Batman Arkham HD Collection Coming to Xbox One and PS4

When it comes to superhero video games, few did it as well as the Batman Arkham series, gripping fans as they explored the prison and then the city in the hopes of fighting crime in Gotham. If you enjoyed the games but miss being able to play them on your Xbox One or PS4 you may be in luck with leaked images showing the Batman Arkham HD Collection.

Leaked via an image sent by a reported GameStop employee, the images appear to show a release date of the 10th June, with preorders going live today (19th April). The collection will include both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City with “updated visuals optimised for Playstation 4 and Xbox One” while also letting you enjoy all the DLC that was previously released for both of the games.

With the last game in the Arkham series, Arkham Knight, giving you control over the Batmobile and a larger city, it didn’t take long before the technical problems scared people off of the game with many companies even offering refunds to anyone who had purchased it on PC. With the Arkham Knight being the last game made by Rocksteady for the dark hero, could this collection tide over fans while we await news about the next superhero series to grip our hearts?

New Xbox One Experience Now Available – What to Expect

If you’re an Xbox One gamer, then you’ll no doubt have heard that there is a major update for the consoles OS today. The new update, known as vaguely as “New Xbox One Experience” will bring a lot of changes to the dashboard, as well as some cool features that I’m sure many of you have been waiting for.

“NXOE starts rolling out after 3:01am ET/ 12:01am PT November 12th. Back Compat titles will be playable or start to appear in your collection (for digital purchases) after 3:01pm /12:01 pm (Noon) PT on Thursday” said Xbox Spokesman, Major Nelson.

The entire rollout will begin for everyone globally, so there’s no sitting around waiting for your time slot on a download. Of course, what this does to Microsoft’s servers at that time, remains to be seen, but I’d expect some slower downloads and advice that some people wait before updating just to be sure things are going smoothly.

Here’s what Major Nelson had to say on how to get the update.

HOW TO GET THE NEW XBOX ONE EXPERIENCE?

If you use the Instant-on power mode (available via Settings – Power & startup), your Xbox One will take the update in the background when you put your console into Connected Standby mode.  As this is a global rolling launch, consoles in Connected Standby will be updated at various times throughout the day based on your time zone.

If your console is in Energy-saving mode, your Xbox One will not automatically download and install the update. To initiate the download and update process, you can go to Settings – System to manually check if an update is available and choose “Update Now”.

Note that all Xbox One consoles will receive a prompt for a mandatory update on November 23rd if they have not yet updated to the New Xbox One Experience.

  • Learn more about system updates on Xbox One here
  • Learn more about the New Xbox One Experience system update and build here.
  • Starting 3:01am ET/ 12:01am PT November 12th, access the Xbox.com support team’s knowledge base regarding known concerns here.

WHEN WILL YOU GET IT?

Team Xbox will begin the rollout of the New Xbox One Experience after3:01am ET/ 12:01am PT November 12th.

Not everyone is going to get it at the same time.  Depending on the time zone you are in, as well your Xbox One console settings, you may get the New Xbox One Experience at a different time than your friends.

Regardless of when you receive the New Xbox One Experience system update, the Xbox One Backward Compatibility feature will begin rolling out starting at 3:01pm/12:01 PM (noon) PT on November 12th.  To start playing your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One after this time, refresh your Game Collection to see your pre-purchased, digital Xbox 360 titles from theBackward Compatible title list in your ready to install queue or simply insert the disc for a supported Xbox 360 title and download the game to start playing it on Xbox One.

What can I expect in this new update?

The new OS for Xbox One will integrate more with Windows 10, bringing a completely redesigned interface, faster navigation, the ability to join parties, add friends, check messages and more without leaving your game and so much more.

  • Faster performance
  • Improved game experience
  • Vertical scrolling allows faster access to activities and content
  • Expanded social content and engagement

The Guide, game hubs, social interactions and more have been improved, as well as a new community area which has been added. There’s a new and improved store, One Guide and updated apps too.

The biggest update, however, is that Xbox 360 backwards compatibility is rolling out with this update too.

