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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Mojang's 'Scrolls' will shut down July 1, 2016

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Mojang is officially done with Scrolls, the company's only game since releasing Minecraft. The company said in an official post on the Scrolls web site that Echoes will be the last major content patch for Scrolls. And while the developers will continue to keep a close eye on game balance issues, no more development will take place moving forward. Further, the game's servers will be running until July 1, 2016 - after which it will be shut down for good.

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Microsoft preps portal for teachers who want to use 'Minecraft' in the classroom

June 30, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

This morning Microsoft launched a new web portal aimed at teachers who want to learn how to utilize Mojang's popular open-world building game Minecraft in the classroom. The full blown site hasn't been launched yet, but Microsoft has put up a place holder site at education.minecraft.net and a video explaining what both Mojang and Microsoft want to do to help teachers fully utilize the game in the upcoming school year's curriculum.

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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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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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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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343 Industries addresses concerns over Halo 5's REQ Points

June 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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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 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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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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Microsoft talks up support for PC gaming through Windows 10

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Xbox executive Phil Spencer admits in a conversation with PC Gamer that Microsoft hasn't done the best job in promoting and supporting PC gaming in the past and that the company made some pretty terrible decisions related to its much maligned Games For Windows and its multiplayer service Games For Windows Live, but promises that that they are fully committed to improving gaming in Windows.

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PSA: Windows 10 coming July 29

June 1, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

You may have noticed an odd little icon in your system tray this morning - an icon that represents Windows 10. That coincides with an announcement on the Windows Blog revealing that the new and free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be available on July 29.

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Microsoft 'not looking to directly compete with Steam'

May 21, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft says that the digital store it is deploying with Windows 10, Window 10 phones and devices, and Xbox platforms isn't trying to cut into Steam's business - even though it's kind of trying to cut into Steam's business. Ahem. GamesBeat, who was in attendance at the recent Casual Connect Asia in Singapore, has the dirty little details on Microsoft's digital storefront plans.

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BioWare Veteran joins Microsoft to work on HoloLens

May 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Microsoft severely punishes testers who leaked 'Gears of War' remake info, video

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Microsoft E3 Expo 2015 press conference dated

May 14, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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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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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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Microsoft's part in Dark Side Games' demise - according to Dark Side Games, at least

April 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Back in February Microsoft cut its ties with Phantom Dust remake developer Dark Side Games, a devastating blow to the developer, according to a new report citing five former employees from the Florida-based studio.

Announced at E3 last year, the HD remake of the 2004 Xbox game was to an Xbox One exclusive, but sometime in early February Microsoft decided to back out of the deal. At the time the company said very little about why it did so, other than confirming that the relationship between the two companies had ended.

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Report: Xbox One goes 'region free' in China

April 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to GII - based on other reports from Halo Gamers and My Drivers, a recent firmware update from Microsoft has made the Chinese version of the Xbox One region free.

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Kinect for Xbox One and Windows consolidated into one SKU

April 3, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft announced that it will consolidate its Kinect motion sensing camera product offerings that were at one time sold separately for Windows and Xbox One into one SKU. This will allow purchasers to use the device on Windows 8 or Xbox One systems.

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Microsoft hits 'Halo Online' modders with DMCA takedown

April 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has hit modders using leaked files from its recently announced Halo Online game with a DMCA takedown notice, TorrentFreak reports. Last week Microsoft announced the free-to-play online PC game for Russia only, and didn't promise that the game would be released outside that territory. This made some Halo fans a bit upset.

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Microsoft wanted to give Xbox away and other fun facts from Lorne Lanning

March 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

GamesIndustry International has an interesting and mildly nostalgic interview with Oddworld Inhabitants' Lorne Lanning, who shares some wild secrets on the early days of the Xbox console and Microsoft's ideas on how to get ahead during that time period.

The most interesting tidbit of information shared by Lanning is that - prior to its launch - Microsoft was seriously considering give away its first console system free of charge. Lanning said it was one of the key reasons that he decided to make his game, Munch's Oddysee, a launch title.

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Microsoft will allow pirated copies of Windows 7 in China to upgrade to Windows 10

March 18, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft really wants Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 when it is released to the masses this summer. The company's desire for wide proliferation of Windows 10 runs so deep that it has said publicly that it does not care how anyone in China obtained the operating system.

Speaking to Reuters, Microsoft's operating system chief Terry Myerson said that the company will be "upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10."

