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January 27th 2015, 8:50 am PT

This Week’s Deals for Xbox Live Members

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 02 February 2015.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Just Dance 2015* Xbox One Game 40%
Another World* Xbox One Game 50%
Battlefield 4 Xbox One Game 60-67%
Battlefield 4 Premium Edition Xbox One Game 50-60%
Battlefield 4 Premium Xbox One Game 50-60%
EA Sports UFC Xbox One Game 67-75%
Madden 15 Super Bowl Xbox One Game 50-60%
NHL 15 Xbox One Game 50-60%
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare Xbox One Game 67-75%
Titanfall Xbox One Game 67-75%
Titanfall Deluxe Xbox One Game 67-75%
Titanfall (Season Pass) Add-On 67-75%
NBA Live 15 Digital Edition Xbox One Game 60-67%
Dragon Age Inquisition Xbox One Game 33-40%
Dragon Age Inquisition Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 33-40%
Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition Xbox One Game 67-75%
Peggle 2 Magical Masters Edition Xbox One Game 60-67%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

*These deals are available for Xbox Live Gold members only.

**Updated to reflect current deals.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Just Dance 2015 Games on Demand 50%
TMNT: Out of the Shadows Arcade 50%
Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark Games on Demand 75%
Tony Hawk Pro Skater* Arcade 50%
Prototype 1 Games on Demand 50%
Prototype 2 Games on Demand 75%
Kingdoms of Amalur  Games on Demand 80%
Madden 15  Games on Demand 60%
Mass Effect 3: Genesis 2  Add-on 50%
Mass Effect 3: Citadel (1 of 2)  Add-on 50%
Mass Effect 3: Leviathan  Add-on 50%
Mass Effect 3: Omega  Add-on 50%
Mass Effect 3: From Ashes  Add-on 50%
Mass Effect 2: Genesis  Add-on 50%
Mass Effect 3: Firefight Pack  Add-on 50%
Mass Effect 2: Arrival  Add-on 50%
Mass Effect 3: Groundside Resistance Pack  Add-on 50%
Mass Effect 3: Alternate Appearance Pack 1  Add-on 50%
NCAA Football 14 Games on Demand 75%
NHL 15  Games on Demand 60%
Skate 3  Games on Demand 75%
Titanfall Deluxe Edition Games on Demand 75%
Titanfall Season Pass Add-on 75%
Army of Two: TFD  Games on Demand 75%
Burnout Paradise Games on Demand 75%
Bulletstorm  Games on Demand 75%
Crysis 3  Games on Demand 80%
Crysis 2  Games on Demand 80%
Dragon Age 2  Games on Demand 80%
Fight Night Champion  Games on Demand 80%
Mirror’s Edge  Games on Demand 75%
Need for Speed Most Wanted  Games on Demand 80%
Need for Speed Rivals Games on Demand 67%
NFL Blitz  Arcade 75%
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare  Games on Demand 67%
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel Games on Demand 80%
Crysis Games on Demand 80%
Dead Space Games on Demand 80%
Dragon Age Origins  Games on Demand 70%
Fuse  Games on Demand 80%
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit  Games on Demand 80%
Skate  Games on Demand 67%
Skate 2  Games on Demand 67%
Dragon Age Origins: Awakening  Games on Demand 75%
Syndicate  Games on Demand 80%
NBA Jam On Fire Edition  Arcade 67%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. 

These deals are available for Xbox Live Gold members only.

January 26th 2015, 6:00 pm PT

Xbox Preview Program – Xbox One Controller Firmware update

If you are a member of the Xbox Preview Program, I recommend you update your Xbox One controller(s) with the latest preview build (OS version > 1502.150120) which provides the following updates:

Quick Connect – previous controller connections to an Xbox One took 4-5 seconds when powering on a controller, now they should occur in ~2 seconds

Stability improvements – the firmware also provides a number of fixes that address issues submitted by customers and preview participants

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To update your controller firmware:

  • Connect a controller to your Xbox One with a USB cable.  Keep any headsets connected to the controller.
  • Connect to Xbox Live.
  • Press the Menu
  • Go to Settings > Devices & accessories.  Select the controller.
    • If you have multiple controllers attached, you can select Buzz – which will cause the selected controller to vibrate.
  • Then select Update to download the new firmware to the controller attached via the USB cable, and the screen will show the Updating controller … progress screen
  • When you see the Controller updated screen, press ‘B’ to go back to the Devices & accessories main page
  • Reselect the controller, the Firmware version, should now be: 1.2.2236.0

For additional information, please visit the Xbox controllers website or read this article about Xbox controller connect issues.

