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  1. Storm the beaches of Gallipoli with the Allied forces or defend the Ottoman Empire’s fortifications at Cape Helles. Continue the battle at the Achi Baba hilltop in an intense infantry-focused push. Engage in epic naval clashes between the British Empire Royal Marines and German Navy in Heligoland Bight. Take part in the daring British raid at Zeebrugge with rough waves and a vast German mole. Battlefield 1 Turning Tides extends your arsenal by introducing the new L-Class Destroyer (ready to rule the waves in naval combat) and the new C-Class Airship (to deliver death from above). Key Features: Four new multiplayer maps. Get ready for beach landings, raids, and naval combat in: Cape Helles (Gallipoli), Achi Baba (Gallipoli), Zeebrugge (North Sea), Heligoland Bight (North Sea) The British Empire Royal Marines. Don the characteristic blue uniform of the British Empire’s elite naval troops and charge into battle with the new Royal Marines. An epic new Operation. Take part in the British amphibious assault on the Gallipoli peninsula in 1915. Defend or attack sectors on the Cape Helles and Achi Baba maps. New Conquest Assault game mode. Hold your ground or relentlessly press the offensive. Attackers and defenders fight over key areas, exclusively controlled by the defending team as the match starts. Six new unlockable weapons. Find your new favorite weapon among the M1917 Trench Carbine, Maschinenpistole M1912/P.16, Farquhar-Hill, M1917 MG, Carcano M91 Carbine, and Type 38 Arisaka. When the fight gets close and personal, unleash your fury with two new melee weapons: Naval Cutlass and Grappling Hook. A new destroyer and airship. Rule the waves with the all-new L-Class Destroyer. Jump into one of four seats and deliver mayhem to sea, air and ground units using cannons, torpedoes, AA guns and mines. To dominate the air, spawn in the new, nimble C-Class Airship and deliver death from above. The new Infiltrator Elite Class. Hide in plain sight and move faster across the battlefield. Take advantage of a permanent sprint boost while calling in artillery strikes and deploying a mobile spawn for friendly troops. Continue your Battlefield 1 career. Unlock new Dog Tags, Service Stars, Codex Entries and more. GET THE DLC ON ORIGIN: https://www.origin.com/irl/en-us/store/battlefield/battlefield-1/expansion/battlefield-1-turning-tides GET THE DLC FOR XBOX: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/battlefield-1-turning-tides/bzl738xp757r?SilentAuth=1&activetab=pivot:overviewtab
  2. Take the fight to the seas in Naval Strike! The South China Sea sets the stage for intense aquatic action across four new maps: Lost Islands: Amidst the fishing villages of these tropical isles, a downed passenger plane makes a strategic staging area for conquest. Nansha Strike: The largest ocean map in Battlefield history is the proving ground for your squad, as you battle both the enemy and choppy, stormy seas. Wave Breaker: Shipping docks give scant cover as you rush between rocky islands, but you can lure your opponents into the hazard-filled naval base. Operation Mortar: Utilize your siege-breaking skills as you storm an abandoned cliff-side resort, and enjoy the vistas of your newly-captured HQ. Five new weapons await your loadout, along with the new 3-grenade launcher attachment for the Assault class and Anti-Heli mine for the Engineers. Battle over both land and sea with the new amphibious hovercraft vehicle, and relive the martial glory of yesteryear with the Carrier Assault Mode, a re-imagining of the classic Battlefield 2142 Titan Mode. GET THE EXPANSION ON ORIGIN: https://www.origin.com/irl/en-us/store/battlefield/battlefield-4/expansion/battlefield-4-naval-strike GET THE EXPANSION FOR XBOX: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/battlefield-4-naval-strike/bq0mgpw5d420?activetab=pivot:overviewtab
  3. Imported next-gen consoles are already available for pre-order in China, says Apptutti's Daniel Camilo Both the Xbox Series X/S and the PlayStation 5 have now been revealed, with their respective prices, launch line-ups and release dates disclosed. The world is ready for next-gen -- except, perhaps, for the biggest gaming market in the world, China. But is that really the case? Xbox and PS5 coming to China? While Microsoft has not publicly addressed the issue yet, Sony did mention China in its recent PlayStation 5 showcase when the release date and prices were announced -- "PS5 launch date for China is still under exploration and will be announced at a later date" could be read in small print when the launch dates for the rest of the world were displayed. That the PS5 and the Xbox X/S wouldn't be available in China at the same time as other major markets doesn't really come as a surprise, as I explained in a previous article. While both the PS4 and Xbox One (and Nintendo Switch) have been officially launched in China with specifically targeted, region-locked machines, they arrived in the market years after being released elsewhere. Tight regulations and licensing issues for entertainment media and content in the country are the main reasons for that. While the official versions of the consoles are available, they could never realistically challenge the appeal and availability of imported hardware, which largely outsells the licensed versions in this case. Imported consoles and games are easily available on e-commerce platforms like Taobao -- the biggest e-commerce platform in China -- and most console gamers in China simply acquire what they need there. Pricing isn't even an issue, as even these "smuggled" products generally match officially recommended prices for other markets, in particular the US and Hong Kong. This is the part where I always feel the need