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April 21st 2014, 8:00 pm 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 28 April 2014.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
NBA 2K14 Xbox One game 17%

Xbox 360

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
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%
Need for Speed Rivals Games on Demand 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.







April 21st 2014 at 8:00 pm | Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 245 comments

April 16th 2014, 1:16 am PT

Trials Fusion Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Trials FusionContent: Trials Fusion

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Welcome to the next generation of Trials! With its glimmering vision of what our future holds were technology and nature to co-exist, combined with today’s most exciting and popular motorsport, Trials Fusion has retained and enhanced the essential features from its best-selling, critically acclaimed predecessors, Trials Evolution and Trials HD. A magnificent fusion of the proven, no-frills Trials formula based on ultra-addictive competition with the cutting edge of graphics and social networking.

Trials Fusion is also available for Xbox 360.
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I spent some time with Trials Fusion this weekend at PAX East, where Creative Director and co-founder of RedLynx Antti Ilvessuo walked me through some of what’s new in this latest Trials title (hint: there’s a lot).

The new look and feel is apparent from the title screen, which is simplified to just two main options: Ride and Create. “The first game (Trials HD) was in a warehouse, next (Trials Evolution) was outdoors,” Ilvessuo explained. “This will be the first experience in a new game, and it won’t look like an Evolution level. Everything will be shiny and new.”

The way Fusion treats your progress is also quite different, which you’ll notice in the post-race screen. Everything you do on the track: career, multiplayer, everything is represented by a total experience level for each track across every mode. You also now have a overal XP level, which supplements the returning, all-important leaderboards. Now you know who has spent the most time on tracks, putting in work to post a fantastic time on a course.

Everything in between the main menu and the post-race is the pure, awesome physics-based gameplay that has made the Trials games so fun. “The great thing about physics is you don’t know how it will end until you land,” said Ilvessuo.

This fact is never more apparent than in the new FMX mode, which has players gunning for high scores by pulling risky tricks and successfully landing Tony Hawk-style; you only bank the points if you don’t crash. You’ll have the opportunity to plot out devastating combos in FMX Training, a kind of zero-gravity safe zone where you can toy with the moveset, free of the fear of crashing.

The realistic physics engine means wipeouts are still incredibly fun to watch, and I’d expect Upload Studio to be filled with painful-looking blooper reels in short order.

There’s a lot more “new” in Trials Fusion: 40 new levels, including many aimed at the hardcore audience, more character customization options, unique – and sometimes bizarre – challenges for each track, and a 4-wheeler that handles completely differently than the bikes you’re accustomed to.

RedLynx apparently has much more in the works. “The whole idea of Trials is what we call the ‘Minecraft Model’ you buy it once, and you get all the upcoming features for free,” Ilvessuo told me. “You buy the game, you’re buying a ticket. We know what we want to do one year in advance, we’re planning two years in advance. We’re planning online tournaments, teams, and then online multiplayer. Huge stuff is coming.” (Ubisoft clarified that while they will be offering players many upcoming features for free, this does not preclude paid DLC for new tracks and editor mode assets)

So why “Fusion”? “Fusion is the greatest power in the universe,” said Ilvessuo. “Evolution was second.”







April 16th 2014 at 1:16 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 255 comments

April 14th 2014, 6:00 pm PT

New Xbox One System Update Begins Rolling Out Tonight

Tonight, we will begin rolling out the next Xbox One system update. Again, I’d like to thank all of the Xbox Live members who previewed features with us and shared some of their feedback. Their input helped shape this system update, and we look forward to expanding our list of previewing Xbox Live members in the coming months.

Here’s the final breakdown of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting tonight and over the next few days:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.
Friends Notifications

Thanks again for everyone’s feedback on particular features previewed these past few months and keep the feedback coming.






April 14th 2014 at 6:00 pm | System Update, Xbox One | 344 comments

April 8th 2014, 6:10 am PT

LEGO The Hobbit Now Available on Xbox One

LEGO The HobbitContent: LEGO The Hobbit

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The interactive game of LEGO The Hobbit allows gamers to play along with their favorite scenes from the films, and follows the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the Wizard Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 8th 2014 at 6:10 am | Gaming, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 57 comments

April 8th 2014, 5:47 am PT

Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut is Now Available on Xbox One

Strike Suit ZeroContent: Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut

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In the year 2299, an interstellar war rages. Take control of the Strike Suit – a craft with the ability to transform into a hulking suit of space armor – in a bid to save Earth from destruction. Immerse yourself in massive fleet battles where your dogfighting skills will directly affect the fate of the cosmos. Discover a colorful and vibrant universe, with an epic story spanning 13 unique missions. Engage intelligent enemy fighters and take on colossal capital ships, exploiting weak points in their super-structure to blow them apart piece by piece. Upgrade your Strike Suit and customize your weapon load-outs to tailor combat to your tastes. Take advantage of six craft, including three Strike Suits, to experience dogfighting action as you’ve never seen it before.

