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March 28th 2014, 1:28 pm PT

Here’s How to Watch this Weekend’s Call of Duty Championships

The 2014 Call of Duty Championships, presented by Xbox, are on NOW. With teams from around the world battling it out for their share of $1 million in prize money, the competition is sure to be fierce. Here’s how you can follow the action live:

  • Catch opening-round qualifiers action today and tomorrow on MLG.tv and the MLG app on Xbox Live. Rounds start at 9am Pacific.
  • Watch the championship finals on Xbox Live, Sunday at 3pm PT/6pm ET on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

In between matches, learn about the teams in the competition over on Xbox Wire, or join in the conversation on Twitter using the #XboxCoD hashtag.

COD, Events

March 28th 2014, 6:01 am PT

Roll on in to the Free World of Tanks Weekend

This weekend, World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition is open to everyone, allowing all players on Xbox Live to join Gold subscribers in massive, 30-tank battles. The World of Tanks Free Weekend is on now, with access open to all through Sunday, 30 March at 11:59pm Pacific.

 
This weekend event coincides with World of Tanks’ Map Madness Community Challenge, so know that each tank you reduce to a smoking pile of scrap will help the entire World of Tanks community unlock new battlefields to play on.
 
To download World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition, click here.

Xbox 360

March 26th 2014, 10:08 am PT

Warface Enters Open Beta Today

Last month, Crytek’s Warface opened up a limited beta. As of today, the Warface beta is open for all Xbox Live Gold subscribers as a free download.

The Open Beta will carry over three Versus modes from Closed Beta that feature several maps, plus two initial Co-op settings with multiple mission types and difficulties. There will be a constant flow of new content, settings and modes that will keep the players entertained and wanting more. Furthermore, daily new missions built for beginners and experts alike ensure that Warface remains challenging and fun.

As we know many of you out there will now be trying out Warface for the first time, we asked Crytek for some tips to help new players hold their own against those who have been playing in the Closed Beta:

In Versus games it’s important to be fast and make maximum use of your chosen class’ abilities. For example, an Engineer can set deadly traps with claymores, and a Medic can last a long time when keeping their health and damage ratio in check.

As for Co-op, it highly depends on the map and the difficulty on which you play; it’s more about each player’s individual skill set that should match with the overall tactics of the team, but being in constant communication with the team, and being reactive to the needs of the mission is critical.

What advice can you offer for class selection?

A well-balanced team can make all the difference in the world: Medics are great for keeping the other members alive, Riflemen can push through large groups of enemies and keep a steady supply of ammo going, Engineers provide the team with the ability to set traps and restore armor which absorb the brunt of incoming fire, and Snipers can take care of enemies who are far away or in high ground.

Aside from team balance, a correlation in gameplay style is also important; you can’t have one person running rogue and leaving the others to fend for themselves. Xbox Live’s voice-over IP functionality works wonders on promoting tactical team play.

How can beta participants help make the final product better?

Warface is built on the players’ feedback, so feel encouraged to send any feedback or constructive thoughts to feedbackwf360@crytek.com; the Warface team aims to incorporate whatever possible and bring forth the best free-to-play experience possible. New forums will be made available soon at warfacexbox.com. You can also follow Warface on Facebook and Twitter.

Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region.

Xbox 360

March 25th 2014, 10:18 am PT

Project Spark + Linkin Park

Last week, our friends at Team Dakota opened up the free Project Spark beta to all Xbox One owners. This week, the team is excited to share a collaboration with Linkin Park; the band’s new video “Guilty all the Same” is being released today as a fully remixable gameplay experience in Project Spark. Take a look at the video:

Now that you’ve seen what Linkin Park and Team Dakota have created, you can utilize Project Spark’s audio remix station to make a new music video, music game, or whatever else you’d like.

Learn more about Project Spark at www.projectspark.com or search for “Project Spark” in the Xbox Games Store.

Project Spark, Xbox One

March 25th 2014, 9:17 am PT

New Entertainment Apps for Xbox One & Xbox 360

This week we’re rolling out new experiences on Xbox One and Xbox 360, perfect for fans of movies, baseball, and eSports.

Just in time for the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, the Major League Gaming app is now available for Xbox 360. Watch MLG’s premier competitions on your Xbox 360, Call of Duty’s Championship gets underway this Friday.

Major League Baseball’s season also throws out its first pitch of the season this weekend, and MLB.tv Premium subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold subscription will be able to enjoy the new MLB.tv app for Xbox One. MLB.tv Premium offers live, HD-quality video of every out-of-market regular season game in 2014, plus full archives for every game. Visit MLB.com/Xbox for complete details.

Movie fans have more choices than ever starting today on Xbox 360 as we add ENCORE PLAY and MOVIEPLEX PLAY from Starz our extensive list of entertainment apps. Additionally, EPIX is prepping an Xbox One app, and has just added Time Warner Authentication for its Xbox 360 app.

For more on these apps click on over to Xbox Wire.

Video, Xbox 360, Xbox One

March 25th 2014, 7:15 am PT

This Week’s Xbox Live Store Deals

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. 

Discounts are valid now through 31 March 2014 *unless otherwise indicated.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Call of Duty: Ghosts Digital Hardened Edition* Xbox One game 20%
Thief* Xbox One game 50%
Tomb Raider* Xbox One game 50%

*Discounts on these games are valid from 28 March 2014 through 30 March 2014.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
BioShock Infinite Games on Demand 67%
BioShock Infinite – Burial at Sea Episode 1 Add-On 50%
BioShock Infinite – Clash in the Clouds Add-On 50%
BioShock Infinite - Columbia’s Finest Pack Add-On 50%
BioShock Games on Demand 75%
BioShock 2 Games on Demand 75%
The Walking Dead Survival Instinct Games on Demand 75%
NBA 2K14 Games on Demand 50%
Thief* Games on Demand 50%
Tomb Raider* Games on Demand 50%
Call of Duty: Ghosts* Games on Demand 33%

*Discounts on these games are valid from 28 March 2014 through 30 March 2014.

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals of the Week are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

Game Add-on, Marketplace, Xbox 360 Games On Demand, Xbox One

March 21st 2014, 3:28 pm PT

MNR 504: ID at Xbox, GDC and Marc Whitten

Note: I’ve added the above show notes to the ID3 Lyrics data field. Check your device if this is supported.

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

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

Guests:

Interview: Marc Whitten (21:43-36:58)

Podcast

March 21st 2014, 10:01 am PT

2014 Call of Duty Championship is Coming to Xbox This Month

The world’s best Call of Duty players will soon come together to shoot it out for their share of $1 million, in the first-ever eSports world championship on Xbox One.

Watch the 2014 Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, on Xbox Live or Xbox.com on Sunday, March 30 at 6pm EST, 3pm PST. You can also catch opening-round action on MLG.tv Friday and Saturday March 28-29. Join the conversation and cheer your favorite team on Twitter using #XboxCOD. You can learn more about the 32-team field at CallofDuty.com/eSports

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