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March 11th 2014, 12:28 am PT

Titanfall Now Available on Xbox One

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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. Delivering blistering fast, fluid combat that gives you the freedom to fight your way as elite, assault pilots or agile, heavily armored titans. Rethink fundamental combat and movement with new abilities to change tactics on the fly, attacking or escaping depending on the situation. Heart-pounding multiplayer action combined with dramatic, cinematic moments lets you enjoy the fiction and characters of the universe without having to leave your favorite game online multiplayer mode. Online multiplayer matches featuring both human/AI allies and enemies create an experience like none other.

 
 
 

March 11th 2014 at 12:28 am | Titanfall, Xbox One | 236 comments

March 10th 2014, 11:09 am PT

Watch the Titanfall Launch Live

The line is already forming, the stage is nearly set, and Titanfall launches… TONIGHT.

While you’re waiting for midnight in your neck of the woods, why not join us live from SXSW in Austin? Both in-person or on Twitch, we’ll be celebrating Titanfall’s release from 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Watch right… here:

Watch live video from xbox on www.twitch.tv

Here’s what to look for tonight: developer walkthroughs of new Titanfall maps, answering fan questions, and unveiling an amazing new collaboration in the Titanfall universe. We’ll also be holding Twitter contests throughout the stream, we’ll announce how to enter during the broadcast.

I’ll be hoisting the even along with GameTrailers TV and Spike TV host Geoff Keighley, and Twitch’s Jon Carnage. Special guests include Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella, Abbie Heppe, and Joel Emslie, Yusuf Mehdi, the legendary team from Rooster Teeth Productions and Xbox Live Gamerscore and achievement leader Stallion83,

Whether in-person or streamed on Twitch, we look forward to celebrating with you tonight!

March 10th 2014 at 11:09 am | Events, Titanfall, Xbox One | 69 comments

March 7th 2014, 6:00 am PT

A walkthrough of Twitch Broadcast on Xbox One

Above is a quick video showing you some of the features of the Twitch broadcasting app for Xbox One and how it is integrated into the system. I’ve been using the app all week to broadcast gameplay, so if you want to see what the quality of the audio and video is, then watch out some of my past broadcasts on my Twitch channel.

Twitch Broadcasting will be available for all Xbox One owners next week. To ensure you can get started right away, here are a few steps you can take now to be sure you are ready to go on the air:

How to Prepare for Twitch Broadcasting

From your computer:

  • Go online to www.twitch.tv and sign up for a Twitch account.
  • In Settings, go to Channel & Videos and select Archive Broadcasts.

On your console:

  • Sign into your Xbox One console and download the Twitch app.
  • You can customize your picture-in-picture to broadcast both your gameplay and yourself through Kinect.
  • In your Profile, make sure your presence is set to “online”
  • In the Settings app under “Privacy and Online Safety,” make sure the option to “See if you’re online” is set to “Everyone” and “Broadcast gameplay” is set to “Allow.”
  • Also in the Settings app under“ Privacy and Online Safety,” make sure the option to “Share content made using Kinect” is set to “Allow.”
  • In the Settings app under “Preference,” check “Allow broadcasts and Game DVR Uploads”
  • In the Settings app under “Kinect,” check “Kinect on” and to include Kinect audio in your broadcast check “Use Kinect microphone for chat.”

Via Xbox Wire

March 7th 2014 at 6:00 am | Xbox One | 106 comments

March 6th 2014, 10:34 am PT

Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation Lands on Xbox April 3

Devastation, the second DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts,  debuts April 3, first on Xbox. This pack features four unique multiplayer maps, an all-new tactical 2-in-1 weapon, and Episode 2: Mayday – the next installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative.

