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Xbox One April update is live, makes stuff better

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware updates, Microsoft, Updates, Xbox One

Xbox One April update is live, makes stuff better

Microsoft has deployed the Xbox One's April firmware update, which contains a whole host of useful fixes and quality of life improvements. From Kinect fine-tuning and audio clarity to friends list tweaks and app updates, there are plenty of unglamorous yet very welcome improvements to be found here.

They've also promised beta previewers that the aggravating disc read errors have finally been squelched - we'll be the judge of that. You can see the headline features after the break (courtesy of Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb).

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Game Buzz | Episode 70 - Fire!

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Amazon, Amy Hennig, Body pillows, Fire TV, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Phil Spencer, Podcast, PWNCAST, Star Wars, Visceral Games

Game Buzz | Episode 70 - Fire!

This week on Game Buzz... We chat about Jon's love of body pillows, we ask if Amazon's Fire TV is likely to be a game-changer, we pay homage to Phil Spencer: King of Xbox, dissect ID@Xbox's controversial parity policy, and congratulate Amy Hennig on her new gig at Visceral Games.

Game Buzz | Episode 70 - Fire!. Recorded 4th April, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Vlambeer's Rami Ismail Talks Luftrausers Success, Microsoft Failures & Nuclear Throne - Video Interview

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Indie Games, Interviews, Luftrausers, Microsoft, PS4, Rezzed 2014, Sony, Videos, Vlambeer, Xbox One

Vlambeer's Rami Ismail Talks Luftrausers Success, Microsoft Failures & Nuclear Throne - Video Interview

Vlambeer's Rami Ismail is a bit of a legend, really. When he's not producing the likes of Super Crate Box, Luftrausers and Nuclear Throne, you'll find him championing indie games and speaking out against Microsoft's restrictive policies.

So naturally we had to grab him for an interview at EGX Rezzed.

Over the course of ten minutes, the Vlambeer guru looks back at Luftrausers' success and reception, discusses some high-level tactics and plane builds, explains why Microsoft's indie parity clause is holding them back and looks forward to the upcoming release of Nuclear Throne.

Gamestop selling Xbox One Titanfall bundle and CoD: Ghosts for £384.99

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Gamestop selling Xbox One Titanfall bundle and CoD: Ghosts for £384.99

Xbox One Titanfall Bundle + CoD Ghosts | Gamestop | £384.99 (save c. £30)
Xbox One ReviewTitanfall Review | CoD: Ghosts last-gen review

If you're looking to buy into Microsoft's new-gen console and love first-person shooters, Gamestop are running an exciting little bundle. You'll get the Titanfall bundle, which includes a copy of Respawn's refreshing shooter, plus Call Of Duty: Ghosts for less than the Titanfall Bundle usually runs by itself - potentially a tasty little saving. Mind you, Ghosts can feel more than a little staid once you're used to wall-running, jumping over rooftops and stomping around in an enormous robot. Thanks to rodedra69 @ HUKD!

'For how good ID@Xbox is, it's awful' - Vlambeer slams Microsoft's indie parity clause

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Indie Games, Luftrausers, Mercenary Kings, Microsoft, Vlambeer, Xbox One

'For how good ID@Xbox is, it's awful' - Vlambeer slams Microsoft's indie parity clause

'We want to reward Sony for having the best terms'

Vlambeer producer Rami Ismail is a veritable indie champion, originally responsible for bringing Microsoft's 'parity clause' into the public eye several months ago. Developers are forced to release simultaneously or first on Xbox platforms, which simply isn't possible for most smaller independent outfits due to the massive extra workload and potentially having to renege on existing agreements.

A few months on, and nothing much has changed - meaning that ID@Xbox still has a major thorn in its side and Vlambeer's excellent dogfighting shooter Luftrausers will never release on Xbox One. As you'd expect, Ismail has a few choice words for the company following months of negotiations, but hopes that things will improve.

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Phil Spencer becomes King Of Xbox - we approve

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Xbox

Phil Spencer becomes King Of Xbox - we approve

Well, technically "head of Microsoft's Xbox division," but that doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

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Xbox One preview firmware still causing disc errors, but fixes are forthcoming

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware Update, Microsoft, Update, Xbox One

Xbox One preview firmware still causing disc errors, but fixes are forthcoming

Xbox One's preview programme allows console owners to get to grips with major firmware updates ahead of time, enjoying new functionality and tweaks weeks before they're officially deployed... but as with any beta there are always risks. Numerous participants have reported several worrying disc drive errors over the last fortnight, as a result of installing April's offering.

