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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Not Giving Up On Xbox Anytime Soon

    In an employee memo titled "Bold Ambition and Our Core", Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addressed and clarified Microsoft's stance on the Xbox. Despite past rumors of misgivings , the Xbox is here to stay. "The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 3’s Last Easter Egg Is A Gift From My High School Friend To His Wife

    I was sitting in trigonometry class one day when I looked over to see my friend Adrian doodling in his notebook. I poked him and asked what he was up to, and he told me he was designing a game he would eventually make. Almost two decades later, he’s making games and I’m writing about them... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Says Reports About Devkit Plans Were Inaccurate

    A number of sites have reported today that Microsoft axed its announced plans to allow indie developers to use retail Xbox One units as developer kits. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, those reports are inaccurate. We reached out to Microsoft after seeing the stories, and have heard back from the... More
  • Blog Post: Project Spark Crafts Its Own Release Date

    While Project Spark continues its PC beta this summer, the flexible suite of game-creation software is headed towards an actual final launch on October 7 here in the Americas, with a release just a few days later in Asia and Europe. Project Spark will see a retail release on Xbox One, but will also be... More
  • Blog Post: July Xbox One Update Rolling Out In Next Few Days

    Xbox One owners could be getting the July system update over the course of the next few days, as it begins to roll out. The update adds several new features , including a snap-mode achievement window, additional voice commands, and more. If you're an achievement hunter, the new functionality will... More
  • Blog Post: Gungoose Coming To Halo 2 Multiplayer For The Master Chief Collection

    Halo 2 is getting a new vehicle - sort of. Developer 343 Industries has announced that it's bringing the Mongoose, a classic vehicle from Halo 3, 4, and Reach, to Halo 2. However, the ATV is getting an important upgrade. You can see the full concept below that shows the Gungoose, named as such due... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Xbox Live Service Alert Continues

    As of this morning, Microsoft continues to warn Xbox Live users on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and other Xbox devices that purchase and content usage is limited. According to the Xbox Live Status page, users may be having trouble downloading/watching TV seasons that they've already purchased from Xbox Video... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Xbox One Achievements, Friends, And Video Clips Available On Xbox.com Now

    Update: The update to Xbox.com is available now. You can view your achievements, friends, video clips and more right from the website. Original Story: Microsoft’s official blogger Major Nelson has just released a video detailing some additions to Xbox.com – including the ability to view your... More
  • Blog Post: Stephen Toulouse, Former Xbox Live Director Of Enforcement, Joins Gears Of War Team

    Stephen Toulouse, who was a Microsoft employee for 18 years before departing in 2012 , has rejoined his former company. Toulouse will be joining Rod Fergusson’s team at Black Tusk on the next Gears of War project as the director of community engagement. The news was announced on Major Nelson's... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Still Considering Xbox One Game Sharing

    When Microsoft reversed its stance on mandatory daily check-ins for the Xbox One a week after E3 2013, it was heralded by most of the community as the right move. Unfortunately, one of the most appealing features of the plan was the ability to share games with family members. According to a new report... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Says People Love Kinect, And They'll Buy It

    Last month, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One console would be available with or without Kinect. According to Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, that shouldn't be taken as a sign that the company has lost any faith in the device. According to Spencer, consumers love Kinect, and they'll buy it one... More
  • Blog Post: The Games For Windows Live Exodus Continues

    Microsoft refutes rumors that it will shut down PC online gaming service Games for Windows Live (featuring achievements, gamertags, etc.) on July 1, but with with its marketplace shut down, it's clearly in decline. Furthermore, studios like Twisted Pixel Games – a developer now owned by Microsoft... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Walks Back Harrison’s Erroneous Kinect Voice Command Statements

    Last week following the Microsoft press conference at E3, we sat down with company corporate vice president Phil Harrison to discuss the current state of Xbox. During that conversation, we asked him if all of the Kinect functions, including system level voice commands, could be disabled to eke more power... More
  • Blog Post: One Year Later, Microsoft Messaging On Xbox One As Confused As Ever

    Update: Microsoft has provided us a statement on Kinect voice commands. You can read the entire statement detailing Microsoft's correction to Phil Harrison's statements on June 9, 2014. Original Story: Last week at E3, I sat down with Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison to talk about... More
  • Blog Post: Sunset Overdrive Lets You Play As Who You Want To Be

    Insomniac's upcoming Sunset Overdrive posits the question: What would you do in the apocalypse? You play as a worker who's given near-boundless freedom in Sunset City following an energy-drink mishap. If earlier coverage and trailers have left you cold on the generic-looking dude that's been... More
  • Blog Post: Aaron Paul Will Turn On Your Xbox One

    Xbox One new commercial features Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul using the Kinect’s voice sensor to turn on menus and navigate the system. However, Xbox One owners have reported that when Paul says “Xbox One on” early in the ad, his Xbox isn’t the only one starting up. The ad wants... More
  • Blog Post: Major Nelson Demonstrates Xbox One Achievement Snap

    Announced earlier this week at E3, we now have more details on Xbox One's upcoming Achievement Snap app. In addition to viewing real-time achievement progress in-game, players can also command Xbox One to search the web for tips on achievements through the "Get Help" feature. Snap mode... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 5: Guardians Beta Begins In December

    On Monday Microsoft announced Halo: Master Chief Collection, and apart from remastering the numbered games in the series, it also delivers access to Halo 5: Guardians' beta. That beta begins in December. Speaking to Joystiq, Bonnie Ross, 343's general manager, said that the beta for Halo 5's... More
  • Blog Post: Massive Chalice Xbox One Exclusive Won't Affect PC Release

    During Microsoft's E3 press conference, the company announced that it is bringing Double Fine's Kickstarter-funded strategy title Massive Chalice over to the Xbox One, but Double Fine wants all it's backers to know that this won't effect their ability to play the game on PC. In an email... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Developers Can Completely Shut Off Kinect Functions

    Update: Microsoft has provided us a statement on Kinect voice commands. You can read the entire statement detailing Microsoft's correction to Phil Harrison's statements. You can also read more about how we conducted this interview and the steps we took to verify the information. Original Story... More
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