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Video: The hottest Xbox One game released this year finally comes to the Xbox 360

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:45pm

Last month, EA delayed releasing the Xbox 360 version of the hit game Titanfall until April 8th for the United States and April 11th for Europe. Now that its actual Xbox 360 launch is just about here, screenshots and video of Titanfall have begun leaking all over the web. MP1ST has a particularly large collection with over an hour of video footage. The Xbox 360 version will be just like the Xbox One version, except for some small “technical differences.” “There are of course some differences that are due to the technical limitations of the hardware — for example, the game runs above 30fps — but the experts at Respawn worked with us to ensure that all the intense, 6v6

New game-changing update will double Xbox One performance

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:00pm

At Build 2014 last week, Microsoft announced DirectX 12, a new software pack that’s supposed to significantly improve the graphics performance of all sorts of devices and a new report suggests that with DirectX 12 on board, the Xbox One will deliver twice the performance it’s currently capable of offering. Writing on Neowin, Stardock founder and CEO Brad Wardell said DirectX 12 will bring multi-core processing to the Xbox One, allowing the console to offer support for Full HD (1080p) video games instead of just HD (720p) titles. “The results are spectacular. Not just in theory but in practice (full disclosure: I am involved with the Star Swarm demo which makes use of this kind of technology,) Wardell wrote. “While

Upload your Xbox One game clips to YouTube starting this week

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 5:17pm

Microsoft announced on Monday via the Xbox Wire that the ability to upload game clips directly to YouTube will be coming to the Xbox One this week. This is the second major upgrade since the console’s launch for gamers who want to share their recordings with others, the first being the addition of HD streaming and archiving on the Twitch app last month. Now Xbox One owners will be able to upload their personal recordings directly to YouTube, rather than having to go through SkyDrive as an intermediary. In case you’re keeping score, the PlayStation 4 still doesn’t have Twitch archiving or direct YouTube upload, although Sony has gone on record to assure streamers that a Twitch update is on the way. When the update

Original shows on the Xbox One will change the way you watch TV

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:12am

Microsoft will be bringing a slate of original shows to the Xbox One and Xbox 360 this year, including comedies from Sarah Silverman and Seth Green and a sci-fi thriller called “Humans,” Bloomberg reports. The company announced its intent to begin producing its own original programming late last year, but details have been sparse. According to the report, Microsoft’s Xbox television studio already has six series ready to launch, with over a dozen more in production. Considering the competitive nature of the TV industry, Microsoft will have to put its own spin on its original content in order to make an impact, which is where the focus on interactivity comes into play. Microsoft is reportedly only greenlighting shows that will benefit from

5-year-old finds flaw in Xbox Live security

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:18pm
A 5-year-old San Diego boy has outwitted the sharpest minds at Microsoft — he's found a backdoor to the Xbox. Kristoffer Von Hassel managed to log in to his father's Xbox Live account. When the password ...

Dig planned in New Mexico to unearth millions of 1980s video game cartridges

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:22pm
By Laila Kearney and Malathi Nayak SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Searchers, accompanied by documentary filmmakers, plan to scour a New Mexico landfill in an attempt to unearth a legendary dump of millions of unwanted "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" video game cartridges rumored to have been buried at the site in the early 1980s, organizers said on Friday. The suspected entombment in the small city of Alamogordo has become a point of intrigue for gamers over the past three decades, as the product tie-in to the classic 1982 movie "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" was a mammoth flop, remembered as having contributed to a sudden collapse of the video game industry in its early years. The excavation, slated for the weekend of April 26, will be chronicled in a documentary led by Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios, Microsoft said in a statement. The video game "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" hit store shelves in winter 1982 as part of a $25 million deal with director Steven Spielberg to license his movie idea with Warner Bros, the then-owner of game manufacturer Atari Corp. In an effort to push the product out by the Christmas shopping season, the game was developed in a fraction of the time typically needed for design, manufacturing and packaging, and it likely failed as a result, said Sam Claiborn, an editor at video game news site IGN.

