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Xbox 360’s $1.15 Billion Mistake with the Red Ring of Death

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Current EA COO Peter Moore has recounted the Xbox 360’s Red Ring of Death saga, that stuck the company for a tune of $1,150,000,000 in repair costs/warranties.

“We were seeing failure rates and starting to get reports through customer service,” Moore said.

“This was a thing where we couldn’t actually figure out what was going on.

“We knew we had a problem. I remember going to Robbie Bach, my boss, and saying, I think we could have a billion dollar problem here. As we started to do the analysis of what was going on, we were getting the defectors in, it was a challenging problem for our engineers, and we couldn’t quite figure out what it was. We knew it was heat related. There were all kinds of fixes. I remember people putting wet towels around the box.”

I suggest reading the full article over at Eurogamer. It is very interesting.

Microsoft Announces Gamescom 2015 – Crackdown, Quantum Break, Scalebound & more

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Microsoft has announced their plans for Gamescom 2015. And the company is bringing the heavy hitters to the show. Get the full details below.

Gamescom 2015 Xbox Briefing
Tuesday, August 4, 4:00p CEST (7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. ET)

The evening before Gamescom officially kicks off, the Xbox briefing will show off many of the games coming to Xbox One, including titles like Scalebound, Quantum Break, and Crackdown. Tune in to the Gamescom 2015 Xbox Briefing on Xbox One, Xbox.com, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone to get the latest news and watch game trailers and demos. Be sure to download the free Xbox Live Event interactive app (XLEi app) on your Xbox One or XLE on your Xbox 360 before the show so you’re ready!

The Xbox booth at Gamescom

Wednesday, August 5, 9:00a to 7:00p CEST (Note: this is for press/trade only)
Thursday, August 6, 10:00a to 8:00p CEST
Friday, August 7, 10:00a to 8:00p CEST
Saturday, August 8, 10:00a to 8:00p CEST
Sunday, August 9, 9:00a to 6:00p CEST

Join us in the Xbox booth on the show floor to go hands-on with the greatest lineup in Xbox history. From Halo 5: Guardians and Forza Motorsport 6 to Rise of the Tomb Raider, we’ve got some amazing titles for you to play in the booth and watch in our theater.

Xbox FanFest: Gamescom 2015

After Xbox FanFest: E3 2015, we’ve decided to bring the same up-close-and-personal fan experience to gamescom this year. Running from Tuesday, August 4th through Wednesday, August 5th, a group of fans will get exclusive access to the greatest games lineup in Xbox history, as well as a host of other surprises. Details coming soon.

Via: Gematsu

This Week on Xbox: June 26th, 2015

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“We look back at some of the biggest announcements at E3, including features and programs Xbox One fans can participate in right now, including Game Preview, Backward Compatibility, and more!”

Source: Xbox

Microsoft Starts the ‘Xbox Japan Blog’

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Despite Microsoft’s tiny install base in Japan for the Xbox One console, they aren’t giving up in the land of the rising sun. The firm just started an official blog in Japan, that covers all things Xbox. The blog currently has news articles on Halo 5 Guardians, Forza 6 and Rare Replay. More info specific to Japan will be coming in the future. Just keep those Media Create numbers away from there.

Games with Gold Announced for July – Assassin’s Creed 4 and Gears of War 3 lead

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Microsoft has announced their Games with Gold titles for the month of July, and it looks pretty good. Get the full breakdown below:

  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag ($29.99 ERP) – Available all month on Xbox One
  • So Many Me ($14.99 ERP) – Available from July 16-August 5 on Xbox One
  • Plants vs. Zombies ($14.99 ERP) – Available from June 1-15 on Xbox 360
  • Gears of War 3 ($19.99 ERP) – Available from June 16-30 on Xbox 360

Source: VGChartz

Xbox One Backward Compatibility List – Initial Preview Titles

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Microsoft has begun to roll out Xbox 360 titles that can be played on the Xbox One via backwards compatibility. Get the initial batch of compatible games here. Remember, this is the initial preview. More games will be added over time. As new games get added, I’ll update this post.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One) | E3 2015 Gameplay Demo – PlayerEssence

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Check out the E3 2015 show floor demo of Gear of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One. Subscribe for more E3 2015 videos coming this week!

