The Xbox Store’s Spring Sale is still going on and includes even more deals going on this weekend. These offers are valid until 12 April while the rest of the weekly offers are valid until 13 April. You can see the Spring Sale weekly offers on my post here or over at the Xbox Store – Xbox One Deals and Xbox 360 Sales.
We’re excited to announce a partnership with Hauppauge, 23-year veterans in the over-the-air TV space, to deliver one of the most asked for Live TV features on Xbox Feedback to our fans in the U.S. and Canada – an over-the-air TV tuner. Support for over-the-air TV on Xbox One means access to broadcast networks available in your area, like CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS, with no subscription cost. When paired with the recently released Sling TV, you can get all of those networks, plus ESPN, TNT, Disney Channel, Adult Swim, and more, live, on your Xbox One.
Starting today, members of the Xbox One preview program in the U.S. and Canada can get over-the-air TV by purchasing the Hauppauge WinTV-955Q (MSRP $79.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop and Micro Center), and an HDTV antenna. In the next few months, Xbox will be partnering with Hauppauge to release a lower cost version of this tuner, the Hauppauge TV Tuner for Xbox One, retailing for MSRP $59.99, and available to everyone in the U.S. and Canada.
We are also pleased to announce that we are expanding support for the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner to preview members in 11 more European countries starting today, adding Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner is already available today for those in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom, and will be available at retail in these 11 new countries later this year.
We’re pleased to be expanding our TV offerings, bringing TV tuners for over-the-air TV to a total 19 markets and helping gamers stay connected to their gameplay, even when they’re watching TV. Stay tuned for more news on entertainment and gaming coming soon!
Spring is officially in the air and starting today you can save on games, movies, and TV shows with fresh deals for the entire family. The Xbox One deals offer a combined savings over $2,500 on 276 games, HD movie and TV shows while the Xbox 360 deals will fetch a combined savings over $2,600 on 294 games, HD movies and TV. And, if you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, you can save over an additional $65 on all game offers.
To see all of the Spring Sale offers on movies and TV shows, check out the Xbox Video store. And don’t forget to check back this Friday for a look at the weekend bonus deals.
Disney has just announced the availability of the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection – all six epic Star Wars films for the first time on Digital HD, and with all new never-before-seen bonus material. We’re thrilled to reveal that Xbox is a digital distribution launch partner and we’re offering exclusive incentives for Xbox customers who purchase the Saga on Xbox Video!
Microsoft is offering two exclusive incentives for fans who purchase the six-film bundle on Xbox Video. First, they will receive everyone’s favorite scrappy astromech droid, R2-D2, as an Xbox Live avatar companion that flashes characteristics of classic R2-D2 from “A New Hope.” Also, they will receive the action-packed Star Wars Pinball Pack for the free-to-play game Pinball FX 2, for Xbox One or Xbox 360.
In addition, Disney is offering a Star Wars featurette video exclusively for Xbox customers; only by pre-purchasing the Saga on Xbox Video will you receive an exclusive roughly 60 second sneak peek at the bonus material included in the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. Customers will receive the Xbox-exclusive featurette when they pre-purchase the “Star Wars” saga bundle on Xbox Video, then all six epic films in the Saga will be added to their collection in all their high-definition glory on April 10.
Dead Rising: Watchtower, the all-new original movie based on the video game franchise, is available only on Crackle. Xbox Live members (Xbox One and Xbox 360) with the Crackle app installed will have the movie available exclusively for one week from March 20-26.
Trapped in a quarantined city, three survivors must evade infection while tracking down the cause of the epidemic. Starring Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Dennis Haysbert, Virginia Madsen, Keegan Connor and Rob Riggle.
It was a busy week last week, with new tools releasing to Windows 10 developers at GDC to enable them to build great games for both Xbox and Windows. We’re eager to share that more features are coming to the Xbox app on Windows 10 as part of our monthly effort to deliver new functionality to the Xbox app. Today, we are adding the following features:
More ways to connect with your friends.
Game Clips – View game clips created on Xbox One and watch popular game clips from the Xbox Community. Download game clips from Xbox Live directly to your PC.
Activity Feed – Like comments and delete your own activity feed posts.
User Profile – Profile headers will now be collapsed by default to show more profile information on the screen.
Friends Search – Use the search box at the top of the friends list to find an existing friend by gamertag or by real name if they are sharing it with you.
More control of your experience.