The Xbox One will soon add a key feature gamers have been clamoring for

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 5:05pm

An Xbox One problem that’s likely annoying hardcore gamers may “soon” be fixed, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb revealed on Reddit, as the company will soon bring external game storage support to the console allowing users to install and play games on external hard drives. However, it’s not yet clear whether those external drives will be able to offer more storage space than the 500GB available by default on the Xbox One. Hryb apparently doesn’t know yet whether there will be any limitation when it comes to external media storage support, but the exec will share information once it becomes available. Last May, Microsoft senior director of product planning Albert Penello said the Xbox One’s USB 3.0 ports can be used for

Here are all the best video game trailers we saw this week (3/30)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 4:08pm

You’ve probably noticed that ever since the launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, BGR has been expanding its gaming coverage rather substantially, from previews and reviews to features and trailers. We’ve decided to combine some of that coverage to bring you all the week’s best game trailers in one convenient location. Here are the five best game trailers for the week of March 30th. ———————————— Mario Kart 8 This one was important enough for us to cover when it hit on Thursday, but we still couldn’t bring ourselves exclude it from the round-up. Saying that Mario Kart 8 could save the Wii U might sound a bit hyperbolic, but it wouldn’t be too far from the truth. Well over a year out from the Wii U’s launch, Nintendo fans are still

Video: The Xbox One has a big ace up its sleeve to help it win the console war

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:51pm

The PlayStation 4 has certainly won the early battles of the console war but it’s still way too early to count the Xbox One out. Why? Because Microsoft thinks its cloud computing prowess is the ace up its sleeve that will help it pull ahead of Sony over the long-term. In a new video posted on the official Xbox blog, Microsoft shows us how its Xbox Live Compute cloud gaming platform has helped give Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment the ability to concentrate on making the best game possible without fretting over whether its multiplayer components will overpower Microsoft’s server capacity. “One of the biggest advantages to having additional server horsepower is being able to rely on that power to make more ‘stuff’

5-year-old discovers major Xbox One security flaw, earns big reward

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:37pm

A 5-year-old boy discovered a major Xbox One security flaw that allowed him to log into his father's account without the correct password. Kristoffer Von Hassel somehow figured out how to completely bypass the Xbox One's login safeguards. But that elation quickly turned to panic: Von Hassel "got nervous" that his father would somehow find out he'd logged in without permission.

5-year-old discovers huge Xbox One security vulnerability

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:37pm

Out of the mouths of babes… come the secrets of the video game industry, apparently. San Diego news station KGTV reports that five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel stumbled upon a blatant security flaw while playing on his family’s Xbox One, giving him access to games his parents thought they had restricted. Kristoffer, the young programmer-to-be, attempted to log in to his father’s Xbox Live account, but entered an incorrect password. A second verification screen followed, and by hitting the space button several times and pressing enter, he was able to access his father’s account. When Kristoffer’s father, Robert Davies, found the boy logged in to his account, he asked him how he’d managed to do it. Kristoffer repeated the process for his father, demonstrating the vulnerability.

Upcoming video games: 'Titanfall' on 360, 'The Wolf Among Us - Episode 3,' 'Trials Frontier'

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:55am

Xbox One tentpole "Titanfall" arrives on Xbox 360, grown-up fairy tale interpretation "The Wolf Among Us" receives its third of six episodes, and "Trials Frontier" attempts to take back smartphone territory from its motocross-themed brethren.

Video: Mario Kart 8, the Wii U’s best hope, shown off in new trailer

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 12:40pm

The release of Mario Kart 8 was always going to be a big deal but it’s more important than ever because both it and the new Super Smash Bros. game are now the last, best hope for the Wii U. Nintendo on Thursday unleashed a brand-new trailer for its Mario Kart 8 racing game that showed off some new characters that have been added to the mix as well as some killer new courses that we haven’t seen before, including the newest version of Rainbow Road. Mario Kart has long been one of Nintendo’s biggest hits and it’s banking that Mario Kart 8 will be the game that finally helps boost Wii U sales. 2008′s Mario Kart Wii has sold an

