Xbox One News

PUBG joins Xbox Game Pass on Monday

Hellblade, Ori coming next month, and a dozen more.

Microsoft will bolster its Xbox Game Pass line-up with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which will join the subscription service this Monday, 12th November.

After five years, Xbox indie self-publishing programme ID@Xbox has reached its 1000 game milestone. Home to hugely successful titles such as Cuphead, Stardew Valley and Celeste, the service tips over the 1000 game mark this month with the release of Mark of the Ninja: Remastered, Dark Star's Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption and Guns, Gore and Cannoli 2 by Crazy Monkey Studios. I know, I know - it's not Below.

Microsoft announces game-streaming service Project xCloud

Microsoft has announced Project xCloud, a major new game-streaming service designed to bring console-quality gaming to devices such as smartphones.

The idea is similar to other game-streaming ventures - datacentres packed with Xbox hardware which then remotely streams the game to your device.

But of course with such an idea comes the need to solve issues such as latency and visual fidelity - which is where Microsoft's Azure cloud technology comes in.

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Xbox One update adds ability to broadcast "everything"

Xbox One update adds ability to broadcast "everything"

Plus a shopping cart feature and new Avatar store.

The latest Xbox One system update - rolling out now to alpha testers - has several handy new features for fans of streaming, shopping and avatars.

For the first time, broadcasting via Mixer will let you toggle on the ability to include "everything" you're doing on your console - including on the dashboard.

Until now, Mixer would pause any time you switched games or brought up the Home screen. There are options to hide your email and notifications for your privacy.

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Microsoft announces Xbox One Sport White special edition controller

Whether you're a fan of the World Cup or Wimbledon, Microsoft wants you to buy a shiny new white-coloured controller, the first of a new Sport range.

The pad is white with mint green and silver, and a rubbery diamond-patterned grip. Just remember to hold it and not kick or throw it at your opponent.

Otherwise, it's your standard recent Xbox One controller, with a 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth for connecting to PCs and tablets.

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Microsoft officially unveils Xbox Adaptive Controller

Microsoft officially unveils Xbox Adaptive Controller

Worked with charities to design accessible gaming pad.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller, which leaked online last week, has now been made official by Microsoft.

Designed in collaboration with gaming charities, Microsoft's new bit of kit is meant to be a sleek, affordable gaming solution for people with limited mobility.

Describing the project as being "years in the making", Xbox boss Phil Spencer has written of how the project came from making something which could cater for the needs of individual gamers:

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Xbox One update will offer Remote Play with PC

Xbox One update will offer Remote Play with PC

Plus: 1440p output, open tournaments and more.

There's a new update for Xbox One - rolling out today to those in the Insider program - which adds a form of Remote Play with PCs.

The ability to pass control of your, well, controller to someone else is not a new idea - but it's the first time Microsoft has dabbled with the feature.

It works through Mixer, Xbox's baked in streaming service, and lets you pass control to anyone watching on PC via Mixer.com.

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Xbox chief Phil Spencer: "Microsoft needed a reboot"

On company inclusivity and recovering from the Xbox One launch.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has delivered an impassioned speech on the need for inclusivity within the games industry and discussed how Microsoft's gaming division has evolved over recent years.

Sounds like Microsoft's revamped Xbox Avatars won't launch until next year

It sounds like Microsoft's new and improved Xbox Avatars won't be out until next year.

The new 2.0 avatars were expected to launch on Windows PCs this autumn and on Xbox One a little later. However, when asked on Twitter if the new Xbox Avatars would still turn up before the year's end, Microsoft's Mike Ybarra confirmed they would "most likely [be] early next year. Working to make them great. Patience will pay off."

Microsoft's new avatars were revealed back in June, and place a particular focus on diversity and inclusivity. They feature a much-expanded range of customisation options, including prosthetic arms and legs, wheelchairs, and non-gender-locked clothing. "For everybody everywhere", is how Microsoft has described them.

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Xbox One X UK launch sales match Nintendo Switch, beat PlayStation 4 Pro

Xbox One X is off to a positive start, with a UK launch week sales total which matched that of Nintendo Switch earlier this year.

Better yet, Microsoft's Xbox One X beat the launch sales tally of its biggest rival, the PlayStation 4 Pro.

More than 80k Xbox One X consoles have now been sold in the UK, according to figures obtained by Eurogamer sister site GamesIndustry.biz.

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Xbox One Game DVR bumped up to 1080p capture

Save straight to external drive, too.

Microsoft has improved the resolution of Xbox One's Game DVR feature, used to record your gameplay highlights. It'll now capture at 1080p, instead of the previous 720p.

Microsoft discontinued the original Xbox One after the S launched

Microsoft discontinued the original Xbox One after the S launched

Two years and nine months after it came out.

Microsoft discontinued the original Xbox One after it released the Xbox One S, it has confirmed.

The Xbox One S, which launched in August 2016, effectively replaced the original Xbox One. Any you see available to buy will be from shops clearing stock or second hand.

"As is typical for the console industry, we stopped manufacturing the original Xbox One when we introduced Xbox One S," a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer.

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Anyone can now test Xbox One system updates earlier

The Xbox One Insider program is now available to all, with flexible levels of access for those who want fewer system updates.

Anyone signed up to the Insider program will receive system updates early, as well as the chance to test other apps and games. In return, members are encouraged to give feedback on their experience via the Insider app.

The Insider program has four levels of access, which unlock depending on how long you have been in the program and how much feedback you have given. (Giving feedback gets you Insider app XP, which then ranks you up levels.)

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Xbox Game Pass launches 1st June

Xbox Game Pass launches 1st June

UPDATE: Free trial now available for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

UPDATE 3.30pm: Microsoft has now confirmed the 1st June launch date for Xbox Games Pass - and that Xbox Live Gold subscribers can start their 14-day free trial today, before the programme's official start date.

The full Xbox Game pass games list is also now available: it includes Halo 5, Gears of War, Sunset Overdrive, Resident Evil 0, the full BioShock trilogy, plus indie games Spelunky, Terraria, Brothers and Stacking.

ORIGINAL STORY 2.50am:

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Microsoft scrapped plans to launch beefier Xbox console last year

Microsoft scrapped plans to launch beefier Xbox console last year

Now prepping console plans for after Scorpio, too.

Microsoft at one point planned to launch a beefed up Xbox console in 2016, but ended up scrapping the project.

Development resources were later folded into Project Scorpio, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told Gamasutra.

The canned console project sounds like it would have increased the power of the standard Xbox One - something last year's Xbox One S did not do in any meaningful way.

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Xbox One's next update adds tournament feature, custom gamer pics

Xbox One's next update adds tournament feature, custom gamer pics

And ability to connect to Wi-Fi which needs browser log-in.

Xbox One's next system update adds support for the console's new ESL-backed tournaments feature, named Arena.

World of Tanks is the first game supported by Arena. You can use it to join ranked matches, be notified of tournament progression and to see and share results.

Arena was announced a while back, along with Xbox's partnership with ESL, the world's largest esports company. Expect support for more games in the near future.

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Microsoft announces EA Access-style Xbox Game Pass subscription

Microsoft announces EA Access-style Xbox Game Pass subscription

Download and play more than 100 titles for 8 a month.