Here’s a bit more intel we’ve received on these maps:

  • RUINS: A mountaintop Mayan ruin overrun by the jungle, Ruins’ skyline is dominated by an ominous volcano on the brink of eruption. The central temple provides a key overwatch position, and adds verticality to the subterranean sections beneath the temple’s foundations. These underground sections, cliffside trails and stairwells create a myriad of pathways and flanking routes so players will never be far from the frantic action.
  • BEHEMOTH: Situated on a massive bucket-wheel excavator (BWE), one of the largest vehicles ever created, Behemoth is a narrow, multi-level map. Long sight lines open Behemoth up to longer-range weapons, while BWE’s core walkways offer tight interior control rooms, ideal for those who prefer close-quarters combat. The map’s multiple levels gives players flanking opportunities so there will rarely be an opportunity to focus solely on your cross-hairs.
  • COLLISION: Having collided with a New York bridge, the resulting wreckage of this cargo ship provides the setting for Collision. With the mangled remains of the bridge, burnt out vehicles, and shipping containers strewn across the deck, this map provides the ideal theatre for tight, close-quarters combat.
  • UNEARTHED: Inspired by Dome, the fan-favorite map from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Unearthed drops players at the heart of an alien dig site. Unearthed lies amidst the shadows of mysterious ancient statues, and at its heart is an ancient meteorite – the focus of the excavation.

Moving on to Devastation’s new weapon, The Ripper: This unique weapon provides players with two different configurations: medium to short-range capability as a Sub Machine-Gun (SMG), and medium to long-range as an Assault Rifle (AR), giving maximum flexibility to adjust to a variety of map types and tactics.

And finally, the Extinction experience continues with Episode 2: Mayday. In the aftermath of Episode 1: Nightfall, the Quick Reaction Force team is sent in to investigate a high-tech ghost ship adrift in the South Pacific. In Episode 2: Mayday your team will need new weapons and new tactics to deal with the insidious wall-crawling “Seeder,” and the skyscraper-sized monstrosity known as the “Kraken.” To survive, players must explore the ship’s cavernous environment, scavenge supplies and construct improvised weapons and traps from blueprints found onboard.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Devastation, available April 3rd, first on Xbox.

March 6th 2014 at 10:34 am | COD, Game Add-on, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 68 comments

March 6th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Coming soon – purchase Xbox One in the U.S. and get Forza Motorsport 5

Forza

Starting at select retailers next week in the U.S., a digital copy of Forza Motorsport 5 will be included with purchases of Xbox One for the retail price of $499.99 for a limited time. Hailed by critics and consumers alike as the best-looking and most realistic racing game of this, or any other generation, Forza Motorsport 5 has been embraced by Xbox One fans worldwide, becoming the best-selling racing game by console attach over the past decade.

In our quest to delight fans, we wanted to give even more people the chance to experience their ultimate car fantasy.
Check with your local retailer for details.

 

March 6th 2014 at 6:00 am | Xbox One | 376 comments

March 4th 2014, 6:00 pm PT

Xbox One March System Update Rolling Out Today

The March system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today, addressing some of the biggest feedback you’ve shared with us.

This significant update includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other. This update means next week you’ll be able to enjoy Titanfall on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own, while live broadcasting your games on Twitch (when the updated Twitch app arrives next week.)

Take a look at some of these new features in action:

How do you get the new update? For the vast majority of Xbox One owners who use “Instant On” (the low power state that allows you to instantly power up your console by saying “Xbox On”), the console automatically checks for updates when customers turn it off. This means that once we’ve made the March update available (late tonight, Pacific Time), the next time you turn your console off it will take the update during off-peak hours in your local time. Ultimately, you’ll see it sometime in the next day or two.

For more information on this system update, click over to Xbox Wire. Here is a longer list of the features you’ll see in this update:

Improved Multiplayer & Party chat

  • Cross title party chat
  • Party chat on by default
  • Easier multiplayer invites
  • Easier multiplayer joining
  • Ability to see what the people in your party are doing

Improved Friends List + Profile

  • Improved friends list utility & speed of access
  • Ability to see people you recently played games with
  • See when friends are broadcasting, including live broadcast thumbnails in activity feed
  • Get to a friend’s profile faster using type-ahead suggestions
  • Contextual app menu actions on friends list and activity feed items
  • Enabled more multiplayer (join and invite) actions on user profiles
  • 54 new contest-winning gamerpics

