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June 17th 2014, 5:01 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 23 June 2014 unless otherwise indicated.

Xbox One

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Tomb Raider Xbox One Game 40% 50%
Strider Xbox One Game 50%
Killer Instinct: Sabrewolf* Add-on 80%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
*This deal is valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Bully Games on Demand 75%
LA Noire Games on Demand 75%
Midnight Club LA Games on Demand 75%
Max Payne 3 Games on Demand 75%
Red Dead Redemption Games on Demand 75%
Max Payne 3 – R* Pass Add-on 75%
Deadfall Adventures Games on Demand 80%
Saints Row: The Third - Season Pass* Add-on 50%
Saints Row: The Third - Online Pass* Add-on 50%
Saints Row IV Season Pass* Add-on 60%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.
*This deal is valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

June 17th 2014 at 5:01 am | Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 336 comments

June 9th 2014, 2:20 pm PT

Every Xbox E3 Announcement In One Place

The first day of E3 is always a big one for everyone here at Xbox, as it’s our chance to finally show off some of the great games we’ve got in our development pipeline. This year was no different, as our Xbox: Game On media briefing (watch it again here!) was chock full of great games coming in 2014 and beyond. Naturally, we thought you’d appreciate being able to check out all of our announcement in one place:

Xbox Delivers Winning Lineup of Exclusive Games for this Holiday Season – Want all of the info on everything that was shown this morning? Here’s the place to find it!

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Puts More Than a Decade of Halo on One Disc – Landing just in time to celebrate Halo 2’s 10-year anniversary on November 11 of this year, this fan-pleasing package contains Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 on a single disc for $59.99. Is this the best deal in gaming?

Crackdown Returns With Even More Mayhem on Xbox One – That’s right, Crackdown is back in a big way! Original creator Dave Jones has returned to bring a brand-new Crackdown experience to Xbox One and it looks like this one will be crazier than ever. Also, orbs!

Forza Horizon 2 Opens Up a Whole New World for Racers – This might not have been a big surprise if you’ve been following the game’s reveal on IGN over the last week, but we’re glad our friends at Turn 10 can finally show this game to the world.

Ori and the Blind Forest – This gorgeous new platformer from Moon Studios tells the tale of Ori, a Forest Guardian that must save his home from a sudden blight. This is one to keep a close eye on.

Top Independent Creators, New ID@Xbox Games Storm E3 – Are you ready for some awesome independent games? We’ve got you covered. Be sure to check out extended montage that shows off all 36 titles mentioned in this article!

Test Your Racing Mettle on Forza Motorsport 5’s Nurburgring – One of the world’s most famous tracks is available right now in Forza Motorsport 5. Not only do you guys this amazing track, you also get five new cars!

We’ll be bringing you more on some of the biggest and best Xbox One games throughout the week of E3, so check Xbox Wire often.

June 9th 2014 at 2:20 pm | E3, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 106 comments

June 4th 2014, 8:00 am PT

More Than 45 New Apps Coming to Xbox

As of the latest Xbox One system update, currently rolling out worldwide, everyone with an Xbox has access to all of our available entertainment experiences. And that lengthy list is about to get significantly longer – today we’re pleased to announce that our app catalog will increase by nearly 25%, bringing the tally to more than 225 apps around the world.

One addition I’d like to highlight is the way Twitter will be integrated into Xbox One’s TV experience. U.S. viewers will have the ability to see Tweets related to whatever cable or satellite TV shows you’re watching as they’re happening. Take a look:

Another exciting new feature coming to Xbox One is the first Vine app made for TV. Not only will you be able to watch all your favorite Vine videos on the biggest screen in your house, you’ll be able to share gameplay videos from Upload Studio as a Vine.

There are plenty more new apps on the way as well – 46, to be exact. For the full list of upcoming apps, click over to Xbox Wire.






June 4th 2014 at 8:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox One | 105 comments

June 3rd 2014, 11:09 am PT

Murdered: Soul Suspect Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Murdered: Soul SuspectContent: Murdered: Soul Suspect

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The hardest murder to solve is your own. A dark, supernatural detective thriller with a unique gameplay twist: solving your own murder from the afterlife. Ronan O’Connor, a detective with the Salem police, has his life brought to a brutal end by a masked killer. Caught in the purgatorial world of Dusk he must combine his investigative skills with powerful supernatural abilities to uncover the shocking link between his own death and a series of killings terrifying the town of Salem.

