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  • Microsoft kills off Groove Music subscription service

  • Xboxfanuk 03/10/2017

    Groove is my go to player to listen to my music through Onedrive on my Xbox One. But spotify is what I subscribe to given the horrendous Groove apps on every device. It all went downhill when they killed off Zune app and remade it for Windows 8. Zune music app was really good. Reply +8
  • Skyrim: Special Edition free to play this weekend on Xbox One

  • Xboxfanuk 07/09/2017

    While I can understand more service based games doing this it makes no sense for Skyrim. Xbox has the technology to simply put a timer like EA early access does. So why not just offer it as a simple timed demo you can enjoy anytime? Reply +1
  • Microsoft says Xbox One X is fastest-selling Xbox pre-order ever

  • Xboxfanuk 26/08/2017

    I think what this tells us is Microsoft Xbox One customers are excited to upgrade to better graphics and overall nicer experience. This reminds me of the Xbox Pro controller situation. That was a surprise seller considering it's price. I believe Microsoft knows it's customers and it knows that enough of them will pay higher prices for high end kit.

    This does nothing to swing PS4 owners to come over to Xbox as they have a solution with PS4 Pro. And of course the Minecraft console looks amazing and I believe Microsoft will be selling a truckload of Xbox One S' this holiday.

    I believe in the walls of Redmond, WA the TRUE business model is based on subscriptions and digital revenue. I do not think Microsoft plans on meeting targets through hardware sales numbers. Obviously it's helpful to have a large install base, but now with Windows 10 you have access to the PC market for install base.

    Xbox Live Gold, digital sales and subscription services like Game Pass are the future of the Xbox business model.
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  • Microsoft and PlayerUnknown dance around the thorny issue of Battlegrounds console exclusivity

  • Xboxfanuk 26/08/2017

    To be honest this is the marketing crap I am sick of as a gamer. If PUBG wants to take the fat Microsoft cash and publish first on Xbox One fine. Just come out and say so. Sony on the other hand also is scooping up nearly every third party game and making it sound like it's exclusive to Playstation. A famous example was Diablo 3 where it seemed it was PS exclusive until about a month before launch when the Xbox 360 boxes started appearing.

    We all know PUBG isn't going to simply be a Microsoft exclusive forever as that huge playerbase on PS4 would cost them far too many sales. But I don't think they need to be so shady about it, just explain, yes Microsoft paid for exclusively for a time...other platforms will get the game later.

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  • Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition comes in a cool original Xbox-style box

  • Xboxfanuk 20/08/2017

    I will stick with my EXsorbeo 720 playin Righteous Slaughter 7. Reply -3
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda is heavily discounted on Xbox One and PC

  • Xboxfanuk 16/08/2017

    @2pickle agreed, once game and gamestop go out of business I think retailer support will end for software. Reply -1
  • Xboxfanuk 16/08/2017

    Be aware the path for EA games on Xbox and PC goes like this - Pre-order super duper edition for usually 95, then a few months later discount, then six months later big discount, then a year later EA Access vault for 19.99/year. Reply +2
  • Lego Worlds finally lands Nintendo Switch release date

  • Xboxfanuk 27/07/2017

    Lego Worlds run a fairly dodgy frame rate on Xbox One. Be warned on Switch it could be pretty bad. Reply +3
  • The Sims 4 is coming to Xbox One in November

  • Xboxfanuk 27/07/2017

    I like the Sims and I am very happy to see this return to consoles. Reply +4
  • Pokmon Go Fest attendees to be compensated following widespread connection problems

  • Xboxfanuk 23/07/2017

    For Pokemon fans it's a bit like Woodstock but instead of mud and rain and music they just got mud and rain. I don't know when Niantic is going to see how absolutely huge this game is. It's like putting on a show for the Beatles in a little hall with a small crew. And then when the fans rush the stage and the place nearly burns down them going "woops, here have a refund on the ticket." Even though many people paid many times more the refund price for tickets. Reply +3
  • Cuphead will never come to PS4

  • Xboxfanuk 05/07/2017

    You know the one platform is winning again and again, it's PC. Reply -2
  • GAME blames deep-rooted financial issues on Nintendo's lack of Switch stock

  • Xboxfanuk 30/06/2017

    If gamers hate GAME so much (and most gamers I talk to do) then surely they are making enemies of their core customer base, gamers.