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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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Fake 'Darkest Dungeon' Game Pulled From Windows Game Store

February 24, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Yesterday we reported that the version of the popular indie game Darkest Dungeon being sold on the Windows Game Store was a fake and was not put there by developer Red Hook or its founder Chris Bourassa. Bourassa tweeted a warning yesterday that the Windows Game Store version was not from his company and that he was reaching out to Microsoft to get the game removed.

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Report: Microsoft Plans To Finally Make Xbox One Development More Accessible To Everyone

February 17, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

According to The Verge, Microsoft will finally make good on its promise (long before the Xbox One was released) to make every Xbox One system capable of becoming a development kit. In the old days if you wanted to develop on the Xbox platform you either had to buy an expensive development kit unit or use the XNA framework on the PC.

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Microsoft Sold 6.6 Million 'Xbox' Systems In The Last Three Months of 2014

January 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft sold 6.6 million Xbox systems in the final three months of 2014, the company revealed this week as part of its FY15 Q2 earnings report, which covers the quarter ended December 31, 2014. We say "Xbox systems" because Microsoft combined sales of both Xbox 360 and Xbox One during that time period in its financials.

Microsoft also said its Xbox business enjoyed a "strong holiday season", while the Devices and Consumer division saw year-over-year revenue growth of 8 percent to $12.9 billion.

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Andrew EisenImagine if Nintendo started charging for the Super Guide feature it has in some of it's games. That's what the MGS microtransactions sound like to me.07/05/2015 - 12:36pm
PHX Corphttp://www.gamesradar.com/konami-mgs-5s-microtransactions-and-future-franchise/ Konami explains MGS 5's microtransactions & what happens after Koj07/05/2015 - 12:21pm
Andrew EisenFinished Gone Home last night. Really enjoyed that game. Very different. Definitely not for everyone though.07/05/2015 - 11:00am
InfophileI know the ZE series was in the red in Japan, but international series boosted it to profitability. That may not mean it's more profitable in the west, but it does mean ZE3 wouldn't exist without the western market.07/04/2015 - 7:54am
Consterwhy aren't "Video game players" an option on the poll? :P07/04/2015 - 5:19am
Andrew EisenThat was quick! Pretty accurate cosplay of the new Ghostbuster uniform and proton pack: https://twitter.com/mirabellemusing/status/61673135125394227207/03/2015 - 6:23pm
Matthew Wilson@mast I dont know, but I do know it got a cult fallowing here.07/03/2015 - 6:22pm
MastermuneWasn't the Zero Escape series more popular here than in Japan?07/03/2015 - 6:19pm
Matthew Wilson@mast given the game was revealed in the US, I wouldnt be shocked if it was released at the same time.07/03/2015 - 6:15pm
MastermuneI don't trust the big AAA worldwide simultaneous releases though.07/03/2015 - 5:57pm
Mastermune@Infophile I have come to the conclusion that smaller games like zero escape, JRPG's and the like are actually worth preordering sinc they are limited quantities and since they usually release in japan first we know if there are any issues.07/03/2015 - 5:56pm
Infophile@Matthew! Awesome news. I'd preorder on that shout alone if I didn't have a policy against preordering anymore.07/03/2015 - 5:16pm
Matthew Wilsonzero escape 3 was announced today.07/03/2015 - 4:21pm
Matthew Wilson@pnx I am guessing a ddoss since that is what happened to neogaf, but sony needs to do a investment in psn as a whole. steam is still the most reliable and fastest digital platform I use.07/03/2015 - 3:06pm
PHX Corphttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/psn-is-down-sony-investigating/ not again: PSN is down, Sony investigating07/03/2015 - 3:04pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.vg247.com/2015/07/03/digital-extremes-trespasser-keystone-pc/ if true, this is funny and embarrassing for Digital Extremes. companies need too have better security.07/03/2015 - 2:57pm
Matthew Wilsonhttp://www.gamespot.com/videos/the-point-destiny-the-hardcore-gamers-slot-machine/2300-6425852/ this is very good, and well researched.07/03/2015 - 12:41pm
InfophileOther features to become standard: The ability to remap controls however the hell I want. Quicksave at any time (especially for handheld and mobile games). Plus everything Andrew said07/03/2015 - 10:43am
InfophileRegion-freeing becomes tricky for games with a strong online component though, especially when the servers are run by different branches in different regions.07/03/2015 - 10:41am
InfophileI'm in favor of getting rid of region-locking for any purchased games. I can understand an exception for free, ad-supported games, as many ads are only relevant in certain regions, and it's a ridiculous hassle to get ads for all regions.07/03/2015 - 10:40am
 

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