to emphasize just how easy and common it is to find and buy imported games in China (that do not have a publishing license to be commercialized). By using Taobao, or other commonly used online platforms, one can order a physical edition of a game in the morning and still have it delivered in the same day, if ordering from a store in the same city. There's nothing "shady" or secretive about it. Taobao is the de-facto online platform to buy virtually anything in China, and one simply needs to type the names of whatever games or consoles, and they will likely show up with detailed information displayed. PS5 and Xbox Series X/S are already everywhere in China While both Sony and Microsoft are not yet ready to release their new consoles in the country, Chinese consumers already have plenty of choices available to get their hands on the machines very soon after the official release elsewhere. For both the Xbox Series X and S, most sellers are accepting a 500 Yuan deposit (roughly US$ 73), while for the PS5 with the blu-ray player, the deposit is usually 1000 yuan (US$ 147), with 500 Yuan also being the current standard for the digital-only version. Some games are also easy to find already, and all sorts of accessories are either becoming available for pre-order, or will very soon. Where exactly will the consoles come from? Mostly from Hong Kong and Taiwan, but also from Japan, the US and other territories. It's hard to say as there is no clear authority tracking imported games and consoles sold in China -- simply because it would be virtually impossible to track, considering its not-legal-but-nobody-really-cares status. One thing is certain: a considerable amount of hardware will be diverted from other markets into China. Countless traders are making sure of it, as I write this. Will it have an impact on China's console market? What this all means in practice is that the console market in China will remain as it is. Meaning, imported consoles and games will be the primary choice for most consumers, and once (if!) the consoles are actually launched in China, it will be already too late, just as it was for the Xbox One, PS4 and Switch. By then, millions of consoles will be in Chinese households already, and whatever officially launched models may come, they will more likely than not have very strict restrictions, at the very least for the number of games available. Since all console games in China are required to have a publishing license subject to the regulator's approval, a huge proportion of games don't stand a chance of being officially launched due to their content -- violence, gore, politically sensitive themes and/or references, paranormal and religious themes, and gambling mechanics are just some of the issues that could prevent a title from getting a license to be published in China. As long as Chinese authorities don't effectively crack down on imports being sold online, China will continue to have most games and consoles available to interested consumers -- minus, of course, the official marketing and distribution support from the companies producing these products. Daniel Camilo lives in Shenzhen. He is the overseas business developer for Apptutti, a specialist in publishing games in China. Source
  4. This Xbox night mode allows for a lot of customization Microsoft is working on a new night mode for Xbox consoles. The software giant has started testing this night mode with Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring today, and it allows Xbox owners to dim their screens, controller LED brightness, and even the Xbox power button. The night mode has a lot of customization, including different dimming levels and an optional blue light filter. Microsoft is also allowing Xbox owners to dim the LED brightness on their controllers in this night mode and dim the Xbox power button light or turn it off. You can also set an Xbox to switch to the system dark mode and disable HDR when the night mode is enabled. The Xbox night mode lets you dim a controller LED brightness. This Xbox night mode can also be set to a schedule, either a manual one or an automatic one that will enable it at sunset and disable it at sunrise. Microsoft is currently testing this with Xbox Insiders, so expect to see it filter through the various testing channels in the coming weeks before arriving on all Xbox consoles soon. Microsoft’s new Xbox night mode dims your screen, controller, and power button
  5. Newly disclosed Xbox Easter egg has remained hidden for nearly 20 years How many more secrets are lurking on the OG Xbox? In brief: Microsoft’s first home game console, the Xbox, launched way back in November of 2001. More than 24 million units were sold worldwide before Microsoft officially discontinued the system in 2006 to focus on its successor, the Xbox 360. Nearly 20 years later, the console is still hiding secrets that gamers somehow never managed to stumble across. Kotaku was recently contacted by an anonymous source that worked on the original Xbox. The person shared an Easter egg that, to the best of their knowledge, has remained undiscovered for almost 20 years. It’s nothing groundbreaking, mind you, and the leaker even said they didn’t expect it to be found unless the source code leaked or someone reverse-engineered the Dashboard, but it’s still pretty remarkable that none of that has happened yet. To activate the egg, fire up an original Xbox follow these steps: Go into “Music” and insert an audio CD. (A short album will take less time.) From the Audio CD screen choose “Copy,” “Copy” again, then “New Soundtrack.” Delete the default soundtrack title and replace it with (no quotes) “Timmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!” (That’s the letter “y” 26 times. No need to count; just fill the entire field and replace the last one with a “!”