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June 26th 2014, 11:03 am PT

Xbox Live Games with Gold for July 2014

Coming up in July, Xbox Live Gold members can look forward to three new free games on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition will debut on Xbox One as a free download, replacing June’s Xbox One Games with Gold title Halo: Spartan Assault (so be sure to grab it now if you haven’t already). Max: The Curse of Brotherhood will remain available for Xbox Live Gold members to download for Xbox One.

On Xbox 360, starting Tuesday, July 1st, Gotham City Imposters (normally US $14.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through July 15th.

Then on July 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download BattleBlock Theater (normally US $14.99) for free through July 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. 







June 26th 2014 at 11:03 am | Games with Gold, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 734 comments

May 21st 2014, 6:00 am PT

External Storage, Real Names and More Coming with Xbox One System Update in June

With the next system update coming in June, we’re thrilled to announce two of your most-requested features will be here soon: external storage support and real names for identifying your friends.

Since our launch of Xbox One last year, we’ve been hard at work to continue making Xbox One the best destination for all your gaming and entertainment experiences. Because of the way we’ve designed the Xbox One platform, we’ve been able to continually improve the product for you with a more regular cadence of system and app updates. Your feedback for what you want most has been our guiding light for these updates, and will continue to be as we work to bring the fan-favorite features you want most.

Real names and external storage support are just the beginning for June. With this update, Xbox Live is being improved in a number of ways as we announced last week. You will also be able to take advantage of great new SmartGlass features, including OneGuide and Universal Remote Control, select an account for automatic sign-in, and for Xbox One owners in Canada and Europe, get access to OneGuide and more TV, SmartGlass and voice features.

Easily Increase Games Capacity with External Storage Support
It couldn’t be easier to increase your storage capacity of games and apps with the external storage support features we’re bringing in June. Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives at once. Simply plug in your 256 GB or larger USB 3.0 external hard drive and once formatted, copy and move games, apps and game add-ons to increase your storage capacity at home.

This is also a great way to take your content to a friend’s house and get straight into a game directly from an external drive. You’ll need to sign in to Xbox Live if you’ve purchased your content digitally or insert a disc to verify your game ownership when you take your content on the road. The great benefit here is there’s no need to wait to re-download your game and all the DLC. With external storage support in June, you can also choose to copy full games and all of the associated content in one easy step.

Real Names Makes it Easier to Identify Friends
With Xbox One you can have 1,000 friends and infinite followers, but as these lists grow it can become increasingly more difficult to remember the people you know by their gamertag alone. Now with real names feature you can recognize people on your friends list and more easily discover people you already know who are on Xbox Live.

Most importantly, we heard your feedback that to make this most useful you need full control. You’ll be able to share with all your friends, a subset of your choosing, friends of friends or none at all. The choice is yours. Also, your name doesn’t show up in games, and you can change your settings any time from your profile and when adding new friends.

SmartGlass Provides Access to full OneGuide and Universal Remote Control, Pin Reordering and More
We’ve made a ton of changes to your SmartGlass app for Xbox One. After getting great feedback from our SmartGlass beta, we’re thrilled to be bringing the entire OneGuide experience and Universal Remote Control to SmartGlass. Now in supported markets you can view all of your TV listings on your SmartGlass device and set and view your favorite channels and app channels on your smart phone, tablet or PC. With the Universal Remote Control, you can also easily switch channels, set new recordings and select and control recorded content from your DVR. Another great companion feature now in SmartGlass is pin reordering. With the touch of your finger you can easily organize your pins in categories or favorites based on your preferences and have those changes refresh to your console.

Other improvements to SmartGlass will help you stay current on what you and your friends are up to, even when you’re away from your console. We’re bringing hero stats and activity feed front and center, and adding more ways for you to compare achievements via SmartGlass whether you’re on a friend’s profile or viewing a game from the activity feed. Just like on the console, you can choose to get notifications on your smart phone, PC or tablet when a favorite friend signs into their console or starts broadcasting a game. For many devices, you can even choose to start watching the broadcast wherever you are.

