Aug 25, 2015 - 6:06 PM - by garyopa
Destiny: The Taken King, will be finally available on Tuesday, September 15th, for all to enjoy!
Tomorrow, the Bungie team will continue to roll out all-new information for the upcoming Destiny: The Taken King
Have you been waiting to find out all the juicy details about the upcoming expansion for the Destiny game, well you don't have to worry, just 24 more hours of holding your breath, and then come back to MC and watch the 'Livestream' right here, and leave your comments!
So how many of our loyal MC readers will be MIA on launch day finally comes rolling around on September the 15th?
On Wednesday, August 26th at 11:00am Pacific, Deej (Bungie Community Manager) will host a livestream straight from the studio with James Tsai (Design Lead) and community guest Mr. Fruit. They'll be infiltrating the Dreadnaught, fighting the Taken and debuting an all-new Strike against a rival Cabal invasion force deep within The Taken King's stronghold.
The livestream will be viewable here: http://www.twitch.tv/bungie
Destiny: The Taken King, will be available on Tuesday, September 15th.
The community can interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.net
and @Bungie on Twitter. For game information, visit www.DestinyTheGame.com
and follow the official Destiny social channels at www.facebook.com/DestinyTheGame
and @DestinyTheGame on Twitter.
Aug 20, 2015 - 9:47 AM - by garyopa
Acclaimed Arcade Shooter Arrives With New Daily Challenges and All DLC From its Original Release
Today Sierra™ launched Velocity® 2X, the award-winning arcade shooter from independent developer FuturLab, on Xbox One and Windows PC. This release contains more then the earlier PlayStation releases.
So if you enjoyed this game on the PlayStation, then you now be able to enjoy it all over again as this new released has been greatly updated for its launch on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC's, just take a look over the following PR and you will see what I mean.
So have you tried out FuturLab's new game yet, and if so do you agree with their 3 levels of fun they are offering us gamers?
Today Sierra launched Velocity® 2X, the award-winning arcade shooter from independent developer FuturLab, on Xbox One and Windows PC. These new and electrifying editions of the game feature ranked daily challenge levels plus all of the bonus content contained in the "Critical Urgency" and "Dual Core" DLC from its original release on PlayStation® systems.
A light-speed action game with responsive controls, Velocity 2X flows energetically between two trigger-testing genres: a top-down vertical shooter and a side-scrolling platformer. Whether dashing through enemy strongholds in the nimble Quarp Jet or on foot, players can unleash a barrage of attacks and teleport precisely through danger in the blink of an eye, rewarding gutsy moves and quick reflexes. Competitive leaderboards rank player performance by speed, completion percentage, and overall score to support dedicated speedrunners across each of the more than 50 stages in the game.
Set in the distant future, Velocity 2X stars Lt. Kai Tana, an ace fighter pilot who must use her raw firepower, wits, and agility to battle hostile aliens and free her fellow prisoners. The adventure bursts off the screen with bold art design inspired by the classics of 80s sci-fi, as well as a variety of colourful worlds, immense boss battles, dazzling visual effects, and a pulsing techno soundtrack.Velocity 2X is now available as a digital title on Xbox One through the Xbox Games Store and Windows PC via Steam for $19.99. It is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and Up) by the ESRB. For more information, please visit www.velocitygame.co.uk
, and follow FuturLab on Facebook and Twitter.
Developer-led and player-focused, Sierra publishes highly curated titles that embody best-in-class efforts from indie developers. From providing development funding and deep first-party relations to marketing and retail distribution, Sierra caters to the individual needs of each indie studio. Sierra will primarily publish on digital distribution platforms including Xbox Live, PlayStation®Network and Steam for PC. For more information, please visit www.sierra.com
FuturLab is an award-winning game studio that develops and publishes critically acclaimed titles that are hugely satisfying to play. Priding itself on developing the most engaging ideas, FuturLab always seeks to elicit three levels of response from its target audience:
- Ooh, cool!
- Ahh, I see!
- Damn, that's really clever actually...
