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March 26th 2015, 6:00 pm PT

Xbox One April System Update: Voice Messages, Party Chat Updates and More Now in Preview

You may have noticed a few new features that rolled out to preview over the weekend, including game hub links and more detailed achievement notifications. Now this week, we’re bringing even more features to Xbox One in Preview, making it easier to keep in touch with friends on Xbox One or Xbox 360.

Check out the list below for features in the April preview update that are starting to roll out tonight:

  • Voice messages – Xbox One preview program members will be able to compose and playback voice messages in the messages app when snapped on Xbox One. Quickly and easily record audio to send to your friends or others through your snapped messages app accessed through a simple quick double tap of the Xbox button. Additionally, voice messages can be exchanged between Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles.
  •  Dedicated servers for party chat – We’re enhancing party chat with dedicated chat relay servers that will enable Xbox One owners that may have historically had NAT issues to party chat more reliably. Parties where players are unable to form direct peer-to-peer connections for party chat will automatically leverage dedicated server infrastructure to relay traffic. This service is only enabled for parties where one or more members are previewing the April system update.
  • What’s On – The Xbox engineering team is continuing to experiment with the What’s On area, which highlights popular videos, movies, TV shows and game broadcasts. We’re continuing to test different experiences for preview members in the U.S. and this month, the preview of this feature is being expanded to Canada and the UK as well.

Keep sending us your feedback and we’ll keep working on bringing you the latest and greatest features on Xbox One.

March 23rd 2015, 4:03 pm PT

Battlefield Hardline and Custom Nerdist Xbox One Controller Giveaway

Battlefield Hardline and Custom Xbox One Controller Giveaway

EA Access members had the opportunity to play Battlefield Hardline before it officially launched as well as the chance to win prizes in the Play and Win sweepstakes. Now that the game is out and the contest is over, you have another opportunity to win this custom Nerdist Xbox One controller (and more).

How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is leave a comment below to this post answering the following question:

What is your favorite Battlefield game, preferred class and typical loadout?

What can you win?

After 4:00 pm PT on Friday, 27 March 2015 I will randomly select 15 people to win one of the following prizes:

 

 

  • Grand Prize – a custom Nerdist Xbox One Controller and wooden case + Battlefield Hardline (digital code for Xbox One) + 1-month EA Access membership
  • Four – Battlefield Hardline (digital code for Xbox One) + 1-month EA Access membership
  • Ten – 1-month EA Access membership

What are the rules?

Leave a comment below answering the above question. Do not @ reply me on Twitter. That won’t count!
Deadline to enter is 4:00 pm PT on Friday, 27 March 2015. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions – check the availability of Battlefield Hardline in your Xbox LIVE region. Winners will be notified by e-mail or Twitter on or about 30 March. We use the Disqus commenting system – read this if you have questions about Disqus.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: If you do not have an e-mail address or Twitter name associated with your Disqus login, you must include this information in your comment to be eligible. Any winner who does not respond to my notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. For faster notification, follow me on Twitter where I can DM you if you won. Only comments received at www.majornelson.com will be considered.

March 26th 2015, 8:27 am PT

Xbox Live Games with Gold for April 2015 – Double the Games

For the month of April, Xbox Live Gold members will receive six new free games (double the normal amount) on Xbox One and Xbox 360 as part of the Games with Gold program.

On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Pool Nation FX ($13.99 ERP) AND Child of Light ($14.99 ERP) for free during the month of April.

  

On Xbox 360, starting Wednesday, April 1st, Gears of War Judgement ($19.99 ERP) and Terraria ($14.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through April 15th. Then on April 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag ($19.99 ERP) and Army of Two The Devil’s Cartel ($19.99 ERP) for free through April 30th.

      

Read more about April Games with Gold titles over at Xbox Wire.

*Titles are available as free downloads for qualifying Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability.

March 25th 2015, 4:11 pm PT

UPDATED: Slender: The Arrival is Now Available for Xbox One

Slender: The ArrivalTitle: Slender: The Arrival
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region

Game Description: Slender: The Arrival is the official video game adaptation of Slender Man, re-created from Mark Hadley’s original nerve-shattering sensation. Developed in collaboration with Blue Isle Studios, The Arrival features a brand new storyline, improved visuals, great replay value, and most importantly, survival horror at its best.

Slender: The Arrival is 30% off for Xbox Live Gold members until 30 March 06 April. Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

Purchase Slender: The Arrival for Xbox One from Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Blue Isle Studios
Publisher: Blue Isle Studios
Website: Slender: The Arrival
Twitter: @BlueIsleStudio

March 25th 2015, 9:41 am PT

Game of Thrones – Episode 3: The Sword in the Darkness Now Available for Xbox

Game of Thrones – Episode 3: The Sword in the DarknessContent: Game of Thrones – Episode 3: The Sword in the Darkness
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region 

Game Description: Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series is a six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO’s groundbreaking TV show and Episode 3 is now available. This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are thrown into a maelstrom of bloody warfare, revenge, intrigue, and horror as they fight to survive while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart.

