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Take a Closer Look at Xbox One’s Red and Green/Orange Controllers in New Unboxing Videos

Two of Xbox One’s latest controller colors get the unboxing treatment, as new videos highlight the new Red and Green/Orange Xbox One controllers. …Read More The post Take a Closer Look at Xbox One’s Red and Green/Orange Controllers in New Unboxing Videos by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Back to Scorpio, Phil Spencer Says All Engines Running

Whether Scorpio Will Be Shown before E3 Is up in the Air We go back to our main Xbox man and his communications to us via Twitter. In a new series of tweets, Phil Spencer does his best to ease fan curiosities and sorrow. Following the cancellation of Scalebound, it’s no wonder gamers look for news to fill the dragon-sized hole in their hearts. Particularly, they look for good tiding from Scorpio, whether it will get a pre-E3 showing. @Sn4kee @BeastFireTimdog Honestly not sure yet but I know people want this. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 11, 2017 Yes, people want to see Scorpio. We need to see Scorpio. And although Phil Spencer could not confirm any showing before E3, he gave us a positive heads up on development. @BeastFireTimdog Absolutely, great that our 1st party teams are getting engines up and tuned, great progress across studios, platform and hw — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 11, 2017 Since Phil Spencer has a hype-inducing head on his shoulders, he may have other surprises in store at E3. He all but confirmed new treats for the gamers in his next tweet. Although much of the Xbox hype this year has revolved around Scorpio, nearly all of it,…

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Titanfall Twitter Spams Random People Who Tweet They Want New Games

Titanfall’s official Twitter account is taking a rather active approach to their marketing. The account is messaging users who make the smallest mention of wanting to play a new game. Advertisement First noted by CMA Productions on Reddit, the Titanfall Twitter is pretty aggressive when it comes to suggesting their game to players looking for a new game to play. Sliding into their mentions, the account keeps suggesting Titanfall 2. Titanfall 2 is a damn good game but this social media strategy seems more than a little desperate. It’s not the first time that game’s account has made missteps. A few months ago, it took some cheap shots at Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Respawn Entertainment is staffed by many Infinity Ward employees. The developer tweeted out their support for their former peers afterwards. Advertisement Other EA produced titles have made faux pas. The official Battlefield account started up the tonedeaf #justWWIthings hashtag, which led to them deleting a handful accounts and issuing an apology. I love Titanfall 2. It was number one my top ten games of 2016. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Battlefield 1 Players Are Getting Banned For Playing Too Well

Skilled Battlefield 1 players appear to be clashing with the game’s anti-cheating measure. What exactly are they getting banned for? Being too good at the game. Advertisement FairFight is a real time cheat detection that has been used in all Battlefield games since Battlefield 3. It uses a function called Algorithmic Analysis of Player Statistics (AAPS) to compare real time players stats to the average level of skill. But some players seem to be playing so well that the system is flagging them as cheaters and banning them from the game. kL-Spazmo is a dedicated Battlefield player who got banned banned after FairFight marked him and his friend as cheaters. The two were kicked from the game during a match on Amiens where they were playing well. An avid player with over 2,800 hours in FairFight enabled titles, Spazmo had played all that time without a ban. “They were good stats, not like holy shit, that guy is cheating!” he says in the video after receiving his ban. Advertisement This is not the first time that highly skilled players have been punished for perceived READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The most overrated Xbox One games of 2016

2016 wasn’t the best year for many people, though for the Xbox One, things were pretty fantastic. As publishers took full advantage of the three-year-old console, giving us instant classics such as “Gears of War 4”, “Forza Horizon 3”, “Overwatch“, “Doom 2016” and “Dark Souls 3“. However, not every hyped up game was a home run; some games crashed and… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Saint’s Row, Tropico, Rock Band, and More Highlight This Week’s Deals With Gold

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Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries, released a statement on the Halo Waypoint forums clarifying the

Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries, released a statement on the Halo Waypoint forums clarifying the development of Halo/Mega Bloks project Haggar and confirming its development. She noted that Haggar was “just one example of several similar projects we have evaluated throughout the years.” Advertisement Ross’ statement reads as follows: “Over the past few days, footage has recently made the rounds of an exploratory Xbox 360 project we worked on several years ago, known as “Haggar.” Since then, we’ve received a lot of great feedback from the community. Haggar was something we prototyped with our friends at Mega Bloks that focused on the elements of action, exploration and user creativity found within the Halo universe. Haggar had a lot of fun ideas and invention behind it, but ultimately didn’t progress beyond the early prototyping levels that are shown in the recent video. This is just one example of several similar projects we have evaluated throughout the years – a process that we continue exploring on an ongoing basis.” READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Rumors Swirl That Scalebound Is In Trouble

Scalebound, the much-hyped Platinum-developed action game that was previously scheduled for Xbox One and PC, is in trouble and may be cancelled, according to several sources. Advertisement We expect the official announcement shortly. When reached by Kotaku today, Microsoft sent over a brief statement: “We’ll have more to share on ‘Scalebound’ soon.” From what we hear, Scalebound, an ambitious game directed by iconic Twitter blocker and Bayonetta director Hideki Kamiya, had been in development hell for a long time. Microsoft first announced the game nearly three years ago, during the Xbox press conference at E3 2014. It rose to the top of dozens of “Most Anticipated Games” lists but was delayed several times. Advertisement We hadn’t heard or seen anything of Scalebound in recent months, and it was curiously missing from an Xbox Wire post last week that talked about the future of Xbox One. Microsoft has also removed the official Scalebound page from the Xbox website. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Xbox Scorpio Surprises 343’s Development Director with its Capability

