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Microsoft: "we need to do better in Europe" as PS4 claims 70-90% market share

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Xbox One

Microsoft: "we need to do better in Europe" as PS4 claims 70-90% market share

Microsoft reckons that they need to step things up in the Europe, even as Sony comes out swinging with some astonishing claims.

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Microsoft confirm their Gamescom plans - hopefully they can score an open goal

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Crackdown, Gamescom 2015, Microsoft, Quantum Break, Scalebound, Xbox One

Microsoft confirm their Gamescom plans - hopefully they can score an open goal

Microsoft held back their big 2016 games at E3 this year, which arguably hurt them in the short term as their rivals merrily splurged on loads of big yet depressingly distant games.

However, Xbox is set to make some serious noise at Gamescom in August, at which Microsoft will be going in heavy with Scalebound, Crackdown and Quantum Break just for starters. Considering that Sony won't be holding a presser and Nintendo are Nintendo, they have an open goal and a prime opportunity to wow us with their upcoming wares.

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HoloLens will be used on the International Space Station

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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HoloLens, Microsoft

HoloLens will be used on the International Space Station

HoloLens may have delighted E3 audiences with that silly Minecraft demo, but NASA are putting Microsoft's new wearable tech to more practical use. Forget Los Angeles, because this weekend they'll be sending up two pairs to the International Space Station.

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The limited edition Forza 6 Xbox One has racing stripes and makes car noises

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Forza Motorsport 6, Microsoft, Racing Games, Xbox One

The limited edition Forza 6 Xbox One has racing stripes and makes car noises

It also packs a 1TB hard drive, but making "vroom" noises when you turn it on is clearly the major selling point.

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Xbox One dashboard transformation introduces Cortana

Author:
BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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Cortana, Dashboard Update, Kinect, Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One dashboard transformation introduces Cortana

We're told that gaming will get better on the Xbox One with the introduction of the new and improved Xbox One Dashboard. In what looks like a major shift away from the current 'metro' theme Microsoft have seemingly focused on a more simple, speed enhanced design.

A double tap on the Xbox One home button will slide in a pane from the left of your screen for easy access to your friends list, notifications, messages and even some important settings you may wish to access quite often without having to delve to far into the consoles options.

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HoloLens looks incredible, but we hope it won't cost this much...

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BuzzDuraband
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News
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E3, HoloLens, Microsoft, ShopTo

HoloLens looks incredible, but we hope it won't cost this much...

With a release date not quite confirmed in ink yet for the HoloLens it's quite difficult to estimate what the price tag for this device is going to stand at, although we fully expect to be looking somewhere in the £300 - £600 region,HoloLens looks incredible, but we hope it won't cost this much... possibly feeling quite comfortable pushing our wallets to the £1000 given the absolutely amazing Minecraft demo we witnessed as a part of Microsoft's E3 presentation.

Shopto.net have just recently listed the Microsoft HoloLens on their website and although it is quite clearly displayed as 'TBC' using the integrated HotUKDeals share button revealed somewhat of a surprise to us...

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This week's Deals with Gold

Author:
BuzzDuraband
Category:
Deals
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Deals With Gold, Dishonored, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, GTA IV, GTA V, Microsoft, Skyrim, Xbox 360, Xbox One

This week's Deals with Gold

This week's deals with gold have been announced and are as follows:

Xbox One

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Did Microsoft choose the wrong stage demo for Rise of the Tomb Raider at E3?

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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E3 2015, Microsoft, Rise Of The Tomb Raider, Square Enix, Xbox One Games

Well, that's more like it Microsoft and Square-Enix! The new extended gameplay demo of Rise of the Tomb Raider is a considerable improvement over the arguably dull E3 2015 appearance. So much so, it's hard to imagine why Microsoft went for the video they did for their on-stage gameplay reveal over the new one released over the weekend.

The timed Xbox exclusive is one of the year's biggest releases and the gameplay reveal at E3 was one of our most anticipated parts of Microsoft's show. But then it happened and they turned E3 into QTE3. It wasn't a bad demo by any means, but there was a heavy focus on quick-time-events and climbing rather than showing us extended on-foot scenes. Tomb Raider scenes.

Did Microsoft choose the wrong stage demo for Rise of the Tomb Raider at E3?

This latest trailer will restore any faith that may have dwindled as you watched Lara bounce off the side of a mountain in the mother of all blizzards. Seriously Lara, check the weather ahead next time, yeah? The new demo takes place straight after the E3 one, where we find Lara picking herself up after somehow not dying after tumbling down the mountain and using her face to smash through walls of ice.

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Game Buzz Extra | Who won E3 2015?

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Features
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E3 2015, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Nintendo, PWNCAST, Sony

Game Buzz Extra | Who won E3 2015?

With the dust mostly settled from 3 days of press conferences and whole bunch of surprise announcements, the Game Buzz returns to answer that most important of questions - who won this year's E3? Join Carl, Jon and Brendan as they discuss their personal highlights and disappointments, along with the technicalities of spontaneous internet memes and JRPG naming conventions. As you do.

Game Buzz Extra | Who won E3 2015? - Recorded 17th June, 2015.

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, dreadful impressions, and terrible puns.

E3 2015 Press Conference Reactions and Feature Article Roundup

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
Tags:
Bethesda, E3 2015, EA, Microsoft, Nintendo, Oculus Rift, Sony, Ubisoft

E3 2015 Press Conference Reactions and Feature Article Roundup

Wow, the press conferences at E3 2015 were some of the best we've ever seen. It's been enormously difficult to find a clear winner between the big guns and the smaller publishers all had some quality games on show. Honestly, we're still recovering from Bethesda's Fallout 4 reveal though.

If you missed the live pressers (because you have a decent sleeping pattern), fear not, we braved the small hours to give your our team impressions from the Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda and Oculus Rift conferences. Take a look at the links below and let us know what has you excited from E3 2015.

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Xbox One Elite Controller only £44.97

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BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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E3, GameStop, Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Elite controller

Xbox One Elite Controller only £44.97

Update: The Xbox One Elite Controller now seems to have made quite a clever disappearing act from Gamestop. It is however listed at Shopt.net for £49.85

So we learned yesterday all about Microsofts new toy. The Xbox One Elite Controller is simply a beast. With an RRP of $149.99 we don't think it was intended to be offered to us as a cheap luxury which has me thinking somebody hasn't told the guys over at Gamestop where they currently have it listed for £44.97.

There is a very high chance that this could become somewhat of a minor pricing error (you would be right in thinking somebody has missed a 1 off in there somewhere) but as the old saying goes "you gotta be in it to win it". Good luck guys.

HoloLens dedicated Minecraft confirmed at E3

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BuzzDuraband
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Deals
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E3, E3 2015, HoloLens, Microsoft, Minecraft, Mojang

HoloLens dedicated Minecraft confirmed at E3

We really are excited about HoloLens and the amazing advantages it appears to be able to bring to gaming when it is finally released. I personally have no time for Minecraft, even though I can see why others do and why they are more than happy to spend countless hours in their little worlds... until now.

Mojang's "Director of Fun" Lydia Winters took to the stage today during the Microsoft E3 presentation to demonstrate for us a HoloLens dedicated version of Minecraft, and it was fantastic!

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E3 megaton: Microsoft announces Xbox One backwards compatibility [UPDATE]

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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E3 2015, Microsoft, Xbox One

E3 megaton: Microsoft announces Xbox One backwards compatibility [UPDATE]

Microsoft has announced that you'll soon be able to play your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One.

Yes, really.

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Game Buzz Extra | The countdown to E3

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Bethesda Softworks, E3 2015, EA, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Nintendo, Oculus Rift, Podcasts, PWNCAST, Sony, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Valve

Game Buzz Extra | The countdown to E3

With E3 right around the corner, it just wouldn't have felt right to not get the Dealspwn team together to discuss the incoming storm of gameplay reveals, shocking announcements, and terrible on-stage banter. So, we've brought back the beast that refuses to die - welcome to another edition of Game Buzz Extra! In this E3 Special, Carl, Jon and Brendan discuss yesterday's Oculus Rift conference before diving into their hopes and expectations for the rest of the pressers. Highlights include some of Jon's blue-sky-thinking, Brendan's surprising suggestion of what Sony will bring, and Carl warning all against any mentions of a certain remake.

Game Buzz Extra | The countdown to E3 - Recorded 12th June, 2015.

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, dreadful impressions, and terrible puns.

The Oculus Microsoft partnership is absolutely bizarre - and potentially brilliant

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
Microsoft, Oculus, Oculus Rift, Virtual Reality, Xbox One

During their pre-E3 show yesterday, Oculus announced a partnership with Microsoft. I'm still pinching myself.