Expanded TV and OneGuide Soon Available in More Markets
The TV and OneGuide features we began sharing with select Xbox Live members in April will be available in June to everyone in Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The update will bring OneGuide, alongside Favorites and App Channels, for people in these markets who have their TV connected to Xbox One via HDMI-in. Additional features in these markets include Kinect voice commands for controlling your set-top box and other AV equipment. We’ve also updated TV and OneGuide settings to provide better power management and control of your devices and improved compatibility with more devices.

New Gold Membership Benefits, Access to Apps for All and More
With this update, you’ll find a new hub in Xbox One for exploring all of the great benefits available to Xbox Live Gold members, including Games with Gold and Deals with Gold. Also, with the Xbox Live Gold changes announced last week, shortly after the Xbox One system update becomes available in June all Xbox Live members will be able to access popular gaming and entertainment apps without a Gold membership.

Finally, we’ve made it possible for you to choose an account for automatic sign-in on your Xbox One – another much-requested feature from fans like you.

Coming soon, these features will be available to members previewing Xbox One system updates as they help us work through final improvements. This system update will become available to the full Xbox One community in June. We look forward to hearing what you think and keep the feedback coming.

Cross posted on Xbox Wire







May 21st 2014 at 6:00 am | System Update, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 486 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

January 31st 2014, 9:00 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members get Dead Island and Toy Soldiers: Cold War Free in February

February’s set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in will be Dead Island and Toy Soldiers: Cold War.

  

Starting Saturday (February 1st) Dead Island (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through February 15th .

Then on February 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Toy Soldiers: Cold War (Normally US $14.99) for free.

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.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

January 31st 2014 at 9:00 am | Games with Gold, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 474 comments

January 23rd 2014, 10:00 am PT

Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction: Nightfall Trailer

Call of Duty: Ghosts’ first DLC, Onslaught, arrives this Tuesday only on Xbox LIVE. Nightfall is part of the Onslaught package, the first of four Extinction episodes. Take a look:

More on Nightfall: At a remote facility in the Alaskan wilderness, the shadowy Nightfall Program has been researching the origins of the “Alien” threat. When the scientists lose control, a small team of elite soldiers must retrieve the intel, exterminate hordes of hostile creatures, and survive a three-story tall terror unlike anything they’ve faced before.

To view the entire Onslaught package, including its multiplayer maps and the Maverick dual-purpose rifle, click here.

January 23rd 2014 at 10:00 am | COD, Game Add-on, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 60 comments

December 30th 2013, 9:00 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members get “Sleeping Dogs” & “Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light” Free in January

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The next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in January will be Sleeping Dogs and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

Starting Wednesday  (January 1st) Sleeping Dogs (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through January 15th .

Then on January 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (Normally US $14.99) for free.

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.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

December 30th 2013 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 368 comments

November 27th 2013, 6:00 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members get “Gears of War” and “Shoot Many Robots” Free in December

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The next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in December will be Gears of War* and Shoot Many Robots.

Starting Sunday (December 1st)  Gears of War (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through December 15th .

Then on December 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Shoot Many Robots (Normally US $9.99) for free.

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.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

*Germany and Japan will receive “Halo Wars”

November 27th 2013 at 6:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 576 comments

November 26th 2013, 6:00 am PT

Xbox 360 Game Store Black Friday sales

We’ve got so a lot of stuff on sale for the US Thanksgiving Holiday so we thought we’d start today. We’ll also have more deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday that you’ll see further down this post. Since Xbox Live has moved to local currency for Xbox Live Game store purchases, I’ve just included the percent off for each offer.  Check your local version of Xbox.com or your Dashboard for pricing in local currency. More on Xbox.com.

Be sure to check out the Black Friday and Cyber Monday offers that are one day only

Update: There are some good deals on Xbox Video. See that list here.

If you can’t see the video list at the bottom of the post, here is a direct link to list I created.