PS4 vs. Xbox One: The ultimate showdown takes place tonight

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:01am

Winning the heart, minds and wallets of gamers around the world is the easy part. Winning over Dr. Sheldon Cooper, on the other hand, is the ultimate challenge for the new console generation. Microsoft and Sony both launched their next-generation video game consoles ahead of the holidays last year, and both boxes have gotten off to a phenomenal start. The PlayStation 4 has clearly pulled ahead in terms of sales, while the Xbox One’s game selection still has an early edge. What will undoubtedly be the toughest task these great consoles have faced to date, however, is making their way into Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment on Thursday night’s episode of The Big Bang Theory. As noted by PlayStation blog DualShockers, an upcoming new

Microsoft reveals its game-changing plan to make the Xbox rule your world

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:29pm

Microsoft on Wednesday showed off what could be the key to its future: Universal Windows apps that will be available on the Xbox console. This means that developers will one day be able to develop apps that run on Windows PCs, Windows Phones and the Xbox all at once. This has some major implications for gaming since it has the potential to completely tear down the wall between PC gaming and console gaming.  As part of this initiative, Microsoft will be bringing Kinect V2 to Windows that will bring major improvements to Kinect for Windows’ gesture recognition and body-tracking technology. During its presentation, Microsoft said that it saw Kinect as a whole new way to interact with computers and represented

PS4 sales double Xbox One as console war heats up

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 5:34pm

We’re now well past the initial launch phase of the next-generation video game console “war” that began last November when Sony and Microsoft each launched their new console offerings. Sales of both systems exploded out of the gate, but the PlayStation 4 soon pulled ahead and now the Xbox One trails by an increasing margin. At last count, Sony sold more than 6 million units through the beginning of March, while Microsoft’s last official sales figure was 3 million Xbox One units sold in 2013. Now, according to the latest sales estimates, Sony’s PS4 may in fact be widening its lead over the Xbox One. According to newly released sales estimates from VGChartz, PS4 sales during the week ending March

Xbox One Gamers Stream 10 Million Minutes of 'Titanfall'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:48pm

Xbox One gamers love playing "Titanfall," and they love showing it off to their friends even more. Since the March launch of Twitch live-streaming on Xbox One, fans of the mech-infused first-person shooter have broadcast 10 million minutes worth of their own wall-running, pistol-blasting and robot face-punching. When "Titanfall" and Xbox One Twitch streaming made their simultaneous debut on Mar. 11, 30 percent of Twitch's broadcasters were coming from Microsoft's new console.

Microsoft turns SmartGlass into a universal remote as Xbox TV expands worldwide

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:00am

Microsoft is previewing a new SmartGlass app today. It’s a significant upgrade from the existing app, with Microsoft's TV guide functionality (OneGuide) integrated into the app and the ability to control a TV or set-top box with its DVR functionality from a smartphone or tablet. While SmartGlass already had some options to control TV volume, it's now effectively a universal remote. The new SmartGlass app also includes a new feature that shows recently-watched channels to make it easy to switch between them.

Xbox has a new boss, and he wants to ‘do what’s right for fans’

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:00pm

It’s been nearly a year since the anyone held the title Head of Xbox, but Microsoft is finally ready to announce the next chief. Phil Spencer, former VP of Microsoft Game Studios, has been appointed head of the division, filling a spot left open by Don Mattrick, who left last July to head Zynga. Spencer has been the de facto face of the Xbox One for some time now, answering dozens of questions from curious fans on Twitter week after week, and his first message to Xbox owners as head of the division is in line with outward facing strategy. “Our community is at the heart of what we do at Xbox,” writes Spencer. “Whether it is meeting thousands of

Xbox co-founder discusses PS4′s early lead and virtual reality gaming

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:08pm

Ed Fries, co-founder of the Xbox project and former Microsoft VP, left the company more than 10 years ago to pursue other interests, but last week he re-entered the world of console gaming to discuss the new generation. In an “Ask me Anything” on Yabbly, Fries answered a wide variety of questions concerning the game industry, from his thoughts on Facebook’s purchase of Oculus VR to what he would have done differently if he could relaunch the original Xbox. “Probably the easiest answer is the controller,” said Fries, in response to a question about launch regrets. “A lot of people hated the big controller we shipped with the first version.” As with any new console generation, game releases are few and far