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Xbox One sales continue to outpace PS4 in the U.S. in November and December

Even as an Xbox fan, I have to admit that the Xbox One didn’t put up much of a fight for most of 2014. The story was the same, month after month, with Sony’s PS4 dominating sales – that is, until Black Friday. That was when Microsoft discounted its console by $50, bringing it down to $349 USD and has since done some dominating of its own with Xbox One sales. Microsoft just announced that the Xbox One was the top-selling console in November and December in the U.S. saying that the next-gen platform is outselling the Xbox 360 by “50 percent at the same point in its lifecycle”. As a celebration, and presumably a sound marketing strategy, Microsoft is keeping the Xbox One at its limited time pricing of $349 which is sure to jump start its console sales to start of 2015. Speaking about the milestone and new promotion, ...

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Screenshots are coming to the Xbox One

Screenshots are coming to the Xbox One “early this year”

For some time, one of the top things on Xbox One gamer’s wishlists has been the ability to take screenshots. This seems almost unintuitive since the Xbox’s video capture system is actually quite advanced, but Xbox head Phil Spencer has previous said that it’s actually “a little more technically challenging” than you might think. Thankfully though, Spencer says that screenshots are coming to the Xbox One sometime “early this year”. Whenever this update does materialize, it will mark the end of an ordeal since May 2014 when the idea was first suggested. While screenshots wouldn’t be a dealbreaker when purchasing a console, the Sony PlayStation 4 has been able to take screenshots since its launch in November 2013, so it’s a little disappointing that a solution hasn’t come up before this. This is particularly ironic given the emphasis that Xbox puts on the social and community aspect of its ecosystem and being ...

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Evolve Open Beta Xbox One

Evolve Xbox One Open Beta begins today, January 15th, with exclusives for the console players

The 4v1 multiplayer title that stole multiple awards at the tail end of last year, Evolve, is gearing up for launch on February 10th with some final betas to help get gamer’s excited, pre-purchasing and testing. Today 2K games has launched an open beta for Xbox One owners who have a Xbox Live Gold account. There is no special sign-up page or random number drawing, you just pop in and download the beta and get to cracking. The beta officially went live at 9 a.m. PST, so you may want to get the download started if you want to play later tonight. The Open Beta will bring much more to the table then past betas. You will have access to two monsters (Goliath and Kraken, eight hunters and 12 playable maps. This rings true for a special closed technical test that PC gamers will have access to tomorrow, and PS4 ...

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Battlefield Hardline open beta on the horizon for all platforms

Battlefield Hardline has been a hit and miss topic of discussion among fans and haters of the Battlefield franchise. Plenty called out EA and Dice for attempting to make a whole new title to raise profits when it should just be a DLC for Battlefield 4. While I can understand some of the arguments, they really are negated by the fact that the title isn’t a war game and has a totally different story mode that isn’t even being handled by either, but by Visceral games. All of that can easily go into a whole new article, now the important bit of information is that there is an open beta close at hand that will cover all gaming platforms that the title will release for when it officially comes out March 17th. I had a rather fun time on the first PC beta. Even though the modes and maps were ...

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Xbox One price

New Xbox One SDK makes seventh core accessible to developers

You may have heard that during the week, hackers released the new Xbox One SDK for the purpose of “creativity and research”. While we don’t condone the hacking, we can’t help but notice what was revealed by it. According to Digital Foundry, who has dug into the new SDK, Microsoft has just opened up the seventh core of the Xbox One for developers to start using – prior to this, both the Xbox One and the PS4 have reserved two whole cores for background processing. With this change, developers will be able to access up to “50 to 80 percent of a seventh core”, and according to Digital Foundry this could mean “a small amount of multi-platform titles released during Q4 2014 may have possessed performance advantages over their PS4 counterparts in certain scenarios”. More power, no complaints right? Unfortunately, this change does come at a cost. The extra processing power ...

