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Games With Gold For June 2014 and an Update For Gold Members

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Microsoft’s Game with Gold program is getting an update in June 2014. The program is finally hitting Xbox One next month!

Next month Xbox One players will get “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.”

If you are a Xbox 360 player, June will bring you an extra game on top of the typical two due to the one-year anniversary of the program. The games will be “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and the bonus title, “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.”

Another update announced was that Microsoft will begin selling a Xbox One without the Kinect for $399 USD on June 9. In addition, they are ending the Gold membership requirement for streaming apps, like Netflix and Hulu.

Microsoft Considering Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility on Xbox One

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It is safe to say fans were unhappy when it was first announced that the Xbox One would not be backwards compatible with the 360. “If you’re backwards compatible, you’re really backwards,” said former Xbox chief Don Mattrick. However, now that they are under new management it looks like things might change.

According to Xbox partner development lead Frank Savage, Microsoft is working on a solution to get Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, but players at home may never get to experience it themselves. During a developer conference, Savage confirmed that Microsoft is tinkering with the idea of backwards compatibility, however there was one small problem. Getting software made for drastically different hardware to run on another machine is a tricky proposition.

“There are [plans], but we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately,” said Savage, as reported by Kotaku Australia. “It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there’s nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself.”

Unfortunately there are currently no plans to begin implementing the backwards compatibility but at least they are thinking about it right?

Microsoft Office Comes to iPad

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Microsoft Office has finally come to iPad. iOS users can now get Word, PowerPoint, and Excel designed “from the ground up” for the tablet. The best part is that users will not be required to use a keyboard or mouse to operate the apps.

Content and formatting of Office documents will be maintained whether you access them via computer, tablet, or phone. Documents can also be retrieved and accessed easily through Microsoft’s cloud service OneDrive.

The Office apps have both free and paid versions, downloadable via the App Store. The free version will allow users to read and view their documents; the paid version, accessible via an Office 365 subscription, will go one step further by allowing users to edit their documents. Subscribers can install Office for iPad on up to five devices, in addition to the five copies available for PC and Mac.

“This isn’t simply Office on another device,” Microsoft said in their announcement. “We thought a lot about what people want to do when they’re on their tablet, iPad functionality, and touch-first when we were building Office for iPad.”

Additionally, Office Mobile – which was previously free to Windows Phone users – is now also free for those using iPhones and Android devices.

Office for iPad is available for iPads running iOS 7.0 or later.

Games With Gold: February 2014

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With the start of the new month, Microsoft has announced the Games with Gold for February. This month the two titles are “Dead Island” and “Toy Soldiers.”

“Dead Island” will be available from February 1st to 15th.

Dead Island is a R.P.G that focuses solely around zombies. You have a choice.of four characters, two male and two female, who have become trapped on an island were a zombie outbreak has occurred.  Now, if you are looking for a game to play with three other friends, then Dead Island may just be the game for you to have a good time with your friends, but just a friendly warning, the game can feel like it is going on and on if you are doing it by yourself. Once playthrough of the game will probably be enough for the average gamer, but will still provide you with a great story.

“Toy Soldiers” is an arcade game that will be available from February 16 to 28th. It takes place during World War 2.

Xbox Entertainment Developing Unscripted Video Content

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Xbox Entertainment Studios is not holding anything back as they attempt to break into the online video world. The company has hired former AMC programming director Ari Mark to oversee the creation of unscripted video content for Microsoft.

Xbox Entertainment Studios announced that it will launch an Xbox-exclusive documentary series this year through its multiplatform media company Lightbox. The first film in the series will document a planned excavation of a New Mexico landfill thought to contain unsold Atari cartridges and hardware buried in the aftermath of the video game industry crash of 1983.

Mark is most known for his work at AMC developing the network-original reality television showsThe Pitch and Small Town Security. Mark also assisted in the creation of AMC’s The Walking Dead – focused talk show Talking Dead, along with Comic Book Men, a reality show set in director Kevin Smith’s comic shop in New Jersey.