“Now you can play a growing number of your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One at no additional cost. With over 100 titles slated for this fall, and hundreds more in the months to come, Xbox One is now the best place to play your Xbox 360 games.”

  • Keep your game saves, game add-ons, achievements, and Gamerscore
  • Enjoy the advanced features of your Xbox One like Game DVR, Screenshots and Windows 10 streaming
  • Play multiplayer with your friends no matter which console they’re on
  • Xbox One Backward Compatibility works with disc-based and digital games

If you’ve downloaded and tried the update today, feel free to leave a comment and let us know what you think about this major update.

Xbox One Elite Controller Launching October 27th

The Xbox One Elite controller is scheduled for release on October 27th according an online listing via Microsoft’s official store. Priced at $149.99, the Xbox Elite controller is extremely expensive but features a modular design with interchangeable paddles. This unprecedented level of customization allows the end-user to alter the controller’s design and find an arrangement that fits their style or a particular genre. Ideally, the controller is best used for competitive play and I can it being quite popular with serious Halo players or Call of Duty console teams.

Microsoft is guaranteeing release day delivery if you order before the 23rd October:

Pre-order by 2PM PST on October 23rd and get it the day it’s released.”

I’m extremely interested to see the launch sale figures and how many people are prepared to pay such a high premium. The Xbox One Elite controller is undoubtedly a feature-rich device but is it worth $149.99? Only time will tell, as the first batch of users provide first-hand reports. Personally, I would love to try out this device but it’s well above my price range. To put this into perspective, I could buy a premium mechanical keyboard for around the same price.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Xbox One Now Supports Borderlands

There are many games which claim to be “game of the year” or even claim to be unique. Borderlands is one that can claim both these titles with ease. With Gearbox’s popular first person shooter game built for the previous generation only PC gamers have been able to enjoy the series in its entirety without switching consoles. Come November that is set to change with the introduction of backwards compatibility to the Xbox One.

Borderlands has officially been announced as joining the roster of games that people can enjoy and play in November when 360 games will become playable on the Xbox  One.

Not only does the core game gain support but also the DLC’s that include such great areas as The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, The Underdome Riot led by Mad Moxxi and even the Claptrap Robot Revolution. The game will support Xbox live, so be it on 360 or Xbox One, you and your friends can get back to freeing Pandora. Alongside the Xbox One playable version you will also be able to carry over your achievements and your save game files, meaning that bit you were stuck waiting for your friend to log in for, can now be completed with friends from all over the world.

I don’t know about you, but more Borderlands can never be bad news, I am currently dusting off my copy of Borderlands 2 and will see you all on Pandora.

Thank you Xbox news for the information.

Image courtesy of Steam and Gearbox.

Xbox One Mini Turns Out To Be Just A Rumour

Companies have a trend when it comes to releasing hardware, they will release new a model, a big revelation and then several months later release versions with slight upgrades. They could have larger processors and better memory, or even just be smaller and more compact in size. It has come as no surprise that this continues to be the trend even now as more companies are building hardware for everyday use both in your pocket and your home. Earlier this month a rumour emerged outlining just one of those newer models, an Xbox one which would be more compact, aptly nicknamed the Xbox One Mini. However last night on twitter Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of Xbox, shut down these rumours in just two words.

With rumours flying around that Microsoft will be using their October launch event to show off several new products including two new models of Lumia phones, the Microsoft Band 2 and the Surface 4. With all this technology being revealed then it would be no surprise to find that there is even more to be revealed in October, some could possibly be about the Xbox or even the next generation of console.

With each iteration of technology getting faster and more usable, it won’t be long until the rumours spread for more compact consoles which contain new features, such as the patent behind Nintendo’s console which contains no optical drive.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Tech Radar

OnePlus 10000mAh Mobile USB Power Bank Review

Introduction


Mobile power is something that’s on most of our minds, no doubt several times a day. Watching your battery life drain towards the end of the day can be a painful process, especially if you know you’re a few hours away from being able to charge your device and you’ve already got that “less than 10%” warning message on your device. When you need to watch that YouTube video, check those important emails, or simply browse Facebook to stop you from becoming bored to death on the Train, you’ll want to know you’ve got the power available to get it done.