Luckily Microsoft have taken feedback on board and promise to squash these bugs in the official release, and the workaround reads like a scene from the IT Crowd.

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Xbox One: No cross-play, no War Thunder

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Actin games, Combat Flight Sims, Cross-Play, F2P, Gaijin Entertainment, Microsoft, War Thunder, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One: No cross-play, no War Thunder

War Thunder will not be coming to Xbox One any time soon. Why? Well, apparently because Microsoft won't allow cross-play between PC and Xbox One, according to the game's publisher Gaijin Entertainment.

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Watch out, Xbox One griefers - Microsoft's gunning for you

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Reputation, Xbox One

Watch out, Xbox One griefers - Microsoft's gunning for you

No Twitch For Twits

Griefers, quitters, trolls and other aggravating online denizens can make Xbox Live a much more toxic place than it ought to be... but apparently this might be about to change.

As promised, Microsoft are preparing to roll out the Xbox One's revamped reputation system later this week, which is designed to punish serial offenders and scare potential griefers into perfect gentlemen. Whether it works is another matter entirely.

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Xbox One gears up for massive Tomb Raider & Thief digital discounts

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One gears up for massive Tomb Raider & Thief digital discounts

Microsoft recently held an "experiment" into competitive digital pricing by offering a 50% discount on Ryse: Son Of Rome, and we half-expected that to be the end of it.

Nope. Microsoft has announced that Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and recently-released Thief will soon receive enormous discounts on the Xbox Live marketplace, bringing them down to less than £25.

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Xbox One, Titanfall & Thief for £399.99 at Argos

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One, Titanfall & Thief for £399.99 at Argos

Xbox One Titanfall Bundle & Thief | Argos | £399.99 (save £20-30)
Titanfall Review | Thief Review

If you're in the market for an Xbox One, you might be interested in a neat little bundle from Argos. £399.99 is the base RRP for the Xbox One's Titanfall bundle, but for the same price, you can also nab yourself a copy of Thief - saving yourself a few quid in the process. Note that you'll have to add £3.95 for home delivery if you're not willing/able to reserve and collect. Thanks to crosswski @ HUKD!

Titanfall is excellent, but bear in mind that Thief isn't exactly a return to form. Far from it, in fact. Matt describes it as the "Dark, Messy, And Slightly Broken Project" in our full review, though he reckons it's actually pretty good if you select appropriate difficulty settings and disable assists.

Xbox One getting friend notifications & Kinect improvements next month

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One getting friend notifications & Kinect improvements next month

Microsoft have been patching the Xbox One like crazy over the last two months, and aren't stopping yet. A new firmware update is slated to roll out next month which will add friend notifications, improve Game DVR quality and improve the accuracy of Kinect's voice commands.

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Gameseek teases £299.99 Xbox One deal - coming "later this week"

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Gameseek teases £299.99 Xbox One deal - coming "later this week"

Gameseek plan to sell Xbox One consoles for £299.99 "later this week," including a digital copy of FIFA 14. Their new Co-Buy promotion (in conjunction with Buyapowa) acts like a flash sale in which the price drops as more customers show interest or make a purchase.

Stocks will be limited, as will the duration of the sale. You can sign up for a notification email if you're interested.

Homebrew driver makes Xbox One controller PC-compatible

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, PC, Xbox One, Xbox One Controller

Homebrew driver makes Xbox One controller PC-compatible

The Xbox One controller isn't compatible with PCs yet, despite Sony's DualShock 4 packing the functionality as standard, but a homebrew developer has managed to create a workaround. Lucas Assis freely shared his new driver online, explaining how to use and install it in a new video. Check it out after the break.

"Be aware this is a temporary solution so don't expect it to work 100 per cent," Assis explained, "but it does work for now until Microsoft releases the proper drivers." Install at your own risk, but hey, hopefully this will make Microsoft stop sitting on their hands.

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Why We're Still Waiting On Next-Gen

Author:
Matt Gardner
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Features
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inFamous: Second Son, Microsoft, Next-gen, PS4 games, Sony, Titanfall, Xbox One Games

Why We're Still Waiting On Next-Gen

I've said a couple of times this year already that you could be forgiven for forgetting that we'd even had not one, but two next-gen consoles release at the end of 2013, such is the dearth of activity that we've seen in the early part of 2014. That's changed a little in recent weeks as the Titanfall hype train has begun to gather steam and bundles have started appearing for Respawn's shooter on Xbox One and Sucker Punch's latest inFamous title on the PS4.

