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October 24th 2014, 4:13 pm PT

Xbox Store Week in Review

It’s been a big week for music titles on Xbox One and Xbox 360. In the last few days, the following Xbox One titles arrived on the Xbox Games Store:

    

  

Assassin’s Creed Unity is also now available for digital pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One.

Here’s what’s new on the Xbox 360 store:

    

  

Up next week: Sunset Overdrive!

October 24th 2014, 3:21 pm PT
October 24th 2014, 10:20 am PT

Shadow Warrior is Now Available for Xbox One

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Game Description: Shadow Warrior tells the offbeat tale of Zilla Enterprise’s corporate shogun Lo Wang as he is ordered to acquire a legendary blade of limitless power by his deceitful employer. Betrayed and left for dead, Lo Wang learns of the blade’s connection to ancient gods from another realm preparing to push our world to the brink of destruction. Now the reluctant hero must become legend through a masterful combination of gun, blade, magic and wit to uncover the truth behind the demonic invasion and banish evil back into the darkness. Shadow Warrior Reborn – A bold new vision of Shadow Warrior elegantly blends classic first-person shooter gameplay with thrilling action, inventive combat, and a contemporary retelling of the hilarious legend of Lo Wang.






October 24th 2014, 8:30 am PT

Assassin’s Creed Unity is Now Available for Digital Preorder & Download on Xbox One

Assassin’s Creed Unity

Game Description: ASSASSIN’S CREED UNITY EXPECTED TO RELEASE ON 11/11/2014. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE GAME FROM XBOX LIVE BEFORE THEN, BUT IT WILL NOT BE PLAYABLE UNTIL 12:01 AM PST ON THE RELEASE DATE.

Assassin’s Creed Unity is an action/adventure game set in the city of Paris during one of its darkest hours, the French Revolution. Take ownership of the story by customising Arno’s equipement to make the experience unique to you, both visually and mechanically. In addition to an epic single-player experience, Assassin’s Creed Unity delivers the excitement of playing with up to three friends through online cooperative gameplay in specific missions. Throughout the game, take part in one of the most pivotal moments of French history in a compelling storyline and a breath-taking playground that brought you the city of lights of today.

There are 2 versions of Assassin’s Creed Unity available for pre-order – the standard pre-order edition and the Gold Edition. Click each link for more details or see below.

 


  • Assassin’s Creed Unity standard pre-order edition, available starting today for $59.99. Preorder Assassin’s Creed Unity now and get your hands on extra content! Embark upon an extraordinary journey as Arno exposes the true powers behind the French Revolution and expand your immersive experience with an additional mission! – The Chemical Revolution Mission
  • Assassin’s Creed Unity Gold Edition, available starting today for $89.99 and is the ultimate version of Assassin’s Creed Unity and the full Season Pass.
October 22nd 2014, 8:00 pm PT

Here’s How to Make Your Own Xbox One Background

This past Monday, we announced a slate of new customization options for Xbox One, including the ability to choose a custom color or achievement art as your background. We also promised more customization options coming down the road. For those of you in the Xbox Preview Program, those new options are beginning to roll out today.

Xbox One Backgrounds

The latest Media Player update allows you to create customized Xbox One backgrounds using your own pictures. Here’s how it works:

  1. Connect a USB to console / Connect a source through DLNA
  2. Launch Media Player (either directly or through Settings>My Xbox > My background > Custom image)
  3. Navigate to source of your choosing (USB/DLNA)
  4. Navigate to folder/file of your choosing
  5. Select the jpg/png image – see it full screen.
  6. Once you are viewing the image full screen, hit the menu button.
  7. Select “Set as background”
  8. You will be sent back to the full screen view of the image. Hit nexus, see the image on Home.

To help select or create an image that will work best for the background, the Xbox Design Team created handy Photoshop template so you can see what parts of your pic will be blocked by the tiles. Download it here (Adobe Photoshop required to open): http://mjr.mn/XBOBackgrounds (I had the PSD template updated with green squares instead of transparent. This will help better position your background)

If you make a great background, share it! Drop a link into the comments below for others to download and try.
Note: all links are automatically pulled into moderation, they’ll be approved within 24 hours.

