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Black Friday: GAME to sell Xbox One with 4 games for £299.99 in-store [UPDATE - and online!]

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Black Friday, Console bundles, Xbox One

Black Friday: GAME to sell Xbox One with 4 games for £299.99 in-store [UPDATE - and online!]

UPDATE: GAME have confirmed that this deal will also be available online from midnight!

Numerous GAME branches are set to open at midnight tonight in order to deliver some Black Friday bargains, and a new TV advert suggests that an Xbox One bundle might be the cream of the crop.

HUKD member AJ92 spotted the commercial and grabbed a picture, clearly showing that the high street retailer plans to sell an Xbox One with Forza 5 GOTY Edition, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Unity , LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and £5 Xbox Live Credit for £299.99, which is a seriously sizzling deal.

However, it's almost certainly going to only be available in-store, while stocks last, and potentially at the manager's discretion. GAME's Black Friday page bears no mention of the deal, so you may need to brave the crowds and stake your claim in order to get involved. We'll let you know if the offer becomes available online, and I'd suggest finding your local GAME branch on Twitter to confirm that they're open late tonight.

Make sure to check out our definitive Black Friday UK buyer's guide!

Heads-up! White Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive & extra controller only £319 at Tesco on Black Friday

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Black Friday, Console bundles, Xbox One

Heads-up! White Xbox One, Sunset Overdrive & extra controller only £319 at Tesco on Black Friday

Tesco have revealed a sizzling Xbox One bundle deal that will be going live from tomorrow. You'll be able to get a white limited edition Sunset Overdrive Xbox One bundle and an extra controller for £319.99. Alternatively you could swap out the console for a standard edition black unit with FIFA 15 or Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed Unity.

You can currently see the prices on site, but the deals aren't live yet! Here are the links for your bookmarks:

Not cheap enough for you? Okay, then how about some vouchers. TDXR-WRTP grants £15 off £75 for some existing customers (try it and see), while you can set up a new account to get £10 off with the TDX-7KPG. Worth bearing in mind, but we'll keep shopping around to find you the best deals in what's likely to be a crazy few days. Thanks to Assassin82 @ HUKD!

Xbox One with five big games only £369.85 at ShopTo

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Console bundles, Xbox One

Xbox One with five big games only £369.85 at ShopTo

Black Friday approaches, but retailers are already offloading a whole heap of stock with some great deals. ShopTo's eBay outlet recently offered a smashing 5-game Xbox One bundle deal for a shade under £350, and though out of stock, the main store is offering the same deal an extra £20 -- which is still a saving.

The five Xbox One games are really rather good (so we'll link to our reviews!): Titanfall, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Forza 5, Battlefield 4 and Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. A great haul at a great price despite the original eBay deal. Even if you don't get on board now, this is the sort of level you want to match or beat come Black Friday. Thanks to preparationiskey @ HUKD!

Happy Birthday New-Gen! | Game Buzz #98

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Game Buzz, Podcast, PS4, PWNCAST, Wii U, Xbox One

Happy Birthday New-Gen! | Game Buzz #98

With the PS4 and Xbox One both one year old, we take a look at this first full year of the new generation, and also ask which console gamers be picking up this Christmas.

Game Buzz | Episode 98 - Happy Birthday New-Gen! Recorded 21st November, 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

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Xbox One: A Year in Review - Spencer the Saviour

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Staff
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Features
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Microsoft, Phil Spencer, Sunset Overdrive, Titanfall, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One: A Year in Review - Spencer the Saviour

The Xbox One has its first birthday tomorrow, and so we took the chance to cast our eyes back over the first twelve months of Microsoft's latest console to reflect on how it's performed after a rocky release, in a year where there's been a personnel change at the top and the competition has raced ahead to an early sales lead. Has the Xbox One managed to turn things around?

Jon

Phil Spencer bared his fangs and proved his mettle this year.