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Xbook Duo

The Xbook Duo combines both an Xbox One and Xbox 360 in laptop format

Eddie Zarick is a pretty handy guy – his personal projects featured on his YouTube channel include – but are not limited to – the Playbook 4 (a portable PlayStation 4) and the Xbook One (a portable Xbox One). Both DIY modification jobs look very impressive, but Zarick has decided to take this to the next level with the Xbook Duo. Now, if you’re thinking this has something to do with the Xbox One, you’re absolutely correct, except that this time, instead of just having one console in the same portable box, Zarick has managed to get an Xbox 360 in there too. Check out the video of Zarick giving a tour of his handiwork: This is beyond amazing, and it’s an impressive looking customization to boot. I don’t know if the case gives the Xbox One quite enough ventilation as I know mine gets quite hot even with 75% of the panels ...

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Xbox Games with Gold

Happy New Year: January’s Xbox Games with Gold have been announced

Not one to skip a beat, even with the Holiday Season around, Microsoft has announced January’s Xbox Games with Gold. For those who haven’t heard, Microsoft offers free games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers every month, with the last few months netting Xbox One owners one game every month, and Xbox 360 owners double that. We’re getting the same arrangement this month, with the Xbox One’s title being Access Games’ D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die, and the Xbox 360 getting both MX vs ATV Alive and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition. D4 will be available for the whole month for Xbox One owners, and follows the story of David Young as he tries to figure out the details of his wife’s murder through his use of (somewhat) disjointed time travel abilities. Xbox 360 owners have MX vs ATV to look forward to in the first half of the month ...

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Polk Audio Striker ZX Xbox One Gaming Headset Review

Polk Audio Striker Zx Xbox One Gaming Headset Review: Just how good is Polk’s entry level headset?

Polk Audio isn’t the biggest name in gaming audio yet, but they’re trying their hardest to make the big time. Their latest crusade is being led by the Polk Audio Striker Zx, an entry-level gaming headset for the Xbox One that sits squarely at the bottom of their food chain, superceded only by Polk’s more expensive offering, the 4 Shot. Decked with bright coloured plastic, the Striker Zx looks every part the basic gamer’s headset, but is there more than meets the eye? Let’s check it out.           What’s in the box In the box, you’ll find the headset itself, a micro-USB which can be used to help update your controller when you first plug in your headset, and the Xbox One headset adapter which will enable stereo sound and headset capabilities for your Striker Zx. It’s pretty bare bones, and for $89.95 USD, it probably should ...

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Halo 3: ODST

Microsoft is remastering Halo 3: ODST to apologize for poor Master Chief Collection experience

To say that the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One has been a bumpy ride for Microsoft and 343 Industries would be an severe understatement. While it’s no Assassin’s Creed Unity, the Master Chief Collection owners have had to suffer through almost a month and a half of broken and unreliable multiplayer, which is decidedly unacceptable for a game that has swung many away from the Xbox’s greatest rival, the PS4. Clearly, both developer and publisher are truly sorry, with Bonnie Rose, head of 343 Industries, saying that the Master Chief Collection’s dismal showing has been “a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can — and need — to do better for Xbox fans around the world.” To help make amends, Microsoft and 343 Industries have something in store for those who have already invested in the game. For those who have played the ...

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halo 5 guardians multiplayer

343 Industries releases Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer Beta Trailer

With the multiplayer  of Halo: The Master Chief Collection in a constant state of flux, the attention of many Xbox One gamers has already turned to the next game in the Halo franchise, Halo 5 Guardians. To facilitate this, 343 Industries has released its Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer Beta Trailer, which with the help of Will Arnett’s silky, mellow voice, highlights some gameplay from the upcoming Beta. Check it out below – and do yourself a favour: change the video quality to watch the video at 60FPS at 1080p: Halo 5 has obviously made great strides to look great on the Xbox One’s hardware and the frantic and frankly brutal multiplayer combat looks ripe for combatants when the Multiplayer Beta goes live on December 29th. The Beta will go for three weeks and includes an assortment of maps, weapons and modes to give gamers a taste of what’s the come when the game ...

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