Requires Game of Thrones – Episode 1: Iron From Ice. DO NOT purchase this content if you own the season pass.

Purchase Game of Thrones – Episode 3: The Sword in the Darkness for the Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Game of Thrones – Episode 3: The Sword in the Darkness for the Xbox 360 from the Xbox Games Store

 

Product Info:
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Website: Game of Thrones – A Telltale Games Series
Twitter: @telltalegames

March 25th 2015, 8:58 am PT

Minecraft Pattern Texture Pack is Now Available for Xbox

Looking for new ways to brighten your blocky Minecraft world? The Pattern Texture Pack could be just what you need.

Now available for all Minecraft console editions for $0.99 USD, the Pattern Texture Pack allows players to decorate their Minecraft worlds with bright colors, beautiful patterns and knitted animals.The pack also provides a pattern-themed UI and stylized texture set that can be applied to new or previously created Minecraft worlds.

Check out the Xbox Wire story to see even more Minecraft Pattern Texture Pack screenshots.

Purchase the Minecraft Pattern Texture Pack on Xbox One from Xbox Games Store

Purchase the Minecraft Pattern Texture Pack on Xbox 360 from Xbox Games Store

March 24th 2015, 9:35 pm PT

Life Is Strange Episode 2 is now available for Xbox

Life is StrangeContent: Life Is Strange Episode 2
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region

Game Description: Life is Strange is a five part episodic game that sets out to revolutionize story-based choice and consequence games by allowing the player to rewind time and affect the past, present and future. In Episode 2, Max starts to experiment with her power and begins to wonder if it is related to her visions or the weird snow from the day before. But life goes on in Blackwell Academy and a certain viral video has become a major topic of discussion.

Purchase Life Is Strange Episode 2 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store or grab the complete season and get all of the episodes as they are released.

Life is Strange is also available on Xbox 360 and can be purchased here.

Product Info:
Developer: Dontnod Entertainment
Publisher: Square Enix
Website: Life is Strange
Twitter: @LifeIsStrange

March 24th 2015, 6:21 am PT

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 30 March 2015.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Forza Horizon 2 Digital Edition Xbox One Game 20%
WWE 2K15 Xbox One Game 33%
WWE 2K15 Digital Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 35%
WWE 2K15: WCW Pack Add-On 25%
WWE 2K15: One More Match  Add-On 25%
WWE 2K15: Hall of Pain  Add-On 25%
WWE 2K15 WrestleMania Bundle Xbox One Game 45%
Threes! Xbox One Game 50%
Advanced Warfare Digital Pro Edition  Xbox One Game 33%
Evolve  Xbox One Game 20%
Evolve – Digital Deluxe Xbox One Game 20%
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare* Xbox One Game 33%
Pinball FX2 South Park Pinball*  Add-On 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

*These deals are valid for Xbox Live Gold and Silver members.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
WWE 2K15 Games On Demand 50%
WWE 2K15: WCW Pack Add-On 25%
WWE 2K15: One More Match  Add-On 25%
WWE 2K15: Hall of Pain  Add-On 25%
Hitman Blood Money Games On Demand 75%
Deus Ex Human Revolution Games On Demand 75%
Lara Croft & The Guardian of Light Games On Demand 75%
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Games On Demand 33%
Digimon: All-Star Rumble  Games On Demand 50%
XCOM: Enemy Unknown* Games On Demand 75%
XCOM: Enemy Within* Games On Demand 75%
Spec Ops: The Line* Games On Demand 75%
Duke Nukem Forever* Games On Demand 75%
Borderlands* Games On Demand 75%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

*These deals are valid for Xbox Live Gold and Silver members.

March 24th 2015, 6:01 am PT

Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value Bundles Now Available

The Xbox 360 2015 Spring Value Bundle lineup features a new 4GB Kinect, 500GB Kinect and 500GB console bundle and each bundle includes two games and one month of Xbox Live Gold. Prices start at $249 USD (ERP), so whether you’re new to gaming or looking for a great gift, now’s the time to spring into action.

Xbox 360 500GB Spring Value Bundle with Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare download and Fable Anniversary games (available in most regions worldwide including the US)

•Xbox 360 4GB Kinect Spring Value Bundle with Kinect Sports Ultimate and Kinect Adventures games (available in select regions)

•Xbox 360 500GB Kinect Spring Value Bundle with Kinect Sports Ultimate and Kinect Adventures games (available in select regions)

Bundle offers are available now for a limited time at select major retailers and vary by region so check out Xbox.com or your favorite retailer for more details.

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