    What if someone like Tesco's or Asda got serious about gaming and really tried to offer an informed service? Surely they could be the place for mum's and nans to come and buy little Johnny Grand Theft Auto 5.
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  • Xboxfanuk 30/06/2017

    There is a culture in retail in the UK that high prices somehow means items or worth more in the minds of consumers. Everyone knows GAME is going to go bust again, why because they haven't changed their value to the british consumer.

    In the range of most GAME stores is a CEX or other "trade-in" retailer who will destroy their price. GAME used to price match, no longer. GAME is still the only dedicated video game retailer in the UK of note and when they go I am afraid brick and mortar sales for new games will dry up quickly. There will always be those discounted copies of CoD at Tesco's, but for most niche games players will be buying online or digitally.
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  • Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot boxes spark pay-to-win fears

  • Xboxfanuk 30/06/2017

    @George-Roper EA is trying desperately to keep the Titanfall brand alive. It has completely failed to be the Call of Duty killer it was supposed to be. And their only strategy to keep the game alive is to give the DLC away for free.

    When they get really desperate they will start giving the whole game away for free through PS+ or Xbox Live
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  • Xboxfanuk 30/06/2017

    This is a massive step forward from the previous Battlefield 4 model. You pay 49.00 for the standard version. Then ANOTHER 49.00 for the season pass. Then you pay for any "battle packs" to accelerate your unlocks of scopes, mods, etc. Then if you are late to the party you can buy the catch up packs for . So basically in order to have access to all the content and be at parody with other players you will have to shell out 100 + be playing from day 1.

    With Battlefront 2 you can purchase the standard edition for 49.00 and play from day 1 with ZERO penalty. If you want to purchase skins, and loot crates later on your welcome, but you will have the full campaign, the full map selection and players who put in the time can unlock most of the add-on stuff as they need it.

    A MUCH better system.
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  • Don't trade in your Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition just yet

  • Xboxfanuk 29/06/2017

    I beat em all I stopped buying Call of Duty! Reply +4
  • Microsoft allows Halo PC fan project to live

  • Xboxfanuk 29/06/2017

    I am positive Halo 6 will be on PC. I think honestly 343 may be going for something bold and different with Halo and so a more classic Halo 1 style game on PC is right up MS street. Reply 0
  • Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy heading to Xbox One, according to Hungarian retailer

  • Xboxfanuk 29/06/2017

    Crash Team racing could come back to Xbox One through back compat. Reply -9
  • Xboxfanuk 29/06/2017

    I call it the Diablo III parable. If the game is 3rd party and it is only listed for Playstation and not Xbox, unless they explicitly say it's exclusive I know it's coming to Xbox One at some point. Whatever insane marketing deal Sony has with these companies they are never supposed to mention coming to Xbox even in the future. It's like Sony pays them to try and fool customers.

    I really don't like these marketing deals from Sony, and honestly shouldn't Activision and the like see they are bad for business.
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  • Free-to-play Orcs Must Die! Unchained invades PS4 in July

  • Xboxfanuk 28/06/2017

    Why no Xbox One release? Perhaps former Ensemble devs hate Microsoft still? Reply 0
  • Leaked images reveal Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered standalone

  • Xboxfanuk 24/06/2017

    These Playstation marketing deals are getting crazy. Greedy 3rd parties continue to take their money, but surely it must hurt their bottom line with Xbox and PC. Reply +2
  • Sega releases classic games on mobile, for free, but at what cost?

  • Xboxfanuk 22/06/2017

    Sega is no Nintendo. Reply 0
  • Behold Super Mario Bros. World 1-1 reimagined as an AR game for Hololens

  • Xboxfanuk 22/06/2017

    I am telling you, make a force feedback pretend Halo Assault Rifle and have covenant forces around to shoot. Real life Halo, would be amazing. Reply +2
  • The big interview: Xbox boss Phil Spencer

  • Xboxfanuk 13/06/2017

    Here is another take on this...imagine it's Microsoft Press Briefing 2017. PS Pro is a thing, Xbox One X did not get made. Everyone is asking Microsoft, what is your answer to the PS Pro? Sony crows they have the most powerful console with PS4 and now PS Pro. Microsoft shows you Gears of War and Halo 6 in 900p. They announce their marketing deal with Call of Duty 30 days early map packs.

