Electronic Arts recently announced and rolled out a beta version of its Xbox One-exclusive EA Access program, a subscription-based service that gives members unlimited access to EA’s cutting-edge gaming library, discounts on all digital content and early access to a variety of EA’s upcoming titles, for a modest monthly (or annual) fee.
Today, EA Access launches for all Xbox One owners, with Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, and Peggle 2 debuting in The Vault. EA Access members also receive 10% off digital purchases including full games like the upcoming Madden NFL 15 or Dragon Age Inquisition as well as purchases in FIFA Ultimate Team or on new map packs for Battlefield. Plus, EA Access members have the opportunity to try new EA titles five days ahead of retail launch – only on Xbox One.
It’s a big week on the discount front – in addition to this week’s Deals with Gold for Xbox One and Xbox 360, you’ll find a large number of Capcom classics 50% to 75% off. And beginning tomorrow (August 6th), some of Xbox One’s top titles will be permanently priced at $49.99 in the US and Canada, both at retail and on the Xbox Games Store.
Nemesis, the fourth and final DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts arrives first on Xbox Live next week. Take a look:
Here’s more info on Nemesis, courtesy of Activision:
Get the first look at Nemesis, the fourth and final DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Nemesis includes four Multiplayer maps: Goldrush, Subzero, Dynasty, and Showtime, a reimagined version of the fan-favorite Shipment from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
The four-part Extinction saga concludes with Episode 4: Exodus. Explore the biggest Extinction level yet and take on nearly every Cryptid species from previous episodes. You will also contend with the Ancestors – a powerful new enemy with mind control and psionic attacks.
Releasing simultaneously with Frontier’s Edge today is Titanfall Game Update 5, which among other things, supplies Achievements for the new maps. Our friends at Respawn were kind enough to share those with us to pass along to you here:
Win a single match on Haven
Play every game mode on Haven
Execute 2 Titans in a single match on Haven
Kill 15 Titans while you have a Titan burn card active on Haven
Earlier this month, Zen Studios announced that Pinball FX2 is coming to Xbox One. Here’s an update on the title from Zen, including news on a much-requested feature:
First of all, we’d like to thank the Zen Studios community for their feedback on our announcement of the Xbox One version of Pinball FX2. We cannot underestimate the importance of your support, insight, and yes, even criticism regarding our projects. Zen Studios has a few announcements to make affecting Pinball FX2 fans and particularly the Xbox One version of the game.
Microsoft and Zen Studios have taken your feedback to heart, and seeing that many of you were very upset with the news that table transfers between Xbox 360 and Xbox One would not be happening, we have some good news for you! We will be able to implement table transfers on Xbox One starting from Pinball FX2’s launch. Any available table on Xbox One that was previously purchased for Xbox 360 can be imported to the new version free of charge.
However, as this process will take a bit more development time for the game, Pinball FX2 version of Xbox One will see a slight delay from its original release date this week to next month. We apologize to any fans affected by this delay, but we pledge to make it up to you by incorporating this highly desired feature.
Once again, we cannot thank you enough for your support through this process, as well as Microsoft’s, who took your feedback very seriously and worked with us to implement this feature. And again, we do apologize for the delay while we create the Pinball FX2 experience that our fans both want and deserve. We’re excited to bring Pinball FX2 to Xbox One owners, to have their previous purchases honored and transferred, and we can’t wait to share with you what we’ve got coming in the future.
Today, EA revealed EA Access. This brand new program exclusively for Xbox One owners will give members access to:
The Vault: A Selection of EA games on Xbox One ready to download and play as part of your EA Access membership. At launch, you’ll have access to FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2. More games will be added over time.
Play First: EA Access members will get to experience trials of new EA games early on Xbox One. Starting 5 days before release, you’ll be able to try the game for at least two hours and then save your progress. Once you purchase the digital or physical copy, you can use your save game and continue the experience.
PLUS: All EA Access members will save 10% on EA purchases from Xbox Live. From full digital games to downloadable content, you get 10% off with your EA Access membership. .
The GoPro Channel is now available on Xbox One, joining the Xbox 360 app that launched in April. GoPro on Xbox One gives Xbox Live members around the world access to epic action-adventure videos, including four exclusive videos you’ll see only on Xbox. The GoPro Channel also offers access to on-demand GoPro content, the ability to share videos and purchase cameras and equipment directly through the app channel.
You have made Xbox what it is today and we couldn’t be more grateful for your support and valuable feedback. Our focus continues to be on you and what you want in the product. Last month, we launched Xbox Feedback, a dedicated channel for all your thoughts and recommendations. We will begin implementing some of the features you requested by rolling out the next Xbox One system update for folks who get early access. We’re looking forward to hearing feedback on features before we roll them out to all Xbox One consoles next month and beyond.
In the next update, we’ll improve a number of social features to make sharing your gaming experiences with friends better and easier. Here’s a shortlist of features rolling out next week to those with early access to the Xbox One system update:
Activity feed updates: We’re adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed. The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We’ll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and “like” specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates).
Expanded Friends area on Home: Right from Home, see what’s going on with your friends. Stay up-to-date with their current activity, the top trending games your friends are playing, and a leaderboard to see who has been working the hardest on their Gamerscore. We’re doing an extended preview on this, rolling it into the early access preview this month to a subset of our preview audience so we can refine it until it’s ready for the entire Xbox One market.
Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home – if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase.
Low battery notification: You asked for it, now a notification will pop up when your controller battery is getting low.