Xbox is getting an EA Access-style subscription service that lets you play a rotating catalogue of games for a set fee per month.

More than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles will be unlocked to download if you purchase a 7.99/$9.99 Xbox Game Pass.

Essentially, it's EA Access but for Xbox exclusives and games from third-parties.

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Xbox Games with Gold for February detailed

Force Unleashed! Monkey Island! Lovers! Project Cars!

Microsoft has revealed another eye-catching line-up for its Xbox Live Games with Gold promotion, this time headlined by LucasArts classics Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Monkey Island 2.

Microsoft announces inflatable Xbox One controller for your pool

Microsoft announces inflatable Xbox One controller for your pool

From Xbox Onesie architects Xbox Australia.

January in the UK means cold weather, dark mornings and Brexit.

Down under in Australia, however, it's summer - so here's an official inflatable Xbox One controller.

This creation comes from the same Aussie brains that cooked up last year's snuggly Xbox One onesie (and was confusingly announced during our summer). That was so popular you can now get a free version for your Xbox avatar.

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Following on from September's aggressive original PlayStation 4 bundle sale in UK shops, Microsoft's now selling original 500GB Xbox One bundles for as little as 180 - and in most cases you get a free copy of the superb Forza Horizon 3.

Microsoft makes Xbox Preview Program open to all

Microsoft makes Xbox Preview Program open to all

And renames it Xbox Insider Program.

Microsoft has made its Xbox Preview Program open to all - and renamed it Xbox Insider Program.

Previously, you needed an invite to get early access to games and apps coming to Xbox One. Now, you just need to opt-in to get access.

It's worth noting, however, that Xbox system updates will be limited to those already testing them, and so will not be open to new members. Microsoft said this is because it still has a huge number of volunteers already testing and providing feedback on system updates.

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Last night Sony announced the PS4 slim and the PS4 Pro. The slim is pretty much the same as the original PS4, except it's smaller, and the Pro is more powerful than the original. There's a lot more detail in Digital Foundry's in-depth report on the PS4 Pro.

Microsoft announces official Xbox Onesie

First there was Xbox One. Now, there's Xbox Onesie.

Sure, you can play games on your Xbox One. But does it have pockets? Does it have a hood? Can it keep you warm? (Actually, yes my Xbox can get pretty warm but you'd have to hug it and it has kind of sharp corners so this probably isn't a great idea).

Enter the Xbox Onesie.

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Xbox console sales down as Xbox One S and Scorpio loom

It looks like people are waiting for the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio before buying an Xbox One.

Microsoft reported its financials for the fourth quarter of its 2016 financial year, so for the three-month period ending June 2016, and said gaming revenue decreased $152m, or nine per cent, primarily due to lower Xbox hardware revenue.

Now, Microsoft doesn't reveal sales for the Xbox One or the Xbox 360, but considering it's discontinued the decade-old Xbox 360, we can assume the bulk of its Xbox hardware revenue comes from the Xbox One.

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Xbox One background music launches 2nd August

Two-and-a-half years after launch, Xbox One will finally get background music support on 2nd August, Microsoft has announced.

The ability to play games and listen to your own music in the background has been one of the most-requested features from Xbox One owners.

Now, Microsoft has stealthily confirmed it will arrive on 2nd August as part of the console's Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

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Xbox One update revamps store with Top Free, Top Paid categories

Xbox One update revamps store with Top Free, Top Paid categories

As Microsoft paves way for Windows 10 apps.

Microsoft's next major Xbox One update further blurs the lines between the console and Windows 10, and revamps the platform's store with Top Free and Top Paid categories.

This summer will see the first Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps arrive on Xbox One and use the same code for both systems. UWP apps already work on Xbox One - the first to do so is the Xbox Avatar app - but the real changes will come when third-parties get involved.

During a tour of the new dashboard provided by Microsoft, we spotted Windows 10 and mobile platform style Top Free and Top Paid categories have been introduced, underneath the main New Games section.

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PlayStation 4 and Xbox One UK sales pass 5m mark

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One UK sales pass 5m mark

PS3/Xbox 360 were just 3.5m at same point.

More than 5.1m PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles have now been sold in the UK, according to new figures released by retailer GAME.

This compares to 3.5m PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles at the equivalent point in the last console generation.

The UK's current PS3/Xbox 360 userbase stands at 14.5m consoles sold, meaning that PS4/Xbox one is now a third of the way to beating it in just over two years.

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16-person Party Chat and better Xbox 360 integration in next Xbox One update

16-person Party Chat and better Xbox 360 integration in next Xbox One update

Plus: more Avatar features, improved Achievements section, more.

Microsoft has a flurry of new Xbox One features on the way in its next console update, headlined by an increase in Party Chat size from 12 up to 16.

This larger number will apply to Parties either on Xbox One or on Windows 10 via the Xbox app. You'll also be able to include your Party chat with your Twitch broadcasts.

Backwards-compatible Xbox 360 games will now be listed on the Xbox One store, and achievements will now appear in your feed.

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Here's everything in Xbox One's February system update

Here's everything in Xbox One's February system update

Offline pins! Avatar store! Gamerscore leaderboard returns!

We're less than 20 days into the new year and Microsoft has already detailed 2016's first Xbox One system update.

The Xbox One February update arrives today for Preview members and in a couple of weeks for everyone else.

There are no headline-grabbing additions, but plenty of asked-for tweaks which will please regular Xbox One users.

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Xbox Preview Programme members rewarded with ninja cat

UPDATE 9.15am Now Tom's had his morning cup of coffee, it turns out that the new reward is an avatar item of a ninja cat playing Xbox with you - and not a box of virtual confetti (that was another reward gifted by Microsoft).

Apologies fur any confusion.

ORIGINAL STORY 9.00am: Xbox Preview Programme members have, overnight, each been gifted a box of virtual confetti. (UPDATE: No Tom, they haven't).

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Xbox August update adds 1080p60 Windows 10 streaming

Microsoft will boost the quality of its Xbox One to Windows 10 streaming by providing support for up to 1080p60fps.

The addition comes as part of the August update for Windows 10's Xbox app.

You could previously unlock the setting via a sneaky workaround, although Digital Foundry reported mixed performance results.

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How's Xbox doing?

Well. Well enough?

Microsoft reported its results for the fourth quarter of its 2015 financial year, and while the company made a gargantuan loss, Xbox and the division it sits in made a tidy profit.

Xbox One weekly Japan sales hit new all-time low

Microsoft managed to sell just 100 Xbox One consoles in Japan between 8th and 14th June.

That figure is an all-time low for the console, which has struggled to find any foothold in the country since it launched there in September 2014.

Home console sales are down across the board in Japan this generation, but Xbox has suffered far, far worse than its competitors.

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1TB Xbox One bundle spotted on Amazon.com

Includes beefier hard drive, new controller, Halo: MCC.

Amazon is listing a new 1TB Xbox One bundle that includes the system's newly-tweaked controller and a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

Windows 10 launches in July

Windows 10 launches in July

Xbox app, Cortana and Candy Crush included.

Microsoft will launch the full version of Windows 10 on 29th July 2015.

As previously announced, all Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users will be able to upgrade for free.

Owners of the above operating systems will soon see a small Windows icon in their taskbar. Clicking it will allow you to "reserve" your upgrade.

