Xbox One, Now With More Halo!

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Earlier today Microsoft announced, that beginning in March they are going to be releasing a new Xbox One bundle. This new bundle will consist of; the standard edition Xbox One as well as Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Which is a compendium of the following Halo games;  Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4)  all for $349 in the USA. It will be released in Canada in April for $399

If you don’t already have an Xbox One and are a huge Halo fan, this might just be the right bundle for you.

Via- Xbox Wire

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
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Buy an Xbox One, Choose a Game for Free – Sept. 7 – 13

If you haven’t yet made the jump to the new generation of gaming, then head to your favorite retailer next week and pick up an Xbox One. For one week only – from September 7 through September 13 – when you buy an Xbox One from participating retailers in the U.S. and Canada, you’ll get a free Xbox One game of your choice. The offer is valid for any retail Xbox One game, and the offer is good for Xbox One system bundles, too – so if you want to pick up the Xbox One Madden NFL 15 Bundle or Forza Motorsport 5 Bundle, you’re getting another free game of your choice on top of it!

In Canada I found this promotion available at Future Shop, Best Buy and the Microsoft Store. Honestly though I’d rather get the special edition Destiny Bundle that includes a white PS4. However if you didn’t already have an Xbox one and were thinking of getting one, this week would probably be the right time to pick one up.

via Buy an Xbox One, Choose a Game for Free – Sept. 7 – 13.

EA Press Conference E3 2014

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We’re about to kick off the EA press conference, you can watch it live on Spike TV or stream it from www.ea.com/e3 and www.twitch.tv/ea.

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Microsoft E3 2014 Press Conference

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In about an hour E3 2014 will officially start, you can stream the Xbox Press Conference live beginning today at 9:00 AM PT with pre-show coverage on Xbox.com, and on your Xbox One or 360 via Xbox Live. You can also watch the press conference on Spike TV at 9:30 AM PT. Immediately after the press conference you can watch the Post Show at 11:15 AM PT over on Twitch.tv/xbox.

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

E3 2014 Press Conferences

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It’s that time again, we’re on the eve of the biggest Video Game conference in North America. E3 starts the hype train tomorrow with a full day of press conferences from the all the major industry players. Luckily we can watch all the announcements safe from our cozy homes and avoid the filthy streets of LA (obviously I kid, I’m still sad that I can”t be there this year). Check out the schedule below and links to all the major press conferences.

Microsoft 9:00 a.m. Monday, June 9 at 9:30 a.m. PT
You can stream the Xbox Press Confernce live beginning on June 9 at 9:00 AM PT with pre-show coverage on Xbox.com, and Xbox Live. You can also watch the press conference on Spike TV at 9:30 AM PT. Also, immediately after the press conference you can watch the Post Show at 11:15 AM PT over on Twitch.tv/xbox.

EA 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 9 at 12 p.m. PT
You can watch the EA press conference live on Spike TV or stream it from www.ea.com/e3 and www.twitch.tv/ea.

Ubisoft 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 9 at 3 p.m. PT
Watch the Ubisoft conference live at www.twitch.tv/ubisoft or www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcu6PBvshoM.

Sony 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 9 at 6 p.m. PT
Watch PlayStation’s E3 Press Conference live on www.ustream.tv/ps4 and us.playstation.com.

Nintendo 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 10 at 9 a.m. PT
Nintendo’s event will be on Tuesday morning, visit e3.nintendo.com at 9 AM PT to watch the Nintendo Digital Event livestream.

By Ricardo “Rico” Ferreira
@RicF

Microsoft Acquires Gears of War From Epic Games

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Microsoft announced this morning that they have acquired the rights to the entire Gears of War franchise; including all existing and future games, merchandise, as well as entertainment experiences (TV shows, movies, etc) from Epic Games. They also announced that there will be a new team, Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, B.C  taking over development of the Gears of War franchise, similar to how 343 Studios took over Halo from Bungie.  Joining Black Tusk Studios will be former Director of Production at Epic Games, Rod Fergusson, who will be taking a key leadership role at this new studio and helping to drive the franchise forward.

Epic Games also announced in a statement that they are licensing the Unreal Engine 4 technology to Microsoft in support of their future projects. They also said they are very proud of the “Gears” franchise and are happy with this agreement, as this allows Microsoft to forge ahead with the “Gears” franchise while they themselves concentrate on new projects.

This is pretty huge news, especially for the Vancouver video games industry. Hopefully this will help to rejuvenate a once healthy game industry, that recently has seen many games and studios going elsewhere. I look forward to seeing what Microsoft does with the franchise and I guess this ends the question of if we will ever see a “Gears” game on a Sony platform, although, now maybe we will get gears on PC…… *crosses fingers*

Via- Microsoft

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Xbox One Sells More Than 1 Million Consoles Worldwide In Less Then 24 Hours

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Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One, which launched today in 13 markets around the world, has officially sold more then 1 Million consoles, thus surpassing the day one sales of the Xbox 360, and setting a new record for Microsoft.

Microsoft has stated that the Xbox One is sold out at most retailers and that they are working on replenishing stock as quickly as possible.

“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Xbox. “Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”

So, both the PS4 and Xbox One are off to a fantastic start in this new console generation. Here is hoping that both can continue to get consoles out to fans and keep up with demand around the world. Microsoft has launched in 13 Markets around the world today, ranging from New Zealand all the way through North America and into Europe in the UK and Germany. Sony has launched in North America already, and launches in Europe next week. As this holiday season starts to heat up, I just hope that both these console juggernauts can keep up with, what is quite simply, phenomenal demand from consumers.

Via- Microsoft

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Ryse: Son Of Rome Gets Launch Trailer, Looks Truly Stunning

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To celebrate the launch of Ryse: Son of Rome for the Xbox One, Microsoft has released this launch trailer for the game. I have to admit, they did a great job putting this one together. I have had the chance to play Ryse and I walked away not all that impressed, but this trailer sure makes it look like something special. Here is hoping the game is a lot more then what I have seen of it so far. Take a look at this fantastic launch trailer below.


Ryse: Son of Rome is launching this Friday, Nov 22 alongside the Xbox One.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

Xbox One Won’t Have Twitch Streaming At Launch

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Microsoft has announced more details about its upcoming Twitch app today, among them, the fact that the Xbox One will not be able to stream over Twitch at launch, but it will be a feature they are hoping to have sometime in early 2014. The Twitch experience on Xbox One will be open to Xbox Live Gold members when they launch the app. So to at least get all of us excited for it when it finally does come around, they have released this video showing off how the Twitch app will work when it comes out.

I will be very interested to see how this compares to the built in Twitch on the PS4 when it gets released.

Via-Microsoft

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody

New Video Showing Off The Xbox One’s Dashboard

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In the newest video from Microsoft, we get a step by step walkthrough of the new Xbox One dashboard. It is 12 minutes of Xbox Dashboard goodness, so if you are curious how the Xbox One will work when not playing games and how it will feel to navigate, look no further.


The Xbox One is slated to be released in North America on Nov 22, 2013.

By Dayne “Anjel” Cody
@DayneCody