The latest mobile USB battery from OnePlus promises impressive performance, touting a 10000mAh battery, which is more than enough to charge most modern smartphones at least three times.

“Every inch of the OnePlus Power Bank was designed with you in mind. Sleek lines, gentle curves, and an emphasis on minimalism create the ideal companion for your OnePlus One. Available in Silk White and Sandstone Black, the soft glow of the Power Bank’s battery indicator LEDs is awoken with a gentle shake. Without any buttons or excess weight, it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. Perfectly simple.”

The OnePlus power bank is available in Sandstone Black or Silk White; we have the Sandstone Black at our disposal today. There are two 5v 2A USB ports on offer, although these convert to 1A when two devices are connected. What’s really interesting is that it weighs just 220g, significantly lighter than any other similar size power bank I’ve ever seen!

The packaging is pretty minimal, although confusingly the box for our black power bank has an image of the white one on the front; that could confuse a fair few people.

Around the back, you’ll find the power output ratings, all pretty standard stuff. You’ll also notice the “true” rating of the battery is 9760mAh, close enough to 10k that you likely wouldn’t notice the difference.

Open up the box and we find the power band, which is nicely secured with some padding around it and a protective plastic film.

Under the power bank, we found a flat-type Micro-USB to USB cable, which can be used to charge the battery and then reversed to charge your mobile device, as well as an easy to follow user manual.

First impressions of the OnePlus are very positive. As I said before, the unit is incredibly lightweight, which is a huge bonus given that this is something you’ll like want to carry in your pocket, hold in your hand or have in your bag when in use; no one likes carrying around anything heavy for too long!

There’s a pair of USB ports on the end, which are rated at 2A for one device, but change to 1A when two devices are being charged at the same time. I like this design, as some chargers has a dedicated 1A and a dedicated 2A port; you can plug into either and get 2A without having to check which is which. There’s also a 5V 2A Micro-USB in, perfect for quickly charging the battery back up between uses.

The design is pretty funky, with a rounded edge on the top and left, and a flat side with silver trim on the other two. This gives it a nice sleek and modern look, a lot nicer than the often plastic brick designs we see from most power banks.

The finish and quality are premium from head to toe and the sandstone finish provides the unit with excellent grip and great visual appeal.

It’s quite a large device, but no bigger than most high-end smartphones; it’s about the same size as my Xperia Z3.

Xbox One Updating to Let You Stream Games to Windows 10 PC

With Windows 10 just around the corner, Windows users and Xbox One users will have the ability to stream Xbox One games to a Windows 10 PC. This feature is very interesting as this allows PC gamers to play their favourite Xbox One games on their PC, of course you would have to go out and purchase an Xbox One first and a few games to boot, but the option is there.

The feature was announced in January and it will allow gamers to bring games to other rooms inside their household without having to move their console, which is pretty handy as the amount of times you may have had to move your own console from your bedroom to your living room and vice versa. The update will also bring about some new features of the Windows 10 Xbox app, including a party chat mode that will let you talk to Xbox one player via your PC.

These updates are really making Windows 10 and the Xbox one work together and can definitely make games for PC and Xbox a little more enjoyable. Being able to stream from your Xbox to any Windows 10 device will be handy, especially if you have a laptop this means you will be able to play Gears Of War in your garden.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information

Burnout Paradise Coming Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

An interesting Tweet cropped up today, that may mean we see the return of the iconic Burnout Paradise. Unfortunately, this isn’t a HD remake, or anything that fancy, but a port of the Xbox 360 game to allow you to play it on the Xbox One. The game will become available via the new Xbox One backwards compatibility feature.

The Xbox One Backwards Compatibility feature certainly caused a stir at E3, and no doubt many more games will come in the very near future, so hopefully Criterion Games can get Burnout Paradise moved over soon, giving me more reasons to throw away my now tired and old Xbox 360 and use my Xbox One more often.

Personally, I would rather see a re-release of the much better Burnout 3, but that’s just my personal preference. Which Burnout game would you love to see return to your screens?

