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Get Two Xbox One Controllers (with Bluetooth!) For $50, While They Last

Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here for more. I’m not sure if this is a price mistake or just an insanely good deal, but Rakuten will sell you two Xbox One controllers today for just $50 today. They’re even the newest models with Bluetooth built in! Plus, you can use code 15D9Y at checkout to get $7.50 in Rakuten points to spend on other stuff. Managing Deals Editor | Send deal submissions to deals@gizmodomedia.com READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Xbox One Store Gets Massive Indie Sale

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Microsoft Won the Coverage Battle of E3 2017; Assassin’s Creed Origins Was the Most Covered Game

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Sea of Thieves Preview — An Extravagant Voyage with The World’s Worst Pirates

Setting out into the open seas for a pirate voyage, the DualShockers staff tell their tales of seafaring mischief in Sea of Thieves. …Read More The post Sea of Thieves Preview — An Extravagant Voyage with The World’s Worst Pirates by DualShockers Staff appeared first on DualShockers.

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New Killer Instinct Gameplay Videos Show New Character Eagle in Action

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Now Loading…Should Sony Be Worried of the Xbox One X?

In our first post-E3 2017 Now Loading, we share our thoughts on yet another face-off between Sony and Microsoft’s gaming consoles. Given Microsoft finally announced the price, release date and name of the Xbox One X (formerly known as Project Scorpio), and how it’s definitely more powerful than the PS4 Pro, should Sony worry? While the PS4 has a big lead over the Xbox One in terms of hardware sales, there is the chance that Microsoft can still catch up. I mean, Sony did it last generation with the PS3, and there’s no reason to believe Microsoft can’t do the same. For this week’s Now Loading, the staff weighs in on whether Sony should be worried about the Xbox One X. Now Loading…Should Sony Be Worried of the Xbox One X? Zarmena Khan @Zarmena Yes and no. Like I said before, at this point in the cycle, hardly anyone is going to switch from Sony to MS just for better graphics so the probability of regular READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Killer Instinct Announced for Steam; Perks Coming for Definitive Edition Owners

Today, during the CEO 2017 livestream, CEO Founder Alex Jebailey made an announcement on behalf of the Killer Instinct development team. …Read More The post Killer Instinct Announced for Steam; Perks Coming for Definitive Edition Owners by Giuseppe Nelva appeared first on DualShockers.

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E3 2017 – Microsoft and Ubisoft Top YouTube and Twitch Views

With E3 2017 coming to a close and various outlets analyzing and releasing their own statistics for the event, it seems that Microsoft and Ubisoft dominated the show overall. We’ve already shared Brandwatch’s social media statistics before, which gives Microsoft’s presser and Assassin’s Creed Origins the top spots in social media chatter. Now, YouTube and Twitch have released their own numbers and both companies come out on top again but PlayStation isn’t too far behind. On Twitch, Microsoft pulled in 1.1 million viewers, up from 818k in 2016, followed by Ubisoft with 986k viewers. PlayStation was close behind with 962k viewers. Over on YouTube, Microsoft’s presser came in at number one again with 2.3 million views. Interestingly, PlayStation came in second with 1.3 million views, which is well above Ubisoft’s 624k on the website. However, Assassin’s Creed Origins not only dominated social media but also YouTube, with the game’s trailer being the second most-watched video from the event. The crown for the most-watched E3 trailer goes to EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II. The publisher’s FIFA 18 came in third, followed by Call of Duty: WWII at number four. Sony Santa Monica’s God of War rounded up the top five. The full READ…

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Phil Spencer on VR: This Isn’t “the Time to Be Competitive in This Space”

