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  • Blog Post: Phil Spencer Is Focused On Winning Back Xbox Customer Trust

    “For me, what I think we fundamentally lost was the trust of our most loyal customers,” says Head of Xbox Phil Spencer in a recent interview. “We lost the trust in them that they were at the center of our decision-making process. Were we making a product for us, or were we making a... More
  • Blog Post: PSA: Xbox 360 Multiplayer Is Free For Everyone This Weekend

    If you’ve been itching for a Halo or Call of Duty match on Xbox 360, but your Xbox Live Gold has expired, you’re in luck. Microsoft is opening multiplayer up to everyone this weekend. Beginning today, October 9, you’ll be able to jump online in any game that supports multiplayer without... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Debuts Halo: The Fall Of Reach Animated Adaptation Launch Trailer

    You can get a glimpse of the upcoming animated adaptation of the Halo: The Fall of Reach novel through a new launch trailer released by Microsoft. The series is included as a part of the Halo 5: Guardians Digital Deluxe, Limited, and Limited Collector's Editions. Those who buy the special Halo 5... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Pulls Black Ops III Digital Pre-Orders, Promises To Bring Them Back Soon

    Black Ops III fans were thrown for a loop when the option to pre-order the game mysteriously vanished from the Xbox Store, but there's no need to panic quite yet. ICXM reported the sudden disappearance, which has left the official Xbox page for the game prompting interested players to visit their... More
  • Blog Post: Rise Of The Tomb Raider Microtransactions Confirmed

    Microsoft's post detailing Rise Of The Tomb Raider's season pass also includes confirmation of in-app transactions. Late last month we brought you a new hands-on preview of Lara Croft's latest adventure, the Xbox One timed-exclusive Rise Of The Tomb Raider. Our news editor Mike Futter walked... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Starts HoloLens Developer-Kit Program

    Today at its Windows 10 event, Microsoft announced that it is taking applications for HoloLens developer kits, which will be available early next year. The company said the kits will cost $3,000 and that they would ship in the first quarter of 2016. To show off some of the kinds of experiences possible... More
  • Blog Post: You’ll Be Able To Remap Buttons On All Xbox One Controllers Soon

    Microsoft’s $150 Xbox One Elite controller features a number of features not found on the standard models. You’ll be able to change the thumbsticks and D-Pad, add rear paddles (like Scuf’s controllers), and tune your triggers for faster firing in first-person shooters. It’ll also... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires Havok Physics And Animation Middleware From Intel

    Microsoft has announced that it has completed acquisition of Intel’s Havok software. You’ve likely seen the logo pop up in a game over the past 15 years, seeing as its been used in more than 600 of them. In addition to Microsoft’s own Crackdown 3, Havok has been used recently in Destiny... More
  • Blog Post: Final Xbox One Holiday Bundle Features A Double Dose Of Fallout

    This week, Microsoft is announcing a new holiday Xbox One bundle each day. We're collecting all of the information on what will end up being nine different bundle options for shoppers this season. The final bundle revealed this week stars a double dose of Fallout. It includes a 1 TB console, a physical... More
  • Blog Post: Twisted Pixel Spins Off From Microsoft To Renew Independence

    Twisted Pixel, the developer behind The Maw, Splosion Man, and LocoCycle, is splitting off from Microsoft. The report doesn’t offer much details other than offering confirmation that the studio is renewing its independent status. Speaking with IGN , executive producer Bill Muehl says this plan... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Party Chat Now Supports 12-Player Groups

    With Halo 5: Guardians coming in just a month, Microsoft is laying the groundwork. This includes an increase in party size to support the 24-player Warzone mode. As of last night, Microsoft has increased party chat from eight players to twelve. You don’t need to be in the preview program or using... More
  • Blog Post: Project Spark Is Going Fully Free Starting Next Week

    Microsoft has announced that its game creation toolset, Project Spark, will move from its microtransaction model to a new free, open creation model starting on October 5. Because of this, new and existing users of the game will be able to access previously paid DLC. In addition to the move to free, Skybox... More
  • Blog Post: Rise Of The Tomb Raider Is Likely To Include In-App Transactions

    During my three-hour preview of Rise of the Tomb Raider that took place last week, I spent time exploring some of the wide open environments. As in the 2013 reboot, each of these has challenges associated with them, offering an XP reward for completion. In one area, I happened to shoot down a hanging... More
  • Blog Post: Second Season Of Halo 5’s Hunt The Truth Serial-Style Radio Drama Debuts September 22

    Microsoft has always found ways to dial up the Halo hype as release approaches. For Halo 5: Guardians, that takes the form of a Serial-style radio drama called Hunt the Truth . The first season aired earlier this year, and featured the investigative journalism of fictional reported Benjamin Giraud. The... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Xbox One Dashboard Preview Rolling Out Now, Read The Fine Print First

    Update: The preview is rolling out to those that opted in. As a reminder, some of your apps and games will not work immediately, and you'll need to wait for more updates to roll out. Microsoft is planning to push them approximately twice per week. Also, once you are in, leaving the New Xbox One Experience... More
  • Blog Post: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition For Games With Gold Starts Tomorrow

    August's Games With Gold are coming to an end, but fear not, new titles – including Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition on Xbox One are starting tomorrow. The last August Games With Gold is How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition for Xbox One, which you can pick up for free today if you're an... More
  • Blog Post: New Xbox One Experience Brings Windows 10-Inspired Updates To Preview Members Starting This Month

    Microsoft has announced its plans for previewing the revised Xbox One dashboard . Starting this month, users in the preview program will have the opportunity to opt-in for testing. Because this is such a significant revision, Microsoft isn’t assuming that everyone will want to risk it. You’ll... More
  • Blog Post: Minecraft Updates Merging Worlds Of Windows 10, Pocket Editions

    Microsoft has announced a few details about its upcoming Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta and Pocket Edition updates, which will give social-minded players some big new options when it comes to playing with friends. Version 0.12.1 is adding cross-platform multiplayer with up to five players for those... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Machinima Agrees To 20-Year FTC Oversight In Settlement Over Deceptive Practices

    Update #2: Following news this morning that the FTC was pursuing action against Machinima for deceptive practices related to an ad campaign for Microsoft, the company has agreed to settlement terms. The agreement includes codifying Machinima’s responsibility for influencers in its network to properly... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Elite Bundle Includes Solid-State Hybrid Drive, Elite Controller

    Microsoft announced a new hardware bundle today, which is aimed at players who are looking for the highest possible performance. The Xbox One Elite Bundle includes an Xbox One kitted out with a 1TB solid-state hybrid drive and the console's new Elite Controller . Microsoft says that because the hybrid... More
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