Thanks for helping make Xbox One better and better!

January 23rd 2015, 4:00 pm PT

Pre-Release Dying Light Twitch Stream

Dying Light

Join Jeff Rubenstein and me as we preview Dying Light, the upcoming first-person, action survival game set in a vast open world with some interesting new features like enemies that get more challenging at night and a multiplayer mode that allows a human-controlled, extremely powerful enemy to join this nighttime invasion.

The stream is scheduled for Monday, January 26th at 2p ET/11a PT  and will be streamed live here. Watch the stream for a chance to win a code that will unlock the game when it is officially released.

Dying Light is available for pre-order and set to release on January 27th. Two versions of the game will be available – Dying Light and Dying Light Ultimate Edition.

 

 

 

 

NOTE: I’ve seen some comments about delays with the physical version of the game in some regions and The Dying Light Team has responded on their official Facebook page. I’ve included that thread here if you’re interested.

January 23rd 2015, 3:59 pm PT

MNR 533: The Audio track from our G+ Hangout on Xbox on Windows 10 and HoloLens

Note: This is the audio track from our January 22, 2015 G+ Hangout and is below normal podcast audio quality.

I thought regular podcast listeners may enjoy hearing about Xbox on Windows 10 and the HoloLens announcements.

Host: Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)

Co-host : e (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)

Co-host : lollip0p (Xbox LIVE) (Twitter)

January 23rd 2015, 1:03 pm PT

Riptide GP2 now available for Xbox One

Riptide GP2Content: Riptide GP2
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region

Game Description: Rev up your rocket-powered hydro jet and put your racing skills to the test as you rip across a dynamic, ever-changing torrent of waves in Riptide GP2. Race through futuristic cityscapes, twisting canals and rivers, open harbors and mysterious research facilities. Trade elbows with friends in up to 6-player split-screen matches right in your home! Compete in over 60 challenging Race, Hot Lap, Elimination, and Freestyle events.

January 23rd 2015, 8:56 am PT

Xbox App Available in the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview

Following up from the Windows 10 announcement earlier this week and the impacts it will have on the future of gaming, I posted an article over at Xbox Wire discussing the initial preview of the Xbox App available in the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview.



We want our fans to help shape the Xbox on Windows experience and plan to ship regular Xbox app releases that deliver new functionality by making changes based on your feedback. There is a lot more work for the team to do, but here are some of the features that you can check out with the initial preview release in the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview:

Your Profile – provides you quick access to your Xbox profile and recent activity and achievements. With the initial preview build, you can see your Gamerscore, recent Activity, Achievements, Following lists and Game Clips.

Home – the Xbox app home page will provide you quick access to your Recently Played games, your friends and their online status and an Activity Feed of recent events, game clips, etc.

Friends – you can see your friends across devices and search and find new friends. Additionally, you can go the profile page for your friends and followers and view their recent activity, achievements, friends, games they follow and game clips.

Activity Feed – you can view your activity feed and post text, like and comment on your friends’ recent achievements and Game clips. In this version of preview build, the sharing functionality is not yet enabled.

Settings – Within settings, you can see the current Version number of the Xbox on Windows app, and choose to Sign out from the app. Additionally, you can turn on/off the following items:

Messages – Users can view messages from other users and system messages / notifications.

For more information about each of these items, read the Xbox on Windows Feature Summary for the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview at Xbox Wire. Stay tuned for more updates from the Xbox team on the features coming to Windows 10 in the coming months.

To learn more about the Windows 10 Technical Preview and how to obtain updates when they are released, check out the Windows Insider Program.

Your support and feedback has made the Xbox One better and I look forward to continuing this relationship in the future with gaming on Windows 10.

January 21st 2015, 6:37 pm PT

Xbox on Windows 10 Presentation


Here is the presentation that Phil Spencer did today during today’s Windows 10 event showing Xbox on Windows 10.

January 20th 2015, 2:57 pm PT

How to watch the Windows 10 Media Briefing live stream

The Windows 10 Media Briefing is Wednesday, January 21st at 5p GMT/12n ET/9a PT and it will be live streamed here. You’ll be hearing from senior leaders from the Operating Systems Group including Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore and Phil Spencer as well as our CEO Satya Nadella.

Find out what time the live stream starts in your timezone.

Watch the stream here: http://news.microsoft.com/windows10story/

If you can’t watch the live stream, you can also follow me on Twitter where I’ll be hitting the highlights as well.


Or you can track the goings on with the hashtag #Windows10


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