November 11th 2013, 5:45 pm PT
In honor of Veteran’s Day here in the US I was able to snag one of the super limited edition white Xbox One Consoles and will be auctioning it off to support the Wounded Warrior Project. This is the same limited edition console that will be given to Microsoft IEB employees and isn’t for sale anywhere else.
The winning bid will not only receive the extremely limited edition white Xbox One (console, Kinect and controller) but will also receive one year of Xbox Live, and a copy of each of our first party launch titles including Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Killer Instinct and Crimson Dragon.
Bidding will be open until November 18th with all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Full details on the official auction page on Ebay
November 11th 2013, 9:01 am PT
SkyDrive on Xbox One will be available when the console launches on November 22nd. Jeff Henshaw (@Dingo on Twitter) gives more details in this Channel 9 video:
More on Xbox Wire
November 9th 2013, 4:50 pm PT
Due to a retail partner’s system issue, a very small number of Xbox One consoles were shipped to consumers before the 11/22 street date. We’re pleased to see the initial response to Xbox One has been so positive, but given we are still putting the finishing touches on our games, UI and online services, as well as confidential partner and media agreements, these consoles units will be restricted from connecting to Xbox Live until closer to our launch date.
We love that @Moonlightswami is excited about Xbox One and we can’t wait for him to enjoy it closer to launch.
November 8th 2013, 6:01 am PT
Starting today, you can stop in at any of the over 75 Microsoft Stores and get your hands on Forza Motorsport 5 and of course the Xbox One controller. Plus, next week I’ll be Las Vegas Store (Thursday, November 14th) and Oklahoma City (Saturday, November 16th) if you want to join me at either one of these location.
November 6th 2013, 11:07 am PT
November 5th 2013, 6:20 pm PT
I head back on the road later this week, this time my destination is Phoenix for the Area One event which starts this Thursday November 8th and run through Sunday, November 10th. If you want to get hands on with Xbox One and some of the games before launch, this is your chance.
PLUS: We will have a limited number of Day One Edition pre-orders on-site available why the last.
The Phoenix Area One will be at Scottsdale Studios, 9445 East Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Below are the times of Area One..remember admission free and on a first come, first serve and due to the content available for play, you must be over 18 to attend.
||(2) sessions: 2pm – 6pm, 7pm – 11pm
||(3) sessions: 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm, 7pm – 12am
||(3) sessions: 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 6pm, 7pm – 12am
||(3) sessions: 10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm, 6pm – 9pm
I’ll be there on Saturday from 12n-4p if you want to say hello.
BUT: Drop by the Gamestop #3674 at The Tempe Marketplace this Friday November 8th at 4pm, I’ll be there with a limited number of VIP passes that will allow you to walk past the lines and directly into Area One.
Get to Gamestop early if you want in on this action.
November 5th 2013, 6:15 am PT
Today we have some great news for Xbox One Independent Developers. We worked with Unity and we’re pleased to announce that, when released in 2014, the Xbox One add-on for Unity will be available at no cost to all developers in the ID@Xbox program, as will special Xbox One-only Unity Pro seat licenses for Xbox One developers in the ID@Xbox program.
More details in this blog post from Chris Charla, Director of ID @ Xbox
October 29th 2013, 3:11 pm PT
In case there was any question about it.
October 29th 2013, 3:06 pm PT
Later this week, I am headed to London for the Battlefield 4: Showdown. I’ll be commanding the US troops while Graeme Boyd, my counterpart in Xbox Europe, will lead the European team. The entire event will be played on Xbox One and streamed live on Xbox Live on Friday November 1st at 6:00pm local time in London (2 pm ET/11am PT) and available on demand shortly after the event. Tune in and get a first look at the Battlefield 4 Second Assault expansion pack, which debuts during the broadcast and brings four re-imagined Battlefield 3 maps to Battlefield 4.
Hit the Battlefield blog for more details on the team members.
If you want to get started, Battlefield 4 for Xbox 360 is now available
October 28th 2013, 9:00 am PT
I wanted to let you know that you can be among the first to play “Kinect Sports Rivals” this November and discover the power of the all new Kinect, in “Kinect Sports Rivals” Preseason. Starting on Nov. 22, Xbox One’s launch day, you can download a free trial experience of “Kinect Sports Rivals’” wake racing, unlock exclusive in-game rewards and get ahead of the competition before the full game launches in spring 2014. Players can get information on upcoming challenges, rewards, and Xbox One news in the “Kinect Sports Rivals” Hub, also available to download starting on Nov. 22. The “Kinect Sports Rivals” Hub will be the best way for players to track progress across the monthly challenges and stay on top of their competition.
The “Kinect Sports Rivals” Preseason will run from Nov. 22, 2013 until March 2014, and throughout this time, players will face monthly challenges with the chance to earn points and unlock rewards only available in Preseason. See below for details:
- Download the free trial experience anytime from Nov. 22 thru Nov. 30 and start earning points to unlock the special “Founder” player title, an exclusive “Kinect Sports Rivals” wetsuit and a “Kinect Sports Rivals” wake racer to commemorate the launch of Xbox One.
- Players will compete against familiar faces – including a fully digital version of me and my good friend AceyBongos who will step in as tough competition.
- New monthly challenges with unique objectives and rewards will become available within the “Kinect Sports Rivals” Hub – some will be personal, some will be co-op, and some will pit nation against nation in a global battle for international fame. Each challenge will deliver its own exclusive rewards that will carry over to the full game when it launches next spring.
