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Microsoft planning new ‘hardcore’ XB1 controller

Mar 05, 2015 - 7:06 PM - by garyopa
Latest rumors is Xbox One getting an 'hardcore' controller for better FPS action!

Rumours from GDC suggest that Microsoft is designing an alternative controller for the Xbox One, more suited to shooters and racing games.


GDC has been packed with tons of info flying around from various outlets, and now the latest rumors are saying that Microsoft is secretly planning to unveil whole new 'hardcore' Xbox One controller at E3 in June ths year, aimed at the growing eSports FPS gaming world.

There was a big fuss made about the redesigned Xbox One controller when it was first released, with Microsoft insisting that it featured 40 improvements over the Xbox 360 joypad.

Although the public reception was relatively muted, with many considering it only a minor advancement at best, it's still widely considered to have a least a slight edge on the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4.

Why then Microsoft would need a ‘hardcore' controller is unclear, but website Neowin implies that it will primarily be aimed at first person shooter and driving games. They even suggest that the new controller could be unveiled as soon as E3 in June.

It's not clear exactly what is meant by a hardcore controller, but presumably it would be something along the lines of the controllers produced by third parties such as Razer and Scuf Gaming.

These tend to be more expensive than a standard gamepad, although presumably Microsoft feels a hardcore gamer would be willing to make that sacrifice.
So there you have it the latest rumor buzzing thru the hallways outside the jammed packed GDC conference rooms this week.

NEWS SOURCE: Microsoft planning new ‘hardcore’ XB1 controller (via) Metro
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VIDEO: Highlights from the CoD EU Championship

Mar 05, 2015 - 11:47 AM - by garyopa
The next step will be the final round of CoD action in LA later on this month!

Watch the highlights from the recent CoD EU Championship as the best players from across Europe battled it out to get the golden ticket to fly to LA next week to compete in the final round of CoD 2015


Here is the quick recap of how the CoD EU Championship played out, as the best team got their winning ticket to travel to LA soon to try their luck at winning the big ONE Million Dollars prize.

The 2015 Call of Duty® European Championship brought together the best players from across Europe, and in the end 14 teams punched their ticket to Los Angeles and the 2015 Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox. Justine Ezarik (iJustine) and Xbox's Graeme Boyd take a look back at all of the action from the weekend-long tournament.

The 2015 Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox takes place 27th-29th March, streamed live from Los Angeles. Watch the best Call of Duty eSports teams from around the world compete for a $1 million dollar prize pool and the title of "World Champion."
Stay Tuned to MaxConsole when we will bring you full coverage of the final big CoD action from LA near the end of this month.

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GTAV: Adversary Modes, Daily Objectives and More

Mar 05, 2015 - 10:07 AM - by garyopa
New Updates Also Coming to GTA Online March 10th

Next week, Heists will deliver a brand new gameplay experience to GTA Online, offering players the chance to team up to take down big scores and RockStar is also adding a bunch of new features to GTAV


RockStar dropped by our news desk this morning with another update on all the new goodies that is coming to GTA V very soon.

Hi all,

Next week, Heists will deliver a brand new gameplay experience to GTA Online, offering players the chance to team up to take down big scores. Alongside this massive new addition comes a range of new features and enhancements to make the entire GTA Online experience bigger and deeper. Adversary Modes bring three new kinds of competition to GTA Online while new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities bring new life to the hectic streets of Los Santos and Blaine County. Here's a rundown of just some of the new features and additions launching next week alongside Heists that will continue to expand and augment the world of Grand Theft Auto Online.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks, Bella
Check out the cool screenshots attached below, and in the meantime while you waiting until March 10th, here is the other features:

NEW ADVERSARY MODES

These brand new player vs. player modes bring a range of intense new competitive challenges to GTA Online. Adversary Modes will unlock as players progress through Heists.

Come Out To Play

A team of three Runners just trying to make it home, and a team of Hunters are out for blood. Runners are well-armed but limited to movement by foot, while the opposition wield free-aim shotguns and ride motorbikes or ATVs. Hunters must stay on their bikes and have access to unlimited lives, while the Runners have just one life but all their weapons available to pick off the Hunters at will.

