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    A new report claims that an unnamed major game developer is working on a virtual reality game for Microsoft's Xbox One console for a launch sometime in 2017. The report comes from Ars Technica, which states: Ars isn't at liberty to discuss the name of the game or the specific developer, but we can say that a well-known European studio is planning "a new VR game" set in the universe of an established, long-running franchise. The report adds that the game will in fact be shown in mid-June as part of E3 2016. The game will also reportedly be coming to the PC and PlayStation 4 consoles. This story would seem to add credence to recent rumors that Microsoft is planning a major hardware refresh for the Xbox One that will support virtual reality headsets. xbox oneVRvirtual realityXbox...

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    GTA Online, the multiplayer portion of Rockstar's hit game Grand Theft Auto V, will get a major update in the near future where players can rise up in the ranks to become a CEO of their criminal business. The expansion's full name is Further Adventures in Finance and Felony. Rockstar says: Acquire a high-rise office and special warehouse properties to begin buying and selling a range of contraband across the city, all the while fighting the LSPD and the rest of the southern San Andreas criminal underworld for access to the rarest items and the biggest profits. The expansion for the PC, Xbox and Playstation game will include new missions, vehicles and a number of other features. More information, along with a trailer, will be released next week. See at Microsoft Store xbox onegrand theft auto vgta onlineXbox...

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    Codemasters will release F1 2016, the latest game in their Formula 1-based racing sim series sometime this summer for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Codemasters says: F1 2016's new career mode spans 10 seasons and will take you deeper into the world's most glamorous, exciting and prestigious motorsport, both on and off the track. The life-like recreation of the sport will be further enhanced by the addition of the sport's iconic Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car, which have been written from the ground up, as well as the introduction of the challenging new street circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan for the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE. The game will also add a way for players to test their cars on the tracks before they race: Master each circuit with our track acclimatisation tests, test your tyres and hone your race strategy to perfection, all whilst gaining valuable Research and Development points to spend on upgrading your car. F1 2016 will also include new hosp...

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    Square Enix has added the second Elusive Target to its recent Hitman game reboot for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This target, The Congressman, will only be available to take out in the game for the next 48 hours. Square Enix says players will have to access Hitman Episode 2: Sapienza to participate in the second Elusive Target challenge. Here are the parameters for taking out The Congressman: An Elusive Target is a once in a lifetime experience They are available for a limited time only in game – this Elusive Target will last 48 hours Intel on the target will be limited They will not appear in instinct mode, or the mini map and their locations will not be revealed to you – you'll have to go and find them Plan accordingly before you engage your target Your target can only die once If you die during the mission, that's it When the time runs out, they are gone for good If you fail, there are no second chances See at Xbox Store xbox onehitmanXbox...

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    Bethesda Game Studios has confirmed that mod support is officially coming to the Xbox One version of the hit post-apocalyptic RPG, Fallout 4, on May 31. Bethesda revealed the date on its Twitter feed: Mods for #Fallout4 are coming to #Xbox One next week on May 31st. #Fallout4Mods pic.twitter.com/cqxgyQyvJv— BethesdaGameStudios (@BethesdaStudios) May 27, 2016 This will be the first time that mods made for the PC version of a game can be played on its console counterpart. Once the patch for the Xbox One version of the game is released, players will be able to go through a menu showing all of the mods that are available to download and play. You can also check out a list of all the current mods that are coming to the Xbox One on Bethesda's website. Keep in mind that while Fallout 4 mods can be played on the Xbox One, they can only be created on the PC side. See at Amazon fallout 4xbox oneXbox...

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    If a picture can paint a thousand words, how many letters must an artist write to get his point across? No doubt, just mentioning the words artist and insane will make you think of a couple of well-known painters. Van Gough being one of the most infamous, slicing part of his own ear off and is suspected to have suffered from very severe depression. Michaelangelo, responsible for the incredible frescoes painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is supposed to have been both brilliant and tormented, never washing and sleeping fully clothed. To dip further into fantasy, author Oscar Wilde's titular character Dorian Gray worshipped and fell prey to his own vanity, selling his soul so that the painting of him would age and rot instead, ideally keeping him young and beautiful forever. I don't presume to know anything about art itself. I can't draw or paint in the least, my creative prowess with a pencil is limited to phallic shapes and cats, and my prowess with paints is limited to ...

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    Every weekend, Windows Central streams an Xbox One or Steam game on Twitch for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers! Tonight we played SteamWorld Dig from Image & Form International. SteamWorld Dig is a platformer set in a mining town inhabited by steampunk robots. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and the full video replay. SteamWorld Dig: A Fistful of Dirt SteamWorld is a unique steampunk setting inhabited by sentient robots. The second game in the series, SteamWorld Heist, is due out on PlayStation 4 and Vita on June 8th. It will come to Xbox One, Steam, and Wii U later this year. With Heist on the way, what better way to prepare than to play the original game? Our hero Rusty's uncle sent him a claim to the family mine shortly before kicking the bucket. Rusty arrives and discovers the frontier ...

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    It could be a bug, or it could be something to look forward to announcing at E3. Who knows. As reported by WindowsArea.de, one community member over on r/WindowsPhone stumbled on a hint at forthcoming Xbox One to Windows 10 Mobile game streaming. Found in both the Xbox (beta) and regular Xbox apps, when you view game information on titles you own within the app and while connected to your console, there's a mysterious "Play from console" option present with the streaming logo. It doesn't actually work right now, and we've verified ourselves that this is the case. You'll see the streaming bar appear at the top of the screen, but nothing else happens. It'll error out with some kind of message that says you can't do this right now. Streaming to Windows 10 Mobile should be made easier by the recent announcement from Build that phones will be able to use the Xbox One controller. It'd also be another killer feature to add to the mobile operating system, and one a number of folks ar...

