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January 23rd 2015, 4:00 pm PT

Pre-Release Dying Light Twitch Stream

Dying Light

Join Jeff Rubenstein and me as we preview Dying Light, the upcoming first-person, action survival game set in a vast open world with some interesting new features like enemies that get more challenging at night and a multiplayer mode that allows a human-controlled, extremely powerful enemy to join this nighttime invasion.

The stream is scheduled for Monday, January 26th at 2p ET/11a PT  and will be streamed live here. Watch the stream for a chance to win a code that will unlock the game when it is officially released.

Dying Light is available for pre-order and set to release on January 27th. Two versions of the game will be available – Dying Light and Dying Light Ultimate Edition.

 

 

 

 

NOTE: I’ve seen some comments about delays with the physical version of the game in some regions and The Dying Light Team has responded on their official Facebook page. I’ve included that thread here if you’re interested.

January 23rd 2015 at 4:00 pm | Marketplace, Streaming, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 48 comments

January 23rd 2015, 1:03 pm PT

Riptide GP2 now available for Xbox One

Riptide GP2Content: Riptide GP2
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Game Description: Rev up your rocket-powered hydro jet and put your racing skills to the test as you rip across a dynamic, ever-changing torrent of waves in Riptide GP2. Race through futuristic cityscapes, twisting canals and rivers, open harbors and mysterious research facilities. Trade elbows with friends in up to 6-player split-screen matches right in your home! Compete in over 60 challenging Race, Hot Lap, Elimination, and Freestyle events.

January 23rd 2015 at 1:03 pm | Marketplace, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 38 comments

January 23rd 2015, 8:56 am PT

Xbox App Available in the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview

Following up from the Windows 10 announcement earlier this week and the impacts it will have on the future of gaming, I posted an article over at Xbox Wire discussing the initial preview of the Xbox App available in the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.



We want our fans to help shape the Xbox on Windows experience and plan to ship regular Xbox app releases that deliver new functionality by making changes based on your feedback. There is a lot more work for the team to do, but here are some of the features that you can check out with the initial preview release in the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview:

Your Profile – provides you quick access to your Xbox profile and recent activity and achievements. With the initial preview build, you can see your Gamerscore, recent Activity, Achievements, Following lists and Game Clips.

Home – the Xbox app home page will provide you quick access to your Recently Played games, your friends and their online status and an Activity Feed of recent events, game clips, etc.

Friends – you can see your friends across devices and search and find new friends. Additionally, you can go the profile page for your friends and followers and view their recent activity, achievements, friends, games they follow and game clips.

Activity Feed – you can view your activity feed and post text, like and comment on your friends’ recent achievements and Game clips. In this version of preview build, the sharing functionality is not yet enabled.

Settings – Within settings, you can see the current Version number of the Xbox on Windows app, and choose to Sign out from the app. Additionally, you can turn on/off the following items:

Messages – Users can view messages from other users and system messages / notifications.

For more information about each of these items, read the Xbox on Windows Feature Summary for the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview at Xbox Wire. Stay tuned for more updates from the Xbox team on the features coming to Windows 10 in the coming months.

To learn more about the Windows 10 Technical Preview and how to obtain updates when they are released, check out the Windows Insider Program.

Your support and feedback has made the Xbox One better and I look forward to continuing this relationship in the future with gaming on Windows 10.

January 23rd 2015 at 8:56 am | Industry, Technology, Xbox One, Xbox.com | 4 comments

January 21st 2015, 6:37 pm PT

Xbox on Windows 10 Presentation


Here is the presentation that Phil Spencer did today during today’s Windows 10 event showing Xbox on Windows 10.

January 21st 2015 at 6:37 pm | Windows, Xbox One, Xbox.com | 95 comments

January 20th 2015, 2:55 pm PT

Join us for a G+ Hangout this week

Instead of recording a podcast this week, join @thevowel, @jeffrubenstein, @lauralollipop and me this Thursday night, January 22nd at 9p ET/6p PT as we get together and talk about news from this week’s Windows 10 event including our thoughts on the Xbox app and HoloLens.

Find all of the details at my Google+ page  or click the video below once we’re live and watch it from here.

Click here to find out what time the Hangout starts in your time zone.