Siege Mentality

Up to four players stand their ground, outnumbered but not outgunned as they fight to survive against up to 6 determined attackers in a location defense mode, GTA style. Attackers have unlimited lives but fight only with sawn-off shotguns. Defenders have full use of all their weapons.

Hasta La Vista

The chase is on as Truckers in big rig cabs hunt down a team of Cyclists. The Cyclists' goal is simple: reach the final checkpoint without getting crushed under the wheels of the pursuing trucks. Without traditional weapons the Truckers must rely solely on their vehicles to crush the Cyclists. Meanwhile, the Cyclists must harness the maneuverability and acceleration of their bikes to evade the trucks, while keeping an eye over their shoulder. If one of the Cyclists reaches the checkpoint, the Cyclists win. If all Cyclists are terminated, the Truckers prevail.

Daily Objectives

The Los Santos daily hustle just got a little more lucrative. Whether players tend towards Jobs or free-form activities, Daily Objectives will give the player a rotating series of challenges to take on for GTA$ rewards. With three new objectives per day, players can stack up challenges over consecutive days to earn bonuses of up to $500,000.

New Free Mode Activities

Players also have new opportunities for cash and RP rewards with new activities added to the world in Free Mode. Players should be on the lookout for calls from Lester, who may need help to distract the cops in a specific area while Lester's accomplices finish their criminal business. Lamar may call looking for help destroying a vehicle or two, while Trevor and Ron need occasional help picking their business rival's planes out of the sky. Along with GTA$ and RP bonuses, there are all-new Awards available for completing these challenges with style.

There's also a new in-game Email notification system that will allow players to contact and message any of their GTA Online friends, no matter what session they're in - as well as a host of new Awards that yield new items including exclusive t-shirts and car modifications.

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Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft

Mar 04, 2015 - 9:31 PM - by garyopa
Microsoft refuses to comment as figurehead departs

Executive Phil Harrison is leaving Microsoft, GamesIndustry.biz has learned through multiple sources at GDC, though Microsoft has so far refused to confirm his departure.


Seems some changes are coming up at Microsoft again, as key figurehead has decided to get up and quit, as he seen others around him get promoted instead of himself even tho he been with the company now for a while, meanwhile Microsoft not saying anything.

"I don't, no. I'm sorry, I don't think I can say anything about that," Xbox boss Phil Spencer told Eurogamer when asked today at GDC. Chris Charla, director of ID@Xbox also refused to comment - with a Microsoft spokesperson stepping in to say Charla wasn't the person to ask about staffing issues, and that the company does not comment on rumour or speculation.

The news comes in tandem with the proposed merger of Lift London, which Harrison was instrumental in founding, with Microsoft's multimedia-focused Soho Productions. Several redundancies are understood to have taken place as part of that move.

Harrison joined Microsoft in 2012 as VP of the Interactive Entertainment Business and EMEA head of games, having previously held a senior role at Sony and founding London Venture Partners in the interim. He was hired by then head of the Xbox business, Don Mattrick, who it's understood had a long standing friendship and mutual respect with Harrison.

"I am excited to be joining the senior team at Microsoft at a pivotal time for our industry," said Harrison when he was hired back in 2012. "I am really impressed with the company's long-term vision for growing the market for interactive entertainment globally and also with the incredible wealth of talent, technology and resources the company has available to succeed."

"We are honoured to have Phil join a team that boasts a wealth of talent from across the industry," added Phil Spencer at the time. "Phil is one of video gaming's true visionaries, and his experience overseeing global studios and deep industry relationships make him the ideal person to lead our European efforts. Under his leadership, we look forward to continuing cultivating the best talent and growing our business in the region."

However, GamesIndustry.biz understands that Harrison grew frustrated when Mattrick's departure and Spencer's subsequent promotion did not result in him moving up the corporate ladder, issuing the ultimatum to Microsoft that he would leave if not offered a new position. However, it seems that no offer was forthcoming, and Harrison has made good on his promise.
So we will see what happens in the next few days, and if Microsoft decides to replace Harrison but look like they didn't think much of it by giving him the cold shoulder on new promotions coming down the line.