Persistent Week-long Offers (26, Nov. – 2, Dec.)
Content Type % off
The Bureau XCOM Declassified Games on Demand 67%
Deadpool Games on Demand 40%
God Mode XBLA 50%
Skyrim Games on Demand 50%
Skyrim: Dragonborn Add-on 50%
Skyrim: Dawnguard Add-on 50%
Fallout 3 Games on Demand 50%
Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta Add-on 66%
Fallout 3: Point Lookout Add-on 66%
Fallout 3: The Pitt Add-on 66%
Fallout 3: Operation: Anchorage Add-on 66%
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Add-on 66%
Wolfenstein 3D XBLA 75%
The Cave XBLA 75%
Rockstar Table Tennis Games on Demand 66%
Tomb Raider Games on Demand 50%
Sleeping Dogs Games on Demand 38%
Mark of the Ninja XBLA 66%
Mark of the Ninja Special Edition Add-on 66%
Runner 2 XBLA 50%
Sacred Citadel XBLA 50%
Deadblock XBLA 75%
Motocross Madness XBLA 75%
Dust XBLA 66%
AMY XBLA 50%
Metro Last Light Games on Demand 50%
Puzzle Quest Challenge of the Warlords  XBLA 70%
Puzzle Quest Galatix  XBLA 57%

 

Black Friday 1-Day Offers (29, Nov. only)
Content Type % off
Diablo III (US, CA & MX only)  Games on Demand 33%
WWE 2K14 Games on Demand  Games on Demand 33%
WWE 2K14 Accelerator DLC  Add-on 50%
Halo 4 Champions Bundle  Add-on 50%
Rayman Legends Games on Demand 50%
Magic 2014 XBLA 50%
Spider-Man: Edge of Time Games on Demand 67%
Spider-Man: Friend or Foe Games on Demand 67%
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions Games on Demand 67%
Spider-Man: Web of Shadows  Games on Demand 67%
X-Men: Destiny Games on Demand 50%
X-Men: Origins Wolverine Games on Demand 67%
X-Men: The Official Game Games on Demand 67%
Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisien Games on Demand 66%
Onechanbara  Games on Demand 80%

 

Cyber Monday 1-Day Offers (2, Dec. Only)
Content Type % off
Far Cry Blood Dragon XBLA 75%
Red Dead Redemption Games on Demand 75%
The Witcher 2 Games on Demand 75%
Dark Souls Games on Demand 75%
BattleBlock Theater XBLA 67%
Rayman Origins Games on Demand 50%
L.A. Noire Games on Demand 75%
Fast and Furious: Showdown  Games on Demand 75%
Men in Black: Alien Crisis Games on Demand 75%

If you are in the US or Canada, you can save on the following video content

November 26th 2013 at 6:00 am | Deal, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 259 comments

November 20th 2013, 5:03 pm PT

How to Party Up on Xbox One

I’ve seen a few questions about how the Party System will work on Xbox One. I had Steve Dolan, whose team works on the Party System (and more), write up the below guest blog post about how parties work and how they are better on Xbox One.

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Hi, my name is Steve Dolan and I’m the program manager responsible for the multiplayer and achievements experience on Xbox One. Like most of you, I’m stoked about the new wave of online titles coming in the next year. Here is how we’re going to make it easy to party up and play these great games on Xbox One.

Always a Party

When playing online games on Xbox One you’re part of an Xbox Live party. When you go to your friends list you’ll see your party right there at the front that shows the game your party is playing. You’ll also see all your friends’ parties, making it quick and easy to see who is playing online and who to join. Of course, just like Xbox 360, you’ll be able to set if your party is joinable or if it’s invite only.

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Joining a Game

If you see the perfect match and the party is open, you can simply join if there is room for more players in the match, and the game thinks you’re a good fit using Smart Match (in terms of skill , playing style, etc.) you’ll be offered a slot automatically.  If the game is full, you can check out other games, TV and apps while you wait for the game to open up – go work on your “Killer Instinct” moves, watch your friends’ Upload videos or check out your favorite Twitch personality while you wait for a slot to free up. When more players can be added, you’ll receive a notification and have a limited amount of time to accept. Just say “Xbox, join” or use your controller to accept the match.

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Parties, Smart Match and the Party Scout

Two of my favorite features are parties and Smart Match.  Now, when you combine these features together you get a new super power we call Party Scout.  Imagine you’re watching Netflix and your friend sends you a party invite.  You accept and start chatting about what you want to play.  Your friend tells you about a new “Forza Motorsport 5” challenge that involves playing online matches.  You both decide that sounds like fun and that s/he will set up the online party.  They launch “Forza Motorsport 5,” find the right playlist for the challenge and kick off matchmaking.  You can keep rolling in Netflix while matchmaking runs, additional players are found and all the networking tests are performed.  Only when your match is ready will you get the “match found” notification.  You can then accept the match and launch right into your online game.