The new head of Xbox inherited a disaster in the making. Don Mattrick had totally sabotaged the Xbox brand, rolling out an insanely expensive media centre with functionality most devices and smart TVs already made obsolete, packing an admittedly excellent peripheral that nobody really wanted, stacked to the gunwhales with microtransactions and controversial  features. The Xbox One sold modestly well on the strength of its fanbase, some decent launch titles and Titanfall, but it soon became apparent that the bloated "entertainment system" was a sitting duck as Sony and even Nintendo started pulling ahead. Spencer faced an impossible situation.

Xbox One: A Year in Review - Spencer the Saviour

There's only one thing you can do in an impossible situation. Triage. Save what you can, then let everything else burn.

What followed was a ruthless, desperate and frankly magnificent campaign of revisions, U-turns and scorched-earth decisions as the new guard dismantled Mattrick's monstrosity into a console that might actually sell. Kinect was thrown under the bus. The RRP was hacked down to undercut the PS4, margins be damned, followed by some ludicrous bundles. Xbox Live Gold was declawed, and permanent free games were rolled out. Firmware updates weren't delivered annually, they were delivered every single month come what may.

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Xbox One Console down to £264.99

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
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console deals, Xbox One

Xbox One Console down to £264.99

We've had some fantastic console bundle deals for the Xbox One, even before Black Friday comes around. But for those of you wanting to pick your own games, or maybe PS4 owners that want to grab an Xbox One for cheap, this is a great deal as you can get the solus console for a mere £264.99. To get that price, you'll need to pay via credit card, but if you insist on using PayPal, it'll cost you an extra fiver, which is still the cheapest price on the market.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Get an Xbox One with five games for just £349.99 from ShopTo (via eBay)

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Console bundles, Games deals, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Get an Xbox One with five games for just £349.99 from ShopTo (via eBay)

It may not be Black Friday yet, but it sure as hell feels like it with deals like this appearing. Although doesn't include the latest titles, or include a Kinect camera, this Xbox One bundle is a fantastic bargain with five well received games at just £350.

Titanfall, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Forza 5, Battlefield 4, and Metal Gear Solid V are included here. If you've been holding out on jumping to the current crop of consoles, this might be the right time to do so. Thanks to coolboy101 @ HUKD for the find!

Xbox One turns One this week, Microsoft gives away celebratory tat

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Microsoft, Xbox One

Xbox One turns One this week, Microsoft gives away celebratory tat

It's nearly been one year since the Xbox One launched, and what a year it's been. A £429 entertainment system became a £329 console in less than twelve months, and we've had a front row seat on a seriously wild ride. To celebrate, Microsoft are giving away some digital tat!

Well, perhaps that's a bit harsh. Everyone will get a free rental of Halo: Forward Unto Dawn (which is on Netflix, oops), a gamer picture, some backgrounds, a PC wallpaper and... no, it's fair. Every Xbox One owner will be entered into a DLC prize draw, which is nice, though us Europeans don't get to win the physical rewards and bundles.

Nevertheless, this shouldn't diminish what the Xbox One has accomplished this year: turning a bloated box on the rocks into a fierce affordable and attractive console with a fantastic games lineup. We'll run our Xbox One Year In Review piece soon, and for now, why not mug up on our Xbox One Christmas Buyer's Guide?

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Get an Xbox One with PES 2015 for only £299.99 at Zavvi

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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PES 2015, Xbox One

Get an Xbox One with PES 2015 for only £299.99 at Zavvi

The ultimate console price war continues with yet another cheap Xbox One bundle. This footy fan-pleasing package includes the Xbox One console and PES 2015 for £299.99, which is £30 less than the solus console is supposed to cost by itself!

The Xbox One has become a fierce little gaming machine with some great exclusives and useful functionality, while PES 2015 is genuinely reckoned to be something akin to a return to form. It took long enough! Anyway, yet another option to think about before Black Friday rolls around. Thanks to Gooner @ HUKD!

Microsoft started the bloodiest price war in console history

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Microsoft, PS4, Sony, Xbox One

Microsoft started the bloodiest price war in console history

I've never seen a price war like this before.

Sure, console manufacturers and retailers tend to sling together a few bundles ahead of Christmas and Black Friday, but usually it's a token effort intended to make the most money from put-upon parents, Christmas presents and stocking fillers before the big January sales. Often we even see prices go up to grab as much Christmas cash as possible, and false savings instead of real discounts.

