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Rise of Nations: Extended Edition confirmed, releases next month on Steam

by Joseph Murphy - on May 31st 2014 - No Comments

Microsoft has revealed they have acquired the rights to the Rise of Nations franchise, and that an extended edition of Rise of Nations will release next month. The extended edition will contain the Rise of Nations base game, as well as the Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots expansion and set you back €19.99 generally, but the formal...

Xbox One priced for Japan

by Joseph Murphy - on May 27th 2014 - No Comments

Microsoft has confirmed Xbox One prices for the Japanese market. Launching September 4th, The console will launch in two separate bundles – the one with Kinect will set gamers back 49,980 yen (€370/£291/$490), while the Xbox One without Kinect will cost 39,980 yen (€295/£233/$392). The release date for the Japanese launch...

Layoffs hit Rare, cuts to change the “methodology” of the studio says Microsoft

by Joseph Murphy - on May 19th 2014 - No Comments

Developer Rare has been hit with layoffs, Microsoft has confirmed. The renowned studio, which is owned by Microsoft, has faced an unconfirmed number of layoffs after the release of the Xbox One exclusive Kinect Sports Rivals failed to sell as much as anticipated. A statement, direct from Microsoft, reveals the layoffs signify a “decision...

Why is the PS4 outselling Xbox One? “We could point to any number of things”, says Microsoft

by Joseph Murphy - on May 16th 2014 - No Comments

Microsoft has weighed in on the sale difference between their Xbox One console, and rival hardware The PlayStation 4. Speaking to Gamespot, Microsoft’s chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi shared this thoughts on why Microsoft’s introduction to the next-gen plateau was flagging behind Sony’s. According to...

Games with Gold starts this June on Xbox One. First free titles confirmed

by Shane Willoughby - on May 13th 2014 - No Comments

Games with Gold will arrive on Xbox One this June. Microsoft has confirmed that Max: Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault will be free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox One in June. Xbox 360 owners will Dark Souls, Charlie Murder and Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition as part of Games with Gold next month. The introduction...

Microsoft to release Xbox One model without Kinect, dropping Gold paywall for apps

by Joseph Murphy - on May 13th 2014 - No Comments

Microsoft has confirmed they are to releasing an Xbox One model, this June, without Kinect. Come June 9th, gamers can snap up a Kinect-less model of Xbox One starting at $399 (Euro and sterling prices to be confirmed) in all markets where Xbox One is sold. The reveal comes with a new promotional video, seen below, which features Microsoft’s...

Rumour: E3 2014 listing manifesto appears online, check it out here

by Joseph Murphy - on May 13th 2014 - No Comments

With the countdown to E3 2014 underway, ZeldaInformer claims to have been sent a listing manifesto for E3 2014. Of course, the listing below should be taken with a colossal pinch of salt, but does offer an exciting glimpse into the possible. Each firm is broken down with the Microsoft camp listed with Beyond Good & Evil 2, Gears...

Microsoft’s E3 briefing locked in for June 9th. New IP and sequels will be announced

by Shane Willoughby - on May 6th 2014 - No Comments

Microsoft will hold their annual E3 media breifing this Monday June 9th. Titled “Xbox: Game On”, the session can be streamed live starting at 9am with pre-show coverage on Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and Windows Phone globally. Additionally, Microsoft’s Phil Spenser has confirmed that E3 will showcase both new IP and sequels...

Microsoft’s Call of Duty DLC 30 day exclusivity deal extends to Advanced Warfare

by Shane Willoughby - on May 5th 2014 - No Comments

Microsoft has confirmed that their Call of Duty DLC timed exclusivity deal will extend to the recently announced Advanced Warfare. MS posted an update on Xbox Wire confirming that Xbox platforms will get Advanced Warfare DLC first, some 30 days ahead of everyone else. Expect to see Advanced Warfare on stage at Microsoft’s E3 showcase...

Microsoft talks pre-loading games on Xbox One: “we want this feature as well”

by Joseph Murphy - on May 2nd 2014 - No Comments

Microsoft has confirmed a pre-loading feature for Xbox One games is very much something the firm is still interested in. Taking to Reddit, Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, responded to a thread entitled “Xbox One Needs Pre-Loading Feature!”, to which he reiterated their interest in...

Xbox One’s Japanese launch confirmed for September the 4th

by Joseph Murphy - on Apr 23rd 2014 - No Comments

Microsoft has confirmed Xbox One is set to launch on September the 4th across Japan. The news, via Gematsu, reveals there’s to be a rather extensive Japanese support for Microsoft’s latest video game platform on launch, including forty developer and publisher studios. The full list of which is as follows: 2K Games Access Games Acquire Arc...

New Xbox One system update rolls out tonight – full list of improvements here

by Shane Willoughby - on Apr 15th 2014 - No Comments

Xbox One will benefit from a new system update we’re told will roll out “tonight” in Europe. The update will include a new progress bar to track game and app save states, notifications for newly signed in friends and added favourites, Kinect voice and motion improvements as well as an improvement in GameDVR video quality. Here...

Xbox One YouTube App out today

by Shane Willoughby - on Apr 8th 2014 - No Comments

Xbox One’s YouTube App is out today. After you apply the relevant update, a ‘My Uploads’ section will added to the YouTube app. You will then be free to directly upload clips and use the Upload Studio to edit same clips. Videos will also now be available to watch in Snap mode and can be added to pins. Happy YouTube-ing. ...

Microsoft plans on Xbox 360 emulator for Xbox One, not done “thinking it through” yet

by Joseph Murphy - on Apr 7th 2014 - No Comments

Microsoft has confirmed they have “plans” for an Xbox 360 emulator to run on Xbox One machines. The word, via Kotaku, reveals the firm is working towards it becoming a reality, but that there’s still issues to solve before the whole thing clicks into place. Speaking at Microsoft’s Build developer conference, partner...

Cortana digital assistant confirmed for Windows Phone 8.1

by Joseph Murphy - on Apr 4th 2014 - No Comments

Microsoft has revealed Cortana, a digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1. Details emerged recently which appeared to confirm the Cortana assistant was coming, but now we know it is very much a real thing. Cortana, much like Apple’s “Siri” and Google’s “Google Now”, will help users of Windows Phone...