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Xbox Game Preview is like Steam Early Access with free demos

Xbox Game Preview is like Steam Early Access with free demos

Today's gamers are more conscientious of purchases, being wary of games that over promise and under deliver. At the same time, however, they are also more willing to put their money where their mouths are, willing to help fund games still in development in exchange for some exclusive early access to the game and experience its evolution. Balancing those two needs is a delicate dance and Microsoft might have just mastered the steps. With Xbox Game Preview, gamers won't have just access to alpha or beta versions of games, they can also have a free peek at it first.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain E3 trailer crosses the line

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain E3 trailer crosses the line

The newest trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is also the bloodiest. It's not something you're going to want to watch if you've just eaten lunch. Here you'll see the story of being "a child when we were raided by soldiers." Behold the tape, as well. There lies the song "From the man who sold the world" - whether or not it's a song or an invitation, we'll find out soon enough. "His country, his family, his face, his identity - everything was stolen from him."

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Minecraft for Hololens demo shows big virtual potential

Minecraft for Hololens demo shows big virtual potential

While we've caught glimpses of Minecraft on the Microsoft HoloLens headset before, today is the first we've seen Microsoft pushing gaming specifically. Before, HoloLens was a far more diverse piece of equipment, showing of all manner of odd applications. Today it's a strictly gaming affair. Mojang Brand Director - aka Mojang's "Director of Fun" Lydia Winters spoke up onstage this afternoon about how Minecraft would be jointing the fun in our collective living rooms. This game wont be played on a screen, it'll be played in three dimensions.

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Every trailer from Xbox One’s E3 2015 “greatest games lineup of all time”

Every trailer from Xbox One’s E3 2015 “greatest games lineup of all time”

Today Microsoft brought what they suggested would be "the greatest games lineup of all time," showing everything from Halo 5 to a new The Division. Today you're also going to see a trailer for the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller and a set of new games - one of which is called ReCore, a game about a girl and her robot dog. This collection of games is certainly shaping up to be one of the most impressive we've seen from Microsoft, of that you can be sure.

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Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft teams with Valve VR for Windows 10 gaming

Microsoft isn't slowing down with virtual reality partnerships, announcing at E3 2015 today that it is working with Valve on VR for Windows 10. "We will be working closely with Valve to make Windows 10 the best platform for VR gaming," Microsoft's Kudo Tsunoda said during the company's keynote in Los Angeles this morning, confirming the second deal in two weeks with a high-profile player in the virtual reality space.

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Xbox Elite Wireless Controller detailed

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller detailed

Additional abilities and features announced with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, set for release this Fall. This device is made for the Xbox One owner that wants more. The Xbox One owner that seeks out the strangest - and best - pieces of equipment on the market. Those that want extra things to tap and pull, too, while they're at it. A textured rolling pad replaces the D-pad and two bumper pads sit underneath the grips of each side of the device - four in all!

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Xbox One 360 backwards compatibility release this afternoon

Xbox One 360 backwards compatibility release this afternoon

Xbox 360 games will be running natively on the Xbox One in the very near future. According to Microsoft speaking at their official Xbox presentation at E3 2015, compatibility with the Xbox One will be brought on for all Xbox 360 games. You'll put your game in, download said game, and play. Whether or not this means that the game will be loaded from the disk or from the internet is not yet clear. This opens a very large door for Xbox One owners - game sellers, get your 360 displays prepared.

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Xbox unveils Ford-inspired controllers to celebrate historic Le Mans race wins

Xbox unveils Ford-inspired controllers to celebrate historic Le Mans race wins

With auto racing's 24 Hours of Le Mans event having just completed this weekend, and the E3 video game event about to kick-off, Microsoft's Xbox is showing off a special set of three controllers that honor Ford's historic race victories. Turn 10 Studios, the developers behind the popular Forza racing game franchise on Xbox, designed the controllers to represent three specific years of Ford's Le Mans history, starting with 1965.

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Oculus partners with Xbox

Oculus partners with Xbox

This afternoon Oculus announced that they'd be teaming up with Microsoft to deliver the Xbox One controller with the headset at launch. With Windows 10, Oculus Rift will work to "unlock the potential for millions of developers to create amazing experiences," so said Phil Spencer. Streaming PC content to the Oculus Rift is just one part of this equation, too. This partnership includes a pairing of the Oculus Rift to the Xbox One, as well. This is a prime strike against Sony's Project Morpheus, without a doubt.

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Halo 5: Guardians to boast four-player co-op Blue Team mode

Halo 5: Guardians to boast four-player co-op Blue Team mode

One of the most anticipated games of 2015 for the Xbox game system is Halo 5: Guardians. We already know many of the details of the game including the launch date of October 27. Some new details about the game from a major cover story in the magazine Game Informer have surfaced, and fans of Blue Team will be excited to hear this. The game will reportedly feature a four-player co-op mode with Blue Team.

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Microsoft announces 1TB Xbox One, includes new controller

Microsoft announces 1TB Xbox One, includes new controller

After several leaks, and just prior to E3, Microsoft has officially taken the wraps off a new Xbox One package featuring 1TB of storage. The 1TB model will include a revised controller which features a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom edge, allowing any audio head set with a standard plug to be connected. Priced at $399, Microsoft says the 1TB Xbox One will be available starting June 16th, with the existing 500GB model remaining on sale for $349.

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Mega Man Legacy preserves the past by playing in the present

Mega Man Legacy preserves the past by playing in the present

Capcom announces the Mega Man Legacy Collection, letting it be known that they'll not just be stopping here when it comes to restoring the classics. Just like we've got restoration for comic books, and we've got preservation efforts in place to keep historic buildings intact, so too will Capcom - and the rest of the gaming industry - bring back, restore, and rejuvenate classic video games from our past. This effort brings the original six Mega Man games to our present for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and PC this summer.

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