Twitch TV live streaming support

  • Broadcast gameplay on Twitch.TV through Xbox LIVE (When the updated Twitch app ships next week.)
  • Voice support for starting and ending broadcast

Bringing out social in home

  • See favorite friends currently online
  • See friends broadcasting gameplay

Miscellaneous shell improvements

  • View Game Clips while in snap mode
  • Protect user settings with passkey

Browser improvements

  • Control Bing and Google maps with gesture and controller
  • Quick search when highlighting a term on a page
  • When searching from Bing search on the console, direct link to Internet Explorer in order to see additional web results.

New Devices – Driver and Firmware updates

  • Firmware update to the Xbox One controller to support the Xbox One stereo headset adapter
  • Support for 1st and 3rd party headsets
  • Driver updates for the Xbox One Media Remote

SmartGlass Improvements

  • Push notification to your device for Xbox Live messages
  • Quickly see what a friend is doing including presence and recent
  • Enhanced viewing of personal and a friend’s game progress and clips
  • Ability to close snap from SmartGlass

Live TV

  • 50Hz fix – users can set the Live TV app to display at 50Hz for full or fill modes
  • Volume up/down adjustments – user can tailor the number of volume increments when using “volume up” or “volume down” commands
  • IR blasting of power & volume to TVs/AVRs in all regions
  • AVR setup maps to include model number for most sound bars or AVRs when setting up TV

Improved  Audio output support

  • SPDIF (optical out) now supports 5.1 Dolby Digital – enabling devices such as sound bars with only Optical In to be able to receive 5.1 Dolby Digital from console over optical
  • HDMI output now supports stereo uncompressed, 5.1 uncompressed, 7.1 uncompressed or 5.1 Dolby Digital live or 5.1 DTS 

Edit: Updated the list

March 4th 2014 at 6:00 pm | System Update, Xbox One | 404 comments

March 4th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Project Spark Beta Comes to Xbox One Today

Beginning today, Team Dakota has expanded the Project Spark Beta Program onto Xbox One. That means Xbox One owners can join the existing community of designers to create and share new worlds or jump into other community creations to to play or remix their creations. Take a look:

With the beta coming to the console for the first time, we posed a few questions to the Project Spark team:

What does the Xbox One version of the Project Spark beta bring to the program?

The Xbox One version of Project Spark adds Performance Capture support with Kinect. Record your own animations and voice Make your custom moves, record voice over and customize your creations before you share them with the community across Xbox One and Windows 8. The Xbox One version also allows players to play their creations on their big screen at home. You can easily save your creation to the cloud and seamlessly play or create on either Windows 8 or Xbox One. Additionally, Project Spark automatically translates standard controls from Windows 8 mouse and keyboard to Xbox One controller and vice versa.

What’s a good starting point for new Project Spark creators?

Users can dive right into what the community has made, use Crossroads which lets them play as they create their own adventure, or play the interactive tutorials and learn how to make an adventure from scratch while building one.

What are some of the best creations you’ve seen in the beta so far?

The community has blown us away with their creations in the few months that Project Spark has been in Windows 8 beta. Some of our favorites are a wall jumper titles ‘Blaze Jumper,’ a visually stunning artistic showcase titled ‘Colour,’ and ‘Pinball Raid!’

How do folks sign up for the Project Spark beta?

It is simple! Go to www.projectspark.com and enter your email. You will be notified when your beta admittance is ready and you can install Project Spark and begin to create and play!

March 4th 2014 at 6:00 am | Xbox One | 43 comments

March 4th 2014, 3:20 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 10 March 2014.

