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Xbox One controller will work on Windows PCs ‘very soon’

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Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson, has stated on a NeoGAF thread that the Xbox One controller will be compatible with the Windows PC “Soon. Very soon,” according to Polygon. The Director of Xbox Programming made the statement via the post last week answering forum users who had questioned when Microsoft will make the Windows PC drivers available to players who wished to use an Xbox One controller on their PC.

Albert Penello, Senior Director of product planning and management for Xbox, stated earlier in the year that they had “no plan” to release  a separate controller purely for the PC. Penello has said that the drivers will enable all of the existing Xbox One controllers to be used on Windows PC.

Whilst the controller will be operational when plugged in using a USB, there is no information yet regarding if it can be played without the USB. Comparatively, the Xbox 360 offered a wired controller, (which was indeed compatible with the PC,) upon the launch of the console back in 2005.

Source: NeoGAF via Polygon

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State of Decay: Lifeline DLC gets release date, pricing and launch trailer

The Lifeline DLC pack for State of Decay will release for XBLA on Friday, May 30 for $6.99, Undead Labs announced in a Memorial Day blog post. The DLC is currently undergoing final Microsoft certification and will release alongside the free Title Update 5 “if all goes well.”

Undead Community Director Sanya Weathers believes that May 30 may mark the first time ever that a game released ahead of a publicly announced target date, noting that the developer worked overtime alongside Microsoft Studios staffers to accomplish the feat. While that claim might be slightly dubious, such an occurrence is certainly outside of the norm.

The above launch trailer promises a new mission with a new story that requires a new strategy. Lifeline abandons the more rural settings of the original game in favor of the city of Danforth. The DLC puts players in control of the leader of a military unit called Greyhound One. Stationed at the Black Friday Mall, players will be tasked with protecting civilians from zombie aggressors. Black Friday must be protected from zombie attacks while Greyhound does its best to save and evacuate as many survivors as possible.

Title Update 5, meanwhile, will bring with it a feature called “Rucks in Trucks” that Weathers says has been one of the most-requested additions from the game’s fanbase. Rucks in Trucks is an option that allows players to stow bags “full of stuff” into their vehicles before making their getaway.

Source: Undead Labs

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Minecraft Halo Mash-Up Pack lands May 28

We’ve been on the surface of Mass Effect‘s Mars, we’ve fought the ender dragons of Skyrim, but Minecraft‘s next Mash-Up Pack will take us to its biggest franchise yet. Minecraft: Halo Edition transforms the game into the popular FPS series, complete with needlers and energy swords. The pre-built world includes re-creations of classic multiplayer maps including Sandtrap, Valhalla and Blood Gulch. The pack comes with 40 new skins, including Master Chief, Cortana, Guilty Spark and much more. A new texture pack and 31 songs from the franchise are also included to truly sell the Halo vibe. The Halo Mash-Up Pack comes out tomorrow for $3.99. Check out the screenshots after the jump to see everything the pack has to offer.

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First look at The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4

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The Wolf Among Us has released three new screenshots to give fans a peek of what’s to come next week when Episode 4: In Sheep’s Clothing releases on May 28. As the penultimate episode approaches it’s nice to see that any of the fan’s concerns in the beginning of the season regarding the release schedule have been cleared up. Click ahead to see the new screenshots.

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Powerstar Golf goes free to play

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Xbox One launch title Powerstar Golf is now a free-to-play game, reports Eurogamer. Users first noticed a free version of Zoë Mode’s cartoonish golf title on the Xbox Games Stores yesterday before the media picked up the story.

Of course, it may be more fair to refer to Powerstar Golf as “free to try” rather than free to play. Much like how Killer Instinct only offers one rotating playable character at a time for free, Zoë Mode’s title is not being offered to gamers for free in its entirety. Microsoft describes the free version of Powerstar as “a selection of events including a hole from every course.” Free to players will have access to stroke or match play and will be able to accumulate experience, credits and gear, all of which will be savable.