.) Sit a spell. Enjoy the sounds of the hard drive stealing the disc’s essence. When ripping completes, back out to the main menu. Choose “Settings” and then “System Info.” You should now see a new screen listing members of the “Xbox Dashboard Team.” The trick replaces the standard contents of the “System Info” screen with a new listing that shows the names of the Xbox Dashboard team. Like I said, it’s not groundbreaking, but neat nevertheless. Kotaku further confirmed that this “is not the final secret hidden within the original Xbox” that Seamus Blackley referenced in 2017. Yes. An there's an Easter egg than nobody has noticed as far as I can tell. — Seamus Blackley (@SeamusBlackley) September 26, 2017 The publication reached out to Blackley for clarification, who said the egg he has in mind involves the Xbox’s boot animation. When asked if controller inputs were needed to trigger it, he said “Nope, it doesn’t. But I’m tempted to say it does. But no it doesn’t really. At all. For sure. I’m pretty sure at least.” Source: Newly disclosed Xbox Easter egg has remained hidden for nearly 20 years
  6. IO Interactive may be working with Xbox on an exclusive fantasy RPG, codenamed 'Project Dragon' More games for the Xbox. What you need to know IO Interactive recently started building a new team for a new IP. We've received evidence that this game could be in partnership with Xbox. The codename right now is "Project Dragon," and is in the early stages of development. Source: @Klobrille on Twitter Recently, IO Interactive of Hitman fame spoke to GameIndustry.biz about spinning up a third team to support a new IP that was something "different" for the studio. And we may know a bit more about what it is. A few months ago, I received information that Microsoft and IO Interactive were in talks for a new fantasy RPG, dubbed Project Dragon. While it's too early to share any sort of gameplay details — the final product may look wildly different than the initial pitch — what's on paper thus far sounds incredibly ambitious, and represents a completely new direction for IO. Source: Windows Central via IO Interactive On IO Interactive's website, various job listings are live for multiplayer positions in IO's Swedish studio. And indeed, we've heard that this Dragon project is a connected-world RPG, set in an entirely new universe. One of the job listing PDFs on IO's website specifically refers to the team being "Dragon," adding credence to the information we've recieved. Previously we discussed how Microsoft is working with several third-party partners as part of its Xbox Global Publishing effort, with the aim of bringing more exclusive high-quality games to Xbox consoles, and indeed, Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft's Q3 2021 quarterly earnings report detailed record revenue for their gaming efforts, specifically citing hardware sales and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions as key growth drivers. If Microsoft is indeed the publisher of IO Interactive's upcoming game, it joins a growing number of reasons to be excited about future games heading to Xbox. IO Interactive recently released Hitman 3 to widespread praise, and is also working on a video game based on the James Bond universe, dubbed 007. As with all rumors, take it with a pinch of salt until we get official word from either IO Interactive or Microsoft. And of course, anything can happen between now and launch. This game in particular sounds like it could be years away, as it's still in the very early stages of development. One thing is for sure, though — if IO is able to hit anywhere near what I believe has been pitched, I for one am very excited indeed. Source: IO Interactive may be working with Xbox on an exclusive fantasy RPG, codenamed 'Project Dragon'
  7. A first look at playing Steam PC games on Xbox with mouse and keyboard You can stream PC games from Steam in the Edge browser Microsoft’s new Chromium-based Edge browser is coming to Xbox soon, and the company has now added all-important mouse and keyboard support that will pave the way to stream PC games to Xbox consoles. Xbox testers in the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring are now able to access this new version of Edge and try out a mouse in the console version of the browser for the first time. I’ve been testing this new support over the weekend, and I’ve even managed to play some Steam PC games on my Xbox. Despite a few obvious bugs here and there — as this is very much an early beta browser — it works as expected. I’ve been able to write documents using Word online, type messages into Discord chats, and even play some Krunker or Quake JS through the browser with a mouse and keyboard. Basic mouse navigation, scrolling, and right-click all work here just fine. Krunker on an Xbox with mouse and keyboard. Where things really get interesting is when you consider what this will mean for the future of streaming games to an Xbox through a browser. I’ve been able to successfully stream PC games from Steam to an Xbox through the browser and use a keyboard and mouse attached to the Xbox to play them. I’ve played Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Death Stranding, DOTA 2, and a bunch of other PC games that simply aren’t available on Xbox right now. I’ve been able to do this using Parsec, which is essentially a remote desktop app that lets you stream what’s on your PC to a browser. It’s not the most ideal experience on the Xbox right now, as the virtual keyboard appears when you click, and latency / connectivity isn’t always the best, but it’s a good example of what’s possible with this new mouse and keyboard support. Microsoft’s head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has already recently