May 28, 2015 - 1:18 PM - by garyopa
Set to add a much-requested headphone port.
Microsoft has revealed a new Xbox One controller will be released in June with a headphone port on the base.
The Xbox One controller is getting an overhaul, starting in June all new XB1 controllers being shipped with have a normal headphone jack instead of the special plug that Microsoft loves to use and got alot of heat for it when they released the first details of Xbox One.
No more info is available at this time, most likely they will spend a few minutes about it at the E3'15 press conference and hopefully they will also finally release details on the pricing and date of the XB1 wireless adapter for using your controller on Windows 10 PC's.
The controller, presumably due for an official announcement at E3, was revealed early thanks to an update to the company's Xbox Support website. The description of the pad on the site includes a 3.5mm headphone port on the base, that is "only available on controllers released after June 2015".
It's currently unclear if the new pad will incorporate other fan-demanded updates, with one of the biggest being a controller that can be charge via USB straight out of the box. No changes appear to have been made to the shape of the pad.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced it's set to release an adapter that'll enable you to use your Xbox One controller with Windows PCs.
NEWS SOURCE #1: New Xbox One Controller Coming in June (via) IGN
NEWS SOURCE #2: New Xbox One controller will have a standard headphone jack (via) TheVerge
May 27, 2015 - 10:27 PM - by garyopa
Last-generation versions of gruesome fighting game now reportedly coming this fall!
Mortal Kombat X's release for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has been delayed a second time. That's according to a new report from Kotaku, which cites GameStop, as the date is now Fall instead of Summer.
Mortal Kombat X was the best-selling game in April in North America, but sadly those without a owning next-gen console got screwed, because at last second, the old-gen release was delayed until June, but now it seems its been delayed yet again with new fall date.
So what you think the reason for this delay is? -- Maybe they want people to instead buy the next-gen version if they can't wait any longer for the previous-gen version, forcing them to buy finally a next-gen console to be able to play MKX with their online friends.
No explanation for the reported delay was provided. A representative for publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment was not immediately available.
GameStop's website has updated the release date for Mortal Kombat X on PS3 and Xbox 360 to a placeholder date of December 31, 2015. The game's Amazon page also lists that date. Target's website, meanwhile, still lists the last-generation versions as arriving in June.
Mortal Kombat X for PS3 and Xbox 360 was originally scheduled to launch alongside the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC editions back in April. However, Warner Bros. later delayed the last-generation versions to sometime this summer. High Voltage Software, which also developed the PC edition of Mortal Kombat X, is working on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions.
NEWS SOURCE: Mortal Kombat X PS3/X360 Versions Delayed Again (via) GameSpot
May 26, 2015 - 10:32 PM - by garyopa
The patch should arrive soon
An upcoming patch for the Xbox One edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will lock the game at 30fps. That's according to CD Projekt Red community lead Marcin Momot, who recently Tweeted about the patch
When Witcher 3: Wild Hunt landed on Xbox One last week, there was already day 1 update, but there was still many issues left, and one of them was how horrible the graphics were doing, and now the developer has tweeted that they plan to fix the issue by locking the frame-rate down to only 30fps so that graphics are overall stable and the game plays more fluid without issues.
No word yet if the PS4 patch will have a similar fix, or if other options will be done to improve the overall graphics performance.
A Digital Foundry tech analysis published last week found that the Xbox One edition could, at times, achieve a resolution higher than 30fps. That might sound nice, but the frame rate was also found to be quite unstable. Sometimes it dipped below 30fps, leading to an undesirable stuttery experience.
The Xbox One patch is currently going through Microsoft's certification process, which means, barring any problems, it should be released soon. A PlayStation 4 patch, which also promises to improve performance, was released earlier today.
Although the console versions of The Witcher 3 are only just now receiving their first patches, the PC edition of the RPG has already been updated on multiple occasions.