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Looks like Microsoft will launch a new Xbox One controller in June

Looks like Microsoft will launch a new Xbox One controller in June

UPDATE: Product photos leak with new 3.5mm headphone jack.

UPDATE 29/5/15 2.10pm: Austrian retailer Libro has leaked the first images of Microsoft's tweaked Xbox One controller.

The upcoming pad will sport a new 3.5mm headphone jack, as we reported yesterday. There appears to be no further changes to the design, now shown off in box art posted to the retailer's site (thanks, Lifelower).

Microsoft's redesigned controller appears to have a release date set for 8th June - before E3. We expect to hear something from the company sooner rather than later making the controller update official.

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Microsoft's June Xbox update targets Windows app

Microsoft's June Xbox update targets Windows app

New Xbox One features to be shown at E3.

Microsoft has detailed new features headed to the Windows 10 Xbox app in June, including game hubs, improved avatar support and more.

But there's little new for Xbox One next month - at least, that we know of so far. Microsoft had decided to save the announcement of some "exciting" new features for its E3 press conference next month.

If you have Windows 10 already you will soon be able to access game hubs for each title you play, similar to Xbox One, where leaderboard and achievement information plus community updates and DLC details are all collated.

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Microsoft E3 2015 press conference date, time confirmed

Microsoft E3 2015 press conference date, time confirmed

"See the greatest games line-up in Xbox history."

Microsoft will hold its E3 press briefing on Monday, 15th June at 5.30pm UK time.

Announcing the event, Microsoft described the titles it would show as "the greatest games line-up in Xbox history".

We're likely to see more of already-announced titles such as Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza 6 and Fable Legends.

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Microsoft demos Windows 10 hologram support

Hololens to support Unity, compatible with all universal apps.

Microsoft has shown off its new-fangled HoloLens headset working with Windows 10 and revealed that universal Windows apps can support the technology.

70 Star Wars movie bundle launches on Xbox this week

70 Star Wars movie bundle launches on Xbox this week

Comes with Star Wars Pinball and R2-D2 avatar toy.

Disney will launch a six-film bundle of Star Wars films this Friday, 10th April, which will be downloadable via Xbox Video.

Its price? 69.99.

Amazon, iTunes, Google Play and Disney Movies will also sell the collection, although buying them through Xbox Video unlocks several special bonuses.

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Xbox One April system update includes voice messages

Xbox One April system update includes voice messages

Works cross-platform with Xbox 360, too.

Microsoft has detailed further Xbox One enhancements due as part of the system's April firmware update, including voice messages.

Available to dashboard preview testers this week and all Xbox One owners soon after, voice messaging will allow you to leave voicemail-style audio clips in your friends' inboxes.

A popular feature on Xbox 360, voice messages have been one of the most-requested Xbox One features among fans.

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Microsoft details Xbox One April system update

Microsoft details Xbox One April system update

UPDATE: Out now, voice messages due later this month.

UPDATE 06/04/2015: The first part of the Xbox One's April update is out now. It includes the features we detailed below along with some other ones we previewed later in March.

There's now a Party Chat troubleshooter, links to Game Hubs from Achievements, Achievement descriptions in the notifications, and an updated "What's On" feature allowing you to keep up with trending content that may be to your liking.

Here's a video detailing the new features:

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EGXEGX 2015 tickets now on sale

80,000 expected at largest ever UK games event.

Gamer Network, the lovely company which also operates this website, has begun selling tickets for EGX 2015.

Social matchmaking service Overdog launches for Xbox One

Social matchmaking service Overdog launches for Xbox One

Find multiplayer partners who share your interests.

Overdog is a new third-party matchmaking service for Xbox One that incorporates Facebook-style profile information to find you multiplayer buddies that share your interests.

Sign up for the free service and you can fill in details on your favourite movies, TV shows, music and sports teams.

You can then search for people who want to play the same games as you - to finish a raid in Destiny, for example - and receive matches that also share similar hobbies.

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Xbox Live and PS Plus subs now used to calculate UK inflation

Along with Spotify, e-cigarettes and craft beer.

Games console subscriptions such as Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus will now be included in the UK government's consumer price index, a ranking of commonly-used goods and services collated to determine the impact of inflation.

Xbox One March system update adds screenshots, suggested friends

UPDATE 10/3/15 8.10am Xbox One's March update is now available to everyone, Microsoft has announced. This is the one that - finally! - adds the ability to snap screenshots, among other things.

Microsoft runs through all the new features in the video below, but here's a quick roundup: a suggested friends feature for finding other users, variable tile transparency on the dashboard, a report button for spam messages, further party chat improvements and the ability to set screenshots as your background.

Here's a look at the lot in action:

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Microsoft's new Upload Studio update enables 30min clips

Microsoft's new Upload Studio update enables 30min clips

Transitions! Title cards! Effects!

Microsoft has released a new update for Upload Studio, the Xbox One's video editing app.

The major update now allows users to mix up to 15 clips together into a single video, with a total running time of up to 30 minutes.

Other new features include the ability to add new transitions, title cards and effects to your videos, even using your Kinect to place you in front of different green-screen style backgrounds.

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Xbox One controller update halves connection time

Microsoft is currently testing a new Xbox One controller update that will halve the time it takes for your pad to connect to the console.

Xbox One controllers currently take between four and five seconds to sync with the console, but the new update takes that time down to around two. Handy!

Unspecified "stability improvements" are also included in the firmware update's change list.

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Xbox One gets tile transparency with new update

Xbox One gets tile transparency with new update

UPDATE: February update now available to all.

UPDATE 6/2/15 10.10am: Microsoft has begun rolling out the Xbox One February system update to all console owners.

Included in this month's firmware refresh are several sets of changes received by dashboard beta testers over the past 30 days, including tile transparency on the console's home screen, further improvements to party chat and the introduction of dedicated hub pages for your favourite games.

The download also includes the controller connection time update, which cuts the time required to sync your pad with your console.

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Xbox Japan boss resigns amid dismal Xbox One sales

Xbox Japan boss resigns amid dismal Xbox One sales

Just 776 consoles shifted last week.

Takashi Sensui, the boss of Xbox in Japan, has resigned his post.

Sensui will stay with Microsoft, but work at the company's US headquarters instead.

The move comes amid terrible sales of the Xbox One in the country, where the console has performed far worse than predecessor Xbox 360 or the original Xbox.

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GAME selling Xbox One and four games for 299

UPDATE: PS4, DriveClub and The Last of Us Remastered for 300.

UPDATE 8.50am 28/11/2014: GAME also has a PlayStation 4 deal. It's selling a PS4 with Evolution's racing game DriveClub and Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Remastered for 299.99.

Microsoft announces Xbox One Christmas price cut in US

Microsoft announces Xbox One Christmas price cut in US

UPDATE: Nothing to announce "at this time" in the UK, Microsoft says.

UPDATE 27/10/14 11.50am: Microsoft's Christmas Xbox One price cut will remain a US-only promotion for now, Microsoft has told Eurogamer.

"Decisions about promotional and pricing strategies are made at a local level and based on market context," a Microsoft spokesperson said. "We have nothing more to announce at this time."

It's worth nothing that Microsoft's original statement on the matter states that "regional availability and timing outside the US will vary", suggesting that the offer may be announced elsewhere in due course.