Snap Your Party

Of course, we want to make it simple and easy to manage your party, invite more people and see who is in party chat all without having your game go off-screen.  Sounds like a perfect time to use the Snap app.  When you want to, the Party app can be snapped along the right side of the screen while you play or, if you want your full screen, you can dismiss it and have it run in the background.

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Time to Party Up

There you have it.  On Xbox One, online gameplay is always a party, anyone can set up as a Party Scout and when your match is ready you’ll be notified so you can easily jump into a game.  If you want to join your friends in a game, you can join their party.

I’ve been working at Xbox in one way or another since 2002.  As always, I’m humbled by all the dedicated, talented and frankly amazing people that create the hardware and games for you, the fans.  Even more so, I’m floored by your passion and drive to push us to deliver delightful experiences.

Thanks and see you on Xbox Live!

November 20th 2013 at 5:03 pm | how-to, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 78 comments

November 13th 2013, 3:14 pm PT

Battlefield 4 Unlock Weekend and Game with Devs

Immerse yourself in the chaos of all-out war. This weekend, Battlefield 4 multiplayer is open to everyone (Xbox Live Gold & Silver members) on Xbox 360. Test your skills this Saturday, Nov 16th beginning at 3PM PST by playing against DICE LA, creators of the upcoming Battlefield 4 Second Assault, available first on Xbox One.

Ready to get started?  Here is how to play:

1. Send a friend request or invite to the listed gamertags.

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2. Be ready to play at least 30 minutes before the event starts. Don’t forget your headset, so you can ask those burning questions about the game.

3. If you receive a game invite, get ready to Game with Developers!

November 13th 2013 at 3:14 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 84 comments

November 12th 2013, 6:27 pm PT

Welcome Jeff Rubenstein to the Xbox Team

Please join me in welcoming Jeff Rubenstein to my team. Jeff has been in the industry for a quite some time, but many of you may know him from the great work he did while at Sony. While you’ll see Jeff at various community events, and posting occasionally here on my blog, he’s also working on additional community driven programs that we’re not ready to announce yet. In the meantime, I asked Jeff to write a short blurb to (re?) introduce himself to the Xbox Community so he can jump right in and get started:

I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Xbox team at such an exciting time for the industry. During the interview process, I was taken with how passionate and positive everyone is about gaming, and in how highly they value customer opinion. Especially important to my decision to join the team is the way Microsoft has demonstrated a willingness to listen to the community – and act on what it hears – quite clearly as of late.

I’m also hoping they’ll let me play Titanfall.

Little known fact: I’ve actually known Larry since he helped me on a story I wrote for the Orlando Sentinel back in 2007. We’ve stayed in contact ever since, and his vision on using social media to interact with gamers has been a key influence on my career. Joining Major Nelson’s team is an awesome opportunity, and I look forward to working closely with you all. See you soon!

You can find Jeff here on Twitter or here on Xbox Live

November 12th 2013 at 6:27 pm | Industry, Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 97 comments

October 31st 2013, 9:00 am PT

Xbox Live Gold Members get “A World of Keflings” and “Iron Brigade” Free in November

A World of Keflings Iron BrigadeThe next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in November will be A World of Keflings and Iron Brigade.

Starting Friday (November 1st) A World of Keflings (Normally US $9.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through November 15th .

Then on November 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Iron Brigade (Normally US $9.99) for free.

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.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

October 31st 2013 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 924 comments

October 15th 2013, 8:42 am PT

Xbox Live Compute, Smartglass, Kinect and More

Learn more about Xbox Live Computer, Smartglass and in the above video and over on Xbox Wire

October 15th 2013 at 8:42 am | Xbox Live, Xbox One | 49 comments

October 14th 2013, 6:00 am PT

New Friends App and Multiplayer Features for Xbox Live on Xbox One

Let’s start off the week with a look at how the friends list will work on Xbox One. Watch the above video where I walk you through how followers will work on Xbox Live. Don’t worry, the friends lists is still there…but we’ve also added the ability for you to have thousands of followers as well.

