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Xbox to PC streaming with simultanous television viewing a goal

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Playing games from the comfort of other devices in one’s own home holds promise in itself if implemented properly, and with the Xbox One aiming to be the all-in-one device for everybody in the house, potential issues could arise.  For example, if a family uses the Xbox One as both a gaming system and television box, but an individual is using the box to stream games to the computer, those who want to watch television would be inconvenienced. Luckily, Microsoft is working hard to avoid this drawback.

In answering Twitter questions following the Windows 10 announcement, head of Xbox Phil Spencer confirmed that his team is working to allow for simultaneous use of Xbox One to PC streaming and television viewing.  He noted that the feature may not be available right out of the gate, but that every effort is being made to push this capability out as soon as possible.  Not only will the Xbox One to PC streaming cut the metaphorical cord, allowing users to play anywhere in the house on a number of connected devices, but it will also essentially extend the usefulness of the console by allowing for two of its features to be used in their entirety without regulating one to the snap window.

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Riptide GP2 review (Xbox One)

Riptide GP2 was developed and published by Vector Unit. It was released on Xbox One on January 23, 2015 for $4.99. A code was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

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In Riptide GP2 you take control of a hydro jet and take to the waterways to put your racing skills to the test against AI, your local friends and/or the Xbox leaderboards. The better your racing skills are, the faster you will rake in the winnings and progress to the next set of challenges. You can use the money you’ve won to upgrade your current hydro jet or purchase one of 10 others that unlock as you progress higher in rank. With over 25 stunts at your disposal, and with doing stunts being the main way to increase your boost, finding the right line to hit a jump at max speed will take some time and patience but will ultimately help you win events.

Even before playing Riptide GP2, the mere mention of its developer, Vector Unit, immediately made me think of Hydro Thunder Hurricane (HTH), an Xbox Live Arcade game released in 2010. Hydro Thunder Hurricane is also made by Vector Unit. Unfortunately, Riptide GP2 is so similar to HTH that it feels more like an updated port or unreleased HTH downloadable content than a complete game in itself, which is what it should feel like.

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Unmechanical: Extended Edition review (Xbox One)

Unmechanical: Extended Edition was developed and published on Xbox One by Grip Games as an improvement to Talawa Games’ and Teotl Studios’s Unmechanical. It will release on January 30, 2015 for $9.99. A copy was provided by Talawa Games for review purposes.

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Up until January 21, 2015, I didn’t even know this game existed until I happened to come across an achievement list for the Xbox One version. The game peaked my interest, and I’m glad I saw that achievement list. Unmechanical was originally released on Steam and Android in 2012 and has been rereleased to home consoles with a new extra side level called “Extended”.

Unmechanical: Extended Edition claims itself as a simple game with a variety of puzzles. After starting the game and looking at the controls, it was definitely simple. The left or right stick can move the character and every button and trigger besides the Y button was a tractor beam. That’s it. What can a simple game bring to the table?

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Opinion: Xbox One to PC streaming is almost too good to be true

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Yes, you read that headline correctly. Your Xbox One games will soon be stream-able to any Windows 10 PC or tablet. If you weren’t able to watch the Windows 10 Consumer Preview on Wednesday the 21st, then you missed out. It was a great show, and a lot of cool stuff was revealed for the Windows 10 platform.

The entire time I was watching, I had this feeling that streaming Xbox One games would finally be announced. Just before Phil Spencer — head of Xbox — said the magic words, I tweeted this:

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Details about the upcoming Resident Evil Revelations 2 Raid mode

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At midnight PST today, Capcom has released its first details about Raid mode for the upcoming Resident Evil Revelations 2. As a popular mode in the first Resident Evil Revelations, information about Raid mode has been kept quiet until now.

With a little less than a month until the game releases, here are the details released by Capcom.

* There will be 15 playable characters in Raid mode. As of now, the known characters available are Claire, Barry, Moira and a character named Gina that you’ll meet in Episode 1. The characters Hunk and Wesker are also available depending on how the game is bought. Hunk and Wesker can also be purchased individually.

* Raid mode will be available only for local co-op on release. Online co-op will be added in after the final episode is released. Capcom states that the development team is currently focusing on making sure “online co-op will function as expected.”

More information is available. Continue to find out.

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XBLA Fans’ 25 most anticipated games of 2015

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You’ve read our picks for the best XBLA and ID@Xbox games of 2014. Now it’s time to look forward with us at what might be the best games of 2015. While fully acknowledging that some of these games likely won’t up to their billing and others may get pushed into 2016, these are the 2015 games that XBLA Fans is currently most looking forward to. If these releases aren’t on your radar yet, they will be after you’re done reading.


#IDARB

Developers: Other Ocean Interactive and The People of the Internet

#IDARB is a particularly interesting game to say we’re anticipating in 2015, seeing as XBLA Fans got our hands on what we were told was the “final” game in December and published our review already. This zany handball-meets-platformer game from Other Ocean Interactive and the fine folks of the internet — many features crowd sourced — isn’t officially out until February, though, when it will be part of the Games with Gold promotion. It’s difficult to explain just what #IDARB is, but it’s easy to recommend that you go play it when it releases next month.

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Game of Thrones episode 2 coming February 4

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Winter may be coming, but the next episode of Telltale’s Game of Thrones is going to arrive sooner. Episode 2: The Lost Lords will continue the story of House Forrester, a household caught in the middle of the War of the Five Kings. Telltale released a first look at the episode, and while it doesn’t give away much it seems players can at least count on visiting The Wall. The Lost Lords launches February 4 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One for $4.99, and is available as part of the season pass. Check out the first look trailer after the jump.

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Coming soon to an Xbox One dashboard near you

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February is right around the corner, and Microsoft has announced new updates are coming to the Xbox One when it gets here. Members of the Xbox One Preview Program may have already downloaded the updates in question, but here are the upcoming features. If you have any feedback or ideas about any features, check out the Xbox Feedback page.

1. Custom backgrounds and tile transparency – As you see in the screenshot below, Microsoft has added transparency to some home tiles to allow a better view of the Xbox One background. Microsoft has stated that some items were not made transparent due to “usage rights/restrictions for certain images.”

A new feature to Xbox One, custom backgrounds will now be allowed. This option will be accessible by going to “My games & apps,” “Apps,” “Settings,” “My Xbox,” “My background” and “Custom image.”

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There are more features added to the update below. Check them out.

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Riptide GP2 is out now for Xbox One

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From Vector Unit, the makers of Hydro Thunder Hurricane for Xbox 360 and Windows 8, Riptide GP 2 is out now on Xbox One for a low starting price of $4.99.

In a feature and time that was before this author’s time, Riptide GP was a requested title from a previous author.

Riptide GP 2 features racing with a hydro jet through many different environments including cityscapes, harbors and more. There are over 60 single players events to play with 10 upgradable hydro jets. Players can even do a variety of stunts as well. To cap it off, there is local multiplayer with up to six players.

Will you be joining in on the race?

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Unmechanical: Extended Edition hovers to Xbox One on January 30

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Grip Games, Talawa Games and Teotl Studios have announced that their hit game Unmechanical will now see an Xbox One release as Unmechanical: Extended Edition featuring an additional new story level with its own set of puzzles to solve. This title is releasing on January 30, 2015 for a price of $9.99 / 9.99 EUR.

The story is about a little robot that is trapped in an underground complex and his journey to freedom by means of solving puzzles that impede his path.

One of the prominent features of the game as quoted on the developer’s site is “Intuitive and simple controls, applied to a great range of interactions.”

Featured below is a trailer of the game in action.

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