Xbox One X Unboxing (Reviewer Unit)

Unboxing the Xbox One X with a surprise! Microsoft and Xbox Canada gave me this Xbox One X for review purposes.

Review and impressions will be posted after November 3rd.

Xbox One X releases November 7th, 2017

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Halo 5: Guardians – Warzone, REQ Pack/Card Details, Q&A (Xbox Daily Day 2 E3 2015)

Xbox Daily’s segment on Halo 5: Guardians with 343 Industries about Warzone, REQ Packs, REQ Cards, and Q&A at E3 2015

Games With Gold Coming to Xbox One!

Along with the announcement that Microsoft will begin selling Xbox One without the Kinect in June, Microsoft has announced Games with Gold program will be headed to Xbox One. Games with Gold is a free program to Xbox Live Subscribers releasing 2 free games a month.

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold for Xbox 360 members will receive an additional free Xbox 360 game in June. The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and a bonus game of “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.”

The Xbox One Games with Gold program will start with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault” in June. A single Gold membership will get you access to the free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Also announced are exclusive discounts under a program called “Deals with Gold” in June. The program will offer significant savings for Xbox Live Gold members. The first titles offered in June will include “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and a few other surprises. In the coming months, we will offer significant savings of up to 50 – 75 percent off certain titles. This program will continue to be available for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360. And new on Xbox One, we will launch a virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members where we will feature free games, monthly deals, and other great benefits.

Source: http://news.xbox.com/2014/05/xbox-delivering-more-choices

Xbox One Bundle Without Kinect

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Starting June 9th you can buy ‪an Xbox One‬ starting at $399. This is a new console option that does not include Kinect! Bringing the Xbox One price in line with the PS4.

You’ll be able to purchase the Kinect separately if you feel like you’re missing out.

Source: http://news.xbox.com/2014/05/xbox-delivering-more-choices

Xbox One Launch Date: November 22nd 2013

It’s official: the Xbox One will launch around the world on November 22, Microsoft has announced. The console will be available in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Xbox One will ship in more markets next year.

You can still pre-order the Xbox One over at Amazon or the Microsoft Store.

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Xbox One News: No DRM! Microsoft Policy Reversal! The Good and the Bad

As the title says, Microsoft made headlines when they announced the change or reversal of their Xbox One DRM policies. In this video I discuss the news and what it means for some innovative Xbox One features that unfortunately won’t exist because of these changes.

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!

Xbox One Policy Updates – June 19th 2013

The rumors were true! Microsoft has made the smart business decisions in regards to some rather negative policies imposed by Microsoft for the Xbox One. It was modeled partially after a Steam like platform, but after much community feedback, some more violent than others, Microsoft has retracted and did the right thing!

“So, today I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360. Here is what that means:

  • An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
  • Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

In addition to buying a disc from a retailer, you can also download games from Xbox Live on day of release. If you choose to download your games, you will be able to play them offline just like you do today. Xbox One games will be playable on any Xbox One console — there will be no regional restrictions.

These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One. The sharing of games will work as it does today, you will simply share the disc. Downloaded titles cannot be shared or resold. Also, similar to today, playing disc based games will require that the disc be in the tray.”

Source: http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update

– Chief Landless

Xbox One 180 Policy Reversal!

After much backlash from the community and during the thunderous cheers during the Sony E3 2013 press conference it only seemed like a matter of time.

** UPDATE: Here are the updated Xbox One Policies **

Giantbomb broke the news first (giantbomb article) and has since gone viral, crashing the site. Here’s a screenshot and excerpt from the website.

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“Multiple sources inform me Microsoft will announce what amounts to a complete reversal on its DRM policies for Xbox One today.

What does this mean?

  • No more always online requirement
  • The console no longer has to check in every 24 hours
  • All game discs will work on Xbox One as they do on Xbox 360
  • An Internet connection is only required when initially setting up the console
  • All downloaded games will function the same when online or offline
  • No additional restrictions on trading games or loaning discs
  • Region locks have been dropped

It is unclear what caused this huge change in policy right after E3…”

Microsoft themselves has confirmed that policies have been updated.

“Update on June 19, 2013: As a result of feedback from the Xbox community, we have changed certain policies for Xbox One reflected in this blog. Some of this information is no longer accurate — please check here for the latest.

Here http://news.xbox.com/2013/05/qa is the list of policies as they were before today, but be sure to monitor this page http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update when Microsoft reveals the changes which are scheduled to happen sometime today (June 19th, 2013)

I’ll try and keep you all updated on the changes!

– Chief Landless

Xbox: A New Generation Revealed – May 21st 2013

After months and weeks of endless rumors and speculations, Microsoft has confirmed that they will be holding an event on Tuesday, May 21st at 10am PST to unveil its next-generation Xbox (commonly referred to as Durango or Xbox 720). Major Nelson also added some additional details on his website in regards to the next Xbox console announcement:

On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada.

On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.

We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on.

A New Generation Revealed

Xbox Campus, Redmond WA
Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT

Major Nelson’s blog (click here)

I will be covering the events live via Twitter so follow me there, and intend on recapping the event here on the website and on my YouTube channel.

I will be keeping a keen eye out for details in regards from this event and E3 to Bungie’s next game Destiny and any Halo games (Halo 5, Halo 6, and possibly Halo 2 Anniversary or the Halo PC rumors)

– Chief Landless

Geronimo!