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March 18th 2014, 9:08 am PT

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROESContent: METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES

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World-renowned Kojima Productions showcases the latest masterpiece in the METAL GEAR SOLID franchise with METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES. METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES is the first segment of the ‘Metal Gear Solid V Experience’ and prologue to the larger second segment, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN launching thereafter. MGSV: GROUND ZEROES gives gamers the opportunity to get a taste of the world-class production’s unparalleled visual presentation and gameplay before the release of the main game. It also provides an opportunity for those who have never played a Kojima Productions game, and veterans alike, to gain familiarity with the radical new game design and unparalleled style of presentation. Kojima Productions once again raises the bar with the FOX Engine offering incredible graphic fidelity and the introduction of open world game design in the Metal Gear Solid universe. This is the experience that core gamers have been waiting for. For a limited time, purchase of this game grants the user access to “Mother Base Staff” content in the forthcoming METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN.

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES is also available for Xbox 360.
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region.

 

Marketplace, Xbox 360, Xbox One

March 18th 2014, 8:00 am PT

Project Spark Goes to Open Beta on Xbox One

Our friends at Team Dakota have just announced that Project Spark is now in open beta on Xbox One. That means Xbox One owners can join the existing community of Project Spark players and creators without needing a beta code.

To get started, just search for “Project Spark” in the Xbox One store and install the game. Once the installation is complete, launch the game and start creating!

I’ll be joining Team Dakota’s live developer Twitch stream today at Noon PST. Join in on the fun by searching for “Project Spark” on the Xbox One Twitch App, or by clicking here. EDIT: Or just watch right here:

Watch live video from Project_Spark on www.twitch.tv

Note: In some cases, users that were already in the beta key queue may need to click the “Request Beta Key” button, then exit and relaunch the game to get in for the first time.

 

 

Gaming, Xbox One

March 18th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Xbox One Coming to 26 new markets in September

We’ll have much more to share at a local level towards the end of April, so stay tuned. In the meantime, the confirmed additional launch markets for September include:

• Argentina
• Belgium
• Chile
• Colombia
• Czech Republic
• Denmark
• Finland
• Greece
• Hungary
• India
• Israel
• Japan
• Korea
• Netherlands
• Norway
• Poland
• Portugal
• Russia
• Saudi Arabia
• Singapore
• Slovakia
• South Africa
• Sweden
• Switzerland
• Turkey
• UAE

Via Xbox Wire

Xbox One

March 18th 2014, 6:00 am PT

Xbox One’s Next Wave of Features

We announced last month that we’ve invited select Xbox Live members to preview system updates early. Today we’re excited to share the next wave of Xbox One features that we will begin to roll out. These features will become available to members getting the early previews in the coming days and weeks and will be available to the full Xbox Live community in April:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
  • Blu-ray 50 Hz video output support for content recorded at 50 Hz will resolve video playback issues some Xbox Live members in Europe are experiencing.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Updates to Xbox One device management to address issues controlling TVs, set top boxes, and receivers that our customers have reported.
  • New audio settings to tune how much volume is lowered when Kinect is used in communications.

We’re also extending invitations to more Xbox Live members in our current Xbox One markets. New invitees will be sent an Xbox Live message to register, so keep an eye out.

We value all of the feedback we are getting from you. We know external hard drive storage is still a big one and we’ve promised before it’s on our list – I assure you that it still is. We’ll continue regular updates to Xbox One.

Thanks for your support.

 Cross posted on Xbox Wire

System Update, Xbox One

March 18th 2014, 5:16 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 24 March 2014.

Xbox 360

        

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Bully Games on Demand 75%
LA Noire Games on Demand 75%
Midnight Club LA Games on Demand 75%
Max Payne 3 Games on Demand 75%
Red Dead Redemption Games on Demand 75%
Max Payne 3 – R* Pass Add-ons 75%

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.

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

March 17th 2014, 10:51 am PT

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is coming to Xbox 360 April 9th

 

Earlier today, Phil Spencer announced that Max: The Curse of Brotherhood from Press Play Games is coming to Xbox 360. It will be available on on April 9th for US $14.99.

 

 

Gaming, Xbox 360

March 17th 2014, 9:00 am PT

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare: Garden Variety Pack Preview

Our friends at Popcap have some great news for those of you enjoying battling through the gardens and graveyards of Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare – the Garden Variety pack add-on will sprout tomorrow! There’s a lot of new content jammed into this pack, including the new Gnome Bomb game mode, new Chomp Town map, dozens of new abilities and new character customization items. Best of all, the price is definitely right.

Here’s a deeper look at the Garden Variety Pack:

The Garden Variety Pack add-on for Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare will be available for FREE tomorrow, March 18th, only on Xbox Live.

 

Game Add-on, Xbox One

March 14th 2014, 3:59 pm PT

MNR 503: Titanfall

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

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

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

Guests:

Interview: Special Guests from Respawn - Jon Shiring, Engineer and Drew McCoy, MFP (27:59-55:17)

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