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Xbox One gets holiday cut as Microsoft chases PS4

Xbox One gets holiday cut as Microsoft chases PS4

Xbox One may be trailing its PlayStation 4 rival in the sales charts, but Microsoft isn't going to take that lying down, announcing a price cut on the console ahead of the holidays. As of November 2nd, 2014, those in the US will be able to pick up an Xbox One for $349, as Microsoft applies a $50 cut across its console line-up including bundles and limited-editions. That means the latest Sunset Overdrive bundle, too.

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Custom Xbox One backgrounds: how to make it yours

Custom Xbox One backgrounds: how to make it yours

Customization of the wallpaper on your Xbox One console is a feature that's been blasted over the past week. Unless you're part of the Xbox One Preview program right this minute - when this article is posted - you'll have to wait to customize your own console. If that time has arrived for you, you'll have only to move through a few very easy steps. By all means, have a peek at how you can make your Xbox One's background as wild as possible.

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Surface drives nearly billion dollar revenue for Microsoft in Q1

Surface drives nearly billion dollar revenue for Microsoft in Q1

This quarter is a rather good one for Microsoft's Surface tablet lineup, that's for certain. Their financial crew reported Microsoft Financial 2015 Q1 results today, showing the Surface Pro 3 to have driven Surface revenue up to $908 million for the quarter. Microsoft's Devices and Consumer revenue grew 47% to $10.96 billion overall, while total Xbox console sales were 2.4 million, growing a cool 102%. Xbox One also launched in 28 new markets in these past three quarters alone.

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Xbox Music free streaming gets the ax December 1

Xbox Music free streaming gets the ax December 1

The nature of online music streaming services is shifting gradually, not to mention heating up as new contenders enter to compete with long-standing services, and reflecting that change is a new announcement from Microsoft: the free streaming aspect of Xbox Music will be going dark on December 1, leaving only the Xbox Music Pass subscription option. The company has preemptively posted responses to some anticipated questions in the form of FAQ, though it danced around answering the most pertinent inquiry: why?

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Xbox One TV Tuner launches in Europe with new features

Xbox One TV Tuner launches in Europe with new features

Microsoft has a treat prepared for its Xbox One fans in Europe. First, it has finally made available the much advertised Digital TV Tuner dongle for the console, bringing free-to-air TV under the Xbox One's control. But in addition to the basic features that Microsoft has been singing about for months now, it is introducing two new admittedly cool capabilities to the package, including the ability to pause and rewind live TV as well as watch it from your SmartGlass connected mobile device independent of what's actually happening on the console.

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Xbox One November update preview rolling out

Xbox One November update preview rolling out

Now that the Xbox One's October update is rolling out to gamers, bringing with it a large roster of features, all eyes have turned towards what next month has in store. Those in the preview program won't have to wait that long, of course, and today Major Nelson hit up Xbox News to discuss what the system update preview is bringing with it. The preview is starting to roll out today to those in the program, with the full launch being set for next month.

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Project CARS delayed until March to avoid holiday season

Project CARS delayed until March to avoid holiday season

In a move that most major game studios would consider madness, the team at Slightly Mad Studios have delayed their game well past the end-of-year holiday season. Instead of releasing the game when everyone is buying massive amounts of gifts for their gift-giving friends, children, and associates, this game will be delayed. No longer a November 18th, 2014 release, Project CARS will be released on the 17th of March, 2015. While Slightly Mad Studios suggests it's not only because of the holiday season schedules of other major studios that they've moved, that certainly is part of it.

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Halo Master Chief Collection downloads begin today 20GB day one download

Halo Master Chief Collection downloads begin today 20GB day one download

In addition to the 45GB Blu-ray disk that you’ll have when you purchase The Master Chief Collection in the first place, 343 Industries have revealed that you'll need a 20GB day-one download patch. This game will be launching with no "cut corners to save disk space" - so says developer Dan Ayoub of 343 Industries. "This ensures that you are getting every bit of Halo goodness we can fit in," adds Ayoub, "Our work is not done, however, as we continue to tune, tweak and optimize the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch."

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PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

In the latest console war, Sony has frequently trumped Microsoft with more PlayStation 4 sales than Xbox One sales. We've seen that reflected many times, such as at the year's beginning when the PS4 was deemed the bestselling console in the US in January. According to NPD, that reign is holding steady, and despite anticipation otherwise, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One last month. This was despite Microsoft dangling a free game in gamers' faces last month, which many believed would boost the Xbox One's sales numbers.

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Xbox One October update rolling out: DLNA streaming and more

Xbox One October update rolling out: DLNA streaming and more

This month's Xbox One update is rolling out now, and with it comes a large roster of improvements, as well as some new features, among them being additional SmartGlass functionality and improved account security. Xbox One owners can head into the console's System menu under Settings to check if the update has rolled their way. If it hasn't yet, fret not -- we've got all the details you need to know, as well as a video showing off the most notable improvements and features, after the jump.

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