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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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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Square Enix shutting down 'Final Fantasy XI' for PS2 and Xbox 360 in 2016

March 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Square Enix will shut down the console versions of its MMORPG, Final Fantasy XI. According to Polygon, the Xbox 360 and PS2 versions of the game will be discontinued in March of 2016. The PC version will continue to operate.

To get ready for the end of the game on these platforms, Square Enix will start deploying special content called Rhapsodies.

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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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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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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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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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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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PornHub Reveals 2014 Console Traffic Statistics

January 7, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Buried in its 2014 statistics about what pornography people (both men and women) like to consume, adult entertainment portal PornHub revealed which consoles were the most popular vehicles for visiting its site and consuming its adult entertainment offerings.

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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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'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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'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Gets Another Update

December 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A brand new update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been released offering some new tweaks and fixes to matchmaking, parties, the roster, and more. According to the Halo Waypoint web site, the following changes are in the latest update:

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Leaked Windows 10 Build Shows Xbox App, Cortana Support

December 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A leaked build of Windows 10 has shed some light on some interesting game-related features that will likely be revealed at Microsoft's Windows 10 press event in January.

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'Rise of the Tomb Raider' Deal With Microsoft Has A 'Duration,' Says Square Enix

December 10, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Square Enix tells Game Informer that the exclusive publishing deal it has with Microsoft to bring Rise of the Tomb Raider to Xbox One may not be so exclusive or forever as it has been reported. According to a statement from a Square Enix rep. responding to Game Informer's enquiries about the deal, the publishing agreement has a "duration," though the depth and breadth of that agreement was not revealed.

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Microsoft publishing 'Rise of the Tomb Raider'

December 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft confirmed today that it is publishing Square Enix's Rise of the Tomb Raider, making it an Xbox family exclusive. The game is the sequel to Crystal Dynamics' 2013 Tomb Raider reboot of the popular series that managed to sell over 6.5 million copies across multiple platforms. It is also being developed by the wholly-owned Square Enix development studio.

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Games With Gold Offers 'Worms Battlegrounds' And 'SSX' For Free

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This month's freebies from Microsoft for Xbox Live Gold subscribers offer some old favorites and some interesting new franchises for both Xbox One and Xbox 360. On Xbox One players can score Team17's popular strategy game Worms Battlegrounds, which will be available all month long as a free download from now until Dec. 31. Volgarr the Viking, a game that promises an old school hardcore gaming experience, is also still available for free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

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'Atari: Game Over' Documentary to Debut Nov. 20th

November 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While Microsoft's Xbox division has closed its Xbox Entertainment Studios, there is one property it produced that will see the light of day near the end of this month. Microsoft announced today that the Atari: Game Over documentary will be released on November 20. The project between Microsoft and Lightbox will debut on Xbox Live and xboxvideo.com. The film chronicles the quest of film makers to either prove or disprove an urban myth: that a massive graveyard of old Atari 2600 cartridges existed in a New Mexico dessert. Spoiler alert: it's true.

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Phil Spencer Calls Xbox One Price Cut a 'Big Move' For Microsoft

November 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Speaking on Major Nelson's podcast recently, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer says that the Xbox One price cut that went to effect today and runs until January of 2015 helps the company compete against Sony's PS4 during the holiday shopping season.

"The pricing that's going to run through the holidays is a big move for us. I think it's a good time for us to go in, and, let's just say it--compete," Spencer said during the latest Major Nelson Radio podcast.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold Freebies for November 2014

October 31, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This month's Games With Gold freebies for Xbox Live Gold subscribers will look very familiar. This month anyone with an Xbox Live gold membership will be able to download Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise (normally $14.99) beginning Nov.1 for Xbox 360. On the 16th they'll get a new game - Red Faction: Guerrilla (normally $19.99). Those with an Xbox One can download Volgarr the Viking. Volgarr the Viking is an ID@Xbox game and will debut on Xbox One as a free download.

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PHX Corphttp://kotaku.com/halo-mcc-esports-event-canceled-because-the-game-would-1700543158 Halo: MCC eSports Event Canceled Because The Game Wouldn't Work04/27/2015 - 10:15pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I know I was just stating where I stand on issues like that in general04/27/2015 - 8:12pm
Andrew EisenWho, Colin Cowherd? No one's suggesting he should be forced out. Or that he should commentate on video games.04/27/2015 - 8:10pm
Matthew Wilson@AE I do not think he should be forced ou though. he has his right to his opinion and shouldnt be forced out because people disagree with it.04/27/2015 - 8:07pm
ZippyDSMleeJim suggjested a pay what you want setup like humble bundel.04/27/2015 - 7:49pm
MontePerhaps they should just add a donation system for creators like the monthly pateron model. Only those who regularly make quality content can get compensated while those who would abuse the system are ignored04/27/2015 - 7:46pm
MontePaid mods is not a bad idea; i mean its only fair that makers be compensated and even better if they can do it full time. UNfortunatly there is too much that can go wrong and room for abuse04/27/2015 - 7:44pm
Andrew EisenYeah, working on that story now. Or rather, I'm working on finding time to write up that story.04/27/2015 - 7:40pm
Matthew Wilsonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dll8eMJnTEE this crap is why sports fans and gamers dont get along. for love of god did I get sent back to 1995.04/27/2015 - 7:37pm
Matthew WilsonI do not think it will be the last time we see this. btw I am ok with paid mods.04/27/2015 - 7:10pm
ZippyDSMleehttp://www.pcgamer.com/valve-has-removed-paid-mods-functionality-from-steam-workshop/ 0_o04/27/2015 - 6:37pm
ZippyDSMleeMatthew Wilson:Humor and sarcasm sir.04/27/2015 - 6:36pm
Matthew Wilson@zippy there is no way they are going to merge with capcom becouse both companies are not in good shape. sony, Nintendo, and square are the only companies with enough money to pull it off in japan.04/27/2015 - 4:27pm
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ZippyDSMleehttp://www.polygon.com/2015/4/27/8503893/konami-delists-itself-from-new-york-stock-exchange This just in Konami and Capcom merge so they can ignore more IP's.04/27/2015 - 3:50pm
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