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Broforce: another tragedy in Xbox One’s parity clause drama

Broforce: another tragedy in Xbox One’s parity clause drama

This week it's become apparent that the epic pixel-heavy side-scrolling shooter known as Broforce will not be released on Xbox One. According to the creators of this game at Free Lives Games, "as far as I know Microsoft has a clause in their contract where they won't accept an indie game if it launches on Xbox after PlayStation." This comes from Creative Director Evan Greenwood at Free Lives Games, who also confirmed this week that Sony "reached out to us with a deal we couldn't reasonably refuse."

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Saints Row IV: Re-Elected and Gat out of Hell launch-trailer revealed

Saints Row IV: Re-Elected and Gat out of Hell launch-trailer revealed

The following video is a preview for a game that may not be appropriate for children. In fact we're sure of it. The release of a new Saints Row game with a Mature rating attached to it is as sure a thing as the giggles that follow. Here we're having a peek at the first release trailer for Saints Row: Gat out of Hell, beyond the gameplay, preparing you for the first launch as it approaches in under a week. Don't forget to watch out for clues to the next chapter as well - this is the end, after all!

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Xbox One price back to $349 after 8 days back on $400

Xbox One price back to $349 after 8 days back on $400

Back in November of 2014, we first heard rumblings of Microsoft bringing the Xbox One's price down to $349 for the holidays. This would include the console by itself and/or a game or games to go with it. Not long after the price drop was confirmed, Microsoft suggested things were going well - the console was jumping off shelves. It was suggested by analysts that the price drop might become permanent. Come last week, the pricing returned to normal - but not for long.

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AllCast streaming app officially arrives on iOS

AllCast streaming app officially arrives on iOS

AllCast, the storied casting app for Android, is finally making its way to iOS. After a healthy run on Android, the casting app has finally landed on iOS, letting users toss their videos and pictures onto the big(ger) screen. The app works with locally stored content as well as files you have in more popular cloud storage solutions like Dropbox or iCloud. You can also stream from your Instagram or Google+ account onto your TV, too. AllCast supports Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, and Apple TV.

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Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

Gmail out in China: How much do you rely on one company?

This week Gmail is out in China. Most Google services have been disrupted in China since June. Google's own traffic listing for Gmail in China shows the service dropping down to zero near the end of the 25th of December - it's been at around a zero signal since then. Imagine if this happened in the United States. Even a disruption of an hour in the USA results in a news blast and a Twitter explosion - imagine if not only Gmail was out, but all Google services at once.

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Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

Xbox Live founder leaves Microsoft

This week the founder of Xbox Live and XNA has announced that he's leaving Microsoft. This will end Boyd Multerer's 18-year run with the company, and begins "something new" for the developer and gaming leader. This departure has nothing to do with the recent DDOS attack during the holiday break. Multerer is "super proud" of his work with Xbox, Live, and XNA, and will likely move on to another gaming-related piece of work in the near future. Code-related, he says in a Tweet.

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Xbox One price heads back to $400

Xbox One price heads back to $400

While it'd been rumored that the Xbox One's $349 price point this holiday season would be permanent, Microsoft will indeed be bringing back an extra $50 this January. Starting on the 3rd of January, 2015, the Xbox One will no longer be available for its holiday bundle price point. This includes the Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle primarily - while bundles with Forza, Titanfall, and Sunset Overdrive will also be brought back to their original pricing, this allowing Sony a bit more wiggle-room in their console competition through early 2015.

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PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

PSN is down and Sony isn’t handling it very well

This morning it was made clear that Sony was having trouble with their PlayStation Network. Meanwhile Microsoft was having trouble keeping Xbox Live online - and the hacker group Lizard Squad claimed responsibility. According to reports throughout the day, it would appear that the Xbox Live system had largely repaired problems by around 10AM Central Time - with another spike near 2PM Central Time - with uptime returning again here closer to 5PM Central Time. Sony's PlayStation Network saw problems from around midnight until 10AM Central Time, and again over the past several hours leading up to 5PM Central Time.

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Xbox lights up with free games for post-Christmas

Xbox lights up with free games for post-Christmas

This week we'll hit the holiday season right on the nose - Microsoft knows this, and they're ready to roll with a number of games that'll be released now or in the immediate future. Of course Microsoft doesn't decide when the games that'll be released for cash will be sent out, but the "Xbox Live Games with Gold" games - that's a different subject entirely. The first bit you're going to want to look at if you have a shiny new Xbox One is "Dark Dreams Don't Die" - also known as D4.

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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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