January 20th 2015 at 2:55 pm | Events, Industry, Video, Windows, Xbox One | 45 comments

January 20th 2015, 2:45 pm PT

This Week’s Deals for Xbox Live Members

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 26 January 2015.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition Xbox One Game 40%
Sunset Overdrive Xbox One Game 40%
Sunset Overdrive Deluxe Xbox One Game 40%
Chariot Xbox One Game 50%
Crew Platinum Pack* Consumable 20%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

*These deals are available for Xbox Live Gold and Silver members.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Skyrim Games On Demand 50%
Farming Simulator Games On Demand 50%
Adventure Time: Secret (2014) Games On Demand 50%
Pool Nation Arcade 50%
0 Day Attack on Earth* Arcade 50%
Crystal Defenders* Arcade 50%
Final Fantasy XIII 2* Games On Demand 50%
Gyromancer* Arcade 50%
Moon Diver* Arcade 50%
Space Invaders Infinity Gene* Arcade 50%
Yosumin! Live* Arcade 50%
Crew Platinum Pack* Consumable 20%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

*These deals are available for Xbox Live Gold and Silver members.

January 20th 2015 at 2:45 pm | Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 33 comments

January 20th 2015, 2:30 pm PT

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat out of Hell Bundle now Available on Xbox

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat out of HellContent: Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat out of Hell Bundle
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Game Description: The Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat out of Hell Bundle includes the following content:

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – Includes the base game, both DLC mission packs, plus 25+ DLC weapons, 15 new vehicles, 60+ wardrobe items, 15 new homies & 6 new superpower elements.

Saints Row: Gat out of Hell – For the first time ever, play as the fan favorites Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington, alone or in 2-player online co-op. Features an open world from hell, new supernatural powers, outrageous weapons and more.

Purchase Saints Row IV: Re-Elected & Gat out of Hell Bundle for the Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Saints Row: Gat out of Hell (standalone expansion) for the Xbox 360 from the Xbox Games Store

January 20th 2015 at 2:30 pm | Marketplace, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 15 comments

January 20th 2015, 1:12 pm PT

Assassin’s Creed Unity – Secrets of the Revolution DLC now available for Xbox One

WARRIORS OROCHI 3 UltimateContent: Assassin’s Creed Unity – Secrets of the Revolution DLC
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Game Description: Assassin’s Creed Unity is an action/adventure game set in the city of Paris during one of its darkest hours, the French Revolution. In the recently released Secrets of the Revolution Gameplay Pack featuring 3 missions, 9 weapons and 5 pieces of gear, you will discover the secrets of the French Revolution.

January 20th 2015 at 1:12 pm | Assassin's Creed, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 37 comments

January 20th 2015, 11:10 am PT

Resident Evil is now Available on Xbox

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Game Description: In 1998 a special forces team is sent to investigate some bizarre murders on the outskirts of Raccoon City. Upon arriving they are attacked by a pack of blood-thirsty dogs and are forced to take cover in a nearby mansion. But the scent of death hangs heavy in the air. Supplies are scarce as they struggle to stay alive. The game that defined the survival-horror genre is back! Check out the remastered HD version of Resident Evil.

Purchase Resident Evil for the Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Purchase Resident Evil for the Xbox 360 from the Xbox Games Store

January 20th 2015 at 11:10 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 27 comments

January 20th 2015, 8:00 am PT

Details for Ori and the Blind Forest, ScreamRide and State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition

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Exciting news today including release dates and pricing information on a few upcoming titles. You can find the individual stories over at the Xbox Wire or read a summary of the announcements below:

Ori and the Blind Forest is coming to the Xbox One and PC on March 11 for $19.99 USD (pricing may vary by region).

State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition launches on Xbox One and PC on April 28 in North and South America and May 1 in Europe for $29.99 USD (pricing may vary by region). Players who own the Xbox 360 version of the game will be eligible for a discount and an exclusive new character.*

ScreamRide rolls out starting on March 3 in North and South America, March 5 in Asia/Pacific and March 6 in Europe for $39.99 USD on Xbox One and $29.99 USD on Xbox 360 (pricing may vary by region).

For more information including fact sheets and new assets, visit Xbox Wire.

*To qualify for the discount, players must have purchased the Xbox 360 base game, “State of Decay,” and have the same active Xbox Live account when “State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition” becomes available for purchase on Xbox One.

January 20th 2015 at 8:00 am | Marketplace, Press Release, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 38 comments

January 15th 2015, 4:11 pm PT

Game Content Usage Rules Clarification

We’ve heard some fans are confused about our Game Content Usage Rules and specifically using game titles in connection with user generated content. Of course, we recognize our community needs to use Game titles to identify and describe their creations. The portion of the Usage Rules in question is focused on using Game titles in ways that are confusing about the source of the content or misrepresent Microsoft’s role in the creation.