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Microsoft announces Xbox One Kinect adapter for Windows 8

Microsoft has announced a $49 (31) adapter for its Xbox One Kinect sensor so the gadget can be used with Windows 8 PCs.

In a new blog post, the company also announced a fresh update for its Windows Kinect software development kit.

With the launch of the software update and the new adapter, both the Xbox One Kinect and the previously launched Kinect for Windows v2 can now be used identically.

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Xbox One November update adds custom backgrounds, Twitter integration

UPDATE 10/11/14 8.20am: Microsoft has now begun rolling out November's Xbox One firmware update to everyone with the console, following its usual limited beta test.

The update brings with it custom backgrounds, expanded profiles, Twitter integration and more - full details lie below.

November's update will be the last this year, Microsoft has said, while the company focuses on maintaining Xbox Live over the typically busy holiday period. Monthly updates will then resume at some point early in the new year.

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Microsoft rolls out Xbox One October system update

Microsoft rolls out Xbox One October system update

Brings new Snap, Friends features, adds .mkv support.

October's Xbox One system update is now available to download, Microsoft has announced.

Previously available only to beta testers, the new firmware refresh brings with it a redesigned Snap Centre with quick access to revamped Friends, Achievements, Party, Messages and Game DVR apps.

There's also a new quick-launch menu, so you can jump between your last played game and last used app, plus snap and unsnap apps and record your last 30 seconds of gameplay.

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Microsoft dissatisfied with Xbox One's slow Japan launch

Microsoft dissatisfied with Xbox One's slow Japan launch

"We hope to continue to do our best."

Microsoft has said it is not satisfied by the Xbox One's slow start in Japan.

The console has sold 30,003 units in the country after around three weeks on sale - less than half what the Xbox 360 managed in its opening weekend.

"It's not as though we're satisfied with the current sales state," Xbox Japan boss Takashi Sensui told Famitsu (thanks, Kotaku).

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Xbox One price cut by 20 in the UK, now 329

UPDATE: "We are always looking at ways to offer the best value for our customers."

UPDATE 23/9/14 4.45pm Microsoft has officially confirmed its new Xbox One price to Eurogamer and said that, at the moment, it was a UK-only move.

Xbox One gets revised China release date after last minute delay

Xbox One gets revised China release date after last minute delay

Government approval granted for first 10 games.

After a short delay, Xbox One will now launch in China on 29th September, Microsoft has announced.

Microsoft has given no reason for the hold-up (the console was originally set to launch today, 23rd September) but noted that it had now received approval from the Chinese government for the console's initial line-up of 10 games.

Chinese Xbox One owners will be able to pick from Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Powerstar Golf, Zoo Tycoon, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood, Dance Central Spotlight, Neverwinter Online, Rayman Legends, Trials Fusion, and the Chinese-developed Naughty Kitties.

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Microsoft unveils wired Xbox One controller for Windows PC

Microsoft has unveiled a wired Xbox One controller for use with WIndows PC.

The aptly-named Xbox One Controller + Cable for Windows launches in November 2014 and works with Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Microsoft called it the best PC controller it's ever made, the "culmination of over 200 prototypes".

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US Xbox One sales rise but PlayStation 4 still top

US Xbox One sales rise but PlayStation 4 still top

PS4 leads hardware chart for eighth consecutive month.

Xbox One sales rose during August in the US and nearly doubled the number of consoles sold over July, Microsoft has said.

This was in part due to the launch of a Madden NFL 15 Xbox One console bundle, but also likely helped by Microsoft's generous new 'Buy a Console Get a Game Free' promotion (thanks, VentureBeat).

But the latest figures from US numbers company NPD show that PlayStation 4 is still outselling the Xbox One by some margin.

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Xbox One's Japanese launch musters half sales of Xbox 360

Xbox One sold 23,562 units during its Japanese launch week, less than half the amount sold by Xbox 360.

Microsoft's new machine had four days to reach that total, Famitsu reported. Xbox 360 managed 62,135 units in half the time back in 2005.

The Xbox One's launch was the lowest for any home console in recent years - well below the Wii U (308k in two days), the PlayStation 4 (322k in two days) and any other machine from the last few console generations.

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Xbox One October update detailed, Xbox 360 Guide functionality restored

Xbox One October update detailed, Xbox 360 Guide functionality restored

Snap Centre improved, Friends and Messages updated.

Microsoft's October Xbox One update restores some of the functionality found in the Xbox 360 Guide button by adding new options to the console's Snap Centre.

Double-tap the console's menu button and you'll now get a fresh menu to easily load your most recent game, view Achievements or head to the full Snap Centre.

Inside the Snap Centre there are now links to major console apps, meaning you no longer need to head out to the dashboard to see your Friends, Party, Messages or Game DVR apps, or your system clock and battery indicator.

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1TB Xbox One with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare exclusive to GAME in UK

1TB Xbox One with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare exclusive to GAME in UK

Buy a limited edition controller for exclusive DLC.

The limited edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare 1TB Xbox One pack will be exclusive to GAME in the UK, the retailer has confirmed.

Priced at 429.99, the bundle will be available from 4th November.

It is currently the only way you can get a 1TB-sized version of the console (and one coloured by custom COD decals, too).

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PS4 leads US console sales for seventh month running

PS4 leads US console sales for seventh month running

New console sales nearly 80% higher than last-gen at same point.

PlayStation 4 has celebrated a seventh straight month atop the US home console chart, numbers company NPD has reported.

Sony's console wasn't only the best-selling machine in July, it was also the home to the best-selling game - The Last of Us.

PlayStation 4 has now sold 10m consoles worldwide, Sony announced this week. Recent numbers for Microsoft's Xbox One are more illusive.

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Xbox One snappable media player, Party updates roll out to preview members

Xbox One snappable media player, Party updates roll out to preview members

UPDATE: September console update now available to all.

UPDATE 29/8/14 8.10am: Microsoft's latest round of Xbox One updates are now rolling out to everyone, the company has said.

This September update (released a couple of days early) includes the new media player app for playing image and video files from a USB, another set of Party improvements (more details below), a handy console bandwidth usage display and other tweaks.

Watch Microsoft's Major Nelson demo the full list of changes in the video below.

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Xbox One Digital TV Tuner dated and priced

It's out in late October priced 24.99.

Microsoft has announced an Xbox One Digital TV Tuner that will cost 24.99 or €29.99, and will be available in late October. That's in UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain.

Xbox One to launch in China on 23rd September

Xbox One to launch in China on 23rd September

Kinect-less bundle with Neverwinter Online and more for around 350.

Microsoft will officially launch Xbox One in China on 23rd September, the company has announced.

The basic console bundle will be priced at 3,699 (around 350) - the same price that Xbox One costs in the UK now without Kinect.

This version does not include Kinect, but instead comes with Powerstar Golf and Neverwinter Online, a free Xbox Live Gold subscription until March 2015, two year's warranty plus content from Chinese TV service BesTV.

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Xbox One's August update updates activity feed, unlocks 3D Blu-Ray

UPDATE 18/8/14 8.25PM August's Xbox One firmware update is now being made available for everyone to download, Microsoft has confirmed.

Previously only available to those in the Xbox One dashboard beta, the update includes 3D Blu-Ray support and the ability to purchase content while away from the console and have it automatically download.

