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October 21st 2014, 6:01 am 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 27 October 2014.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
R.B.I. Baseball 14 Xbox One Game 50%
Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass Add-on 25%
Strike Suit Zero Director’s Cut Xbox One Game 50%
Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition Xbox One Game 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.

Xbox 360

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Dragon Ball Z Battle of Z Games on Demand 50%
Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi Games on Demand 50%
R.B.I. Baseball 14 Arcade 50%
Need for Speed Most Wanted Games on Demand 50%
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Games on Demand 75%
Burnout Paradise Games on Demand 66%
Burnout Revenge Games on Demand 66%
Need for Speed Undercover Games on Demand 66%
Dirt 3 Games on Demand 60%
Darksiders* 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.
*This deal is valid through 31 October 2014.

October 21st 2014, 12:05 am PT

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is Now Available for Xbox One and Xbox 360

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

Content: Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
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Game Description: Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is a breakthrough musical motion video game inspired by Disney’s classic animated film Fantasia. In the game, players enter the magical realms of Fantasia, selected by the legendary sorcerer Yen Sid, to hone their musical and magical prowess as his new apprentice. Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved takes players on an interactive and immersive motion-controlled journey through worlds of music and magic.

There are 2 versions of Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved available: the Digital Bundle and the Deluxe Digital Bundle. Click each link for more details or see below.

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved is also available for Xbox 360. Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region here.

October 21st 2014, 12:03 am PT

JUST DANCE 2015 Now Available for Xbox One

JUST DANCE 2015

Game Description: The world’s #1 dance game is back with hot moves and new features! JUST DANCE 2015 gives the power to the community: challenge your friends, score on their performances and even be part of the game! Get ready for this year’s hit songs and quirky dance moves that have something for everyone.

Purchase JUST DANCE 2015 from the Xbox Games Store











October 21st 2014, 12:01 am PT

The Walking Dead: Season Two is Now Available for Xbox One

The Walking Dead: Season TwoContent: The Walking Dead: Season Two
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region

Game Description: The sequel to 2012’s Game of the Year continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse. Left to fend for herself, she has been forced to learn how to survive in an unforgiving world. Experience what it’s like to play as Clementine, meet new survivors, explore new locations and make gruesome decisions in this five-part game series of choice and consequence.









October 20th 2014, 5:48 pm PT

Xbox One November System Update: New TV, Personalization and SmartGlass features now in Preview

We’re bringing you new and exciting ways to watch TV and interact with the Xbox Live gaming community in this month’s Xbox One system update preview. Today, we will begin rolling out a ton of new features to some members of the Xbox One preview program. We’ve got the full breakdown of features listed for you right here:

  • Show Who You Are – Some of the most requested features being released this month include the ability to customize your Xbox One background and showcase and share some of your favorite achievements and game clips.
    • Custom Backgrounds – The #1 fan-requested feature is making its initial debut for preview members. For the first time, each account on your Xbox One can have a customized background. You can choose a custom color or achievement art as your background on Xbox One, with more customization options coming down the road.
    • Gamer Profile – You can now share your location and bio as part of your profile. You can set these options on your Xbox One console and use Xbox One SmartGlass to browse to other people’s profiles and check out their showcase items. Additionally, you can now select a set of showcase items that are displayed when other gamers look at your profile on an Xbox One console. You can use Xbox One SmartGlass or Xbox One console to add or remove up to six game clips or achievements that will be displayed in a carousel format.
    • Tweet about your Favorite Game Clips – You can now share your favorite Xbox One game clips with your followers on Twitter. Use the Share button on any game clip you have created and select Twitter to compose the Tweet.
  • A New Way to Watch TV – With new Live TV and Twitter integration, you can discover new shows to love and see what people are saying on Twitter about shows in real-time.
    • Live TV Trending – Starting today for preview members in the U.S., Canada and the UK, a new tab will be available in OneGuide that displays the top 20 most watched TV shows, with the list filtered down to the shows that are currently available to you based on your OneGuide settings. The Live TV Trending list is updated by the minute, so you can easily discover shows that are popular with other viewers. The Trending tab in OneGuide is updated to display Twitter – Live TV trending first and Xbox – Live TV Trending second. You can tune to a specific show by pressing the A button.
    • Twitter TV Trending – New this month in preview, you can see what Live TV is trending based on the highest number of tweets. Twitter TV Trending will initially be available to preview members in the U.S.
    • Xbox TV Trending – The Trending tab in OneGuide is updated to display Twitter trending first and Xbox – Live TV Trending second. 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.
    • Tweets in MiniGuide – See the actual tweets for the Live TV shows in real time and quickly find the Twitter #hashtag to join the conversation.
    • Recents and Favorites in MiniGuide – MiniGuide has been updated to include your favorite TV channels in a combined Recents and Favorites area and MiniGuide can now be activated via voice by saying “Xbox Select – MiniGuide” while watching TV.

