Microsoft pulls option for offline Xbox One update

By: Martin Gaston Microsoft has pulled instructions that previously offered Xbox One owners a way to update their console without connecting to the Internet. The company had previously listed a 20-step guide for downloading the latest Xbox One firmware to a USB stick and then using that to update the console, but the company has now pulled the instructions and the associated files. For the … Continue reading Microsoft pulls option for offline Xbox One update

Sony: Elder Scrolls Online not originally planned for consoles

By: Eddie Makuch Upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game The Elder Scrolls Online was not originally conceived for consoles, according to Sony. Adam Boyes, VP of publisher and developer relations at SCEA, told Game Informer that a console version of the online game was born after Sony and Bethesda met on numerous occasions to discuss the idea. “That game was never planned to come to … Continue reading Sony: Elder Scrolls Online not originally planned for consoles

Xbox One “changes everything” says Microsoft

By: Eddie Makuch The Xbox One “changes everything,” according to Microsoft. Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer appeared on Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb’s latestpodcast  to discuss the next-generation platform and how it is shaping up. He said the next-generation console changes entertainment on such a profound level that it is hard to describe. “I have my Xbox One at home now, so I’m … Continue reading Xbox One “changes everything” says Microsoft

Microsoft reverses Xbox One indie publishing requirements

By: Eddie Makuch [UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft confirmed that independent developers will be able to self-publish titles on Xbox One and that every system can be usedto make games. More details about the program will be shared at Gamescom next month. “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development,” Xbox … Continue reading Microsoft reverses Xbox One indie publishing requirements

Xbox Live Gold subscribers get free Assassin’s Creed II later this month

By: Martin Gaston Assassin’s Creed II  will be the next free game offered as part of Microsoft’s Games With Gold promotion, Microsoft spokesperson Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb has confirmed. Xbox LiveGold subscribers will be able to download the game from July 16 until the end of the month. Microsoft earlier this week announced that XBLA tower-defence game Defense Grid: The Awakening would be the free game … Continue reading Xbox Live Gold subscribers get free Assassin’s Creed II later this month

The Walking Dead: 400 Days release date announced

By: Dan Chiappini Last month, during the Electronic Entertainment Expo  (E3), Telltale Games confirmed its plans to release The Walking Dead: 400 Days, a bridging episode between the first and second seasons of its hit episodic adventure game. Today, the company confirmed that the additional chapter  will launch on selected platforms this week, landing first on the North American PlayStation Network on July 2, Steam andthe Telltale … Continue reading The Walking Dead: 400 Days release date announced

Analyst: PS4 ‘clearly’ topped Xbox One at E

By: Eddie Makuch As E3 draws to a close soon, one analyst has claimed Sony has emerged in a better position than Microsoft, though the battle is far from ended. “Clearly, Sony is emerging from E3 on stronger footing, contrasting the PS4 against the more pricey Xbox One,” Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said in a note to investors June 16th. Sebastian pointed out … Continue reading Analyst: PS4 ‘clearly’ topped Xbox One at E

Future Halo to boast ‘revolutionary multiplayer experiences’

By: Eddie Makuch Halo developer 343 Industries is looking to take multiplayer to new heights. A recent job advertisement at the studio calls for a multiplayer designer who will design and develop “revolutionary multiplayer experiences” for an upcoming Halo game. This game was not named, though Halo 5 and Halo 6 have been previously confirmed as part of the Reclaimer Trilogy. Microsoft also hasconfirmed Halo … Continue reading Future Halo to boast ‘revolutionary multiplayer experiences’

Plants vs. Zombies 2 launching July 18

By. Eddie Makuck Plants vs. Zombies 2 will launch exclusively on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch on July 18 as a free download, developer PopCap Games announced today. Previously, the game was expected to arrive sometime in July . According to the game’s official description, Plants vs. Zombies 2 has been designed “from the ground up” as a live service. The game will feature new … Continue reading Plants vs. Zombies 2 launching July 18

Xbox One preowned plan revealed?

By:  Eddie Makuch [UPDATE 2] Sources have told Polygon that the Xbox One will not require gamers pay an activation fee to play used games, but will mandate regular checks to verify the authenticity of games. Microsoft is also reportedly mulling over the idea of special “exemption codes” that could be provided to those in Internet-free scenarios, like active-duty soldiers. [UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, … Continue reading Xbox One preowned plan revealed?