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Goodbye Xbox 360 – Microsoft ends production after 10 years

Goodbye Xbox 360 – Microsoft ends production after 10 years

When the Xbox 360 turned 10 last year, many people wondered just how long Microsoft would continue to support the aging console. After all, The original Xbox was discontinued 8 years after its launch, and Xbox Live service was ended before the console’s 9th birthday. Well today Microsoft made a special announcement regarding the future of the 360.

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Telltale’s bringing ‘7 Days to Die’ to PS4 and Xbox One this June

Telltale’s bringing ‘7 Days to Die’ to PS4 and Xbox One this June

Telltale Games, the company behind the new Michonne-centric The Walking Dead game, has announced plans to bring “7 Days to Die” to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 7 Days to Die is described as a “survival horde crafting game” taking place in a post-apocalyptic world where zombies roam. The game was made by indie developer The Fun Pimps, and will be brought to consoles via Telltale Games, which cites the game’s existing 1.5 million PC players across the globe.

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Xbox chief says he’s ‘not a fan’ of partial console upgrades

Xbox chief says he’s ‘not a fan’ of partial console upgrades

Most of the news regarding the Xbox One at Microsoft's Build 2016 developer event has focused on the universal use of the Windows 10 operating system, as well as the ability to easily turn any consumer model of the console into a dev kit. However, Microsoft's Xbox boss, Phil Spencer, took a little time to speak to the press about the future of the Xbox One, and how he's not in favor of a modular or partial upgrade to the existing console, such as a "Xbox One and a half."

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update in summer: Hello, Ink, Gaming, more Cortana

Windows 10 Anniversary Update in summer: Hello, Ink, Gaming, more Cortana

270 million. That's how many devices are now running Windows 10 already, according to Microsoft, at least. Considering the OS was launched just eight months ago, that might indeed be a world record, thanks to Microsoft rather aggressive, almost contentious, push. Unlike other Windows versions, however, Windows 10 isn't meant to be a completely finished product with minor "service pack" updates down the road. Instead, the "Windows as a Service" entails continuous updates, some of them quite major, during its lifetime. The Anniversary Update slated for summer this year is one such update and it will indeed be quite a big one.

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‘Left 4 Dead 2’ is now backwards compatible on Xbox One

‘Left 4 Dead 2’ is now backwards compatible on Xbox One

The game Left 4 Dead 2 is now backwards compatible on the Xbox One, Microsoft’s Larry Hryb announced today. The game can be picked up from the Microsoft Store online, where it resides at about 5GB and costs $19.99 USD. This is the latest Xbox One Backward Compatibility addition, allowing Xbox One owners to play select Xbox 360 games on the newer console. A large roster of games are already backwards compatible on Xbox One, and the number continues to grow regularly.

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Microsoft confirms they have no plans for digital game trade-ins

Microsoft confirms they have no plans for digital game trade-ins

Over the weekend, Microsoft teased gamers by posing a simple question to them. They asked how people would feel if they could "sell back" digital copies of games in exchange for a credit of 10% of the purchase price that was paid for them. While there were mixed reactions to the question, Microsoft has responded to their own question.

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‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ DLC brings zombies on March 29

‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ DLC brings zombies on March 29

Next week, Xbox owners with Rise of the Tomb Raider will get access to the game's next DLC "Cold Darkness Awakened." First came “Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch” and Endurance Mode; this time around, gamers are getting a hoard of zombie Trinity soldiers to battle against, and they're tasked with shutting down the decommissioned base from which the zombies are raised.

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Microsoft asks if Xbox gamers OK with selling back titles

Microsoft asks if Xbox gamers OK with selling back titles

Before digital copies of video games proliferated, there was a sub-market that thrived in selling second hand, or "slightly used", cartridges and discs for a fraction of the original price. GameStop is just the latest and most legit incarnation, but selling a game you're already done with, or didn't like, wasn't that alien a concept back then. And then Steam and its ilk happened. Doing the same with digital copies has been next to impractical but based on a survey for Xbox gamers, Microsoft might be interested in it.

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Xbox One ‘Dusk’ and ‘Copper’ wireless controllers unveiled

Xbox One ‘Dusk’ and ‘Copper’ wireless controllers unveiled

Microsoft has unveiled a couple of new wireless controllers, both with a faded color gradient finish, which is a first among Xbox One wireless controllers. The two controllers are dubbed “Copper Shadow” and “Dusk Shadow,” each hinting at the color of the controller as it fades to black. Colors aside, they come with all the usual Xbox One controller features.

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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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