Halo 5 will have in-game currency that can be used to buy in-game enhancements. According to this post on Halo Waypoint, the game will feature REQ Points, which players can earn after competing in Warzone or Arena multiplayer. Players can also earn these points by leveling up their Spartan Rank and completing Commendations in multiplayer. These points can be used to purchase unlockable weapons, armor, skins, assassination animations, etc.
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.
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.
One of Rare's biggest games isn't in the freshly announced Rare Replay collection that was announced at Microsoft's Xbox E3 media briefing on Monday: GoldenEye. You can probably surmise why it was omitted from the collection, but Polygon asked the Microsoft-owned developer last night.
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.
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.
In can what can only be described as an "egg on your face" moment, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter has a prediction murdered right out of the gate. Recently Pachter sent out a note to inventors saying that there was little chance of price cuts for the PS4 or Xbox One going into E3 next week and that the price point for the 500GB Xbox One without Kinect would eventually revert back to its $399 price point.
Microsoft announced this morning that it will permanently slash the price of its Xbox One to $349 starting next week. The company is throwing the first punches in a series of maneuvers in preparation for E3 next week, starting with the release of a new Xbox One SKU and some other little surprises. In addition to releasing a new SKU on June 16, Microsoft will be hosting its E3 2015 press event at the beginning of next week to reveal new games and other Xbox One related news.
CD Projekt RED's latest game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has sold four million copies worldwide since its release, according to this Eurogamer report. The announcement on this major milestone was made by CD Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwinski in an open letter to the community:
CD Projekt RED has revealed details on the next major update to all versions of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - most notably that it will fix a rather nasty bug related to experience point gains. While CD Projekt RED's community lead Marcin Momot said that the update (1.05 for PC, 1.04 for Xbox One and PS4) won't be out today, he did say that it will be released "very soon."
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).
The new 1.02 update for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is causing problems for some players on Xbox One, Windows, and PlayStation 4, according to this Polygon report. Along with some tweaks and bug fixes, the new update inadvertently introduced a new bug related to experience gains from quests.
Those already taking Windows 10 for a test run may notice a few new features in the Xbox App after its June update. Microsoft will be adding a number of new features including Xbox One-style "game hubs" (shows friends' activities in games and other apps), a new "Game Bar" custom shortcuts for recording video clips and screenshots and the ability to download and launch the Avatars app from within the Xbox app...
Game Informer's Andrew Reiner details a problematic bug in the Xbox One version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt that is bad enough for him to declare in this article that he is done playing it until CD Projekt fixes it. The bug relates to saves, though Reiner says that he's not exactly sure what is causing the problem:
Larry Hryb (aka Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson) revealed details on a new Xbox One Special Edition Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle on his blog today. The bundle features Cirrus White Xbox One console, one wireless controller and a digital download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The Halo: The Master Chief Collection offers Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4.
Microsoft today revealed the Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One. The device from the company best known for its game-related streaming and video capture devices supports over-the-air TV on Xbox One, allowing you to access local broadcast networks available in your area via an HD antenna device. The device also supports Sling TV, HBO GO, Netflix, Comedy Central, and Hulu Plus - as well as cable TV and satellite TV integration.
BioWare veteran and Mass Effect trilogy project director Casey Hudson has joined Microsoft Studios as its new creative director, PC Gamer reports. Hudson will puts fair amount of his attention on Microsoft's answer to virtual reality on Xbox and Windows platforms - the augmented reality headset code named HoloLens.
Update: In a statement released to Polygon, Microsoft has clarified that users who have been banned from Xbox Live can still use their Xbox One consoles offline.
Earlier today we reported that the upcoming retail consoles versions (Playstation 4, Xbox One) of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited would use a one-time activation code making it so that the game could not be resold. Our report was based on comments made by a Bethesda employee last night.
Microsoft will host its E3 Expo press conference on, June 15 starting at 9:30am PT (12.30pm ET, 5.30pm GMT). The news comes from various outlets who received press invites this morning - including IGN. The details on what Microsoft plans to show during its press conference are being kept under wraps for now, but Microsoft's Phil Spencer teased that the company will debut a "new exclusive IP" at E3 2015.
Update: Bethesda says consumers do not need to worry about reselling their game discs because the game does not use a one-time activation code. You can read more here.
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.
Electronic Arts predicts that combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales will reach 50 million by the end of the year. Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen said that the console market was growing much faster than it had in previous generations and that four out of every five copies of Battlefield Hardline were sold for either the PS4 or Xbox One. Combined, EA predicts that around 22 million PS4s and Xbox One systems will be sold in 2015's end.
According to EA's accounting, 27 million Xbox One and PS4 consoles had been sold by the end of 2014.
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.
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.
A former University of Tennessee defensive lineman has been charged with stealing an Xbox One and three games, according to a report in The Tribune. Former Tennessee defensive lineman Michael Sawyers is was booked on a felony theft charge and released on $1,000 bond.
Earlier this week Microsoft released a trailer showing off some game footage of CD Projekt Red's upcoming RPG The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt running at 60 FPS and in 1080p resolution and either accidently or on-purpose presented it as footage from the Xbox One version of the game. Later it was revealed that the footage was actually from the PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. To say this ticked some fans off would be an understatement.
You can see the footage here.
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.