NEWS SOURCE: Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft (via) GamesIndustry
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UK's Best CoD Teams Head to World Finals in LA

Mar 02, 2015 - 10:08 AM - by garyopa
UK’s Best Call of Duty® Players Head to Los Angeles for the Call of Duty® Championship

The best Call of Duty® players from across Europe descended on London this past weekend to battle it out in the Call of Duty® European Championships, and now the winners head to the World Finals in LA


The battle is on, whom is going to be crowned the best Call of Duty player this year, and the final stage in the journey is almost set as all the winning teams from around the world are soon going to battling it out for most head shots in the tough world finals in LA.

The best Call of Duty® players from across Europe descended on London this past weekend to battle it out in the Call of Duty® European Championships.

28 teams from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland the rest of Europe and Middle East went head-to-head for a chance to represent their country at the upcoming Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox, being held 27th -29th March 2015 in Los Angeles. The winners will take home a share of the tournament's $1 million total prize purse.

Hosted by Activision Publishing in partnership for the second year running with Gfinity, Epsilon eSports from the UK were crowned the Call of Duty® European Champions, picking up the $5,000 first prize pot in a tense final match with TCM Gaming (UK) at London's Royal Opera House.

They will now go on to be the top ranked European team at the Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox, in Los Angeles and with it a much stronger chance to progress to the later stages of the tournament.

Epsilon eSports, TCM Gaming, Team Infused and Aware.EU made up the top four teams from the UK & ROI to qualify for the global Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox. The top 14 teams from the Call of Duty® European Championships, including the four UK qualifiers, will face-off against the world's best players in California for the global Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox, being held 27th -29th March 2015 in Los Angeles.

Congratulations to Epsilon eSports and good luck to all the European teams who successfully qualified for the global Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox.


The full list of teams to qualify from Europe are:

  • Epsilon eSports (UK)
  • TCM Gaming (UK)
  • Team Infused (UK)
  • Aware.EU (UK)
  • Ascentia (France)
  • Vitality X (France)
  • Hypergames (France)
  • Fabe.Germany (Germany)
  • UX Gaming (Germany)
  • NXG.Rapid (Italy)
  • Gamers2 (Spain)
  • Team Finland (Nordic)
  • Klar1ty Gaming (UAE)
  • Fabe.Allstars (Benelux)

So are you going in two weeks to tune in to catch all the high-tension eSports action as the teams shoot their way to top spot on the CoD leaderboard?
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Tomb Raider will be 'pushing the limits' of Xbox One

Mar 01, 2015 - 7:10 PM - by garyopa
Horton said, 'we're not limited at all. We're pushing the boundaries for what the Xbox One can do.'

Crystal Dynamics is working hard to ensure Rise of the Tomb Raider is a sight for sore (and bruised and stranded in the wilderness) eyes. Game director Brian Horton spoke on recent podcast about Lara.


Every since 'Rise of the Tomb Raider' was announced to be exclusive for a while on Xbox One, the debate over the game been raging on, and now we moved into a new chapter of debate between PS4 and XB1 owners, when the game developer behind the next Lara told listeners in podcast that they will be pushing the very limits of the Xbox One.

This comment has caused it to go both ways, PS4 owners laughing saying see your XB1 is already limited and they are trying to get a little bit more wow out of it, our version if it every comes will blow you away, whereas the XB1 owners were also laughing saying see we got an exclusive and not only that they are making the game to be best-most-awesome-graphical ever showing that XB1 is the king.

Asked about the difference between the Xbox One and Xbox 360 versions of the game, Horton made some bold claims about what the Crystal Dynamics team were achieving.

"For us," Horton said, "we're not limited at all. We're pushing the boundaries for what the Xbox One can do."

Crystal Dynamics is solely focusing on Rise's Xbox One version, with the 360 version being handled by porting wizards Nixxes. "They're going to do their best to deliver the best 360 game off of what we're able to create from Rise of the Tomb Raider," Horton said. "It won't be a different game, but it will be modified to make sure it gets the most out of the 360."

As for how Rise of the Tomb Raider will push the Xbox One's boundaries, Horton talks about hub areas that are around three times the size of the ones featured in the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot. He also talked up the game's hair. "Hair has always been important to Tomb Raider and the franchise," Horton said, sounding more serious than you might expect given the subject matter. "Now with the Xbox One and Rise of the Tomb Raider, we're bringing what we believe is the best hair in the industry. We can't wait to show you guys the improvements we've made to it."