NEWS SOURCE: XB1 Witcher 3 Patch Will Lock Frame Rate at 30fps (via) GameSpot
May 26, 2015 - 8:47 PM - by garyopa
Third DLC Pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Delivers Four New Multiplayer Maps Taking Players
Bruce Campbell Joins Next Chapter of the Fan-Favourite Exo Zombies Saga, with All-Star Hollywood Cast of John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan and Jon Bernthal - All takes over 2nd June on Xbox e
Time to get ready, because next week you will be grabbing the third DLC pack to be released for the latest CoD game on your Xbox.
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Prepare for a globetrotting Call of Duty® DLC experience like no other, against the backdrops of several of the greatest monuments around the world in Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare Supremacy. On 2nd June, the third DLC pack for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard and Sledgehammer Games, will be available first on the Xbox Live online entertainment network for Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, with other platforms to follow.
From the famed Houses of Parliament in London, to the snowy confines of the Kremlin in Moscow, players will experience a diverse landscape of multiplayer mayhem, including the return of one of the most iconic multiplayer maps in Call of Duty history, "Highrise," which first debuted in 2009's Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2, now transported to the year 2054.
"Set against iconic landmarks, Supremacy takes players across the world in some of our most exciting maps to date. New and exciting vertical routes give players unique ways to dominate the battle through both the exo movement set and the new Exo Grapple ability. We are also thrilled to reimagine one of the most popular Call of Duty maps ever, Modern Warfare® 2's Highrise, with exo and grapple gameplay for fans to enjoy,"
said Michael Condrey, Co-Founder and Studio Head, Sledgehammer Games.
"This is not only the four new multiplayer maps, but the continuation of the popular Exo Zombies saga. We're huge fans of Bruce Campbell and to be able to add him to the already great roster of performers in Exo Zombies takes this to a new level,"
said Glen Schofield, Co-Founder and Studio head, Sledgehammer Games.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Supremacy includes four new, action-packed multiplayer maps, all featuring the new Exo Grapple mechanic, which adds a layer of fun and strategy to the experience.
- Parliament: Docked on the River Thames, this military cargo ship delivers a view of the London cityscape along with a fast-paced combat experience. Mixed site-lines provide opportunities for all styles of play to dominate this medium-sized map. Players can take control of the map-based scorestreak to unleash a barrage of missiles that annihilate enemies.
- Kremlin: Gamers must prepare for intense combat outside Russia's presidential palace in the new map Kremlin, as they navigate the worn-torn buildings of Red Square in this medium-sized, three-lane map. Secure elevated positions to give the team a strategic advantage, or use exoskeleton capabilities to avoid being caught in the minefield that activates mid-match.
- Compound: Players take combat preparation to the limit in an Atlas training facility hidden away in the Colorado wilderness, as they'll have to be quick on the trigger in this small, symmetrical map, which funnels high-speed combat through tight corners to the main tower structures.
- Skyrise: Players deploy to an Atlas Skyscraper overlooking the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Based on the fan-favourite, Highrise, from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by Infinity Ward, this map brings new exoskeleton mechanics to the classic multiplayer layout. Gamers must dominate the power positions in the centre of this small-to-medium sized map to control the key navigation points.
The popular Exo Zombies saga continues in the all-new episode, Carrier. Following the end of the last episode, Infected, Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness, Burn Notice) steps in and joins the battle-hardened cast of John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, RED, Burn After Reading), Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic, Edge of Tomorrow), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror, Scream) and Jon Bernthal (Fury, The Wolf of Wall Street). In Carrier, the four are trapped on an Atlas aircraft carrier. Carrier features advanced new weaponry, enemy Atlas Strike teams, Sentinel support squads and a host of new zombie enemies.
May 26, 2015 - 12:42 PM - by garyopa
Mmmmmm, new video goodness.
Quite an excellent example of the wonderful localization/voice-over work that went into the game. Watch 'The Wolven Storm' Now!
