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Pirates beware - Windows 10 is coming for your games

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
News
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Microsoft, PC games, Windows 10

Pirates beware - Windows 10 is coming for your games

If you have any illegally downloaded games, you may be in for a shock when you push the button on that free Windows 10 upgrade you naughty pirate. According to the terms and conditions or EULA (End User License Agreement), Microsoft will have the right to disable pirated titles they detect on your system. Take a look: 

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Upgrading to Windows 10 | A Gamer’s guide to the big switch

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Microsoft, PC games, Windows 10

Upgrading to Windows 10 | A Gamer’s guide to the big switch

Today is the big day – Windows 10 is launching worldwide. To mark the occasion, we thought we would collate all the information about Microsoft’s new OS and how it relates to PC gamers. After all, regardless of whether you think being an early adopter is exciting or foolish, there are many gamers that will be making the switch as soon as they are able. So take a look through our handy guide as we explain what is new, what to watch out for, and which games are confirmed to run on the new OS – along with those that definitely won’t.

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EXPIRED: Get an Xbox One console 500GB with £50 Rakuten credit for £249.99

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Games consoles, Microsoft, Rakuten, ShopTo, Xbox One

EXPIRED: Get an Xbox One console 500GB with £50 Rakuten credit for £249.99
UPDATE: Aaaaaand it's out of stock. We'll let you know if more become available!

This one's an interesting and tempting deal, provided there are other things on Rakuten that you wish to buy. With the 20X reward points promotion currently ongoing, this listing from ShopTo means that you're effectively getting an Xbox One console for £200. You can then use the £50 credit to get a game (or games) of your choice to go with it, although they will almost certainly be delivered separately. Thanks to quano @ HUKD!

Don't forget that you will need an Xbox Live subscription to play games online, so why not check out our cheap Xbox Live Gold & Xbox Live Gift Cards guide to help you get sorted?

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition drops to £24.99 at Zavvi

Author:
BuzzDuraband
Category:
Deals
Tags:
E3, Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition, Microsoft, Xbox One, Zavvi

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition drops to £24.99 at Zavvi

Following months and months of speculation that circulated the internet (as it does) of a possible remaster to the highly rated Gears of War title we were finally presented with leaked footage of the title back in May via YouTube thanks to the ever so covert user SparCkL.

Admittedly not the best video footage we have ever seen, we could however take from it that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition would run at 60fps in multiplayer, featuring new cutscenes with a whole suite of familiar game modes.

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

Author:
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
Category:
News
Tags:
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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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
Category:
Deals
Tags:
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...

Author:
BuzzDuraband
Category:
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
Tags:
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
Category:
Features
Tags:
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
Category:
Features
Tags:
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

Author:
BuzzDuraband
Category:
Deals
Tags:
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

Author:
BuzzDuraband
Category:
Deals
Tags:
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]

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
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
Tags:
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
Tags:
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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