This means a high level of accessibility, an engaging level of depth, and most importantly an elegant way of delivering an experience, so that it has a lasting impact on its audience.
Aug 18, 2015 - 12:06 PM - by garyopa
'We've really got a lot more going on [than our competitors].'
According to Xbox executive Kudo Tsunoda, the Xbox One has 'a lot more going on' than the PlayStation 4 and other competing platforms.
The of Microsoft Xbox Studios says that with the cross-buy, backwards, PC streaming, Windows 10 and more coming, not to mention the better exclusive first-party line-up this holiday season, that overall Xbox is doing things that CAN NOT even be DONE on a the rival Sony PlayStation 4 console, even if Sony wanted to do it, they just CAN'T, it is not possible, the Xbox will be the ONE to buy this 'holiday'
So what do you make of Tsunoda's statements, does he speak the truth, is he of course spinning the facts in favor of Xbox, being that is company he works for, and second do you think Sony will step up to the plate and offer some of the 'missing' features on their PS4 console later on, or will they just tough it out, and see if their sales drop this 'holiday season' or not before making changes.
In a new interview, Tsunoda talks about how Xbox One features like backwards compatibility, as well as cross-play and cross-buy with PC, give the Xbox One the upper hand.
"For a long time we've had PC gamers and console gamers who weren't really able to play together,"
Tsunoda told GameIndustry International. "That's why cross-play is still such a powerful idea. You should be able to play what you love, and play together, regardless of what device you're playing on. It's about connecting people."
"It's a really unique value that only we can offer,"
he added. "You still need very gamer-focused values, but there's lots of things you can do with our technology. We've really got a lot more going on [than our competitors]. We're doing things that can't be done on any other console."
Tsunoda went on to say that allowing people to play games "wherever they want, on whatever device they choose, and making that easy"
is Microsoft's long-term goal for the overall Xbox ecosystem.
On the subject of backwards compatibility specifically, Tsunoda said he's happy to deliver a feature that fans have been clamoring for.
"With backwards compatibility, it isn't something that we just think gamers might want,"
Tsunoda explained. "We know. We're looking for and soliciting that feedback. It was the number one most requested feature for Xbox One by far."
For its part, Sony has said it has no plans to bring backwards compatibility to PS4.
Not only does the Xbox One have features and functionality that can't be found or delivered on competing platforms, but the console has a bigger lineup of exclusives than anyone else, Tsunoda said. "We've got a lot more exclusive games than any other platform,"
Some of Microsoft's biggest upcoming Xbox One exclusives for this year include Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fable Legends, and Forza Motorsport 6. Looking into next year and beyond, Microsoft has Quantum Break, Sea of Thieves, Recore, and Inside, among others.
Sony, on the other hand, has admitted that its first-party games lineup for this year is "a little sparse."
NEWS SOURCE: XB1 Exec: We're Doing Things That 'Can't Be Done' On PS4 (via) GameSpot
Aug 17, 2015 - 12:58 PM - by garyopa
ACTIVISION PUBLISHING, INC. REVEALS OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK FOR TONY HAWK’S® PRO SKATER™ 5
Today, Activision has announced the complete list of songs that will be on the Tony Hawk’s® Pro Skater™ 5 soundtrack, featuring selections from many top artists, please see below for all the details.
Tony Hawk is coming back, and just around the corner with its release scheduled for October 2nd, so what better way to get into the mood while you wait to do some high-flying tricks, jumps, turns, and backflips, by listening to some of best artists out there for skateboarding background music, and today the developers have posted up the full soundtrack listing they have picked out for THPS5.
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Aug 14, 2015 - 2:14 PM - by garyopa
Called Extra Innings, this new XB1 version is expanded on their original PS3 and PS4 game releases.
As Major League Baseball's real-world pennant race gets more exciting, independent developer Metalhead Software on Friday released the Xbox One version of its acclaimed Super Mega Baseball.