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    Microsoft's latest sales promotions for the Xbox One include adding a second controller for the game console, along with price discounts on the console itself. The second free standard controller is available on the Microsoft Store site and at the company's retail store locations in the U.S. until June 30. In addition, 1TB Xbox One bundles are discounted by $80, from $399 to $319, while the 500GB bundles have price cuts of $50, from $349 to $299. The Xbox One 1TB Elite Console also has a $50 discount, from $499 to $449. Finally, the Xbox One Kinect Bundle has a big $150 discount, from $499 down to $349. Keep in mind that the Microsoft Store's free Ubisoft game (pick from one of five games) on top of any free game or game that's included in the Xbox One bundle, is still active until October 31. See at Microsoft Store xbox oneXbox...

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    This week we're rounding up all the latest Xbox One hardware rumors! We're also giving away another copy of Overwatch to one lucky commenter! Simply leave a reply and join the discussion for a chance to win. Every week, I summarize some of the biggest rumors and talking points in one handy post every weekend. You can also rely on this weekly column to catch up with all the latest Xbox One game releases. Welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News. Xbox Hardware Rumor Roundup This past week has seen a flurry of excitement over some (suspiciously coordinated) Xbox One hardware leaks. At this point, it's pretty safe to say we'll see some new Xbox One hardware presented at this year's E3, as we've written about previously over here. The latest round of leaks points to both imminent plans, and some further out into the future. It's worth noting that Microsoft is pushing ahead with the universality of their ecosystem efforts. You should expect all future Xbox consol...

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    Popular BitTorrent client Torrex is exploring the possibility of making its app available on the Xbox One. With the Unified Windows Store launching later this year — paving the way for UWP apps to make their way to the console — the Xbox One will see a noticeable uptick in the number of apps. Currently, you're not able to download torrents on the Xbox One, as the access to the hard drive is limited. However, Torrex also offers a robust media player, so it will likely position its app as an alternative to the default video player. We should know more once the Anniversary Update becomes available. Developer Finebits OÜ is soliciting feedback on AppStretch. What do you guys think? Pledge support for Torrex on Xbox One torrexxbox oneXbox...

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    Developer 343 Industries and publisher Microsoft will release the next free DLC pack for the Xbox One shooter Halo 5: Guardians, Hog Wild, on Tuesday, May 31. This DLC release will be a bit smaller in terms of content compared to previous expansion packs for Halo 5. There won't be any new maps or gameplay modes in Hog Wild. The game's official website states that part of the reason is due to the fact that some of the gameplay additions for Hog Wild are being pushed back to the next free DLC pack, Warzone Firefight. 343 Industries says that release will be the biggest DLC for Halo 5 and it will be made available at the end of June. In the meantime, May 31 brings the Hog Wild DLC pack, which adds four new custom Warthog vehicles to the game (Rally, Rally Scout, Sword Needler and Vespin Rocket). The DLC pack will also add new armor and weapons variants to the game. Again, it's not a huge DLC pack, but it is free, and the upcoming Warzone Firefight, with its huge vehicle battles, sho...

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    Microsoft has quietly confirmed that Halo Wars 2, the real-time strategy game for Xbox One and Windows 10 that was first announced last year, will be shown in playable form at E3 2016 in June. Microsoft announced Halo Wars 2's appearance at E3 2016 as part of their weekly Halo blog post, while also hinting at something else that could be revealed at the trade show in Los Angeles. The Halo Wars 2 team is anxiously gearing up for E3, where the game will indeed be playable. There's also – well, I can't talk about more just yet. Microsoft has been quiet about Halo Wars 2 since it was first revealed at Gamescon in August 2015, with only a CGI teaser trailer and a launch date of fall 2016. The game itself is being developed by Sega's Total War team at The Creative Assembly. We'll be checking out at E3 in June, so stay tuned for first-hand impressions! xbox oneWindows 10HALOhalo wars 2e3 2016Windows GamesXbox...

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    A small group of former Lionhead Studios developers are hard at work on a new Fable title in the form of a digital card game called Fable Fortune. The game was actually in development at Lionhead prior to the studio's closure, and now Flaming Fowl Studios has been allowed by Microsoft to continue its development. The studio aims to release Fable Fortune for PC and Xbox One in late 2017. From IGN: Fortune will be immediately familiar to those who play the likes of Hearthstone - with players choosing from eight planned deck-altering heroes and aiming to reduce opponents' health to zero using a variety of spell types - but comes with its own twists. According to West, the team's ethos is "improving the genre", which includes using a more engaging 3D art style, offering a full online co-op mode against AI "bosses" using themed decks, a leveling system for cards used regularly, and Trophy Cards, extra units or spells offered to the player who plays second. Fable Fortune will...

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    Starbreeze has secured full control over the Payday game franchise with a new agreement with the first-person shooter's previous owners 505 Games. Payday's developers Overkill will continue to support Payday 2 for the next 18 months. Starbreeze says says the deal is worth about $30 million: After the transaction Starbreeze will own the full rights to the PAYDAY-franchise for any future developments or commercialization, including PAYDAY 2 and PAYDAY for mobile platforms. Starbreeze will retain full net revenue from PAYDAY 2 on the Steam platform starting retroactively from May 1st, 2016. Revenue generated by the console game PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition will continue to be split between the companies as before, and 505 Games will continue to publish the title. The deal also involves 505 Games getting 33% of any revenue generated by Payday 3, which has yet to be officially announced. The revenue will be capped at $40 million after Starbreeze gets back its game development an...