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Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

Xbox VR headset tipped for 2015

A new head-worn virtual reality gaming device has been tipped for release next year by Microsoft. This headset would bring features that closely resemble those of Sony's Project Morpheus for PlayStation 4, while Microsoft's device would more likely focus on Xbox One-based gaming. Microsoft would also be competing with Oculus VR and their Oculus Rift head-worn virtual reality system which, like Sony's Project Morpheus, is still in a developer beta mode right this minute as it's readied for a final consumer release.

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Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Minecraft Story Mode revealed with Telltale Games team-up

Beyond a mini-game of a press release called INFO QUEST II - which we'll also include here if possible - is the next generation in Minecraft gameplay. This is Minecraft Story Mode, a Telltale Games Series. This is the same group that brings you Takes from the Borderlands, The Walking Dead, and most recently Game of Thrones - they're the kings of storytelling games in episodic releases, that is to say - since all the way back in 2006 when they released their first episodic series of games. It's time to get pixely.

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GTA Online Heists trailer and details for “early 2015″

GTA Online Heists trailer and details for “early 2015″

"It's simple," says the trailer, "this will be the easiest money you ever make." Grand Theft Auto 5, aka GTA:V, works with a system called Grand Theft Auto Online, and in it, an expansion will reveal a system called "Heists". This system will be released inside of the year 2015, and it'll be released on PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, all at once. UPDATE: Rockstar suggests this system will be released in "Early 2015" - and again, we're still assuming all systems at once.

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Xbox One’s November sales outpace PS4 for the first time

Xbox One’s November sales outpace PS4 for the first time

It seems Chrstimas came a month early for Microsoft. We saw it last week and now another independent research confirms it. Microsoft's Xbox One has indeed, for the first time, outsold the PlayStation 4 in the US, though only considering the month of November. The recent holiday shopping spree was a big break for Microsoft's console, beleaguered by its rivalry with Sony's counterpart. That victory was not without its price, however, as the repeated price cuts implemented over the past months are believed to have been Microsoft's ace.

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Star Wars teaser trailer tips into #IDARB

Star Wars teaser trailer tips into #IDARB

There's one Star Wars-themed teaser out today that you might not have seen. It wasn't part of our parody collection from earlier this month. It wasn't released by Lucasfilm. Instead, it's a teaser for a game that has little to nothing to do with Star Wars at all, one called #IDARB. So what's the big deal here? It should be clear that this is the tipping point - the point at which a trailer becomes so popular in and of itself that other completely non-related companies are using it as a cultural reference.

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Microsoft adds Bitcoin option for Xbox and mobile content

Microsoft adds Bitcoin option for Xbox and mobile content

The number of places where you can buy things with Bitcoin just got a bit bigger. Microsoft has announced that its customers can now use the cryptocurrency to pay for Xbox services and mobile content, doing so by first using the currency to add funds to a Microsoft account. Microsoft isn't the first well known company to add support for Bitcoin payments. In July, Dell announced that it would start accepting Bitcoin payments in partnership with Coinbase, and other companies like Overstock have also begun accepting the digital money.

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Xbox One Twitch update brings VOD

Xbox One Twitch update brings VOD

This week you'll find Twitch getting an upgrade on Xbox One. This upgrade will bring on Xbox Live's newest ability to bring real-time gameplay stats with broadcasts, search, and filters. You'll find game modes, maps, player skill, in-game activity, progress, and player stats available as search tens from this point forward. This update also brings Video On Demand to the Xbox One universe. With VOD, users will be able to see highlights and past broadcasts available whenever you want. This is the first app - other than the Twitch website itself - to bring this feature to the public.

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King’s Quest trailer goes live, game arrives 2015

King’s Quest trailer goes live, game arrives 2015

It was revealed back in August that Sierra Entertainment will be launching a new King's Quest game, and yesterday marked the debut of its first trailer. The new game is courtesy of The Odd Gentleman, an indie studio that has been working on the title for about a year, and it ushers in Sierra's new focus on serving more or less as a publisher with a focus on indie studios. In addition to King's Quest, it was previously revealed Sierra is also working on Geometry Wars 3.

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Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

Mazda wants you to design an MX-5 for Forza Horizon 2

This week the folks at Mazda North America Operations (MNAO) are teaming up with Microsoft's Xbox division to push both the game Forza Horizon 2 and the 2016 Mazda MX-5. To do this, they're bringing a Mazda-branded hub to Xbox One and Xbox 360 units this winter. Players will be asked to work with the Livery Design of the 1994 Mazda MX-5 available in the game, coming up with the most innovative or otherwise eye-catching design they're able. Two finalists will be brought to South by Southwest for a bit of a final showdown.

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Why Xbox One could win the holiday gaming war

Why Xbox One could win the holiday gaming war

As a longtime gamer, I’ve seen the ups and downs that befall even the greatest of video game companies. I’ve watched companies like SEGA and Nintendo rise and fall, I’ve watched Sony take a few missteps, and I’ve watched Microsoft become an important player in today’s marketplace. At the risk of dating myself, I even remember the good ol’ days of Atari rising and falling and an odd device named the 3DO failing to captivate gamers (well, besides me, who still finds time to play it from time to time).

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