committed to bringing full PC games to the Xbox through the company’s Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) service. You can remote-control a PC using Microsoft Edge on Xbox. We don’t know exactly when those PC games will arrive on xCloud, as right now, Microsoft is only currently publicly testing Xbox games via the browser using either a controller or touch controls. This new Edge browser with full mouse and keyboard support simply opens up a lot of opportunities for the Xbox to access games that aren’t typically available on the console. That even includes accessing Sony’s PC ports like Horizon Zero Dawn, Days Gone, and more if you stream them to the browser. For now, we’re waiting on Microsoft to finalize this Edge browser and make it available to all Xbox owners, and for services like Nvidia’s GeForce Now to stop blocking Edge so the dream of playing PC games on Xbox consoles is a step closer to reality. Source: A first look at playing Steam PC games on Xbox with mouse and keyboard
  8. New Xbox update brings Game Pass recommendations and Suspend games feature A new Xbox update is available today on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles, bringing improvements for Xbox Game Pass and game downloads. After installing this update, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will notice new game recommendations and collections in the Xbox Game Pass hub on the console. The “Because you played” section will offer a curated collection of games based on your gameplay history, and there’s also a a new “Play with friends” section showcasing Xbox Game Pass games your friends are currently playing. Subscription services like Netflix have done a great job at recommending new content to watch to subscribers, and maybe Microsoft can do more here in the future by introducing a like/dislike system for Xbox Game Pass games. The second new feature coming with this update is the ability to suspend active games to improve download speeds for your games installing in the background. On Xbox Series X|S consoles, suspending a game won’t prevent Quick Resume to work, meaning that you can still jump right back into your game after suspending it. Last but not least, Microsoft has recently brought back achievements to the Xbox app for iOS and Android, but more improvements are coming later this month. "Starting today, select gamers can check out monthly leaderboards to see how you rank against your friends. We’ll also be adding the ability to view achievements on game detail pages to help track your progress," the Xbox team said today. Source: New Xbox update brings Game Pass recommendations and Suspend games feature
  9. Undertale finally launches on Xbox this week Toby Fox’s 2015 RPG joins the Xbox Game Pass library on Tuesday Nearly six years after it originally launched, Undertale makes its debut on Xbox One and Xbox Series X via Xbox Game Pass on March 16. The indie role-playing game from Toby Fox will have “a few Xbox-specific enhancements,” publisher 8-4 Ltd. announced on Monday. “We know it’s been a long time coming, but we’re extremely excited to finally be bringing Undertale to Xbox players the world over,” 8-4’s John Ricciardi said in a post on Xbox Wire. Undertale debuted on Windows PC and Mac in September 2015, and two years later was joined by a console port to PlayStation 4. A Nintendo Switch version followed in 2018. Ricciardi said Xbox version of Undertale will largely resemble the one available to PC players through the Microsoft Store. “There are a few Xbox-specific enhancements designed to make for a more comfortable time for those playing on a home console,” Ricciardi said. “Because of these, progress and save data between the two versions are unfortunately not compatible.” Undertale, a 2D RPG well known for its soundtrack and numerous classic gaming motifs, was widely hailed during its original launch, and later earned several nominations from the British Academy Games Awards, the DICE Awards, The Game Awards, and the Game Developers Choice Awards. A scene from Undertale. Image: Toby Fox/8-4, Ltd. Source: Undertale finally launches on Xbox this week
  10. Bethesda officially joins Xbox family, some exclusives planned for the future Only a day after news arrived of regulatory approvals, the combining of ZeniMax Media with Xbox has been made official by Microsoft. The Xbox ecosystem now has eight more first-party game development studios, them being Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. While the heads of the two gaming giants did not make any new game-related announcements today, they did share separate blog posts regarding the journey so far and teasers about what's to come. "With the addition of the Bethesda creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox consoles, PC, and Game Pass will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players" said Xbox Head Phil Spencer. This is probably hinting towards upcoming experiences like Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI being Microsoft-platform exclusives. Bethesda's Pete Hines had this to share regarding the merger: "As we’ve all shared, the expectation is that Bethesda Softworks and our studios will continue as we have in the past, just with more support and resources than we’ve ever had before. Obviously, Game Pass has been an important initiative for Xbox, and we’ll be working on putting even more of our games into Game Pass than ever before. Beyond that? Stay tuned, we’re just getting started together." Finishing the announcements off, Phil Spencer added that the Xbox Game Pass subscriptions are expanding later this week with another round of Bethesda games, with more details coming soon. Source: Bethesda officially joins Xbox family, some exclusives planned for the future
