Love it or hate it, we all need the Xbox to stick around. Sony needs the competition, and I need that controller. Rumor had it that Microsoft might be interested in selling off the Xbox brand, but fear not - they are sticking with it.
Games with Gold is generally like that kid in school who no one wants to pick on their team. It's seriously lame, with mostly old, outdated and boring games given away "for free" to Xbox Live Gold subscribers. When compared to the infinitely cooler kid, PlayStation Plus, it looks even worse. But that is set to change.
It's official, South Africa is getting shafted when it comes to Titanfall. We can only hope that if and when we eventually get the Xbox One, Microsoft will up their game and bring in local servers, too. For now, though, we will have to do without one of the biggest games of the year, and maybe even more big titles as time goes by. But is it all EA's fault?
Xbox One got quite a nice price cut in the UK - it's certainly making it look more affordable for those who want to import it into SA from there. But it's still pretty lame for all those early adopters who bought the console at the higher price, even though there weren't many games. So, what does Microsoft have to say to those people? Not much!
Racing game fans are spoilt for choice these days. Forza, Gran Turismo and the upcoming Project Cars look like they were made from the dreams of petrolheads. But I suck exhaust fumes at those games. I don’t want a pure simulation. I want fun, which is why I loved the Project Gotham Racing series. But don’t expect to see that franchise rack up any kudos anytime soon.
The Xbox One is region free. Microsoft’s Albert Penello confirmed this before the console was released saying that you could sign up to any of the 13 original launch markets and use the console. He even suggested using pre-paid cards for the Xbox One Store. It seems though, that the Xbox One isn’t quite as region free as we all thought.
If there’s one game that got me sold on console gaming, it was Gears of War. It was one of my very first games on the Xbox 360 and since then, I’ve played all of them. Gears of War 3 was the pinnacle of the series, with many a night ending in my character dying from pink shotgun wounds. And the next Gears game will need to recapture that spirit.
If you’re an Xbox One owners tired of shouting at your TV to get it to do things like open Netflix, switch to other media apps or control your Blu-ray discs or any other media related things, Microsoft’s got just the thing for you; the Xbox One controller that comes with your console. Or Smartglass. Or gestures using Kinect, because you are the controller. Yesterday, they announced another thing to do that job; a media remote.
We've talked a lot about digital sales, prices, and how this can all affect brick and mortar games shops. Now it seems that Microsoft is going to try lowering online prices - but it's just on a trial basis.
Microsoft is really going through the employees at the moment with the latest big name change that of their head of Xbox for the European market.
Former director of business development for Valve, Jason Holtman, has left Microsoft after only six months as general manager for Windows gaming departments.
The higher up you are in your career, the more pressure you’ll find waiting for you. And when it comes to Microsoft, new CEO Satya Nadella is going to find a ton of that waiting for him as the company once again gets down to the business of making even more money than ever. Except the Xbox Division might not be around to see all that cash flow back to the home of Windows.
Gavin’s said before that he’s a little worried about the overall quality of the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall. The game’s porting is being done by Bluepoint games who are an excellent port factory, but they lack Xbox 360 expertise . He may have been on to something; the Xbox 360 version of the anticipated shooter has been delayed.
Darryn has a way of selling everything (except his virginity) when he needs to buy the latest and greatest things. However, even he has retained his old-gen consoles - mostly because Geoff talked him out of selling. Now, Microsoft wants you to trade in your old tech for new tech.
Yesterday, a wealth of Xbox One information was leaked all over the internet. Included in that information was news of a Titanfall branded Xbox One, a new disc-less version of the console, word on Halo 5 and a new higher def versions of previous Halo games - and of course the release month of the Xbox One in South Africa. There’s no real way to verify that information just yet, but it appears that Microsoft is instigating a witch hunt to track the leaker.