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Xbox One bundles getting holiday price drop

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Xbox One is gearing up for a big holiday season, as Microsoft has revealed a big discount on the console. Starting November 2 and lasting until January 3, 2015 all Xbox One bundles will be available for $50 off their original MSRPs. Kinect bundles will now cost $449, and Kinect-less bundles will go for $349. Most major retailers will feature the promotion, including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Microsoft Stores, Target, Toys ‘R Us and Walmart.

Three special edition Xbox One bundles will be available for the holidays, all of which will receive the $50 discount. Starting November 2 the Assassin’s Creed bundle  will be available, which includes Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Unity. The Kinect version of the bundle also includes Dance Central Spotlight. The Sunset Overdrive bundle includes a digital download of the game along with a special white console and white controller. For $449 you can get the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle, including a custom controller, a copy of the game, and a console packed with a 1TB hard drive.

To see everything Xbox One has to offer this holiday, check out the video after the jump.

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Phil Spencer: Minecraft 2 may not be something that ‘makes the most sense’

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When Microsoft announced in September that it would acquire Minecraft developer Mojang for the price of $2.5 billion, no one outside the company seemed to be able to agree on what it should do with its new asset. Many gamers, journalists and analysts did agree on one thing, however: a sequel probably isn’t a good idea. Microsoft apparently isn’t ready to prove them wrong.

Speaking in an IGN podcast, Xbox head Phil Spencer insisted that his company knows it must first satisfy the needs of the current Minecraft community before expanding the franchise. That means that a sequel to the almost inconceivably popular world-building game may not be in the plans.

“I don’t know if Minecraft 2, if that’s the thing that makes the most sense,” said Spencer. “The community around Minecraft is as strong as any community out there. We need to meet the needs and the desires of what the community has before we get permission to go off and do something else. It doesn’t mean that everything we’re going to do is going to map to 100 percent of their acceptance, because I don’t know if there is any topic where 100 percent of people agree. But we look at Job 1 is to go out and meet the needs of the Minecraft community first, and then we can think about ways that we can actually help grow it. That’s our sole focus.”

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Xbox One screenshot feature delayed

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The December update for the Xbox One will not contain the highly anticipated screenshot feature. Xbox head Phil Spencer has told IGN that gamers should set their expectations appropriately for updates during the holiday season, but he emphasized that improving the Xbox One continues to be a top priority. 

He went on to say that the screenshot feature remains in active development, but it is not as simple as it may appear.  Spencer told IGN how the perception of what needs to get done can often differ from the work needed.

He claims to have mentioned this to his development team, having asked them, “[If] we can do video, how hard can it be to just grab a frame of the video?” But once Spencer learned more about the project, he admitted that he found “it’s a little more technically challenging than I thought. Two weeks ago, they think they’ve found a good solution for screenshots. They’re working on it. They know people want it. The team has a path to getting it done, and now it’s just prioritizing.”

Source: IGN

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Microsoft releases Voice Commander, a free-to-play, multiplayer RTS

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Xbox One owners now have a new reason to talk to their consoles. Released Wednesday, Voice Commander is a free-to-play, voice-controlled, eight-player RTS developed by Microsoft Garage.

Voice Commander is described as a mashup between a real-time strategy game and a top-down shooter. Up to eight players can simultaneously shout commands to help defend Earth from “relentless attacks.”

Microsoft Garage consists of interns and employees from around the company who work together to turn their “wild ideas into real projects.” The group previously created some social, mobile and wearable technology apps.

Source: Major Nelson

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XBLAFans Twitch Schedule: Week of 10-20

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This week’s schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, October 22nd @ 9:00 pm (CST) – Trials Fusion (Play & Create) with Marshall.

Thursday October 23rd @ 9:00 pm (CST) – Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare with Jen.

If there is a game you would like to see streamed or previewed, let us know and we will do our best to get to it quickly. Enjoy this week’s stream!

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Magic 2015: Garruk’s Revenge expansion revealed

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A deadly hunter is storming through the Multiverse, and his power is in your hands. Wizards of the Coast have revealed Garruk’s Revenge, a new expansion for Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers. Players will receive the deck of Garruk Wildspeaker, using it to battle their way through four new campaign levels and a broadened explore level. A victory will increase the deck’s power, and earn you new cards. A set of fan-favorite cards from the Alara block are included in the pack, for use in customizing your personal deck.

