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Date: Monday, 21 Jul 2014 18:59

Are you ready for the Destiny Beta on Xbox? This coming Wednesday, we invite you to join us to help celebrate the launch of the beta everyone will be playing this week. Since we’ll be in San Diego for Comic-con, we’re inviting locals to join us at the San Diego Microsoft Store at Fashion Valley Mall.

Destiny Beta

We’ll be broadcasting the Destiny beta on Xbox One over Twitch from the store, before raffling off some great prizes to those in attendance. Bonus: the first 100 attendees will receive a code for the Destiny beta for Xbox, redeemable on Bungie.net.

Here’s everything you need to know:

When: Wednesday, July 23rd at 5:00 PM

Where: Fashion Valley Microsoft retail store in San Diego

Who: everyone is welcome

Once the broadcast is concluded, we’ll be sticking around with our friends at Razer for their event, which continues at the Microsoft Store until 11pm. They’ve got a lot planned, so be sure to find all the details here.

If you’re planning on attending, please let us know by RSVPing on this event’s page on Facebook. This event is free, and you don’t need Comic-con passes to attend. See you there!

If you miss us on Wednesday, make sure to swing by the Microsoft Store outside of the Xbox Lounge at the Manchester Hyatt.  They’ll be running Comic-con-only Xbox offers on-site, including console and pre-order game offers.

 

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Author: "Jeff Rubenstein" Tags: "Events"
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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 17:05

You have made Xbox what it is today and we couldn’t be more grateful for your support and valuable feedback. Our focus continues to be on you and what you want in the product. Last month, we launched Xbox Feedback, a dedicated channel for all your thoughts and recommendations. We will begin implementing some of the features you requested by rolling out the next Xbox One system update for folks who get early access. We’re looking forward to hearing feedback on features before we roll them out to all Xbox One consoles next month and beyond.

In the next update, we’ll improve a number of social features to make sharing your gaming experiences with friends better and easier. Here’s a shortlist of features rolling out next week to those with early access to the Xbox One system update:

  • Activity feed updates: We’re adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed.  The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We’ll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to “like” and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message). You’ll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and “like” specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates).
  • Expanded Friends area on Home: Right from Home, see what’s going on with your friends. Stay up-to-date with their current activity, the top trending games your friends are playing, and a leaderboard to see who has been working the hardest on their Gamerscore. We’re doing an extended preview on this, rolling it into the early access preview this month to a subset of our preview audience so we can refine it until it’s ready for the entire Xbox One market.
  • Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home – if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase.
  • Low battery notification: You asked for it, now a notification will pop up when your controller battery is getting low.
  • Disable notifications during video: Adding the ability to turn off notifications based feedback we heard from you.
  • Enabling 3D Blu-ray: An update to the Blu-ray player app will enable 3D Blu-ray functionality on Xbox One.
  • OneGuide in Brazil, Mexico, Austria and Ireland: Live TV listings can be configured for four new countries as part of this month’s Preview program. And now there is an OneGuide Issue Reporter available under the TV & OneGuide settings, Troubleshooting section.
  • Last seen time in Friends list: Direct from Xbox Feedback, the friends list will now show how long it’s been since a friend has been online. For example, “Last seen 20m ago: Forza Motorsport 5.”

In addition to these features, we are still always doing other work on the backend you may not notice including getting ready to ship in 29 new markets starting this September.

Thank you for your incredible support. You’ve helped us make Xbox One a great place to play games and we’re looking forward to the road ahead as we get ready to launch the most critically acclaimed games this holiday.

 

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Author: "Jeff Rubenstein" Tags: "System Update, Xbox One"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 15:00

Magic 2015 - Duels of the PlaneswalkersContent: Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers

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Game Description: Hunt bigger game on a bold new adventure with Magic 2015 — Duels of the Planeswalkers! Hone your skills as you battle your way across the planes of the Multiverse. Beware though, Planeswalker. Your biggest danger is one of your own… Garruk Wildspeaker, the greatest hunter known, is now hunting you! Magic 2015 is the best way to learn to play the Magic trading card game. It provides hours of game play and allows you to collect cards and build decks from that collection.

Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue

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Author: "Jeff Rubenstein" Tags: "Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 14:34

Abyss OdysseyContent: Abyss Odyssey

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Game Description: From indie Chilean developer ACE Team comes an Art Nouveau-styled, side-scrolling action adventure game featuring a complex fighting engine in procedurally generated levels that destine its three warriors to battle for an eternity. Enter the bold Katrien, the tortured specter Ghost Monk, and the ethereal Pincoya. Perform combos and chain attacks, and release a flurry of blows in order to survive what lies beneath. Your path into the unknown may start out with three fierce warriors, but when you learn to possess your enemies, you can challenge the abyss with their skills and combat abilities. Use these abilities available to you and attempt to figure out the infinite abyss. But the difficulties in accomplishing this great task don’t end there! The side-scrolling levels never play out the same way twice, from the monsters they are filled with, to the locations of life-saving merchants, or the unique encounters and treasures to be found.