Apparently, Scorpio Is Just Impressing the Hell out of Everyone Despite his sealed lips on the matter, 343’s own Frank O’Connor gave his somewhat compelling impression of Xbox Scorpio. It came via NeoGaf, his reply to a user who asked about specs and capability. But since O’Connor could not delve into any specifics, he simply stated, “What I do remember is that it was beefier than I expected.” Although this is not the most revealing tidbit we can hear about the Scorpio, it’s still revealing. Many aspects of the future console remain very hush hush. But despite all that, everywhere you go there’s faith and excitement for Microsoft’s next console. You see it in Phil Spencer’s words and you see it in hype from Xbox’s own executives. Then you see a similar case as Frank O’Connor with Ark: Survival Evolved Dev Jeremy Stieglitz, who praised Scorpio’s potential towards VR. Fortunately, there are some things we do know: the new console will generate 6 teraflops, come with an 8 core CPU, and fulfill a memory bandwidth of 320 GB/s, delivering us that 4K experience while supporting VR and backward compatibility with Xbox One. Players suspect, while developers suggest, Scorpio will be a technical marvel that shall enhance gameplay. If that’s true,…

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Apparent Leaked Footage Reveals Cancelled Mega Bloks Halo Game

It seems that Master Chief almost ended up blasting Covenant made of Mega Bloks. After showing the Diddy Kong racing sequel that never was and a scrapped sequel to Oni, archivist Andrew Borman is now reporting on the prototype for Mega Bloks Halo in a new video on his YouTube channel. Advertisement Borman reports that the prototype, codenamed ‘Haggar’, was developed by nSpace. Players could run around to fight Covenant, drive customizable vehicles, and use bloks to build turrets and other pieces of the environment. The project would have also featured a co-op mode and a siege mode. The full development history of the project is unclear given its highly confidential nature but Borman speculates that the 360 title was abandoned as Microsoft made plans for the launch of the Xbox One. You can learn more by watching the video above. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Microsoft Marketing VP Lays Out Xbox Accomplishments during 2016

And  There Are So Many, Many Hours of Xbox Gameplay After hailing 2016 as a “milestone” year for Xbox, Microsoft Marketing VP Mike Nichols was happy to celebrate the new year through recognition of the last. “What made 2016 most special,” he began, “was laying out our vision for gaming at E3 2016.” And Nichols wanted to highlight how widely accessible Xbox titles have become since. This was evidenced in the 3.9 billion hours of Xbox Live playtime during the months of November and December, “up 23% compared to the prior Year.” So for logging so many hours of game time, he expressed his heartfelt thanks to fans. But he also wanted to show Xbox’s success through a comprehensive list of accomplishments. It was an exceptional year for Xbox One exclusives like Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4, but other assets like the Xbox Play anywhere program and backwards compatibility kept many players invested. Moreover, the Xbox One S brought something new to the table via 4K upscaling, HDR, and blu-ray: Xbox One owners enjoyed nearly 400 new games to play in 2016, including critically-acclaimed console exclusives likeGears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3. Forza Horizon 3became the best-selling, highest-rated racing game in 2016 and the biggest Forza launch to date. The Forza…

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LucidSound to Make Xbox One Hardware, Finally, Headsets That Aren’t So Terrible

Fledgling Hardware Company LucidSound Strikes Deal with Microsoft to Produce Official Hardware Most gamers that have invested in the official, standard Xbox One headset should know by now how flimsy and frustrating they can be.  Not to mention the fact that anyone using the crummy headsets can turn a pleasant chat into a sonic nightmare with the sub-standard microphone of said headset. Even the upgraded official version feels wonky and cheap. Well, that’s about to change – Microsoft has made a recent deal with LucidSound to produce officially licensed hardware for the Xbox One and Xbox One S. LucidSound is a relatively new company that only started shipping its first products in the first half of 2016. Despite this fledgling status, LucidSound has produced a line of well-received headsets already, including the LS30 Wireless Universal Gaming Headset, the LS20 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset and the newly released LS40 Wireless Surround Universal Gaming Headset. CEO of LucidSound, Chris Von Huben had this to say about the new partnership: “The Xbox brand is synonymous with premium gaming and delivering experiences unmatched in interactive entertainment. We can now specifically develop and engineer audio products for the Xbox family of devices, and couldn’t be prouder…

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2017

Hype Train for Project Scorpio Gains Momentum from Top Execs

2017 Being Called ‘Year of the Scorpio’ by Microsoft Execs, New System Promises to Be Powerhouse Even though the war of the consoles has seen PlayStation outselling Xbox in recent years, Microsoft doesn’t seem worried in the slightest. The Xbox is poised to unleash a super move in 2017 with the supposed release of the upcoming Project Scorpio system. Already being called, “the most powerful ever” console, the Scorpio is gaining some serious momentum.  Even though the new year is still fresh, top Microsoft execs have been quick to call 2017 the, “year of the Scorpio,” a system to rule them all, headed to a living room near you in about one years time. Xbox chief Phil Spencer has cryptically said that 2017 is “going to be a good year” for Xbox, and seems to not be shoveling coal into the hype train as much as other top people in Microsoft. By contrast, Josh Stein, community manager at Microsoft Studios recently tweeted that 2017 will be “the year of the Scorpio.” The head of marketing at Xbox, Aaron Greenburg, also sent out a new years tweet hyping the Scorpio to be a “beast.” All this excitement coming from some of the…