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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Two more freebies available starting today for Xbox Live Gold subscribers

April 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel are now free to download as part of Microsoft's Games With Gold monthly giveaway for Xbox Live Gold level subscribers. Earlier in the  month, Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 were able to score Gears of War: Judgment and indie sandbox RPG hit Terraria.

Xbox One owners got (and can still get) two titles during the month: Child of Light and Pool Nation FX.

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PSA: don't play 'Happy Wars' on Xbox One

April 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Developer Toylogic accidently released its free-to-play RPG battle game Happy Wars on Xbox One, but quickly pulled it offline. Unfortunately anyone who managed to play the game before it was pulled down found out - to their horror - that they couldn't play the game on Xbox 360 afterward.

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Future Xbox 360 firmware update will add support for 2TB USB storage devices

April 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Eurogamer report, Microsoft is working on a future firmware update that will add support for external USB drives up to 2TB. Currently the Xbox 360 only supports USB drives up to 32GB. The upcoming update also removes the systems method for reserving hard drive space in advance; a method used to maximize the amount of free room on your drive.

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Microsoft offers one month of Sling TV on Xbox One for free

April 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Those looking to abandon cable TV and want an internet solution might be interested in Sling TV and Microsoft is offering a deal that might push you to the dark side if you already own an Xbox one console and are an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. For a limited time you can get a month of Sling TV for free if you are an Xbox Live Gold subscriber.

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Get double the freebies though Xbox Games With Gold in April

March 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed the titles that will be available in April as part of its free games promotion to Xbox Live Gold subscribers - and this month subscribers get double the normal amount of games.

Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox 360 will be able to score Gears of War: Judgment and indie sandbox RPG hit Terraria between April 1st-15th, and on April 16th until April 31st they'll be able to pick up Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.

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Xbox Live Gold Subscription Will Not Be Required For Multiplayer on Windows 10

March 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An Xbox Live Gold subscription will not be needed to play multiplayer on Windows 10 when it is released, despite it supporting cross play on some games (Xbox One and Windows 10) and the integration of the Xbox Live system into the operating system.

This is according to what Microsoft's Larry Hryb said recently on Twitter. The integration into Windows 10 will "provide access to the vast majority of Xbox Live services currently available on Xbox One," including instant messaging and friends chat.

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GDC Whispers: Phil Harrison Has Left Microsoft

March 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GII reports that Phil Harrison has quietly left Microsoft, though executives within the company attending the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this week have refrained from providing confirmation or commenting on it. When asked by Eurogamer about rumors that Harrison had left Microsoft, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that "he couldn't say anything about that."

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Xbox 360 Getting Its Own 'Preview Program'

March 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has finally extended the Xbox One Preview program to Xbox 360 owners. Despite the age of Microsoft's last-generation console, Microsoft revealed this week at GDC that it will extend the preview program to the system later this year. The preview program allows Xbox 360 owners to try out dashboard and other system-wide changes before they are officially deployed.

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Games With Gold Titles For March Revealed

February 26, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft announced what titles you can score for free during the month of March through Games With Gold, the company's free games giveaway program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Xbox One owners who also have an Xbox Live Gold account can download Rayman Legends for free during the month.

Xbox 360 owners who also subscribe to Xbox Live Gold can get the Tomb Raider reboot in the first half of the month. On the 16th of the month Xbox 360 owners can download Irrational Games' Bioshock Infinite.

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PSA: First Major Update of 2015 Hits Xbox One Today

February 6, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The first major update of 2015 for Xbox One went live this morning, adding a number of tweaks, adjustments and new features to Microsoft's next-gen home console.

The new update introduces Game Hubs (which let Xbox One users keep track of statistics related to specific titles) improved sync and disconnect times for Xbox One controllers (the time has been reduced to around two seconds), improvements to the Live TV OneGuide (it now tracks trending shows on Xbox and Twitter - US-only), improvements to party chat, and more transparent dashboard tiles.

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Microsoft Reveals 'Games With Gold' Titles For February

January 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed the three games that will be part of February's Games With Gold free game giveaway for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

Xbox One owners will be able to score #IDARB (It Draws a Red Box) free of chart from February 1 to February 28. The game is described as "an offbeat, crowdsourced multiplayer action game."

Xbox 360 owners will be able to grab puzzle adventure Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for free from February 1 - 15. From February 16-28 Sniper Elite V2 will be made available free of charge.

