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January 15th 2015, 4:11 pm PT

Game Content Usage Rules Clarification

We’ve heard some fans are confused about our Game Content Usage Rules and specifically using game titles in connection with user generated content. Of course, we recognize our community needs to use Game titles to identify and describe their creations. The portion of the Usage Rules in question is focused on using Game titles in ways that are confusing about the source of the content or misrepresent Microsoft’s role in the creation.

We took an exciting step forward last week by updating our Game Content Usage Rules to enable Xbox fans to participate in the partner programs on YouTube and Twitch and earn revenue for ads in connection with their videos. A major goal of this update was to bring the policy in line with current community usage. The policy has always been about enabling creators to use our game content, and we recognize it only works if their content can be found. The key here is for people to use game titles for discovery and not misrepresent Microsoft’s role in the content’s creation.

We’ve heard the feedback and will be updating the language in the policy to provide some more examples and clarification of this clause with the revised version below:

In addition, your Items may not use the name of the Microsoft Game in their title to give the impression that Microsoft is the source of the Item, or authorized or endorsed the Item. Items that make referential use of our titles are fine, for example, “Let’s Play Forza Motorsport 5” or “Tips and Strategies for Halo 5.” Using the Game title to tag your Item on social media is fine. We also don’t object to “Red vs. Blue” or “Operation Chastity”. But we may object to “Halo: Covenant Strike,” for example, if it could be confused as something Microsoft produced or licensed, or if it could be mistaken as an official part of the Game. We just want to make sure consumers don’t get confused.

Rest assured, we have not seen rampant abuse of this and we’re not actively seeking violations on YouTube and Twitch. We love that you’re passionate about our games and we want you to create great works. This is a small way for us to protect against abuse. Sorry if there was any confusion.

January 15th 2015, 2:41 pm PT

Xbox One Closes a Record-Breaking Holiday and Looks Ahead to 2015

I want to thank all of the Xbox fans who contributed to our record-setting holiday and making 2014 such a successful year. The Xbox One deals were quite popular and have inspired a new promotion starting January 16 where fans in the U.S. can buy an Xbox One for $349 at their preferred retailer.

Some interesting statistics about 2014:

• Xbox 360 became the best-selling seventh generation console of all time in the U.S.

• In 2014, users logged nearly 8 billion hours globally in apps across Xbox 360 and Xbox One, a
50 percent increase from time spent in 2013.

• Xbox One became the best-selling console in the U.S. in November and December and weekly average sales during these months outpaced Xbox 360 by 50 percent at the same point in its lifecycle.*

• Xbox One also sold more games throughout November and December in the U.S. than any other current-generation platform.*

• From November 24 to January 3, fans spent more time playing on Xbox than they ever have before, at any point in the history of Xbox.

• In the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta alone, 18 million games have been played to date.

The Xbox Wire has a great year in review summary and what to expect in 2015, including a few upcoming console titles and the future of PC gaming on Windows 10. You can find that article here.

* According to NPD Group

January 14th 2015, 11:42 am PT

Join us for a G+ Hangout this week

The podcast crew and I will be doing a Hangout Thursday at 9p ET/6p PT – You can watch the feed above at that time, but if you to ask questions you should head to this event page during the stream. See you Thursday night!

January 14th 2015, 9:04 am PT

Evolve Open Beta Starts 15 Jan

Evolve Open Beta

The Evolve Open Beta begins Thursday, Jan 15th and is available to anyone with an Xbox Live Gold account – no code required. Get a head start by pre-loading the beta today and begin playing the moment servers come online at 9am PST.

The Open Beta will feature two playable monsters (Goliath and Kraken), eight hunters and 12 playable maps. In addition, beginning on Saturday, January 17th, beta players will get the exclusive chance to go hands-on in Evacuation mode.  Evacuation mode combines an array of maps and modes to create Evolve’s most epic multiplayer experience.

Also exclusive to Xbox One: any hunter or monster characters unlocked during the beta will carry over to the retail game when Evolve launches on February 10th, 2015. Click here for more information about the game and the open beta.

Evolve is available for pre-order and pre-download from the Xbox Store online with two versions to choose from.

 

 

The Xbox One Evolve Pre-Order Edition includes the standard game and the Monster Expansion Pack. The Monster Expansion pack includes the first new downloadable monster upon release and instantly unlocks a new class of hunters and the monster Wraith.

The Xbox One Evolve Deluxe Edition includes the standard game, plus Season Pass, and the Monster Expansion Pack.

January 13th 2015, 6:00 pm PT

Xbox One February System Update: Game hubs and TV updates now in Preview

Thanks to the Xbox community, we’re back in action early this year, kicking off 2015 with another system update preview release on Xbox One. Last year, we added hundreds of features on Xbox One — we can’t wait to share more with you this year and hear what you think on Xbox Feedback! This month, we’re bringing members of our Preview program a peek at how we hope to bring the Xbox community even closer together through an all-new feature called game hubs. Your friends, game creators, community managers, and other fans like you can now more easily meet, talk, share content, and play their favorite games. Also, we’re adding more tile transparency for custom backgrounds and a handful of updates to live TV.

Starting today, members of the Xbox One preview program will get to check out these new features first:

  • Game hubs – New in preview this month, game hubs are the go-to centers for all sorts of interesting content around your favorite games. Every Xbox One game will have a game hub where you can see which of your friends are playing the game, compete with your friends in game leaderboards, dive into the coolest game clips and game broadcasts, and follow the game’s VIPs and top players.