If you been waiting to play baseball on your Xbox One, you are in luck as the Super Mega Baseball is moving over from PS4 to the XB1 via the self-publishing interface called ID@XBOX and the developers have throw in some extra exclusive content that will not be available to baseball fans on their earlier PS4 version for a whole month.
Have you tried out their baseball game yet on PS4, and are you looking forward to it on your XB1, or would you instead just go outside and play catch with your son instead of sitting on the sofa enjoying some high-paced-action-baseball indoors on your big screen TV.
Called Extra Innings, the game comes to Xbox One by way of Microsoft's ID@Xbox self-publishing program. The game includes additional content not found in the original PlayStation game, including more stadiums, as well as "enhanced gameplay and improved baseball simulation."
These new features and content will also be made available in the previously released PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 versions of Super Mega Baseball through a free patch and DLC in September.
Extra Innings costs $20 on Xbox One, but Xbox Live Gold members can save 15 percent (knocking it down to $17) if they buy it within the next 10 days. This limited-time discount will also be available when the game comes to PC on August 21.
"Super Mega Baseball to us is a celebration of baseball and its culture, and I think we've also done the sport justice from a simulation perspective," Metalhead cofounder Scott Drader said in a statement.
Super Mega Baseball is not a licensed game, so don't expect to see your favorite Major League Baseball players or stadiums in the game. If that's a deal-breaker, you can play MLB 15: The Show on PlayStation consoles or RBI Baseball 15 on Xbox and PC.
Super Mega Baseball lets you play against the CPU or with up to four friends via local co-p. The game boasts a strong score of 85 on GameSpot sister site Metacritic.
NEWS SOURCE: Xbox One Gets Acclaimed Super Mega Baseball Today (via) GameSpot
Aug 13, 2015 - 4:55 PM - by garyopa
Reddit posters have found a way to unlock a higher quality XB1 stream on your Windows 10 desktop PC.
One of the coolest features of Windows 10, if you have an Xbox One, is the ability to stream your console games to your Desktop Pc or Laptop, provided they’re on the same network.
Streaming your Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC is easy, and the reviews of it say it is one of best quality, less lag setups they have ever seen and tested, but recently some Reddit users have posted up a little 'registry hack' trick to make it even much better.
So what do you think, and have you tried the Windows 10 to Xbox One hook-up yet?
One of the coolest features of Windows 10, if you have an Xbox One, is the ability to stream your console games to your Desktop Pc or Laptop, provided they're on the same network. It's something I find myself using surprisingly often - especially when my kids are hogging the TV, and I have an overwhelming urge to shoot stuff or jump on things.
I use an Xbox 360 controller connected to my PC, and everything is mapped out as it should be - it's all rather magical, provided you're on a wired connection, or have Wi-Fi that's up to the task. If Xbox One Streaming does have a problem though, it's one of quality. Even on the highest available setting, the visual quality of the stream means games look worse than they should (though, it has to be said, better than PlayStation TV's remote play - and less laggy, too).
Some enterprising chaps over at Reddit
have found a way to unlock a higher quality stream, and it's easy to do. Here's how:
[Close your Xbox App before you begin]
- Step 1: Open File Explorer, and copy/paste this location:
- Step 2: Scroll down and open the folder that starts with "Microsoft.XboxApp..."
- Step 3: Open the folder LocalState
- Step 4: Right click the file called "userconsoledata" and choose Open With.. (select Notepad or Wordpad)
- Step 5: Change this:
into this: true
- Step 6: Now open the Xbox App, begin streaming- and in the top right of the stream window, click the ((o)) button to select Very High.
I've done it myself, and can attest that it not only works - but improves the quality of the stream dramatically. What it seems to do is remove the limit on network bandwidth available to the Xbox One app - so even if you weren't getting great performance on high, you may have better streaming on "very high." Here's the wonderful Ori and the Blind Forest, streamed to PC:
And here, from the same Reddit thread, is a comparison between World of Tanks on High and Very High, clickable, to save your bandwidth.
