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16

Apr

Trials Fusion Now Available on Xbox One and Xbox 360

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Welcome to the next generation of Trials! With its glimmering vision of what our future holds were technology and nature to co-exist, combined with today’s most exciting and popular motorsport, Trials Fusion has retained and enhanced the essential features from its best-selling, critically acclaimed predecessors, Trials Evolution and Trials HD. A magnificent fusion of the proven, no-frills Trials formula based on ultra-addictive competition with the cutting edge of graphics and social networking.

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Trials Fusion is also available for Xbox 360.
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I spent some time with Trials Fusion this weekend at PAX East, where Creative Director and co-founder of RedLynx Antti Ilvessuo walked me through some of what’s new in this latest Trials title (hint: there’s a lot).

The new look and feel is apparent from the title screen, which is simplified to just two main options: Ride and Create. “The first game (Trials HD) was in a warehouse, next (Trials Evolution) was outdoors,” Ilvessuo explained. “This will be the first experience in a new game, and it won’t look like an Evolution level. Everything will be shiny and new.”

The way Fusion treats your progress is also quite different, which you’ll notice in the post-race screen. Everything you do on the track: career, multiplayer, everything is represented by a total experience level for each track across every mode. You also now have a overal XP level, which supplements the returning, all-important leaderboards. Now you know who has spent the most time on tracks, putting in work to post a fantastic time on a course.

Everything in between the main menu and the post-race is the pure, awesome physics-based gameplay that has made the Trials games so fun. “The great thing about physics is you don’t know how it will end until you land,” said Ilvessuo.

This fact is never more apparent than in the new FMX mode, which has players gunning for high scores by pulling risky tricks and successfully landing Tony Hawk-style; you only bank the points if you don’t crash. You’ll have the opportunity to plot out devastating combos in FMX Training, a kind of zero-gravity safe zone where you can toy with the moveset, free of the fear of crashing.

The realistic physics engine means wipeouts are still incredibly fun to watch, and I’d expect Upload Studio to be filled with painful-looking blooper reels in short order.

There’s a lot more “new” in Trials Fusion: 40 new levels, including many aimed at the hardcore audience, more character customization options, unique – and sometimes bizarre – challenges for each track, and a 4-wheeler that handles completely differently than the bikes you’re accustomed to.

RedLynx apparently has much more in the works. “The whole idea of Trials is what we call the ‘Minecraft Model’ you buy it once, and you get all the upcoming features for free,” Ilvessuo told me. “You buy the game, you’re buying a ticket. We know what we want to do one year in advance, we’re planning two years in advance. We’re planning online tournaments, teams, and then online multiplayer. Huge stuff is coming.” (Ubisoft clarified that while they will be offering players many upcoming features for free, this does not preclude paid DLC for new tracks and editor mode assets)

So why “Fusion”? “Fusion is the greatest power in the universe,” said Ilvessuo. “Evolution was second.”



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15

Apr

Xbox 360 Games on Demand: EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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Dash Text: Experience all the Fun, Excitement, and Drama of Football’s Greatest Event. Multiple improvements and innovations to the award-winning gameplay of FIFA 14, plus 100 new animations, make EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil the most accessible, fun, and exciting EA SPORTS FIFA title on Xbox 360. Bring to life the world’s greatest tournament by choosing from 203 National Teams in the deepest set of modes ever in a tournament title from EA SPORTS.Immerse yourself in the FIFA World Cup as you play in authentic Brazilian stadiums, and recognize the support of newly rendered crowds created to replicate the passion and pageantry of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

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Xbox 360 Spring Sale and This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s Gotham-themed games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 21 April 2014.

        

The following Xbox Live Spring Sale offers are valid for everyone on Xbox Live now through 21 April 2014. 

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Assassin’s Creed IV Season Pass Add-On 33%
Assassin’s Creed IV Add-ons Add-On (x11) 33%
Saints Row IV Games on Demand 50%
Saints Row IV Add-ons Add-On (x24) 66%
Dead Island Add-ons Add-On (x2) 75%
Dishonored Add-ons Add-On (x4) 75%
F1 2013 Add-ons Add-On (x3) 50%
Borderlands 2 Games on Demand 65%
Borderlands 2 Add-ons Add-On (x44) 50%
Armored Core Verdict Day Add-ons Add-On (x53) 75%
Skyrim Add-ons Add-On (x3) 75%
Fallout 3 Add-ons Add-On (x5) 75%
Tropico 4 Add-ons Add-On (x12) 50%
Fallout: New Vegas Add-ons Add-On (x6) 75%
The Walking Dead Season 1 chapters Add-On (x5) 50%
Wolf Among Us Ep2: Smoke and Mirrors Add-On 50%
Pinball FX 2 tables  Add-On (x31) 50%
Toy Soldiers add-ons Add-On (x2) 67%
PAC-MAN  CE DX Arcade 50%
PAC-MAN  CE DX Add-ons Add-On (x9) 50%
Lego Marvel Super Heroes Games on Demand 33%
Assassin’s Creed Liberation Arcade 33%
Prototype 2 Games on Demand 75%
Thief: The Bank Heist Add-On 50%
State of Decay: Breakdown Add-On 50%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.



