Thanks to our friends at Kalypso Media and Reverb Publishing, we have another great console prize package to give away. As listed above, we are giving out the custom 250 GB Alien Spidy Xbox 360 and more! We were very excited to get a hold of this prize package, but we’re not keeping it for ourselves. One lucky site reader will be gaming on this console very soon! All you need to do to enter this contest is answer the following question in the comment section below:
The new Xbox One was unveiled earlier this week but there’s still plenty happening on good ole XBLA. A mix of old and new XBLA favorites are on sale this week, check out this week’s Deal of the Week offerings below:
Bangai-O HD: Missile Fury 400 MSP (50% off)
Jeremy McGrath 400 MSP (50% off)
Karateka 400 MSP (50% off)
Mad Tracks 400 MSP (50% off)
Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond 400 MSP (50% off)
Pid 400 MSP (50% off)
Puzzle Quest 2 400 MSP (50% off)
Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords 400 MSP (50% off)
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix 600 MSP (50% off)
RocketBowl 200 MSP (50% off)
Texas Cheat’em 400 MSP (50% off)
As always the Deal of the Week sale is for those with a Gold Membership only. Two more games are also on sale this week but these offers are available to all members. Firstly the Kinect controlled Mini Ninjas Adventures is down to 320 MSP this week and finally Alan Wake’s: American Nightmare can be picked up for the low, low price of 320 MSP,
The new architecture driving the Xbox One gives users the ability to add up to 1000 of their closest and dearest comrades to the newly expanded friends list. Now there will be even more opportunities to wonder who the random people on your friends list are.
Mark Whitten, Xbox’s Chief Products Officer, explained to Polygon how Xbox One’s goal is to achieve greater social interconnection among numerous platforms and sources, and that the console will “pull friends from across other social experiences.” There has not been any indication how the Xbox 360′s cap of 100 friends will mingle with Xbox One’s.
In the above screenshot of the Xbox One dashboard, you will notice that the categories above lists “Games” alongside other categories like “TV & Movies” and “Music” with equal representation. This matches our current Xbox 360 dashboard. However, in the Xbox 360, “Games” is further divided into categories such as “featured,” “arcade,” “on demand,” “indie,” etc. Each category represents the different tiers of games in expected presentation, length, genre, and pricing. Obviously, our own website is based exclusively around the Arcade games.
Well, it looks like all that will change with the Xbox One. In an interview with Eurogamer, Microsoft VP Phil Harrison said the following:
Phil Harrison: In the past we had retail games which came on disc, we had Xbox Live Arcade and we had Indie Games, and they had their own discrete channels or discrete silos. With Xbox One and the new marketplace, they’re games. We don’t make a distinction between whether a game is a 50-hour RPG epic or whether it is a puzzle game or whether it is something that fits halfway between the two–
Eurogamer: So no Xbox Live Arcade, no Xbox Live Indie Games – just games?
Phil Harrison: Just games, right. Search, recommendation, what your friends are playing, game DVR – these all go to helping you discover the games you want to play, so I think we solve fantastically some of the challenges that independent developers face, particularly around discovery and connecting their game to an audience, by some of the platform features we have in the machine itself.
Yesterday, Microsoft pulled back the curtain on its next-generation home game console. Dubbed “Xbox One,” the machine will hit retail shelves at an unannounced date later this year. With E3 right around the corner, Microsoft held back much of its next-generation software, among other things. Still, much was shown and discussed during the console holder’s presentation, and XBLAFans has more than a few feelings towards it all. Read on to find out how we’re feeling about the Xbox One’s look, TV and Kinect focus, lack of game announcements and more.
Nick Santangelo: Let’s start with the obvious. Microsoft came right out and showed the new controller, Kinect sensor and console. Sony of course showed its PlayStation 4 controller back in February but not the console, so that was a pretty big departure. Were you guys happy to see what the box actually looks like? Does that matter to you? Did you like the hardware design?
Ryan Thompson: I thought the design was excellent. I especially enjoyed the textured analog sticks on the controller, which are taking a beat from the MLG Pro Controller, it seems.
Shawn Saris: It was nice to see. It looks like what I had expected. They kept it pretty straightforward, although it does seem a little bland, more like a cable box and not a console full of power.
