Microsoft: 14 million installs so far for Windows 10

July 31, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft announced today that around 14 million people have installed Windows 10 on their computers. Windows 10 began rolling out in phases on Wednesday and the offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 seems to be something that a lot of people decided was too good to pass up.

"We still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade," Microsoft marketing boss Yusuf Mehdi said.

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PSA: Windows 10 free upgrades start today through Windows Update

July 29, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The end is nigh... for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1! But only if you want it to be. The free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and 8 can be downloaded from Windows Update for those that reserved it and have been taunted by that little Windows 10 icon in your system tray. The release is being rolled out in stages so it may not yet be available in your area at this very moment, so if you don't see it yet don't freak out.

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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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Report: 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' star to direct 'Minecraft' movie

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

A Minecraft movie is in the works (this you probably already know) but Deadline has the scoop on who is going to be directing the film based on Mojang and Microsoft's popular open-world building and survival sandbox game. According to Deadline, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-creator, writer and co-star Rob McElhenney will direct the film being created by Warner Bros.

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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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Microsoft launching ad campaign, charitable endeavor to promote Windows 10 launch

July 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft is spending a considerable amount of money to raise awareness around the world that the Windows 10 upgrade will be coming out in a few weeks. First the company will output a new round of digital and television advertising on July 20 in the U.S. and July 29 globally that highlights the new benefits of Windows 10.

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Microsoft: 65 million 'Halo' games sold to-date

July 13, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft announced today that the entirety of the Halo series has sold 65 million units to-date. The first game was released in 2001 for the original Xbox. 

This is up from the last time Microsoft checked in with sales numbers on the series: in October of last year it said that the entire Halo series had sold 60 million.

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Lizard Squad member ordered to fight against other hackers, gets no jail time for Xbox Live and PSN attacks

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

As is a common tactic with law enforcement (even in countries like Finland), instead of punishing notorious Lizard Squad member Julius "zeekill" Kivimaki with jail time for the 50,700 computer crime charges he was convicted of, he has been ordered to serve as an agent to fight against other hackers, apparently.

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Microsoft to cut 7,800 jobs from hardware division

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has announced that it will cut 7,800 jobs from its global workforce - though most of these jobs are in its hardware division and are hold-over Nokia employees from its acquisition of the mobile phone maker in 2014.

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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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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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IronPatriotWhat I don't get is why anyone wants to be part of the private online army for a stalker.08/04/2015 - 2:32am
IronPatriotYes, it's pretty sad that even after GG has been exposed as a fraud designed to harass Sarkeesian, they still want to attack her. Do facts even matter anymore?08/04/2015 - 2:30am
Andrew EisenDammit. For context's sake, I watched that one Chris Ray Gun video Matt linked to and now my recommends are chockful of anti-Sarkeesian crap from the usual suspects. ARGH!08/04/2015 - 2:27am
Andrew EisenIP - Now you just essentially asked Matt the same question twice in a row. Seriously, once is enough.08/04/2015 - 2:11am
IronPatriotMattsworkname, do you have any actual evidence for your "complete bollocks" claim? Or are you making up more "facts08/04/2015 - 2:11am
IronPatriotMattswork, prove your claim that the article is "based on complete bollocks"08/04/2015 - 2:08am
Andrew EisenIP - Stop asking me the same question over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. It's super annoying. Especially when I've already addressed it.08/04/2015 - 2:07am
Andrew EisenMatt - How? Set aside half an hour. It's not hard if you know your history. It's just time consuming.08/04/2015 - 2:06am
IronPatriotAndrew, so you agree about the lying fraudulent nature of gamergate's origins? So supporting gamergate when it is clearly a fraud deserves to be called what it is, right?08/04/2015 - 2:06am
Andrew EisenFrom an ethics standpoint, there's nothing wrong with that article or posting news on subjects that are of interest.08/04/2015 - 2:05am
MattsworknameAndrew: the toughest thing about Gamergate is that it lacked any form of directed leadership or oganizaotion, How do you really explain something so amourphous that it leterally took months and moths to gain any real shape?08/04/2015 - 2:05am
Andrew EisenIP - A metric crap ton of history and context. GamerGate isn't hard to explain, it just takes a while.08/04/2015 - 2:01am
MattsworknameAnd ip wonders why gamergate went after sites like ARS and kotaku08/04/2015 - 2:00am
MattsworknameWow, its like ARS posted an intentially controversial article based on complete bollocks to get clicks, Imagine that?08/04/2015 - 1:58am
Mattsworknamehttp://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/arstechnica.com08/04/2015 - 1:58am
MattsworknameWait, wrong link, damn copy function08/04/2015 - 1:57am
IronPatriotAndrew, the logs show the harassing nature of gamergate's creation and the facts show the fraudulent nature of gamergate's ethics claims. What is left to make it hard to explain Gamergate?08/04/2015 - 1:57am
Mattsworknamedont belive me? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhYQBPFub5M08/04/2015 - 1:57am
MattsworknameAlso, ARS? That webpage that was suffering signigant traffic decrease before the gamergate event and thatt suddenly saw a huge jump. almost like they posted it intentionally to get clicks?08/04/2015 - 1:57am
Andrew EisenTrust me, I'm well versed with GamerGate's history. I was there.08/04/2015 - 1:56am
 

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