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    NBA Live 15

    NBA Live 15 officially releases on October 28th in North America, and EA Sports has just revealed its plans for the demo. EA Access members on Xbox One can play the game before anyone else, with a 6-hour trial starting on October 23rd. The trial is the full game, and your progress and stats will carry over if you decide to purchase at a later date. We've just reviewed NBA 2K15 and loved it. Will NBA Live 15 be able to compete?

    If you are not an EA Access member, you will be able to play the same six-hour trial starting on October 28th when the game launches. Again, this is the full game with a 6-hour limit. In comparison, Playstation 4 owners get a classic demo version, which only provides a Cleveland vs. Oklahoma City matchup with five-minute quarters.

    NBA Live 15

    Why are we looking forward to NBA Live 15? EA Sports says they've doubled down on visuals with an all-new scanning and lightning technique. They say this version of the game has most photo-realistic player models in franchise history. There are also 100+ new animations with 3x the variety of dunks, layups and signature shots. There's also a new rag-doll physics system in action. Contacts and collisions are going to look better. Gameplay is now supposedly more responsive. Watch the visuals trailer below for a quick preview.

    If you're into fantasy basketball, NBA Live 15 features the Live Ultimate Team mode. You can build your own team, manage players, and go against other people's custom teams. You can earn coins to buy new packs of players, uniforms, contracts, and more.

    We're certainly downloading the NBA Live 15 Demo as soon as it comes out. While you're here, let us know if you prefer full game demos with a time limit or classic demos with limited content.

    Source: EA Sports


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    voice commander xbox one

    In addition to all the Windows Phone and Android apps that Microsoft Garage launched today, the division has also released a free game for owners of the Xbox One called Voice Commander, which, as the title suggests, uses the human voice as its main way to interact with the game.

    While not listed as a requirement, we would imagine that Voice Commander does need the Xbox One's Kinect sensor to work. Here's a quick description of the game:

    "Voice Commander, a Microsoft Garage project, is a fast paced, space themed, RTS and top-down shooter combo. Pick up a controller and work with Vox using voice commands to try to stop relentless attacks. Voice Commander can be played with up to eight controllers, and anyone in the room can issue voice commands."

    Since this is a Microsoft Garage project that's being offered for free, we don't expect this to be a extremely polished game but it's still cool that Microsoft is offering this experimental title to Xbox One owners to check out. What is your opinion of Voice Commander?

    Source: Xbox website


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    Vine Xbox One

    If you missed it, Vine (vine.co) was released for the Xbox One on Tuesday. It is actually the first Vine viewing experience built specifically for the TV. If you haven't installed it yet or if you don't have the Xbox One, we have a hands-on video for your viewing pleasure. Check it out.

    Vine lets you watch and explore the world of short, looping 6-second videos. A user account is not required and you won't be able to record videos. Since you are not logging in, you won't be able to see your personal list of friends you follow on Vine. Videos automatically play and shown twice before going to the next one. You can skip by pressing the left or right button on your controller.

    There's a menu that slides in when you click the up or down button on the controller. You can view vines based on featured users, trending tags, popularity, playlists, or channels. If there's something specific you want to watch, you can try searching for it by pressing the Y button. Search results are separated by name, description, or tags.

    Vine Xbox One

    The Vine videos are recorded from mobile devices. The app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. There's also a popular third-party Vine app for Windows Phone called 6sec.

    The videos are recorded in square 1:1 aspect ratio, but Vine on Xbox One does a great job displaying it on TV. It takes sections of the videos and places them to the sides with a darkening filter. The section to the right displays the uploader's name and description of the video.

    Vine

    While you won't be able to create Vines on the Xbox One, the viewing experience is really good. Be careful, though. You might end up spending more time on this app than you want to. Have you tried Vine on your Xbox? How do you like it?


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    Kinect

    If you own an Xbox One with the Kinect sensor, you can now take that sensor and use it on your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 PC. Microsoft has just announced that it has launched a hardware adapter for the sensor that will allow it to work with those PCs for just $49.99.

    Kinect adapter for windows

    While Microsoft is already selling a version of the sensor specifically for Windows for $199.99, this new adapter should allow for the expansion of Kinect's use by millions of people who have already used the sensor with their Xbox One console. Microsoft has also released a stand alone version of the Xbox One Kinect sensor for $149.99. Microsoft says the new adapter will work with both the Xbox One and Kinect for Windows v2 sensors.