We took an exciting step forward last week by updating our Game Content Usage Rules to enable Xbox fans to participate in the partner programs on YouTube and Twitch and earn revenue for ads in connection with their videos. A major goal of this update was to bring the policy in line with current community usage. The policy has always been about enabling creators to use our game content, and we recognize it only works if their content can be found. The key here is for people to use game titles for discovery and not misrepresent Microsoft’s role in the content’s creation.

We’ve heard the feedback and will be updating the language in the policy to provide some more examples and clarification of this clause with the revised version below:

In addition, your Items may not use the name of the Microsoft Game in their title to give the impression that Microsoft is the source of the Item, or authorized or endorsed the Item. Items that make referential use of our titles are fine, for example, “Let’s Play Forza Motorsport 5” or “Tips and Strategies for Halo 5.” Using the Game title to tag your Item on social media is fine. We also don’t object to “Red vs. Blue” or “Operation Chastity”. But we may object to “Halo: Covenant Strike,” for example, if it could be confused as something Microsoft produced or licensed, or if it could be mistaken as an official part of the Game. We just want to make sure consumers don’t get confused.

Rest assured, we have not seen rampant abuse of this and we’re not actively seeking violations on YouTube and Twitch. We love that you’re passionate about our games and we want you to create great works. This is a small way for us to protect against abuse. Sorry if there was any confusion.

January 15th 2015 at 4:11 pm | Feedback, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox.com | 22 comments

January 15th 2015, 2:41 pm PT

Xbox One Closes a Record-Breaking Holiday and Looks Ahead to 2015

I want to thank all of the Xbox fans who contributed to our record-setting holiday and making 2014 such a successful year. The Xbox One deals were quite popular and have inspired a new promotion starting January 16 where fans in the U.S. can buy an Xbox One for $349 at their preferred retailer.

Some interesting statistics about 2014:

• Xbox 360 became the best-selling seventh generation console of all time in the U.S.

• In 2014, users logged nearly 8 billion hours globally in apps across Xbox 360 and Xbox One, a
50 percent increase from time spent in 2013.

• Xbox One became the best-selling console in the U.S. in November and December and weekly average sales during these months outpaced Xbox 360 by 50 percent at the same point in its lifecycle.*

• Xbox One also sold more games throughout November and December in the U.S. than any other current-generation platform.*

• From November 24 to January 3, fans spent more time playing on Xbox than they ever have before, at any point in the history of Xbox.

• In the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta alone, 18 million games have been played to date.

The Xbox Wire has a great year in review summary and what to expect in 2015, including a few upcoming console titles and the future of PC gaming on Windows 10. You can find that article here.

* According to NPD Group

January 15th 2015 at 2:41 pm | Industry, Press Release, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox.com | 110 comments

January 14th 2015, 11:42 am PT

Join us for a G+ Hangout this week

The podcast crew and I will be doing a Hangout Thursday at 9p ET/6p PT – You can watch the feed above at that time, but if you to ask questions you should head to this event page during the stream. See you Thursday night!

January 14th 2015 at 11:42 am | Video, Xbox One | 1 comment

January 14th 2015, 9:04 am PT

Evolve Open Beta Starts 15 Jan

Evolve Open Beta

The Evolve Open Beta begins Thursday, Jan 15th and is available to anyone with an Xbox Live Gold account – no code required. Get a head start by pre-loading the beta today and begin playing the moment servers come online at 9am PST.

The Open Beta will feature two playable monsters (Goliath and Kraken), eight hunters and 12 playable maps. In addition, beginning on Saturday, January 17th, beta players will get the exclusive chance to go hands-on in Evacuation mode.  Evacuation mode combines an array of maps and modes to create Evolve’s most epic multiplayer experience.

Also exclusive to Xbox One: any hunter or monster characters unlocked during the beta will carry over to the retail game when Evolve launches on February 10th, 2015. Click here for more information about the game and the open beta.

Evolve is available for pre-order and pre-download from the Xbox Store online with two versions to choose from.

 

 

The Xbox One Evolve Pre-Order Edition includes the standard game and the Monster Expansion Pack. The Monster Expansion pack includes the first new downloadable monster upon release and instantly unlocks a new class of hunters and the monster Wraith.

The Xbox One Evolve Deluxe Edition includes the standard game, plus Season Pass, and the Monster Expansion Pack.

