Xbox boss talks gender, diversity in new interview

July 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a new interview with Edge Magazine, Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer took some time to talk about gender and racial diversity in the games industry and what his company is doing about it in its own backyard.

The talk of gender and race came up after Spencer said that the traditional videogame image has been "all sports, broad shoulders and guns."

When asked how that can be changed, he said:

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'Metro' games and 'MGS 5: Ground Zeroes' headline Games With Gold in August

July 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has announced the free games Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get in the month of August through its Xbox Live Games with Gold free game giveaway program.

Xbox One users who have an active Xbox Live Gold account can get their grubby little hands on Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for free during the month of August. Xbox One users will also get How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition beginning August 16th and up until September 15.

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PSA: Microsoft's Xbox Gamescom press briefing will be streamed live

July 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you can't make it to Cologne, Germany for Gamescom in August, you can still at least catch whatever Microsoft plans on showing during its press conference for the European fan and gaming press event. Microsoft announced that on August 4 at 7am Pacific (3pm UK), it will air its Gamescom press briefing on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and at Xbox.com.

So far, we know that Microsoft will show off Scalebound, a new game in the Crackdown series, and Quantum Break. These games were left out of its E3 press briefing in June on purpose so the company could show them off at Gamescom.

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'Call of Duty' games dominate fan voting for backwards compatibility on Xbox One

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Call of Duty Black Ops II is now the most requested Xbox 360 game to receive the backwards compatibility treatment for Xbox One and while Black Ops II may be at the top of the list, it isn't the only Call of Duty game in the mix. In fact a total of six CoD games are in the top 12 including Black Ops, Black Ops II, Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, and World at War.

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Microsoft records Xbox One gains and a big loss on Nokia

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While Microsoft may have registered a year-over-year decline of five percent in revenue for the fiscal year 2015 fourth quarter, the company is saying that its Xbox One console is doing pretty well. First the bad news: revenues were down five percent from the same period a year ago - coming in at $22.2 billion, down from $23.4 billion. The company also reported a loss of $2.1 billion for the quarter, mostly due to a $7.5 billion write-down related to its Nokia smartphone business acquisition…

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Xbox 360 disc-scratching class action lawsuit will proceed

July 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft will still have to face the music on a lawsuit involving its Xbox 360 damaging game discs. Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals justices Johnnie B. Rawlinson and Carlos T. Bea voted against Microsoft's petition to rehear the case with a larger group of judges (En Banc hearing).

According to the decision, "No further petitions for rehearing or rehearing en banc will be accepted." In March the court ruled that the Xbox 360 disc-scratching case could move forward as a class-action lawsuit.

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PSA: last day to get 'Plants v. Zombies' for free on Xbox 360

July 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today is the last day to get Plants v. Zombies for free on Xbox 360 as part of Microsoft's free game giveaway program, Games With Gold. Xbox Live Gold subscribers have until the end of the day to grab PopCap's popular Zombie themed home defense game.  On July 16th you'll be able to grab Gears of War 3 for Xbox 360 until the end of the month.

Xbox One owners can download Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for free until the end of the month and - starting July 16 - you'll be able to grab the indie puzzler So Many Me. So Many Me is available until August 15.

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Outside Xbox hits one million subscribers

July 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamer Network’s Outside Xbox has surpassed one million subscribers. The Xbox-based video outlet was launched in August 2012 by Andy Farrant, Mike Channell and Jane Douglas, and is focused solely on Microsoft and Xbox content. The group has also managed to see year-on-year growth of over 200 percent and has surpassed 25 million monthly views, according to MCV.

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New Xbox One update lays the groundwork for Windows 10 streaming and backwards compatibility

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An update on Major Nelson's blog (Microsoft's Larry Hryb) reveals that the latest update to Xbox One will get the system ready for game streaming to Windows 10 and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility.

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Peter Moore v. The Red Ring of Death

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Peter Moore, the former boss of all things Xbox while at Microsoft took some time to talk at length about controversies he had to deal with while in charge of the division - including the infamous "red ring of death" issue with early Xbox 360 consoles.

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July's Games With Gold ready for download

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

July's Games With Gold for Xbox One and Xbox 360 are now available. As revealed last week, you can get Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for Xbox One and Plants vs. Zombies on Xbox 360, among others. Of course you'll also need to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber in good standing to get the free games...

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Microsoft reveals July's 'Games With Gold' freebies

June 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

July's Games With Gold from Microsoft will allow you to be an assassin-pirate, a soldier, a gaggle of clones, and the only thing standing between your home and the zombie apocalypse. Microsoft's Games With Gold is a free game give-away program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers who own an Xbox One or an Xbox 360 - in case you have been living under or rock or in a cave with no Internet access.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 148: the big post-E3 show!