The console's Activity Feed has also been spruced up - the new version includes the ability to post status updates, plus Like and comment on the posts of your friends.

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PS4 top-selling US console in June despite Kinect-less Xbox One launch

PlayStation 4 was the best-selling console in the US in June, Sony has announced, a title that the console has now held for six months running.

Microsoft's decision to begin selling the Xbox One without Kinect (and at a cheaper price) helped double the console's sales month-on-month. But it is telling that, even then, the console still could not beat Sony's machine.

Nintendo saw a 233 per cent increase in Wii U sales over June 2013, largely thanks to the May launch of Mario Kart 8.

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Microsoft announces 18,000 jobs to be cut in the next year

Microsoft announces 18,000 jobs to be cut in the next year

Nokia bears the brunt. "Limited change" for Xbox.

Microsoft has announced plans to cut 18,000 jobs over the course of the next year - its biggest round of layoffs ever.

CEO Satya Nadella published his letter to all employees today, detailing the plan to "realign" Microsoft's gargantuan workforce. As of 5th June 2014 Microsoft had a global staff of 127,104.

Its Nokia Devices and Services division is hardest hit, with about 12,500 of the job cuts. Microsoft bought Nokia's handset business for 4.6bn in September 2013. Approximately 32,000 people transfered to Microsoft from the Finnish company.

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What's going on with Microsoft's Xbox One dev kit and launch parity policies?

What's going on with Microsoft's Xbox One dev kit and launch parity policies?

"If a developer has a question then they can just give us a call."

Microsoft has remained evasive on details of its pledge that all Xbox One consoles will be able to become developer kits.

Yesterday, a senior engineer at Microsoft's Xbox Advanced Technology Group said that the company now had "no plans" to implement the feature.

But Microsoft later told Eurogamer that the comments had been "inaccurate", and that the company was still "committed to ensuring the best possible solution".

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Xbox One plays catch up in Japan with solid launch line-up

Microsoft has unveiled its line-up of Xbox One software for the console's Japanese launch on 9th September.

The 29 titles on offer include the vast majority of 2014's biggest titles, along with those available back at the console's initial launch last November in North America and parts of Europe.

Titanfall, Call of Duty: Ghosts and Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes top the bill, although the latter will only be available as a download title in Japan, Famitsu reported (thanks, Kotaku).

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Microsoft launches Xbox Feedback website, asks for your ideas

Microsoft launches Xbox Feedback website, asks for your ideas

Vote on new Xbox One features, see them implemented.

Microsoft has launched Xbox Feedback, a site where Xbox One owners can suggest future features for its console.

Users can vote on popular ideas so they get noticed by Microsoft and - hopefully - be added to the Xbox One itself.

Top among the current crop of suggestions are a better "low battery" notification for controllers, the ability to preload games, background music support and voice messages.

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Sony announces Chinese PlayStation 4 launch plans

Sony announces Chinese PlayStation 4 launch plans

After Microsoft's similar move for Xbox One.

Sony has announced plans to release PlayStation 4 in China, just weeks after Microsoft revealed a similar move was imminent for Xbox One.

Like Microsoft, Sony will partner with a local company to launch the console - the catchily-named Shanghai Oriental Pearl Culture Development (OPCD), Engadget reports.

Interestingly, both the OPCD and Microsoft's own partner BesTV are owned by the same parent company, the huge Shanghai Media Group conglomerate.

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Xbox One external storage support coming in June

But you'll need a device with at least 256GB of space.

Microsoft will add external storage support to Xbox One via June's firmware update, but external devices will need to support USB 3.0 and have at least 256GB of free space.

Xbox One's Games with Gold offer requires you stay subscribed

UPDATE: June includes Dark Souls, followed by Charlie Murder & Street Fighter 4.

UPDATE 30/05/2014: Microsoft has confirmed the dates for the impending Xbox 360 Games with Gold offerings, with Dark Souls being available between 1-15th June, while Charlie Murder and bonus game, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, will follow from 16-30th June.

Microsoft to remove Xbox Live Gold paywall for streaming apps

UPDATE: Confirmed. Netflix, Twitch broadcasting, Upload Studio all free.

UPDATE 13/5/14 16.10pm: Entertainment, sports and gaming apps will no longer live behind the Xbox Live Gold paywall, Microsoft has just confirmed, among other sweeping changes for Xbox One (although the paywall changes apply to Xbox 360 too).

Microsoft releases Xbox One party chat, system update tweaks

Microsoft releases Xbox One party chat, system update tweaks

Second update for preview testers in as many weeks.

Users in Microsoft's Xbox One preview programme have received a second firmware update in as many weeks, this time focusing on party chat and system update fixes.

Version 1405 changes the console's "Get System Update" button so the option is now greyed-out if there is no system update to download, (thanks, DualShockers). The button will display the text "Update console" if new firmware is available.

Issues where Party Chat would be muted unless the Party app was snapped have also been fixed, as is a bug which saw Game DVR clips recorded without audio.

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American McGee claims "Xbox One will fail in China"

But better placed for success than Sony, Nintendo, analyst argues.

Microsoft announced yesterday it would launch Xbox One in China this September and try to crack the market of a country which previously outlawed games consoles altogether.

Xbox One to launch in China in September

Xbox One to launch in China in September

"It would be cool if I can buy a console and software through legitimate channels."

Microsoft will launch Xbox One in China in September, it's announced.

China is one of the world's biggest gaming markets, with more than $13 billion generated in 2013. While most Chinese gamers do so on PC and mobile, Microsoft will be hoping Xbox One carves out a piece of that lucrative pie for itself, although it has yet to announce its business model. Xbox One has shipped five million units to retailers in the markets it's launched in. While it's selling significantly faster than the Xbox 360, it's currently lagging some way behind competitor the PlayStation 4.

The launch is the result of a partnership between Microsoft and home entertainment company BesTV New Media Co., and the emergence of the Shanghai Free Trade Zone expansion in September of last year. Both companies formed E-Home Entertainment to manufacture and sell Xbox One there. It is the first official Xbox launch in China.

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Xbox One launches in Japan 4th September

Xbox One launches in Japan 4th September

Will it suffer the same fate as its predecessors?

Xbox One launches in Japan on 4th September, Microsoft has announced.

According to Famitsu (translated by Gematsu), Xbox One games set to launch in Japan include Forza 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, Halo on Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome.

A raft of Japanese companies are making games for the system, including Arc System Works, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Cave, CyberConnect2, From Software, Konami, Level 5 and Sega.

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The Xbox One updates keep on coming

The Xbox One updates keep on coming

Blu-ray! Controller update! Silent reboot!

Microsoft has revealed a few new features it plans to add to the Xbox One in the next system update.

The first concerns Blu-ray player support. The update will add 50Hz video output for content recorded at 50Hz, and the Blu-ray player app will be updated to reflect the improvements.

The second revolves around firmware updates for the controller and headset adaptor. These will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity, Microsoft said.

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Xbox and Channel 4 announce sci-fi TV series Humans

Xbox and Channel 4 announce sci-fi TV series Humans

Will premiere next year on TV and consoles.

Xbox Entertainment Studios is partnering with Channel 4 to develop Humans, a new sci-fi TV show.

Eight hour-long episodes will "share a premiere window" in 2015 on Channel 4 in the UK and on Xbox in North America, Microsoft said. There's no details of whether the series will also be available to watch on Xbox here. We've asked Microsoft for comment.

Humans is set in an alternate present day where people share their homes with robotic servants named Synths. The show will follow an overworked father who buys a refurbished second-hand Synth that houses a secret.

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Microsoft announces 25 indie games coming to Xbox One

Microsoft announces 25 indie games coming to Xbox One

Including a couple that use Kinect.

Microsoft has announced 25 indie games coming to Xbox One as part of the ID@Xbox self-publishing program.

Games such as Nicalis' 1001 Spikes, Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition by DrinkBox Studios and Super Time Force by Capybara are on the list.

More than 200 developers have now received Xbox One development kits through the program, Microsoft said.

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Xbox One April update adds friends notifications, more

Xbox One April update adds friends notifications, more

Console to launch in 26 new markets this September.

Microsoft has announced further improvements for the Xbox One.

An April update will add a game save progress bar to the user interface, which shows you the status of your game saves. You'll also be able to tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.

Elsewhere, the April update makes improvements to the Friends system. Notifications will be added so you can see when friends sign in to Xbox Live. Friends in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. You'll also be able to view friends' most popular apps.

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Xbox One controller must be updated for stereo headset adapter to work

The Xbox One controller must be updated as well as the console itself for the stereo headset adapter to work, Microsoft has said.

The Xbox One stereo headset adapter is used to connect chat or stereo headsets, such as the official Xbox One stereo headset, to your controller. But it won't work unless you update the controller, and you can't do this unless you have the latest system update, which contains the newest controller software.

Here's what to do: plus in the stereo headset adaptor into the bottom of your controller, plug in a headset, then plug the big end of the included USB cable into the port on the side of the console. That should make instructions to install the update display on your screen. Follow them. Microsoft said the update can take up to three minutes, so put the kettle on.

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Major Xbox One update rolled out

Major Xbox One update rolled out

5.1 Dolby Digital! 50Hz output! More!

Microsoft is rolling out a major update to the Xbox One that addresses a raft of issued users have had with the console.

It improves matchmaking, party chat and friends features and comes ahead of the launch of the multiplayer shooter Titanfall, set to be the biggest Xbox One title to date.

Other highlights include the addition of 5.1 Dolby Digital through optical out. This means devices such as sound bars and headsets with only optical in can receive 5.1 Dolby Digital from Xbox One over optical. Microsoft is also adding support for Dolby Digital surround sound over HDMI.

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Twitch app launches on Xbox One 11th March

The long-awaited Twitch app for Xbox One launches on 11th March, Microsoft has announced.

That's just in time for the release of Titanfall, which Microsoft expects to be the biggest Xbox One game yet. And it's clear why: the recent Titanfall beta peaked at number one on Twitch across all platforms with more than 65,000 concurrent views on 13th February.

The Twitch app supports Kinect functionality, so you can say "Xbox, broadcast" at any point during gameplay to start live streaming. You can use Twitch to watch games, chat with players you follow and join a broadcaster's game (broadcasters can invite friends into a private party from the chat stream, allowing them to voice chat outside of the broadcast). You can view the gamer card of anyone streaming from Xbox One and begin following them.

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And the new boss of Xbox is...

The former CEO of Nokia who is reportedly considering selling the games business.

As expected, Stephen Elop, the former head of Microsoft-owned Nokia, has assumed control over Xbox.

Microsoft announces first Xbox One price cut - and throws in Titanfall for free

Microsoft announces first Xbox One price cut - and throws in Titanfall for free

Thanks early adopters, but don't expect a retroactive refund.

Microsoft has announced the first Xbox One price cut.

From 28th February Xbox One will carry an estimated retail price of 399.99 in the UK. It currently costs 429.99.

Coinciding with the announcement, Microsoft has confirmed the Xbox One Titanfall bundle that leaked online earlier this morning. This Titanfall bundle includes an Xbox One console, the Kinect sensor, a standard Xbox One wireless controller, a standard Xbox One Chat Headset, one month of Xbox Live Gold membership and a digital copy of Titanfall for the same price of 399.99. You can pre-order the bundle from today.

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Microsoft invites Xbox One owners to test next update

Microsoft invites Xbox One owners to test next update

March update will roll out early to select few.

A select group of Xbox One owners are being offered the chance to beta test the console's March firmware update and provide feedback on its changes.

Microsoft messaged its prospective test group of Xbox One users last night and provided a code to download a registration app.

If selected, users will gain access to the Xbox One's March firmware update ahead of schedule so that they can test its new features and report back on their findings.

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Microsoft announces Xbox One Media Remote

Microsoft announces Xbox One Media Remote

Motion-activated backlit buttons illuminate when you pick it up.

Microsoft has announced the Xbox One Media Remote that leaked earlier this month.

The remote lets you control video playback for Blu-ray movies and streaming video on Xbox One. The motion-activated backlit buttons illuminate as soon as you pick it up "allowing it to be used in the darkest of rooms while playing games, watching TV shows, movies and more", Microsoft said. It's out in early March.

It also includes dedicated Back and OneGuide buttons. The OneGuide button lets you access TV shows and movies through the Xbox program guide.

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Xbox One controller input "fix" coming in firmware update

Xbox One's controller input will be tweaked as part of the system's February firmware update.

The "fix" has been added specifically at the request of Titanfall's development team, The Verge reported, in another sign of just how crucial Microsoft is treating the game's launch.

"It's just fixing the controller input, really," Titanfall design lead Justin Hendry explained. "It wasn't really where we felt it should be; it was a little overly twitchy with the current controls. Now it's fixed. We're happy with it."

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Xbox One's March update includes party chat, friends list fixes

Xbox One's March update includes party chat, friends list fixes

But February system update pushed back.

Microsoft has given further detail on March's Xbox One system update, which will focus on refining the system's multiplayer and social features.

Party chat audio will now be turned on by default when you enter a party, and Microsoft has restored the ability to chat with friends playing different games (previously only possible via Skype).

Your friends list will be made more accessible, too - it will be moved to the main screen of the Xbox One's Friends app, instead of the social feed currently present.

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Xbox One firmware update will let you manage storage

Xbox One firmware update will let you manage storage

New multiplayer and party changes in place before Titanfall.

Microsoft will allow users to see and manage Xbox One storage space in a new firmware update due next week.

Full details of the 11th February update will be released in due course, but the top changes were teased today in a new blog post by Microsoft exec Marc Whitten.

As well as viewing and manage your hard drive space, similar to Xbox 360, you'll also be able to manage your download queue, which will be split into separate lists for games and apps.

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Xbox One firmware update due in March - report

Xbox One firmware update due in March - report

White-coloured Xbox One also on the horizon.

Microsoft will launch its much-needed Xbox One dashboard update in March, a new report suggests.

The firmware refresh will - as promised - include fixes for the console's much-maligned party chat system and a reorganisation of the platform's social features.

Both issues have been continually criticised by users, who have drawn up a list of fixes and missing features they'd like implemented.

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Microsoft launches viral Titanfall promotion

Microsoft launches viral Titanfall promotion

Xbox One advert hacked with clues to in-game extras.

