'Games With Gold' freebies revealed for September

August 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft's Games With Gold free game give-away program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers will offer a total of four games this month.

Xbox One owners with an active Xbox Live Gold account in good standing will get The Deer God from September 1 - 30, alongside Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition from September 16 - October 15.

Xbox 360 owners with an active Xbox Live Gold account in good standing will get Battlestations Pacific from September 1 - 15. After that the game will disappear and be replaced by Crysis 3 from September 16 - 30.

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'SMITE' launches on Xbox One

August 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It is a bit of a landmark day for developer Hi-Rez Studios as it earns the distinction of launching the first MOBA game on Xbox One. Today the developer launched SMITE on Xbox One for Xbox Live Gold subscribers (you need a Gold account to play, if you didn't know). The launch follows a successful beta test on Xbox One, with over one million unique players taking part. Hi-Rez says that all the purchases, progress and achievements players earned during the beta test will carry over to the full final game that launched today.

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PSA: 1.08 update for 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt' released

August 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

CD Projekt RED has released a massive (2BG) update for The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The hefty update offers lots of tweaks, improvements to performance, and a whole host of fixes for a variety of UI, graphics, and gameplay bugs.

Hopefully it will fix the performance issues introduced in 1.07 that some players experienced after installing it.

For a full list of fixes, check out the patch notes below:The Witcher 3 Patch 1.08 Notes

UI:

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Xbox One: home of the N64 classics?

August 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Kotaku makes an interesting point about Nintendo 64 games on current-generation systems that is kind of a slap in the face to Nintendo in this article: there are now officially more N64 games on Xbox One than there are on the Wii U. Of course this is almost exclusively due to the fact that Rare and its corporate overlord Microsoft have released the Rare Replay collection on Xbox One and it contains a lot of games Rare made that first appeared on Nintendo's popular classic system.

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What Microsoft's 'Backwards Compatibility Wall' looks like without duplicates

August 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An interesting story on Game Informer takes apart an ad from Microsoft about backwards compatible Xbox 360 games that will be available on Xbox One at the end of the year to find that the company might be bending the truth a wee bit. The ad in question, which is being called the "Backwards Compatibility Wall," appears to show an awful lot of Xbox 360 games being backwards compatible.

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Microsoft and Seagate announce 2TB USB hard drive for Xbox 360 and Xbox One

August 5, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

On the heels of Microsoft announcing yesterday that it would launch a DVR system for the Xbox One yesterday, Microsoft and hardware manufacturer Seagate announced a new 2 TB drive made specifically for the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The 2TB external hard drive is USB-based, meaning you can plug it in when you need to for extra storage.

Given how much space you'll need to record and save DVR content from broadcast television, Microsoft seems to be covering all its bases.

The USB 3.0-based hard drive will cost $110 when it ships "later this year."

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TV DVR features coming to Xbox One in 2016

August 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

For as long as we can remember, Microsoft has been trying to find a plausible way to get into the set-top box business, and the Xbox One is as close to the company's goal as any other piece of hardware it has produced in the past. At today's Gamescom press briefing in Cologne, Germany, the company took a long stride towards that goal with news that it will add DVR features to the Xbox One console in 2016.

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All Future 'Games With Gold' games for Xbox 360 will be backwards compatible with Xbox One

August 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

At its Gamescom press event in Cologne, Germany today, Microsoft offered some great news for fans of its Xbox 360 and Xbox One platform about backwards compatibility. The company announced that all future Xbox 360 titles made available through its the Games With Gold program will be backwards compatible on Xbox One.

The Games With Gold program is a loyalty program for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners that gives free games every month to anyone who has an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

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PSA: Get older 'Gears of War' games free with 'Gears of War: Ultimate Edition'

August 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft announced today on Xbox.com that those who purchase Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One will get access to backwards compatible versions of Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgment.  Anyone who buys and plays Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on Xbox Live between Aug. 25 and Dec. 31, 2015 will get access to the aforementioned games when they launch this fall on Xbox One.

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'ZombiU' coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One as 'Zombi'

July 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like a game that was once a Wii U exclusive is finally getting released to a wider audience, and getting a slight name change to reflect its non-exclusivity to the Wii U. The Ubisoft-published Wii U game ZombiU has been rebranded as Zombi so it can be released on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on August 18.

The zombie apocalypse survival game that features "permadeath" will be getting a few upgrades on current-generation platforms including "upgraded graphics" and "refined gameplay."

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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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343 Industries explains why split-screen coop was cut from 'Halo 5'

July 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a lengthy post on Halo Waypoint, Halo 5 developer 343 Industries attempts to explain why it has eliminated split-screen cooperative play from the game. Split screen co-op play has been in every Halo game to-date until Halo 5, and fans have strongly expressed their displeasure in it being removed.

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Chinese government fully lifts ban on game consoles

July 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Chinese government has officially lifted the ban on all consoles being sold within the country.  Last year China began easing restrictions on console by allowing game console-makers like Sony and Microsoft to start manufacturing and selling consoles in Shanghai's free trade zone. The country did put some heavy restrictions for those wanting to release consoles in the region: for one, they had to be manufactured locally and each console had to be inspected and improved prior to release. Game software also had to be approved by government regulators.