Improved Window Sizing – The Xbox app adapts to changing window sizing to more intelligently display different views dependent on the size of the application window.
Connect to your Xbox One – Remotely control your Xbox One from the Xbox app using a virtual game controller.
OneGuide and Universal Remote Control – Access OneGuide and the Universal Remote Control to change channels, manage volume or access the DVR on your set-top box connected to your Xbox One.
Games – See recently played Xbox Live games across devices – that includes Windows 10 devices, Windows Phone, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
The Xbox app will automatically update to the March version when it becomes available in the Windows Store. Once you receive the update, your version number should be 3.3.3019.0 or higher. You can verify the version number of the Xbox app under Settings. To read more about these features, check out the full story at Xbox Wire.
The Xbox Feedback site has a new Xbox on Windows 10 sub-forum so you can easily submit your ideas and vote up ideas for improvements you would like to see for the Xbox app on Windows 10. We value your feedback and would love to hear from you.
The Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta will be available to anyone who owns a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection from Dec. 29, 2014 through Jan. 18, 2015. Get ready for 4v4 multiplayer arena gameplay or sit back and watch the action in the new Spectator Mode. Read the full announcement over at the Xbox Wire.
Watch the below video as I showcase some of the features you can expect to see in the first week of the beta.
We’ll answer some of your questions, talk about the latest game releases, as well as other random topics. We’ll have some game codes to giveaway, plus Geoff Keighly will be joining us live from Las Vegas to talk about the The Game Awards.
Remember earlier this year when I went out to the desert of New Mexico to join Director Zak Penn and get to the bottom of the legend of the ET Atari cartridges being buried? The full story can now be told in the form of “Atari: Game Over” now available for free on Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Video.
“I’m quite serious when I say this is one of the best video game documentaries ever made. That’s still a pretty niche field, but Atari: Game Over belongs up there with Indie Game: The Movie and King of Kong as a real standout.” – Hayden Dingman, PC World
“After getting an advance screening this weekend, GeekWire highly recommends the film, particularly for gamers who grew up in the era of the Atari 2600 — and even more for those who didn’t, as a way of appreciating the roots of the games they play today.” – Todd Bishop, GeekWire
“Atari: Game Over is a wonderful movie. It’s a love story about video games, the people who play them and the people who make them.” – Colin Campbell, Polygon
“The hour-long film chronicles the rise and fall of Atari by literally uncovering the truth of what happened to millions of unsold ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ videogame cartridges in 1983.” – Marc Graser, Variety
Earlier this year, I was fortunate to be present as a group of gaming fans, media, and one really big excavator gathered in the New Mexico desert to uncover videogame history. You may have seen that yes, ET was buried in an Alamogordo landfill. But the real story story is how thousands of Atari artifacts (or more!) ended up there in the first place.
On Thursday, November 20th, Xbox and Lightbox will present “Atari: Game Over” exclusively on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and xboxvideo.com. The documentary is free on all of these platforms, for both Gold and Silver Xbox Live members.
“Atari: Game Over” will utilize a number of interactive features on the Xbox platform, including the ability to leave comments on the film that stay on the film’s timeline so your friends can see what you said at the same point in the film. The film’s director, Zak Penn, will also leave comments. There are also numerous outtakes and behind-the-scenes clips that are accessible for viewers.
I had a chance to see an early cut of “Atari: Game Over” during this summer’s San Diego Comic-con, and I think gamers of all kinds will enjoy seeing the Golden Age of videogames from the inside, even if they weren’t alive at the time.
Here’s the official description for “Atari: Game Over” – I’ll send out a tweet when it’s available to watch later this month:
Xbox is proud to present a new documentary film “Atari: Game Over” with two-time Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Wire”) and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”), through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox. The film explores the fabled Atari mystery, dubbed “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983.” As the legend goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. “Atari: Game Over” is directed by writer/director Zak Penn (“X-Men 2,” “Avengers,” and “Incident at Loch Ness”). It will air exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 20, 2014.
Earlier this week, we shared a first look at the completely rebuilt cinematics for Halo 2: Anniversary as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Today, you’ve got the opportunity to see how 343 Industries set about giving Halo 2 the full Anniversary treatment as Remaking the Legend – Halo 2: Anniversary is ready for viewing.
Here’s how you can see it.
Step 1: Get an Xbox One or an Xbox 360.
Step 2: Go to the Xbox Video app and search for Remaking the Legend.
