Having spent more hours than I’d like to admit with the Titanfall beta this weekend, I can honestly say that I’m no longer concerned about whether or not a single-player campaign is featured in my first-person shooters. The developers at Respawn Entertainment decided early on that Titanfall would be a multiplayer-only experience, and in doing so have effectively embarrassed all the other game makers that have their fingers in too many pies. More →
Did your Valentine’s date cancel on you right as your Xbox Live Gold subscription expired? If so, you might want to reconsider the date when you resubscribe for another year of Xbox Live, but don’t fret, Microsoft has got your back. This weekend only, in order to celebrate the launch of the free-to-play title World of Tanks, Microsoft has made Xbox Live Gold free for all Xbox 360 owners. Xbox One owners looking to join the Titanfall beta without signing up for Xbox Live Gold are out of luck, but gamers that have yet to transition to the next generation can hop online free of charge from Friday, February 14th to Sunday, February 16th.
If you were looking forward to a new entry in the Halo franchise later this year, we’ve got some bad news for you. The voice of Master Chief, Steve Downes, told GameZone in a recent interview that Halo 5 likely won’t see release until 2015. 343 Industries, the developer that has taken over the Halo franchise, made a point to let the fans know that the teaser trailer shown at E3 was not meant to represent a specific game or sequel, but rather a hint of what was to come. It appears that whatever is coming will have to wait until next year. More →
If you want a new PC but would prefer to get one with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8, then you’d better realize that your window is slowly closing. Paul Thurrott writes that Microsoft has officially set a deadline of October 31st, 2014 as the last day it will allow manufacturing partners to preload the assort Home editions of Windows 7 onto new machines. After that point, every new consumer-targeted PC they make will need to have some variation of Windows 8. The good news for Windows 7 fans, however, is that they still might be able to get new Windows 7 PCs through their work even after the last new Windows 7 consumer PC has been sold because Microsoft has extended the deadline for OEMs to preinstall Windows 7 Pro onto business PCs. More →
Despite maintaining the platform of choice for millions of gamers around the world, Microsoft has never managed to form a real relationship with the PC gaming crowd. Microsoft’s hiring of former Valve business head Jason Holtman as the new leader of the PC gaming and entertainment division looked to be the first step in a complete reversal for the company that plagued us with Games for Windows – Live, but Neowin discovered this week that Holtman left the company in January, just six months after he was originally hired. More →
Although Windows 8 license sales appeared to be keeping pace with Windows 7 within the same time frame for the first several months, updates from Microsoft became less frequent as time passed. As Windows 8 approaches a year and a half on the market, The Verge reports that Microsoft has taken the stage at a Goldman Sachs technology conference to announce that sales have finally reached 200 million. To put that number into perspective, Windows 7 had reached 240 million license sales in a single year, and that number has been climbing by the hundreds of millions every year since. From what we’ve seen of Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft is moving in the right direction, but tweaks and bug fixes won’t be able to right this train alone.
A recent report suggested that Microsoft is seriously considering adding support for Android apps to both the Windows and Windows Phone platforms. As it turns out, however, Microsoft might be able to solve its app problem without turning to Google’s dominant mobile platform for help. More →
Xbox One users will soon be able to purchase a new accessory for the device, Amazon U.K. has revealed, The new device is remote that will let Xbox owners control media playback, adjust the volume and more. The “official Xbox One Media Remote” for Microsoft consoles costs £19.99 (or $33) and is listed for pre-order, with Amazon saying the accessory will be released on April 4th. More →
People will be comparing the brand new video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft in any number of ways for years to come. Sales, power, performance, utility, home entertainment capabilities and more are all valid points of comparison, but another angle we keep seeing pop up gives us a different perspective on the current-generation “console wars.” As developers continue to test Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4, feedback they share could give us an idea of what to expect from game makers on each platform — and according to one independent game lab, Xbox One is the place to be for indies. More →
If you want to go hands-on with Titanfall before it launches next month, now is your chance. EA and Respawn Entertainment have finally opened registration for the Titanfall closed beta on both Xbox One and PC, but you only have until Friday at 4pm PST to sign up, so move quickly. The beta will begin on February 14th, and everyone who is accepted should receive confirmation by February 17th. According to the press release, the beta will feature three game modes: Attrition, a standard team deathmatch; Hardpoint Domination, Titanfall’s version of capture the flag; and Last Titan Standing, which is exactly what it sounds like. Titanfall launches on March 11th for the Xbox One and PC, and March 25th on the Xbox 360. Check out the trailer for the closed beta below. More →
A strong launch lineup and a few major system updates won’t be enough to put the Xbox One over the PlayStation 4 in 2014, if Wedbush Securities is correct in its predictions. According to a recent report from the analysts at Wedbush, the PlayStation 4 will outsell the Xbox One 12 million to 9 million this year, owing mostly to the $100 price difference between the two consoles. More →
The Xbox One February update, which was originally scheduled for this Tuesday, has unfortunately been delayed to later in the week. To tide you over while you wait, Microsoft has posted an outline on the Xbox Wire for the March update, which will focus on improvements to the multiplayer and social features of the Xbox One. More →