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July 29th 2014, 1:00 pm PT

Pinball FX2 Xbox One Update

Earlier this month, Zen Studios announced that Pinball FX2 is coming to Xbox One. Here’s an update on the title from Zen, including news on a much-requested feature:

First of all, we’d like to thank the Zen Studios community for their feedback on our announcement of the Xbox One version of Pinball FX2. We cannot underestimate the importance of your support, insight, and yes, even criticism regarding our projects. Zen Studios has a few announcements to make affecting Pinball FX2 fans and particularly the Xbox One version of the game.

Microsoft and Zen Studios have taken your feedback to heart, and seeing that many of you were very upset with the news that table transfers between Xbox 360 and Xbox One would not be happening, we have some good news for you! We will be able to implement table transfers on Xbox One starting from Pinball FX2’s launch. Any available table on Xbox One that was previously purchased for Xbox 360 can be imported to the new version free of charge.

However, as this process will take a bit more development time for the game, Pinball FX2 version of Xbox One will see a slight delay from its original release date this week to next month. We apologize to any fans affected by this delay, but we pledge to make it up to you by incorporating this highly desired feature.

Once again, we cannot thank you enough for your support through this process, as well as Microsoft’s, who took your feedback very seriously and worked with us to implement this feature. And again, we do apologize for the delay while we create the Pinball FX2 experience that our fans both want and deserve. We’re excited to bring Pinball FX2 to Xbox One owners, to have their previous purchases honored and transferred, and we can’t wait to share with you what we’ve got coming in the future.

We thank you for your continued support!

For more on Pinball FX2 on Xbox One, including the list of tables, click on over to the Zen FAQ/Message Board.

ID@Xbox, Xbox One

July 29th 2014, 10:21 am PT

Announcing EA Access, Exclusively on Xbox One

Today, EA revealed EA Access.  This brand new program exclusively for Xbox One owners will give members access to:

The Vault: A Selection of EA games on Xbox One ready to download and play as part of your EA Access membership. At launch, you’ll have access to FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2. More games will be added over time.

Play First: EA Access members will get to experience trials of new EA games early on Xbox One. Starting 5 days before release, you’ll be able to try the game for at least two hours and then save your progress.  Once you purchase the digital or physical copy, you can use your save game and continue the experience.

PLUS: All EA Access members will save 10% on EA purchases from Xbox Live.  From full digital games to downloadable content, you get 10% off with your EA Access membership.  .


More details are in EA’s blog post.

Also, you can follow the program on Twitter and Facebook

Xbox One

July 29th 2014, 8:00 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 4 August 2014.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Battlefield 4 Premium Add-on 33%
Battlefield 4 China Rising Add-on 33%
Battlefield 4 Second Assault Add-on 33%
Battlefield 4 Naval Strike Add-on 33%
Battlefield 4 Ultimate Shortcut Bundle Add-on 33%

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

Xbox 360


Content Title Content Type Discount %
Battlefield 4 Premium Add-on 33%
Battlefield 4 China Rising Add-on 33%
Battlefield 4 Second Assault Add-on 33%
Battlefield 4 Naval Strike Add-on 33%
Battlefield 4 Ultimate Shortcut Bundle Add-on 33%
Madden NFL 25 Games on Demand 50%
FIFA 14 Games on Demand 50%
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Games on Demand 70%
NHL 14 Games on Demand 50%
The Splatters* Arcade 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.
*This deal is available for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One

July 28th 2014, 8:00 am PT

Xbox Live Games with Gold for August 2014

For the month of August, Xbox Live Gold members can look forward to two new free games on both Xbox One and Xbox 360. Crimson Dragon and Strike Suit Zero will become free downloads on August 1st, replacing current Xbox One Games with Gold titles  Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition and Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. Now is a good time download those two if you haven’t already.

On Xbox 360, starting Friday, August 1st, Motocross Madness (normally US $9.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through August 15th.

Then on August 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Dishonored (normally US $19.99) for free through August 31st.


*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. 

Games with Gold, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One

July 26th 2014, 8:59 am PT

Watch the Halo: Nightfall Panel Right Here

This year’s San Diego Comic Con has been a haven for Halo fans, with two panels packing the halls to learn more about Halo: Nightfall and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While Comic-con panels are rarely livestreamed, 343 Industries has now made the entirety of the panel available for viewing. Here, meet the stars and creators of Halo: Nightfall:

For those of you at San Diego Comic-con this weekend, be sure to drop by the 2nd floor of the Manchester Grand Hyatt to go hands on with dozens of upcoming Xbox One titles, meet some of the devs who are creating them, and get your hands on super-limited-edition collectibles. More details here.


July 23rd 2014, 8:33 am PT

Arcade: Might & Magic Duel of Champions Forgotten Wars for Xbox 360

Forgotten WarsContent: Might & Magic Duel of Champions Forgotten Wars

Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region

Game Description: Immerse yourself into Duel of Champions Forgotten Wars and enter the legendary universe of Might & Magic. Experience the best strategic online card game in Forgotten Wars that offers an exciting 30+ mission solo campaign as well as an exciting multiplayer duel. With more than 650 unique cards to collect and 100+ hours of game content to unlock and explore, the adventures you can have are unlimited!

Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue

Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360

July 22nd 2014, 3:34 pm PT

Destiny Beta now open for Xbox Owners

If you have a code to download Destiny (you did pre-order it right?) then great news: Bungie has opened up the beta a day early as you can see by this Tweet:

To get you started, Xbox Wire tells you What To Expect in the Destiny Beta

See you on Xbox Live…


Destiny, Xbox One

July 22nd 2014, 2:54 pm PT

No Comic-con Badge? No Problem. Join us Thursday in San Diego

We’re planning a lot of great stuff at San Diego Comic Con later this week. But what if you don’t have a badge (they do usually sell out in a fraction of a second)? Well, we’d still like you to see everything we’ve got on offer at the Xbox Lounge.

Xbox Lounge

We’ve been able to clear access for several dozen non-badged Xbox fans this Thursday night only. Drop by, play games that aren’t even out yet, and make everyone else jealous. Easy!

Here’s what you need to know:

When: Thursday, July 24th at 9:00 PM (open til Midnight)

Where: Manchester Hyatt San Diego, 2nd Floor, Seaport Ballroom
(look for the line labeled “Xbox Community/Major Nelson”)

Who: Xbox fans 21 and older (ID will be checked!)

What you can do: Play Sunset Overdrive, Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, Fable Legends, Ori and The Blind Forest, Madden NFL 15 and much more (!) Talk to the devs. See and be seen.

Attendance is limited, but if you do have a Comic-con Badge, feel free to drop by the lounge throughout the week.

See you Thursday!


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