To get to the game hub for your favorite game, find a game in your pins, recently played list, or My games and apps, then press the Menu button and select View game hub. You can also search for any game in the Xbox Store and click on the game hub tile from the game’s store page.

  • Custom backgrounds and tile transparency – We listened to your feedback and added additional tile transparency to the Home tiles to make your background images more visible. As a reminder, to set a custom background, go to Settings > My Xbox > My background. Note: some items can’t be made transparent due to usage rights/restrictions for certain images.
  • TV updates – We’re releasing a lot of updates to the live TV experience and features are being released to additional countries in preview this month:
    • OneGuide for the Netherlands – Support for OneGuide will continue in preview for the Netherlands and the missing channels for the Netherlands OneGuide listings will become available over the next few weeks.
    • TV trending in OneGuide – As you scan the detailed OneGuide TV listings, you can see which shows are trending by a “Trending on Xbox” note and associated icon. 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. Currently, Xbox TV trending is available to all members in the U.S., UK and Canada.
    • Live TV trending (new countries) – France, Germany, Brazil and Mexico will begin seeing live TV trending data in Xbox OneGuide.
    • Improved control of TVs, set-top boxes and audio/video receivers – Xbox One will work even better with more devices. This month’s preview release contains updates to the IR blasting database for new models and addresses issues reported by our fan community.
    • “Trick play” with Xbox One Digital TV Tuner – Preview members with the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in supported countries (UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain) will now be able to see video frames when fast-forwarding or rewinding paused TV on your Xbox One consoles.
    • Live TV streaming on Windows Phone and Android – We are continuing the preview of live TV streaming on Windows Phone and Android devices for Xbox One Digital TV Tuner owners in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

We’re excited to start the New Year off on the right foot by continuing our commitment to making Xbox One the best place to play. Let us know what you think of this month’s preview and stay tuned for more news on Xbox One system updates.

January 13th 2015, 12:57 pm PT

Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison is now available for the Xbox

Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh PrisonContent: Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison (DLC)
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Game Description:  Discover the most diverse Far Cry world ever created. With terrain spanning from lush forests to the snow-capped Himalayas, the entire world is alive…and deadly. Hidden in the towering Himalayas lies Kyrat, a country steeped in tradition and violence. You and a fellow captive have been rounded up and tortured in Yuma’s prison. Escape from the prison and survive the hostile lands of Pagan Min’s Kyrat.

Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison is also available for the Xbox 360 and can be purchased from the Xbox Games Store here.

January 13th 2015, 11:53 am PT

Assassin’s Creed Unity – Dead Kings is now available for Xbox One

Assassin's Creed Unity - Dead Kings

Content: Assassin’s Creed Unity – Dead Kings
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Game Description: Lead Arno to the ominous city of Saint Denis. Explore the troubled city’s narrow streets and its extensive underground universe – an ancient necropolis with an intricate network of catacombs and caves, final resting place of France’s illustrious kings and their secrets. Includes new weapons and equipment that are also compatible with the main game.

Dead Kings is free for everyone who owns ACU.

Download Assassin’s Creed Unity – Dead Kings from the Xbox Games Store

January 13th 2015, 11:02 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 19 January 2015.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Terraria* Xbox One Game 50%
The Jackbox Party Pack* Xbox One Game 33%
Never Alone* Xbox One Game 33%
WWE 2K15  Xbox One Game 25%
WWE 2K15 Digital Deluxe Edition Bundle* Xbox One Game 30%
WWE 2K15: WCW Pack Add-On 25%
NBA 2K15 VC – 200,000 VC Consumable 25%
NBA 2K15 VC – 35,000 VC Consumable 25%
NBA 2K15 VC – 5,000 VC Consumable 25%
NBA 2K15 VC – 15,000 VC Consumable 25%
NBA 2K15 VC – 75,000 VC Consumable 25%
WWE 2K15 + NBA 2K15 Starter Bundle* Xbox One Game 40%

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

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

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Dead Rising* Games On Demand 75%
Remember Me* Games On Demand 75%
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix* Arcade 67%
Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix* Arcade 60%
SSX Mount Eddie Classic Characters Pack* Add-On 50%
SSX Mount Eddie Pack* Add-On 50%
SSX Classic Characters Pack* Add-On 50%
XCOM: Enemy Unknown* Games On Demand 75%
XCOM: Enemy Within* Games On Demand 75%
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel* Games On Demand 50%
Mafia II* Games On Demand 75%
The Darkness* Games On Demand 75%
WWE 2K15 Games On Demand 33%
BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea – Episode 1 Add-On 50%
BioShock Infinite Burial At Sea – Episode 2 Add-On 50%
Bioshock Infinite – Clash in the Clouds Add-On 50%
Bioshock Infinite – Columbia’s Finest Pack Add-On 50%
Borderlands 2 Games On Demand 67%
Borderlands 2 Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack Add-On 50%
Borderlands 2 Pyscho Pack Add-On 50%
Borderlands 2 Headhunter 1: Bloody Harvest Add-On 50%
Borderlands TPS: Handsome Jack Doppelganger Pack Add-On 25%
Borderlands TPS: UVHUP & Holodome Onslaught Add-On 25%
Spec Ops: The Line Games On Demand 75%
Mafia II: Jimmy’s Vendetta Pack Add-On 50%
Mafia II: Joe’s Adventure Add-On 50%
BioShock Games On Demand 75%
BioShock 2 Games On Demand 75%
BioShock 2 Minerva’s Den Add-On 75%
Duke Nukem Forever Games On Demand 75%

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

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

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