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  • Xbox One August update turns console into Facebook, also adds 3D Blu-ray playback

    It’s Xbox One update time again and this August the new Xbox Feedback portal has been put to good use, according to Larry Hyrb and Jeff Rubenstein. Painstakingly sifting through these suggestions and complaints, Microsoft’s Xbox crew is now tending to its customers needs, improving the gameplay, social experience and user-friendliness of the Xbox One and its backend, in the forthcoming patch. Alongside the console’s new 3D Blu-ray playback superpower (turning it into the all-conquering media player it ought to be), users can look forward to a social-centric, Facebook-inspired experience complete with “Likes” and all. The new activity feed updates,...

  • Killstreak confirmed: Microsoft shuttering Xbox Entertainment Studios

    The 18 000 job cuts announced by Satya Nadella earlier this week weren’t going to go unnoticed, but Microsoft, for all intents and purposes, is on one massive rampage. After the newly-bought Nokia Devices and Services division suffered the first blow, the company is now slaying its under-performing Xbox Entertainment Studios. Just like the Nokia-Android X debacle, this move doesn’t seem much of a surprise either. The division has been at pains to draw interest or projects in its relatively brief lifespan. The Santa Monica subsidiary, charged with providing interactive Xbox-exclusive television content for Live subscribers, employed around 200 people according...

  • The updated Xbox One vs PS4 buyer’s guide

    Of course the age-old (not really, but it sounds better) rivalry between Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation is still alive and well. But six months down the line, what exactly is the current situation in terms of sales and potential peripherals? Umpteen announcements have been made, and with E3 fast approaching, no doubt we’ll see even more of them in the upcoming weeks, attempting to persuade the public why they should buy a specific console. Of course, the first thing to remember is that unless you’ve imported it, the Xbox One still isn’t available in some territories, with South Africa...

  • Finally: Xbox Live Gold paywall for Hulu, Netflix to die off

    The much-hated Xbox Live Gold paywall may soon be relaxed, allowing all Xbox Live users access to premium content, ArsTechnica reports. Currently Netflix and Hulu Plus are only accessible to premium Xbox Live Gold members, on top of additional service-specific costs. But a move by Microsoft could see all 48-million Xbox Live users reap the benefits of these services without paying an additional Live Gold fee. This would include users of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. ArsTechnica has also suggested that other services could be put behind the paywall as replacements including, to many gamers renewed vexation, upcoming productions from...

  • Xbox One sees China launch September 2014

    It’s official. China’s getting the Xbox One from September care of a Microsoft and BesTV partnership. As Xbox says, this is an historical moment and the Xbox One will become one of the first consoles to be legally sold in China as the country lifts its 14-year ban on all console sales. China makes up 20% of the world’s population, making it a stellar market for Xbox One to break in to. In 2000, China banned all gaming consoles citing that young people’s mental health would be damaged. ‘They love gaming’ China is gaming’s untapped market and has missed out on...

  • Here’s why Dark Souls 2 for PC is the definitive port

    Dark Souls 2 is the ultimate game, well, it’s my vote for the most balanced and consistently exciting game yet made. After pouring years into Dark Souls 1 on Xbox 360 and months into Dark Souls 2 on PS3, the PC version releases today. For those who’ve played the previous console to PC port travesty that was Dark Souls 1, they’ll be glad to know that the PC version of Dark Souls 2 is an excellent port that adds much to the beautiful cycle of death that From Software created. So how exactly does the PC version of Dark Souls...

  • ‘GTA V’ for PC, Xbox One and PS4 reportedly launching in June

    According to a tweet from the manager of a German online store (a man who may have the most epic beard of all time), GTA V is heading to the PC, Xbox One and PS4 this June. TECH NICK is a man in the know, but as with most rumours it’s yet to be confirmed by the company itself. Da ich grad gefragt wurde: Das Release von #GTAV für PC, XBOX One und PS4 wird für Juni erwartet. #Gerüchte #abgeNICKt — TECH-NICK (@SaturnDE) April 4, 2014   In English: “Since I was asked degree: The release of #GTAV for PC, XBOX and PS4...

  • ‘South Park: The Stick of Truth’ review: fourth-grade fun

    There have been numerous games based on the South Park series. South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge, South Park Let’s go Tower Defense, South Park: Chef’s Luv Shack. None of these can compare to the latest title from South Park Digital Studios: South Park: The Stick of Truth (SPTST). Not only does it outdo the other South Park titles by far, but it firmly holds its own in the larger gaming world. Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle will take you on one of the craziest adventures you’ve ever been on. You’re the new kid on the block in South Park, Colorado. The town’s...

  • ‘Hitman: Absolution’ is April’s first Xbox Live Games with Gold title

    We love free games here at Gearburn, especially the titles offered by Sony as part of its PS Plus subscriber programme. Sadly, Xbox Live Games with Gold hasn’t offered the type of quality games for free which Sony has, until today. The brilliant Hitman: Absolution is free starting April 1 on Xbox Live Games with Gold. The next free game releases April 16, says Gearnuke. But it was a tweet from WorthPlaying which first dropped the story: On April 1st, @Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to get #HitmanAbsolution as part of #GamesWithGold. http://t.co/CPWAezbOyT — WorthPlaying (@worthplaying) March 30, 2014 Xbox Live...

  • Dark Souls II review: fan service

    I read a lot of Dark Souls II reviews just after the game was released, but many of them seemed off the mark. This is a tough game, but not impossible. Yes, it’s hard but that’s to be expected from a title like this, the third game in the Souls series (it follows Demon Souls and Dark Souls). Dark Souls II is a teaching experiment in pain and perseverance. You either love it, or you learn to love it from the hundreds and thousands of deaths you’re going to experience. What many reviewers didn’t understand or realise, more than...

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