Microsoft: Post-E3 2015 – ZyroXZ2

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“I could barely manage to get most (not even all!) of the announcements into 5 minutes… But I did it! I can understand why Quantum Break and Scalebound announcements got pushed to Gamescom!”

Source: ZyroXZ2

Walkthrough: The New Xbox One Experience

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“See the New Xbox One Experience in action as Larry Hryb and Richard Irving guide you through the new features, including a brand new Home, plus Cortana integration, a quick-menu system, a new Community section and much more!”

ReCore Interview with Keiji Inafune and Mark Pacini

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Watch the ReCore trailer with commentary directly from the game’s creators, Keiji Inafune and Mark Pacini.

Source: Xbox

Is RARE back? RARE’s Chris Davies Thinks so with RARE Replay & Sea of Thieves | E3 2015 Interview

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I had the fortunate opportunity to speak with RARE’s Chris Davies about RARE Replay and Sea of Thieves for Xbox One. Is RARE having a rebirth this year on Xbox One? Find out straight from the source at E3 2015 in this interview. Subscribe to PlayerEssence for more awesome E3 2015 coverage

Buy Xbox One – Choose A Game For Free Promotion

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Microsoft has a fantastic deal for those in the market for an Xbox One. Next week in the United States only, if you purchase an Xbox One, you’ll get one free game. Here are the following free games you can choose from: Batman: Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3, Mortal Kombat X, The Elder Scrolls Online, Forza Horizon 2, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare or Battlefield: Hardline.

This offer runs from June 21st to June 27th and must be a disc based retail game in stores. More details on the Major Nelson blog.

Microsoft’s Targeting Xbox 360 Owners with Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

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Microsoft is targeting Xbox 360 owners with the announcement of Xbox One getting backward compatibility. Microsoft Corporate VP and CMO Mike Nichols discussed the matter below.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition Screenshots look Quite NICE!

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Check out these awesome 1080p screenshots of Gears of War Ultimate Edition on Xbox One.

Xbox 360 vs. Xbox One screenshots can be found here.

Halo 5 Guardians – E3 2015 Gameplay Reveal

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Check out the E3 Gameplay footage of Halo 5 Guardians running on Xbox One.

Source: GhostRobo

Gears of War 4 Announced for Xbox One, Coming in 2016

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Microsoft has announced Gears of War 4 for the Xbox One. This game features new characters, weapons, story and combat from the first three games.

MineCraft is Coming to HoloLens, Looks Freaking Crazy

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OK, this is really cool! Microsoft has announced a special version of MineCraft will be built for HoloLens. This let’s gamers build, create and manipulate MineCraft anywhere you want, with your hands or a controller. HoloLens is a VR device that you wear over your eyes. This version of Minecraft will be playable with PC and Xbox One users. 

RARE Announces Sea of Thieves for Xbox One

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RARE has revealed their new game! It’s called Sea of Thieves for Xbox One. This is an open world pirate-fairing game that will have live ship battles out on the open sea.

Microsoft Announces The RARE Replay Collection – 30 Games for $30

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Microsoft has announced the RARE Replay. This is a collection of 30 games for $30. It will launch on Xbox One on August 4th. Yes….I’m getting this….and yes there are 10,000 GamerPoints to collect…. lord help me, I’m going to faint. 

Day Z Creator Announces ION for Xbox One and PC

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10:  Phil Spencer, vice president of Microsoft Game Studios at Microsoft Corp. speaks during Microsoft Xbox news conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Galen Center on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Thousands are expected to attend the annual three-day convention to see the latest games and announcements from the gaming industry.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Microsoft and the Day Z creator has announced a brand new IP called ION for Xbox One and PC. The game seems to be some sort of outer space simulator. 

Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Preview for Xbox One

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Microsoft has announced their own version of Steam Early Access, called Xbox Game Preview. You’ll be able to download titles still in development, then give developers feedback. 

Forza MotoSport 6 Launches on September 15th

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Microsoft has announced that Forza MotoSport 6 will launch on Xbox One on September 15th. Check out the E3 2015 trailer below.

Source: Xbox