Xbox One Gets 360 Backward Compatibility

When the latest generation of consoles were released a lot were upset, with only the Wii U offering compatibility with its older sibling the Wii. With the Xbox One not letting you play all those old games you had for the last consoles on them, this may change though as it looks like that will shortly change for the Xbox One.

Revealed at the Microsoft E3 press conference, Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s Xbox Chief stated that their goal was to “deliver the largest games catalog ever on Xbox and Xbox compatibility allows us to do that just”.

The reveal also came with details on how it will work in regards to your old games and for game creators and publishers. On the Xbox store titles will begin appearing that were once only available on the 360, but if your one for purchasing disks they will continue to work. After placing your disk into the console, you’ll be prompted to download the game (Xbox One variation) and can start playing the second it’s finished.

This also works well for developers with it being a simple, “we accept”, clause. No effort required on the developer’s side they just have to accept and sign off that their games can play on the Xbox One. This includes with the Xbox One features such as broadcasting and streaming, and you can even still playing multiplayer with your friends playing it on the Xbox 360.

Xbox Preview members will even get a set of titles out today, with everyone else getting access over the holidays. They’ve stated this new compatibility will come at no extra cost, except maybe the price of having to grab an extra hard drive or two for all your games you have to (re)download onto your Xbox.

Thank you PCWorld for the information.

Image courtesy of Gameranx.

Turtle Beach Elite 800X Xbox One Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Introduction


Turtle Beach is one of the most instantly recognisable brands in the gaming market. They’ve continued to produce award-winning high-end products year after year, even landing some of the best budget friendly models in the PC and console gaming sectors. Today though, we’re looking higher up the range, right at the very top in fact, with their new flagship Xbox One gaming headset, the Elite 800X.

“Welcome to the future of gaming audio with Turtle Beach Elite. Powerful sound, abundant comfort and dynamic function combine to exceed your wildest expectations with the Turtle Beach Elite 800X. Uncompromising, the Elite 800X is the ultimate in completely wireless Xbox One noise cancelling, surround sound gaming audio with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Channel Surround Sound and DTS Surround Sound modes that further enhance your games, music and movies. The long-lasting rechargeable battery provides up to 10 hours of use while Bluetooth keeps you connected with your mobile devices.”

Features? This headset has them, it has a lot of them! It features high-end wireless technology, a magnetic charging dock, Bluetooth connectivity, chat boost, superhuman hearing, the latest DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound processing and a whole lot more. At least on paper, this headset promises to deliver a lot, so let’s get right to it, take a closer look and put this extensive feature set to the test!

The box features a nice image of the headset and dock on the front, as well as a quick rundown of the major features.

One cool feature, detailed a little on the back of the box, is the accompanying Android app, which allows you to tweak profile settings on the fly while you’re gaming.

All the cables you will need are included in the box. This includes USB charging cables, a Toslink optical cable and 4-pole 3.5mm cable for mobile use.

The charging base is nicely designed so that you can drop the headset into place with no faffing about; strong magnets snap the headset into the base and only the charging pins.

There’s a light-up Turtle Beach logo and round the back you’ll find optical passthrough ports, USB (for power) and a pairing button; nice and simple.

You wouldn’t want you expensive headset sliding around, so you’ll find four grippy rubber feet on the charging unit; these keep it planted firmly on any smooth surface.

The headset is really nicely designed. It’s obviously a gaming headset and the green trim does give it a little flair, but the matte finish plastics help keep it a little understated at the same time. There a rocker panel on the side of each ear cup, moving them in one of the four available directions give you access to major settings such as preset, volume and mute controls, power, Bluetooth, etc.

The headband is thick, light and durable, which is always a good thing. There a nice chrome finish on the side with the “ELITE” branding.

A subtle “Turtle Beach” logo on the top of the headband.

Each ear cup can be rotated inwards and comes mounted on a pivot, this will help provide a comfortable fit over your ears and help block out unwanted noise.

Folding the drivers right around will give the headset a more comfortable resting position when you’re wearing it around your neck; perfect for those between game breaks.

