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August 19th 2014, 8:00 am PT

GTA Online San Andreas Flight School Update Now Available

Fans of flight in Grand Theft Auto V have a lot of new content to enjoy starting today, with the free release of GTA Online’s San Andreas Flight School Update. Here’s more from our friends at Rockstar Games.

Enjoy the thrill and exhilaration of being a patriotic hero with the San Andreas Flight School Update for GTA Online. This new update features a collection of new air and land vehicles, aerial solo challenges, and much more.

Grab the stick of the fast and nimble Western Besra training jet and push it to the edge of the envelope. Master absolute air superiority in 10 new solo missions that will make you comfortable in any pilot’s danger zone, including combat maneuvering, low-flying challenges, formation flying and more.

Once it’s ‘mission accomplished’ and you’re out of your heroic new Flight Suit, spend your shore leave buzzing the skies in the luxury Swift helo, or cram your entire squad into the new 16-seater Buckingham Mil-Jet for team transport in style. Hit the silk with a collection of new Chutes and Parachute Bags, and if things get a little out of control, rely on the Reserve Parachute to give you a second chance at that soft landing – or use it to get creative with your precision dives. Later, hit the streets in the shapely Invetero Coquette Classic, available in either hard-top or topless roadster variants for whatever your sea-level speed fix.

And round up your wingmen for new Races, Captures, Contact Missions, Parachute Jumps and more, including the three all-new VS Mission modes. Acquire Targets is a kill-the-carrier style mode where opponents fight in P996 Lazers to control one flag; maintain control for as long as you can to rack up points. In G-Rating, compete against other cadets as you fly to pick up 15 flags in both weapons hot and cold environments. Or try out Air Force Zero, where the defending team must protect an aircraft against an attacking team as it flies to the safe LZ.

Today’s update also introduces a host of gameplay improvements to GTA Online – these include increased payouts for harder to complete missions and GTA$ bonuses for playing missions with others. Plus, GTA$ payouts on replays are no longer reduced and all rewards are now time scaled.

Check out the SA Flight School’s informational video above and prepare yourself for the opportunity to become one of the best of the best.

Download GTA Online San Andreas Flight School Update here, and in case you missed it, Grand Theft Auto V is on sale all week.

August 19th 2014, 7:00 am PT

The Golf Club is Now Available on Xbox One

The Golf ClubContent: The Golf Club

Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region

Game Description: The Golf Club is a next generation Golf Simulation which offers outstanding gameplay and Gorgeous Visuals. With the ability to Procedurally Generate courses and the depth of social interaction within the game there truly are an unlimited number of golf courses that can be created, shared and played with your friends.







August 19th 2014, 6:16 am PT

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is Now Available on Xbox One

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil EditionContent: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition

Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region

For more on Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, including how to port your progress from the Xbox 360 version of the game over to Xbox One, click here.




August 19th 2014, 5:00 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 25 August 2014.

Xbox One

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty Ghosts Season Pass Add-on 50%
Call of Duty Ghosts – Snoop Dogg VO Pack Add-on 50%
Call of Duty Ghosts – Makarov Legend Pack Add-on 50%
Call of Duty Ghosts – Squad Pack Extinction Add-on 50%
Call of Duty Ghosts – Captain Price Legend Pack Add-on 50%
Trials Fusion Xbox One Game 33%

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

          

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 available for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

August 18th 2014, 9:10 pm PT

ReddX: reddit App for Xbox One Available Soon

In June we announced more than 45 new entertainment experiences coming to Xbox One and we continue to deliver on that commitment with additions like ReddX, an app that we are confident our reddit fans will embrace with open arms.

At Xbox, community is a big part of who we are. And we know at reddit, community makes up the very core of the service there, too. The launch of ReddX on Xbox One is exciting because it combines the intense community involvement we’ve come to know on both platforms with the unique capabilities offered by Xbox One.

Starting tomorrow, you can combine your reddit experience with the biggest screen in your home: thanks to Xbox One, while you game, you can also browse the first-ever reddit app for the TV. ReddX on Xbox One can be Snapped to the side of your TV while you’re gaming or using another app to help you monitor and join in threads on the site while you’re doing anything else. Thanks to ReddX, redditors can interact with each other in similar ways to the reddit.com experience, and in addition unlock unique media achievements named after some of the Internet’s favorite memes. In fact, I just posted the first reddit thread created from a console tonight before we officially launch in the morning – check it out here.

ReddX on Xbox One lets Xbox Live members in the U.S. and Canada check out every subreddit in addition to a customized main page. You can read text and view images, videos and GIFs on your TV and can even zoom in or out of text and images for a closer look.

Using ReddX also allows you to upvote or downvote a thread with just the touch of a button, as well as easily add your comments using your Xbox One controller, media remote or Xbox SmartGlass on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. If you find an image that’s just too good to pass over, ReddX lets you save a photo to your profile or set any image as the background for your ReddX app.

Also launching this week on Xbox One is MTV along with new updates coming to the Twitch app on Xbox One. For more details on those, click here to head over to Xbox Wire.

August 17th 2014, 9:00 pm PT

Next Xbox One Update Begins Rolling Out Today


Today, we will begin rolling out the next Xbox One system update to fans around the world, which will include improved social features to make sharing your gaming experiences with friends better and easier. These new features are a result of your invaluable feedback, including some of the most requested features seen on Xbox Feedback. You can see some of the new features in the video above.
Here’s the final list of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting today and over the next few days:

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.”

Please continue to share your suggestions and recommendations on our dedicated Xbox Feedback site. Your sustained feedback is incredibly valuable and I can’t thank you enough for helping us make Xbox the best place to play. Stay tuned for even more new features headed your way in the coming weeks including more social features and a few new updates for watching TV.

 

August 15th 2014, 4:04 am PT

Gamescom 2014 Binaural Audio Experiment

Like I did at E3, I recorded a below Binaural Audio Tour – this time at Gamescom.

If you listen to this with headphones on, you’ll have the maximum effect of actually being on the show floor with me.

Enjoy.

 

Recorder: Zoom H1
Microphones: In-Ear Binaural Mics

August 15th 2014, 2:31 am PT

Digital Download Codes Now Available for Select Add-ons and Games

You asked for more digital purchasing options and we’re answering. Starting this month, we’re giving you more ways than ever to get the content you want most on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. I’m excited to share that soon you will be able to purchase digital download codes for select games and add-ons at participating retailers in the U.S. and UK. This is an additional option to the gift cards already available at retail. Of course, you will still be able to purchase game add-ons and digital games from anywhere via Xbox.com or on your console via the Xbox Games Store.

Max Xbox One Card

We’re kicking this off with digital download codes for select map and expansion packs for franchises like Halo and Forza, as well as fan favorite digital games including Max: Curse of Brotherhood and State of Decay. We look forward to adding more digital codes in the future from other publishers and in more countries in the coming months.

After you purchase the code at a participating retailer, it’s easy to redeem the code on your Xbox One or Xbox 360 console or via Xbox.com. For step-by-step instructions on redeeming a prepaid code, visit Xbox Support.

 

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