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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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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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Xbox LIVE services in Australia

Microsoft officially announces Xbox LIVE services in Australia

The opening of Azure Data Centres in a country typically hails the arrival of local Xbox LIVE services, but Microsoft almost had us thinking that the opening of two Azure Data Centres in Sydney and Melbourne were merely token efforts in Australia. Thankfully, they aren’t, as Microsoft officially announced today the arrival of Xbox LIVE services in Australia. In a statement, Xbox Lead for Microsoft Australia, Jeremy Hinton said: “It has been a very exciting year for both Xbox and the industry. We set out to deliver amazing experiences on the Xbox One platform, and are humbled by the support and positive response from Aussie gamers to the updates over the past 12 months. Today’s announcement of Australian based Xbox Live servers addresses the most requested feature from local gamers. We are excited to give our fans the best online gaming experience available, just in time for the Holidays.” What this means in ...

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xbox one february update

Xbox draws blood for the first time: Xbox One outsold the PS4 in November

With a price cut of $50 and shopping for the Holiday season rife, it’s no surprise to see that the Xbox One has finally come out on top in the NPD‘s November report. The news that the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in November dropped just this week, and Microsoft was quick to celebrate, saying: “November set a new record for sales of Xbox One, and Xbox One was the best-selling console in the US and UK. “Response to the holiday lineup of games on Xbox One was incredible, with Xbox One fans buying more games in November in the US than any other gen eight platform and enjoying over 357 million hours of gameplay globally. “In fact, more fans logged into Xbox Live across Xbox One and Xbox 360, and enjoyed more entertainment, than any other month in the history of Xbox. We love to see the excitement from our ...

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Xbox Games with Gold

December’s Xbox Games with Gold have now been revealed

It’s the end of the month already and Microsoft knows just the thing to cheer us up: revealing December’s Xbox Games with Gold. In case you’ve never heard of Games with Gold, Microsoft has been running this initiative where Xbox Live Gold subscribers receive one or two free games a month to keep forever as long as they download within the month, or half-month. We’ll start off with the Xbox One’s offering. Starting December 1st (and ending December 31st), Xbox One Gold subscribers will be able to download and play Worms Battlegrounds for free. As the old adage says, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, and that applies wholeheartedly here with Battlegrounds adopting the age-old 2D, turn-based combat that saw the franchise rise to prominence in the first place. Battlegrounds will be the only game that Xbox One owners get through December, so make sure you get your money’s worth. ...

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sunset overdrive free

Microsoft celebrates Xbox One’s anniversary by making Sunset Overdrive free for 24 hours

Sunset Overdrive is arguably the Xbox One’s best exclusive title this year, but even if that isn’t true, it definitely is one of the more bombastic. Combining open world exploration with ridiculous weapons and an art style to die for, Sunset Overdrive has gotten some pretty rave reviews since its release last month. Which makes it all the more interesting that Microsoft is making Sunset Overdrive free for 24 hours to Xbox Live Gold members as a token of goodwill and celebrate the Xbox One’s one year anniversary. If that’s got your attention, Sunset Overdrive will be downloadable and playable from Saturday, November 22nd, 12:01am. Best of all, this is the whole game experience which means that if you purchase the game once this window is closed, you will still retain your save game and be able to continue your progress. Of course, this does mean that you have a pretty hefty ...

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Xbox One November update

Xbox One November update is now live, adds custom backgrounds and Twitter sharing

Microsoft has today started to roll out its Xbox One November update which brings in a whole host of improvements that should have quite a few gamers happy. Probably one of the most notable and noticeable changes included in the November update is the ability to set custom backgrounds. There are two ways of doing this: the first is to use photos from a flash drive that you connect to your Xbox One, and the second is to use the game art that features in each achievement that you earn. Something that will have personalization buffs happy is that you can now customize your location and Bio to give your friends and follows that little bit more information about you. A neat feature to compliment this personalizing is that you can set a number of “showcase” items that are displayed when people take a look at a profile, which can ...

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Quantum Break gameplay

This 16 minute video of Quantum Break gameplay will leaving you wanting more

Quantum Break is the latest tantalizing Xbox One exclusive that is being developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios. The premise of the game is time – the game follows Jack Joyce and Beth Wilder in their fight to keep time from collapsing after a time experiment goes horribly wrong. While you might think you have heard this narrative all before, it’s the game mechanics of Quantum Break that really have people excited – both protagonists, Joyce and Wilder, are able to manipulate time, to great effect. A Quantum Break gameplay video has been recently released and totals 16 minutes of gameplay, some of which was already seen at gamescom 2014 earlier this year and about 8 minutes of never seen footage before, all narrated by Remedy’s Sam Lake. Check it out below: As you can see, Quantum Break puts a really unique spin on time-based combat, and makes ...

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Sunset Overdrive gameplay trailer

New Sunset Overdrive gameplay trailer vomits colour, action and humour onto your computer screen

If I’m honest, the hype around Sunset Overdrive has somewhat gone over my head the last few weeks, despite being heavily pushed by Microsoft as its latest Xbox One exclusive video game. In truth, I’ve been sinking some serious hours into Destiny (and for the record, loving it) but after watching the latest Sunset Overdrive gameplay trailer, I think I might just have a new game on my wishlist. Check it out below:   Sunset Overdrive reminds me quite a lot of Dead Rising with the open world, third person, mutant/zombie killing vibe, except that everything has had the brightest possible shade of paint thrown on it and has a healthy dose of sardonic humour thrown in the mix. The premise of Sunset Overdrive, in case you haven’t heard (like me), is that in 2027, a certain FizzCo energy drink is released with the unfortunate side-effect of turning everyone into mutants. ...

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standalone microsoft xbox one kinect sensor

The standalone Microsoft Xbox One Kinect Sensor is officially available now

It was said to be coming, and Microsoft has come good on its promise – the standalone Microsoft Xbox One Kinect Sensor is now available for purchase from Amazon and the Microsoft online store for $149.99 USD. While the Xbox One’s portfolio of Kinect-intensive games is still a bit light, there are a few functions, such as video and voice commands, that make the Kinect a very intriguing accessory. Even having purchased a bundle without the Kinect in it, I myself am considering getting a standalone Kinect now just to try some of these features like voice commands and the face scanning that was recently advertised in NBA 2K15. For those who like the gaming parts of the Kinect better, you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft’s offer when it announced the standalone package still stands – each standalone Kinect will come with a digital code for Dance Central Spotlight, the ...

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