Shawn Ryan: It’s a bit boxy, but I personally love how it looks. I don’t mind the size either. The controller looks like a great evolution of the 360 design, and to me it just looks “next-gen.”
Ryan Thompson: “Like a cable box” is an excellent observation. (Editor’s note: Perhaps “like an alarm clock” is a more apt comparison.)
What did you think of the next Xbox One announcement?
- Bad. Nothing I wanted was revealed and I'm less than impressed. (29%, 43 Votes)
- Awful. No way am I buying Xbox One at launch or any time in the near future. (24%, 36 Votes)
- Fine. I'm not too impressed with the event, future reveals will need to be better to convince me. (23%, 35 Votes)
- Good. I have no complaints, I'm just waiting to see new games. (17%, 26 Votes)
- Excellent! Convinced me and I'm going to buy launch day! (7%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 149
As seen on Kotaku. We can all agree that, given that the system looks like something from the 80s/90s this is actually an improvement. In fact, we now demand a digital clock on the front of the Xbox One. Simulated wood grain can be optional. We’re Xbox fans for life, but come on.
Many details were revealed at the Microsoft Xbox One reveal event today in Redmond, Washington. While many exciting features were revealed, it’s what the Xbox One will not do that’s catching many gamers’ attention. Due to a change in hardware, XBLA and 360 games will not be compatible with the new console. A Microsoft rep said: “We designed Xbox One to play an entirely new generation of games – games that are architected to take full advantage of state-of-the-art processors and the infinite power of the cloud.” While the new system will not be backwards compatible, Xbox 360 owners will still see new games and updates through the near future.
Xbox Live achievements, on the other hand, will transfer to the new system. Microsoft will be touting a new achievement system that has “richer detail and spans across your games and experiences,” so achievements will no longer be restricted to just one game. You can also compare your achievements to your other friends.
More details about the Xbox One will be revealed at Microsoft’s E3 presentation on June 10.
After years of waiting and speculating on the part of gamers and the press, Microsoft President of Interactive Entertainment Business Don Mattrick today unveiled the company’s next-generation console, the Xbox One, at an event broadcast live from Microsoft’s Redmond, WA campus. The new console, which will launch worldwide later this year, is the successor to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console, which launched in November of 2005. The Xbox One is Microsoft’s third home video game console, with the original Xbox having been launched in November 2001.
In a stark contrast from competitor Sony’s PlayStation 4 unveiling, Microsoft showed the world what the Xbox One console (pictured above), controller and Kinect sensor looked like almost immediately at the start of the event. All three piees of hardware are primarily black, with the Xbox One and Kinect sensor having hard rectangular shapes. The new controller appears similar in shape to the old one, but has an improved d-pad, triggers and more. Microsoft promised that there are 40 design innovations in the new controller.
Though much of the show failed to focus on actual games, Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios, revealed that Microsoft is working on more than a dozen Xbox One games. “We have more titles in development now than in any other time in Xbox history,” said Spencer. “I’m proud to announce that Microsoft Studios plans to release 15 new games in the first year of Xbox One.” Spencer stated that eight of those titles are brand new franchises.
Tomorrow at 10 am PDT, Microsoft will likely tell us all some things we already know. The Xbox creator will also tell us plenty that we don’t already know. Some rumors will probably be proven true, others false. New games and features will be discussed and, in some cases, shown. Ultimately, the curtain is going to fall on Microsoft’s event before the public hears everything it wants to hear. Microsoft is only going to tease us, with a more complete showing of all its console plans for the years ahead not coming until the console holder’s traditional pre-E3 media briefing on June 10.
But tomorrow we will know something we don’t know today. We’ll know something about what direction Microsoft plans to steer the Xbox brand in over the course of the next generation. Sitting here right now, I can honestly say that I know nothing more than any other gamer who’s followed the supposed leaks over the past few years knows about what we’re going to see tomorrow. Rather than make educated guesses about what might be shown tomorrow and at E3, XBLAFans is following up last week’s look at how developers feel about XBLA as it currently stands by having them speak about where they want to see it go in the next generation.
During PAX East this past March, we cornered six game developers and asked them one question: If you could change any one thing or add any one feature to the next-generation version of Xbox Live Arcade, what would it be?