For more on Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut, check out Xbox Wire, and if you’re in the Boston area, join us to go hands-on with this and other ID@Xbox titles at our Pre-PAX Meetup!


April 8th 2014 at 5:47 am | ID@Xbox, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 54 comments

April 7th 2014, 7:53 pm PT

More Details on the Upcoming Xbox One System Update

We’re still working on our next Xbox One system update and have been receiving some really great feedback from members with early access. Tonight, I wanted to let you know we’re pushing a few more features to the members previewing new system updates that you may be hearing about.  Here are a few details on those features.

  • Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. After this update, if your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.
System Update

We’re committed to delivering innovation through system updates, and on behalf of the Xbox team, I can’t say enough how integral fan feedback is to this process. Some features previewed won’t always make it to launch right away because we want to help ensure the best experience for our fans before pushing a new feature.
Also, these features may roll out over several days to this audience.

The engagement from our Xbox One community continues to be incredible, in large part thanks to the input and feedback from our fans. Select members far and wide that have been previewing system update features have been as generous with their time and input as we had hoped they would be. This feedback continues to help us make the future of Xbox One yours as much as ours.

So thank you to those who shared their thoughts with us and, hopefully, are having a little fun in the process.

We look forward to sharing news when our next Xbox One system update rolls out to the larger community.

Follow me on Twitter to keep close tabs on Xbox One System updates (among other things.)

April 7th 2014 at 7:53 pm | System Update, Xbox One | 118 comments

April 7th 2014, 8:25 am PT

GoPro Launching on Xbox 360; Big YouTube Update on Xbox One Tomorrow

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.

April 7th 2014 at 8:25 am | Video, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 36 comments

April 4th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Phil Spencer Interview

Earlier this week, Phil Spencer was named the Head of Xbox.
In his first video interview in the new role, I had a chance to chat with him about his thoughts on the future of Xbox and more

 

 

 

April 4th 2014 at 6:00 am | Industry, Xbox One | 92 comments

March 31st 2014, 10:04 am PT

PAX East Primer: Here’s Everything Xbox in Boston

PAXEAST

Moving this post to the front page for the weekend for easy reference

As you get ready to map out your plan of attack for PAX East 2014 at the Boston Convention Center from April 11th – 13th, be sure to include the Xbox presence (booth #524) in your agenda.

From the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals to Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare to Titanfall, we’ve got something for everybody. Catch up with some of our most engaged members of the Project Spark community (and try it out for yourself), or go hands on with ID@Xbox titles Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut.

Check back here for updates, and be sure to follow @Xbox and the  #PAXEast hashtag on Twitter  to keep up with the latest details on all our activities at PAX East 2014.

No tickets? No worries – you can still join us at a special event at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store on Thursday, April 10th. For more details on all the great content we’ll be showing off this year, read on:

Special Events

Microsoft Store Xbox Event – Thursday, April 10th 7:00 PM | Natick Mall, MA

Before heading into the 70,000 human abyss at the Convention Center, let’s kick off PAX East together, New England! Join Xbox’s Major Nelson on Thursday, April 10th at 7pm at the Natick Mall Microsoft retail store for the first ever public demonstration of multiplayer mode in Harmonix’s upcoming Fantasia: Music Evolved. Attendees will also get to play unreleased ID@Xbox games, the newly released Kinect Sports Rivals, and enter to win prizes including a pair of tickets to the sold out PAX East event.

Great news – you don’t need PAX tickets to attend, everyone is welcome! See you there.

Panels

Project Spark – Playing is Creating: How to transform from an everyday gamer to a creative visionary with Project Spark – Saturday, April 12th 12:00 PM | Albatross Theatre

Have the dream of creating your perfect game? Interested in seeing what an engaged and passionate community can create? Do you love playing new, different, and unique games? Join Team Dakota as we share the vision and reality of the limitless possibilities of Project Spark. We will showcase some of the amazing games, worlds, and content that our community has created. Learn more about Project Spark: Where Players Create and Creators Play. Currently available in beta and launching soon on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8.1!

Titanfall – Looking Back & Moving Forward – Saturday, April 12th 4:30PM | Main Theatre

Come meet members of Respawn Entertainment, including co-founder and CEO Vince Zampella, Producer Drew McCoy, Lead Designer Justin Hendry, Software Engineer Jon “Slothy” Shiring, and Community Manager Abbie Heppe, as they revisit the making, the launch, and the future of Titanfall.