  11. New Microsoft Edge hits Xbox One, Series X/S with latest Insider update The new and improved Microsoft Edge hits Xbox consoles for select testers. What you need to know Microsoft has debuted the latest iteration of its Microsoft Edge web browser on Xbox consoles. The new Chromium variant of Microsoft Edge supersedes the legacy EdgeHTML version of the browser, with end-of-support status for the desktop client slated for later this month. The new Microsoft Edge is now available to Alpha Skip Ahead Xbox Insiders, with a broader public rollout expected over the weeks ahead. Microsoft has debuted its all-new Microsoft Edge browser on Xbox consoles, providing a long-awaited refresh to the web experience on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S devices. The new and improved Edge saw its PC overhaul last year, stemming from plans unveiled in 2018 to rebrand and rebuild the app. It's currently available to a subset of Xbox Insiders and on track to replace the aging legacy Microsoft Edge widely available today. The new Microsoft Edge delivers a new look and feel, switching the inbuilt browser from EdgeHTML to one based on the open-source Chromium Project. The engine changes hugely improve compatibility and usability in most instances while also adding new features previously unavailable with the now-abandoned legacy Edge browser. Its Xbox arrival marks the latest expansion of the app, available for testing through the bleeding-edge Alpha Skip Ahead ring, which provides the earliest access to future updates. Source: Windows Central Source: Windows Central Microsoft Edge returns with all the core benefits and features seen with previous platforms, albeit fine-tuned for Xbox and living room usage. The user interface comes tuned around controller input, with mouse and keyboard support currently absent. Skip Ahead testers who install the latest Xbox system update will automatically find the new Edge in their apps library. The new Microsoft Edge hits Xbox with an important end-of-support date fast approaching the legacy Microsoft Edge desktop app. The company hopes to transition users to the latest app by March 9, 2021, at which point legacy Edge security updates will be discontinued. While infrequent among countless games and apps, web browsing remains crucial to Xbox consoles. The new update looks poised to keep its current Xbox family updated with the latest available version of the browser, headed into the latest Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S generation. Source: New Microsoft Edge hits Xbox One, Series X/S with latest Insider update
  12. Looks like Microsoft is going to cover the DirectX 12 implementation on Xbox One at GDC. That my friends, is huge. If you thought the Xbox One games were going to look good before, it looks like we aint seen nothing yet. This sort of addition to Xbox One is a game changer. http://blogs.msdn.co...x?wa=wsignin1.0 Hell yeah!!!!
  13. I am in the UK using a Virgin Media Super Hub 2. Video #1 Create a DHCP Reservation (for the xbox one) for me i had to turn off the xbox to clear it from the lease list then add its MAC manually. Now go back to Port Forwarding and add these to the IP Reservation you just made. Port 3074-3075 (UDP and TCP) Port 53 (UDP and TCP) Port 80 (TCP) Port 88 (UDP) Port 500 (UDP) Port 3544 (UDP) Port 4500 (UDP) #2 advanced settings -> firewall Enable "IPSec Pass-Through" - Enables connection to (forza 5) cloud vpn (multiplayer) Untick/Disable the built in "Firewall" on the Virgin Media Super Hub 2. (do not untick anything on the page). #3 advanced settings - uPNP Try enable/disable uPNP. Following this I managed to get both xbox and ghosts/forza 5 to say "open nat". PS a lot of people around the internet are screaming at the xbox ones wifi - I'm new to the xbox one all other games work fine but ghosts/forza 5 gave me an headache.
  14. Xbox Live goes down on day of Titanfall release? Error 0x8004804E prevents users from logging in. Multiple Xbox One users have reported problems while attempting to sign in to their Xbox Live profile, just hours after the North American launch of the console's most anticipated title Titanfall. Attempting to log in causes some users to see error code 0x8004804E and an error message that reads: "There was a problem. We could not sign you in. Try again in a few minutes, or check your account by signing in to account.live.com." The error prevents those affected from signing in to their Xbox Live gamertag, stopping them from heading online, playing multiplayer games and accessing their save files. The problem first seemed to appear at around 7:30pm this evening and is not believed to affect Xbox 360. Microsoft's Xbox Live support page states that there is currently a problem with players "joining other Xbox Live members in online games", but doesn't specifically acknowledge the sign-in error. "Hi Xbox members, are you running into issues matchmaking in Titanfall or Forza 5?" reads the update. "We'll take it from here. Our team is currently working to get to the bottom of this. We appreciate your patience while we investigate. We'll update you again in 30 minutes." It isn't clear how many people have been affected by the issue or when it will be resolved. UPDATE - 21:01: Microsoft has formally acknowledged the problem, stating that it is "hard at work investigating this issue right now. Thanks for being patient while we work." UPDATE 2 - 22:32: Xbox Support says that it can't provide an estimate for when normal service will resume, but that it is trying to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Apparently the problem "doesn't have anything to do with Titanfall", either. Source: twitter.com, reddit.com, xbox.com, Xbox One source Bloody annoying!!!!!!!! its been down for around 2 hour's!
