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Shack Snack: May 19, 2014

By Steven Wong, May 19, 2014 6:00pm PDT

End your day with a Shack Snack, a short recap of three big stories you should know. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.

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"this was actually pretty interesting. not a fan of the preview stuff at the beginning of the ..."

- Jikim see all 11 comments

Rare suffers layoffs following Kinect Sports Rivals launch

By Steve Watts, May 19, 2014 10:00am PDT

Kinect Sports Rivals studio Rare has reportedly suffered layoffs in light of lower-than-expected sales of the game.

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"I try not to think of what could have been had Rare stuck with Nintendo. The great games they ..."

- Grape Flavor see all 14 comments

PSA: Xbox One May update rolling out today

By Ozzie Mejia, May 17, 2014 2:00pm PDT

Microsoft has begun deploying the May update for Xbox One. The update introduces a number of new features, headlined by a new sound mixer for Snap mode that allows users to control the volume levels of simultaneously running apps.

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"Nothing of real note though. They need to work on speed and responsiveness. One interface is ..."

- kainen1 see all 14 comments

Rumor: Halo: Master Chief Collection coming to Xbox One in 2014

By Ozzie Mejia, May 16, 2014 4:00pm PDT

Halo 5: Guardians was officially announced this morning for Fall 2015, but rumors are swirling of a Master Chief Collection coming to Xbox One later this year.

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"You mean was. Titanfall is dead already. Or atleast its dead on pc!"

- SonicusZ see all 6 comments

What will Rare do next without Microsoft's Kinect?

By Robert Workman, May 16, 2014 1:45pm PDT

What's Rare's next move now that motion gaming is optional on Xbox One?

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"Viva Pinata with some Kinect support could have worked out very well. "

- Peanut Fox see all 19 comments

Including Kinect was 'the right call,' says Microsoft exec

By Steve Watts, May 16, 2014 11:45am PDT

Despite the decision to untether the device from the console, Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi still says including Kinect in the Xbox One was a good decision.

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"No, that's Netflix collecting data on their usage, which is normal for an online service that ..."

- bigimp see all 69 comments

Halo 5: Guardians: How to define the new generation of Halo

By Steve Watts, May 16, 2014 8:15am PDT

Halo 5: Guardians is coming next fall, well after other games have had a chance to define the traits of the new generation. We take a look at how Halo could implement these trends, along with some original ones that might fit comfortably in the long-running franchise.

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"huh? the first one where you literally replayed the game to finish the storyline? talk about boring"

- logan see all 13 comments

Halo 5: Guardians coming to Xbox One in Fall 2015

By Ozzie Mejia, May 16, 2014 3:00am PDT

Master Chief's story continues when Halo 5: Guardians arrives on Xbox One in Fall 2015. Check out the full story, with Shack Snack in tow.

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"multiplats and a moviegame i imagine new AAA titles that they'll pretend are "exclusives" ..."

- technotica see all 25 comments

Shack Snack: May 15, 2014

By Steven Wong, May 15, 2014 6:00am PDT

Start your mornings right with a Shack Snack, a short recap of three big stories you should know. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.

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Xbox One: Will non-Kinect users miss out?

By Steve Watts, May 14, 2014 12:00pm PDT

Microsoft's move to offer Xbox One without the Kinect again raises a looming question: just what are non-users missing out on?

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"The ability to "find the location of the sound source and the direction of the audio wave" is ..."

- capt tripps see all 18 comments

Microsoft to offer refunds on Gold subscriptions

By Steve Watts, May 14, 2014 10:00am PDT

Microsoft is offering pro-rated refunds on Gold subscriptions that are canceled after the June update removes the streaming services paywall.

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"I think Microsoft is both working hard to get back on top and Sony is enjoying its current ..."

- one random winner see all 5 comments

Titanfall: Expedition arrives on Thursday

By Ozzie Mejia, May 14, 2014 8:00am PDT

Titanfall players won't have to wait much longer for the game's new Expedition DLC. In fact, it's set to arrive on both Xbox One and PC tomorrow.

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Removing Kinect could increase Xbox One processing power

By Steve Watts, May 14, 2014 7:00am PDT

Microsoft VP for devices and studios Yusuf Mehdi signaled that removing Kinect may free up more processing power for games, but still feels that having the Kinect attached is "the premium experience."

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"Microsoft really needed to build up a library of titles that utilized it in new and novel ways ..."

- TheEmissary see all 54 comments

Shack Snack: May 14, 2014

By Steven Wong, May 14, 2014 6:00am PDT

Start your mornings right with a Shack Snack, a short recap of three big stories you should know. It's like a CliffsNotes for video games! If you enjoy, don't forget to subscribe to us on YouTube.

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"I'm glad that they are not changing the conditions for keeping games from Games With Gold for ..."

- Early_Grayce see all 2 comments

Standalone Kinect coming 'later,' may be bundled with a game

By Steve Watts, May 13, 2014 10:30am PDT

Microsoft is going to start offering a Kinect-less Xbox One, but if you decide you still want a Kinect you'll have to wait a little while, and probably pay more for a bundle.

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"Right now it is, this better be coming with a big OS update or navigation is gonna suuuuuck"

- mojoald see all 11 comments