Murdered: Soul Suspect is also available for Xbox 360.
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June 3rd 2014 at 11:09 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox One | 21 comments

June 3rd 2014, 5:01 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 9 June 2014 unless otherwise indicated.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
NBA 2K14 Xbox One Game 33%
Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One Game 17%
Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition Xbox One Game 20%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. These Xbox One deals are valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Ghosts Games on Demand 33%
Far Cry Classic Arcade 67%
Far Cry Blood Dragon Arcade 67%
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Arcade 67%
Rayman Legends Games on Demand 60%
Smurfs 2 Games on Demand 67%
Storm Arcade 50%
Skydrift Arcade 50%
Invincible Tiger Arcade 66%
Saints Row IV Games on Demand 60%
NBA 2K14 Games on Demand 50%
NBA 2K14: Platinum Jewelry add-on 50%
NBA 2K14: Blue Diamond Jewelry add-on 50%
NBA 2K14: Gold Jewelry add-on 50%
NBA 2K14: Spanish Commentary 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.

June 3rd 2014 at 5:01 am | Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store | 213 comments

June 2nd 2014, 9:45 am PT

Forza Horizon 2 Announced

Forza Horizon 2

The pre-E3 announcements just keep coming – Turn 10 and Playground Games have just revealed that Forza Horizon 2 is coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360. We’ll have plenty to share with you at E3 next week, but in the meantime, click over to IGN; they’ll have more on Forza Horizon 2 every day this week.

June 2nd 2014 at 9:45 am | Xbox 360, Xbox One | 117 comments

May 30th 2014, 9:56 am PT

Xbox Live Games with Gold for June 2014

Next month, Xbox Live Gold members can look forward to a total of five free games on Xbox One and Xbox 360. As Head of Xbox Phil Spencer recently announced, June’s system update will debut Games with Gold on Xbox One, with Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault. We will announce specific dates that these games will be available soon.

  
On Xbox 360, Xbox Live Gold members will receive a bonus third title in June to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold. Starting Sunday, June 1st, Dark Souls (normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through June 15th.

Then on June 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download two titles, Charlie Murder (normally US $9.99) and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (normally US $29.99) , for free through June 30th.

    

*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. 







May 30th 2014 at 9:56 am | Games with Gold, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 214 comments

May 30th 2014, 7:31 am PT

State of Decay: Lifeline (DLC) Now Available for Xbox 360

State of Decay LifelineContent: State of Decay: Lifeline (DLC)

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State of Decay: Lifeline puts you into the boots of Greyhound One, a military unit sent into a zombie-infested city to rescue the team of scientists who can put an end to the outbreak.

Lifeline features a new map, new characters, and a new way to play: Defend your base against hordes of zombies, using the best military equipment and personnel your unit can scrape together.  The fate of the city is in your hands. How many people can you save?

Add State of Decay: Lifeline to your Xbox 360 download queue






May 30th 2014 at 7:31 am | Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 8 comments

May 29th 2014, 10:18 am PT

First Details on Call of Duty: Ghosts Invasion

Today, Activision and Infinity Ward are offering the first look at Invasion, the third DLC Pack available for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Invasion features four Multiplayer maps and the next installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative, Awakening. Have a look at the trailer:

Here’s more on those new Multiplayer maps:

DEPARTED – Set in a rural Mexican town amidst the Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) celebration, this medium-sized map features a classic three-lane design. The decorative streets, back alleys, and festive cemetery have plenty of cover for run-and-gunners, but still features some long-range engagements.

If you complete the map’s unique Field Order, you will unlock the Death Mariachi killstreak. Armed with dual wielding pistols, the Death Mariachi rampages through the map, turning your kills into your own squad mates. Celebrate the dead, just try not to become one of them!

PHARAOH – In an abandoned archeological site of an ancient Egyptian palace, where the pyramids create a formidable backdrop, this medium sized, complex multi-level map includes a collapsing monument, urns full of flesh-eating scarabs, and other surprises.