But for me at least, there's still a sense that although I've bought the ticket and am standing, waiting for the arrival of this heralded new generation, not much has changed as yet, and that aside from some shinier graphics here and there, the new box is pretty much the same as the old box -- at least in terms of what's on offer.

Dead Rising 3 stood out for its scale, allowing for zombie-mashing on a previously unimagined level. It's an enormously important thing -- an expansive feature only made possible thanks to increased power, that fundamentally ties into the central core of the gameplay. It's brilliant, though somewhat marred by the inescapable torrent of insulting tripe that's forming the game's DLC menu -- the less said about that, the better.

Why We're Still Waiting On Next-Gen

We should note too the shining, shimmering splendour of Killzone: Shadow Fall. It's still the only next-gen title to really drop my jaw in terms of visuals, and it did a fine job of selling the power of the PS4. Sadly, though, that's about the only thing it did a fine job of, trading the potential and promise of its first level for something wholly generic, unimaginative, and laborious.

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FACT DUMP: Xbox One March Update now live, more to come this month

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Microsoft, Twitch, Xbox One

FACT DUMP: Xbox One March Update now live, more to come this month

It's here, the massive Xbox One March Update is finally rolling out across the world, and you can check out the whole list of new features after the jump (including Twitch integration, Dolby support, improved Friends lists and party chat), along with a bunch of other stuff that Microsoft have announced will also be coming this month.

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Civilization Revolution & Dungeon Defenders are this month's Xbox Live Gold freebies

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Free games, Games With Gold, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

Civilization Revolution & Dungeon Defenders are this month's Xbox Live Gold freebies

Microsoft have revealed this month's selection of 'Games With Gold' for Xbox Live Gold members to freely download and keep forever. Civilization Revolution is your current kickback, which is available to download right now from the Xbox Live Marketplace. The 4X console adaptation met with universal critical acclaim... admittedly back in 2008.

Grab it while you can, because XBLA title Dungeon Defenders will replace it from March 16th. This is no bad thing, though, because Trendy Entertainment's RPG/tower defence hybrid is utterly sensational, and deserves to get a fresh new influx of players onto its servers.

As always, be sure to let us know what you make of the selection - and whether you think Microsoft is successfully competing with PlayStation Plus.

Get a free game with the £399.99 Xbox One Titanfall bundle from Zavvi

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Get a free game with the £399.99 Xbox One Titanfall bundle from Zavvi

Xbox One Titanfall bundle & extra game | Zavvi | £399.99

Zavvi are selling the Xbox One solus for £369.99, but an extra £30 will net you two games. One of them has to be Titanfall (I'm not hearing any complaints!), but the other is your choice of Forza 5, Dead Rising 3, Ryse or Zoo Tycoon. We'd recommend the first two in terms of bang/buck ratio. Thanks to Gazhtbm @ HUKD!

Game Buzz | Episode 66 - Well Played, Microsoft

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Dead Rising 3, Game Buzz, God Of War, Microsoft, Nintendo, Podcast, PWNCAST, season pass, Sony Santa Monica Studios, Starbreeze, Titanfall, Xbox One

Game Buzz | Episode 66 - Well Played, Microsoft

It's Game Buzz time, folks! Ready your eardrums for some magnificent waffle as we dive into the hottest topics from the industry from the past seven days.

This week, we discuss Microsoft's Xbox One UK price cut and Titanfall bundle -- is it a big middle finger to Day One buyers? We also chat about Nintendo entering the mobile space in the wake of hedge fund manager Seth Fischer's open letter to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, we have a gander at Sony Santa Monica's cancellation of their four-year, new IP, and we hand out our Winners and Losers of the Week as per usual.

Strap yourselves in, folks; this one's a good 'un!

Game Buzz | Episode 66 - Well Played, Microsoft. Recorded 28th February, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Xbox One TV fix due in a "matter of weeks," party system overhaul gets demo video

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Firmware Update, Microsoft, Xbox One

The Xbox One's lacklustre party formation and friends options were an annoying sticking point at launch, throwing up all manner of annoying workflow issues, but Microsoft are gearing up to respond to feedback ahead of Titanfall's launch. A new firmware update is slated to roll out on March 11th, containing a completely revamped party interface and a 'recent players' list to efficiently add new acquaintances to your friends list.

It's a welcome if overdue update, which you can see in action by way of a new video fronted by Microsoft PR guru Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb and engineer Richard Irvin. However, once sorted, they'll be free to address some uniquely European concerns.

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