There’s a thick and soft leather padding on each ear cup, as well as a soft fabric backing over the drivers. It looks great, the stitching looks neat and tidy and you really couldn’t ask for much better here.

The headband has a slider on each side, allowing you to tailor the fit to your own head. The slider is pretty durable too and locks firmly into place at each step.

Don’t like the design of the rocker panels? You can pull them off easily enough. You can buy custom panels from Turtle Beach, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you could always get out your spray paints and customise it yourself.

As I said before, the headset simply snaps into the dock thanks to some built-in magnets. This means you’ve got somewhere to store your headset, this means it is less likely to get scratched, with the added bonus that it’ll be charging while stored and it’s also a great way of showing it off.

What Happens if You Leak Microsoft Gear of War Secrets?

We’ve known for a while now that Gears of War was getting a remake, it’s been rumored for a while now, but finally we have proof. VMC Games is a company contracted to test out new games and like many other companies these contracts comes with an NDA (non-disclosure agreement). But what happens if you break this? Well apparently your Xbox One is removed completely from the online world.

NDAs have been around for a while, companies take them out so the only time anyone can speak about a topic or product is when its done formally through a press release of some kind. Used in everything from courtrooms to government offices, the name gives away that once you sign it, you do not speak about it. An unlucky VMC games tester has unfortunately found out the hard way that Microsoft does not approve of you breaking your contract with them.

By sending a screenshot to a friend about the Gears remake that he was testing, that’s right he was telling his friend what he was working on and then sent him a screen grab of the game, the employee has found that both his bosses and Microsoft are taking action. With both VMC Games’s legal department and no doubt Microsoft’s involved, the employee is in a lot of legal troubles, all the while coupled by the fact they are now banned from the VMC Games program and they are having their Xbox Live access removed. Break the NDA and you lose all access to online functions, both for your account and your Xbox apparently. So break their NDA and you’ll quickly find your online life removed from your Xbox for however long Microsoft deem it necessary.

This was all caused by the fact that, after being tricked into thinking they were working on the same project, the employee sent a Snapchat of the screenshot which was then uploaded to the web before going viral. Not only has this damaged VMC Games reputation and potentially the trust of companies around the world with beta testers as a whole, but one person has lost a job all because a friend tricked them. These were not the only leaks I would like to add, several members of the Beta testing community have been found to have leaked footage and screen shots of the unannounced Gears of War project, and no doubt Microsoft will be making sure that their Xbox Ones are disabled with a swift hand.

What do you think about this situation? Do they deserve it for breaking the NDA, is removing Xbox live access going a little too easy on them?

Thanks to Kotaku and Engadget for the information.

Image courtesy of Pichost.

GTA V Rockstar Editor Migrating Platforms

The massive GTA V has made huge waves when it hit the PC; firstly over poor installations, then hilarious mods and most recent being how Rockstar is dealing with multiplayer modders. Well, now it seems that the ‘PC exclusive’ feature of Rockstar Editor will be gracing next generation consoles by Summer.

In a Q&A session on the Rockstar Games website, the developers confirmed modified versions of the editing tool will be moving onto the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by as soon as June.

“”The Rockstar Editor is an advanced tool requiring additional processing power so it would not be compatible with GTA V on the older systems,” Rockstar wrote, “but we are currently working on a version tailored for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles—and we hope to release that sometime this summer, or as soon as it is ready. We are also planning to bring The Lab radio station to all four consoles in a forthcoming title update. Please stay tuned for more information.”

If you are unsure what Rockstar Editor is, it allows users to take videos clips of gameplay and stitch them together; some of the results can be amazing, some not so much. Here are a few video clips to show you what can be made with a little thought.

Before watching the videos, please be aware that due to the nature of the game, there may be a presence of strong language.

https://youtu.be/trBpX46dGgc

Will you be looking forward to the introduction of the Editor to consoles? Let us know in the comments.

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.