Very High: http://i.imgur.com/VJ41dRS.png
NEWS SOURCE: How to unlock 'very high' quality Xbox One streaming in Windows 10 (via) LazyGamer
Aug 13, 2015 - 8:12 AM - by garyopa
Price and Season Pass Offer Detailed
The reveal trailer for Dying Light: The Following is here! Don't you all just want to take a drive in the Harran countryside? The local population seems positively charming.
For the Zombie killing fans out there, the big expansion for Dying Light is coming someday, and to get you into the killing mood, here is a new trailer, along with the fact that 'season pass' holders will get it all for FREE, others sadly will need to fork over $14.99 for it.
So there you go, are you ready to kill more zombies then you can handle, all is left for us to know is when the expansion is coming!
After a successful showing at Gamescom 2015, Techland has released the reveal trailer for Dying Light: The Following - a story-based expansion set in a massive new area that's as big as the original maps from Dying Light combined. Dying Light: The Following will see Kyle Crane travel to a hazardous outback ruled by mysterious and fanatical cultists whose beliefs have unnerving connections with the zombie outbreak.
To get close to the cult and unravel their secrets, players will need to earn the trust of the locals. Through various missions and tasks, players will be able to choose their own path for infiltrating the inner circles of the cultists. In order to succeed in this harsh countryside, players will also gain access to fully customizable and upgradable dirt buggies. With its own unique skill tree, players will be able to traverse the vast expanse of the Harran countryside in what is their deadliest weapon yet.
"Gamescom 2015 was our first chance to let people play Dying Light: The Following so I was a bit nervous - admits producer Tymon Smektała. But so many positive reactions really showed me we made the right decision to work on this expansion. With its new map and far-reaching gameplay additions, it feels like we've hit the sweet spot for what players are expecting from us."
While a release date is still to be determined, Techland has confirmed that Dying Light: The Following will be priced at $14.99, while all Season Pass holders will receive the expansion completely free.
Aug 12, 2015 - 1:28 PM - by garyopa
Microsoft is gearing up to make its big ugly Xbox One console a big part of its Windows 10 strategy!
Despite calls from analysts and shareholders to spin or sell off the division over the last several years, Microsoft leadership has always insisted that its Xbox console is a core part of its business
Windows 10 rolled out just under two weeks ago, and there been alot of fanfare about how the Xbox will be 'upgraded' to core Win 10 interface and app store system come this holiday season in November, and one of main reasons for this is Microsoft is pushing to connect the PC Master Gaming Race into the Dedicated Gaming Console Race, well of course the XBOX, other rivals can stay out, and miss all the fun of downloading Windows 10 apps onto their dashboard, and playing 'office' on your living room TV along with games.
So do you think this idea of merging Windows and Xbox will work out in the end for the better, to make the gamer happy, or just upset with all the extra stuff he really does not want to be bother with understanding or learning, when all he wants 'games', Microsoft says they all about 'gaming', but so far all I see is talk about using Xbox as 'work computer', having mini-office on it, and so far the app store on PC Windows 10 side is very little in the 'way of good games', most of it is indie or FTP mobile type games!
"I think Windows itself will be a critical component to the success I think we can realize of Xbox itself - and gaming will be a critical component of the success of Windows. I really believe that," Microsoft Xbox boss Phil Spencer told gaming site Polygon in an interview.
The Xbox One console already has a bunch of Microsoft apps like OneDrive cloud storage and Skype. In November, Microsoft is going to take it a step further with a software update that installs a full-fledged version of the new Windows 10 operating system on the gaming console.
With Windows 10, Microsoft has shifted its strategy away from using the operating system itself as a high-revenue sales driver, instead using it as the bait to get you to spend more money with on Microsoft subscription services and apps.
"As Windows 10 has moved to free upgrade, and us focusing more on service and store, the importance of entertainment and games to the Windows ecosystem has become really prevalent to the company," Spencer told Polygon.
The Xbox One, as Microsoft's game-playing, media-consuming powerhouse of a TV set-top box, stands to drive a lot of that shift - people like to play games, and the more games there are for Xbox and Windows 10, the better-positioned the company is to take advantage.