It's bizarre in a number of respects. First of all, the way in which the Rift will be used for Xbox One games is quirky to the extreme and a world away from what you'd expect.

As opposed to offering true virtual reality for Xbox One titles, Rift wearers will find themselves in a virtual cinema, while the game is streamed onto a virtual screen in front of them (in 2D). In effect, you're just swapping your real TV or monitor for a virtual TV or monitor. I'm struggling to see the point, but as a fan of new gaming experiences, I love just how bonkers it is.

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Oculus Rift rundown of new details and new controllers

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Features
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Chronos, E3 2015, Edge of Nowhere, Microsoft, Oculus Rift, PC games, Virtual Reality, Xbox One Games

Oculus Rift rundown of new details and new controllers

The consumer model of the Oculus Rift has just been unveiled via a live stage show broadcast on Twitch. Here are all the updated details about the Virtual Reality headset that you've been waiting for along with the new game announcement details and some incredible details about TWO new controller input options that have just been confirmed.

Coming in Q1 2016, the Virtual Reality headset has been eagerly awaited for the last few years since smashing its kickstarter goal and more recently, being acquired by Facebook for millions. And we're edging ever closer to making Virtual Reality an actual reality. So how about some details about that consumer model headset? First up, it's no longer this awkward, large and bulky set of boxes and straps. The ergonomics of the headset have been tweaked over the years to create a lightweight unit, that can be put on with the simplicity of a baseball cap.

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Xbox One wireless controller adapter will only work with Windows 10 PCs

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, PC accessories, Xbox One Wireless Controller Adapter

Xbox One wireless controller adapter will only work with Windows 10 PCs

Do you want the good news or the bad news?

Seeing as it's all there in the headline, let's go ahead and do both.

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Xbox One: Microsoft confirms 1TB model and makes the price cut permanent

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One: Microsoft confirms 1TB model and makes the price cut permanent

In advance of E3, Microsoft has come out swinging with some major announcements that confirm some of the internet's worst-kept secrets.

First up, they've officially announced the brand new Xbox One 1TB model, which is now on sale for £349.99. We've been complaining about how quickly 500GB fills up, so this will be a godsend to many players. However, if you don't need the extra space or plan to use an external hard drive, you won't have to pay as much for the console itself.

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1TB PS4 and Xbox One models are appallingly overdue

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Brendan Griffiths
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Features
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Microsoft, PS4, PS4 Hard Drive, Sony, Xbox One

1TB PS4 and Xbox One models are appallingly overdue

Hands up. Whose PS4 or Xbox One is completely full already? Quite a few of you we imagine, especially seeing as most games seem to move in with about 40GB of space on your hard-drive.

Today we've heard leaks about a new 1TB hard-drive PS4 model and the rumours of an Xbox One slim with a bigger drive have been doing the rounds too. Of course, PS4 owners can buy their own 1TB drive and install it and there was briefly a 1TB XO (the COD model), but why the hell has it taken Sony and Microsoft so long to wake up to the fact the 500GB drive is a joke?

Gone are the days of optional installs from discs to make games run faster as we saw on the PS3 and Xbox 360. As soon as you put that disc in, it unloads itself onto your drive. And that's not the end of the problem, as games like Destiny and Call of Duty receive frequent updates to prepare for DLC expansions. They seemingly download the map content to your install file, even if you have no intention of buying an activation key for it.

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Microsoft E3 2015 Predictions - "Xbox smells blood in the water"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
E3 2015, Halo 5, Microsoft, Xbox One

Microsoft E3 2015 Predictions - "Xbox smells blood in the water"

E3 is almost upon us and you can practically taste the hype. It tastes... delicious.

Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Square Enix and even PC Gamer are stepping up to the plate with major press conferences and livestreamed events, kicking off on June 14th. You can expect fierce rivalries, gamesmanship and some shock reveals as the big players attempt to one-up each other and steal the show.

So it's high time we kicked off our annual season of prediction articles with Microsoft, who promise nothing less than the "greatest games lineup in Xbox history." Here's what we expect to see from their E3 presentation, which you can watch here, as well as what we'd personally love (and hate) to see them announce.

Jonathan

Microsoft E3 2015 Predictions - "Xbox smells blood in the water"

I fully expect the Microsoft showcase to go in heavy and take no prisoners, because there's a good chance that Xbox smells blood in the water. With Uncharted 4 and Zelda delayed, they've got an open goal this Christmas and you'd better believe that they plan on gaining some serious ground.

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