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'The Elder Scrolls Online' Coming to PS4 and Xbox One This Summer, Game Going Free-To-Play

January 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Elder Scrolls Online will be going free-to-play later this year and it will be coming to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 too. Zenimax Online announced that its MMO based on the popular Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games will be released on June 9 for Xbox One and PS4. And with it coming to next-gen consoles the company also revealed that the game will be free-to-play, meaning no subscription fees. To play all you'll need to do is buy it for your favorite platform.

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Microsoft Clarifies Rules on Game Streaming

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has made a clarification to its rules for people who want to stream its Xbox games after some in the community expressed confusion. Last week Microsoft updated its Game Content Usage Rules acknowledging that fans could participate in partner programs to earn revenue for ads on Let's Play videos and game streaming as long as they followed a few rules and conditions.

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UK Man Arrested For Christmas Day Attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network

January 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A series of tweets this morning from the official Twitter account for the UK law enforcement agency South East Regional Organized Crime Unit reveals that an unnamed 18-year-old has been arrested in South Port, England for his alleged part in the Christmas day dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attacks that took both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live offline.

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Microsoft Announces 'The Simpsons' Skin Pack for 'Minecraft'

January 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While this particular deal was apparently finalized prior to Microsoft acquiring Minecraft and its maker Mojang, it does nonetheless show you that Microsoft may have some big ideas for the ultra popular sandbox building game.

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Get 'The Witcher 2' For Free on Xbox 360 Beginning Today

January 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Starting today CD Projekt RED's popular action-RPG The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings on Xbox 360 is free as part of Microsoft's Games With Gold free game monthly giveaway program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Beginning today you can download the game for free and own it even if you let that Xbox Live Gold account expire. You'll have until the end of January to add it to your library.

Xbox One owners still have until the end of January to get D4: Dark Dreams Don't Lie through Games With Gold.

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Microsoft Lets Users Stream and Monetize Xbox Content

January 12, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has officially said that, "hey people can stream its game content." Microsoft has given user the greenlight to stream gameplay and make Let's Play videos featuring its content on Twitch and YouTube. Microsoft also said that it has no problem with users monetizing this content either, but they'll have to agree to a few terms first. The 16 rules or conditions are covered under Microsoft's new "Game Content Usage Rules."

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Finish Law Enforcement Questions Teen About Xbox Live And PSN Cyber Attacks

January 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has questioned a teenager in connection with Lizard Squad and its international hacking antics, according to Polygon. The law enforcement agency is looking into a 17-year-old identified only as "Ryan" for his alleged participation in DDoS attacks against PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, according to the report. There's some conflicting reports on whether the teen is still in police custody or if he was questioned and sent home.

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FBI Investigating Christmas Day Attacks on PSN, Xbox Live

December 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to Daily Dot, the FBI is investigating the Christmas day outages on both PlayStation Network and Xbox Live that left many new PS4 and Xbox One owners unable to play their games on the holiday. The hacker group known as Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for the Christmas day attacks.

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How Kim Dotcom Tried To Save Christmas

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

TorrentFreak details at great length how Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom did his best to get hacking group Lizard Squad to stop DDoSing PlaySation Network and Xbox Live on Christmas. While it's debatable if the peace offering made by Dotcom really did stop all the Lizard Squad attacks, it shows that he at least made a strong effort to do something on behalf of gamers.

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Hackers Ruin Christmas for Xbox and PlayStation Users

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the Christmas holiday hacking group Lizard Squad claimed credit for taking both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network offline, much to the consternation of Xbox One and PS4 owners - particularly those who got one of the newer consoles for Christmas. Both networks were the targets of a concentrated series of DDoS attacks on Christmas, making it difficult to log in to either service all Christmas day.

Both Microsoft and Sony acknowledged that their services were experiencing downtime after angry users took to social media to complain to and at both companies.

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'The Interview' Available on YouTube, Xbox Consoles, and Google Play

December 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony Pictures will release the controversial comedy "The Interview" on YouTube's movies service, and Xbox platforms, according to The Washington Post. The film is already available for on demand viewing ($5) or as an HD download ($15) through Google Play.

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Games With Gold Freebies Revealed for January

December 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has announced the free games that Xbox Live Gold subscribers can get for free in January as part of its ongoing free game giveaway programs, Games With Gold. Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to pick up a free copy of D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die, MX vs. ATV Alive and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition next month, Microsoft announced today.

