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  • 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
  • Blog Post: Microsoft And Activision Working To Address Dead Black Ops III Beta Codes

    If you’re having trouble redeeming your Call of Duty: Black Ops III beta code, you are not alone. It seems that a number of users have found their codes to be dead on arrival. The responsibility for the fix seems to rest with Microsoft, as Xbox Support and Activision have both shared updates via... More
  • Blog Post: Where Is Our Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition Review?

    In advance of next year’s planned release of Gears of War 4, the Coalition is releasing a new version of the original Gears of War tomorrow, on August 25. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition completely remasters the visual and audio experience of the game, while simultaneously striving to maintain the... More
  • Blog Post: You Can Vote On Press Play's Next Game

    Microsoft announced today Press Play (Kalimba, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood ) is giving fans a chance to select the studio's next title. This marks the first step of many in a new development initiative designed to keep the gaming community engaged and informed as Press Play works on its upcoming... More
  • Blog Post: Full 1080p, 60 Frames-Per-Second Xbox One Streaming Comes To Windows 10 Today

    Windows 10 users are getting some new features today for Xbox One game streaming. The highlight is a bump to 1080p and 60 frames-per-second, but there are other additions worth noting. You can now conveniently message friends or invite them to a party with a right-click of the mouse over their Gamertag... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Invites You To Try More Than 50 ID@Xbox Games Before PAX

    Are you attending PAX or live in the Seattle area? If so, Microsoft wants you to visit its campus and try out more than 50 ID@Xbox Games. The event takes place on Thursday, August 27 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in Building 92 on the Microsoft campus. Parking is free, but don’t worry if you don’t... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Biggest Challenge For Making Crackdown's Multiplayer Destruction Work Is Your ISP

    Since the Xbox One was announced, we’ve been hearing about the power of the cloud. In the upcoming Crackdown from Reagent Games, it manifests as completely destructible environments in multiplayer. Jeff Cork destroyed a cloud city at Gamescom (sorry, Lando), and saw how the game scales to take... More
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