  15. Microsoft has unveiled the next generation of its DirectX graphics software at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, as promised. During the event, Turn 10 software architect Chris Tector screened a video of a limited port of Forza Motorsport 5, which has been converted to showcase DirectX12's capabilities. The new tech is "the most significant leap for Windows game graphics in years", apparently, and developers will be able to deploy it on all Microsoft-supported platforms, including the Xbox One. Specifically, the "benefits of Direct3D 12 will extend to Xbox One" - Direct3D being an application designed to run 3D graphics in a high performance environment, such as a real-time videogame. The DirectX12 demo of Forza 5 was run on a PC equipped with a NVIDIA graphics card. This obviously invites the assumption that Microsoft will at some point release a full PC version of Forza 5, but keep your imagination in check - there's been no formal announcement to this effect. There's no launch date for the new version of DirectX just yet, either, though Microsoft suggests that "holiday 2015" games will take advantage of it, following a limited access preview this year. Click through to this PC Perspective liveblog for a better-informed summary of the presentation, including pictures of slides. Be warned - it's pretty jargon-rich in there. We'll do our best to bring you a layman-friendly breakdown in the next week or so. Thanks to CVG and Devin Connors for their insights. source
  16. Xbox One February update is now starting to roll out As I noted in my blog post about the December system update, we’ve changed the way these work on Xbox One to reduce the impact on our customers. For the vast majority of Xbox One owners who use “Instant On” (the low power state that allows you to instantly power up your console by saying “Xbox On”), the console automatically checks for updates when customers turn it off. This means now that we’ve made the February update available, the next time you turn your console off it will take the update during off-peak hours in your local time. All that to say, never fear you’ll see it sometime over the weekend. As a reminder, here are some of the features you’ll see in this update: The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.Thanks! Tip: Once you get the update, you can press the Xbox button to see the battery indicator on screen in the lower right next to the clock. Xbox One By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson permalink: http://majornelson.com/2014/02/14/xbox-one-february-update-is-now-starting-to-roll-out/ UPDATE INCLUDES -> CHECK HERE My ladder I had to climb edit tech news or tech talk - haha dunno which one this is meant to be in :P
  17. If you redeem a xbox live gold code while you already have xbox live gold will it wait or start right then? will it cancel out the first or just add the days on top? google said the days will go on top but not enough people confirmed a "yahoo question".
  18. any xbox one fans out there? I'm a new user and looking for the right option and not the "waste" of money option original 1400 mAH - xbox one controller drains this fastttttt for ever putting the lead in to keep the controller alive (if not using batterys) this xx4 pack with charger edit orderd - mainly from reviews from google - fingers crossed! charger battery's
  19. New info on the next Xbox One system update has surfaced, care of the Xbox Live users lucky enough to get preview access. To start with the itty-bitty stuff, the patch adds a couple of new icons to the dashboard - the first indicates when you can join a friend's game, the second indicates that a game has been updated recently, perhaps in your absence. Another previewer has details of the April update's sound and chat mixers, which allow you to adjust the balance of audio between main and snapped apps or games. You can also set the console to reduce the volume of other sounds by 80% or 50% while using Kinect to chat. Here's a little gallery of off-screen snaps. Finally, one previewer has posted a Game DVR clip that seemingly demonstrates how Microsoft has fine-tuned the Xbox One's video compression algorithms. I can't confirm the video's authenticity. Can you see a difference? Read the official need-to-know on the update here. Microsoft has yet to announce a release date. Source
  20. METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360 Content: METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region World-renowned Kojima Productions showcases the latest masterpiece in the METAL GEAR SOLID franchise with METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES. METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES is the first segment of the ‘Metal Gear Solid V Experience’ and prologue to the larger second segment, METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN launching thereafter. MGSV: GROUND ZEROES gives gamers the opportunity to get a taste of the world-class production’s unparalleled visual presentation and gameplay before the release of the main game. It also provides an opportunity for those who have never played a Kojima Productions game, and veterans alike, to gain familiarity with the radical new game design and unparalleled style of presentation. Kojima Productions once again raises the bar with the FOX Engine offering incredible graphic fidelity and the introduction of open world game design in the Metal Gear Solid universe. This is the experience that core gamers have been waiting for. For a limited time, purchase of this game grants the user access to “Mother Base Staff” content in the forthcoming METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN. Purchase Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes from the Xbox Game Store METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES is also available for Xbox 360. Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region. Source