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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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PC-style mouse and keyboard support likely on Xbox One

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

PC-style keyboard and mouser support will be coming to Xbox One at some point, according to what Xbox boss Phil Spencer told one gamer on Twitter today.  The news came from a conversation on Twitter regarding the possibility of PC streaming to Xbox One. Spencer doesn't offer any definitive timeframe for when this would happen, but with Windows 10 coming out soon we expect it sooner rather than later.

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'Gears of War Ultimate Edition' gets later release on PC

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While Gears of War Ultimate Edition is coming to the PC, Microsoft has let loose a wee bit of bad news for those who wanted to get it on the same day it is released on Xbox One: you can't. The game will be launched first on Xbox One, with the Windows 10 version getting released "later."

How much later? Microsoft's Phil Spencer didn't offer a definitive date for the game's release on Windows 10 - simply that it would come out "after" it is released on Xbox One:

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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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Analysis: 'The Witcher 3' update 1.07 hurts PS4 and Xbox One framerates

July 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt update 1.07 for Xbox One and PS4 has caused a number of issues from players on both platforms, according to a new Digital Foundry performance analysis of the update. According to that analysis, frame rate on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been negatively impacted: 

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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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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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Buy an Xbox One, get a free game

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft's Larry Hryb put out a gentle reminder that if you buy the Xbox One this week, you'll get a free game to go along with it. At E3 Microsoft announced that the $349 price drop for the Xbox One Kinect-free 500 GB would be permanent. They also announced a new Xbox One with a 1 TB hard drive and redesigned controller. Both console configurations come with a voucher for one free game redeemable on Xbox Marketplace.

The deal also covers special bundles like the white Special Edition that comes with Halo: Master Chief Collection.

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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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Former 'Top Gear' star Jeremy Clarkson is not in 'Forza 6'

June 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear star will not be featured in Forza Motorsport 6, developer Turn10 Studios tells IGN. Jeremy Clarkson was booted from the popular BBC show about driving after allegedly assaulting a producer on the show. Other members of the popular show including Richard Hammond and James May will be featured in the game.

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Microsoft: 'we are still supporting Kinect'

June 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Despite the lack of news related to it this week during E3, Microsoft says that it has not given up on its Kinect motion sensing camera for Xbox One.  Xbox executive Aaron Greenberg told GameSpot this week at E3 that Kinect is still important to the company, though he didn't identify any games that are being developed to use it anymore.

"We are absolutely continuing to support Kinect," Greenberg told GameSpot this week at E3.

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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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MechaTama31Infophile: Kind of like how you're criticizing these theoretical reactions before you've even read any? ;)09/01/2015 - 12:44am
PHX CorpI'll probaly Start the stream around 8PM Eastern08/31/2015 - 10:09pm
PHX CorpOk, see you guys Tomorrow on the GP Facebook Page, I'll be steaming either the first 2 megaman games(Through Megaman Legacy Collection) or Rare Replay as the first game on My twitch.tv page tomorrow While we wait for GP to Come back up later this week08/31/2015 - 10:01pm
james_fudgeAlso check out our Facebook page and chat there! https://www.facebook.com/gamepolitics08/31/2015 - 9:53pm
james_fudgeSee you all on the other side! Find me on Twitter :)08/31/2015 - 9:51pm
james_fudgeAllright, i'll mention this on the GP facebook page08/31/2015 - 9:49pm
PHX Corpand now it's ready to go for everyone08/31/2015 - 9:35pm
PHX Corpok, done http://www.twitch.tv/trustygemtwitch I have to put on one more finishing touch and it is ready to go08/31/2015 - 9:19pm
Andrew EisenFeel free to leave us suggestions on Facebook or Twitter too. We're going to be busy but we'll try our best to keep an eye on 'em.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenIt's an interesting idea though. If we do anything, we probably won't know until after the site goes offline so keep an eye on GP social media for announcements.08/31/2015 - 8:59pm
Andrew EisenYeah, we could use my Twitch chat box too. There's always IRC but we don't currently have a GamePolitics channel.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Goth_SkunkThough I think the limit is 9 at a time in the hangout, so anyone who can't get in would be stuck out in the 'on air' portion.08/31/2015 - 8:57pm
Andrew EisenFor the show, I'd like the chat open to anyone who wants to watch.08/31/2015 - 8:55pm
PHX CorpI could Set Up a Temporary chatroom on My twitch.TV page while GP is busy updating the site(since I'll be Fighting Megaman Legacy Collection on Xbox one)08/31/2015 - 8:54pm
Goth_SkunkI don't see a problem with inviting viewers. It's not like I'm advocating this to be an open forum, just something specific to GP members.08/31/2015 - 8:53pm
Andrew EisenThat's why I embed the chat box from my Twitch Page. Can't get chat on the YouTube page to work either.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Andrew EisenI do but I haven't seen a way to incorporate viewers to chat without specifically inviting them to the event.08/31/2015 - 8:49pm
Goth_SkunkThough I'm surprised you'd not be familiar with this, Andrew. Do you not use Google Hangouts when you do S.P.A.C.?08/31/2015 - 8:45pm
Andrew EisenGP Movie Night!08/31/2015 - 8:41pm
Big PermEveyone should be too busy with phantom pain to notice GP is down. Hail Vidya!08/31/2015 - 8:40pm

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