    Or they could announce the Xbox Two. Requiring you to purchase all new titles. No backwards compatibility.

    Either way...the press and gamers would crucify Microsoft.
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  • Xboxfanuk 13/06/2017

    Perhaps Nintendo is truly showing us the way forward. Maybe these big press briefings where you are pressured to have show stopping announcements that in practice are forgotten by September when the usual train of AAA titles start releasing.

    I mean Backwards Compatibility was announced and was huge at the briefing. But in practice it was just an update that rolled out and was a nice "to have".

    Sony is going to show off Star Wars and stuff on their stage. I am going to play that on Xbox. Microsoft showed off Assassin's Creed which can be played on Playstation. Other than maybe Sea of Thieves I really think the first party games on either side are that great.

    There was nothing new or jaw dropping announced at Microsoft's E3 press briefing. It was fairly standard 3rd parties sexed up for 4K. I actually think Microsoft can never sell a fidelity upgrade on stage. It will be sold in stores, at your friends house and in personal accounts of the difference it makes for whatever games you like. If your still one of those people playing Halo 5 multiplayer and now suddenly it looks stunning in 4K. Or if you see Witcher 3 in 4K running at 60FPS your mind is going to blow at the graphics.

    Maybe really it's about experiencing your favorite games better. And that is why anyone buys any expensive piece of tech, to get a better experience.
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  • Xbox One X promises a strong and stable line-up

  • Xboxfanuk 12/06/2017

    I am happy about Black Desert online. I gave up the PC gaming about an Xbox 360 back 2008. As for the Xbox One X, I chose the S to upgrade my launch Xbox One. I mostly play Lego Games and so on with my son. And now I am looking forward to Fable Fortune and Dungeon Defenders II.

    Basically I don't need the horsepower this year. By next Christmas I will probably want the upgrade when it's 380 or so.
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  • Xbox is close to being a brilliant games platform, but it needs games to get it there

  • Xboxfanuk 08/06/2017

    I 100% agree on games. Let's be truly honest here, there is hardly any exclusives on the platform that isn't a re-hash of something from the original Xbox.

    So let's look at what I think Xbox gamers want:

    A truly open world Halo and Fable title. Yes they are established brands but the games today still feel boxed into what was possible in 2002.

    Sea of Thieves, while exciting and new, it is almost a concept of a game still in 2017. As far as I know there isn't any campaign or sign of anything but bare bones sailing game.

    So many promising huge games have been cancelled by Microsoft as they seem their cycles and expectations of how quick and cheap a game should be made are baked into the company. There is no taking risks.

    And while some of this could be forgiven if Xbox was the best place to play Battlefront 2, or Assassin's Creed or Destiny. But it's not! Playstation has all the DLC and timed exclusivity deals. So 3rd party is more attractive on Playstation.

    In terms of games Phil Spencer certainly has allot to answer for.
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  • Fable Fortune launches early access next month on Xbox One and PC

  • Xboxfanuk 07/06/2017

    @UncleLou I happen to enjoy F2P card battle games. And I enjoy Fable series, so what's not to like here? Let's be honest Microsoft is going to judge the brand interest on this game's success. Reply -1
  • Xboxfanuk 07/06/2017

    @freaqie As a beta tester of Fable Legends and a fan of Fable I can tell you that game was not good. It wasn't fun, the 4 v 1 gameplay wasn't fun. The maps were linear and the combat a bit frustrating. Personally the only thing good they were doing was the kicking chicken and fishing mini-games. Reply 0
  • Xboxfanuk 07/06/2017

    Oh one more thing on Fable Fortune...The game is "play anywhere" so your collection will work across Windows 10 store and Xbox One. Reply -1
  • Xboxfanuk 07/06/2017

    BTW fellow fans of Fable. If you want Fable IV I suggest you support the HECK out of this game! Microsoft is going to follow the $$$ so support Fable and Phil will get a team on it. Reply 0
  • Xboxfanuk 07/06/2017

    THANK YOU EUROGAMER! You are the only media outlet to report this accurately. Most stories I have read omit the early access part, and it's unclear if there is a cost on July 11th. But you cleared it right up!