Within the Egyptian palace, you will battle through different chambers, a throne room, and temples ideal for close-quarters combat and short-range weapons, all under the watchful eye of Anubis, the half-jackal/half-human, protector of the dead. The more adventurous of you will be handsomely rewarded by exploring the deepest secrets of the site.

MUTINY – In a secretive cove on a remote Caribbean island, this mysterious inlet is not your ideal holiday destination. Harboring an eerie pirate hideout – complete with abandoned trading posts and prison cells – you’ll need to focus on speed and stealth as you find your way through the narrow and intertwining pathways.

Mutiny comes packed with many “treasures” for you to discover, such as the map’s unique killstreak – an escort of ghostly pirates who will happily send your foes down to Davy Jones’ Locker.

FAVELA – Favela is a refreshed version of the fan-favorite Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 map of the same name. Years later, the favela has seen substantial cosmetic changes – buildings once under-construction are now complete, while others have not aged as gracefully as others with the passage of time, and are now in a state of disrepair.

With narrow passageways, multiple housing complexes, and abandoned storefronts, there is also plenty of opportunity for shorter range weapons as you navigate this Brazilian shantytown.

Extinction continues its storyline with Episode 3: Awakening. Descend into an alien underworld and strike at the mysterious puppet-masters behind the Cryptid invasion. Three new Cryptid species await players, along with some familiar enemies and allies.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Invasion arrives first on Xbox – next Tuesday, June 3rd.






May 29th 2014 at 10:18 am | COD, Game Add-on, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 33 comments

May 27th 2014, 6:13 am PT

WATCH_DOGS Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Super Time ForceContent: WATCH_DOGS

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In today’s hyper-connected world, Chicago has the country’s most advanced computer system – one which controls almost every piece of city technology and holds key information on all of the city’s residents. You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker but also a former thug, whose criminal past lead to a violent family tragedy. Now on the hunt for those who hurt your family, you’ll be able to monitor and hack all who surround you while manipulating the city’s systems to stop traffic lights, download personal information, turn off the electrical grid and more. Use the city of Chicago as your ultimate weapon and exact your own style of revenge. In a world led by technology, hacking is our weapon!

WATCH_DOGS is also available for Xbox 360.
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May 27th 2014 at 6:13 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 230 comments

May 27th 2014, 5:01 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 2 June 2014. Please note FIFA 14 and Killer Instinct deals that began last week are also still valid.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Earth Defense Force 2025 Games on Demand 33%
Star Trek Games on Demand 67%
Aliens: Colonial Marines Games on Demand 75%
Alien Hominid HD Arcade 50%
Lost Planet 3 Games on Demand 66%
Aliens vs. Predator Games on Demand 68%
Alien Breed Episode 1 Arcade 50%
Alien Breed 2: Assault Arcade 50%
Alien Breed 3: Descent 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.

May 27th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand | 99 comments

May 21st 2014, 5:30 am PT

Arcade: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

Peggle 2Content: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
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Dash Text: Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a cinematic adventure filled with action-packed platforming and creative puzzle-solving. Armed with only a Magic Marker, Max must confront evil at every turn in a hostile and fantastical world in order to save his kid brother, Felix. Join Max on his great adventure!

Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue






May 21st 2014 at 5:30 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360 | 11 comments

May 20th 2014, 5:01 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 26 May 2014 unless otherwise indicated.

Xbox One

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Killer Instinct Ultra Edition (already own Combo Breaker)* add-on 50%
Killer Instinct Ultra Edition (don’t own Combo Breaker)* add-on 12%
FIFA 14* Xbox One game 40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. These Xbox One deals are valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Ridge Racer Unbounded Games on Demand 75%
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Games on Demand 66%
Tales of Vesperia Games on Demand 50%
Soul Calibur V Games on Demand 66%
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon - Advanced Edition Games on Demand 66%
Soul Calibur II HD Arcade 50%
Enslaved Games on Demand 66%
Armored Core – Verdict Day Games on Demand 66%
Eternal Sonata Games on Demand 66%
Beautiful Katamari Games on Demand 66%
Power Rangers Super Samurai Games on Demand 50%
FIFA 14* Games on Demand 40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
*FIFA 14 and Killer Instinct discounts are valid now through 2 June 2014.






