In May, Microsoft announced a new Xbox One SKU at a lower price point that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU was made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Microsoft made the following statement regarding the new Xbox SKU, Our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.” You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch ...

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During the 2014 Rooster Teeth Expo, 343 Industries shared some new info on the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection. They revealed the new content for the Halo 2: Anniversary portion and a new trailer. In the panel organized there, Halo developers showed off the first of the six remade maps for Halo 2 Anniversary – Coagulation. They also revealed some of the new modes include: SWAT: The popular no-shields, no-motion-tracker mode had been expanded in Halo 3, and Halo 2 gets an upgrade. Ricochet: One of the newest modes from Halo 4, where players have to get a ball into the enemy’s goal. Think Halo basketball. Infection: The popular zombie mode from Halo 3 owes a Halo 2 custom game credit for its invention… and now, it’s coming to Halo 2 for real. Race: Straight from the original Halo: Combat Evolved. Get in a vehicle and hit all the checkpoints. And that’s barely scratching ...

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Speaking to Eurogamer, Microsoft’s ID@Xbox boss Chris Charla revealed that Microsoft has now enabled developers to submit trial games in Xbox One. In Xbox One, you already have game demos, but you have to download the full game again when you want to purchase it. In lots of developing nations where Internet speed and limit is an issue, this was an annoying thing. But now, that ‘trial’ experience where you could download a demo and then convert it to a full version is back in Xbox One just like it was during Xbox 360 days. But then, game developers should make use of this feature as the games which are already in Xbox Store won’t work this way. “But now we do. In the same way that we update the Xbox One OS every month, they update the development system every month – or regularly, anyway. So that’s something that we recently turned ...

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In the annual letter sent to all the employees of Microsoft, Satya Nadella has highlighted the commitment Microsoft has towards Xbox platform and has effectively ended all the rumors about Microsoft selling or spinning of Xbox division. He reaffirmed that Microsoft will vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. I also want to share some additional thoughts on Xbox and its importance to Microsoft. As a large company, I think it’s critical to define the core, but it’s important to make smart choices on other businesses in which we can have fundamental impact and success. The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming. We are fortunate to have Xbox in our family to go after this opportunity with unique and bold innovation. Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox. Xbox is one of the most-revered ...

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If you liked playing the awesome Borderlands series of games, then we have a good news for you. Gearbox Software, the developers behind Borderlands series is creating a new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game called Battleborn. Gearbox describes Battleborn as a “hero-shooter,” it is a mixture of first-person arena gameplay, and the fast-paced minion-destroying mechanics that the MOBA genre is known for. “As a genre-fused, hobby-grade, cooperative and competitive FPS exploding with eye-popping style and an imaginative universe, Battleborn is the most ambitious video game that Gearbox has ever created,” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software. Much like how “Borderlands” combined the FPS genre with role-playing game mechanics, Battleborn is injecting multiple gameplay styles into one larger package. One of the noteworthy challenges to the form is the single-player campaign, unique in a genre mostly known for its multiplayer model. The game’s plot centers around a battle for the last remaining ...

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Last year, Microsoft announced that all Xbox One retail units can be used as dev kits in the future so that anyone can become a Xbox developer. During ID@Xbox program launch, Microsoft said, “As part of our vision for enabling everyone with an Xbox One to be a creator, we absolutely intend to enable people to develop games using their retail kits. Right now, though, you still need a development kit! We provide two kits to everyone in the registered developer program. Additional kits, if needed, can be purchased.” Again during the console launch, then Xbox VP Marc Whitten explained to Engadget as the following, “It’s more of a timeframe thing. The vision of how the service and the console work together, how your console can be a dev kit, is a core part of the vision. It’s how we built a ton of the architecture. But moving from a ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are releasing Project Spark for Xbox One and Windows 8.1 on October 7th. Project Spark offers a supreme gaming experience by making unique and instantly playable levels, games, and worlds, and then share them with a global community. Purchase content packs using Spark Tokens for new gameplay and building blocks for creation. Unlock new content using Creation Credits, earned by creating, playing, and sharing games. All content is available across all platforms, so games created on one platform are available to play and remix on any other. At that time, we’ll also be making an Xbox One disc edition of Project Spark available at retail for $39.99 USD. The “Project Spark Starter Pack” is loaded with great content, including starter packs filled with sounds, effects, animations, and props, plus advanced creator features, offline content, and experience boosts which allow players to unlock new content that much faster. ...

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Respawn today announced Frontier’s Edge, the second DLC pack for Titanfall that introduces three exciting new maps including the isolated mining outpost of Dig Site, the exclusive beach resort of Haven and the mining hub on the side of a mountain known as Export. If you have Titanfall Season Pass, you can get this content pack for free. Otherwise, you can buy it for $9.99. Set in the near future on a distant frontier torn apart by war, Titanfall drops players in the middle of a conflict between the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC) and the Militia. The action is rapid and varied – featuring parkour-style wall running, massive double jumps and the ability to hijack titans. The freedom to shift back and forth between pilot and titan allows players to change tactics on the fly, attacking or escaping depending on the situation and extending the action vertically to new heights. ...