The Witcher 3 game is already out there and selling very well on both consoles, but the developers are still pushing out more videos and promotions to keep the hype-train going and to rope in some more sales from those still sitting on the edge wondering if they should pick up this game or not, and today they released this wonderful video that shows off another reason why you should buy it.
So what you think of the game so far if you bought it already, and if so what system are you playing it on?
Watch "The Wolven Storm" Now!
Music composed by Marcin Przybyłowicz, Music Director
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been localized into 15 languages. 7 of them are localizations with full voice-overs, while 8 offer subtitles. To showcase the beauty and variety of so many languages we have prepared this special video.
Garnering over 200 prestigious awards before launch, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is CD PROJEKT RED's most ambitious endeavour up to date. Set within a truly open world, the game puts you in the role of a wandering bounty hunter and monster slayer, Geralt of Rivia. In The Witcher, you take on the greatest contract of your life -- tracking down the Child of Prophecy, a living weapon that can alter the shape of the world.
The game is available on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC, and PlayStation®4. Visit www.thewitcher.com
for more information.
May 25, 2015 - 11:49 AM - by garyopa
So much for Happy Memorial Day Long Weekend
As tons of gamers relax at home, over the first big summer weekend, and tons of kids are now out of school, the Xbox network comes crashing down, from the overload of many active Xbox players online!
So school is out for most in the USA, and its long weekend so either way if your are a teen or working parent you at home relaxing, and best of all there is an hot new update out for Call of Duty, so time to fire up your Xbox One, update, and get online and start finding a good spot to camp and get some more points on the leader-board as you whip out totally unknown strangers also playing online.
Opps! -- Just one problem, everyone that owes and Xbox 360 and Xbox One decided to have the same idea as yourself. -- Crash!
Oh'well too bad, I guess time to pack it up and go to bed, and surprise once everyone decides to do that we end up with an update:
Xbox Live is down for both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One video game consoles, according to Microsoft.
The Xbox Live Status page shows that both social and gaming are down on the Xbox 360, and the core services are also limited for both the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 game machines.
"We are aware of the issue and have our engineers working to get it fixed ASAP! Thanks for your patience while we get everything back to normal,"
We'll update this post as we hear more.
On Saturday, Microsoft also posted that it was aware that there were problems for multiplayer combat in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare after an update was posted. Microsoft also said that Facebook sharing wasn't working, and it was working with Activision to solve the problems.
So there you go again solid proof, we don't need silly Lizard Squad hacker group to DDOS the Xbox Live network, we can do it all on our very own from just wanting to play online some CoD during a boring long weekend.
Update Sunday, 1:25 a.m. Pacific:
Microsoft says core services are back up and running. Social and gaming is still limited on the Xbox 360.
NEWS SOURCE: Xbox Live is down for many, with core services affected (via) VentureBeat
May 24, 2015 - 11:54 PM - by garyopa
An avatar store for Xbox One? New Xbox One features to be shown at E3.
Microsoft has detailed new features headed to the Windows 10 Xbox app in June, including game hubs, improved avatar support and more.
Microsoft recently released a video (attached below) that shows off some of the new amazing features coming to your Windows app on your mobile or Windows 10 PC device that can access and control your Xbox One remotely thru your 'home router' network, plus they also leaked out some info on new Xbox One features to be rolled out in June, like the fact 'avatars' are coming back in a big way, but they are holding off on the very big announcements for the June update as they seem to be trying to keep them under wraps for E3.
So after watching the video below, are you 'excited' as we are on the big return of avatars, I can't wait to go shopping for some items for my custom avatar, what are some outfits or accessories you would like to add to your little digital playmate version of yourself?
But there's little new for Xbox One next month - at least, that we know of so far. Microsoft had decided to save the announcement of some "exciting" new features for its E3 press conference next month.
If you have Windows 10 already you will soon be able to access game hubs for each title you play, similar to Xbox One, where leaderboard and achievement information plus community updates and DLC details are all collated.