  21. "It's time to ensure even more fans around the world can enjoy Xbox One." The Xbox One will finally become available in Belgium, Japan, India and 23 other regions in September 2014, Microsoft has announced. Better late than never... The console was originally slated to launch in 21 markets last November, but Microsoft cut its roll-out down to just 13 markets, including the UK, USA and Australia. Studios boss Phil Spencer observed this January that "there were things around the voice models and other things we needed to make sure were right in order to really build a box that felt native to the markets we were shipping in. "It never feels good to stand on stage and talk about 21 markets and ship in 13," he added. "But it's a journey, and it's not won or lost the day after launch. It will be something that plays out, so making sure the quality of each market when we ship is the important part." The September roll-out obviously confirms our predictions that Microsoft would wait till the holiday season - i.e. when consumer demand is at peak - before launching in other markets; it's possible that the manufacturer can achieve the required volume in advance of that date. "We'll have much more to share at a local level towards the end of April, so stay tuned," notes a News Wire post. Here's the full list of new territories: Xbox One September 2014 release marketsArgentina Belgium Chile Colombia Czech Republic Denmark Finland Greece Hungary India Israel Japan Korea Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Russia Saudi Arabia Singapore Slovakia South Africa Sweden Switzerland Turkey UAE Source
  22. Microsoft has confirmed more indie games to be released for Xbox One under the [email protected] label. There are 25 new games from nine countries around the world: some you know about, such as Nutjitsu and Roundabout, while many more are brand new. We've dug up trailers for most of them - have a look. "Since we first announced the program in August, we've been working closely with developers to bring a diverse array of independent games to Xbox One," [email protected] games director Chris Charla told the Xbox News Wire. "Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible so developers can focus on what matters most: creating the games you're beginning to see today!" Which are the most promising, do you think? The first [email protected] games will release this month [email protected] at GDC Video Trailer's can be found at source link Source
  23. Adds swappable backgrounds, colours schemes, see-through tiles and more ave you got time in your life for some thumping rock music and a range of charming transparency effects? Then gaze in awe and consternation at this "Ultimate Xbox One UI" video mock-up from PrimeGhost Gaming. Knocked together using Adobe Flash, it's a bit rough and ready in places, but the idea of being able to switch in different backgrounds care of a sidebar seems very worthwhile. The video appears to have impressed Microsoft PR man Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb. More to follow? There continues to be upset about the discrepancy between Xbox One and Xbox 360's user interface and dashboard functionality. Nelson has claimed that it's unrealistic to expect feature parity between an eight year old console and a machine with completely different processing architecture that's only been on sale for months - according to he, Microsoft "can't just plop Xbox 360 features into the code base of Xbox One". Facebook source
  24. The Future of Xbox Isn't Just a Console With the Xbox Series X on the horizon, Microsoft’s head of videogame hardware sees a future where consoles may no longer be front and center. Xbox boss Phil Spencer says the idea that “the hardware you bought keeps us from being able to play together seems totally foreign in today’s world.”Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images Microsoft and Sony will launch the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 later this year. While their hardware improvements are hard to argue with, they’re arriving in an unprecedented era of media consumption: Netflix on iPhones, Kindle on tablets, Spotify on PC, all three interchangeable on each piece of hardware. As videogames follow that same path, the primacy of the specced out console itself seems increasingly in doubt. After all, tweens who play Fortnite already know that everything can be a console. It’s a vision Xbox itself is championing. Yet at the dawn of a new era of consoles, it’s hard not to wonder whether these mega-powerful boxes we plant in our living rooms will even exist in 10 years. Despite its massive push for the Xbox Series X, Microsoft is hedging its bets that a decade from now more and more gamers will be taking a “no gods, no masters” approach to where and how they play. Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, thinks whether consoles will exist in 10 years is the wrong question to ask. “In the long run, to me, it’s a question about the viability of the television,” said Spencer last week in an interview with WIRED. “There’s this calculus, this chess match we’re playing,” says Spencer. “It’s no longer checkers.” Spencer’s chess match isn’t against Sony or Nintendo; it’s against the ever-changing trends in how two billion gamers worldwide consume media. When the Xbox Series X arrives in stores later this year, it will become a part of Xbox’s chimera approach—alongside its cloud gaming service, Project xCloud, and Xbox Play Anywhere—to capture gamers wherever they are. With xCloud, you’ll pay a currently undefined subscription to stream AAA games onto your mobile phone and tablet. With Xbox Play Anywhere, you can buy, say, Forza Horizon 4 and play it on both Xbox One and Windows 10 on PC. “We're going to be focusing on the player and the devices that they have that fit in their lifestyle,” says Spencer. When the Xbox Series X launches, it will be the console maker’s most powerful game machine yet. For the specs fetishists, it’s got a custom processor that’s four times more powerful than the Xbox One’s. It will support up to 120 frames per second and its GPU can handle an enormous 12 teraflops of GPU performance. For those uninterested in teraflops, some exciting features: “quick resume,” which lets players suspend and return to games almost instantly, and an exhaustive library of backwards-compatible games. There’s no price tag attached to it yet, though. (The Xbox 360 launched at $400 and The Xbox One was $500.) Customers will be paying for an oblong black box that smoothly runs high-end games with an easy-to-use user interface and satisfying quality of life features—all of which may get outdated in a couple of years should Xbox launch, say, a Series Y. For years, Xbox has been chipping away at the historical borders delineating how we play games. It was an early champion of cross-play—when gamers can play online games together across consoles—for games like Minecraft and Rocket League when Sony in many cases was not. (Once, in 2017, when Sony accidentally turned on Fortnite cross-play between PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Spencer tweeted, “I would have liked to see them leave it on.”) You were a PlayStation person, and you meandered around their walled garden, where you played the games exclusive to the PlayStation console. Or you were an Xbox person, and you lived in the walled garden next door. “This world where the hardware you bought keeps