343 Industries explains why split-screen coop was cut from 'Halo 5'

July 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

In a lengthy post on Halo Waypoint, Halo 5 developer 343 Industries attempts to explain why it has eliminated split-screen cooperative play from the game. Split screen co-op play has been in every Halo game to-date until Halo 5, and fans have strongly expressed their displeasure in it being removed.

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Chinese government fully lifts ban on game consoles

July 27, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Chinese government has officially lifted the ban on all consoles being sold within the country.  Last year China began easing restrictions on console by allowing game console-makers like Sony and Microsoft to start manufacturing and selling consoles in Shanghai's free trade zone. The country did put some heavy restrictions for those wanting to release consoles in the region: for one, they had to be manufactured locally and each console had to be inspected and improved prior to release. Game software also had to be approved by government regulators.

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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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PC-style mouse and keyboard support likely on Xbox One

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

PC-style keyboard and mouser support will be coming to Xbox One at some point, according to what Xbox boss Phil Spencer told one gamer on Twitter today.  The news came from a conversation on Twitter regarding the possibility of PC streaming to Xbox One. Spencer doesn't offer any definitive timeframe for when this would happen, but with Windows 10 coming out soon we expect it sooner rather than later.

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'Gears of War Ultimate Edition' gets later release on PC

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

While Gears of War Ultimate Edition is coming to the PC, Microsoft has let loose a wee bit of bad news for those who wanted to get it on the same day it is released on Xbox One: you can't. The game will be launched first on Xbox One, with the Windows 10 version getting released "later."

How much later? Microsoft's Phil Spencer didn't offer a definitive date for the game's release on Windows 10 - simply that it would come out "after" it is released on Xbox One:

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'Call of Duty' games dominate fan voting for backwards compatibility on Xbox One

July 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Call of Duty Black Ops II is now the most requested Xbox 360 game to receive the backwards compatibility treatment for Xbox One and while Black Ops II may be at the top of the list, it isn't the only Call of Duty game in the mix. In fact a total of six CoD games are in the top 12 including Black Ops, Black Ops II, Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, and World at War.

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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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Analysis: 'The Witcher 3' update 1.07 hurts PS4 and Xbox One framerates

July 20, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt update 1.07 for Xbox One and PS4 has caused a number of issues from players on both platforms, according to a new Digital Foundry performance analysis of the update. According to that analysis, frame rate on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been negatively impacted: 

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PSA: last day to get 'Plants v. Zombies' for free on Xbox 360

July 15, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Today is the last day to get Plants v. Zombies for free on Xbox 360 as part of Microsoft's free game giveaway program, Games With Gold. Xbox Live Gold subscribers have until the end of the day to grab PopCap's popular Zombie themed home defense game.  On July 16th you'll be able to grab Gears of War 3 for Xbox 360 until the end of the month.

Xbox One owners can download Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for free until the end of the month and - starting July 16 - you'll be able to grab the indie puzzler So Many Me. So Many Me is available until August 15.

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Outside Xbox hits one million subscribers

July 10, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Gamer Network’s Outside Xbox has surpassed one million subscribers. The Xbox-based video outlet was launched in August 2012 by Andy Farrant, Mike Channell and Jane Douglas, and is focused solely on Microsoft and Xbox content. The group has also managed to see year-on-year growth of over 200 percent and has surpassed 25 million monthly views, according to MCV.

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New Xbox One update lays the groundwork for Windows 10 streaming and backwards compatibility

July 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

An update on Major Nelson's blog (Microsoft's Larry Hryb) reveals that the latest update to Xbox One will get the system ready for game streaming to Windows 10 and Xbox 360 backwards compatibility.

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July's Games With Gold ready for download

July 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

July's Games With Gold for Xbox One and Xbox 360 are now available. As revealed last week, you can get Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for Xbox One and Plants vs. Zombies on Xbox 360, among others. Of course you'll also need to be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber in good standing to get the free games...

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Microsoft reveals July's 'Games With Gold' freebies

June 25, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

July's Games With Gold from Microsoft will allow you to be an assassin-pirate, a soldier, a gaggle of clones, and the only thing standing between your home and the zombie apocalypse. Microsoft's Games With Gold is a free game give-away program for Xbox Live Gold subscribers who own an Xbox One or an Xbox 360 - in case you have been living under or rock or in a cave with no Internet access.