Horton's comments could be misconstrued as the Xbox One already nearing its full potential. If Rise of the Tomb Raider really is pushing against its "boundaries," though, that says more about the software's optimisation - something development teams will continue to improve at over the course of the generation.

As for the PS4 and PC, Rise of the Tomb Raider's exclusivity was confirmed to be timed deal with Microsoft. Square Enix has yet to announce whether Lara's latest will cross over to other platforms after that deal has expired.
Personally, I think everyone is 'hearing' too much inbetween his words, that it means just what he really said, the XB1 version will be better then the X360 version since it two different studios so they don't have to think ahead of time to make their Tomb Raider work on 360, they just go ahead full-force making it best it can be on XB1, and let the other studio figured out how to scale it down later on.

But what do you think about his comments, and the PS4 vs XB1 debate over Lara and her 'smaller boobs', but hey we got HAIR now!

NEWS SOURCE: Rise of the Tomb Raider will be "pushing the boundaries" of the Xbox One (via) GamesRadar
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For Women, ‘Time to Penis’ While Playing is 14 Minutes

Mar 01, 2015 - 11:16 AM - by garyopa
If you thought #GamerGate was bad enough, wait until you hear this story from the women on Xbox Live

Microsoft revealed that one of its female Xbox Live enforcement team members, whose job it was to play Xbox with her webcam turned on, could expect to see another player’s penis every 14 minutes!


Recently, PolyGon had a very in-depth long look at the development of second generation of Xbox Live, and in it we find a little story from one of Xbox Live enforcement team which happens to be 'female' and her job is to play 'family-friendly' games on Xbox with her webcam turned on, and surprising enough the average time before her online gaming buddy whips out his royal manhood is only 14 minutes, that is one story for sure to get the #GamerGate scandal going again in all its glory with the social justice warriors.

"Hacking on Call of Duty started to get totally out of control around [2008], with people hacking the game and custom lobbies and all that kind of stuff," says ATG Account Manager Sam Charchian. "We built this really tight integration between [Infinity Ward's] anti-hack team and ours inside, because Microsoft has their own, what they call the Xbox Live Enforcement team. We had their anti-hack/enforcement team come spend a day with ours and talk about how they could work together to hopefully defeat these people.

"One of the funny things that came out of it ... we're meeting with the Xbox Live enforcement team, and [there was] a woman on the team who's in her early 20s. She was explaining that she spends a good part of her week going into Uno games with the camera on and basically just waiting for dudes who will see a woman playing Uno with her camera on and expose themselves.

"I was like ... ‘Really? How often do you actually have dudes, you know, whip it out?' And she said, ‘Eh, my time to penis is about 14 minutes on the average.'

I mean, she would sit on there and just ban these guys when she ran into them, but apparently it was a serious problem. Part of what makes it extra sad is that it's Uno, which you think would be a family-friendly game for people to play."
So what you think of this story, about as female gamer how long they have before 'private body parts' appear on their screen?

NEWS SOURCE #1: For Women, ‘Time to Penis’ While Playing Uno on Xbox Live is 14 Minutes (via) HardCoreGamer
NEWS SOURCE #2: The second generation of Xbox Live (via) PolyGon
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Dying Light: APOCALYPSE EDITION

Feb 28, 2015 - 10:10 AM - by garyopa
Only ONE is available, and it still up for grabs so hurry up!

If you want the ultimate zombie killing experience that money can buy, then have no fear as GAME in UK have a deal for you the 'Dying Light: APOCALYPSE EDITION', but the catch is only ONE is available


So are you ready for true zombie killing experience, and you got $400,000 burning a hot in your wallet that you just need to spend it, then have no fear, as GAME is ready for you as they put together the 'Dying: APOCALYPSE EDITION' and there is only ONE available!

Prepare for the Apocalypse with the Dying Light Apocalypse edition, that includes a custom built Dying Light Home that is ready for the oncoming Zombie apocalypse

The Dying Light "My Apocalypse" Collectors Edition contains:

  • Custom built Dying Light Zombie Home by Tiger Log Cabins
  • Zombie avoidance parkour lessons with Ampisound, the team behind the internet smash Dying Light Parkour POV video
  • Be The Zombie match with devs where you win so you can brag to your friends how "leet" you are
  • Trip to Techland in Wroclaw, Poland, to meet the dev team and party with Steve the Zombie Consultant
  • Your face skinned onto your Night Hunter character model
  • Dying Light branded night vision goggles + adult diapers for the night portions of the game
  • An Xbox One console
  • x4 signed Steelbox editions of Dying Light
  • x2 Top of the line Razer Tiamat headphones
  • Human sized Volatile figurine to use as a deterrent on human raiders
So is this a GAME package that you just might decide to get a second mortage on your home, so you can grab it before it is gone?