Major Nelson Radio – Live! – Saturday, April 12th 6:00 PM | Albatross Theatre

Hello New England….we are baaaaaaaaaaaaack! Major Nelson Radio returns to PAX East with more fun than ever before. We hope.

Join Larry Hyrb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, e, and JEF United as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of the studio audience. We will have prizes, guests and probably fun. Note: Clowns are not permitted at the recording.

Hands-on Gaming & Entertainment

Kinect Sports Rivals – Built for the power of Xbox One, Kinect Sports Rivals captures your likeness as a champion and plunges you into a world of sports competition. Sign up to compete against friends, rivals, and the entire world in the Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship for a chance to win the grand prize of ten thousand dollars cash and a trip of a lifetime.

Titanfall – Winner of Over 85 Awards – Titanfall is the first next-gen shooter that combines pure adrenaline, wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare to set the new bar for online multiplayer gameplay. Stop by, as we’ll be featuring 24 stations for you to get hands on time with what GameSpot called “A Leap Forward for Shooters”.

Project Spark – The ultimate creation game that lets anyone build unique and instantly playable levels, experiences, and worlds, Project Spark will showcase exciting new content on Xbox One and Windows 8.1 at PAX East. In addition to Team Dakota, the development team behind Project Spark, providing hands-on and guided demos of the game, several of Project Spark’s superstar community members will showcase their own games and levels created within the game. Consumers who come by the booth and try the game for themselves can receive an exclusive “Pinny Arcade” pin (limited quantity).

pin_spark

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare will be showcasing the Garden Ops mode, which pits four Plant team members against waves and waves of zombies and bosses who are out to destroy your garden, featuring content from the Garden Variety Pack update including a new map, a slew of additional character upgrades, and a host of fresh Pirate Zombies for players to face in the Sharkbite Shores map. Boss Mode allows players to employ SmartGlass to support their teams with a top-down view of the battlefield, employing enemy intel, health drops, revive stations and explosive artillery strikes. Players will also have a chance to receive The Super Duper Pack and Craaazy Pack giving players a mix of customization and consumable items, and are guaranteed to include at least one Uncommon item, one Rare item, and a high likelihood of a Rare character piece.

ID@Xbox – Recently highlighted at GDC, ID@Xbox is how independent game developers participate in the momentum of Xbox One. We’re showing off two of the titles – Super Time Force and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut in the Xbox Live area of the booth.

Twitch – With Twitch on Xbox One, you can broadcast and watch your favorite games live. Just say “Xbox, Broadcast” to show the world what you’re playing. Once you’re done broadcasting, use Twitch to watch the games you love, chat with the players you follow, or even join a broadcaster’s game.

Also playable: Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome & Killer Instinct

Other Recommended Fun

State of Decay – Booth #1039

For the first time, come play “Lifeline”, the new DLC for State of Decay, at the Undead Labs booth (#1039) during PAX! State of Decay is the hit zombie survival game which fans have turned into a multi-million unit franchise. Available on both Xbox 360 and Steam*, Lifeline will put you into the boots of Greyhound One — a military unit sent to ground-zero of the zombie apocalypse to rescue a group of scientists who might be the key to fighting the plague. *State of Decay game required, sold separately.

Powerstar Golf- Booth #836

Powerstar Golf will reveal a brand new course for the first time at PAX East! Play the course at Ubisoft’s Booth (#836), where Powerstar Golf will be one of the titles featured in Ubisoft’s “The Next Level” Tournament. Also, make sure to watch the trailer playing throughout the weekend in the booth.

Killer Instinct: MLG-hosted tournament — Booth #862

Fighting game enthusiasts at PAX East 2014 will have a chance to flex their competitive muscles playing Killer Instinct on Xbox One for the chance to win a variety of great prizes at the Turtle Beach booth (#862). Gamers in attendance can register for one of the 32 open slots available for each of the 3 days. All gameplay will happen on the Xbox One, using Killer Instinct FightSticks and customized Turtle Beach XO SEVEN headsets. All participants will also receive an exclusive Killer Instinct FightStick pin!