Xbox One

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Ghosts Xbox One game 33%
Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition Xbox One game 10%

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Ghosts Games on Demand 33%
Assassin’s Creed IV Games on Demand 33%
I Am Alive Arcade 75%
Call of Juarez Gunslinger Arcade 75%
Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game Arcade 75%
Galaga Legions DX Arcade 67%
Bang Bang Racing Arcade 67%
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate Arcade 50%

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 4th 2014 at 3:20 am | Arcade, Deal, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox One | 215 comments

March 3rd 2014, 3:32 pm PT

Join us tonight for our first ever Xbox One Twitch Broadcast


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Today at 11p ET/8p PT I’ll be testing out the new “Xbox Broadcast” function via the Twitch app that will be will be available for all Xbox One owners next week.  You can watch the stream above, or over at my Twitch channel where you can hop in the chat. I’ll be answering questions about how broadcasting works on Xbox One as we play PvZ: Garden Warfare.

Update: Thanks to everyone that dropped by the stream and chat. The archive stream  is now embedded above.

 

March 3rd 2014 at 3:32 pm | Xbox One | 8 comments

February 27th 2014, 7:04 am PT

ID@Xbox Developers Update

In December, Director of ID@Xbox Chris Charla shared a first look at the developers who had already joined Xbox’s independent developers program. Today, he announced dozens more indies who are hard at work developing games for Xbox One. There are now more than 200 developers creating games using dev kits provided by ID@Xbox.

The first ID@Xbox games are in certification now, so stay tuned for more news on when you’ll get to start enjoying these titles.

For the entire list of participating developers (all 65 of them!), click over to Xbox Wire.

February 27th 2014 at 7:04 am | ID@Xbox, Xbox One | 43 comments

February 25th 2014, 10:20 am PT

Join me in Connecticut to open the new Microsoft Store

Join me this Saturday March 1st at 11am at Westfarms Mall for the Grand Opening of the newest Microsoft Store.  Then later that day I’ll be back for the very first official Connecticut Xbox Community Event from 6:30pm – 8:30pm where we will have hands on time with “Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare” as well as a special Q&A with Titanfall Community Manager Abbie Heppe - PLUS I’ll be giving away an Xbox One Console to one lucky attendee…it could be you.

As someone who grew up in Central Connecticut I am really excited to come ‘home’ and I look forward to meeting you! See you Saturday.

If you use Facebook, here is event page where you can add it to your calendar 

February 25th 2014 at 10:20 am | Events, Xbox One | 16 comments

February 25th 2014, 8:00 am PT

A look at Party and Friends in the Xbox One March Update

In this video, Richard Irving from the Xbox One engineering team walks us through some of the improvements we’ve made to the Xbox One party system, friends list and more.

Cross posted on Xbox Wire

February 25th 2014 at 8:00 am | Xbox One | 139 comments

February 25th 2014, 7:26 am PT

Thief is now available on Xbox One

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Garrett, the Master Thief, steps from the shadows into the City, a treacherous place ruled by a tyrannical Baron and his brutal Watch. When the citizens rise in bloody revolution, Garrett’s thieving skills are all he can trust as he walks a fine line between politics and the people, revealing a darker secret that threatens to tear his world apart.

 

 

 

 

 

February 25th 2014 at 7:26 am | Xbox One | 93 comments

February 25th 2014, 6:24 am PT

Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

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The ultimate battle for brainz! Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare digs into the trenches with an explosive new action experience. Blast zombies, plants and new characters across a mine-blowing world that delivers the depth of a traditional online shooter blended with the refreshing humor of Plant vs. Zombies. Take on Co-op and Multiplayer action with your friends and sow the seeds of victory!

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is also available for Xbox 360.
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region.

 

 

 

 

More on PvZ: Garden Warfare from my hands on time with it last week:

February 25th 2014 at 6:24 am | Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox One | 72 comments

February 25th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Twitch Broadcasting Streams from Xbox One March 11th

“Xbox, Broadcast.”

Beginning March 11th, those two words will allow Xbox One owners to share their gaming experiences with the world via Twitch.tv.  On that date, the new Xbox One Twitch app will enable broadcasting, complete with console-exclusive features.

Kinect allows you to easily include your picture-in-picture video feed and audio commentary along with the game broadcast, and when you’re done, you’ll have the option to archive your Twitch broadcasts into your personal broadcast library.