    You weren't the quickest to report, but you were the best!
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  • Pokkn Tournament headed to Nintendo Switch

  • Xboxfanuk 06/06/2017

    I think Game Freak will need a long time to actually develop a new engine to run Pokemon on the switch, but to be honest they need to do it. Reply 0
  • Sony downplays dream of PlayStation Vita successor

  • Xboxfanuk 06/06/2017

    Maybe I am crazy...why can't Sony make a peripheral that connects to smartphones and then make full games that work like the Vita or Switch.

    I mean my Samsung S7 Edge is probably far more powerful then a Vita and I wouldn't mind paying for full price games if they worked and looked like proper console games.
    Reply +1
  • PS4 is three times more popular than Xbox One in Europe, Sony claims

  • Xboxfanuk 06/06/2017

    So does this mean for Playstation 5 they hire Don Matrick and release with a slate of TV shows and Sony video chat and PS Eye as the centerpiece of their console?

    Seriously...Microsoft totally shot itself in the foot out of the gate. And really there is no catching up, there is no beating Sony in sales numbers of this generation. I guess the other thing that has helped Sony is the expanding market of people buying consoles.

    What concerns me the most is Sony pretty much has Cart Blanche on all 3rd party deals. Microsoft IMO gave up the true power and success of the 360 when they gave up all these exclusive DLC's and 30 days early deals. There have been plenty of times when I cursed Sony for having that extra content.

    Now all of this could be forgiven if Microsoft had a steady slate of 1st party titles that were good. But they don't. So unless they pull a rabbit out of their arse at E3 I don't know what Phil is doing really to win over new customers.
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  • Dragon's Dogma re-release coming to PS4, Xbox One

  • Xboxfanuk 24/05/2017

    I am 100% all for this game...IF it looks good. If it's same old textures and crap framerate no thanks. Reply +1
  • GAME launches unattractive new 36 loyalty card scheme

  • Xboxfanuk 24/05/2017

    Believe it or not GAME was one of the best ways to purchase WII U digital games. You got points from GAME, you got points from Nintendo and you sometimes would get the digital code cheaper than the eShop.

    Now if GAME would apply that same logic to Xbox and Sony they could mitigate some of this going digital that is hurting them so much. Imagine walking into GAME and buying your new Xbox Scorpio console and they up selling you a Xbox Game Pass 3 month card for 29.99. It's digital content but they get a piece of the pie.
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  • Xbox Game Pass launches 1st June

  • Xboxfanuk 24/05/2017

    Here is the good news folks. Microsoft always launches these things with a terrible list of games. Remember Games on Demand on Xbox 360. No proper decent titles came to that service for a long while. Remember EA Access with Madden 2004 or whatever and that's it. Now EA Access is packed with games like Star Wars and Dragon Age.

    In October time when the budget conscious gamer finally get's an Xbox One S. Or the PS4 player decides to pick up an Xbox for it's exclusives, Microsoft will have added allot more first party games like more Gears, Forza, etc.

    I do see this maybe became the new way to monetize ID@Xbox games.
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  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 announced

  • Xboxfanuk 15/05/2017

    Thing is I like the MCU and want those costumes for the minifigs. Reply 0
  • Fan gets free trip to BlizzCon after finding long-lost StarCraft gold master

  • Xboxfanuk 05/05/2017

    The question of if it was legally his or Blizzards doesn't matter. Blizzard would have lawyer'd up and the guy who is just a fan would have been sharing some old ass disk with the curious. Instead he is getting what he originally wanted, a bunch of swag and a free trip to Blizcon. Reply -4
  • Halo 5's lack of Master Chief was a "huge disappointment", 343 admits

  • Xboxfanuk 27/04/2017

    I want to see them combine Halo FPS gameplay with Halo Wars sections. Basically a Battlefield style combat map where you can either be controlling things like an RTS or zoom in to be the boots on the ground. Reply 0
  • Nintendo Classic Mini NES is being discontinued