Players wishing to access more of the game’s content will have to purchase four packs (Emperor’s Garden, Burning Sands, City Park and Rocky Ridge) for $5.99 each. Since Powerstar Golf originally released at the $19.99 price point, buying all four packs separately will set gamers back more money than it would have previously cost them to outright purchase the game. Thankfully, those who wish to gain access to the full suite can alternatively do so by purchasing all four packs simultaneously for $19.99.

The previously announced free DLC pack, Coyote Canyon, is also now available.

Source: Xbox Games Store via Eurogamer

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Xbox One maintains cumulative software sales lead in the U.S. *updated*

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Last month was a big month for the Xbox One, as Microsoft reported that April’s NPD Group results showed the Xbox One continuing to sit on top in life-to-date software sales. Driving these sales was a game that was not available on any other next-gen console, Titanfall. Popular XBLA title Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition finished fourth.

As usual, Xbox One did not come out on top in console sales, trailing behind Sony’s PlayStation 4. However, life-to-date the Xbox One has more cumulative software units sold than any other eighth generation home console. In its first six months on the market, the Xbox One sold over 76 percent more units than the Xbox 360 did during its debut. Microsoft hopes that sales of the Xbox One will grow even faster with the release of the $399 Kinect-less version releasing on June 9. Continue reading for more highlights and statistics from the NPD Group report.

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood now available for Xbox 360 and PC

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Originally released for the Xbox One, Press Play’s Max: The Curse of Brotherhood has finally leaped onto the Xbox 360 and PC after a short delay. The game, a sequel to 2010’s Max & the Magic Marker, is a puzzle platformer that also utilizes the aforementioned magic marker drawing component. It received good marks on its initial release, and this expansion to other platforms is welcome news for fans of the series and genre.

It is available now for download on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC for $14.99.

Source: Polygon

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Worms Battlegrounds wiggles onto Xbox One in late May

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Worms Battlegrounds is making its way on to Xbox One via digital download on the May 30, 2014. Hard copy discs will be available at certain retailers as well. Worms Battlegrounds will be the among the first titles to be released under the ID@Xbox program. The classic worms franchise is back for it’s next gen debut, and the list of updated features promises for some fun and interesting scenarios. Check out the features listed below, might be a fun game to pick up over the Memorial Day weekend.

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Minecraft coming to Xbox One in August

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It’s official. Minecraft Xbox One Edition will be released in August for $19.99. In addition to “significantly bigger worlds” and better draw distances than the Xbox 360 version, Xbox One Edition will allow Xbox 360 Minecrafters to import their Xbox 360 saves, as well as most DLC skins and texture packs.

The upgrade path from Xbox 360 to Xbox One mirrors what we have seen with select titles on PS4: if you own the PS3 version of a game, you can upgrade to the PS4 edition for a small fee, usually $10. Minecraft Xbox One Edition takes a similar approach, offering users the option to upgrade for $4.99. This applies to both the Xbox Live Marketplace digital copy and the retail disc version. Sweetening the deal even further, players will have an entire year from the release date to upgrade to the Xbox One edition. Full details list is inside.

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Xbox One Dashboard controller navigation to be made easier

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For anyone who has spent significant amounts of time with the Xbox One, it’s clear the user interface was designed with a Kinect in mind. In light of the recent announcement that beginning next month customers will be able purchase the Xbox One without a Kinect (the systems that ship without the peripheral will get a $100 price drop), the console’s user interface is now in dire need of better support for controller-only operation.

Xbox Marketing Lead Yusuf Mehdi is well aware of this. In an interview with Engadget, he states the Xbox team is actively looking to “find ways to give you some of those shortcuts and make some of the things that we have with Kinect easier with the controller.” Mehdi continues, “You can expect to see us do a bunch of things over the coming months to make the experience easier and easier, even if you don’t have a Kinect.”

The phrase “coming months” makes it sound like a deployment of the new, more controller-friendly Dashboard is unlikely before E3, but hopefully we see it before the end of the summer.

Source: Engadget

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