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User posts on NeoGAF forums have revealed that Microsoft is now offering $75 promo code to users of Xbox 360 who are upgrading to Xbox One. The promotional message appeared when Xbox 360 users logged in to their system yesterday. Many users reported that they didn’t get any message under similar scenarios, so it is unclear how Microsoft is offering this deal to users. Users can use this $75 promo code to buy games, videos and other content from Xbox Store. Source: NeoGAF ...

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As July is upon us, Microsoft today reminded us that they will begin rolling out the next system update for Xbox One around the world in the coming days. This will bring lots of new and enhanced features like Snap mode for achievements, double-tap to Snap, and more voice control choices in select regions. Read about it in detail below. •Snap Mode for Achievements. As we showed at our E3 Green Carpet event before the show, we’re offering an easier way to track and view your achievements in the moment. With Achievement Snap, you can track your achievement progress in real time without ever leaving the game. You can also ‘Get Help’ on any Achievements you’re struggling with. Xbox will scan the web for you and deliver relevant tips and strategy content right to your TV. •Double-tap to Snap. Double-tap the Xbox button on your controller to bring up Snap Center, where ...

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Last month, we reported that Bungie’s next-generation, first-person shooter “Destiny” beta will be made available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 users in late July. The actual game will be released on September 9 for both the platforms. Today, Activision announced that Destiny beta will launch on July 23rd for Xbox One and 360 owners. GAME OVERVIEW From the Creators of Halo and the company that brought you Call of Duty. In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend. A Bold New World Embark on an epic action adventure with rich cinematic storytelling where you unravel the mysteries of our universe and reclaim what we lost at the fall of our Golden Age. More Ways ...

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Microsoft Xbox users are experiencing issues is accessing content such as television seasons on Xbox Video. Some users also having issues with resuming playback on the Netflix application. Microsoft acknowledged the existing issue and confirmed that they are working to resolve it. “Xbox members, we know some of you are unable to watch television seasons that you’ve already purchased from Xbox Video, and we’re diligently working to correct this issue right away, We appreciate your patience during this process and will update you again when we have more information.” Read about the status here. ...

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The latest chapter in the award-winning series, SNIPER ELITE 3 is now available for download in both Xbox 360 and Xbox One Stores. Game Description: NORTH AFRICA 1942. Germany plans to build a wonder weapon – with the power to crush any Allied forces in its path. Sabotage their plans or the resistance is over. Stalk the shadows in silence or go loud in the blink of an eye. Relocate away from danger and hunt on your own terms in expansive non linear levels, with more choice, longer shots and verticality than ever before. Features: Competitive MP – Five modes of competitive action are featured: Deathmatch; Team Deathmatch; Distance King; Team Distance King; No Cross which is Team Deathmatch with a twist – both teams are separated with no risk of close-quarter surprise. Co-Op – Up to two players can choose from Story Campaign, Over watch and the all-new Survival ...

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343 Industries and Certain Affinity yesterday discussed about the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection in a panel at RTX. During that, they released a this new ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection Terminal’ Trailer. This new trailer shows the game featuring The Arbiter, voiced by actor Keith David. The Halo journey begins in 2014 by remembering and celebrating our past. This holiday, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will launch on Xbox One, marking the first time the entire Master Chief story will be playable on a single console. Included with Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Halo: Nightfall an original live-action digital series that introduces a pivotal new character in Halo 5: Guardians. In December, the journey continues with the competitive multiplayer beta of Halo 5: Guardians, leading up to the fall 2015 launch alongside the Halo television series. You can pre-order it from Amazon  and Microsoft Store from the link ...

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Few Xbox One users were recently charges for a demo game download from Xbox Store. EA acknowledged the issue and informed that some users were charged while downloading demos for FIFA 14 and EA Sports UFC due to an “error in the system.” They also informed that these game demos should be available for free free again within the next 24 hours. One of the NeoGAF user reported that FIFA 14 on Xbox One was listed as $4.99 while EA Sports UFC was listed as $6.65. The EA Sports UFC game was released June 17 on PS4 and Xbox One with a cameo by Bruce Lee. Source: NeoGAF user WarpathDC via: Polygon ...

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At E3 this year, Microsoft revealed the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This is a remastered compilation of its classic Halo games in a unified UI for Xbox One later this year. This will go on sale for $59.99 on Nov. 11. This collection will include Halo 1, Halo 2 in 1080p, Halo 3 and Halo 4, with 100 multiplayer maps running in high-definition 1080p video at 60 frames per second on dedicated servers. There are two bonus things that come with this package. You will get access to beta of Halo 5: Guardians which will be available to play in December and also access to Halo Nightfall Digital series access. Today, Microsoft revealed that 343 Industries will be at Rooster Teeth Expo (RTX) in Austin, Texas from July 4-6, including an exclusive panel dedicated to “Halo: The Master Chief Collection.” Halo fans will be able pick up limited-edition swag, shop at the “Halo” store, line up for an exclusive ...

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