May 20th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 176 comments

May 14th 2014, 7:46 am PT

Super Time Force Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Super Time ForceContent: Super Time Force

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Super Time Force is an action-packed platformer with a time-travelling twist! You’re in control of time itself, bending and stretching it to your advantage on the battlefield. Rewind time and choose when to jump back into the action, teaming-up with your past selves in a unique single-player co-op experience! Take control of up to 16 unique characters, and battle across 6 different time periods, from the long-ago past to the far-away future.

Super Time Force is also available for Xbox 360.
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May 14th 2014 at 7:46 am | Arcade, ID@Xbox, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 93 comments

May 13th 2014, 5:01 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 19 May 2014.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Xbox One game 25%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. This Xbox One deal is valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360 Deals with Gold

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Dead Island Games on Demand 50%
Dead Island Riptide Games on Demand 60%
Black Ops II Season Pass Add-On 50%
Call of Duty: Black Ops II: Nuketown Zombies Add-On 50%
Zombie Apocalypse: Never Die Alone Arcade 66%
Plants vs Zombies Arcade 75%
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Games on Demand 33%
State of Decay Arcade 50%
Read Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection Add-On 75%
How to Survive Arcade 50%
Zombie Driver Arcade 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.

Xbox 360 Square Enix Publisher Sale

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Thief Games on Demand 25%
Thief – Booster Pack: Ghost Add-On 33%
Thief – Booster Pack: Predator Add-On 33%
Thief – Booster Pack: Opportunist Add-On 33%
Thief – The Bank Heist Add-On 33%
Thief- The Forsaken - Challenge Map Add-On 33%
Tomb Raider Games on Demand 55%
Tomb Raider Adventure Pack Unlock Add-On 50%
Tomb Raider Online Survival Pack Unlock Add-On 50%
Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack Add-On 50%
Shipwrecked Multiplayer Map Pack Add-On 50%
1939 Multiplayer Map Pack Add-On 50%
Lighting Returns:  Final Fantasy XIII Games on Demand 50%
FF LEGENDS Collection Add-On 50%
The Samurai Collection Add-On 50%
The Premium Collection Add-On 50%
Hitman: Blood Money Games on Demand 67%
Deus Ex: Human Revolution Games on Demand 67%
Battlestation Pacific Games on Demand 80%
Just Cause 2 Games on Demand 67%
Dungeon Siege III Games on Demand 75%
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Games on Demand 75%
Quantum Conundrum Arcade 67%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. These publisher deals are valid for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

May 13th 2014 at 5:01 am | Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 79 comments

April 30th 2014, 9:00 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members Get Dust: An Elysian Tail and Saints Row: The Third Free in May

May’s set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members will be Dust: An Elysian Tail and Saints Row: The Third.

  
Starting Thursday, May 1st, Dust: An Elysian Tail (normally US $14.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through May 15th.

Then on May 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Saints Row: The Third (normally US $19.99) for free through May 30th.

The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month.







April 30th 2014 at 9:00 am | Games with Gold, Xbox 360 | 333 comments

April 30th 2014, 6:49 am PT

Child of Light Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Child of LightContent: Child of Light

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The Black Queen has stolen the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. You play as Aurora, a young princess with a pure heart whose soul is brought to the kingdom of Lemuria. Embark on a quest to recapture the three sources of light, defeat the Black Queen and restore the kingdom of Lemuria.

Child of Light is also available for Xbox 360.
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The UBIart framework has powered some of the finest 2D visuals in all of gaming, as demonstrated in Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. What happens when a team sets out to make a JRPG using this engine? The result is the unique Child of Light, now available on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Working on the Assassin’s Creed series, Child of Light writer Jeffrey Yohalem became enamored with the blurring of history and fiction. “There’s a place in Austria that I saw that was very magical, in a place called Carniola now,” Yohalem told me during a hands-on demonstration at PAX East. “I wanted to create a fairy tale that talked about how that place came to be.” This tale centers on young Aurora’s quest to reach her father, the duke, in the days leading up to the Easter Earthquake of 1895.

While the location and timing of the story have roots in reality, the UBIart-enhanced visuals present a rather surreal view of the tale. Everything flows as if underwater: Aurora’s hair floats around her in a manner reminiscent of Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Yohalem confirmed the influence), flying fish actually flit through a forest.