I explain more below (which I have cross posted on Xbox Wire) :

Xbox Live has always been about building an amazing community. When we first launched the service back in 2002, our vision was to create a premium online place where friends could come together to play games. With your support we’ve created the world’s largest, most-active gaming and entertainment community and now, as we look ahead to the launch of Xbox One on Nov. 22, we want to pause for a moment to celebrate our community and tell you about what we are doing to make it even better. With that in mind throughout the upcoming days in this “Week of Xbox Live,” we will share more news and information about what is coming to Xbox Live.

First, we want to thank you for choosing and for spending more time with us. In the last 12 months, we delivered more than 20 billion hours of gaming and entertainment on Xbox, over 17% growth over the previous year. We’re proud and humbled to be the top online gaming service – according to NPD’s August 2013 Online Gaming report, close to 50% more online console gamers use the Xbox 360 for playing online than the PlayStation 3.

With your increasing engagement with and growing community, we’re able invest in new features and future innovations that bring more amazing experiences to you and the community on Xbox Live.

Your New Friends App on Xbox One
Designed around you and your friends, Xbox One will have plenty of room for all your favorite people in the brand new Friends system on Xbox One. Your Xbox 360 friends will automatically be added to your Friends list. With Xbox One you can have 1,000 friends, connect with people instantly by following them and have infinite followers yourself. You can also see all of your Xbox One and Xbox 360 friends and their activity in your Activity Feed.

Similar to the other social media networks, Xbox One allows you to share the latest in games and entertainment with fellow gamers, friends and family, or even celebrities and gaming personalities by following people. For example, on Xbox One you can search for me by my gamertag and follow me to see what I share publicly, such as my latest game scores and achievements.

On your Xbox One, there are now more ways to connect than simply sending a friend invite. For example, the one-way follow model of Xbox One allows Xbox Live members to connect with the people they care about in an easier way than ever before.

Friends and Followers
So what’s the difference between a friend and a follower? They are all considered your friends on Xbox One, but the levels of privacy between the two are different. You can follow anyone you want and it’s completely up to them if they follow you back. You can also decide what information your followers can see about you.

When you and another gamer mutually follow each other, it creates a more interactive relationship that unlocks the ability for you both to see information like when each other are online, what achievements you earn in real time and what you’re up to on Xbox One.

The Friends app is also an awesome way to find out about new games and activities to take your Xbox One experience to a whole new level.

“A great driver in ‘Forza Motorsport 5,’ for example, could have a huge group of thousands or even millions of followers all tracking their performance in-game,” Rob Lehew, Xbox Live Program Manager, said. “Those followers can have this driver on their personal leaderboard so that they can constantly keep track of how they stack-up, and they can potentially connect online with the driver to get into a race with him.”

Your Gaming Community on Xbox One
Xbox Live on Xbox One was rebuilt from the ground up so that we could combine the hardware and the power of the cloud in completely new ways. Because of this, the new generation of Xbox Live puts you at the center of all your entertainment and games, with the community you built.

Along with the community, the gaming experience you know and love has evolved and gotten even better on Xbox One. A great example of this is Achievements. There are now two types of Achievements: achievements and time-based challenges. The former is similar to the achievements you earn on Xbox 360. Challenges on the other hand are only available for a certain period of time. What you accomplish during that timeframe will count towards unlocking the challenge.

As a nod to our stellar community, many challenges require a community to work together towards a common goal. Imagine, for example, a game releases a weekend objective that requires players to cumulatively secure an objective “X” number of times in a three day period. And every person who participates and helps build towards the challenge’s goals unlocks that Achievement and earns its reward.

Achievements only scratch the surface of what you can do with gaming on Xbox One.
We also continue to make major investments to make multiplayer gaming on Xbox One even better. The video above highlights some of the work our team has done to continue advancing multiplayer on Xbox Live. We are the only premium gaming service in the world to offer Smart Match, which makes it easier, faster and more enjoyable to get into best-in-class multiplayer gaming. Over time the system gets even better as it learns more about you and your friends. Plus no more waiting in lobbies – Just a better multiplayer experience. You can read more details on Smart Match and the Xbox One reputation system.

We have always been laser-focused on those who make our community what it is. This is the community that you built, and we could not be more excited to take this next step with you in the coming months. During the next few days in this “Week of Xbox Live”, we will continue to share news and more information about what is coming soon to Xbox Live.