Now, however, Microsoft has broken the rules and started a console bundle price war of monstrous proportions, where there's only likely to be one winner.

Us!

Microsoft started the bloodiest price war in console history

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Get an Xbox One with GTA V & Forza 5 GOTY Edition for just £329 from Amazon

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Games consoles, hardware deals, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Get an Xbox One with GTA V & Forza 5 GOTY Edition for just £329 from AmazonIt might not be a part of Amazon's Black Friday countdown promotion, but this Xbox One bundle is still worth bringing to you attention. Coming in at a price normally for just the base console, the fact it comes with two well received games makes it all the sweeter. Plus, you know, the huge saving.

The remastered version of Grand Theft Auto V has been getting rave reviews, making it yet another last-gen port given new life on current-gen consoles. Meanwhile, Forza 5 doesn't quite hit the heights of its predecessor, but petrolheads will no doubt enjoy the luscious visuals it provides during the driving experience. Thanks to TheMo123 @ HUKD!

Xbox One Christmas Buyer's Guide

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Buyer's Guide, Xbox One

Xbox One Christmas Buyer's Guide

With Christmas and Black Friday fast approaching, it's time for our annual console buyer's guides packed with useful advice, cheap console bundle deals and the best games bargains for the hottest software. To kick off: The Xbox One, which has experienced a very interesting twelve months.

What a difference a year makes. A change in leadership and focus saw a £429.99 entertainment centre become a £329.99 console, making the much-vaunted Kinect sensor 2.0 obsolete in the process. More importantly, though, the Xbox One is now a thoroughbred games machine and currently boasts a superior lineup than Sony's contender. This will likely change come Spring 2015, but for now, the best games really are on Xbox One.

Xbox One Bundle Deals!

Xbox One Christmas Buyer's Guide

Let's start strong with the best Xbox One bundle deals, before moving on to buying advice and the game collection. The recent price cut has sparked a massive retailer price war, and even if you want to hold off for some hot Black Friday deals, this is the sort of level you need to match or beat.

For those of you who want to be spoiled for choice on the games front. ShopTo are currently running a great big £400 bundle deal with five big games, including GTA V, Advanced Warfare, Forza 5, Titanfall and Wolfenstein: The New Order. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

However, Halo fans may be better served with GAME's cheap Xbox One Bundle containing Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Advanced Warfare, Forza 5 and a game of your choice for £359.99, leaving you with a little extra spending money. Thanks to sonic6080 @ HUKD!

Assassin's Creed fans might also want to consider this sneaky stabby alternative from Tesco -- remember to use their TDX-7KPG voucher code and set up a new account if necessary! Thanks to Gooner @ HUKD!

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Xbox One console bundle has five AAA games for £399.85

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, console deals, hardware deals, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Xbox One console bundle has five AAA games for £399.85

We've been saying the Black Friday Xbox One console deals have started early, but this leads the way for console bundle deals. A 500GB Xbox One, Grand Theft Auto V, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Forza 5 GOTY Edition, Titanfall and Wolfenstein: The New Order. All fantastic games if we're honest and titles that would be near the top of most people's most wanted lists if they were looking at buying an Xbox One for Christmas. As far as cheap console bundles go, that's the best I've seen.

That's all you need to know really. I'd act fast, because that deal is going to get seriously hot!

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 14/11/14 | Spectacular Xbox One Bundles and 12 free games

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Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
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Console bundles, Daily Deals, Freebies, Games deals roundup, Xbox One

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 14/11/14 | Spectacular Xbox One Bundles and 12 free games

There are some seriously hot Xbox One console bundle deals to be had ahead of Black Friday, and we've got the rest of today's hottest gaming bargains and console bundle deals for you as well. Welcome to the Daily Gaming Deals Roundup.

Metal Gear Solid 4 just £2.99 pre-owned at GAME

  • Still an absolutely stunning game. Thanks loopylloyd!