Disable notifications during video: Adding the ability to turn off notifications based feedback we heard from you.
Enabling 3D Blu-ray: An update to the Blu-ray player app will enable 3D Blu-ray functionality on Xbox One.
OneGuide in Brazil, Mexico, Austria and Ireland: Live TV listings can be configured for four new countries as part of this month’s Preview program. And now there is an OneGuide Issue Reporter available under the TV & OneGuide settings, Troubleshooting section.
Last seen time in Friends list: Direct from Xbox Feedback, the friends list will now show how long it’s been since a friend has been online. For example, “Last seen 20m ago: Forza Motorsport 5.”
In addition to these features, we are still always doing other work on the backend you may not notice including getting ready to ship in 29 new markets starting this September.
Pinball FX2 is finally coming to Xbox One! Zen Studios Community Manager Bobby Loertscher shares details, date, and the all-important table list below:
We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting the next-gen release of Pinball FX2, and we are happy to say that it will be here this month! On July 31st, you’ll be able to play many of your favorite tables on Xbox One, all running at 60 frames per second and in stunning 1080p. As always, downloading Pinball FX2 is totally free for all players, with playable demos of each table so you can try before you buy. This version will also include the Sorcerer’s Lair table absolutely free!
Our launch day table library includes the following:
Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within: Episode IV A New Hope, Han Solo, Droids, Masters of the Force
Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Starfighter Assault, Darth Vader
Star Wars Pinball Original pack: Episode V, Boba Fett, The Clone Wars
Zen Classics: Shaman, El Dorado, Tesla and V12
Pinball FX2 Core pack: Biolab, Pasha, Rome, Secrets of the Deep
Marvel Civil War
Plants VS. Zombies
Marvel Pinball pack: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, and Blade
Marvel Pinball Avengers Chronicles: World War Hulk, Infinity Gauntlet, The Avengers, and Fear Itself
Marvel Pinball Vengeance and Virtue: Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Thor, and X-Men
More tables including The Walking Dead will also be added later on! News coming soon. Prices for tables range between $2.49 and $2.99 for single tables, and $9.99 for table packs. We’ve set up an FAQ page on our forums for those of you with questions, but don’t hesitate to let us know what you think in the comments below!
If you’re in the market for a new Xbox One Wireless Controller or Stereo Headset, you’ll have some new options this autumn. These new editions sport a modern camouflage pattern and military look, while retaining the same functionality of existing models.
What better way to celebrate Bastille Day than to witness new footage of Assassin’s Creed Unity, which takes place during the French Revolution? (Fireworks are also acceptable)
Description from Ubisoft: Set amidst the chaos of 18th Century Paris, Arno, a young Master Assassin, will embark on an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the French Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation and ultimately carve a new destiny for the people of France.
Experience completely redesigned gameplay in Assassin’s Creed Unity including a reinvented combat system, enhanced stealth techniques, and brand new parkour mechanics. Make History and leave your mark on the French Revolution.
This weekend, fighting game enthusiasts from around the world descend will on Las Vegas for The Evolution Championship Series. Evo is the largest fighting game tournament in the world, and Killer Instinct will play a big part again this year.
Killer Instinct is the only current gen fighter in competition. Here’s when its in action:
Tournament pools start at 10am Pacific Saturday 7/12
Semifinals begin at 6pm Pacific Saturday 7/12
Finals begin at 11am Pacific Sunday 7/13
For those of you at the show, we’ll have the latest build of Killer Instinct with TJ Combo available to play at the Mad Catz booth.
We’re also presenting a Killer Instinct Season 2 Developer Panel at 10am Saturday 7/12, where we’ll be presenting the season 2 philosophy, hearing from Iron Galaxy and Microsoft, and of course, answering questions from attendees. It turns out the panel was Friday.
Project Spark now has a release date: while the game is currently in open beta on Xbox One and Windows 8.1, aspiring game developers can get their hands on the final version of Project Spark beginning on October 7.
At that time, we’ll also be making an Xbox One disc edition of Project Spark available at retail for $39.99 USD. The “Project Spark Starter Pack” is loaded with great content, including starter packs filled with sounds, effects, animations, and props, plus advanced creator features, offline content, and experience boosts which allow players to unlock new content that much faster.
For those of you who prefer digital download, all the content included in the disc version will be available digitally for Xbox One and Windows 8.1 on launch day.
Of course, everyone will be able to experience the creations of the over 1 million beta creators who have left their mark on the world of Project Spark, and earn Achievements while they do so. In the meantime, the beta is still ongoing, Xbox One owners can download it here, Windows 8.1 users click here.
July is upon us and that means we’ll begin rolling out the next system update for Xbox One around the world in the coming days. Last month, we announced the new features coming in this update and since then, the team has been working hard to bring you a new and enhanced Snap mode for achievements, double-tap to Snap, and more voice control choices in select regions.
We’re continuing to gather your suggestions and recommendations on our dedicated channel called Xbox Feedback, so keep it coming. Thank you for taking the time to help us make Xbox the best place to play.
For the next seven days, we’re slashing prices on some of Xbox 360′s best titles, in addition to the week’s normal Deals with Gold on the Xbox Games Store. The Xbox 360 Ultimate Games Sale includes both Daily and Weekly Deals – and because so many games are discounted this week, we’re revealing the list a bit early – these sales won’t take effect until tomorrow, 8 July.
The following titles are on sale tomorrow only (8 July 2014). Click the links below to see local pricing and add items to your Xbox 360 download queue: