Review Category : Xbox

Microsoft today announced the extension of the life of the “Forza Motorsport 5″ Car Pass to include two more monthly car packs. This will enable Forza users to enjoy a total of 90 different cars to collect, customize and race within this game. As a thank you to all of our loyal fans, we are extending the life of the “Forza Motorsport 5″ Car Pass to include two more monthly car packs. If you are a Car Pass owner, that means you’ll be getting the next two monthly DLC car packs – the “June” pack, which is scheduled for release next Friday (more on that below), as well as our “July” car pack – at no additional charge. That’s 20 additional cars for you to collect, customize, and race, bringing the total to 90 DLC cars for “Forza 5″ Car Pass owners! Now, about that “June” pack. As you might know, ...

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Last week, we reported that Sony’s PS4 dominated the Xbox One for the fourth month in a row. New numbers from NPD revealed that Microsoft only sold 115,000 units of their Xbox One console for the month of April. Also, Microsoft announced a new cheaper SKU for Xbox One that will not include Kinect sensor and will cost $399 which is same as that of Sony’s PS4. Microsoft’s this move was to directly compete with Sony on price and it seems that it may work out as expected. GameStop during their earnings meet revealed that they are seeing strong demand for Xbox One after the price drop. “I definitely think we’re already seeing in our stores with our reservation program as well as dialogue with PowerUp Rewards [members that] there’s a stronger demand as a result of the price drop,” Bartel said. “The good news for us is… we’ll sell ...

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This is a great news for Minecraft fans. “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” is coming to the Xbox Live Marketplace this August. If you already own Minecraft on Xbox 360, the you can upgrade to Minecraft: Xbox One Edition for just $4.99. If not, “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition” will cost you $19.99. Get ready for even bigger worlds (with scenic vistas), all of your favorite features from “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” and the option to import your saved game data and your beautiful, one-of-a-kind “Minecraft” world onto your Xbox One. That’s right: You don’t have to start from scratch. You can just keep going, right where you left off! That goes for most (but not all) of your downloadable skins and texture packs, though not all of them will make the jump. So, get pumped for the sure-to-be-awesome “Minecraft: Xbox One Edition,” coming your way this August. And if you’re not ...

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Speaking to Develop-Online, Carl Ledbetter, Sr. Principal Creative Director in Xbox team at Microsoft revealed that Microsoft once considered building Kinect directly into Xbox One console. As the man who designed the hardware, Carl Ledbetter, tells Develop, early on Microsoft even toyed with the idea of building the Kinect into the Xbox One itself. A permanent, non-removable feature. And one of the key reasons it decided against it were based on looks. “We actually built models of that,” he reveals. “We pushed ourselves, can we put it all in one? Is that going to work? And the technology just isn’t there yet. As soon as you have something much bigger than the Kinect sensor people don’t want to put it by the TV, it’s too big.” Microsoft’s recent decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One console package has led to lots of discussions around Kinect’s future. But, Carl claims that ...

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Here is a cool way to say thanks to U.S. troops on Memorial Day, Microsoft Xbox Video now allows you to gift them with a copy of “Lone Survivor,” which is available now on Xbox Video, two weeks before it’s out on DVD. From May 20-27, Xbox is running a special promotion around the hit film “Lone Survivor,” when you purchase the film on Xbox Video, Microsoft will match it by gifting a digital copy to an active duty military service member or veteran. You have to purchase “Lone Survivor” on Xbox Video from May 20-27 to take advantage of this limited-time offer. Military personnel can visit any Microsoft Retail Stores to pick up a free copy of the movie while supplies last. Additionally, active duty military personnel and veterans who present a military ID in a Microsoft Retail Store will receive a free digital copy of the movie**. We’re ...

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Wolfenstein: The New Order game is now available on Xbox One. It includes beta access code to the much awaited Doom game. Game Description: Europe, 1960. The tide of World War II has been turned using a new kind of mysterious, advanced technology. Using unrelenting force and intimidation, a ruthless world power has brought even the most powerful of nations to their knees. The regime now dominates the globe with an iron fist. You are the only man capable of rewriting history. In Wolfenstein: The New Order, assume the role of super soldier B.J. Blazkowicz as he uses elite combat tactics and an arsenal of uber advanced weaponry to take down the most powerful empire the world has ever known. Join forces with a band of dedicated resistance fighters and launch an offensive battle that spans the globe and beyond, as you seek to uncover the truth behind how this regime ...

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As we reported last week, Microsoft today confirmed that external storage support is coming to Xbox One next month. Microsoft today revealed the Xbox One system update coming in the month of June. This update will allow users to connect external storage devices which are higher than 256GB to their Xbox One and install apps, games and others on it. Also, Microsoft has added support for real names in Xbox profile which will help users identify people better. Microsoft has also made tons of improvements in the SmartGlass apps for Xbox One. Microsoft is expanding the availability of OneGuide and TV features in lots of markets. Read about it in detail below. External Storage: It couldn’t be easier to increase your storage capacity of games and apps with the external storage support features we’re bringing in June. Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives ...

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Microsoft Skype team today announced the availability of the long awaited feature in Xbox One Skype experience. Skype for Xbox One now offers a new Snap calling experience. Along with this new Snap experience, Microsoft reported that this update also includes a few other bug fixes such as improved start-up time to make Skype for Xbox One even better. As you’ll remember, Snap makes it possible to experience two apps on your Xbox One at once – like watching TV while looking up sports scores in Internet Explorer. Previously, you could only Snap other apps into Skype for Xbox One. With this update, the reverse is now possible, allowing you to now Snap a Skype video or voice call intoother app experiences. See your best friend’s face as you narrowly beat them in Forza Motorsport 5. Or watch your mom’s favorite movie while on a video call with her, the next ...