    In a blog post, Microsoft stated:

    "These updates are all part of our goal to make Kinect accessible and easy to use for every developer. We created Kinect as a way to make computer interaction more intuitive and to address an increasing desire for technology to be more accessible. We are seeing a lot of interest from businesses to bring interactive experiences to their customers that allow people to interact naturally with technology by simply gesturing and speaking. Now, with the ability to commercially deploy the latest Kinect technology in a variety of industries and environments, there is a big opportunity for developers to meet the demand."

    Are you exited about the prospect of playing Kinect-based apps on a Windows 8 or 8.1 PC?

    Source: Microsoft blog


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    Halofest

    If you are a fan of the Halo game franchise, you already know that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is due out for the Xbox One on November 11. On November 10, the day before that release, Microsoft plans to stream HaloFest live from the Avalon Theatre in Los Angeles starting at 8 pm Pacific time (11 pm Eastern time).

    The live stream can be viewed on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and the Twitch network. Here's what's in store:

    • First look at Halo 5: Guardians. Fans will have a chance to experience the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta before its release on Dec. 29. An exhibition match between eSports pros will provide a first glimpse at the future of Halo multiplayer gameplay.
    • World premiere of Halo: Nightfall. The evolution of Halo storytelling continues with the debut of Halo: Nightfall. Watch the first episode of this original live-action digital series, which introduces Agent Locke – a pivotal new character in Halo 5: Guardians. Halo: Nightfall is the result of an unprecedented collaboration with industry talents like Ridley Scott and Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who worked hand-in-hand with 343 Industries to raise the bar for live-action storytelling in the Halo universe.
    • Interviews with 343 Industries and more. Hear from Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross, Franchise Development Director Frank O'Connor, Executive Producer Dan Ayoub, Executive Producer Josh Holmes and others as they talk about the past, present and future of the Halo universe. Additionally, get the latest details on Halo: Nightfall directly from 343 Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill, the cast and production team, and hear from celebrity Halo fans walking the green carpet at the Avalon Theatre.
    • The global Halo Tournament. On Nov. 8-9, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational, presented by ESL, will feature 32 of the biggest names in eSports going toe-to-toe in Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer for $50,000 in prizes and the chance to be the first to play the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta. The competition will take place at ESL's Southern California headquarters, and all coverage will be streamed at Twitch.tv/Halo on Nov. 8-9, with additional highlights airing during the HaloFest live broadcast on Nov. 10.

    Will you be checking out HaloFest?

    Source: Xbox Wire


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    titanfall

    Developer Respawn Entertainment isn't done yet with its first person shooter Titanfall. Today, it announced a bunch of upcoming features and improvements it has planned for the game for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC, including a new four player co-op mode called Frontier Defense that will be released for the Xbox One and PC tomorrow, October 23.

    Here's the bullet point list of what will be included in Frontier Defense:

    • Join forces with up to three other players in this cooperative game mode to defend a vital objective from increasingly intense waves of AI combatants.
    • You and your team will face down familiar foes as well as the IMC's newest combat units: hordes of Grunts and Spectres, stealthy Sniper Spectres and Cloak Drones, explosive Suicide Spectres and Nuclear Titans, ranged Mortar Titans, and even melee-resistant Arc Titans!
    • Supplement your firepower by earning and deploying stationary turrets around the battlefield.
    • Leverage your full arsenal against the IMC without skipping a beat by using the new Loadout Crates near the objective to switch loadouts at will, while refilling ammo and ordnance.
    • Pilots who fall in battle are flown back into the fray in a dropship that circles above the action before touchdown. Experienced Pilots always maximize their impact on the struggle below by firing from the side window of the dropship on approach.
    • Seasoned players can challenge themselves to beat their best score. Try to earn 3 Map Stars on each map!
    • Play in every corner of the Frontier, including the maps introduced in IMC Rising and every previous Titanfall expansion!

    The update will also include Ranked Play for the first time, a full screen mini-map and lots more. Two more new gameplay modes are coming in November: Marked for Death Pro for November 26 and Deadly Ground, where the ground "is covered in deadly electrified fog" for November 5.

    Are you happy that Respawn continues to support Titanfall with new features and modes?