Cross Posted on Xbox Wire

October 14th 2013 at 6:00 am | Xbox Live, Xbox One | 201 comments

October 8th 2013, 12:16 pm PT

Coming soon to the Xbox Live Game Store

Here is a look at some of the upcoming content scheduled for the Xbox Live Store Follow me on Twitter for additional updates.


Xbox LIVE Arcade  Release Date USD
Let’s Sing and Dance  9-Oct 9.99
Orc Attack: Flatulent Rebellion  9-Oct 9.99
The Wolf Among Us: Episode 1 – Faith  11-Oct 4.99
Who Wants to be a Millionaire  16-Oct 9.99
Hexodius  16-Oct 9.99
     
Game Add-ons Release Date USD
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Season Pass  8-Oct 19.99
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Hanger 6  8-Oct 4.99
Minceraft: Skin Pack Battle & Beast 2  9-Oct 1.99
A Wolf Among Us: Season Pass – Episodes 2-5  11-Oct 14.99
Pinball FX2: Star Wars  16-Oct 9.99
     
Deal of the Week Discount Dates Discount
Movie Theme 8-Oct to 14-Oct  
 Star Trek     50% off 
 Aliens: Colonial Marines     50% off 
 Guardians of the Middle Earth     50% off 
 Pacific Rim     50% off 
 Aliens v Predator     50% off 
 Transformers     50% off 
 RIPD     50% off 
 Real Steel     50% off 
 X-Men     50% off 
     
 Storm  15-Oct to 21-Oct 50% off
 Capsized    50% off
 Tekken Tag Tournament 2    50% off
 Ben 10 Omniverse™    50% off
 Ben 10™ Galactic Racing    50% off
 BEN 10 ULTIMATE ALIEN™    50% off
Tomb Raider Underworld   50% off
Battlestations Midway   75% off
Balltestations Pacific   80% off
     
Sales & Specials Discount Dates Discount
Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Personalization Packs Sale  8-Oct to 14-Oct  
 Jungle Warfare    25% off
 Benjamins    25% off
 Dia De Muertos    25% off
 Graffiti    25% off
 Kawaii    25% off
 Party Rock    25% off
 Zombies    25% off
 Viper    25% off
 Bacon    25% off
 Cyborg    25% off
 Dragon    25% off
 Aqua    25% off
 Breach    25% off
 Coyote    25% off
 Glam    25% off
 Rogue    25% off
 Pack-A-Punch    25% off
     
Games on Demand Release Date  
Armored Core: Verdict Day  11-Oct  
Just Dance 2014  11-Oct  
F1 2013  15-Oct  
Kinect Star Wars  15-Oct  
Air Conflicts: Vietnam  15-Oct  
     

Note: Prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region

October 8th 2013 at 12:16 pm | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Live | 146 comments

October 4th 2013, 6:54 am PT

Battlefield 4 Beta

Battlefield 4™Content: Battlefield 4 Beta
Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: The Beta features all-out war in the multiplayer map Siege of Shanghai. Battlefield 4 is the genre-defining action blockbuster made of moments that blur the line between game and glory. Fueled by the next-generation power and fidelity of Frostbite™ 3, Battlefield 4 provides a visceral, dramatic experience unlike any other. Only in Battlefield will you blow the foundations of a dam or reduce an entire skyscraper to rubble. Only in Battlefield will you lead a naval assault from the back of a gun boat. Battlefield grants you the freedom to do more and be more while playing to your strengths and carving your own path to victory. This is an online only multiplayer Beta. Please note that the Beta is still undergoing testing before its official release and does not reflect the quality of the final product.

 

Add the beta your Xbox 360 download queue

Enjoy the beta? Order the full game for Xbox 360 or Xbox 0ne

 
 

October 4th 2013 at 6:54 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 40 comments

October 2nd 2013, 8:23 am PT

LIVE Activity for week of Sept. 23

Xbox 360 Top LIVE Titles (based on UU’s)

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Grand Theft Auto V
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
FIFA 14
EA Sports FIFA Soccer 13 
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Madden NFL 25
GTA IV
Battlefield 3 
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Halo 4 
Diablo III
Skyrim
Ascend: Hand of Kul
Modern Warfare 2 
NBA 2K13
EA SPORTS FIFA 14 Downloadable Demo
Rainbow Six Vegas
Halo: Reach
Gears of War 3 
   

Top Arcade Titles (Full Versions purchased)

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Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition
Terraria – Xbox 360 Edition
State of Decay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Castle Crashers 
Trials Evolution
DuckTales: Remastered
BattleBlock Theater
Magic 2014  Duels of the Planeswalkers
The Walking Dead
Girl Fight
Trials HD
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Worms 2: Armageddon
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s Decade Duels Plus
Sonic Adventure 2
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Counter-Strike: GO
Joy Ride Turbo
Fruit Ninja Kinect 
  The above list is based on full versions purchased.