Xbox One Sales Dip in Early 2015

After an aggressive holiday season, seeing price cuts for both Xbox One (XB1) and PlayStation 4 (PS4), figures now reveal that Microsoft has taken a hit in the first quarter of 2015. Shipments were down 20% year on year with just 1.6 million shipped worldwide.

This wouldn’t be such a bad thing in the grand scheme, but Sony announced in early March that it had already sold 1.7 million units worldwide in just the first two months of the year, with more likely stashed in retailers warehouses. Using a bit of simple math, that could possibly equate to a quarterly sales figure of over 3 million units for Sony; easily dwarfing Microsoft’s figures.

Along with the poor shipment levels, the aggressive pricing strategy has come around and bitten them hard. Revenue from Xbox platforms as a whole was down 24% year on year. This has been pinned on the fact that the XB1 has dropped 33% of its price tag from January 2014 to January 2015; meaning it would have to sell 33% more products to just match last years sales.

It’s not all doom and gloom though, Microsoft announced Xbox Live usage was up over 30%, suggesting those that own the system are spending more time and money on the system.

Console companies generally sell their products at a loss to pick up a larger player base and then make the money back on games and DLC, but reports have come in that publishers outside of Microsoft are selling fewer Xbox games than they were a year ago; adding up to the nine-month fiscal year revenues are down 7%.

Do you own a console? How would you feel if it became a ‘one horse race’? Let us know in the comments

Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information

Cyanogen 12 is Finally Available for the OnePlus One

Cyanogen just announced that Cyanogen 12, the Android 5.0 Lollipop version is finally done and available for OnePlus One owners. The update had taken so much longer than expected that OnePlus created the OxygenOS Rom for its users to be able to update to Android Lollipop.

The drama between OnePlus and Cyanogenmod was interesting to watch there these last couple months with words being exchanged by both companies. Kirt McMaster, Cyanogenmod CEO took to Twitter on March 31st to say “guys… calm the f down… it’s coming soon… when ready!” something that didn’t sit well with everyone. Now they have finally come out with the update and everyone can be happy for now. The new Cyanogen 12 contains many updated apps and utilities, including a theming engine called App Themer. The new Cyanogen email debuts in the new ROM, containing Exchange support, the ability to handle multiple accounts, and many customization options. The new ROM will soon be an OTA update for those who are running the stock Cyanogen ROM that came with the One. If you are inclined to do it yourself now the zip file can be found here.

Thank you, Android Police for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of geeksnack.com

OnePlus Releases Version 1.0 of In-house OxygenOS ROM

It is no secret that smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has had a falling out with its initial software supplier Cyanogen. The public spat over the CyanogenMod 12S update delay has led the company to go ahead and develop its own ROM.

OxygenOS is now available to download for owners of the OnePlus One, and it should make many owners happy as it will be an upgrade to Lollipop. It is based on Android version 5.0.2 and has and has been worked on by some of the members of the Paranoid Android ROM team. Unfortunately, OnePlus missed its self-imposed March 27th deadline, but hopefully the extra time will mean that there are fewer bugs for those who update to the ROM.

Source: Android Police

Microsoft Stops Selling Kinect for Windows

In a move to streamline things Microsoft will be ceasing the sale of the Kinect for Windows and instead sell the XBox One Kinect and its PC adapter cable. It was selling essentially the same product twice so the move to selling a single Kinect unit adapter cable should keep things simple.

The Kinect for Windows was so popular with desktop developers that in some markets there were supply issues. That should not be the case with moving to a single product and having the adapter cable available. Developers and owners of Kinect units should not worry though as support will still be around for the unit. With all the simplifying and consolidating that Microsoft has done recently this move makes a lot of sense and it is likely that more products will follow suit.

Source: Engadget

If You Die in Upsilon Circuit, You Can Never Play Again!

Upsilon Circuit might seem like your usual fantasy RPG game, but what you do not know about it is that if you die in it… you can never play again! The game is said to have a sort of ‘perma-permadeath’ losing condition, meaning that players require to be extremely careful if they still want to play the game in the future.

The title is said to spawn players onto a single server and divides them into two teams of four, meaning that only eight players will be able to play the game at any given time. The gameplay is likely to be extremely intense, leading to swift brutal ends because every moment can be your last.