The biggest games in our industry often launch with the fanfare of a live-action trailer. As Insomniac Games, the developers of Sunset Overdrive recently found out, perhaps not every game should attempt to cross over into real life. Take a look:
Check out the interactive behind-the-scenes video (complete with additional content, surprises and Easter Eggs) over on xbox.com/sunsetoverdrive.
Sunset Overdrive launches exclusively on Xbox One beginning October 28th.
Just in time for the MLG Championship, Major League Gaming released the MLG app for Xbox One today.
Xbox Live members can now watch all of MLG.tv’s competitive gaming content on both Xbox One and Xbox 360. In addition to the MLG Championship starting tomorrow, MLG programming includes the MLG news show eSports Report, plus the world’s best players, teams and leagues and premier competitions. Check out the MLG.tv programming schedule for more information.
Game DVR and Upload are among the most popular apps on Xbox One, and a new feature is about to make sharing your game clips even better. Starting tomorrow we’re rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One allowing you to share this video directly to your YouTube channel.
Here’s how it works: use Game DVR to capture your favorite gaming moments (“Xbox, Record That”), edit them in Upload Studio, then head over to the updated the YouTube app, and look for My Uploads. The updated YouTube experience also allows you to watch YouTube videos in Snap Mode, and more (find all the details on Xbox Wire).
More great video is heading to Xbox 360 tomorrow as well, as the GoPro app will become available for Xbox Live Gold subscribers With GoPro on Xbox 360. You can check out follow adventurers from around the world, or if you’re feeling adventurous yourself, even purchase GoPro cameras and accessories directly through the app.
To kick off the launch, GoPro is offering two exclusive videos that the Xbox community will get one week before they’re available elsewhere. Find more details on the app, and a preview of those videos, over on Xbox Wire.
This week we’re rolling out new experiences on Xbox One and Xbox 360, perfect for fans of movies, baseball, and eSports.
Just in time for the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, the Major League Gaming app is now available for Xbox 360. Watch MLG’s premier competitions on your Xbox 360, Call of Duty’s Championship gets underway this Friday.
Major League Baseball’s season also throws out its first pitch of the season this weekend, and MLB.tv Premium subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold subscription will be able to enjoy the new MLB.tv app for Xbox One. MLB.tv Premium offers live, HD-quality video of every out-of-market regular season game in 2014, plus full archives for every game. Visit MLB.com/Xbox for complete details.
Movie fans have more choices than ever starting today on Xbox 360 as we add ENCORE PLAY and MOVIEPLEX PLAY from Starz our extensive list of entertainment apps. Additionally, EPIX is prepping an Xbox One app, and has just added Time Warner Authentication for its Xbox 360 app.
Kinect Sports Rivals is getting is rapidly approaching, launching Spring 2014. While the focus of the game is in using Xbox One’s Kinect to bring you directly into a variety of sports activities, it also happens to be quite a good looking game.
In this new video, I introduce you to Louise O’Connor, Rare’s art director, who’ll take you on a guided tour of the Kinect Sports Rivals island. Learn the ins-and-outs of the challenges and hazards the island possesses, and get a leg-up on the competition.
Graeme Boyd from Xbox Europe (aka AceyBongos from Xbox Live and Twitter) just sent this over. Take it away, Graeme:
Hey folks! Major has been kind enough to let me post on his blog once in a while so you might hear from me again soon if we’ve got something cool going on over here in Europe. Like, er, this!
I’m a big fan of Dead Rising 3 and zombies in general, so I talked to the UK Xbox team about an idea to give some people the ultimate DR3 experience. At the London Xbox One Tour event last month we built a fake VIP room, invited in some gamers, then gave them a zombie prank they’ll never forget. The results? Well, I’ll let them speak (or scream) for themselves… Enjoy!
With yesterday’s worldwide launch of Xbox One, you didn’t just jump ahead to the next generation of gaming – you’ve also entered into a new NFL Football viewing experience. The NFL on Xbox One combines live games, highlights, stats and your fantasy team together on the biggest, best screen in the house — your TV.
During a recent game, I put the final app through its paces – here’s what you can expect to experience beginning this weekend:
Note: The NFL on Xbox One, including NFL.com Fantasy Football, requires advanced TV hardware, broadband Internet, Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) and an account on NFL.com. Additional subscriptions and/or requirements apply for some features, including NFL Red Zone. See www.xbox.com for details.