Indeed, the Xbox One and Windows 10 are designed to play nicely together: You can stream games from an Xbox One console to a Windows 10 PC over your local network, via the new Xbox app. A bunch of Windows 10 games, like the Solitaire collection, integrate with your Xbox friends list.
It blurs the boundaries between the PC and the Xbox, and makes it more appealing to stay in Microsoft's carefully cultivated Windows 10 playground, since everything integrates with everything else. Microsoft's Minecraft is even coming to the HoloLens futuristic holographic computer, which is itself part of the Windows 10 gameplan.
That Windows 10 update even has the potential to let you run apps like Microsoft Office on the Xbox One, giving the games console a whole second life as a low-cost productivity machine (though Microsoft hasn't yet announced anything).
"When you look at the device ecosystems out there, you realize if any of these devices are going to work, games are one of the primary forms of applications people are going to play," Spencer says. "It's nice. It's all coming together in a nice way."
NEWS SOURCE: Gaming is 'critical' to the success of Windows 10 (via) BusinessInsider
Aug 11, 2015 - 12:26 PM - by garyopa
BUT with a big catch to it, you will need EA Access
Electronic Arts is currently looking into bringing all its cool Xbox 360 titles to the EA Access vault via backwards compatibility. This could make the service even more desirable.
It was very nice for Microsoft to offer publishers the option to 'enable' backwards support for their Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, of course it does not mean it was going to be 100% free, as EA has figured out a nice trick to buried them all inside their EA Access Vault.
So there you go you got your wish more 'backwards' is coming to your Xbox One, but be ready to cough up more money per year!
EA Access and backwards compatibility on the Xbox One together is turning out to be a deadly combination that could benefit Microsoft and Electronic Arts significantly in the years to come.
We all know EA Access as the service that provides exciting games in a vault for just $29.99 dollars per year. By paying that amount on a yearly basis, Xbox One owners can play all the games in the vault for as long as they want.
At the moment, there are only 13 games in the vault, and all of them are modern titles. However, with the advent of backwards compatibility coming to the Xbox One, Electronic Arts is making plans to introduce Xbox 360 games to the vault in the future.
NEWS SOURCE: Backwards Compatible EA Games Coming To EA Access On Xbox One (via) TechTimes
Aug 10, 2015 - 7:12 PM - by garyopa
If you live outside US or CANADA or UK, tough luck wanting to try Xbox One's new feature next year!
Xbox One’s DVR functionality, announced at Gamescom in Cologne last week, will only be available in three countries at launch next year.
When Xbox One was first announced long long time ago, in land far far away, the DVR was one of the 'features' they bragged about being there at 'launch', and when 'launch' finally came, it was no place in sight, Microsoft even seem to had 'forgotten' about it, because when last week's GamesCom rolled around, they push it out has something cool and new they just dreamed up last week, and it will be coming in 2016, well now the fanfare is over, and the truth is coming out, even when it finally does launch it will only be in 3 regions.
And now look at that last bold line above, the darn thing will NOT even work with your 500GB or 1TB internal HDD, I guess now we know the reason behind Seagate getting the license to produce a nice 2TB Official External HDD for XB1, as you will NEED it to use DVR.
Xbox One's DVR feature will initially launch in only the US, Canada and the UK
, Microsoft has confirmed to VG247.
DVR was shown off in Microsoft's Gamescom press conference, and was slated for release in 2016.
But a representative, speaking at Gamescom in Cologne last week, said the company would announce release details for other countries, such as Germany and France, "at a later date".
Xbox One's Digital TV Tuner has been released across Europe, and is available in France, Germany, Spain and Italy, the region's major non-British markets.
The free feature will allow the recording of over-the-air TV and playback on various Windows devices via streaming, including tablets and PCs using the Windows 10 Xbox app and Smartglass.
External storage will be required for Xbox One's DVR system.
NEWS SOURCE: Xbox One DVR to initially launch in just three countries (via) VG247