“Each Contestant explores the overworld and generated dungeons in search of the Dream Tech Crystals. They fight monsters, avoid traps, and compete with the opposing team.”
“When the Contestant fights monsters or gets treasure, the EXP and other rewards go to the Audience. EXP is used collectively by the Audience to level up the Contestant’s Skill Tree. Simply put, the Audience is part dungeon master, part strategist, and part judge & jury.”

Upsilon Circuit is likely to bring one of the most complicated and intense fantasy RPGs on the market. The title is still in development, but you can see some footage of the gameplay below.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Xbox One and 360 Get Free Titanfall DLC

If you have and Xbox One or 360 and Titanfall, then you might be happy to hear that the new DLC for the title is currently free on Microsoft’s console. The DLC includes three separate map packs: the IMC Rising, Frontier’s Edge and Expedition packs.

Respawn Entertainment, Titanfalls developer, might have made the DLCs free on the store due to the fact that today is the title’s one year anniversary, having it released on March 11 last year. Users can download the packs separately or get the Season Pass through the Xbox Games Store at $0.00, though the Season Pass is reported to be free only for the Xbox One console.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

Android 5.1 Officially Announced

Google first announced that Android 5.1 is coming on Android One, giving a lot of reference to the software and stating that it is targeting developing countries. Now, the company has officially announced Android 5.1 via the Android blog .

At first glance, the latest Android seems to bring minor updates. However, Google states that it will be serving to “improves stability and performance” over 5.0. Aside from the latter, Android 5.1 also comes with support for multiple SIM slots and HD voice, along with a new security feature named Device Protection.

Google’s Device Protection feature seems to be working similar to Apple’s security measure, having it in place in case the phone is lost and stolen. Users are required to sign into their Google accounts to unlock the device and the protection survives even if the handset suffers a factory reset.

While we know that Google will be rolling out Android 5.1, we still do not know exactly when. However, AOSP and Nexus devices should be the first handsets to receive the latest update.

Thank you Arstechnica for providing us with this information

Halo: MMC Xbox One Revealed, Shipping Worldwide This Month

If you are a Halo fan and haven’t had the chance to upgrade your Xbox 360 to the new Xbox One, then waiting a little longer won’t hurt. The Xbox One bundle with Halo: The Master Chief Collection has recently been announced and it will be available worldwide for $350.

The bundle contains the Xbox One console, along with a digital copy of The Master Chief Collection, which is comprised of the remastered versions of Halo 1 through 4 and some extra content such as Halo: Nightfall; the bundle does not include a Kinect device.

Though the Halo: MMC Xbox One bundle is said to be available in-stores this month, Microsoft stated that customers should check with their local retailers to find out exactly when it will be available in their area.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

HTC One M9 Hands On Video Leaked

A hands on video of the HTC One M9 has leaked. All just before its announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. This is not the first leak for the new device, as a number of official images were leaked just recently.

It’s said to have a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage alongside a MicroSD port and there’s a 20-megapixel sensor for the rear camera. Android 5.0 Lollipop comes as standard with a new Sense 7 skin. There’s also a  5-inch display with 1080p resolution, surrounded by pretty much the same aluminium casing, with seemingly two colour options – a gold/silver dual colour and gunmetal single colour.

Take a look at the hands on in the video below.

Source: The Verge

HTC’s Next Flagship, One M9 Leaked

HTCs next flagship phone, the HTC One M9 has supposedly been leaked complete with images and specs. Mobile Geeks has published a number of new images of the new phone, which is due to be announced at Mobile World Congress on March 1st.

It’s said to have a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage alongside a MicroSD port and there’s a 20-megapixel sensor for the rear camera. Android 5.0 Lollipop comes as standard with a new Sense 7 skin. There’s also a  5-inch display with 1080p resolution, surrounded by pretty much the same aluminium casing, with seemingly two colour options – a gold/silver dual colour and gunmetal single colour.

There’s some more pictures below, but we’ll have to wait and see what HTC has to say on March 1st to know everything else about this new flagship.