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

If you missed Friday's live broadcast of Super Podcast Action Committee (Episode 148), you can watch the video replay on YouTube, to your left, or download it below. On this week's show hosts Andrew Eisen and  E. Zachary Knight are once again joined by super cool dude Justin Leeper to talk about all the games they loved and hated from last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo) in Los Angeles. Who won the E3? Who had the best games? Who failed miserably?

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'Red Dead Redemption' the top choice for getting backwards compatibility among fans

June 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Well, all the votes are in on which Xbox 360 games should get backwards compatibility and Red Dead Redemption is the top pick. Earlier in the week Microsoft asked fans to vote on the Xbox 360 games they would like to play on Xbox One on Xbox.com. Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, BioShock Infinite, Mass Effect 2, and six different Call of Duty games also make the cut.

A list of the top twenty most requested titles can be found below. We are assuming this list is for more than just North America.

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Microsoft bullish on Xbox One holiday sales

June 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft expects to see the tide turn during the holiday season due to a strong holiday line-up of games and the company's announcement earlier this week that it would make a hundred or so different Xbox 360 game backwards compatible on the Xbox One. 

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Sony comments on Microsoft's Xbox One backwards compatibility plans

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this week Microsoft announced at its Xbox E3 media briefing that it would support backwards compatibility of a hundred or so Xbox 360 titles starting during the holiday season. The news was very well received by Xbox fans and by the gaming community in general.

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Microsoft asks fans to vote on which Xbox 360 games should be made backwards compatible

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday Microsoft announced at its E3 Xbox media briefing that it would make a hundred or so games from the Xbox 360 library backwards compatible during the holiday season. While Mass Effect, Rainbow Six: Vegas, and Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 are definitely on that list, we have no idea what other games Microsoft will make backwards compatible and playable on Xbox One.

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Microsoft highlights VR deals,backwards compatibility, and tons of games at E3 media briefing

June 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

At its annual E3 media briefing today, Microsoft highlighted first- and third-party games, HoloLens, its partnerships with VR companies, a newly designed Xbox One and Windows 10 compatible controller, and Xbox One's (limited) ability to provide Xbox 360 game compatibility.

The event opened with a video montage showing Halo 5, Gears of War, and Rise of the Tomb Raider to drive home the point that first - and third-party games are what the company is all about in 2015 and 2016.

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Research: active games better for children than playing outside

June 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to new research from the University of Tennessee, games that use motion sensing camera technology like those that use Microsoft's Kinect are better at promoting and fostering an active lifestyle compared to traditional activities. The study, spearheaded by Doctor Hollie Raynor, director of the University of Tennessee's Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory, was recently published in the Games for Health journal.

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PSA: Xbox E3 press event at 9:30 am PT

June 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

At 9:30 am PT (12:30 pm on the east coast) this morning Microsoft will host its annual Xbox media presentation live from Los Angeles. You can watch the event in its entirety right here - we'll have a full report later today.

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'Call of Duty: Black Ops 3' is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3

June 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One thing you can never call Activision is stupid when it comes to squeezing the very last nickel from its largest franchise - the Call of Duty series. Earlier this year Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 developer Treyarch told Eurogamer that the latest game was only for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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No 'Fallout 4' for Xbox 360, PS3

June 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While it should come as no shock to anyone, Bethesda says that Fallout 4 will not be coming to last generation consoles like the PS3 or Xbox 360. They didn't even bother to mention the Wii U. Last week Bethesda revealed that Fallout 4 was in development and would be coming - at some point - to the PC, Xbox One and PS4.

But when asked about last-gen versions of the game, Bethesda community manager Matt Grandstaff told users on NeoGAF that the company has zero plans on old systems.

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Microsoft reveals June's 'Games With Gold' free games offerings

May 28, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft's Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) has revealed June Games With Gold free offerings for the month of June.  For Xbox One owners who have an Xbox Live Gold account, Microsoft is offering Double Fine's fantasy strategy game Massive Chalice and billiards game Pool FX Nation (which is being extended from last month's free game offering).

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Ubisoft nearly done with games on last-generation consoles

May 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday following the release of its latest financial results, Ubisoft announced that it was ultimately done making games for last generation console systems. In fact it only has one game in the works for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360: a brand new title in its popular rhythm dance game series, Just Dance.

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Waupaca, Wisconsin teen gets caught swatting, loses Xbox

May 11, 2015 - James Fudge

A 17-year-old Waupaca, Wisconsin teen had his "Xbox" confiscated by Waupaca County after they determined that he had attempted to "swat" a rival player. According to WeAreGreenBay.com, the teen allegedly called the Waupaca County 911 Communications Center on Sunday afternoon claiming that a woman had been shot in the leg in an apartment on Eight Street (in Waupaca) and the shooter was still in the house. The caller claimed they were making the call while hiding in a closet.

Police responded to the scene and learned quickly that the call was a hoax.