It's interesting to hear that Microsoft is again working on its avatar system. You can now launch the separate avatar app from within the Xbox app, then customise your digital character at will.
You can also buy new avatar items, a feature missing from the Xbox One. Its inclusion here hints at a return to importance for avatars, something suggested by Microsoft job postings earlier this year.
The company advertised for a couple of software engineers who would devote their time to updating the avatar system with undisclosed new features and "gorgeous" new graphics.
Finally then, the Xbox app will soon be able to power on/off your Xbox One, while adding and sorting friends plus controlling Game DVR via keyboard shortcuts has also been simplified.
NEWS SOURCE: Microsoft's June Xbox update targets Windows app (via) EuroGamer
May 24, 2015 - 9:35 PM - by garyopa
When the sports genre stops supporting the old hardware, you know it's time to say goodbye to them!
Sports video games are a kind of coal-mine canary for old video game consoles once their younger and better-looking successors hit the market.
In previous console generations, the Sports games were the ones that kept on going on to newer releases once the next-generation was out, and at least allow you to keep on enjoying your older gaming console a few more years, but this time around it seems the big boys have decided to say screw you to the older generation gaming consoles and forcing the many sports fans to upgrade quickly then norm.
So what you think about the push of the older generation out faster then normal, is it good idea or bad sign we are into shorter and shorter life-cycles, and what does that mean to our next-generation consoles will they also have shorten life-cycle support in the near future when the newer XB2 and PS5 are announced, making us scream about our 'empty wallets' as we keep dishing out money?
The last new game published for the Dreamcast was NHL 2K2. For the PSOne, FIFA 2005. The last game published for the GameCube was Madden NFL 08, and Madden NFL 09 was the last game published for the Xbox. The last PlayStation 2 game was Pro Evolution Soccer 2014.
Sports video games are the last to turn off the lights in a console cycle, in other words. When they start clocking out, get out. EA Sports' NHL series started flipping the switch this week when it announced its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 edition would be something called NHL Legacy.
That sounds like little more than a reconditioning of NHL 15, on the 360 and PS3, which itself was little more than a reconditioning of NHL 14. At least NHL 15 on the previous console generation had more modes of play and features than its next-generation sibling, a disappointment that badly damaged one of sports video gaming's most consistently acclaimed franchises over the preceding decade.
NHL is made at EA Canada, the studio that also makes the FIFA series,, which innovated this kind of slinking old-hardware exit with a FIFA 13 "Legacy Edition" for Wii and 3DS a couple years ago. When it launched on the 3DS in 2012. Nintendo itself told consumers the game featured current schedules and kits but "no updates to gameplay or game modes." FIFA 14 launched on the Wii (but not the Wii U) and got the same treatment from both parties. It was a shocking staredown.
The message is clear: "Legacy Edition" means unapologetically reheated leftovers. EA Sports could get away with this on the Wii, which is not and never was a serious sports console even if it was politely breveted to the rank of the PS3 and Xbox 360. (The Wii U, it must be mentioned, has zero current licensed sports simulations - not even Pro Evolution Soccer.) For something like NHL, with a 20-year history on core gaming consoles, it's a warning.
"'Legacy Edition means unapologetically reheated leftovers'"
EA Sports' NHL "Legacy Edition" officially starts the third-party publishers' departure from the old hardware generation. Yes, Madden NFL, NBA 2K and FIFA are still publishing on the prior console generation this fall, and will likely sell just fine. Yet it would not surprise me at all to see all three get "Legacy Editions" of their own next year - better yet, sold online - to keep up appearances, milk an installation base and underwrite the huge minimum payments guaranteed to their licensors.
Sports video games, despite their admittedly niche appeal, are enormous sellers and almost exclusively dependent on consoles. The next Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty may be skipping Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but they will still appear on PC and their publishers don't pay licensing fees. So sports video games are a truer bellwether for a hardware generation's decline. The canary in the coal mine isn't there to tell you you're dead, after all. It's there to tell you there's nothing left to dig, and to get out.