Source: Mobile Geeks Via: The Verge

Apple Hires BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe Sparking Music Service Rumours

Apple has taken the strange move of hiring  Zane Lowe, a popular BBC Radio 1 DJ. Lowe, who has grown to widespread acclaim and popularity in the UK and around the world for his work on Radio 1, will be completely relinquishing his duties at the BBC and moving to the US to work for Apple – something that has shocked quite a few.

Of course, this has lead to many wondering why Lowe might be so interested in essentially vanishing from his ever-growing and successful public career, and moving to a much more succinct, low-profile position at a technology company. Many have suggested that this may well be related to Apple’s music service plans, possibly related to Beats, the company Apple acquired last year.

Beats Music, the music streaming service largely cited as the reason Apple bought the company, features special playlists curated by so-called music experts and is subsequently different to other streaming services. The company may well be sourcing people like Lowe, a man famous for his efforts in highlighting new and independent artists, to help them curate the content for the new service.

Source: The Verge

You’ll Soon Be Able to Take Screenshots on Your Xbox One

Xbox’s Phil Spencer has personally let it be known that Xbox One users will soon be able to take screenshots of their gameplay.

While this isn’t the first mention of this feature, Spencer shared a picture of him taking his own screenshot via Twitter.

While we don’t exactly know when the feature will be available to everyone, with this news today, it seems that it won’t be too long before we can all snap screens from our Xbox One.

Source: Engagdet

Xbox One HoloLens Plans Leaked – In 2012

Microsoft is no stranger to leaks. Most of the company’s plans have been some of the worst-kept secrets in the industry. Well now news has surfaced giving us a look at one of the biggest leaks in Microsoft history. A leak that no-one really ever took notice of.

According to Engadgeta document was uploaded to Scribd in 2012 that basically laid out all of the company’s Xbox plans in intimate detail. It covered many of the things that have been realised today – the Xbox One with its media functionality, the inclusion of the new Kinect, and perhaps most intriguingly of all, the 2 year old documents detail a certain “Project Fortaleza” – the very project that would become Microsoft’s HoloLens glasses we saw a few weeks ago.

The documents, which have since been deleted, carry an incredible level of detail, with most of the plans coming true. However, there are a few things in there that haven’t become true – the Xbox One was supposed to be priced at $300 but instead was released with a high $500 price, and there’s also details in the documents that say Microsoft originally wanted to have the HoloLens out in 2014. They also said that they wanted an updated model out in 2015 with “4G connectivity” – something unlikely to happen for at least a while.

Be sure to visit the source link to read the plans in more detail.

Source: Engadget

The Simpsons Are Coming to Minecraft on Xbox

Microsoft announced today that everybody’s favourite yellow family is coming to Minecraft. From late February the whole Simpsons family will be available alongside 19 other characters from the animated series as part of a downloadable skin pack.

“We have an active community of more than 14 million die-hard Minecraft fans on Xbox Live enjoying the wide range of downloadable content on Xbox, and they have been clamoring for us to bring Simpsons characters to the game,” – Xbox’s Phil Spencer.

The $1.99 pack will be available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 in pretty much in the same way Doctor Who characters were back in October. This new deal and that previous one with the BBC, appears to be part of Microsoft’s efforts to get the most out of its $2.5 Billion purchase of Minecraft developer Mojang.

Source: The Verge

 

Developers Already Working on Xbox One VR HMD

Rumours have already suggested Microsoft will reveal their own VR headset for Xbox One at next years E3, but now we’re hearing that some developers are already using an Xbox One VR Head Mounted Display (HMD). This makes sense, as it can take months, even years to create games, technical demonstrations and more. If Microsoft really is going to show up to E3 with some VR hardware, there must be someone out there working on the software.

Unfortunately, there’s no information about the hardware they’re running, but with Oculus Rift on PC and Morheus on PlayStation 4, it’s likely we’ll see something fairly similar from Microsoft.

With any luck, we’ll hear a few leaks from behind closed doors at CES2015 next month.

Thank you VR Focus for providing us with this information.