Microsoft finally caught up with Sony this month as the Games with Gold program expanded to the Xbox One, bringing two free downloadable games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers who have moved on to the new generation. As the month comes to a close, Microsoft is preparing a new batch of games for Xbox One and Xbox 360, but Xbox One owners are getting the short end of the stick this time around. More →
After Rock Band hit its peak, the dance pads and plastic instruments of the music game genre appeared to be fading away for good. It was a fad that couldn’t quite sustain itself, so the leader in the genre, Harmonix, found a way to recreate music gaming without the expensive peripherals: Kinect. Dance Central might still be one of the Kinect’s only killer apps, and now the team is taking the concept and mashing it together with Disney’s classic film Fantasia. It might sound like an odd pairing, but the results are fascinating. More →
The highly anticipated Xbox One June update is here, Microsoft announced, bringing several interesting features to users, including external storage support and better access to apps. Users will now be able to connect their external hard drives to the console in order to supplement the limited (for some) storage available on the device, and access more games and media files. The company says that USB 3.0-ready hard drives that have at least 256GB of storage will be compatible with the Xbox One, which will recognize such an external drive as the default storage option for future downloads once it’s configured. Users will be able to connect up to two external drives simultaneously. More →
Microsoft is apparently looking for a Senior Software Development Engineer to help it further boost the performance of both its new Xbox One console and the older Xbox 360 model, GamingBolt reveals, speculating that the company wants to further improve and optimize the performance of the consoles’ processors. More →
Last month, EA delayed releasing the Xbox 360 version of the hit game Titanfall until April 8th for the United States and April 11th for Europe. Now that its actual Xbox 360 launch is just about here, screenshots and video of Titanfall have begun leaking all over the web. MP1ST has a particularly large collection with over an hour of video footage. More →
Being stuck in the last generation of consoles doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on one of the biggest games of 2014, but it does mean you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to get your hands on it. EA announced on Thursday that the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall has been pushed back to April 8th in the United States and April 11th in Europe. Bluepoint Games, the developer of the last-gen version, was originally planning to have Titanfall ready for a March 25th release, but Bluepoint and EA “see a few things that can be made even better,” so the game has been delayed. EA is promising the full Titanfall experience on the Xbox 360 — it’ll be a few more weeks before we can see the game in action and decide for ourselves.
South Park: The Stick of Truth is, among other things, the best episode of South Park I’ve seen in years. Matt Stone and Trey Parker went as hands-on with this project as they have with anything outside of the actual cartoon, and it shows. It’s belligerent, horrific, hysterical and it feels fresh. But woven between the hysteria, there’s a game that you’re going to have to play. So is that game any good? More →
With all the action shifting over to the Xbox One, Microsoft is offering some very special deals for any Xbox 360 gamers who want to pick up some classic older games they may have missed the first time around. Microsoft Xbox Live programming director Larry Hryb announced on Tuesday that Microsoft is offering very deep discounts on some best-selling Xbox 360 titles of years past, although you’ll have to hurry to take advantage of them. The first part of the sale, which only lasts between now and Wednesday, includes discounts of at least 67% off for games such as Dishnored, Halo Reach and Bastion. The second part of the sale will last until February 25th and will include a larger selection of games such as Mass Effect, Portal 2 and Batman: Arkham City that will sell for anywhere from 50% off to 93% off. You can get the full list of games over at Hryb’s blog.
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.
Console wars aside, gamers are in for a good year regardless of which home video game console they choose to purchase. We’ve already taken a look at the new titles headed to Sony’s PlayStation 4 and other PlayStation consoles this month, and now it’s time to shift focus over to Microsoft’s Xbox One and the previous-generation Xbox 360, which is still going strong. February is going to be a great month for Xbox fans with four titles debuting for the Xbox One including the highly anticipated “Thief” and a new Lego game, along with 10 new Xbox 360 games. More →
Heroes are a rare breed, but they do exist. Every so often, we see a news story that reminds us there are still people out there who will rise to the occasion and summon the courage to help their fellow man despite imminent danger. Against all odds, they stare death in the face and fight through the fear. Fueled by adrenaline and a willingness to go above and beyond in order to help those in peril, only a select few will put themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others. The latest tale of an ordinary person becoming a hero comes from Kansas, where a man rushed back into his burning home to save the love of his life… his Xbox. More →
There has been a changing of the guard in the U.S. video game console market and for Microsoft, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. With the next console generation right around the corner and several analysts predicting Sony’s PlayStation 4 will have the upper hand this time around, Microsoft’s run at the top in the U.S. market has come to an end prematurely. The company’s current-generation Xbox 360 console had been the top-selling home video game console in America for 32 consecutive months according to market research firm NPD Group, but that unbelievable streak came screeching to a halt in September as the PS3 pulled ahead. More →