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PSA: Xbox Live Gold for free this weekend

May 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft is letting non-paying Xbox silver users on Xbox One and Xbox 360 get a taste of the good life starting today. Xbox Live Silver subscribers will get to see how the other half lives when they have full access to multiplayer features in all of their favorite games.

The free promotion will run from May 1 - May 3. No doubt Microsoft thinks that this free weekend will result in Silver to Gold subscriptions galore.

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Games With Gold freebies for May revealed

April 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed the free games Xbox Live Gold subscribers can grab in May that are part of its ongoing "Games With Gold" giveaway program.

Xbox One owners can download CastleStorm: Definitive Edition ($14.99 ERP) for free during the month of May. Microsoft also announced that it will hold over Pool Nation FX ($13.99 ERP) for an additional month.

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Former Lionhead boss takes control of Xbox and HoloLens games

April 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Lionhead Studios head John Needham has been promoted to a new position within Microsoft that will oversee internal development for several (but not all) games on Xbox platforms and the company's augmented reality technology HoloLens. A Microsoft spokesperson tells Engadget that he will report to Microsoft corporate VP Kudo Tsunoda. He will not be in charge of some of Microsoft's biggest franchises, though.

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'Happy Wars' finally coming to Xbox One this week

April 21, 2015 - James Fudge

After a false start - which broke the Xbox 360 version of the game (see this story for details) - it looks like developer Toylogic has worked out the issues and will "officially" launch the Xbox One version of Happy Wars Friday, April 24.

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It's official: Phil Harrison is no longer with Microsoft

April 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In March rumors circulated that Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe Phil Harrison had left Microsoft. Today Head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed with GamesIndustry.biz in a statement that Harrison was no longer with Microsoft.

"Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside of Microsoft," Spencer's statement reads.

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Goth_SkunkTake this with a grain of salt, but I'm hearing that in order to play Solitaire in Windows 10, you have to pay a monthly fee of $1.50.07/29/2015 - 9:28pm
Andrew EisenPHX - Yep, we linked that interview last week. http://gamepolitics.com/2015/07/24/gearbox-founder-has-nothing-praise-aliens-colonial-marines-duke-nukem-forever07/29/2015 - 8:42pm
Matthew WilsonI did a clean install, and have had no issues, it seems they got this right07/29/2015 - 7:43pm
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Craig R.And even then, I'd say upgrade, make your backup media, and then do a clean install07/29/2015 - 7:29pm
Craig R.Personally, I'm recommending people wait 2-3 months at least before upgrading07/29/2015 - 7:29pm
Matthew Wilsonthat being said I am not normal, I took the upgrade and made a recovery drive, than did a clean install. most issues in os upgrades come from doing the upgrade. doing a fresh install fixes that.07/29/2015 - 6:58pm
Matthew Wilson@james so far hone, no major issues encountered yet. the only issue ?I have is my second wifi adaptor does not work, but I have my built in one. that issue is on netgear to fix though with new drivers07/29/2015 - 6:46pm
TechnogeekSora, the entire reason those clauses are being added everywhere is that they WERE upheld. AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, back in 2011.07/29/2015 - 6:28pm
james_fudgeHow many crashes so far?07/29/2015 - 5:46pm
Matthew Wilsonmost likly not since windows is considered essential, so unreasonable tos wont hold up. that being said, I am using it, and its prity good.07/29/2015 - 5:11pm
Sora-ChanThe question on those is can they be held up in court. From what I can tell those kinds of clauses haven't been challenged in court yet.07/29/2015 - 4:40pm
E. Zachary KnightPapa, Of course thre is. That has now become a permanent part of the EULA boilerplate template.07/29/2015 - 12:56pm
Papa MidnightIn case anyone is interested, there is a clause written into Section 10 of Windows 10's EULA that provides for a Class Action Waiver, and restricts the user to Binding Arbitration.07/29/2015 - 11:15am
TechnogeekNo, that folder is what gets used for the upgrade process. I already had the upgrade go through on my notebook.07/29/2015 - 10:35am
Andrew EisenMatt - And AGAIN, you keep saying "accountable." What exactly does that mean? How is Gamasutra not accounting for the editorial it published? How is it not accountable to its readership (which, AGAIN, is primarily game industry folk, not gamers)?07/29/2015 - 10:10am
james_fudgeThat's the clean install, for anyone asking07/29/2015 - 9:23am
TechnogeekAlso, it's the upgrade that's available for installation now. You might need to forcibly initiate the Windows Update process before it'll start downloading, though. (If there's a C:\$Windows.~BT folder on your computer, then you're in luck.)07/29/2015 - 8:46am
TechnogeekAdmittedly there's more room to push for an advertiser boycott when you get into opinion content versus pure news, but keep in mind that reviews are opinion content as well.07/29/2015 - 8:46am
TechnogeekMatts: There's a difference between "this person regularly says extremely terrible stuff" and "I don't like the phrasing used in this one specific editorial".07/29/2015 - 8:45am
 

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