Xbox One Owners With Hardware Issues Get Complimentary Game

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After the recent launch of next-gen console, the Xbox One, one problem became unfortunately apparent. Some Xbox One owners found they had received a defective console. While this elicited a ton of backlash and anger, Microsoft is attempting to fix the problem. According to emails from  Xbox support representatives, owners with defective consoles are being offered a free game for the inconvenience.

According to an email from Xbox customer care forwarded to Polygon, the company will let Xbox One owners with a faulty console choose from one of four titles: Dead Rising 3Forza Motorsport 5Ryse: Son of Rome or Zoo Tycoon. The titles are offered as a downloadable game so that the owners will be able to play the game.

“While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game,” a statement from Microsoft said. “We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios.”

Regarding the faulty optical drive issue, Microsoft says that it is “affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers.”

Games With Gold December 2013: Gears of War, Shoot Many Robots

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Games With Gold For December 2013 has been announced for Xbox Live Gold owners. “Gears of War” and “Shoot Many Robots” will be the next two titles offered for free to members.

Epic’s brutal third-person shooter, “Gears of War” will be available from December 1-15. “Shoot Many Robots” will be available from December 16 through the end of the month. These games normally cost $20 and $10 to download, respectively.

The Games with Gold program, which began earlier this year, offers two free games to keep every month for Xbox Live Gold members. Microsoft’s Major Nelson announced earlier this month that Games with Gold is coming to the newly released Xbox One.

Activision Says “Call of Duty: Ghosts” is the Most Played Next-Gen Title

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Activision has officially announced that “Call of Duty: Ghosts” is the most played game on the next-gen consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4. They also announced that it is the top selling Xbox One and PlayStation 4 title at leading North American retailers.

According to the press release:

The next generation of game consoles is here, and Call of Duty®: Ghosts is the must have game. Activision’s blockbuster title is the #1 most played Xbox One multiplayer game worldwide, according to Microsoft, while becoming the #1 top-selling Xbox One title in retail sales in North America at retailers Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Wal-Mart. In standalone Xbox One software retail sales*, the game also is #1 in the United Kingdom, according to GfK Charttrack. Additionally, Call of Duty: Ghosts is the #1 most played PlayStation® 4 game, according to Sony Computer Entertainment America, and continues to be the #1 top-selling PS4 title in retail sales in North America at Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Wal-Mart.

So far more than 1 billion multiplayer matches of Call of Duty: Ghosts already have been played across all versions. Ghosts’ players have Prestiged more than 2.2 million times, earning over 3.3 trillion Experience Points (XP), according to internal gameplay statistics.

Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc, said,

“Around the globe, Call of Duty: Ghosts is leading the next generation. It’s the #1 selling title at key retailers and it’s also the most played game on Xbox One and PS4 globally. As we’ve said before, we’ve got the best community of fans in the world, and we’re thrilled they’re coming with us to the next generation.”

“Call of Duty: Ghosts” is also the 1 most played Xbox 360 multiplayer game, according to Microsoft.

More Than One Million Xbox One Consoles Sold Worldwide in First 24 Hours

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The Xbox One launched just last week and Microsoft has officially announced the launch was the biggest one in Xbox history. More than  one million consoles sold through worldwide in less than 24 hours – surpassing day one Xbox 360 sales and setting a new record.

Despite the success, the Xbox One has not yet outsold the Sony Playstation 4 which launched on November 15. The PS4 sold more than one million units in North America alone and it still has to hit Europe and Latin America on November 29.

Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Xbox, said,

“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world. Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”

Xbox One Launch Games Now Shipping

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The launch of the moderately anticipated Xbox One is just around the corner but several of the games that will be available that day have already been packaged and shipped to retailers. The gold titles include Ryse: Son of RomeForza Motorsport 5Dead Rising 3 and Zoo Tycoon, according to Xbox Wire. Microsoft also posted a picture of crates containing the aforementioned Xbox One titles, with labels stating not to sell the games before November 22, which is the worldwide launch of the Xbox One. You can see the picture above.

The Xbox One is scheduled for release across North America, several European markets, Australia, and New Zealand on November 22, 2013 with later release in Japan and the remaining European markets in 2014.