NEWS SOURCE: Dying Light: APOCALYPSE EDITION (via) GAME
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Microsoft trims price of Xbox Live Gold to $40

Feb 28, 2015 - 9:42 AM - by garyopa
Microsoft has slashed $20 off an annual Xbox Live Gold subscription.

The deal scores you $20 off the cost of a 12-month subscription to the service, which offers multiplayer gaming, free games and other benefits.


A few times places like Amazon have offer deals to get a year's worth of Xbox Live for only $40, but now Microsoft themselves is directly offering the low price of only $40 for whole 12-months of Xbox Live Gold, so if you have not renewed recently, now is the time to do so.

Instead of paying the usual fee of $60 a year, you can become an Xbox Live Gold member for $40. The fine print doesn't indicate whether this is a temporary promotion and, if so, when the sale might end.

Want do you get for the $40 annually? An Xbox Live Gold subscription --good for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles -- allows you to play with and compete against other Xbox owners. You can also tap into a lineup of free games and save anywhere from 50 percent to 75 percent on other games sold in the Xbox Store.

Microsoft's Games with Gold program offers all Xbox Live Gold members free games each month. For March, members who own an Xbox One can get Rayman Legends for free, while those with an Xbox 360 can download Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite. In April, all Xbox Live Gold subscribers will a bonus: Xbox One owners will snag two free games while Xbox 360 owners get four freebies.

Xbox owners who like to watch streaming videos won't find an Xbox Live Gold subscription as critical as it used to be, though. In June, Microsoft changed its policy to allow Xbox owners to access such services Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and HBO Go without having to pay for a Live Gold membership.
Sadly, updates to this story say that the deal is 'limited time offer', so it might be gone soon, but personally I think that they should keep the price slashed forever, as it just might be ticket it needs to lower the sales gap between the 18 Million PS4's to the 11 Million XB1's sold so far in this next-gen console war.

What do you think, would a lower Xbox live Gold price help increase the amount of new Xbox One owners?

NEWS SOURCE: Microsoft trims price of Xbox Live Gold to $40 (via) CNET
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Sierra™ To Publish Futurlab’s Velocity® 2X

Feb 26, 2015 - 11:09 AM - by garyopa
On Xbox One And PC This Summer

Sierra™ today announced that it is teaming up with FuturLab to bring the independent developer’s critically acclaimed arcade shooter – Velocity® 2X – to Xbox One.


Sierra sent us a PR today along with cool trailer and some screenshots of the new game they recently signed up to publish soon on your next-gen Xbox One gaming console, that will bring you back memories of the great shooter from your early PlayStation gaming days.

Sierra today announced that it is teaming up with FuturLab to bring the independent developer's critically acclaimed arcade shooter - Velocity 2X - to Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

Built around fast action and tight controls, Velocity 2X combines a top-down vertical shooter with a side-scrolling platformer, delivering the best of both worlds in the balance. Whether flying in her Quarp Jet or sprinting on foot, ace pilot Lt. Kai Tana can teledash through danger at the speed of light, crushing alien invaders and rescuing innocent survivors with incredible power.

Exclusive to the Xbox One and PC editions of Velocity 2X are special daily challenge stages, making the game's deep leaderboard system even more compelling for competitive speedrunners. These versions also include all the bonus stages from the Critical Urgency and Dual Core DLC packs from Velocity 2X's original PlayStation® releases. The full game features over 50 stages of twitch-trigger adventure, including engaging puzzle levels, dynamic boss battles and energetic audio-visual design.

Velocity 2X will dash onto Xbox One via the Xbox Games Store and Windows PC in summer 2015. For more information until then, please visit www.velocitygame.co.uk and follow along at www.facebook.com/FuturLab and www.twitter.com/FuturLab.
So are you going to relive your retro PlayStation gaming and grab this game on your Xbox One?



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