us from being able to play together seems totally foreign in today’s world,” says Spencer, describing “walled gardens” as “such a 1990s construct.” (There’s arguably more in it for Xbox to want to tear down those boundaries; for a lot of gamers, Sony’s plot of land has more appealing exclusive games.) Spencer recalls some backlash from “traditional console purists” when Xbox decided to start simultaneously shipping first-party games on PC and console a couple years ago. For them, he explained, “A console comes out every five years: I take my old hardware and I put it and all of the games in a cardboard box and go put that in a closet. And I buy all new games for this new piece of hardware. And that's the way a console should be.” Today, consoles aren’t the most popular way to play games; phones are. The image of the mobile gamer is changing a lot as the years ago on, too, from an idle mom poking away at Candy Crush to a dedicated teenager headshotting opponents in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. As Xbox moves further into markets like Africa and India, Spencer theorizes that populations who typically enjoy entertainment on mobile devices and tablets aren’t going to buy a television and a gaming console to plug into the wall. They’re going to want to play Sea of Thieves on hardware they already own. Sure, it may not be a perfect experience. (Until 5G rolls out, cloud gaming will suffer from issues around bandwidth and latency.) But movies, television, and music are all becoming more and more device-agnostic. Why not games? “You and I might watch Netflix. I don’t know where you watch it, where I watch it, but we can have conversations about the shows we watch,” says Spencer. “I want gaming to evolve to that same level.” Then, of course, there’s the PC, a piece of hardware that Microsoft already looms large over with Windows. A cheap gaming PC can cost just a little more money than an Xbox. It can run a huge range of videogames, including those never released on Xbox, and if you’re really in love with the Xbox controller, it takes a couple of seconds to plug one into your USB port. In any case, Xbox’s famous Game Pass—a great deal on dozens of games for $5 a month—is available on PC, too. A cheap PC probably won’t run games nearly as well as an Xbox Series X, and definitely doesn’t have the same brand charisma. So why isn’t an Xbox just a PC in your living room? “To some people, it is,” says Spencer. “Other than people whipping out a keyboard and mouse and composing an email, a lot of what happens on our console is similar to what happens on a PC.” Relative to a PC, though, Spencer says that what Xbox needs to do is “have a UI that works on a television, an input mechanism that works on a television.” Spencer paints the Xbox Series X and the “game anywhere on stuff you have” pitches as complementary rather than cannibalistic. “I don’t think it’s ‘hardware agnostic’ as much as it’s ‘where you want to play,” he says. Which makes sense: The more ways to play, and the more services Microsoft provides, the more repeatable revenue flowing into Microsoft’s coffers. After the hype around the Xbox Series X cools down and the hardware-content singularity approaches, it’s possible that many of the people opting to play Xbox games will do so on everything except the Xbox. It seems fair to ask whether this generation of dedicated consoles will be the last. “I like watching TV. I like playing games on TV. It's where I play most of the time,” says Spencer. “I think there will be—for a long time—a world where people want to play on a television, and we're committed to that and we will deliver great console experiences. I don't think Xbox series X is our last console. I think we will do more consoles to make that great television play experience work and be delightful.” And if not, well, the company still has options. “The nice thing about being in a company the scale of Microsoft is we're able to make bets across a lot of those fronts and we're not really dependent upon any one of those individual kinds of businesses or relationships to succeed,” says Spencer. The Future of Xbox Isn't Just a Console
  25. Xbox Lockhart rumors intensify as references to console are found in Windows 10 code More fuel on the fire – perhaps we’ll hear something official from Microsoft soon? (Image credit: Microsoft) Project Lockhart is referred to in some Windows 10 code libraries, it has emerged, pouring more fuel onto the fire of the rumor that Microsoft has a second digital-only next-gen console in the works. The theory is that this second Project Lockhart console would sit under the top-end Xbox Series X as a more affordable alternative (Xbox Series S?) for those happy to have a lesser spec machine, but it’s still unclear as to whether this is Microsoft’s plan, or indeed what Lockhart might actually be. What we know now is that it’s something to do with the Xbox, given that references to ‘Xbox-Lockhart’ have been discovered by a security researcher and posted on Twitter. TitleOS found the references – with there being five in total – in System32 library files for Windows, and they were present alongside mentions of ‘Xbox-Anaconda’ which is the codename for the Xbox Series X, as IGN (which spotted the tweet) reports. Of course, this hardly proves that Microsoft has a lower-priced spin on its next-gen Xbox in the pipeline, but it is at least another indication that such a project might really exist. Sooner – or later? As we’ve heard before from Windows Central, the disc-less console is apparently already in the home testing phase, meaning those who work on the Xbox team are playing around with it outside of the office. Again though, we have to be somewhat careful around these rumors, and even if Lockhart is coming, we still don’t know if the time frame might be later, rather than sooner. After all, Microsoft released the Xbox One S some three years after the original Xbox One emerged, and while it’s unlikely that there would be such a gap this time around, the point is that both next-gen consoles might not launch that close to each other. As we’ve speculated in the past, there could be a year or so gap between them (assuming that Lockhart comes to pass at all, of course). Previously the rumor mongers were hoping to hear something about Project Lockhart in May, but that didn’t happen – however, presumably if the alternative console is in the picture for the near future, we’ll hear something official about it soon enough. Until then, all we can do is wait, and keep our budget-conscious fingers crossed. Xbox Lockhart rumors intensify as references to console are found in Windows 10 code
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