If you’re more comfortable watching streams than broadcasting them, Xbox One’s Twitch app will allow you to set up notifications for when one of your Favorites begins broadcasting, and you’ll have the opportunity to join a broadcaster’s party. Note that Twitch’s Xbox One app allows you to view streams regardless of their original source.

March 11th is only two weeks away, so now’s a great time to sign up for a Twitch account, or to download the Twitch viewing app from the Xbox Store, if you haven’t already.

Now if only there was a new, big game coming out in March for you to stream…

 

February 25th 2014 at 6:00 am | Xbox One | 35 comments

February 24th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Stand By for the Titanfall Xbox One Special Edition Bundle

Today, we’re revealing a special offer to celebrate the launch of one of the most anticipated games of the new console generation, the Xbox One Titanfall Special Edition Bundle.

This bundle includes:

  • Standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor
  • Standard Xbox One wireless controller
  • Standard Xbox One Chat Headset
  • Download code for a digital copy of “Titanfall”
  • One month Xbox Live Gold membership

The Xbox One Titanfall Special Edition Bundle will become available for at retail alongside the release of the Titanfall starting on March 11. Retail price is $499. It will be available in limited quantities in all markets where Xbox One is available.

 

For more about this special offer, including pre-order details, click here.

 Update: The Bundle is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com and the Microsoft Store

February 24th 2014 at 6:00 am | Titanfall, Xbox One | 458 comments

February 20th 2014, 2:27 pm PT

Let’s take a look at “Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare”

Coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 next week:

February 20th 2014 at 2:27 pm | Xbox 360, Xbox One | 39 comments

February 20th 2014, 9:00 am PT

Invitation to Preview the Next Xbox One Update

The team is working hard to deliver some exciting updates in March that will make Xbox One even better. But in order to ensure our customers have the best experience on Xbox One and Xbox Live, we need the help of our passionate community.

Beginning today, Xbox is inviting select Xbox Live members to preview new features coming to Xbox One in a March system update and future system updates as they become available, asking them to provide valuable feedback before the updates are implemented worldwide. Selected participants will receive a message over Xbox Live with a code to register. The next system update will begin rolling out next week to those who will preview the new features. Once registered, participants will be able to test the early features included in the update and provide feedback on a private forum and can opt out of future waves.

Like Marc Whitten announced last week, the updates coming in March will significantly improve the multiplayer and party experiences on Xbox One. We’re counting on our fans to share their input as we’re putting the final touches on the new features that we plan to deliver in early March.

Thanks for helping make Xbox One even better. We look forward to hearing your feedback on the system updates whether you are participating in the preview or not. We love to hear from you.

Cross Posted on Xbox Wire

February 20th 2014 at 9:00 am | Xbox One | 341 comments

February 20th 2014, 6:00 am PT

The Xbox One Media Remote

Releasing across Xbox One markets worldwide in early March, the Xbox One Media Remote lets you control video playback for Blu-ray movies and streaming video on Xbox One.  Additionally, there are dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons. The OneGuide button provides one-touch, quick access to your favorite TV shows and movies through the Xbox program guide. This remote is designed to help you listen, watch and switch among experiences instantly – allowing you to rule your entertainment.The Media Remote can also control TV/Receiver power and volume through Kinect, which uses IR blasting to send signals to your TV and/or receiver.
The Xbox One Media Remote will retail for $24.99 ERP in the US and available in stores around the world.

February 20th 2014 at 6:00 am | Xbox One | 119 comments

February 19th 2014, 8:24 am PT

Xbox One and Xbox 360 Arcade: Strider

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Strider returns in a brand new adventure, complete with incredible side-scrolling action, and lightning fast combat all in a massive interconnected world! Download the full game now and become the original assassin!

We asked Capcom what Xbox One allowed them to do to bring Strider into the next generation of gaming, and they rattled off a list of visual enhancements: Native 1080P Resolution, solid 60FPS frame rate, SSAO (Screen Space Ambient Occlusion), higher-detailed character models, improved shadow map filtering, GPU calculated particles, and advanced lighting.

 

February 19th 2014 at 8:24 am | Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox One | 79 comments

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