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Zampella: Almost Eight Million Playing 'Titanfall' Now

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Respawn Entertainment founder Vince Zampella admits that he may have erred on the decision to make the PC version of Titanfall Origin-only and revealed just how many people are currently playing the game. Speaking to Game Informer, Zampella describes the game as "obviously pretty successful."

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PSA: 'Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins' Will Be Removed From XBLA, PSN By Month's End

December 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Capcom's Unity Blog is reminding PlayStation and Xbox family console owners that one of its games will be removed from those marketplaces later this month. In other words, if you want to buy Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins from Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network you'd better do it sooner rather than later.

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'SSX' Now Free on Xbox Live

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

From now until the end of the year Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download the popular EA Sports extreme snowboarding game SSX for free on Xbox 360 through Microsoft's ongoing Games With Gold freebie game giveaway program. The game normally retails for $19.99 on Microsoft's digital marketplace.

SSX takes the place of the Xbox 360 game The Raven: Legacy of a Master Thief, which was available for free in the first half of December.

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Xbox One Version of 'Assassin's Creed Unity' Requires 40 GB Download With Latest Update

December 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The fourth major update to Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity was supposed to offer a refurbished version of the game's Paris map and provide some fixes for continued problems with framerates. But something bad happened in the process: The download, which was already a whopping 6+ GB, apparently ballooned to 40 GB for the Xbox One version of the game. Ubisoft is blaming patch downloading process on the system for the gigantic download too:

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Matthew WilsonLost Kingdoms came out in 2002 this day. I played that game. I did not relize it was made by From Software. Lost Kingdoms was a good unique hard game.04/25/2015 - 4:56pm
MattsworknameOff topic, but, who heres playing Bloodborne, and if so, is it mercillesly murdering you every chance it gets?04/25/2015 - 7:35am
Matthew WilsonI think its a good article, and devs can take some lessons from life is strange.04/24/2015 - 10:24pm
Andrew EisenI tinyURL'd it. The world is safe!04/24/2015 - 10:23pm
Matthew Wilson@AE my bad there is nothing I can do about that.04/24/2015 - 10:21pm
Andrew EisenLooks like the spoiler is right there in the URL.04/24/2015 - 10:20pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://tinyurl.com/ok9pf6b a interesting opinion piece on the life is strange episode 2, and a dark event that happens in it. full warning major spoilers.04/24/2015 - 10:11pm
Matthew Wilson@mech no just she, nor her co workers have not. she never said it is not real.04/24/2015 - 8:58pm
MechaCrashWas she saying "I haven't experienced it," or "I haven't experienced it therefore it does not exist"?04/24/2015 - 8:31pm
ZippyDSMleeoy the skyrim paid mod thing is going over well. My 2 lints, I would not mind if Skyrim had a full SDK and not a crappy lil editor....04/24/2015 - 6:46pm
Andrew EisenWell, that is indeed crappy and nonsensical.04/24/2015 - 3:45pm
Matthew Wilsonshe got attacked for saying that she personaly has not experienced the harassment some other female devs have, and she got acused of defending GG and ignoring harassment. she ended up getting dog piled because of it.04/24/2015 - 3:43pm
Andrew EisenFine but do you recall ANY details at all?04/24/2015 - 3:38pm
Matthew Wilsonit was several weeks ago now, and I will admit to not saving it.04/24/2015 - 3:36pm
Andrew EisenAttacked HOW and by WHOM for not writing off WHO as evil? Do you have a link or anything?04/24/2015 - 3:31pm
Matthew Wilsonthat is the whole point she was not attacked for saying anything. she was attacked for being willing to debate in the first place, and not just write them off as evil.04/24/2015 - 3:28pm
Andrew EisenI know there's not a lot of room in the Shout box but goodness you're being vague.04/24/2015 - 3:26pm
Andrew EisenGreat, but that STILL doesn't tell me what she said, why she was attacked (or what the attack was) or what "standard line" she's following. Details, man. Details!04/24/2015 - 3:25pm
Andrew EisenOr what the heck Nina White (someone else I've never heard of) is actually referring to.04/24/2015 - 3:24pm
Matthew Wilson@AE she is a game dev. she used to do stuff with hormanix and now works with https://outact.net/#!/?page_id=2 she will often engage and debate both side.04/24/2015 - 3:23pm
 

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