Amazon has a crazy Gold Box Deal of the Day today. For today only and until supplies run out, they’re selling the Xbox 360 E 250 GB with Kinect Holiday Value Console for $239.99, which is 40% off it’s regular price of $399.99. This console version contains not only the new Series E model, but also Kinect, and three games: Kinect Sports: Season Two, Kinect Adventures, and Forza Horizon. Today only, this is cheaper than a 360 version that doesn’t have Kinect or three free games. This is crazy because consoles rarely have deals. They usually stick to their set price, and they stay there with maybe the exception of Black Friday. If you’ve been waiting to get an Xbox 360 or upgrade your previous model, today is your day. Click here to buy.
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Microsoft has announced that their next generation console, Xbox One, will be released in thirteen markets on November 22nd. The thirteen markets are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. As we’ve previously reported, the system will cost $500 and include the system, new Kinect sensor, Chat headset, controller, HDMI cable, power supply, and Quick Start guide. There will also be 23 launch titles including Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Dead Rising 3, Ryse: Son of Rome, and Watch Dogs.
As we reported a couple weeks ago, the PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15th. Hit the jump for a video providing more details about the Xbox One launch.
At E3, Sony basically dropped the mic and walked away. Microsoft had fumbled horribly with Xbox One by telling gamers that the system would need to check-in online every 24 hours just to play games offline, and that gamers were restricted the buying, selling, and loaning of used games. Meanwhile, Sony responded thusly when promoting the PlayStation 4.
Now Microsoft has done the only thing they could do: relent. Microsoft president of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick has announced that they’ve listened to the complaints, and basically let Xbox One operate the same way as the Xbox 360. It was a necessary change to get Microsoft back in the game, but will it be enough? Each system will have exclusive titles, but Xbox One will still cost $100 more than PlayStation 4. The trade-off is a system that brings in Kinect and also tries to replace your cable box. If that’s worth it to you, click here to pre-order the Xbox One. Hit the jump for Mattrick’s announcement, which includes a list of all the changes the company has made to the Xbox One.
Today at Microsoft E3 presentation, a slew of new games were announced. There was a nice mix of sequels and new titles, and the trailers for these games are now coming online. After the jump, you’ll find trailers for Dead Rising 3, Metal Gear Solid V, Battlefield 4, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, Crimson Dragon, D4, Below, World of Tanks, and Forza 5 as well as next gen releases of Killer Instinct, Minecraft, and Halo.
Hit the jump to check out the trailers. The Xbox One will be released in November and cost $500.
A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced Xbox One, and mostly highlighted the non-gaming features because E3 was on the horizon. Today, it was all gaming at the Microsoft conference with new trailers for Metal Gear Solid V, Deadrising3, The Witcher 3, Battlefield 4 as well as non-sequels such as Ryse, Sunset Overdrive, Project Spark, and Titanfall. And, unsurprisingly, a new Halo game will arrive in 2014. Most importantly, the price and release were finally announced. The Xbox One will cost $499 when it launches in November.
Personally, that price is far too steep especially when you consider the system’s major drawbacks: It needs to be connected to the Internet once a day or you can’t play games offline, you can only loan it to one person ever, and there are restrictions on the re-selling of games. These are terrible and unnecessary features that negate any shiny new games that will come along. I’ll happily stick with the 360, which has received a new design that ditches the “implode” look, and will also run quieter. Hit the jump for other brief reveals from Microsoft.
Update: Amazon is now accepting pre-orders for the Xbox One Console – Day One Edition!
Whether you’re a gamer or not, if you have the slightest interest in pop culture happenings then you probably know that Microsoft announced its next-gen console, the Xbox One, earlier this week. As someone who has already decided to throw all of my console eggs into Microsoft’s basket, I was a little disappointed that my two primary questions: 1) “When can I get it?” and 2) “For how much?” weren’t answered. Nevertheless, the Interwebs are also filled with grumblings from undecided consumers who thought Microsoft’s big reveal focused too much on the other entertainment features of the One as opposed to the gaming experience (see this amusingly edited video of the announcement as an example of their frustration). Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t care less about using my Xbox to check fantasy football stats and/or being able to power the console on with my voice as opposed to the physically intensive act of pushing a button on my controller. That said, I would offer that those ready to commit to Sony’s PS4 at least give Microsoft a few weeks to roll out more details of the One’s games at E3. If we come out of that still talking about our ability to seamlessly switch between The Price is Right and a Skype call then we may have something to complain about.
If the above paragraph whetted your appetite for more console talk from a novice gamer then you’re in luck. This week’s Top 5 includes more on Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal, the final trailer for Man of Steel, The Hangover Part III interviews with Bradley Cooper and more, the U.S trailer and a couple of new posters for Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End, and Before Midnight interviews with Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy. A brief recap and link to each of the above awaits after the jump.
Microsoft just wrapped their presentation for their next-generation console, XBox One. The name comes from being an “All-in-One System” that will be at the center of your home entertainment system in a way that’s never been quite this intimate/creepy. There was a lot of information during the presentation, but I took copious notes in between mocking the presentation on Twitter. In all seriousness, Xbox seems to have taken a real next step as opposed to Nintendo (new controller!) and Sony (better graphics!), but let us not get into a console flame war. The verdict is far from in, but the Xbox One does look promising albeit with some serious reservations.
Hit the jump for my recap of the presentation, and click here for the news regarding Xbox’s live-action Halo series produced by Steven Spielberg.