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Buy an Xbox One, get a free game

June 22, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft's Larry Hryb put out a gentle reminder that if you buy the Xbox One this week, you'll get a free game to go along with it. At E3 Microsoft announced that the $349 price drop for the Xbox One Kinect-free 500 GB would be permanent. They also announced a new Xbox One with a 1 TB hard drive and redesigned controller. Both console configurations come with a voucher for one free game redeemable on Xbox Marketplace.

The deal also covers special bundles like the white Special Edition that comes with Halo: Master Chief Collection.

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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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Former 'Top Gear' star Jeremy Clarkson is not in 'Forza 6'

June 19, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Former Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear star will not be featured in Forza Motorsport 6, developer Turn10 Studios tells IGN. Jeremy Clarkson was booted from the popular BBC show about driving after allegedly assaulting a producer on the show. Other members of the popular show including Richard Hammond and James May will be featured in the game.

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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 asks fans to vote on which Xbox 360 games should be made backwards compatible

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Why is 'GoldenEye' missing from the 'Rare Replay' game collection?

June 16, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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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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Michael Pachter's Xbox One price prediction...

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.

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Microsoft permenantly drops Xbox One price to $349

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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.  

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Four million copies of 'The Witcher 3' sold to-date

June 9, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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:

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Report: some 'The Witcher 3' Xbox One owners can't play the game at all

June 4, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

Some players who purchased The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for Xbox One can't seem to play the game, according multiple reports - most notably on Kotaku and Gamasutra.

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Major 'The Witcher 3' update coming 'soon', says CD Projekt RED

June 2, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

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."

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PHX Corphttp://www.polygon.com/2015/7/27/9050375/street-fighter-5-beta-offline-delayed Street Fighter 5 beta taken offline, now postponed indefinitely07/27/2015 - 9:51pm
Goth_Skunk@eZeek: Noooooooooo.... ;)07/27/2015 - 8:44pm
MechaTama31Re: Google+, wow. I never in a million years thought they would backpedal on that. I just resigned myself to not using commenting functions on any of their services.07/27/2015 - 6:21pm
E. Zachary KnightGoth, are you saying all women are fat. ;)07/27/2015 - 5:38pm
benohawkMake it more adorable and more gender neutral! Widescreen Dog and 16:9 their 16 kitten sidekicks07/27/2015 - 5:15pm
Goth_SkunkOr, if you prefer, Widescreen Woman.07/27/2015 - 4:12pm
Goth_SkunkWho will save us from this abominable practice?! Introducing WIDESCREEN MAN and his sidekick 16:9!07/27/2015 - 4:10pm
Andrew EisenInteresting coincidence. I tweeted about the evils of vertically oriented video just last night. https://twitter.com/AndrewEisen/status/62549836960397312007/27/2015 - 4:01pm
PHX Corphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ_I9-CkzDE The Great Atari Ransack (The Jimquisition) Warning Vertical video syndrome in one scene07/27/2015 - 3:40pm
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james_fudgeugh. TG man :)07/27/2015 - 1:15pm
MechaCrashGoogle drops Google+ requirements for YouTube and other services: http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/27/google-is-dropping-its-google-requirement-across-all-products-starting-with-youtube/07/27/2015 - 12:55pm
benohawkThat still isn't Steam pay royalties. At best it is Bethesda not being willing to relicense the music,07/27/2015 - 12:51pm
Infophile(cont'd) different service. This often happened with TV shows, where music was only licensed for broadcast, but not for DVD release. So for many older shows, they either have to relicense it or use different/no music for the DVD release.07/27/2015 - 12:36pm
Infophile@benohawk: It most likely comes down to the original licensing agreement for the music in it. Often those agreements only license it for the medium it first releases in, so it has to be re-licensed if it's rereleased in a different form or through a ...07/27/2015 - 12:35pm
benohawkWhy would steam be paying royalties on anything in quake?07/27/2015 - 12:01pm
black mantaI recommend using the KMQuake II patch which supports .ogg music files, then downloading the music from someplace, then dropping it in to a music folder into the \baseq2 directory.07/27/2015 - 10:32am
black mantaI got Quake 2 during the Steam Quakecon sale. Funny thing is, there's no music for it! Guess Steam didn't want to pay the royalty fees or something.07/27/2015 - 10:30am
black mantaLike EZK, I also have a backlog of games. Right now I'm playing Crysis 3 for the first time, and replaying Quake 2.07/27/2015 - 10:29am
E. Zachary KnightZippy, No. It is because I have a backlog of games a mile long and have not bought to many new games, which includes Mass Effect.07/27/2015 - 9:28am
 

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