Twitch – Booth #936

Make sure you swing by the Twitch booth (#936) to catch Capcom Pro Tour action throughout the weekend. Twitch will also be giving away awesome swag bags to the first 250 people who come check out how easy it is to stream on next generation consoles including Xbox One. Can’t make it? Watch it all from the Twitch app on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

Age of Mythology Extended – Booth#492

The Battle for Heaven and Earth Begins again!  After the successful release of Age of Empires II :HD, Microsoft Studios is now bringing you Age of Mythology Extended an updated combination of the award-winning Age of Mythology and the Titan expansion.  Stop by the Age of Empires booth (#492) where you will be able to demo Age of Mythology: EX before it’s release or have your picture taken in the OneDrive photo stand and earn their your own Anubis Pinny Arcade pin and AOM:EX kraken bandana (while supplies last).

Age of Mythology Extended

Update:

Saturday at 11am in the Que Room: Your chance to have a poster signed by a Titanfall Respawn developer
Saturday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer
Sunday at 2pm at the Xbox Booth: Your chance to play alongside a Titanfall Respawn developer

March 31st 2014 at 10:04 am | Events, Industry, PAX, Xbox One | 26 comments

March 31st 2014, 8:27 am PT

Phil Spencer to lead Xbox

Today it has been announced that Phil Spencer has been named the Head of Xbox.  He will be leading the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios.
I’ve known Phil for a long time, and I am 
incredibly excited by this news and what it means for Xbox. I’ll get him on the Podcast this week to discuss his thoughts.  Join me in congratulating Phil on his new role

Official Announcement On Xbox Wire

March 31st 2014 at 8:27 am | Industry, Xbox One | 40 comments

March 25th 2014, 10:18 am PT

Project Spark + Linkin Park

Last week, our friends at Team Dakota opened up the free Project Spark beta to all Xbox One owners. This week, the team is excited to share a collaboration with Linkin Park; the band’s new video “Guilty all the Same” is being released today as a fully remixable gameplay experience in Project Spark. Take a look at the video:

Now that you’ve seen what Linkin Park and Team Dakota have created, you can utilize Project Spark’s audio remix station to make a new music video, music game, or whatever else you’d like.

Learn more about Project Spark at www.projectspark.com or search for “Project Spark” in the Xbox Games Store.

March 25th 2014 at 10:18 am | Project Spark, Xbox One | 14 comments

March 25th 2014, 9:17 am PT

New Entertainment Apps for Xbox One & Xbox 360

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.

For more on these apps click on over to Xbox Wire.

March 25th 2014 at 9:17 am | Video, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 35 comments

March 25th 2014, 7:15 am PT

This Week’s Xbox Live Store Deals

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. 

Discounts are valid now through 31 March 2014 *unless otherwise indicated.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition* Xbox One game 20%
Thief* Xbox One game 50%
Tomb Raider* Xbox One game 50%

*Discounts on these games are valid from 28 March 2014 through 30 March 2014.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
BioShock Infinite Games on Demand 67%
BioShock Infinite – Burial at Sea Episode 1 Add-On 50%
BioShock Infinite – Clash in the Clouds Add-On 50%
BioShock Infinite - Columbia’s Finest Pack Add-On 50%
BioShock Games on Demand 75%
BioShock 2 Games on Demand 75%
The Walking Dead Survival Instinct Games on Demand 75%
NBA 2K14 Games on Demand 50%
Thief* Games on Demand 50%
Tomb Raider* Games on Demand 50%
Call of Duty: Ghosts* Games on Demand 33%

*Discounts on these games are valid from 28 March 2014 through 30 March 2014.

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals of the Week are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

March 25th 2014 at 7:15 am | Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox One | 416 comments

March 20th 2014, 6:59 pm PT

VIDEO: 25 ID@Xbox Games Showcased at GDC

This week at GDC, independent developers from around the world showcased 25 games coming to Xbox One through ID@Xbox to media and Xbox fans. Take a look:

You’ll start seeing ID@Xbox games hit the Xbox Games Store in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back for details on availability. Head on over to Xbox Wire for more on these and other games from ID@Xbox developers in the coming days and beyond.

March 20th 2014 at 6:59 pm | ID@Xbox, Xbox One | 54 comments

March 18th 2014, 4:12 pm PT

ID@Xbox at GDC

GDC is in full swing here in San Francisco, making this a perfect time to update you on the ID@Xbox program.

Today, we’re showing 25 games coming to Xbox One through ID@Xbox, developed by teams all over the world. These titles include a wide range of genres, with many of them taking advantage of Xbox One features such as local 8-player gameplay and Kinect integration. Check out the full list of titles over at Xbox Wire.

Look for ID@Xbox game titles in the Xbox Games Store in the coming weeks, but if you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can try them today!

