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Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta starts April 18

Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta starts April 18

The Gears of War 4 multiplayer beta will be arriving on April 18, it has been announced. Those who have played the game’s ultimate edition on the Xbox One and Windows 10 will see tokens for beta early access arrive; on April 24, the early access will end and all Xbox Live Gold members (who qualify) will get a beta invite. The multiplayer beta will be available until May 1.

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Xbox One Win10 cross-network play enabled for all online games

Xbox One Win10 cross-network play enabled for all online games

In the immediate future Microsoft will be opening the doors to cross-network cross-device multiplayer gaming action to for the masses. "In addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live," said Chris Charla, Director ID@Xbox, "we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well." The first title to make use of this update will be Rocket League - you'll be able to play on your Windows 10 PC while your buddies play on their Xbox One. Super fair for all parties involved, indeed!

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Microsoft is looking into compensation for Xbox Live outages

Microsoft is looking into compensation for Xbox Live outages

If you're an Xbox One owner, you've probably not been to happy with Microsoft these past couple of weeks. Outages have been a pretty common occurrence, and communication from Microsoft about the issues hasn't exactly been the best. So what is Microsoft doing to make it up to gamers? Well, at least one member of the team is working on it.

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Xbox’s Phil Spencer assuages fears of console, PC merger

Xbox’s Phil Spencer assuages fears of console, PC merger

Microsoft's announcement of Quantum Break's PC availability, and the eventual pull out of the game from the Windows Store, has been something of a mess. While it is great news (though not completely) for PC gamers, those on the Xbox side of the fence have started murmuring and questioning. Is Microsoft's stronger PC gaming push and its equally strong Windows 10 push on the Xbox a sign of troubling times for the console? Is Microsoft unifying the console and the PC? Phil Spencer says "no", though a bit ambiguously.

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Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 launch for PS4, Xbox One this year

Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 launch for PS4, Xbox One this year

Capcom has announced that Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6 will be arriving on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this year, starting with the 6th installment and working backwards as the year progresses. The first game will be available as a download and physical disc (the latter in North and South America) on March 29, with more general timeframes provided for the next two games (you’ll have to wait until autumn to get the fourth game). A teaser trailer joins the announcement.

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Xbox’s March Games With Gold list gets leaked

Xbox’s March Games With Gold list gets leaked

Microsoft's Games With Gold program has been a great success, and a good value for gamers. Before it was introduced, Xbox gamers were really paying the monthly (or yearly) fee for Gold, and really just getting online multiplayer. But now, those that pay are treated with four free games every month. And we've got an idea of what to expect next month.

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Dark Souls gets backwards-compatible on Xbox, get your copy with Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls gets backwards-compatible on Xbox, get your copy with Dark Souls 3

Some people are gluttons for punishment. They're the sort of people who will put themselves through endless hours of frustration, for reasons that the rest of the world won't ever really understand. I'm talking, of course, about those who play Dark Souls. If you've never played the first two games in the series, then you're missing out on a lot of repetitive gameplay that has you dying countless times, just to get through one area. Well, get ready to relive the first game on your Xbox One.

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Microsoft launches Xbox Live Community Calendar app

Microsoft launches Xbox Live Community Calendar app

Today is the start of a new month, and for owners of Microsoft's two most recent consoles, that means you get free games. Thanks to the wildly successful “Games with Gold” program, this is a pretty regular occurrence. You might think that this is the only regular event that happens on the Xbox, but as it turns out, there's so much more. And Microsoft is rolling out a new way to let you know about community events.

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Xbox Windows 10 Beta app gets Avatar store, compact mode

Xbox Windows 10 Beta app gets Avatar store, compact mode

It's been quite a while since Microsoft has talked about its Xbox app for Windows 10. In fact, this would be the first news this year for the beta version of the app since October. The Xbox devs definitely weren't slacking off and they are starting 2016 with quite a handful of new features focused both on socializing and being productive. As productive as you can be when games are concerned. Along with an integrated Avatar Store and improved Suggested Friends comes Xbox News and a new Compact view for the app.

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Here comes Xbox One’s first big update for 2016

Here comes Xbox One’s first big update for 2016

Microsoft's first Xbox One update of 2016 will ramp up the console's social cred, but one of the most hotly-anticipated features will have to wait. The new update, which some gamers will see appearing on their consoles from today, will give a preview of who is in a Party game before it's actually joined, while the Gamerscore Leaderboard will show a comparison of how you're doing compared to everyone else, along with who has improved the most.

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Xbox One ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ bundle up for preorder

Xbox One ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ bundle up for preorder

Microsoft has launched the new Xbox One ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’ bundle for preorder, giving gamers an early chance at reserving one of the units for themselves. The bundle includes an Xbox One with a 1TB hard drive and, of course, the “The Division” game itself. As an extra perk, those who preorder will be given guaranteed early access to the beta starting on January 28.

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9-year-old Xbox 360 case hits The US Supreme Court

9-year-old Xbox 360 case hits The US Supreme Court

It's easy to look back fondly at the Xbox 360 as the titan of last generation's console wars. In reality, it was on par with the PS3, and had a host of launch issues. The biggest issue that we all remember was the dreaded “Red Ring of Death.” Personally, I only had to have two consoles replaced because of the RRoD. But today, the Supreme Court is preparing to hear a case regarding another of the Xbox 360's mechanical issues.

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