Today, Microsoft will finally announce the successor to the Xbox 360. It’s the last of the next gen consoles to be announced after the release of the WiiU last fall and the announcement of PlayStation 4 earlier this year. The 360 was released on November 22, 2005, but the new console will be entering a very different marketplace. The role of the home console has truly expanded into a media center, but the gaming market now faces stiff competition from casual gamers who prefer to use their phones and tablets. Over the past several years, Microsoft has been desperately trying to push Kinect, a technology that just isn’t where it needs to be quite yet (but it’s amusing to watch your friends yell instructions at their Xbox and the Xbox doesn’t respond). Microsoft has kept a tight lid on what to expect from their new console with the biggest rumor involving an “always-on” connection. Other than that, my best guess is that we’ll also be seeing the next generation of Kinect, and I hope it doesn’t require a giant living room.
Hit the jump to watch the live-stream of Microsoft’s presentation, which begins at 1pm EST/10am PST. Hopefully, it will be better than the one for PlayStation 4, which boiled down to “Better graphics and shorter loading times!”
House of Cards isn’t Netflix’s first original series, but it’s the most important to the streaming service’s future. Arrested Development has the benefit of a built-in audience, but House of Cards is built from the ground-up (aside from being a remake of the British series), and Netflix is hoping that the clout of executive producer David Fincher and star Kevin Spacey will help draw in viewers. Judging by the trailers, the show looks to have a highly entertaining and pitch-black take on modern American politics. All 13 episodes are now available online, and if I weren’t working, I’d be marathoning them right now.
Netflix is hoping it can lure in new members by offering the series premiere for free on its website. Furthermore, all Xbox users can watch the show this weekend provided they’re already Netflix members. No Gold Xbox Live membership is required. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for House of Cards.
2010’s The Social Network proved that, with the genius pairing of an incredibly talented screenwriter (Aaron Sorkin) and director (David Fincher), a movie about something as trite as Facebook could be compelling, relevant, and entertaining. With the success of that film still lingering, Sony may be looking at giving the same kind of treatment to another business-centered, “behind-the-scenes” film about a uniquely modern luxury: video games.
Battles have been waged in boardrooms for decades between rival video game console companies, with Microsoft and Sony currently duking it with the Xbox and PlayStation, respectively. Now word comes that Sony may be developing a feature film to tell their side of this “Console Wars” story. Hit the jump for more.
Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is Mass Effect 3 for $29.99 (50%) for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. While Bioware and EA have tried to bill the final installment in the trilogy as a place where newcomers can jump on, that’s stretching it. Technically, you could start playing at ME3 and the massive Codex would fill in the backstory, but that’s not as much fun as playing the backstory. The half-off is great because it gives newcomers the opportunity to save $30 bucks on picking up the whole trilogy, so today you could pay $66 on Amazon for all three Xbox 360 games (PlayStation 3 doesn’t have the first Mass Effect). Despite the highly controversial ending of Mass Effect 3, the Mass Effect series is a high-water mark in gaming, and not to be missed.
Click here to go buy Mass Effect 3 for $29.99, and hit the jump for the game’s trailer. [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.]
Ahead of the announced April 1st release of HBO Go for XBOX Live members and cable subscribers, the cable TV app goes live today with some company. Major Nelson also revealed that Xfinity TV and MLB TV will be coming along for the ride. HBO’s entire show and film catalog is now available on the XBOX 360 for Live and HBO subscribers, so if you need to catch up on Game of Thrones before the second season premiere this Sunday or just watch some old episodes of Entourage of Curb Your Enthusiasm, then the world is your oyster. Xfinity also has a decent size collection of TV series and movies for your pleasure, and while MLB TV is probably cool for sports fans, that’s not really our bag here. Anyway, check out the full press release after the jump and get that XBOX 360 updated!
[Note from Matt: Xfinity subscribers won't have access to HBO GO. Comcast customer service can't do anything to change this, so if you want HBO GO, tell corporate: 215-286-1700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org]
In a move that finally gives the Xbox 360 a bit of an edge over the Playstation 3 as an all-encompassing entertainment device, a whole slew of international TV partners have been revealed by Microsoft to be providing services to users of the popular video game system. The new deal allows for channels like SyFy, Bravo, Epix, Crackle, TMZ, UFC, Verizon FiOS, ESPN and the morning news program The Today Show to be available through Xbox LIVE. However, the real cream of the crop comes from Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand service and (drumroll please) HBO GO to be available through the game system, but only in the United States at the moment. Personally, I can’t wait to be able to watch older HBO shows like Six Feet Under and The Sopranos thanks to this new deal. As for the rest of the world, there are plenty more TV partners for Xbox LIVE coming your way, and you can check out the full press release with the list of new partners.
Beginning tomorrow (a.k.a. Friday, April 29th), Hulu Plus subscribers will be able to stream the service’s content via XBox Live. Functioning similarly to Netflix’s downloadable XBox 360 app, Hulu Plus will also be compatible with the console’s Kinect motion sensor so that users can control video playback with the appendage of their choice. Per Variety, Hulu Plus’ $8/month price point will remain intact and the launch will simply allow current and future subscribers the convenience of partaking in the service through their 360 console.
In order to promote the launch, Hulu is currently offering new users a free week of their subscription service through May 6th. While I enjoy Hulu’s free service, I’ve yet to completely buy into Plus. Call me a skeptic, but I’m just not sold on the extra content being worth $8/month (although the 360 streaming is a nice start). What are your thoughts? Are you among the service’s near one million paying customers? If so, do your best to sell me on its merits in the comments section.