microsoft has once again spoken about the Xbox One's player reputation system, revealing that it will begin sending warning messages to some players whose reputations drop from "Good" to "Needs Work" as a result of peer feedb...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 03.25.2014

Thief, Tomb Raider, and more half price on Xbox Live

Xbox One deals straight from the console's digital marketplace itself are a welcome sight indeed. This week's Xbox Live sales are available to Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners alike from March 28 - 30: Thief (50 percent off), Tom...

Jordan Devore



Here are a bunch of upcoming Xbox One indie games photo
Here are a bunch of upcoming Xbox One indie games
by Jordan Devore

This week at the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft has shared more details about its self-publishing program for Xbox One, ID@Xbox. A couple different lists of who all is signed on to make games for the platform have come out since the program's announcement last August, but this latest list, viewable in full below, summarizes 25 specific titles.

With tons of indie game confirmations for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita these past few months especially, it's great to see Xbox One play catch up here; everyone wins. These relatively new platforms need as much software as they can get and it's always nice to have smaller developers pick up the slack between big-name, AAA releases.

Also, Super Time Force, Hyper Light Drifter, and 1001 Spikes on Xbox One: freakin' yes.

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5:30 PM on 03.18.2014

Xbox One will get friends notifications in April

Microsoft has given a little preview of what we can expect out of the next system update that will hit all Xbox One users in April. You'll be able to see your game save progress, and you'll be able to better tell what games o...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

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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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