    Source: Titanfall website


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    halo_nightfall

    If you purchase Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One, you will also be able to see the episodic live action digital feature Halo: Nightfall when it comes out on November 11. Today, Microsoft released the final trailer for the feature, which looks like it will get down and dirty with a squad of U.N.S.C. troops on a broken Halo ring

    Halo: Nightfall stars Mike Colter as the new character Agent Locke and from what we can tell in the trailer he's a battle hardened soldier who has to fight a new threat from the alien Covenant. Locke is also scheduled to show up as a character in the upcoming Xbox One exclusive game Halo 5: Guardians that's due for release sometime in 2015.

    Sergio Mimica-Gezzan directed Halo: Nightfall; he has served as an assistant director for many of Steven Spielberg's films before directing a number of episodes of TV shows like Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and Falling Skies. Famed movie maker Ridley Scott is one of the film's executive producers. Are you excited about watching this latest Halo live action production?

    Source: Xbox on YouTube


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    Voice Commander

    If there's only one game you should play today on your Xbox One, it should be Voice Commander. It's a fast paced, space themed, top-down shooter, but a lot of the gameplay relies on your voice. We've been playing it for a bit already. Check out our gameplay video.

    You can move a tiny ship with your Xbox One controller, but the big weapons are controlled by your voice. You can build different turrets on four different locations on Earth. An example command would be, "build laser turret in Alpha quadrant," but that can be shortened to "build laser turret Alpha." You can also move a bigger ship, called Vox, which flies just above Earth. A sample command is, "Vox move Delta."

    There are other commands available to help you stop the relentless attacks. You can use shockwaves, nukes, and gravity bombs, and missile blasts.

    Voice Commander

    Voice Commander can be played with up to eight controllers, and anyone in the room can issue voice commands. It's definitely a unique experience on the Xbox One. Since it is a free download, there's no reason not to check it out.

    • Voice Commander – Xbox One – 369 MB – Free – Xbox.com Link

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    Xbox One

    Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that the Xbox One November update would enable custom backgrounds. For those in the Xbox One preview program that have already received the update, the software maker is offering detailed instructions on how to create a custom background using your own pictures.

    Here's what you need to do:

    • Connect a USB to console / Connect a source through DLNA
    • Launch Media Player (either directly or through Settings>My Xbox > My background > Custom image)
    • Navigate to source of your choosing (USB/DLNA)
    • Navigate to folder/file of your choosing
    • Select the jpg/png image – see it full screen.
    • Once you are viewing the image full screen, hit the menu button.
    • Select "Set as background"
    • You will be sent back to the full screen view of the image. Hit nexus, see the image on Home.

    The Xbox Design Team also created a Photoshop template through which you can see which elements of your photo will be hidden by the tiles. Download the template here.

    What is your take on custom backgrounds? Are you excited about the feature?

    Source: Major Nelson


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    sunset overdrive xbox one

    If you live near one of the over 100 Microsoft Store retail locations, you might want to head over there on Monday night as all of them will be holding launch events for the release of Sunset Overdrive, the Xbox One exclusive open world action game from developer Insomniac Games.

    According to the Major Nelson website, all of the stores will open at 10 pm Monday night to help celebrate the launch of Sunset Overdrive before sales of the game actually begin at midnight. All store locations will conduct raffles for prizes like "controllers, Xbox Live Gold memberships, Xbox music passes, and the Xbox One consoles."

    However, six Microsoft Store locations will go even further:

    "To match the WonderTown Land atmosphere in Sunset Overdrive, the Stores will have a Sunset City inspired carnival atmosphere with a photo opp, a DJ outfitted as the hero, as well as Surface demo tables and special raffle entries for giveaways and more."

    The six store locations with this special set up will be:

    • Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA)
    • The Streets at Southpoint (Durham, NC)
    • Century City (Los Angeles, CA)
    • Dadeland Mall (Miami, FL)
    • Mall of America (Minneapolis, MN)
    • Metropolis at Metrotown (Vancouver, Canada)

    Will you be at your local Microsoft Store for the Sunset Overdrive launch?

    Source: Major Nelson


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    xbox one

    Microsoft has been adding a number of new features every month with its firmware updates to the Xbox One, but December's update won't be a huge one, according to Xbox head man Phil Spencer. The promised screenshot feature also won't be out until sometime in 2015.

    In a chat with IGN's Podcast Unlocked, Spencer stated the reasons for why the Xbox One December update may not be a big one, saying, "In December, it's probably a time for us to pause for a little bit and settle just as all the new consoles are coming online." As far as adding the ability to take screenshots of games while they are on the console, Spencer indicated that the feature is actually harder to add than it sounds like. He said:

    "We can do video, how hard can it be to just grab a frame of the video? 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."

