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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.

 

August 15th 2014, 1:46 am PT

Xbox One System Update Now Available for Preview Members

Today we’re rolling out several of the new social and entertainment features we shared earlier this week, with the addition of a few unannounced features, to the members previewing new system updates. Your input on feedback.xbox.com plays a big role in shaping these updates, which will roll out to all Xbox One owners in the coming months.

Some of the new features rolling out to our preview members include:

  • Parties – The Party App has been re-organized, so you can now see what activities everyone in your party is doing and tell more clearly who is playing in the same game with you.  You can also more quickly perform common actions like muting, joining, or sending game invites.  Also, Parties now have a Party Leader.  This person can change whether the party requires invitations, and she/he can remove others from the party.
  • New Friends Section – The new Friends section has been available for a few early access preview members and we’re expanding it to additional participants enrolled in the preview program. The new Friends section enables you to see at a glance what’s going on with your friends. You can stay up-to-date with your current activities, the most popular games your friends are playing, and a Gamerscore leaderboard to see who has improved their Gamerscore the most over the last 30 days.We’ll continue to roll this feature out to all participants in the coming updates.
  • Media Player – A new app will be available soon that enables you to play media files from either an attached USB device or from a network connected home media server that supports DLNA protocols. The preview version of the Media Player app will initially only support USB devices, with DLNA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and mkv which will be added by the end of the year. See below for additional file formats.
  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner – Announced last week, this new hardware accessory will enter a limited preview program in Europe (UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain), in advance of its retail launch beginning in October.
  • Stream TV to SmartGlass – Launching first in markets receiving the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner, you will be able to stream your TV across your home network to your smartphones and tablets using the Xbox SmartGlass app. You can also pause, play and rewind as well as change channels, without interrupting gameplay on Xbox One.
  • Boot to TV – Now you will be able to set your console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
  • Live TV Miniguide – For markets where OneGuide is available, a new mini guide on the bottom of the screen will display details about the TV content that is currently playing. You can quickly change channels and see what’s on other channels, while still watching TV.
  • SmartGlass Updates – You can now post status messages from the Activity Feed as well as add comments and share items from both your Activity Feed and from Game Clips. Along with the new comment and share features, a personalized Activity Feed has been added to your profile. Messages have been updated to a new layout supporting a full conversation view. Additionally, we are adding the ability to record game clips directly from the Now Playing bar. Finally, if you upgrade the app directly we have introduced a What’s New page highlighting the features of each release.
  • “Xbox On” in New Markets – Adding support for additional markets to use the “Xbox On” Kinect voice command to power on consoles: Australia, Canada (French), Italy, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil – a top used feature.
  • Country Expansion – We’re doing a lot of work on the back end to prepare for Xbox One to launch in 29 new markets in the coming weeks.
  • Multiple GameDVR Deletes – You will be able to choose multiple GameDVR clips to delete at once in the Upload app.
  • Save your Avatar Gamerpic – A new option is now available to save Avatar GamerPics to your OneDrive.
  • Settings Updates – New options help you manage your controllers and accessories. Also, Instant Sign-In is being moved to Settings, to the Sign-in, security & Passkey area.
  • Bandwidth Usage Display – Located in Network Settings under the Troubleshooting column, Bandwidth Usage will show you how much bandwidth your Xbox One is consuming over a period of time. This is useful if you want to track against bandwidth caps set by ISPs in certain markets.

Once again, we can’t thank you enough for your continued input and feedback. We look forward to sharing more when the next Xbox One system update rolls out to the larger community.

Xbox One compatible file types:

  • 3gp audio
  • 3gp video
  • 3gp2
  • aac
  • adts
  • animated gif
  • asf
  • avi divx
  • avi dv
  • avi uncompressed
  • avi xvid
  • bmp
  • jpg
  • gif
  • h264 avchd
  • mjpeg
  • mkv
  • mov
  • mp3
  • mpeg 1 ps
  • mpeg 2
  • mpeg 2 hd
  • mpeg 2 ts
  • mpeg 4 h264 aac
  • mpeg 4 sp
  • png
  • tiff
  • wav
  • wma
  • wma lossless
  • wma pro
  • wma voice
  • wmv
  • wmv hd
August 13th 2014, 7:57 pm PT

Pinball FX2 is Now Available on Xbox One

Pinball FX2Content: Pinball FX2

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Game Description: All of your favorite pinball tables are now available on Xbox One! Download the free Pinball FX2 platform and access to the best pinball library available, featuring tables based on the biggest names in pop-culture. The fantasy themed Sorcerer’s Lair table is available for free play for all players! Table library includes Star Wars Pinball, Marvel Pinball, Plants vs. Zombies Pinball and a great collection of original designs from the pinball wizards at Zen Studios. New tables are added all the time!


Here’s a bit more info on Pinball FX2, direct from our friends at Zen Studios:

Zen Studios is pleased to announce that the anticipated Pinball FX2 pinball platform which allows players to import their tables from Xbox 360 to Xbox One at no charge is now available on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program.

Pinball FX2 is a free to play pinball platform download on Xbox One, offering most of the Pinball FX2 library on day one, including the Star Wars Pinball table packs, a great selection of Marvel Pinball tables including the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool tables, and Zen’s original roster of tables available for purchase, with future tables, including The Walking Dead Pinball, coming to Xbox One on August 28, 2014. Any available tables originally purchased on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft will transfer over to the Xbox One version of the game at no additional cost.

For detailed information on the import process, please visit the Pinball FX2 Xbox One FAQ on the Zen Studios forums.

Pinball FX2 brings all the pinball action for which the franchise is known into the next-generation with 1080p graphics at 60 frames per second, worldwide tournaments, new achievements, and a slick new menu interface.

Prices range between $2.49 and $2.99 for single tables and $9.99 for table packs, and are available from the Xbox Games Store.

Zen Studios would like to sincerely thank ID@Xbox and a whole bunch of great people at Microsoft for working with us to make the table import feature work.

August 13th 2014, 12:13 pm 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 18 August 2014.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
EA Sports UFC Xbox One Game 33%
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Xbox One Game 50%
Titanfall Xbox One Game 50%
Titanfall Expedition Add-on 30%
Just Dance 2014 tracks*
“Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore Add-on 40%
“Timber” -  Pitbull Ft. Ke$ha Add-on 40%
“Gangnam Style” – PSY Add-on 40%
“Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO Add-on 40%
“Don’t You Worry Child” – Swedish House Mafia Add-on 40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.
*These deals are available for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Crystal Defenders Arcade 50%
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Games on Demand 50%
Gyromancer Arcade 50%
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Games on Demand 50%
Moon Diver Arcade 50%
Space Invaders Infinity Gene Arcade 50%
Yosumin! Live Arcade 50%
Risen Games on Demand 75%
Risen 2: Dark Waters Games on Demand 75%
Fight Night Champion Games on Demand 75%
Just Dance 4* Games on Demand 50%
“Can’t Hold Us” - Macklemore* Add-on 40%
“Timber” -  Pitbull Ft. Ke$ha* Add-on 40%
“Gangnam Style” – PSY* Add-on 40%
“Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO* Add-on 40%
“Don’t You Worry Child” – Swedish House Mafia* Add-on 40%

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 13th 2014, 9:45 am PT

EA’s Peter Moore at Gamescom 2014

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

Guests:

I grabbed EA's Peter Moore for a few minutes in between his Gamescom meetings to chat about EA Access, the games industry over the years and more.

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