Speaking to Giant Bomb during an E3 stream, Phil Spencer once again shared his thoughts on virtual reality, and said that consoles aren’t fully ready for the technology yet. “Long term, I’m a big believer in the category,” he explained. “In the family room environment, we’re probably a few years away from it being able to really work.” Targeting the lack of a wireless solution as a problem, as well as the amount of hype and lofty expectations surrounding VR, Spencer argued that Microsoft has to “moderate the temperature a bit around where we are and not tell people this is the year of VR.” He also thinks that this isn’t the right time for competition in this space and he’d rather take time learning about the technology first. “We’re saying let’s stay more on the PC where we are seeing action and developer interest until we really get the art form of what it means to create great MR (Mixed Reality) experiences, and then it can go to more places,” he continued. It sounds like Xbox VR isn’t coming anytime soon despite PlayStation VR gaining momentum. Sales of Sony’s VR device have now topped 1 million. [Source: Giant Bomb via Polygon & READ…

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Microsoft Reveals Completely Overhauled Xbox Avatars With Colorful Trailer

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Versus – E3 2017 Press Conference Showdown

[embedded content] Another E3 has come and gone, and along with it, the press conferences that everyone looks forward to. While almost every press conference had a game reveal or two, some just were flat out better than the others. With that said, we’re pitting each press conference against one another in our latest episode of Versus! Why? Because we can, that’s why. For this E3 press conference face-off, we put EA, Ubisoft, Microsoft, Bethesda and Sony against one another and award a winner! Does this mean the winner had the best E3 2017 press conference? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe it just sucked the least out of the lot? Whatever the case is, there is a clear-cut winner, and I think, most of our readers will agree. While E3 2017 might be over, we have previews, features and more still rolling out! So make sure to keep an eye out for those, or bookmark this page for all our E3 2017 coverage in one place. Which E3 2017 press conference was the best? Share your winner and why in the comments. Want to see more Versus episodes? Then be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more video content you can only…

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Xbox’s Phil Spencer: We Don’t Want to Show a Trailer For Things That are 2-3 Years Away

Xbox head Phil Spencer reassures that he and his team realize fans want more AAA, big console exclusive software, and that while it has stuff in the pipeline, this year’s E3 wasn’t the right time to show it off. …Read More The post Xbox’s Phil Spencer: We Don’t Want to Show a Trailer For Things That are 2-3 Years Away by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

E3 2017 – Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference Was the Most Talked About on Social Media

All of the press conferences at E3 undeniably caused a ton of chatter on social media. But among all of them, Microsoft’s was apparently the most talked about. At least according to a report by social analytics firm Brandwatch. According to the report, which tracked 2.7 million English-language mentions of E3 2017 from June 10 to 13, Microsoft’s press conference held 44% of all social media mentions, although the data doesn’t specify whether the chatter was mostly positive or negative. The unveiling of the company’s new console, the Xbox One X, as well as the showcases of both Assassin’s Creed Origins and BioWare’s new IP Anthem definitely helped Microsoft gain a ton of traction on social media. Comparatively, Nintendo’s press conference held the second spot in the rankings with 15% while Sony had 11%. Additionally, Assassin’s Creed Origins was the most mentioned game during the time period, with Nintendo’s announcement of Metroid Prime 4 taking second and Marvel’s Spider-man holding third. Notably, the Metroid Prime 4 announcement consisted of only a 40-second showing of its logo. [Source: Brandwatch via VG247] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Xbox Boss Responds to Sony’s Comment About Minecraft Cross-Play

In an interview with Pressfire.no (translated by NeoGAF), Mojang CEO Jonas Märtensson offered up a potential reason as to why Sony isn’t allowing PlayStation 4 and Xbox One cross-play – at least with Minecraft. After revealing that the Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft requires you to log in with an Xbox Live account, Märtensson added, “That’s pretty unique as well! But everyone that’s in on this, all the platform holders, have been pretty pragmatic and understanding of that what we’re trying to do is create a good experience for the players. We needed a good system to connect everyone, and Xbox Live is a good system.” During a recent Giant Bomb livestream, Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, explained why they’re using Xbox Live with Minecraft cross-play, saying, “We use Xbox Live as the way to make sure we know who our players are, controls around parental controls and other things that we put into our platform are there, and as you’re buying things in Minecraft you want to make sure you have them available on the other platform, so we have to know who you are. And if you have a Realm that you’ve created on the PC and you want to get to it on the READ…