An updated version of Microsoft's ubiquitous Xbox One advert includes hidden clues to a Titanfall promotion.

Eagle-eyed Reddit users spotted the updated advert on UK TV last night, which includes quick flashes of code hidden within the existing advert.

If you haven't seen the regular version of the advert yet (we don't believe you), it's the one where sad people without Xbox Ones are gestured at by Steven Gerrard, Spock and a Roman soldier to "come on" and buy one.

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Microsoft reports bumper profit after healthy Xbox One launch

Microsoft reports bumper profit after healthy Xbox One launch

But number of Xbox One consoles shipped still behind PS4 sales.

Microsoft has posted a healthy financial report for the last quarter, with gains in both its Xbox and struggling Surface divisions.

The company said that it had now shipped 3.9 million Xbox One consoles to retailers worldwide, Seeking Alpha reported.

The last time we heard an actual sales figure was when Microsoft noted that it had hit 3 million by the end of 2013 - making Xbox One's current sales total somewhere between those two figures.

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Xbox One update will fix "hidden, harder to use" social features

Xbox One update will fix "hidden, harder to use" social features

"The feedback we've gotten is pretty valid."

Fixing Xbox One's unintuitive social features will be the focus of the console's first major firmware update, Microsoft has said.

Core features such as your Friends list, Parties, Avatars and Achievements are now spread across various layers of the dashboard and separated into individual system apps - it gives the system a cleaner look, but makes previously easy-to-reach features a chore to find and use.

"The feedback we've gotten is pretty valid," Xbox exec Marc Whitten admitted to Engadget. "Some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you're gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we're going to fix those things.

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China lifts ban on foreign console sales

China lifts ban on foreign console sales

Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony rub hands in glee.

China has temporarily lifted its ban on the sale of foreign video game consoles, opening the door for the likes of Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony to enter the gargantuan market.

The ban, which had been in place for 14 years, prevented the sale of the PlayStation, Wii and Xbox consoles in the country.

Reuters reported on a statement from China's State Council that suspended the ban, allowing "foreign-invested enterprises" to make consoles within Shanghai's free trade zone and sell them within China - as long as they are approved by the government.

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Xbox One sells 2 million in 18 days

Xbox One sells 2 million in 18 days

Achievement unlocked.

Xbox One has sold two million units in the 18 days since it launched on 22nd November 2013, Microsoft has announced.

Microsoft launched Xbox One in 13 markets then, including the UK. Xbox's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb confirmed the two million figure represented consoles "sold through" to customers.

Those sales amounted to over 83 million hours in games, TV and apps on Xbox One since launch, 39 million Xbox One achievements unlocked and 595 million total Gamerscore on Xbox One.

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Microsoft releases new Xbox One firmware update

Microsoft releases new Xbox One firmware update

Full of bug-fixes, but no new features.

Microsoft's first post-launch patch for Xbox One is available now and includes a set of bug-fixes for the fledgling console.

Anyone hoping for a quick addition of some of the many much-requested Xbox One system features (including those removed from Xbox 360) will be disappointed, however.

"We've got quite a few updates planned for the next year based on the community feedback we've been seeing," Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb wrote. "I'll have details on those in the future."

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NSA, GCHQ can listen to Xbox Live chat communications

UPDATE: Microsoft insists alleged spying "wasn't done with our consent".

UPDATE #2: Microsoft has spoken out against the government surveillance of its customers and joined other technology giants such as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter by signing a jointly-authored document entitled 'Global Government Surveillance Reform'.

Take-Two boss has high hopes for PS4 and Xbox One

But EA reckons Sony and MS face "stiff competition" from Apple and Google.

The boss of the company that owns Grand Theft Auto, Borderlands and BioShock reckons it'll take five years for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to outsell their predecessors.

Xbox One owners unite to spur Microsoft to improve system

"Things will get better," Major Nelson promises.

Switching on your next-gen console you might be surprised to notice it lacks some of the most-used features of its eight-year old predecessor. But that is the case with Xbox One, whose operating system trades many of the Xbox 360's system features for a leaner interface.

Microsoft plots Windows updates codenamed "Threshold"

Microsoft plots Windows updates codenamed "Threshold"

To bring PC, mobile and Xbox even closer together.

Microsoft will update its Windows platforms in spring 2015, according to a report.

Over on ZDNet, Microsoft expert reporter Mary Jo Foley said her sources told her this wave of updates, which will bring PC, mobile and Xbox closer together, is codenamed Threshold.

"Threshold" is a nod to Xbox exclusive shooter Halo. It was the name of the planet around which the first Halo ring orbited back in 2001's Halo: Combat Evolved.

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PlayStation 4 UK launch sales hit 250k

PlayStation 4 UK launch sales hit 250k

UPDATE: Xbox One now at 170k, Wii U still at 150k after a year.

UPDATE: An industry source has told Eurogamer that life-to-date Wii U sales in the UK are still around the 150,000 mark after a year on sale.

That's around 100,000 less than PlayStation 4 managed in its opening weekend.

Xbox One sales are now up to the 170,000 mark, Eurogamer was told. It was reported last week that Xbox One had notched up around 150,000 units during its launch weekend, suggesting around 20,000 more have been shifted in the last week.

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PS4 looks set to break records at launch

PS4 looks set to break records at launch

But longer term, Sony faces a tough challenge.

In the moments before our interview begins proper, Andrew House tells me 2013 has been his most exciting year since joining Sony. If he's being sincere - and, given what happened at E3 this year, he may well be - 2013 should be honoured. House, the communications expert from Wales who rose through the ranks to become boss of all of Sony Computer Entertainment - was at Sony Corp when PlayStation was a mere skunkworks project 23 years ago.

He's seen it all, then, from the pioneering PSone and WipEout to the glory days of PS2 and Gran Turismo, from the tough early days of the hyper-expensive, difficult-to-develop-for PS3 to the euphoria of PS4's unveiling.

Last night, with over 300 fans waiting patiently outside the Covent Garden shop come stage come gaming arcade Sony had constructed to mark the launch of the PS4, PlayStation was buzzing. People walk briskly with clipboards and mics at the ready, setting things up, making preparations, fixing the stage for rapper Tinie Tempah's 11pm show, testing smoke machines...

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Xbox One outsells Xbox 360 two-to-one in UK launch

Xbox One outsells Xbox 360 two-to-one in UK launch

UPDATE: Sold around 150,000, report claims.

UPDATE: Xbox One sold around 150,000 in the UK during its launch, according to a report by MCV.

The Xbox 360 sold 70,000 units during its launch eight years ago.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Xbox One outsold the Xbox 360 two-to-one in the UK when you compare both console's launch periods.

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YouTuber KSI dumped by Microsoft after Xbox One launch appearance

YouTuber KSI dumped by Microsoft after Xbox One launch appearance

KSI manager: "Sexism is not something he condones or wants to be associated with."

UPDATE: Olatunji's manager has issued a statement on his client's behalf insisting the YouTuber had changed his ways.

The statement, issued to Eurogamer sister site GamesIndustry International, is reproduced in full below:

Shortly after the 2012 Eurogamer video, KSI pro actively removed it from YouTube and made an apology directly to Eurogamer. He wasn't asked to remove the video in question, but on reviewing the content, he felt it contained potential to offend and thus removed it from his YouTube channel.