    How much do you want Microsoft to add a way to take screenshots in the Xbox One?

    Source: IGN


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    NBA Live 15

    Just as expected, NBA Live 15 is now available to EA Access members for a 6-hour trial. EA Sports' latest NBA game won't officially be available in stores on October 28th in North America, but now EA Access members get to play the game early. I've just installed it on my Xbox One and recorded my first few minutes of gameplay. Interested? Take a look at my first impressions on video!

    The game starts with a tutorial. It teaches you the basic controls for shooting, passing, and crossovers to create space for better shots. This is a great idea because it prepares you for your first game.

    First impressions

    From my first few minutes with the game, I'm undecided about the visuals. The players look great, but there's something about them that don't look real. I think they look a little too shiny. I love the soundtrack, though.

    NBA Live 15

    When it comes to the gameplay, I like how responsive the players feel to my control. The bumps and collisions look great as well. You can't just simply run up to the basket if there are several other people blocking the way. Just like in real life, you'll need to set up picks, move the ball around, and perform crossovers or other moves to create openings.

    NBA Live 15

    I haven't spent much time with NBA Live 15 yet, but I'm definitely going to be playing it until the trial runs out. I'm still not sure if I'm going to buy it yet. If you end up loving the trial for NBA Live 15, you can buy it, and pick up right where you left off. EA Access members get 10% discount. Go check out the trial on your Xbox One and let us know what you think!


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    dead or alive 5 last round

    The Xbox One console will get another, and much welcomed, fighting game franchise on February 17 when Koei Tecmo releases Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round, a port of developer Team Ninja's last generation fighting game but with improved graphics and new content.

    The game, which will also be released for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4 consoles, will include two new, as yet unannounced, fighters that will be added to Dead or Alive's already huge roster of 32 characters.There will also be new costumes and hairstyles to choose from and the game will get two new arenas: Danger Zone, from the first Dead or Alive game, and The Crimson from Dead or Alive 2.

    Perhaps most importantly, gamers will be able to check out three different versions of the game, including a free trial that will allow users to play four characters in any mode except Story Mode. In addition, the company will offer Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters for $4.99, which will have eight characters, with the option to purchase other characters. The full Xbox One version of Dead Or Alive 5: Last Round will have all of the fighters and content from the game for the price of $39.99.

    Will you be checking out this latest Dead or Alive game on the Xbox One?

    Source: Dead or Alive 5 website


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    Quantum Break

    Still on the fence for next year's Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break? Perhaps, this new 16 minute gameplay trailer will sway you. Today, Remedy Entertainment released a new extended gameplay trailer of their Gamescom one in order to give you a deeper look into Jack's survival strategies via time manipulation.

    Quantum Break is Remedy's next fearless title that's coming solely to the Xbox One. It can easily be proclaimed as "Xbox's boldest new IP" due to the fact that it ties in with a "television show." Not only does it tie into the story, but it is said that decisions you make in the game with affect the "television show."

    The story of Quantum Break revolves around three main characters who all have the ability to manipulate time due to a time travel experiment going wrong. The game is a played in a third person perspective and heavily relies on cover based gameplay.

    The trailer shows off some gorgeous graphics as well as some awesome combat with Jack, one of the three main characters. In the new, extended part of the trailer, Remedy shows of some of their environmental puzzle gameplay called "Stutters." Stutters are hostile and unstable environments that you must get past using your time powers. Stutters are said to be one of the many things in Quantum Break that will provoke you to manipulate time.

    Quantum Break is slated to hit Xbox One in Q2 2015.

    Are you excited for Remedy's new IP?

    Source: IGN


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    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas getting Xbox 360 re-release

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is being re-released on the Xbox 360 on October 26. The open world action game was released on the first Xbox in 2004, making its way to the 360 as an Xbox Original. This new release will have some enhancements, including better graphics and achievement support.

    San Andreas on the 360 will feature 720p resolution and better draw distance, rendering far-away landmarks and objects better. It will also have 33 achievements, including 11 secret achievements. San Andreas will be a part of Games on Demand on Xbox Live.

    This new release will be completely separated from the Xbox Originals version. Saves will not transfer between the two. Owners of the Xbox Originals version of San Andreas will still be able to access it, in addition to downloading the Games on Demand release.

    Will you be getting the Games on Demand version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas? Let us know in the comments.

    Source: Rockstar