January 14th 2015 at 9:04 am | Beta, Evolve, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 36 comments

January 13th 2015, 6:00 pm PT

Xbox One February System Update: Game hubs and TV updates now in Preview

Thanks to the Xbox community, we’re back in action early this year, kicking off 2015 with another system update preview release on Xbox One. Last year, we added hundreds of features on Xbox One — we can’t wait to share more with you this year and hear what you think on Xbox Feedback! This month, we’re bringing members of our Preview program a peek at how we hope to bring the Xbox community even closer together through an all-new feature called game hubs. Your friends, game creators, community managers, and other fans like you can now more easily meet, talk, share content, and play their favorite games. Also, we’re adding more tile transparency for custom backgrounds and a handful of updates to live TV.

Starting today, members of the Xbox One preview program will get to check out these new features first:

  • Game hubs – New in preview this month, game hubs are the go-to centers for all sorts of interesting content around your favorite games. Every Xbox One game will have a game hub where you can see which of your friends are playing the game, compete with your friends in game leaderboards, dive into the coolest game clips and game broadcasts, and follow the game’s VIPs and top players.

To get to the game hub for your favorite game, find a game in your pins, recently played list, or My games and apps, then press the Menu button and select View game hub. You can also search for any game in the Xbox Store and click on the game hub tile from the game’s store page.

  • Custom backgrounds and tile transparency – We listened to your feedback and added additional tile transparency to the Home tiles to make your background images more visible. As a reminder, to set a custom background, go to Settings > My Xbox > My background. Note: some items can’t be made transparent due to usage rights/restrictions for certain images.
  • TV updates – We’re releasing a lot of updates to the live TV experience and features are being released to additional countries in preview this month:
    • OneGuide for the Netherlands – Support for OneGuide will continue in preview for the Netherlands and the missing channels for the Netherlands OneGuide listings will become available over the next few weeks.
    • TV trending in OneGuide – As you scan the detailed OneGuide TV listings, you can see which shows are trending by a “Trending on Xbox” note and associated icon. Xbox – live TV trending is based on the number of Xbox One owners currently watching that show in each country, pulled from anonymous data collected at a national level. Currently, Xbox TV trending is available to all members in the U.S., UK and Canada.
    • Live TV trending (new countries) – France, Germany, Brazil and Mexico will begin seeing live TV trending data in Xbox OneGuide.
    • Improved control of TVs, set-top boxes and audio/video receivers – Xbox One will work even better with more devices. This month’s preview release contains updates to the IR blasting database for new models and addresses issues reported by our fan community.
    • “Trick play” with Xbox One Digital TV Tuner – Preview members with the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in supported countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) will now be able to see video frames when fast-forwarding or rewinding paused TV on your Xbox One consoles.
    • Live TV streaming on Windows Phone and Android – We are continuing the preview of live TV streaming on Windows Phone and Android devices for Xbox One Digital TV Tuner owners in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

We’re excited to start the New Year off on the right foot by continuing our commitment to making Xbox One the best place to play. Let us know what you think of this month’s preview and stay tuned for more news on Xbox One system updates.

January 13th 2015 at 6:00 pm | Preview, System Update, Xbox One | 246 comments

January 13th 2015, 12:57 pm PT

Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison is now available for the Xbox

Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh PrisonContent: Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison (DLC)
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Game Description:  Discover the most diverse Far Cry world ever created. With terrain spanning from lush forests to the snow-capped Himalayas, the entire world is alive…and deadly. Hidden in the towering Himalayas lies Kyrat, a country steeped in tradition and violence. You and a fellow captive have been rounded up and tortured in Yuma’s prison. Escape from the prison and survive the hostile lands of Pagan Min’s Kyrat.

Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison is also available for the Xbox 360 and can be purchased from the Xbox Games Store here.

January 13th 2015 at 12:57 pm | Deal, Far Cry, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 11 comments

January 13th 2015, 11:53 am PT

Assassin’s Creed Unity – Dead Kings is now available for Xbox One

Assassin's Creed Unity - Dead Kings

Content: Assassin’s Creed Unity – Dead Kings
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Game Description: Lead Arno to the ominous city of Saint Denis. Explore the troubled city’s narrow streets and its extensive underground universe – an ancient necropolis with an intricate network of catacombs and caves, final resting place of France’s illustrious kings and their secrets. Includes new weapons and equipment that are also compatible with the main game.

Dead Kings is free for everyone who owns ACU.