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14

Apr

New Xbox One System Update Begins Rolling Out Tonight

Tonight, we will begin rolling out the next Xbox One system update. Again, I’d like to thank all of the Xbox Live members who previewed features with us and shared some of their feedback. Their input helped shape this system update, and we look forward to expanding our list of previewing Xbox Live members in the coming months.

Here’s the final breakdown of the features rolling out to Xbox One systems starting tonight and over the next few days:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.
Friends Notifications

Thanks again for everyone’s feedback on particular features previewed these past few months and keep the feedback coming.



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13

Apr

PAX East 2014 Podcast Panel

The audio from our PAX East 2014 Podcast Panel



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10

Apr

Learn More about New Head of Xbox Phil Spencer

Last week, Microsoft named Phil Spencer our new Head of Xbox, and I spoke with him about his vision of the future. While this is a new role for Phil, he’s actually been with Microsoft since 1988. I recently chatted with him about what he’s accomplished over the past 26 years: which roles he’s held at Xbox, which titles he’s worked on, and who he’s worked with.

I hope you’ve enjoyed gaining some insight into what’s important to the Head of Xbox, what types of games he plays, and his favorite game he’s worked on.



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09

Apr

Arcade: R.B.I. Baseball 14

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Dash Text: Simple. Fun. Classic. The retro baseball gameplay you’ve been craving is back and updated with modern graphics, 2014 players and all 30 MLB teams. Play season, postseason and exhibition mode. Experience PURE FUN that everyone can enjoy solo or with a friend!

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08

Apr

LEGO The Hobbit Now Available on Xbox One

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The interactive game of LEGO The Hobbit allows gamers to play along with their favorite scenes from the films, and follows the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he is recruited by the Wizard Gandalf to aid Thorin Oakenshield and his Company of Dwarves.

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Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut is Now Available on Xbox One

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In the year 2299, an interstellar war rages. Take control of the Strike Suit – a craft with the ability to transform into a hulking suit of space armor – in a bid to save Earth from destruction. Immerse yourself in massive fleet battles where your dogfighting skills will directly affect the fate of the cosmos. Discover a colorful and vibrant universe, with an epic story spanning 13 unique missions. Engage intelligent enemy fighters and take on colossal capital ships, exploiting weak points in their super-structure to blow them apart piece by piece. Upgrade your Strike Suit and customize your weapon load-outs to tailor combat to your tastes. Take advantage of six craft, including three Strike Suits, to experience dogfighting action as you’ve never seen it before.

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For more on Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut, check out Xbox Wire, and if you’re in the Boston area, join us to go hands-on with this and other ID@Xbox titles at our Pre-PAX Meetup!




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Kinect Sports Rivals is Now Available on Xbox One

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Become a Champion! Cutting-edge Kinect technology scans your likeness to put YOU in the game. Wake Racing, Climbing, Target Shooting, Soccer, Bowling and Tennis are all in play with power-ups, equipment and outfits specific to each event. With the power of Xbox Live, your friends are always there to challenge whether they’re online or not. Find your play style, customize your experience and choose a team worthy of your skill. Kinect Sports Rivals: it’s YOU vs. the world!

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Microsoft Studios Sale and This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 14 April 2014.

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Resident Evil 5 Games on Demand 67%
Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen Games on Demand 63%
Devil May Cry HD Collection Games on Demand 67%
Remember Me Games on Demand 67%
Sleeping Dogs Games on Demand 38%
RIO Games on Demand 50%

The following Microsoft Studios discounts are valid for everyone on Xbox Live now through 14 April 2014.

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
Castle Crashers  Arcade 67%
BattleBlock Theater  Arcade 67%
Charlie Murder  Arcade 70%
CastleStorm  Arcade 70%
Full House Poker  Arcade 70%
Perfect Dark  Arcade 70%
Fire Pro Wrestling  Arcade 70%
Iron Brigade  Arcade 70%
Wreckateer  Arcade 90%
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet  Arcade 70%
Home Run Stars  Arcade 90%
Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers  Arcade 50%
Gears of War 3 Games on Demand 67%
Gears of War 2 Games on Demand 67%
Gears of War Games on Demand 67%
Gears of War 3 Season Pass Add-On 67%
Alan Wake Games on Demand 75%
The Gunstringer Games on Demand 75%
Crackdown Games on Demand 67%
Halo Wars Games on Demand 67%
Halo Reach Games on Demand 67%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Xbox 360 Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold subscribers.



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07

Apr

More Details on the Upcoming Xbox One System Update

We’re still working on our next Xbox One system update and have been receiving some really great feedback from members with early access. Tonight, I wanted to let you know we’re pushing a few more features to the members previewing new system updates that you may be hearing about.  Here are a few details on those features.

  • Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. After this update, if your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.

We’re committed to delivering innovation through system updates, and on behalf of the Xbox team, I can’t say enough how integral fan feedback is to this process. Some features previewed won’t always make it to launch right away because we want to help ensure the best experience for our fans before pushing a new feature.
Also, these features may roll out over several days to this audience.

The engagement from our Xbox One community continues to be incredible, in large part thanks to the input and feedback from our fans. Select members far and wide that have been previewing system update features have been as generous with their time and input as we had hoped they would be. This feedback continues to help us make the future of Xbox One yours as much as ours.

So thank you to those who shared their thoughts with us and, hopefully, are having a little fun in the process.

We look forward to sharing news when our next Xbox One system update rolls out to the larger community.

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