Pick up the Theme Rollercoaster Bundle for £6.66 at GOG

  • Contains Rollercoaster Tycoon 1-3 and Theme Park.

Tales of Monkey Island just £2.19 at GOG

  • You're going to be seeing a lot of GOG on here for the next few days. Nice spot jaystan!

Plenty of Wii U games for under £10

  • Get that SPEND10 voucher ready! Great job by oUkTuRkEyIII!

Grab an Xbox One + Forza V GOTY + another game for £329 at Amazon

  • Choose from COD: Advanced Warfare, Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within, FIFA 1, Disney Infinity, Halo: MCC and more!

Far Cry 4 and GTA V from £35.99 at Rakuten

  • Cheapest pre-order prices around, but you'll need the MSERAK10 code.

Xbox One Console With Halo: MCC, COD: Advanced Warfare, Forza 5 GOTY + another game for £359.99 at GAME

  • Choose from Titanfall, Transformers, LEGO Marvel or Spider Man 2. Nice one sonic6080!

Games Voucher of the Day

Green Man Gaming's 20% off voucher is still hot to trot: NOVEMB-ERGMGX-20XOFF

Freebie of the Day

Fancy 12 free games from GOG? Great spot by rocktunes28!

Additionally, remember to check in seven times at the GOG front page for your free copy of The Witcher 2!

As always, be sure to check out the rest of our regular games deals posts here.

Halo's matchmaking is broken - here are some fun things to do while you wait

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
343 Industries, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft, Xbox One

Halo's matchmaking is broken - here are some fun things to do while you wait

Do I ever feel like an idiot. After refusing to give Halo: The Master Chief Collection a score last week because the matchmaking was untested, I finally got online over the weekend once 343 flicked the switch, successfully tried out the delayed netcode and awarded the game top marks.

Job done. Mission accomplished. Only problem being that the matchmaking then fell to pieces almost immediately!

343 have been working around the clock to fix these problems and many gamers are reporting huge improvements. Unfortunately, I've personally found that the experience has worsened following yesterday's server-side updates, with some crazy wait times and the occasional loading screen freeze. So thank goodness The Master Chief Collection has four massive campaigns to keep you going, packed to the gunwales with fun stuff to try! Here's a sampler (obviously there are minor spoilers ahead):

Track Down The Secrets & Easter Eggs!

Halo's matchmaking is broken - here are some fun things to do while you wait

The Halo franchise is absolutely stuffed full of secrets to discover. Here are just a few of my personal favourites from the last 13 years.

That's just the tip of the iceberg. Happy hunting, and be sure to share!

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Console bundle voucher: Get £20 off PS4 or Xbox One bundles at Asda Direct

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Asda Vouchers, Console bundles, PS4, Voucher codes, Xbox One

Console bundle voucher: Get £20 off PS4 or Xbox One bundles at Asda Direct

Shopping around for a cheap console bundle deal this Christmas, or maybe looking to lock down a PS4 or Xbox One bundle ahead of Black Friday? Well, Asda Direct currently have a code running that'll knock £20 off of your console purchase. It's been kicking around for a few days now, but it's still good to go.

Code: CONSOLE

A tip of the cap to garyboy88 at HUKD!

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 10/11/14 | Worms for a quid, LEGO Batman 3, Disney Infinity

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Console bundles, Daily Deals, Games deals roundup, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, NBA 2K15, Wii U, Xbox One

Daily Gaming Deals Roundup – 10/11/14 | Worms for a quid, LEGO Batman 3, Disney Infinity

Happy Monday, folks! I know, I miss the weekend too, but here are some of today's finest gaming deals and cheap console bundles to help you ease back into the working week with a spot of retail therapy.

Pre-purchase LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham for just £13.31 from Green Man Gaming

  • You'll have to go through Green Man Gaming's VIP portal for this one.

Buy an Xbox One (no Kinect) for only £289.99 from Shop|Play

  • Don't care about Kinect? Well, you can take home an Xbox One for well under £300. Thanks Ryanp587!

Buy one get one free on Disney Infinity Power Packs at Argos

  • The offer is only for Power Packs from Seasons 1-3, doesn't include packs for Disney Infinity 2.0. Thanks katielewis!