Download Assassin’s Creed Unity – Dead Kings from the Xbox Games Store

January 13th 2015 at 11:53 am | Assassin's Creed, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 6 comments

January 13th 2015, 11:02 am PT

This Week’s Deals for Xbox Live Members

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 19 January 2015.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Terraria* Xbox One Game 50%
The Jackbox Party Pack* Xbox One Game 33%
Never Alone* Xbox One Game 33%
WWE 2K15  Xbox One Game 25%
WWE 2K15 Digital Deluxe Edition Bundle* Xbox One Game 30%
WWE 2K15: WCW Pack Add-On 25%
NBA 2K15 VC – 200,000 VC Consumable 25%
NBA 2K15 VC – 35,000 VC Consumable 25%
NBA 2K15 VC – 5,000 VC Consumable 25%
NBA 2K15 VC – 15,000 VC Consumable 25%
NBA 2K15 VC – 75,000 VC Consumable 25%
WWE 2K15 + NBA 2K15 Starter Bundle* Xbox One Game 40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

*These deals are available for Xbox Live Gold members only.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Dead Rising* Games On Demand 75%
Remember Me* Games On Demand 75%
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix* Arcade 67%
Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix* Arcade 60%
SSX Mount Eddie Classic Characters Pack* Add-On 50%
SSX Mount Eddie Pack* Add-On 50%
SSX Classic Characters Pack* Add-On 50%
XCOM: Enemy Unknown* Games On Demand 75%
XCOM: Enemy Within* Games On Demand 75%
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel* Games On Demand 50%
Mafia II* Games On Demand 75%
The Darkness* Games On Demand 75%
WWE 2K15 Games On Demand 33%
BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea – Episode 1 Add-On 50%
BioShock Infinite Burial At Sea – Episode 2 Add-On 50%
Bioshock Infinite – Clash in the Clouds Add-On 50%
Bioshock Infinite – Columbia’s Finest Pack Add-On 50%
Borderlands 2 Games On Demand 67%
Borderlands 2 Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack Add-On 50%
Borderlands 2 Pyscho Pack Add-On 50%
Borderlands 2 Headhunter 1: Bloody Harvest Add-On 50%
Borderlands TPS: Handsome Jack Doppelganger Pack Add-On 25%
Borderlands TPS: UVHUP & Holodome Onslaught Add-On 25%
Spec Ops: The Line Games On Demand 75%
Mafia II: Jimmy’s Vendetta Pack Add-On 50%
Mafia II: Joe’s Adventure Add-On 50%
BioShock Games On Demand 75%
BioShock 2 Games On Demand 75%
BioShock 2 Minerva’s Den Add-On 75%
Duke Nukem Forever Games On Demand 75%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

*These deals are available for Xbox Live Gold members only.

January 13th 2015 at 11:02 am | Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 117 comments

January 13th 2015, 9:00 am PT

Evolve is Now Available for Digital Pre-order and Pre-download on Xbox One

Game Description: To pre-order this game please select one of the pre-order editions from the Xbox Store. XBOX ONE GAME EXPECTED TO RELEASE ON 2/10/2015. YOU MAY DOWNLOAD THE GAME FROM XBOX LIVE BEFORE THEN, BUT IT WILL NOT BE PLAYABLE UNTIL 12:01 AM EST ON THE RELEASE DATE.

Evolve is the next generation of multiplayer shooter featuring adrenaline pumping 4v1 action. A player-controlled Monster must evade a team of four unique playable Hunters who are working together and stalking to kill. Evolve and overpower as the Monster or team up and outnumber as the Hunters. It’s survival of the fittest and any side can win.

Choose your side.

Xbox One Pre-Order FAQ

There are 2 versions of Evolve available for pre-order – Evolve Pre-Order + Third Characters Set and the Evolve Digital Deluxe Pre-Order + Third Characters Set.

January 13th 2015 at 9:00 am | Deal, Marketplace, Pre-order, Xbox Games Store, Xbox One | 17 comments

January 12th 2015, 8:56 am PT

Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios to debut Ford’s all-new GT in Forza Motorsport 6

I’m here in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show for the Forza Motorsport 6 announcement and I can’t think of a better place in the world than the Motor City to reveal Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have teamed up with Ford Motor Company to bring the all-new Ford GT supercar to the world of Forza. Having seen the car in person, all I can say is fans of the series are in for a wild ride.

The Forza Motorsport 6 cover will feature the Ford GT and the game will include other Ford performance vehicles including the Shelby GT350 and F-150 Raptor. Details about the game will be released later this year.

For more information related to this announcement, please visit the Ford website or Xbox Wire. For assets related to this announcement, please visit the following link: http://news.xbox.com/media.

January 12th 2015 at 8:56 am | Events, Forza, Industry, Press Release, Xbox One | 91 comments

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