Top Indie Games (Full Versions purchased)

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Avatar Survival Games
Avatar Warfare!
CastleMiner Z  
White Noise Online  
Mount Your Friends 
Avatar Farm Online
Avatar Deathmatch 
Murder Miners 
CastleMiner
The Impossible Game  
Shark Attack Deathmatch  
Avatar Laser Wars 2
Avatar Miner Paintball  
Avatar Honor and Duty
Total Miner: Forge 
Sexy Island Adventure
Block World  
Thunder Moon Online
The Co-Op Zombie Game  
Avatar Legends 
  The above list is based on full versions purchased.

These lists are based on global unique users connected to Xbox Live or in the case of Arcade and Indie Games, full versions purchased during the week.

Some content (and therefore the links) may not be available in all Xbox LIVE regions

October 2nd 2013 at 8:23 am | Top LIVE, Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 69 comments

October 1st 2013, 10:01 am PT

“Destiny” Beta

Details on the Destiny Beta that was just announced. In addition Activision and Bungie have released a new trailer entitled “The Moon,” featuring a highlighted destination in the game, and the Hive, one of the four enemy races featured in Destiny:

Here are the pertinent details on the Beta that I’ve parsed out of the announcement:

ACTIVISION AND BUNGIE ANNOUNCE DESTINY BETA EARLY 2014
Pre-Order Now at Participating Retailers for Invite-Only Access to Beta
Shared World Shooter Game Launches Next Spring

Activision Publishing and Bungie today announced that fans who pre-order the game at participating retailers worldwide will get early access to the Destiny Beta, which will include a diverse sampling of major activities featured in the full game. The Beta will begin in early 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4.

Destiny Beta Redemption Codes are only available while supplies last. To see a list of participating global retailers, fans can visit http://www.destinythegame.com/wheretobuy. Upon pre-ordering the game at a participating retailer, fans can visit http://bungie.net/beta and follow the instructions on the page to secure their spot in the Beta. The required 9-digit entry code will be printed on their receipt, on a flyer distributed at time of purchase or sent via email through their respective retail rewards program. Fans that pre-ordered before October 1st 2013 and qualify for this offer are automatically entered into the Beta and will receive their entry code from their retailer via email. All questions or concerns related to the Beta code should be brought to the attention of the retailer.

Pre-Order Destiny for Xbox 360 or Xbox One from Amazon or the Microsoft Store

October 1st 2013 at 10:01 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live, Xbox One | 101 comments

October 1st 2013, 9:24 am PT

Xbox Live Free Gold Weekend This Weekend

Starting this Friday (4, October)  through Sunday (6, October) we’ll be unlocking Xbox Live Gold for the below regions. If you are not a Gold Member yet, it’s a great opportunity to try Multiplayer on your favorite games.

Regions include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

Your region not listed above? We’ve got your covered with the following dates:

Oct. 11 – 14: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico
Nov. 7 – 10: Japan

Have fun and I’ll see you on Xbox Live.

     

October 1st 2013 at 9:24 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 43 comments

September 30th 2013, 9:00 am PT

Games with Gold: “Might & Magic Clash of Heroes” and “Halo 3” Free in October

Might & Magic Clash of Heroes™ Halo 3

The next set of free games for Xbox Live Members in September will be Might & Magic Clash of Heroes and
Halo 3.

Starting Tuesday (October 1st) Might & Magic Clash of Heroes (Normally US $14.99) will be free for Xbox LIVE Gold members through October 15th .

Then on October 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Halo 3 (Normally US $14.99) for free.

As a reminder, 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.

Follow me on Twitter to find out what games will be free each month.

September 30th 2013 at 9:00 am | Xbox 360, Xbox Live | 386 comments

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