Join us at Loft One San Francisco (530 Bryant Street, San Francisco, CA 94107) beginning at 7pm, and be the first to go hands-on with these awesome indies. No GDC badge needed. We’ll even be raffling off some new Xbox One-compatible headsets.

headsets at gdc

More details here. Hope to see you tonight, and we’ll have more info on these games closer to their respective release dates.

March 18th 2014 at 4:12 pm | Events, ID@Xbox, Xbox One | 82 comments

March 18th 2014, 9:08 am PT

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROESContent: METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES

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World-renowned Kojima Productions showcases the latest masterpiece in the METAL GEAR SOLID franchise with METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES. METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES is the first segment of the ‘Metal Gear Solid V Experience’ and prologue to the larger second segment, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN launching thereafter. MGSV: GROUND ZEROES gives gamers the opportunity to get a taste of the world-class production’s unparalleled visual presentation and gameplay before the release of the main game. It also provides an opportunity for those who have never played a Kojima Productions game, and veterans alike, to gain familiarity with the radical new game design and unparalleled style of presentation. Kojima Productions once again raises the bar with the FOX Engine offering incredible graphic fidelity and the introduction of open world game design in the Metal Gear Solid universe. This is the experience that core gamers have been waiting for. For a limited time, purchase of this game grants the user access to “Mother Base Staff” content in the forthcoming METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES is also available for Xbox 360.
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region.

 

March 18th 2014 at 9:08 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 138 comments

March 18th 2014, 8:00 am PT

Project Spark Goes to Open Beta on Xbox One

Our friends at Team Dakota have just announced that Project Spark is now in open beta on Xbox One. That means Xbox One owners can join the existing community of Project Spark players and creators without needing a beta code.

To get started, just search for “Project Spark” in the Xbox One store and install the game. Once the installation is complete, launch the game and start creating!

I’ll be joining Team Dakota’s live developer Twitch stream today at Noon PST. Join in on the fun by searching for “Project Spark” on the Xbox One Twitch App, or by clicking here. EDIT: Or just watch right here:

Watch live video from Project_Spark on www.twitch.tv

Note: In some cases, users that were already in the beta key queue may need to click the “Request Beta Key” button, then exit and relaunch the game to get in for the first time.

 

 

March 18th 2014 at 8:00 am | Gaming, Xbox One | 20 comments

March 18th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Xbox One Coming to 26 new markets in September

We’ll have much more to share at a local level towards the end of April, so stay tuned. In the meantime, the confirmed additional launch markets for September include:

• Argentina
• Belgium
• Chile
• Colombia
• Czech Republic
• Denmark
• Finland
• Greece
• Hungary
• India
• Israel
• Japan
• Korea
• Netherlands
• Norway
• Poland
• Portugal
• Russia
• Saudi Arabia
• Singapore
• Slovakia
• South Africa
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• Turkey
• UAE

Via Xbox Wire

March 18th 2014 at 6:00 am | Xbox One | 111 comments

March 18th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Xbox One’s Next Wave of Features

We announced last month that we’ve invited select Xbox Live members to preview system updates early. Today we’re excited to share the next wave of Xbox One features that we will begin to roll out. These features will become available to members getting the early previews in the coming days and weeks and will be available to the full Xbox Live community in April:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
  • Blu-ray 50 Hz video output support for content recorded at 50 Hz will resolve video playback issues some Xbox Live members in Europe are experiencing.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Updates to Xbox One device management to address issues controlling TVs, set top boxes, and receivers that our customers have reported.
  • New audio settings to tune how much volume is lowered when Kinect is used in communications.

We’re also extending invitations to more Xbox Live members in our current Xbox One markets. New invitees will be sent an Xbox Live message to register, so keep an eye out.

We value all of the feedback we are getting from you. We know external hard drive storage is still a big one and we’ve promised before it’s on our list – I assure you that it still is. We’ll continue regular updates to Xbox One.

Thanks for your support.

 Cross posted on Xbox Wire

March 18th 2014 at 6:00 am | System Update, Xbox One | 158 comments

March 17th 2014, 9:00 am PT

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare: Garden Variety Pack Preview

Our friends at Popcap have some great news for those of you enjoying battling through the gardens and graveyards of Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare – the Garden Variety pack add-on will sprout tomorrow! There’s a lot of new content jammed into this pack, including the new Gnome Bomb game mode, new Chomp Town map, dozens of new abilities and new character customization items. Best of all, the price is definitely right.

Here’s a deeper look at the Garden Variety Pack:

The Garden Variety Pack add-on for Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare will be available for FREE tomorrow, March 18th, only on Xbox Live.

 

March 17th 2014 at 9:00 am | Game Add-on, Xbox One | 40 comments

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