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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. 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.”

Custom backgrounds can be added in now are a newly added feature for Xbox One. It can be accessed 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 it 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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Xbox One is coming to Windows 10, and Windows 10 is coming to Xbox One

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All eyes were on Microsoft a few days ago as the tech giant revealed Windows 10, HoloLens and many more shiny new things. Xbox fans (like us) were rewarded with the announcement that Windows 10 is coming to Xbox One, and a whole lot of features will be coming with it. Your PC is about to become the ultimate companion to your living room entertainment.

Perhaps the biggest announcement is that you will be able to stream your Xbox One games to any Windows 10 device, like a laptop or Surface tablet. Nintendo and Sony have already demonstrated the value of this coveted feature, but your tablet will make a bigger screen than a Wii U GamePad or a Vita. You just need a good spot to prop it.

There will also be games playable on both platforms, starting with Fable Legends. Game DVR will be accessible from your PC where a mouse and keyboard make better editing tools. And, DirectX 12 should make a big difference to graphics with its optimization black magic. Check it out in the video below:

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State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition hitting Xbox One April 28

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Microsoft and Undead Labs are bringing the popular open-world zombie survival game State of Decay to Xbox One. The game will arrive in the form of the Year-One Survival Edition which includes the original base game and both add-ons, Breakdown and Lifeline. Players will also be able to play with some of the Lifeline characters within the Breakdown expansion sections. State of Decay was one of the fastest selling XBLA games on Xbox 360 and for its Xbox One upgrade the game will include new textures, improved lighting and increased draw distance. State of Decay will also now run at 1080p on Xbox One.

The new version will set you back $29.99 but for the loyal fans, Microsoft and Undead Labs have promised everyone who already owns the Xbox 360 version a 33% discount on the Year-One Survival Edition when it hits Xbox One this April 28. On top of that, returning players will also receive a new exclusive character, the sword-wielding Indian-American badass, Gurubani.

Source: Xbox Wire

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After record-breaking holiday sales, Xbox One price drops to $349 again

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You might be experiencing a bit of déjà vu as you read this headline. You’re not alone. Microsoft ran a “limited time only” sale this past holiday season in an attempt to boost the sales of the Xbox One. This sale came to an end on January 3. It appears this marketing strategy worked because Microsoft said they experienced record-breaking sales of the Xbox One in November and December. So it comes as no surprise that Microsoft has announced that it will be offering those that didn’t get an Xbox One for the holidays another chance to buy one for the sale price of $349.

This Xbox One promotion is available now and includes both the base 500GB Xbox One without Kinect and the special edition Assassins Creed Unity 500GB bundle. Microsoft did not include an end date for the sale in the press release, but they do claim it will not be a permanent price drop.

If you haven’t already picked up an Xbox One, now is the time to do so as 2015 has a lot of great game releases on the horizon.

Source: Xbox Wire

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Magnetic: Cage Closed coming to Xbox One in March

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Coming to Xbox One in March, Magnetic: Cage Closed is a first person puzzle game that takes place in a strange deadly facility filled with traps and secrets. As a prisoner, the only chance of survival lies in a magnet gun that can create electromagnetic fields that can repel or attract objects.

Some of the key features to this game include that “no playthrough is the same” and that puzzles will have multiple solutions. The developers claim that there will be diversity and environments will have its own theme and unique features. To survive, players will have to master magnetic forces.

The warden says “There is always a way out.”

Check below for a trailer of Magnetic: Cage Closed.

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Ori and the Blind Forest to release on March 11

Ori and the Blind Forest Gets a Release Date

Ori and the Blind Forest will release March 11 on Xbox One for $19.99, developer Moon Studios announced today. The side-scroller will also be made available on PC the same day.

Following its announcement at E3 last year, Ori and the Blind Forest was said to be coming in late in 2014. That didn’t happen, however, as Moon Studios in November announced a delay that it said would afford the development team the time it needed to “add a final layer of polish” to what it hopes “will be an unforgettable gaming experience.”

In conjunction with today’s release date reveal, Moon also gave those looking forward to its game more than five minutes of new footage to watch. Set in the game’s Forlorn Ruins section, the video demonstrates what appear to be two of Ori‘s main hooks: defying gravity while platforming and shooting weaponized bursts of light from a floating orb.

Source: Moon Studios

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Rhythm Party disappears from the Xbox Live Marketplace on February 1

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Konami Japan has announced that the Xbox Live Arcade title Rhythm Party will be taken off the marketplace on February 1, 2015, but the DLC music packs will continue to be sold for the known time. The removal arrives on the third year of its release on the marketplace.

Rhythm Party, also known as Boom Boom Dance in Japan, is a title that uses the Xbox 360 Kinect.

Speculation: The author of this article expects the title to be removed before February 1, most likely sometime mid-morning EST on January 31. Trends point to After Burner Climax which was pulled earlier than announced and Marvel vs. Capcom Origins which was removed a day early as the most recent examples of announced delistings. Don’t take this as a definitive time but rather as a cue to buy the game sooner than the end date if the reader is interested.

Source: Konami JP

(Thanks, @lifelower)

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The Simpsons coming to Minecraft in February

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The residents of Springfield will come to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition and Minecraft: Xbox One Edition next month. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie, as well as 19 other fan-favorite characters, will spring to life in the game (albeit in a bit more blocky form than before). Bringing together these two gigantic properties felt like a natural fit to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer as well as Twentieth Century Fox executive Roz Nowicki, who explained that the partnership combines the best of both worlds and how, “like The Simpsons, Minecraft is a true cultural phenomenon embraced by people of all ages, from every corner of the globe.”

The Simpsons pack will release for Xbox 360 and Xbox One in late February of this year for $1.99.

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