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UK based developer Rare Studios is the creative brain behind popular Kinect based titles such as Kinect Sports, Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Sports Rivals still remains an important part of Microsoft despite Microsoft’s decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One. Phil Spencer recently said that the studio is independent to chose their next project and they are “evaluating what they want to do next”. Today, Eurogamer reported that Rare has experienced layoffs following underwhelming sales of Kinect Sports Rivals and around 16 people have been let go. Microsoft commented the following regarding layoffs, “At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive entertainment experiences. As part of Rare’s commitment to this goal, we have made a decision to change our development process and methodology at Rare to best support our future projects, this has led to us reviewing the skills and the makeup of our development ...

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Earlier today, we reported that Google is going to acquire Twitch game streaming service for about $1 billion. Twitch is extremely popular among gamers and has over 45 million monthly users. Now, The Verge reports that Twitch chose Google over Microsoft amid multiple buyout offers. They believed that Google’s YouTube would be a greater fit for their strategy as Microsoft may restrict them to Xbox after the deal. Also, they expect Google to help them scale after the acquisition to meet the demands of the gamers. Microsoft and others have made serious approaches to Twitch, said the person, but YouTube was deemed the better fit. It’s unlikely that the gamer-friendly Twitch would have wanted any part of a deal that would tie the service to Xbox, as it’s embedded in Sony’s rival PlayStation console as well. A source familiar with the deal says that Twitch likely would have rejected a ...

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Along with the March system update for Xbox One, Microsoft enabled Twitch game broadcasting feature for all the gamers on Xbox One. Microsoft also shared some numbers on Twitch on Xbox One. In short, the engagement is much more than Sony’s PS4. Xbox Live members worldwide are spending an average of 5 hours per day exploring apps, playing games, and watching TV on Xbox One. Twitch on Xbox One has played a big role in the increase in Xbox One usage since the app added broadcasting on March 10. In fact, nearly 23 million minutes have been broadcast from Twitch on Xbox One since launch. This includes more than 2.7 million minutes broadcast from Xbox One March 10-11, the most ever for a Twitch console app in its first day. Additionally, 30 percent of all Twitch unique broadcasters were broadcasting from Xbox One during the app’s first day. Given this ...

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Natural Resources Defense Council has recently released a report on energy consumption in latest generation gaming consoles including Xbox One, Sony PS4, etc,. The Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One consume two to three times more annual energy than the most recent models of the previous generation. Some of the key findings of the report, The new consoles consume more energy each year playing video or in standby mode than playing games. The Xbox One and PS4 consume two to three times more annual energy than the latest models of their predecessors, the Xbox 360 and PS3. While the new versions are more powerful, the two- to three-fold increase in energy use is due to higher power demand in standby and on modes and, in the case of the Xbox One, more time switched on due to its TV viewing mode. In this mode, the console is used in addition to ...

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Microsoft to release a Xbox 360 Special Edition Arctic Camouflage Wireless Controller soon. Microsoft has published information about this upcoming accessory on their website. It is a standard Xbox 360 Wireless Controller with different paint job. It will cost you $54.99. Surprise your opponents With colors that mimic snow-covered environments, the Xbox 360 Special Edition Arctic Camouflage Wireless Controller is designed for covert operations. The D-pad transforms from a plus to a disc for greater precision in both directional and sweeping movements. Features: Camouflage design inspired by snow-covered environments Transforming D-pad that switches from plus to disc for better control Special edition wireless controller with 30-foot range Find more about it here. We recently reported that Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series Wireless Controller, available in gold color chrome is now on sale at Amazon. It also comes in your choice of blue, red, and silver chrome. Plus, this controller ...

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As announced earlier this month, Xbox One system update that includes new audio controls, opt-in setting for improving voice recognition is now rolling out to all Xbox One users. Find the full change log below. Sound Mixer for Apps with Snap and Volume Controls When Using Kinect with Chat We’ve received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we’ve added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you’ll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using Snap letting you decide which app is louder. In this same section, you’ll also be able to control the volume levels when you’re using Kinect for chat. Opt-In to Help Improve Speech Recognition Being able to control your Xbox One with voice commands can be a magical moment and we want ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that the next installment in the Halo saga: Halo 5: Guardians, coming in fall 2015 for Xbox One. Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director at 343 Industries revealed some more details about the upcoming game at their official blog. In addition to developing the game, they have developed an advanced game engine to support it. Also, Microsoft and 343 Industries will reveal more information at E3 and beyond. But we’re not just making a new game in that three year span, we’re also making a new engine. During the development of Halo 4, we pushed the Xbox 360 and the engine to its limits, and we were happy with the way we were able to make the Halo universe look. The Xbox 360 still has a few tricks up its sleeve, even now. We are moving to a whole new platform with the Xbox One – a new ...

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Engadget today reported that Microsoft is working on bringing ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ for Xbox One which will be released later this year. This Halo collection is expected to include Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 and are being collected in a Master Chief-focused HD remaster coming from Microsoft. Engadget also reports that Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST  won’t be part of this collection. Our sources say that the set will zero in on Halo‘s most famous soldier to refresh audience’s memories ahead of Halo 5: Guardians‘ release, so curiosities like Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach likely won’t be a part of the package. The game’s developer is unknown at this point, but considering that Saber Interactive handled Combat Evolved Anniversary and is also working on an unannounced Xbox One project, the team is a likely suspect. Also unclear are plans for digital distribution, resolution and ...

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