Add the game trial to your Xbox 360 download queue

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Author: "Jeff Rubenstein" Tags: "Arcade, Marketplace, Xbox 360"
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Date: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 13:00

Pinball FX2 is finally coming to Xbox One! Zen Studios Community Manager Bobby Loertscher shares details, date, and the all-important table list below:

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We know you’ve been eagerly awaiting the next-gen release of Pinball FX2, and we are happy to say that it will be here this month! On July 31st, you’ll be able to play many of your favorite tables on Xbox One, all running at 60 frames per second and in stunning 1080p. As always, downloading Pinball FX2 is totally free for all players, with playable demos of each table so you can try before you buy. This version will also include the Sorcerer’s Lair table absolutely free!

Our launch day table library includes the following:

  • Deadpool
  • Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within: Episode IV A New Hope, Han Solo, Droids, Masters of the Force
  • Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Starfighter Assault, Darth Vader
  • Star Wars Pinball Original pack: Episode V, Boba Fett, The Clone Wars
  • Doctor Strange
  • Zen Classics: Shaman, El Dorado, Tesla and V12
  • Pinball FX2 Core pack: Biolab, Pasha, Rome, Secrets of the Deep
  • Marvel Civil War
  • Plants VS. Zombies
  • Marvel Pinball pack: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, and Blade
  • Marvel Pinball Avengers Chronicles: World War Hulk, Infinity Gauntlet, The Avengers, and Fear Itself
  • Marvel Pinball Vengeance and Virtue: Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, Thor, and X-Men
  • Epic Quest
  • Paranormal
  • Sorcerer’s Lair
  • Captain America
  • Fantastic Four
  • Mars
  • Earth Defense
  • Excalibur

More tables including The Walking Dead will also be added later on! News coming soon. Prices for tables range between $2.49 and $2.99 for single tables, and $9.99 for table packs. We’ve set up an FAQ page on our forums for those of you with questions, but don’t hesitate to let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Author: "Jeff Rubenstein" Tags: "Xbox One"
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 18:04

If you’re in the market for a new Xbox One Wireless Controller or Stereo Headset, you’ll have some new options this autumn. These new editions sport a modern camouflage pattern and military look, while retaining the same functionality of existing models.

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The Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Wireless Controller features a Metallic chrome d-pad in addition to the camo pattern. It ships in October for an MSRP of $64.99 US.

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Also shipping in October is the Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Stereo Headset. It includes a detachable Stereo Headset Adapter, and will retail for an MSRP of $89.99 US.

Enjoy some close-up looks of the Xbox One Special Edition Armed Forces Wireless Controller and Stereo Headset here. Look to your local retailer soon for pre-order details and availability.

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Author: "Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson" Tags: "Accessories, Xbox One"
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Date: Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 12:00

Here are this week’s games and add-on Deals with Gold on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 21 July 2014 unless otherwise indicated with (*).

  

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare Xbox One Game 40%
Wolfenstein: The New Order* Xbox One Game 33%

*This deal is available for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members from July 17th to 20th only

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
BIOSHOCK INFINITE Games on Demand 57%
BIOSHOCK INFINITE- BURIAL AT SEA EP 1 Add-on 33%
BIOSHOCK INFINITE- BURIAL AT SEA EP 2 Add-on 33%
BIOSHOCK INFINITE- CLASH IN CLOUDS Add-on 50%
BIOSHOCK INFINITE- COLUMBIA’S FINEST Add-on 50%
BIOSHOCK Games on Demand 75%
BIOSHOCK 2 Games on Demand 75%
Quake Arena* Arcade 50%
Wolfenstein 3D* Arcade 50%
Doom* Arcade 50%
Doom 2* Arcade 50%

*These deals are available for Xbox Live Gold & Silver members from July 17th to 20th only

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

 

 

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Author: "Jeff Rubenstein" Tags: "Arcade, Deal, Game Add-on, Marketplace, ..."
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Date: Monday, 14 Jul 2014 18:45

If you are looking to make your Twitter timeline a bit busier, I’ve updated this Twitter list with some of the game publishers, developers and more widely known individuals working on Xbox One games and related projects. Everyone on the list is here. If you think of any I should add please drop them in a comment below. If you want to embed the list in your own blog, I’ve shared out the embed code here. Here is what the embed looks like: