Xbox One Preview members will get their hands on a couple of brand new features making their way to the console today.
Both Clubs and Looking for Group features are being rolled out to Preview members on Xbox One today and then the Xbox app on Windows 10, iOS and Android devices in the near future. Both features’ existence were confirmed during E3 2016, but now there’s a chance to actually try them out now that they’ll be in the wild.
Clubs are exactly what they sound like: Groups created and managed by players meant to foster a sense of community among anyone getting together to play a certain game. Anyone can create or join different Clubs, and you can create one for nearly anything, such as a group for your inner circle of friends to best each other at Halo or something of that nature.
Club members can coordinate parties, play games, communicate via voice and text chat and share content across the Club together. All Clubs for a specific game will be grouped together in the Game Hub. If you’ve got a unique name in the hopper for one you want to put together, you’ll want to go ahead and grab it if you’re in the Preview because there can only be one with the same name.
Similarly, Looking for Group will assist you in finding someone to play with. You can create your own LFG post with requirements such as the game you need help with, how many people you require, rules, and other types of prerequisites you want to set to make the experience as pleasant as possible. You can browse other LFG requests to see if there’s anyone you want to join in and assist as well.
In addition to Clubs and Looking for Group becoming available today, the Gamerscore Leaderboard for Xbox One and Windows 10 app has been improved to display results for a 30-day rolling period. Plus, emojis are coming to the Xbox One’s virtual keyboard. When communicating with Clubs or others in Groups, you can utilize various emojis with a special keyboard of them.
More details on the online tournament Arena will be coming soon, but for now these updates should tide Xbox One owners over with new social options. Now get out there and make some Clubs for us to join.
Konami is bundling Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Online in a special package called Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience.
If you missed out on the demo-length prequel Ground Zeroes or the opus that was Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, it’s well worth picking up this time around for $49.99. In addition to the full games, it’ll also come with all of the downloadable content previously made available, including Ground Zeroes mission packs, The Phantom Pain’s items, and expansions for Metal Gear Online.
This may be the latest re-release of classic Kojima-helmed Metal Gear projects, but Konami is venturing out on its own, as announced during Gamescom, with the decidedly different Metal Gear Survive. It’s a stark change in direction for the Metal Gear name, but it does look intriguing at the very least.
The collection is coming October 11th and will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Steam.
Microsoft is getting its proverbial development ducks in a row, with the addition of new capabilities to its Dev Center that should make multi-platform publishing a whole lot more straightforward, as well as provide more feedback to developers.
Microsoft’s been working towards this point for some time — it announced the plan in January last year and even before that had selectively been porting Windows apps to the console — but this is the first time devs have been able to offer apps built using the Anniversary Update SDK directly to Xbox One owners.
The Dev Center Dashboard has also been overhauled, meaning it should be quicker and easier to edit apps, as well as bringing notifications and personalized suggestions.
Ultimately, there are a whole load of new options aimed at giving developers more control over their apps and games across Windows and Xbox devices. These include the ability to only push an update to a small percentage of users or to make updating mandatory, which would be handy if, for example, a developer discovers a serious bug.
If you want to start making cross-platform games that’ll end up on the Xbox One, don’t forget that you’ll need concept approval too. We wouldn’t want you wasting all that effort.
Source: Windows Blog
Battlefield 1’s upcoming Premium Pass was officially announced today, and it’ll run you $49.99 if you want to add all four of the planned expansion packs to your collection.
You’ll be able to add both the French and Russian armies to your campaign when you pick up the Premium Pass in addition to the first DLC pack, called They Shall Not Pass. Premium Pass owners will be given two-week early access to each DLC package, beginning with They Shall Not Pass, which is scheduled for release in March 2017.
In addition, the pass offers 16 new multiplayer maps, new Operations and game modes, Elite classes, 20 new weapons and a slew of new vehicles to mess about with. Battlefield’s Battlepacks are making a return as well, which will be delivered each month beginning November 2016. If you’re a collector, you’ll want to check out the 14 new dog tags that’ll be released over the Premium Pass season period.
Battlefield 1 hits Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 on October 21st.
Source: Battlefield Blog
If you’re a serial Xbox One controller user, you’ve probably used it with your Windows PC at some point as well, whether to get in some Steam gaming or to make controlling any game a little simpler. Previously, doing so meant you’d have to have a special wireless dongle to do so.
Going forward, Microsoft plans on offering built-in Xbox Wireless, beginning with the Lenovo IdeaCentre Y710 Cube, which will support all Xbox One wireless accessories without he need for additional adapters or equipment.
The Lenovo PC is the first partner device to have built-in Xbox Wireless support, but it’s not going to be the last, according to Microsoft. Additional PCs and other accessories in the future will be supporting Xbox Wireless as they make their way to store shelves. This should make things a little easier for anyone looking to take their accessories beyond simple console usage.
Source: Xbox Wire
Eager to play Battlefield 1 but can’t wait until the game’s October 21st release date? Well, good news. Electronic Arts has announced that a 64-player open beta for the first-person shooter will begin August 31st on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The beta will feature one map called the Sinai Desert, which will include playable dogfights in the sky, and two modes that should be familiar to Battlefield fans: Conquest and Rush. You’ll be able to try three classes — Tank Hunter, Sentry, and Flame Trooper — ride war horses, and control a powerful armored train.
If you sign up for the Battlefield Insider program, which grants you in-game rewards and a sneak peek at news for the upcoming game, you can play the beta three days earlier. Just pick your preferred gaming platform before August 21st to be eligible. Developer DICE will also be hosting a Twitch livestream of Battlefield 1 that you can watch tomorrow at noon PT.
Whatever age you are, there are many games you can look back on with love. These were the games you grew up with, the first ones you played, and the ones that have stuck with you to this very day. With that in mind we decided to take a look at how you can go back to those classic days of gaming, whether you play mobile casino games, or the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog.
The Retron 5
For most of us retro gaming is based on consoles that have now been replaced by the likes of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Before these we had the likes of the Super Nintendo and Megadrive, consoles created by Nintendo and SEGA during the so called console wars.
The Retron 5 allows you to go back to the days of the Megadrive and Super Nintendo, and even further back to the NES and Master System. With access to other consoles like the Gameboy the Retron 5 allows you to play games you once owned on your modern television, without the worry of working out how to connect your console to it.
The Super Retro Trio
The Super Retro Trio is similar to the Retron 5, but misses out the Gameboy support. What it does give users though is more connection options, making it a more versatile console. Another plus to the Trio is the fact it is also cheaper, which may make it a better option for some of the more cash strapped players out there.
Sega Master System and Game Gear Portable
If you want something a little more portable, the Sega Master System and Game Gear Portable is an easy way to play these old games on the move. With plenty of people having fond memories of the games on these systems, there is no doubt there is a demand for this portable device.
For retro gamers, there is plenty of choice of how to play their games. You don’t need to be restricted to consoles, as there is plenty of access on the PC, as well as mobile devices. Whatever your style of gaming, there is plenty of choice out there for you.
Gaming technology is moving at a fast rate right now, and it’s a very good time to be a gamer. With this in mind we’ve decided to take a look at some of the big trends heading our way in the next few years, and look at how they’ll shape the future of gaming.
VR and AR Headsets
If you have an Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or PC you’ll know that virtual reality and augmented reality is the new technology that is creating a buzz. It may be expensive right now, but with the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on the market, you can now experience the world of virtual reality. You just need a high-end PC and lots of cash to do it. It should be noted that hope is on the horizon with PlayStation VR though that offers the experience at a cheaper price.
Microsoft are also offering HoloLens which is more of an augmented reality headset. Adding computer generated graphics onto the environment around you, the results are very impressive. While many games that use these technologies do feel like technical demonstrations right now this will soon change. It won’t be long before you are shooting zombies in your favourite FPS, or even stepping into a virtual casino , or get more with bingo.
One of the problems with virtual reality is how to add some feedback to the user so that they feel the world they are playing in. with vests like the Kor-FX gaming vest the user will be able to feel the world around them, making the experience even more real.
Advanced Gaming Mice
Moving away from virtual reality, there are also advanced coming to input devices. One example of this is the Naos Quantified Gaming Mouse. This mouse has in-built sensors that take reading tracking your heartrate, skin responses and your overall gaming speed. This kind of data can have many uses, including manipulating horror games based on how scared you are.
There are many new advances coming in the world of gaming, and these are just some that caught our eye. With these kind of new technologies on the way, the world of gaming is set to become very interesting indeed.
Still haven’t experienced Rockstar’s western epic Red Dead Redemption but refuse to go back to your Xbox 360 to do so? Microsoft has you covered. As of Friday, the game will finally, officially make its debut on Xbox One as a backwards compatible title.
This isn’t the first time the industry has buzzed about Red Dead Redemption’s appearance on Xbox One. Last year in February it made a nebulous appearance on the console for eagle-eyed players and then it was removed by Microsoft, who claimed it was just a test and wasn’t meant for the general public.
Obviously it was a test for the full release for Xbox One owners, who can now play the game on their consoles this Friday, July 8. Of course, you still can’t play Red Dead Revolver, but hey, baby steps.
Via: Larry Hryb
With the Halo Wars 2 beta freshly ended, Halo fans are likely looking for something solid to sink their teeth into. Halo 5: Guardians developer 343 Industries has come forward with exactly that: The big Warzone Firefight update, which launches on July 29th. Get ready to dust off those Needlers.
Warzone Firefight is a cooperative game mode that hearkens back to the Firefight mode originally seen in Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach, where each round the opponents get a little tougher as you stave them off. Alongside a few new bosses and vehicles like the UNSC VTOL and AV-49 Wasp, there are new maps, REQs items, and a new Forge level to build levels upon.
In a bid to keep as many players interested as possible, 343 Industries is also making Halo 5: Guardians entirely free as well from June 29th through July 5th for all Xbox Live Gold members. If you want to purchase it and make it your own, it’s also going to be 50% off during that time too. You might want to pick it up and keep it as the original Halo 5: Guardians campaign is also getting a new Score Attack campaign where you can play with others via online co-op or go solo.
Take a look at the Warzone Firefight beta in action below.
Source: Xbox Wire