- Complete every player challenge given and expand the fun by racing against a friend in the same room in split screen mode.
- Enjoy an all-new track by rising musical group Youngblood Hawke. They recorded “Collide” just for “Kinect Sports Rivals.”
Launching in spring of 2014, “Kinect Sports Rivals” is the next generation of the best-selling Kinect franchise, “Kinect Sports.” “Kinect Sports Rivals” brings favorite sports back in re-imagined ways, and delivers new sports and events made possible only with Xbox One’s revolutionary technology. “Kinect Sports Rivals” puts players in the game like never before, tracks their movements and expressions with incredible accuracy, and offers never-ending competition with friends and rivals.
Cross Posted on Xbox Wire
October 25th 2013, 9:27 am PT
It will start airing on Television this weekend but here is a sneak peak at the new Xbox One commercial we’re calling “Invitation.”
Then head over to Xbox Wire for a bit more about the production of the commercial, or watch the “The Making Of Xbox One’s Invitation” below.
Warning: The one below contains spoilers if you have not watched the one above !
October 22nd 2013, 2:10 pm PT
I have a bit of travel coming up this week, and some great opportunities for you to see and play some Xbox One games. Here is a reminder of the schedule of where I’ll be headed. If you are in any of these areas, I would like to personally invite you to join me to see and play some Xbox One games.
Plus, I’ll be attending the Grand Opening of the Edmonton Canada Store on Saturday …so if you can’t make the Sunday event, I’ll be on site Saturday morning as they swing the doors open for the first time.
Here is a list of the Community events this week . I look forward to showing you Xbox One,
There are more Xbox One Community events schedule for next month. You can see that list here
October 22nd 2013, 9:00 am PT
Today, our friends at Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts have announced that Titanfalll for Xbox One Xbox 360 and PC will be released on March 11, 2013 in North America and March 13, 2014 in Europe.
Also announced was the Titanfall: Collector’s Edition:
Highlights of the press release below:
RESPAWN ENTERTAINMENT AND EA PREPARE FOR TITANFALL ON MARCH 11, 2014
Titanfall: Collector’s Edition Available for Pre-Order Now in Extremely Limited Quantities
VAN NUYS, Calif. – Oct. 22, 2013 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that Titanfall™, the debut game from acclaimed independent videogame developer Respawn Entertainment, will be landing on store shelves beginning March 11, 2014 exclusively for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system and PC. Already the winner of more than 80 coveted awards from critics around the world, Titanfall is winning over fans with its thrilling, dynamic first-person action gameplay featuring elite assault Pilots and agile, heavily-armored, 24-foot Titans. Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key designers behind the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall delivers a brand-new online experience that combines fluid, fast-paced multiplayer action with heroic, set-piece moments found in traditional campaign modes.
“Since we revealed the game in June we’ve been absolutely blown away by the reaction to Titanfall,” said Vince Zampella, a Co-Creator of Call of Duty and Co-Founder of Respawn Entertainment. “The feedback we’re getting from fans around the world is fueling our team as we head towards March and motivating us to deliver an experience that lives up to the hype.”
In addition to the standard edition of the game, the Titanfall: Collector’s Edition (SRP $249.99) will include an exclusive collectible 18” hand-crafted Atlas Titan statue with diorama and battery-powered LED lighting, a full-size art book featuring more than 190 pages of rare concept art, and an exclusive full-size schematic poster of the Atlas Titan. The Titanfall: Collector’s Edition is available for pre-order now at select retailers.
Set in the near future on a distant frontier torn apart by war, Titanfall drops players in the middle of a conflict between the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC) and the Militia. The action is rapid and varied – featuring parkour-style wall running, massive double jumps and the ability to hijack Titans. The freedom to shift back and forth between Pilot and Titan allows players to change tactics on the fly, attacking or escaping depending on the situation and extending the action vertically to new heights.
Titanfall and the Titanfall: Collector’s Edition will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on March 11, 2014 in North America, and beginning March 13, 2014 in Europe.
Here is a new screenshot to share with you as well
October 17th 2013, 10:51 am PT
Great news for Xbox One developers as they’ll have free access to our top rated Microsoft Azure service:
Our intent was to enable developers to take advantage of server resources in their games without having to deal with the challenges that come with building, managing and running servers at scale. So, we chose to provide cloud features that allow the game creators to push the limits of their gameplay experiences and apply the bulk of their investments to game creation, rather than server and operational resources. In fact, we even give them the cloud computing power for FREE so they can more easily transition to building games on Xbox One for the cloud
Complete post on Xbox Wire
October 17th 2013, 9:49 am PT
New Ryse: Son of Rome trailer (above) and story over at Gamespot.
October 16th 2013, 6:00 am PT
Take a look at the above video that shows how Machima will use Xbox One Snap to provide a great Snap experience they’re calling “Machinima Wingman.”
This blog post from Matthew Cohen has more details about Machinima launching exclusively on Xbox One.
October 15th 2013, 9:00 am PT
I sat down with the Branden Powell, Director of Strategic alliances on the Xbox One partner development team to learn more about racing accessories coming to Xbox One.
October 15th 2013, 8:42 am PT
Learn more about Xbox Live Computer, Smartglass and in the above video and over on Xbox Wire
October 14th 2013, 6:00 am PT
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