Child of Light’s character animation truly is a sight to behold. I marveled at the way Aurora loses her crown when she takes a hit, scrambling to retrieve it and place it back on her head. Even turning about-face during platforming segments is lavishly rendered. When I pointed this out to Yohalem, he informed me that one of the lead animators helped bring Assassins Altair and Ezio to life, as well as the Prince in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

With a European setting, two dimensional platforming, and a birthplace in the West, why is Yohalem calling Child of Light a JRPG?

“For me [JRPG is] a rule set,” Yohalem explained. “If you said we’re going to take RISK and make a game based on that, it doesn’t have to look like it. For us it’s a rule set that happens to have been made by the Japanese. Also the art is inspired by Yoshitaka Amano (Final Fantasy’s original concept artist), at least on a loose level. We feel like this is a set of rules that hasn’t been used in a long time. We took that rule set and applied that to a very different type of experience”

Despite the distinctly different look, Child of Light’s includes a number of clear JRPG elements. Battle revolves around a timing mechanic similar to classic Final Fantasy’s classic Active Time Battle system. Your characters level up, and the game’s skill tree even reminded me of Final Fantasy XII’s License Board. Oh, and it’s not easy – your tactics will be tested in Child of
Light. I’m not ashamed to say I was wiped out during the demo… and that’s a good thing.







April 30th 2014 at 6:49 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 76 comments

April 29th 2014, 6:30 am PT

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

The Amazing Spider-Man 2Content: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 takes place outside the events of the 2nd film in a unique story where Spider-Man discovers a larger threat to NYC that has turned the underworld upside down. Villains from the film and classic Marvel characters are woven together in a twisted web of adrenaline-fueled, web-slinging action that puts players on a collision course with an evil far beyond Spider-Man’s reckoning.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is also available for Xbox 360.
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April 29th 2014 at 6:30 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 84 comments

April 29th 2014, 5:01 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 5 May 2014.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Ft. Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us Add-On 33%
PSY - Gangnam Style Add-On 33%
Avicii – Wake Me Up Add-On 33%
Pitbull Ft. Ke$ha - Timber Add-On 33%

Xbox 360

          

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






April 29th 2014 at 5:01 am | Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 246 comments

April 28th 2014, 6:09 am PT

Xbox Originals Coming this June to your Xbox

Today we’ve announced the list of projects slated for the Xbox Originals program. Including details on the documentary that was behind this weekend’s discovery of the Atari E.T. games in a desert landfill.  Starting this June, you’ll have more reasons to love your Xbox: Xbox Originals – premium dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, unscripted shows, and live events. Available only on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices, every Xbox Original will offer interactive capabilities, as well as unique interactive features customized on a per-show basis, making it a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience you won’t find anywhere else.

Committed Projects

“Halo” television series
The “Halo” television series is a groundbreaking original series based on the award-winning “Halo” franchise. Award-winning filmmaker, director and producer Steven Spielberg will executive produce the live-action TV series, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television.

“Every Street United”
“Every Street United” is an unscripted series of eight, thirty-minute episodes and a one-hour finale, featuring legendary soccer players Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids, focused on the global search for soccer’s most gifted and undiscovered street stars scouted across eight countries (United States, England, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Ghana and South Korea). The series culminates this July in a 4v4 street game finale in the shadow of the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

Each episode will feature unique and incisive narratives about the grassroots street stars and the communities that shaped them. Industry veteran and eight-time Emmy-Award winning producer, director, writer and editor Jonathan Hock (“Streetball,” “30 for 30: The Best That Never Was”) is directing the series. Emmy-Award winning producer Mike Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media are executive producing. Professional soccer luminaries, Henry and Davids, will serve as coaches for the 4v4 street game in Rio. “Every Street United” will premiere in June 2014. All episodes will be available through Xbox Video for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8 (PC and Surface) and Windows Phone 8.

Bonnaroo
Xbox owners around the globe can experience the magic of the 13th annual Bonnaroo music and arts festival with a live concert destination on Xbox Live Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15, 2014, brought to viewers in partnership with Superfly Presents. With the Bonnaroo app, fans can enjoy live music like never before, with a virtual experience featuring the best performances, multiple stages, biggest artists and amazing SuperJams, and explore this year’s lineup to see the best of Bonnaroo’s past with exclusive performances. Fans can also join the conversation with fellow virtual-Bonnaroovians and get connected to their friends and the festival. Xbox is the exclusive broadcasting partner for Bonnaroo and the only location to get all of the interactive features.

