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  • Now more rumours claim Xbox Slim, Xbox One upgrade coming

    There have been murmurings about an Xbox One upgrade since earlier this year, when Xbox head Phil Spencer suggested a different way of approaching hardware upgrades. Now, Kotaku and Polygon have reported that Microsoft is set to reveal two consoles, with one being announced at E3 2016 and the other being revealed next year. So what should we be expecting though? A slimmer Xbox One Both websites, citing their sources, say that Microsoft will reveal a slimmer, cheaper and lighter Xbox One at E3 next month. The publications also managed to snag more details, with Kotaku reporting that this model will feature a 2TB hard...

  • Xbox Games with Gold for June includes XCOM, Goat Simulator & more

    Microsoft has announced its selection of Games With Gold titles for next month - and it's not Bioshock Infinite or Red Dead Redemption like those rumours claimed. Xbox One fans can look forward to bonkers physics-heavy game Goat Simulator (all month) and racing title The Crew (16 June until 15 July). Xbox 360 gamers are set to receive hard-as-nails platformer Super Meat Boy (from 1-15 June), as well as XCOM: Enemy Unknown (from 16-30 June). Of course, the Xbox 360 titles are backwards-compatible with the Xbox One, so owners of Microsoft's current-generation console should have no shortage of games to play. Unless you played...

  • SA’s Xbox Live Gold subscription to cost R159 per month from June [update]

    Update: added clarification on three, six, and 12-month subscriptions Microsoft's Xbox Live Gold (XBL) subscription service will increase from R50 to R159 for South African users from 20 June. The tech giant announced the price increase in an email sent to subscribers today. No reason for the increase has been stated. On a month-to-month basis, a year's worth of subscriptions will now cost R1908 as opposed to R600. Microsoft has yet to announce new pricing for three, six, and 12-month subscriptions. "We continually evaluate our offerings and are always working to provide a balance of service and value that meet the needs of our...

  • Project Spark to be shut down by Microsoft

    Project Spark, Microsoft's game-building experience, will be shut down, the company has announced. As of 13 May, the game will no longer be available to download on Xbox or PC. Already downloaded the game? Well, online services for the title will be discontinued from 12 August. "Without services, players will no longer be able to download user-generated content or upload their own creations. If you want to access user-generated content offline, you will need to download this content prior to 12 August. Be sure to download your favourite community creations and your own uploads if they are not saved locally," read a...

  • 6 key takeaways from Eurogamer’s Lionhead Studios story

    It's hard to believe that Microsoft-owned studio Lionhead shut down last month, being responsible for the iconic Fable franchise. So what kind of legacy has it left behind? What was it like to work for Microsoft? Where did it go wrong? Eurogamer has published a must-read feature on the studio this week, covering everything from the studio's name, to the Microsoft takeover and the cancelled Fable Legends game. It was originally going to be called Red Eye Peter Molyneux, Tim Rance, Steve Jackson and Mark Webley co-founded Lionhead in 1997 after working at UK developer Bullfrog, but the original name was set to be Red...

  • Defense Grid 2, Peggle among April Xbox Games with Gold

    It's that time again when Microsoft announces its next lot of Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles. Don't get too excited, because unlike last month's fantastic selection, May looks to be a little dull. First up is the sci-fi-based tower defence game on Xbox One, Defence Grid 2. It's an upgrade from its predecessor with new upgrades, units, and a host of features. This title will be available for the whole month of May. Next on the big, black console is Costume Quest 2, which you can download from 16 May until 15 June. This cutesy RPG adventure...

  • 10 underrated Xbox 360 games that flew under the radar

    Yes, Microsoft's last-generation gaming console may have ceased production, but it still has plenty to offer. Featuring a game library of over 1000 titles, there really is something for everyone. But what about games then? We picked a few titles that flew under the radar. Blue Dragon This 2007 role-playing title was eagerly anticipated by gamers, as Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi was behind the story and had a hand in its development. The game saw players take part in traditional turn-based RPG action, albeit with a few tweaks (such as speed being a factor and the introduction of a shadow system), making for...

  • Here are some things you might not know about the Xbox 360

    Pour one out for the Xbox 360, because Microsoft has announced that its mega-popular console will no longer be manufactured. To mark the occasion, we thought it would be a good idea to look at some lesser known facts about the Xbox 360. Early development kits were actually Apple Mac G5s Believe it or not, but Microsoft initially sent Apple Mac G5 computers to studios who were working on the first wave of Xbox 360 games. Yep, these weren't used solely for development, but also to demo games at the likes of E3 ahead of the console's release. In fact, some lucky people managed to...

  • RIP: Microsoft retires the decade old Xbox 360 console

    In a sad yet inevitable announcement today, head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, said Microsoft will stop producing the Xbox 360 console. The announcement appeared on Xbox.com. "Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft. And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us," writes Spencer. It is a shame, but given the console's successor, the Xbox One, is already two and a half years into its own life cycle, it's no surprise. Couple that with Microsoft actively working to bring more Xbox 360 backwards compatible...

  • All Xbox One consoles are now development kits lying in wait

    Keep locked on to our #Build2016 portal for detailed coverage of Microsoft’s flagship developer event. If you have an Xbox One and have a penchant for making your own games, Microsoft is making it a little bit easier for you. The company has announced at Build 2016 that all retail Xbox Ones will be allowed to become Xbox One dev kits, making it easier for indie developers to craft titles for the platform. This move makes the console a more interesting proposition for the serious and casual developer alike, who had to previously go through the ID@XBOX system to obtain a development...