NEWS SOURCE: In sports, X360 and PS3 already facing elimination games (via) Yahoo
May 24, 2015 - 7:37 PM - by garyopa
Despite topping PS4 sales in April, Xbox One is still experiencing poor sales in China
Microsoft’s flagship game console, the Xbox One, will be getting a huge price cut in Chinese stores this week, Microsoft China announced on Wednesday.
So far the Xbox One has not been doing very well in China, at least it is doing better there then in Japan, but still Microsoft figures it is time for 'price drop' in the land where consoles had been banned up until just recently, and this price drops brings the XB1 more in line with prices in other regions, but still higher then we can currently buy a XB1 for locally in North American or Europe.
The big question is if Microsoft willing to play the 'price drop' card in China when sales are low, does that mean they might do the same in NA/Europe if after the E3 and more games appear, if sales still don't increase greatly, could we see a $50 or so cut in the future?
Kinect-bundled Xbox One consoles, which currently cost 4,299 yuan ($692), will drop to 3,799 yuan ($611). Versions without the Kinect will see an even bigger price cut, from 3,699 yuan ($595) to just 2,999 yuan ($482).
Microsoft still has yet to share any sales figures for the Xbox One in China, but the price drop is seen by analysts as Microsoft's efforts to bolster flagging sales of the console.
On Tmall, the console has sold less than 300 units in the past month, according to tech news portal Tech in Asia.
The numbers on Taobao don't look good either, with most of the top Xbox One sellers offering gray-market imports rather than the Chinese version of the console, the report added.
The Xbox One also recently went region-free in China in an attempt to better compete with Sony's PlayStation 4, which is also being sold domestically by the same Chinese partner company.
However, both consoles face a difficult battle in China, where gamers lean more to the PC platform and strict government censorship severely limited the number of console games sold in stores.
At present, both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have paltry game libraries of games available to Chinese users, and the result has been a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the "console revolution" in China, the report said.
NEWS SOURCE: Xbox One Gets $100 Price Drop to Boost Sales in China (via) Yibada
May 21, 2015 - 4:26 PM - by garyopa
What Xbox 360 games would you like to see on Xbox One?
Top Xbox boss Phil Spencer says on Twitter he'd also like to bring more last-generation games to Microsoft's new console. But the only way it is going to happen is, if you 'scream' the loudest online!
So you got yourself an nice new shiny Xbox One console, and looking for something to play, well you never know with luck and alot of screaming fans you just might see more older 360 games getting released on the Xbox One console for you to buy all over again!
Personally, I rather see them put efforts into making something 'new' instead of rehashing the 'old' yet again, I mean the whole idea of 'next-gen' was to upgrade to something new and more advance, not to play old games on a new console, the main reason why consoles are not backwards compatible to begin with, but I guess why not, lets re-sell them a bunch of games they already played until at some point hopefully in year 2016 we have some brand-new IP's to enjoy on our Xbox One, like they are claiming we will hear about at E3.
If you'd like to see more Xbox 360 games released on Xbox One, you're not alone. Top Xbox boss Phil Spencer says on Twitter he'd also like to bring more last-generation games to Microsoft's new console.
However, he also warns that you shouldn't get your hopes up.
"Lots of 360 games I'd like to bring to XB1,"
Spencer said to a fan who asked about Fable Anniversary being released for Xbox One. "Only so much time and want to focus on making new games. Not easy tradeoffs."
Fable Anniversary, currently available for Xbox 360 and PC, is an updated version of 2004's Fable.
The Xbox One does not currently support backwards compatibility. However, Microsoft said back in September 2013 that the Xbox One is technically capable of delivering a game-streaming service, which could in theory allow older-generation games to be played on the new console, like PlayStation Now.
But if there is no other choice, what games from the 360 era would you like to play again on your newer XB1 system?
NEWS SOURCE: Xbox Boss Talks Bringing More 360 Games to XB1 (via) GameSpot