“Signal to Noise”/“Atari: Game Over”
Xbox is creating a new six film documentary series, “Signal to Noise,” (working title) 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 series will expose little known stories of how modern technology has radically altered the way we interact with our world.

The first installment, “Atari: Game Over” (working title), 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. Fuel Entertainment took an interest in the legend, and in December 2013, with help from local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski, acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill. Fuel Entertainment then brought the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios. The team will head to the landfill in question to determine if the story is true, interviewing a cast of characters related to the game and its mystery along the way. “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 in 2014.

“Humans”
“Humans” is a bold new drama co-produced with UK broadcaster Channel 4. Award-winning UK production company Kudos (“The Hour,” “Utopia,” “Broadchurch”) will produce the hour-long, eight-episode series, which will share a premiere broadcast window on the Xbox platform and Channel 4 in the UK in 2015.

Executive produced by Jane Featherstone (“Life on Mars,” “Broadchurch”) and Derek Wax (“The Hour,” “Sex Traffic”), and written by British writing team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” “Spooks: The Greater Good”), “Humans” is an English-language adaptation of Sveriges Television and Matador Film’s acclaimed Swedish series, “Real Humans.” “Humans” is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences. Casting for “Humans” will begin in May 2014, and production will commence later this summer.

“Halo” digital feature
343 Industries and Scott Free Productions are creating a “Halo” digital feature to be released later this year. The project will be executive produced by Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV President, David Zucker. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Pillars of the Earth,” “Heroes”) will direct.

Projects in Development

“Deadlands”
Xbox Entertainment Studios has committed to a script based on the successful pen-and-paper role playing game created by Shane Lacy Hensley. “Deadlands” is a genre-bending alternative history of the Weird West, filled with undead gunfighters, card-slinging sorcerers, mad scientists, secret societies, and fearsome abominations.

“Extraordinary Believers”
Xbox Entertainment Studios is developing an innovative, hybrid stop-motion show dubbed “Extraordinary Believers” (working title) with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, creators of the Emmy-Award winning “Robot Chicken,” the longest running stop-motion show on television. The executive producers on the project are Seth Green, Matt Senreich, and creators/writers/executive producers are Eric Towner and John Harvatine IV.

“Fearless”
“Fearless,” (working title) is an unscripted series currently in pilot production starring Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver and shark attack survivor who takes on an adrenaline-fueled quest to aid individuals who risk their lives to make the world a better place. “Fearless” will be produced by Australia’s International Emmy-Award winning production company, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ).

“Gun Machine”
Xbox Entertainment Studios acquired the rights to “Gun Machine,” a hardboiled detective thriller based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Warren Ellis. Ellis will executive produce with Brett Conrad (“The Killing,” “Sons of Anarchy,” Netflix’s upcoming “Marco Polo”) who has signed on to write the pilot script about a detective tracking a serial killer who is tied to a mysterious collection of guns used in infamous New York murders.

Untitled JASH Comedy/Variety Half Hour
In this unique comedy format developed by Xbox Entertainment Studios with JASH (a comedy collective founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric and Reggie Watts), the biggest names in comedy will showcase the people that make them laugh. Each week, a different comedian will host/curate a show featuring new and unsung talent, in various video formats. Sarah Silverman will host the pilot episode and Daniel Kellison (“Late Night/Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Crank Yankers”) will executive produce. The series has a pilot commitment and will begin shooting in June.

“Winterworld”
Xbox Entertainment Studios and IDW Entertainment are co-developing a limited event live-action series based on Chuck Dixon and artist Jorge Zaffino’s seminal graphic novel series “Winterworld,” in which our world has been encased in ice from pole-to-pole. The surviving humans have formed tribes that war, enslave and trade with one another in an effort to survive the infinite winter. Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, and Rick Jacobs and Dave Alpert from Circle of Confusion (“Walking Dead”) will executive produce.

More details on Xbox Wire

April 28th 2014 at 6:09 am | Gaming, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One, Xbox Originals | 183 comments

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