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.
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.
The first major update of 2015 for Xbox One went live this morning, adding a number of tweaks, adjustments and new features to Microsoft's next-gen home console.
The new update introduces Game Hubs (which let Xbox One users keep track of statistics related to specific titles) improved sync and disconnect times for Xbox One controllers (the time has been reduced to around two seconds), improvements to the Live TV OneGuide (it now tracks trending shows on Xbox and Twitter - US-only), improvements to party chat, and more transparent dashboard tiles.
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.
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.
Microsoft revealed today that it will start testing its new Xbox One app as part of the January build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Microsoft revealed the new app this week during a Windows 10 media briefing event. The app allows Windows 10 owners (who also own Xbox One) Xbox Live integration, cross platform multiplayer and game streaming from an Xbox One to PC.
The Elder Scrolls Online is not the only "free-to-play" game in town on PS4 and Xbox One, it seems. The makers of the online action game APB: Reloaded announced today that its free-to-play game will be hitting both console platforms in the second quarter of this year.
The PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are being developed at The Workshop Entertainment, which co-developed The Evil Within alongside Tango Gameworks and also worked on the excellent Borderlands 2 expansion, Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage.
Elder Scrolls Online will be going free-to-play later this year and it will be coming to both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 too. Zenimax Online announced that its MMO based on the popular Elder Scrolls series of role-playing games will be released on June 9 for Xbox One and PS4. And with it coming to next-gen consoles the company also revealed that the game will be free-to-play, meaning no subscription fees. To play all you'll need to do is buy it for your favorite platform.
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.
Update #2: Microsoft has confirmed with Polygon that the return to the $349 price is not "permanent," but the company did not say how long this promotion would last.
Update #1: There is some debate on whether this is a temporary promotion similar to what Microsoft did over the holiday shopping season or a permanent move to the $349 pricing model. We'll have more info on that when it becomes available.
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.
Ed Zarick is at it again. The self-taught engineer has built a "laptop" device that combines both the Xbox One and the PS4. Custom built for a customer, Zarick calls his little creation the PlayBox. The device is a 22" laptop (case) that combines a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One into a single machine. Zarick's latest device is similar to his Xbook Duo design, a previous combo-unit he built that contained both an Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Microsoft gleefully announced that the Xbox One has won an Emmy. No really, the Xbox One has won and Emmy for its multimedia capabilities at the 66th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vega last Thursday, the prize was given for the Xbox One's television-on-demand functions.
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."
The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has questioned a teenager in connection with Lizard Squad and its international hacking antics, according to Polygon. The law enforcement agency is looking into a 17-year-old identified only as "Ryan" for his alleged participation in DDoS attacks against PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, according to the report. There's some conflicting reports on whether the teen is still in police custody or if he was questioned and sent home.
Microsoft has put out a gentle reminder (via Larry Hryb AKA Major Nelson) that its price cut on the Xbox One and its various bundle iterations will soon be coming to an end. If you didn't get an Xbox One for Christmas and want to take advantage of the $50 off the price promotion that has been running since November, you'll only have until Saturday, Jan. 3.
An interesting article on Kotaku suggests that the government of China did not force either Sony or Microsoft to region lock their consoles as a condition of launching them in the region this year. Citing an anonymous source within the government, the report concludes that it was likely Microsoft's and Sony's idea to region lock the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for China.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The fourth major update to Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity was supposed to offer a refurbished version of the game's Paris map and provide some fixes for continued problems with framerates. But something bad happened in the process: The download, which was already a whopping 6+ GB, apparently ballooned to 40 GB for the Xbox One version of the game. Ubisoft is blaming patch downloading process on the system for the gigantic download too:
According to a report from ZDnet reporter Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is secretly working on its own game streaming service currently codenamed Arcadia (named after the United Earth Government Colony of the same name in the Halo universe).
Foley claims the Arcadia team within Microsoft's Operating Systems Group is building a streaming app and game service built on Microsoft's Azure cloud.
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:
The PlayStation 4 has been outselling the Xbox One since February, but it looks like Microsoft might have finally broken that streak in the month of November - according to this Ars Technica report. Microsoft announced that the NPD retail sales data shows the Xbox One outsold the PS4 in both the US and the UK.