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Sony congratulates Microsoft on Xbox One launch

Sony congratulates Microsoft on Xbox One launch

Can you feel the love tonight?

Last week Microsoft congratulated Sony on the North American launch of the PlayStation 4. With Xbox One out today, now it's time for Sony to return the favour.

Here's the tweet from the official PlayStation account:

There were virtual high fives earlier today from PlayStation executives to their opposite numbers at Microsoft.

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How to update Xbox One without connecting it to the internet

How to update Xbox One without connecting it to the internet

UPDATE: Microsoft removes instructions.

UPDATE: Microsoft has removed its instructions for updating Xbox One without connecting it to the internet.

The company issued Eurogamer a statement contradicting its earlier claim that the site could be used to manually update an Xbox One's firmware. The files which users could download to do so have also been pulled.

"The site was not an alternative way to take the Day One update and customers still need to connect to Xbox Live for the update," a spokesperson said. "Because of the complexity of this customer support process we've actually removed the page and we will work with customers directly to make sure they have a smooth experience."

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Xbox One Dolby Digital output via digital optical coming post launch

Xbox One Dolby Digital output via digital optical coming post launch

UPDATE: Astro have a workaround for their headsets.

UPDATE: Astro headsets can produce Dolby 7.1 audio even from the Xbox One's stereo-only digital optical output, the company has said.

"Microsoft's decision to drop Dolby encoding on their SPDIF [Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format] output at launch does have ramifications for ASTRO's products," the company told Eurogamer.

"While our products do not process DTS signals, we do have on-board Dolby encoding in both our A50 Wireless Transmitter as well as our Wired MixAmp Pro."

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Upload and share Xbox One gameplay using SkyDrive

Xbox One will let you upload gameplay clips to SkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage application, the company has announced.

The video file will appear in SkyDrive in a special Xbox One gameplay directory which can then be accessed by your smartphone, tablet or PC. From there you can share the 720p MP4 files to any social network or edit them further.

"Xbox One is the only console that allows you to take your clips to any social network, video upload site or professional editing tool," Microsoft boasted in a new Xbox Wire blog post.

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Early Xbox One users detail launch game install sizes

Early Xbox One users detail launch game install sizes

How fast will you fill that 500GB hard drive?

Xbox One users with early access to the system have revealed the install sizes for much of the console's launch line-up.

A small number of customers recieved their consoles last week due to a shipping error by US retailer Target. Microsoft has since blocked the consoles from Xbox Live until launch.

Moonlightswami, a user publicly identified by Microsoft as being one of the lucky few, has been posting information and screenshots from the system online (thanks, NeoGAF).

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BBC "working to bring" iPlayer to Xbox One

App will launch "in the future", but no date set yet.

The BBC has confirmed it is working on an iPlayer app for Xbox One, just days after Microsoft left the service off its list of entertainment apps arriving alongside the system on 22nd November.

Microsoft confirms Xbox One apps for launch

Microsoft confirms Xbox One apps for launch

UPDATE: Xbox app Achievements shown, OneGuide UK launch in 2014.

UPDATE: We've known for a while that Microsoft will include Achievements in Xbox One applications, but here's a first look at the awards.

Apps use a new form of Achievements named Challenges which do not offer any Gamerscore. They are however tracked by the Xbox One system - hence the completion percentages shown above.

US app Amazon Instant Video has a Challenge to watch 10 titles before the end of the year, for example.

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Limited Edition white Xbox One sells for 5k in charity eBay auction

The limited edition white Xbox One auctioned on eBay has sold for 5000.

The money goes to GamesAid, which supports UK charities who help disadvantaged and disabled children and young people.

The console was donated by an anonymous member of the UK Xbox team who wanted to use their launch team commemorative special edition Xbox One to raise money for a good cause. Well done anonymous member of the UK Xbox team!

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Xbox One's Kinect code-scanning is lightning-fast

Microsoft shows off its time-saving Kinect feature.

This Kinect feature could be one of the sensor's best upgrades for Xbox One: the ability to scan in and redeem a voucher code without having to enter any fiddly information yourself.

GAME offering PS4 and Xbox One launch night queue jumps

GAME offering PS4 and Xbox One launch night queue jumps

If you pre-pay from two days before.

Pre-pay for your next-gen console at GAME and you'll get a fast-track ticket for launch night that will let you skip the standard queue.

Customers who pay off their console before launch day will be allowed to enter a "fast lane" to quickly exchange their ticket for their shiny new game gubbins and avoid a wait in the cold.

GAME has begun emailing customers with details of the offer, as spotted by NeoGAF and XboxOneForums.

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EA bullish on PS4 and Xbox One launch sales

EA bullish on PS4 and Xbox One launch sales

"Pricing can come down pretty aggressively over the next few years."

With the next generation of consoles nearly upon us, EA, one of the biggest game publishers in the world, has had its say on what it expects from the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Sony has gone on the record to say it will shift five million PlayStation 4 consoles before the financial year's end - 31st March 2014.

Microsoft has yet to gaze into its own crystal ball and predict Xbox One numbers, but in a financial call overnight, EA executives predicted a similar number for the console.

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PS4 and Xbox One both support eight-player party chat at launch

PS4 and Xbox One both support eight-player party chat at launch

But current-gen headsets will have problems.

Good news for people with seven friends - both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will allow for eight-player chat at launch.

PlayStation party chat will allow PS4 and Vita owners to converse with each other, the US PlayStation blog reported. But not all headsets will support party chat at launch.

Anyone hoping to use their PS3 bluetooth headset will need to wait for a post-launch patch in order to do so, even for Sony's own-brand PULSE headphones.

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Microsoft shows off Xbox One's exclusive Machinima features

Microsoft shows off Xbox One's exclusive Machinima features

Watch game walkthroughs in Wingman mode while you play.

Xbox One's Machinima app will let you watch walkthrough videos on your TV as you play, Microsoft revealed in a new video last night.

Dubbed 'Wingman mode', the console's Machinima app can stream videos while snapped to the side of the screen, allowing you to get help and hints without pausing your game.

A full-screen video mode is also available - your gameplay will be paused while watching this. Or alternatively you can watch on a separate SmartGlass-enabled smartphone or tablet.

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Microsoft moves to calm fear over Xbox One advertising

UPDATE: "Will not target ads to you based on any data Kinect collects unless you choose to allow us to do so."

UPDATE 2: A Microsoft spokesperson issued Eurogamer the following statement, telling gamers: "Will not target ads to you based on any data Kinect collects unless you choose to allow us to do so."

Xbox One dashboard demoed in video leak

Instant game loading, switching shown off.

Xbox One's dashboard interface and game switching features have been shown off in a new video, posted by someone in possession of the unreleased console.

UK to get fully-functioning Xbox One voice controls at launch

UK to get fully-functioning Xbox One voice controls at launch

But other countries won't. Sorry Australia.

Xbox One's Kinect voice controls will be fully available at launch in the UK, but the same cannot be said of all launch countries.

The console will arrive this November in 13 "tier one" territories, but just five will get specific voice commands such as "Xbox On": the UK, US, Canada, France and Germany.

10 countries will get at least some voice features, Microsoft director of product planning Albert Penello explained in a post on NeoGAF, while eight languages and regional variations will initially be supported.

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