 

  • Store improvements and SmartGlass updates – We are also excited to roll out these cool features:
    • Store improvements – The Store pages on Xbox One have been improved to enable you to more quickly browse and find content. The navigation buttons were moved to the far left so you can find them easier. You can also more quickly find game add-ons, perform store specific searches and recommendations are more prominently displayed. Finally, store categories have been standardized so you can easily see the top items in each query at a glance.
    • Friends’ Game Activity on SmartGlass – You can now see a list of your friends that have played a given game within the Xbox One SmartGlass experience.
    • Games with Gold & Deals with Gold on SmartGlass – For gamers with an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you can browse “Free Games with Gold” and discounted content with Gold and initiate download of the content to your Xbox One console from your mobile device.
    • SmartGlass Store Improvements – We added a new section for Apps to make it easier to find and download apps for your Xbox One, as well as adding a Coming Soon filter for Games and Add Ons to make it easier to see upcoming Xbox One releases sorted by anticipated release date.
  • Internet Explorer updates – There are a few improvements Internet Explorer available this month:
    • Snap IE – From the Address Bar in Internet Explorer, you can now easily snap from a full screen experience and move Internet Explorer into snap mode.
    • Featured sites – Now, Internet Explorer will show a number when something is newly-added to featured sites. Newly-added sites will also display a badge until you launch them or seven days have passed since the site was added to the Featured list.
  • Updates to the Preview dashboard app – We’re gamifying the Preview dashboard. Here are some new features we are adding:
    • My Stats – If you are in the Preview program, you will now earn points for providing feedback, including points for completing Quests, Surveys, Quick Poll questions, and rating the update. These will be shared in the Preview dashboard under My Stats. The more points you get, the more you level up, and the more rewards you’ll earn. Keep checking back for special bonus point opportunities.
    • Leaderboard – We’re also adding a leaderboard that shows how you stack up against your friends based on the points you have earned. If you don’t have friends in the Preview program, we’ll show how you stack up against others in the program. Keep checking back – more things are coming to the My Stats page soon.

These new features and updates are rolling out to all Xbox One preview program members starting today and will launch for everyone in November.

October 17th 2014, 4:09 pm PT

Xbox Store Week in Review

It’s been another a busy week on the New Release Calendar. In the last few days, the following Xbox One titles arrived on the Xbox Games Store.

      
Additionally, these titles become available for pre-order and pre-download on Xbox One this week. Only 25 days until Halo: The Master Chief Collection (!)

  
And here are this week’s Xbox 360 releases. Don’t forget, Darksiders II is now a free download as part of Xbox Live Games with Gold. Grab it here.

        

Note: a lot of people are going to be online playing Sunset Overdrive this weekend, so keep an eye on Twitch and YouTube for some playthroughs. If you want watch a replay of my play session from earlier today, click here.

October 17th 2014, 12:09 pm PT

Let’s Play Sunset Overdrive’s First Hour

If you’ve noticed a lot of Sunset Overdrive around your favorite gaming site, Twitch, or Youtube today – there’s a reason for that. This weekend, we’ve enabled access to the first couple of hours of Sunset Overdrive for a handful of folks to capture and broadcast. So let’s play together. Broadcast begins at 12.30pm Pacific (3.30pm Eastern, 7.30pm GMT). Thanks to everyone who joined us, you can watch a replay below:


Watch live video from xbox on Twitch

And since it’s #FreeCodeFriday, I’ll be throwing a variety of download codes into the chat, so be sure to join us at twitch.tv/xbox. See you soon…

October 17th 2014, 8:09 am PT

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is Now Available for Digital Preorder on Xbox One

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Content: Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Check pre-order price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region

Game Description: XBOX ONE GAME EXPECTED TO RELEASE ON 11/11/2014. 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. Once purchase is complete, download this game by selecting the “Manage” button on the product details page on your console.

For the first time ever, The Master Chief’s entire story is on one console. Featuring a re-mastered Halo 2: Anniversary, along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4, new digital series, Halo: Nightfall, and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Beta, this is the definitive Halo experience.* The Complete Master Chief Story – Honoring the iconic hero and his epic journey, The Master Chief’s entire story is brought together as The Master Chief Collection. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 are all included with Xbox One visual fidelity, 60fps, a total of 45 campaign missions plus more than 100 multiplayer (including the original Halo Combat Evolved maps) and Spartan Ops maps. Halo 2: Anniversary – Celebrating the 10 year Anniversary, the iconic fan favorite returns. Featuring a fully re-mastered campaign with “Classic Mode” allowing you to instantly switch between the re-mastered game and the original game from 2004. Uncover new Halo 5: Guardians story elements with extended cut scenes, hidden terminal videos, and utilize all new skulls to experience the campaign in a whole new way. Including all 25 original multiplayer maps just as fans remember them, plus 6 completely re-imagined maps.

 

For more information on what’s included in the Halo: The Master Chief Collection package, click over to Xbox Wire.

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