Alongside the expansion will come the removal of paywalls. Once the DLC hits, every card released in the main game and its expansions can be earned in-game. Premium Boosters will be re-named Battle Boosters, and can be earned by winning multiplayer matches. Garruk’s Revenge will launch first on PC November 4, and will hit Xbox 360 and Xbox One a shortly thereafter for $4.99.

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November Xbox One update is all about you

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November’s Xbox One update is opening up new options to show off who you are online and change the look of your console interface. There’s also some new ways to watch content through the OneGuide. Here is the rundown:

You can now suit up your profile with your Location and Bio like on the Xbox 360, but you also have a “Showcase” that rolls clips from Game DVR or your notable Achievements as soon as someone looks at your profile. This can be customized with whatever content you want. Speaking of Game DVR, you can finally share your clips to Twitter straight from your console. Nice!

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Two Telltale series coming to Xbox One

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This year, masters of storytelling Telltale Games released two critically acclaimed episodic series on XBLA, and soon they’ll be telling those tales on Xbox One. Both The Walking Dead Season 2 and The Wolf Among Us will be getting next-gen retail releases this fall. Each game will be the complete experience, so you can play the story from beginning to end without all that pesky waiting between episodes. If disks aren’t your thing, both seasons will also be available to download.

For those of you wanting to continue Clementine’s story in the zombie apocalypse, The Walking Dead Season 2 will get its retail release on October 21. If you’re not caught up on the series, the first season is already available for Xbox One. If noir crime stories and magical creatures are up your alley, The Wolf Among Us will arrive a little later November 4. You can check out the dark and moody trailers for both games after the jump.

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Limbo for Xbox One appears on Korean Ratings Board

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Xbox 360 puzzle-platformer Limbo could be headed to the Xbox One, a Korean Ratings Board listing suggests.

Microsoft Korea submitted “Limbo Xbox One” to the board for classification on October 17. While the submission is something short of a confirmation of the existence of an Xbox One port, but many games have first been discovered through various countries’ ratings board listings. XBLA Fans has reached out to developer Playdead about the listing and will update this story in the (unlikely) event that the studio issues a response.

Playdead first released Limbo on Xbox Live Arcade in 2010 before porting it to PC, iOS and PlayStation 3 and Vita. Last year, XBLA Fans ranked the game as one of Xbox Live Arcade’s top 10 releases, noting that its dark atmosphere made players fearful of every boss encounter.

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo saw Playdead unveil the existence of its next game, Inside, through a trailer showing a boy hiding among rows of seemingly lifeless people. The ID@Xbox title will release on Xbox One first in 2015 before being brought to other platforms.

Source: Korean Ratings Board via Eurogamer

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Get a sneak peek at The Behemoth’s Game 4 next week

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The Behemoth has been careful to only reveal information about its next game at a slow trickle. The developer elected not to show or tell the press or public anything relating to Game 4 when it was first announced earlier this year at PAX East. Later, an initial teaser asked gamers if they could deduce what type of game it was rather than telling them.

Unless you had the chance to attend PAX Prime and play the game for yourself, you’re probably still not terribly familiar with how Game 4 plays. Next week, though, The Behemoth will give everyone a chance to see its latest in action when it streams the game as part of the Extra Life Charity event. The studio will be streaming the game on Raptr’s Twitch channel from 3:00 – 4:00 pm PST on October 24. The Behemoth has confirmed that aside from introductions and some info about the charity, the entire hour will be dedicated to the streaming of Game 4.

The Behemoth is hoping to raise at least $1,000 to donate towards Rady Children’s Hospital in the developer’s hometown of San Diego. Players who donate at least $10 will be entered into a raffle to win a mystery plushy. Those wishing to donate can do so here.

Extra Life is a charity 24-hour gaming event founded in 2008 in honor of Victoria Enmon, who lost her life to acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This year, for the first time, the charity will support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of each streamer’s choice.

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