  • Xboxfanuk 14/04/2017

    I would hate to be own shares in Nintendo. They have shown time and again over nearly a decade they miss opportunities and are extremely slow to evolve. Yeah Mario and Zelda are great games, but it just goes to show how incredibly amazing they would be as a third party developer instead of a first party. I know this is contrary to what everyone in the industry thinks, but let's face it folks if Nintendo just made killer games for powerful hardware instead of the gimmicky shit and wonky ass controller options just to play those great games we would all be loving it! Reply +4
  • Xboxfanuk 14/04/2017

    "Hi I am Mr Nintendo. I make products that people want to buy, but due to being a complete idiot I never make enough of." "So next time I make that must have item don't bother, send your mindshare to another company because we won't support your enthusiasm with an actual product that could make our shareholders money." Reply +3
  • Leaked Star Wars Battlefront 2 trailer reveals prequel and sequel trilogy characters

  • Xboxfanuk 12/04/2017

    Sorry about your leak EA/Disney. But yeah excited for this game. Reply +5
  • Microsoft on why Xbox One doesn't need a No Man's Sky equivalent

  • Xboxfanuk 03/04/2017

    Microsoft pioneered the digital download space on consoles with XBLA. Then Don Matrick and it seems Phil Spencer decided to totally ditch it for Xbox One. They also ditched Avatars. I would argue that was a totally unique space that NOBODY had (I know Nintendo had Mii's) and was ripe for growing. But their policies towards indie devs were too inflexible and the hit makers simply left the platform for Steam on PC. We still don't have any indie games like Dungeon Defenders or Torchlight coming to Xbox. We don't have any more AAA indie titles other than perhaps cuphead.

    The Xbox store is awash with what seems to be very niche games which have zero promotion. I don't think that is the way to bring smaller downloadable titles to console. Because Million Dollar marketing budgets compared to some guy in his garage without the game having a really compelling hook doesn't work.

    So much of what made the 360 so interesting has left the Xbox ecosystem. And it just feels very bland and boring now. Tons of features but nothing really tying it together that can pull in players. Look at their slate of first party titles (which they gave up 3rd party deals for), if the games aren't cancelled they are delayed. If they aren't delayed they are under performing. I mean Microsoft has managed to torpedo all of the success and dashboard updates and party chat isn't going to fix it.

    I loved the 360 for so many more reasons than simply grey-brown violent shooters which seems to be all consoles are about these days.
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  • Nintendo: Super Mario Run sales "did not meet our expectations"

  • Xboxfanuk 24/03/2017

    @Number1Laing To your point, the audience for mobile may be different to console gamers. However, Mario Kart on mobile would sell a gazillion copies! Reply +1
  • Xboxfanuk 24/03/2017

    @Orcflesh There is one new IP, Splatoon. Reply +1
  • Xboxfanuk 24/03/2017

    @jawafour I could be ignorant, but I believe always online requirement may be to prevent piracy? Reply +4
  • Xboxfanuk 24/03/2017

    IMO - Nintendo needs to set a price for each world at say 2.00 and the whole game for 10.00. And basically let Toad Rally and other world building features come free or via some kind of ticket/pay per play model similar to how Hearthstone did the Adventures and Arena. It makes it less of a pill to swallow for potential buyers who don't know how much time they might sink into it, but than also allows for serious Nintendo gamers who want the console model to just buy and not worry.

    Personally I think 10.00 is an amazing value for what is on offer here. And I am sure they will be monetising future updates. But basically you have a truly legit Mario game in your pocket ready for fun whenever (provided you have internet).

    Conversely if Nintendo is serious about going with a pay once console style then they need to go BIG. They need to treat each mobile release like a full console release with marketing, Nintendo Direct the whole works. Because unless you market the heck out of the game no one is going to think, oh let's go BUY this mario-lite mobile game.

    Really the opportunity is there, a MASSIVE addressable market on phones and tablets. But you won't dent the top ten in sales if you don't market the HECK out of the full price release or offer enough of a free-to-play experience so people can get hooked and spend money.
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  • Goat Simulator's DLC parodying Mass Effect, Star Wars launches on PS4 next week

  • Xboxfanuk 20/03/2017

    Not on Xbox One....NOOOOOOOOO! Reply 0