If you are having trouble, remove the media player app and reinstall it. Read the comments below for more troubleshooting tips.

Update: There is a new subreddit now open for Xbox One Backgrounds.

October 22nd 2014, 12:26 pm PT

Voice Commander, a Microsoft Garage project, Now Available for Xbox One as a Free Download

Voice Commander, a Microsoft Garage projectContent: Voice Commander, a Microsoft Garage project
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Game Description: Voice Commander, a Microsoft Garage project, is a fast paced, space themed, RTS and top-down shooter combo. Pick up a controller and work with Vox using voice commands to try to stop relentless attacks. Voice Commander can be played with up to eight controllers, and anyone in the room can issue voice commands.

Voice Commander is a free download.

Microsoft Garage turns fresh ideas into real projects. Learn more at microsoft.com/garage, and get a bit of insight into other upcoming Microsoft Garage projects here.






October 22nd 2014, 10:00 am PT

Microsoft Stores’ Sunset Overdrive Launch Events & Pre-order Deals

Microsoft retail stores are celebrating the launch of Sunset Overdrive with a series of in-store events and giveaways. Every store will hold a raffle with great prizes on the line, such as controllers, Xbox Live Gold memberships, Xbox music passes, and the Xbox One consoles.

Sunset Overdrive Controller Stand

Additionally, six of the largest Microsoft stores locations will go full Sunset City; to match the WonderTown Land atmosphere in Sunset Overdrive, the Stores will have a Sunset City insipired carnival atmosphere with a photo opp, a DJ outfitted as the hero, as well as Surface demo tables and special raffle entries for giveaways and more. The following stores will have the full Sunset Overdrive experience: Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA), The Streets at Southpoint (Durham, NC), Century City (Los Angeles, CA), Dadeland Mall (Miami, FL), Mall of America (Minneapolis, MN), and Metropolis at Metrotown (Vancouver, Canada)

All Sunset Overdrive launch events take will begin at 10 p.m. on this coming Monday, October 27th.

Microsoft retail stores also have the following exclusive pre-order offers for Sunset Overdrive:

  • If you pre-order Sunset Overdrive in store before Tuesday, Oct. 28, receive a $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com. If you pre-order online and are an Xbox Live Rewards member, you get an additional $5, which is $15 or 15,000 points total, towards the Xbox Store..
  • With Sunset Overdrive pre-orders through Microsoft Store, users will get exclusive melee weapons Acordes de la Muerte and The Hangover as an added bonus to the Day One Edition. They’ll also receive an exclusive white controller holder with the pre-order of the Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle.
  • Everyone who pre-orders Sunset Overdrive bundle receives a special controller stand to match your new, white Xbox One system.
  • Trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your Xbox One console purchase. More details about our game and console trade-in program here.
  • The first 100 customers who pre-order Sunset Overdrive in each store will receive a special edition t-shirt

There are over 100 Microsoft retail stores in the US and Canada. Find your nearest location here.

October 22nd 2014, 9:03 am PT

Carve Time Out for the HaloFest Live Broadcast, Beginning November 8

This November, Microsoft and 343 Industries invite fans to launch Halo: The Master Chief Collection with a live broadcast of HaloFest. The HaloFest Livestream will include special sneak peeks, interviews and exclusive gameplay – including the first look at the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta and the world premiere of the first episode of Halo: Nightfall.

Join the festivities via a live broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch, beginning at 8 p.m. PT on Monday, November 10th. Have a look at the the new Halo: Nightfall trailer right here:

The next chapter in your Halo journey begins soon, and you can get ready by pre-ordering and pre-downloading Halo: The Master Chief Collection here. We’ll see you on the stream, beginning with the tournament on November 8th and 9th, followed by the HaloFest broadcast at 8 p.m. PT on November 10th.

More details on Xbox Wire

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