Buy Worms for £1 at Bundle Stars

  • Huge Worms sale on at the moment, multiple games up to 75% off, and you can grab the original for only a quid.

Nab a wireless Xbox One controller for ~£28.20 from Amazon France

  • No you won't have to speak French to operate Kinect, but you may need to set up a new account and nab that Amazon Prime 30-day trial if you haven't got it already in order to get free delivery. Thanks preparationiskey!

Grab a pre-owned Wii U Basic for only £129.99 from GAME

  • Spend the money you save on a Hard Drive. You'd need it with the Premium anyway as well.

Games Voucher of the Day

Get 5% off at useful hardware and accessories outlet GizzmoHeaven using the code BASKET5.

Thanks to jdnndd for the find.

Freebie of the Day

Grab yourself some free VC in NBA 2K15 with the locker code KEEPTHECHANGE.

Be sure to check out the rest of our regular games deals posts here.

PSA: Xbox One November update out now - here's what to expect

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Firmware updates, Microsoft, Xbox One

The Xbox One November Update is now live and should have automatically installed itself onto your console as you read this sentence. You'll be able to mess about with the new features when you get home, but before then, here's what to expect from the latest Xbox One firmware update and the functionality that has been added to the user experience.

Custom Backgrounds

This is the main event. A new option has been added into the Xbox One settings menu -- My Xbox -- which allows you to personalise your Xbox One with some new backgrounds. You can either select a block of solid colour (boring!), or more helpfully, any of the 1080p achievement artworks that you've unlocked, tarting up the user experience as well as showing off your prowess to any mates who stop round for a local multiplayer session.

Next year Microsoft plans to add screenshot functionality, which will let you capture and display your own backgrounds directly from the games you play.

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White Xbox One bundle with Sunset Overdrive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza 5 GOTY & Halo Console Skin down to £369.99 at GAME!

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Forza Motorsport 5, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, Xbox One

White Xbox One bundle with Sunset Overdrive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza 5 GOTY & Halo Console Skin down to £369.99 at GAME!

This is one of the best Xbox One deals we've ever seen, containing the white Xbox One console, Sunset Overdrive, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Motorsport 5's GOTY Edition and a Halo console skin for only £369.99. This cheap bundle price was considerably less than I paid for just the console at launch, and it's not even Black Friday yet!

Not only will you get the white Xbox One, which is a bit of a fridge, let's face it, but you'll also get some cracking games. Sunset Overdrive is brilliant. Forza 5 is excellent. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is... well, that would be telling. You'll find out tomorrow. But let's be honest, how bad could a collection of Halo 1-4 possibly be? Click here to read our Xbox One console review, and information about the latest Xbox One update. Thanks to clubpit @ HUKD for this amazing spot!

PSA: Xbox Live hit with sign-in issues [UPDATE: Now Resolved]

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Xbox Live, Xbox One

PSA: Xbox Live hit with sign-in issues [UPDATE: Now Resolved]

Sony's PS4 rest mode issue may have been making headlines, but the Xbox One and Microsoft are having problems of their own this week. Early today, I found myself unable to log onto Xbox Live and it turns out that I'm not alone.

"It’s come to our attention that some of you are unable to sign in to Xbox Live," reads the latest Xbox Live Status update. "Don’t worry, we’re working to get everything back to normal, and we’re grateful for your patience during this process. We’ll update you again in half an hour."

UPDATE: Music and video streaming is now up and running, while it seems that the issue is fairly localised with most players able to sign in as normal. With luck this will be speedily resolved, but until then, let us know if you've been affected!

UPDATE 2: Microsoft has been steadily restoring access to affected Xbox One owners over the last few hours. I am now able to sign in as of 19:08 BST, though the support site still flags up the issue. With luck we should be all sorted soon -- I'll see you in Advanced Warfare Ground War!

UPDATE 3: Microsoft has confirmed that the issue has been fixed as of 19:26, and we can at least confirm it on our end. Let us know if you're still having trouble, but otherwise, happy gaming folks!

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