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TodayWed, 26th Jan 2022

  • News Aliens-Inspired 2D Shooter Hidden Deep Is Coming To Xbox

    "Fear the horrors that lurk below..."

    Hidden Deep has just launched into Steam Early Access this month. It's a spooky-looking 2D shooter from indie developer Cogwheel Software, who says the game is inspired by Aliens, The Thing, and Half-life. Well, the good news is it's also coming to Xbox. We're not exactly sure how far along things are, but rest...

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  • News Microsoft Is Making Changes To Refunds And Auto-Renewals On Xbox

    After the CMA "identified concerns"

    Have you ever been caught out by auto-renewing subscriptions on Xbox? We know the pain, sometimes things can be a little more complicated to cancel than they should be. Well, it looks like the UK's Competition and Markets Authority agrees, as it "identified concerns" relating to some Xbox policies. As a result,...

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  • News Shredders Xbox Game Pass Release Date Leaked On MS Store

    Let's get snowboarding!

    We've known for a while that Shredders, the snowboarding game by FoamPunch, is coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one. Well, after a bit of a delay (where it was initially pushed to Feb), the game is almost ready to go on Xbox. Shredders will seemingly now launch on March 17th, according to its UK Microsoft Store page (as...

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  • News Crusader Kings 3 Makes Console Debut On Xbox Game Pass This March

    Next-gen strats

    Medieval strategy game Crusader Kings 3 came to PC in 2020, where it was also a part of Game Pass for PC. In the time since, the developer has been hard at work translating the game to console, which isn't always easy for the genre. Well, we're happy to report they've been successful! Crusader Kings 3 comes to Xbox Game Pass on March...

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    • Xbox Series S
  • Soapbox Bring Back Guitar Hero On Xbox Game Pass For The Emo Teen Parties

    We need it!

    Since the Activision Blizzard deal announcement a week ago, I've thought a lot about the publisher's backlog. I've said my piece on Call of Duty, and there's been much talk about where Crash and Spyro belong with Xbox. However, Guitar Hero sticks out as perhaps Activision's most unique IP, and I think it could bring a lot of value to...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Guitar Hero
    • Soapbox
    • Features
  • Video Here's Six Minutes Of Life Is Strange Remastered Footage, Out Next Week On Xbox

    Before the storm

    Life is Strange: Remastered Collection is out February 1st, and Square Enix has finally treated us to a good chunk of gameplay from the first title in the series. The six minutes of footage show a segment from early in the Life is Strange campaign, during Episode 1: Chrysalis. The collection will also include the first game's...

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  • News Techland Reveals Post-Launch Roadmap For Dying Light 2

    Five years of content support are in the works

    Techland has revealed the post-launch roadmap for its upcoming open world zombiefest, Dying Light 2, which finally arrives on Xbox next week. The game's predecessor was well known for its strong content support in the years after it first released, with the excellent The Following update doing so much...

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  • News Xbox Exec Responds To Being Criticised For 'Trolling' PlayStation Fans On Twitter

    "This was about celebrating a fan creation"

    Xbox GM of Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg often likes to have a bit of fun on social media, and his latest move has drummed up a lot of attention — his profile pic now features him and Crash Bandicoot doing the Xbox symbol! It certainly hasn't gone unnoticed, with countless people taking to Twitter...

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  • News 'A Memoir Blue' Launches With Xbox Game Pass This March

    Was originally scheduled for February

    Cloister Interactive's hand-drawn magical realist adventure, A Memoir Blue, has seen its February release date pushed back to March 24th. However, there's some good news — it's also releasing with Xbox Game Pass on day one! The game, which sees players explore the memories of Miriam, a superstar athlete who...

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  • News Blizzard To Share More About Warcraft, Overwatch And Diablo In The 'Coming Weeks'

    "Stay tuned!"

    Following on from Microsoft's announcement that it would be acquiring Activision Blizzard for close to $70 billion, Blizzard has now shared its own surprise — with the reveal of a brand-new survival game for consoles and PC. While details are still limited, the latest announcement has seemingly raised some concerns about the...

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    • Warcraft
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  • News Crysis 4 Officially Revealed By Developer Crytek

    Update: A teaser trailer is here!

    Update: Crytek has officially followed up the Crytek China post by dropping a teaser trailer, which confirms Crysis 4's existence (you can watch it above). Crytek CEO Avni Yerli also had the following to say on the official website: "Right now the game is in the early stages of development so it will be a while...

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  • News Battlefield 2042 Drops Out Of Top 50 Most-Played Xbox Games

    DICE's latest is in the trenches

    Battlefield 2042 hasn't been with us for particularly long, having just released back in November of last year, and it should really be riding high on the current official Microsoft list of

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  • News The New Halo TV Show Is Getting Its 'Official' Trailer This Sunday

    Suit up

    Well, it's been a long time coming! Finally, we'll get another proper look at the Paramount Halo TV show this Sunday, January 30th. The official trailer will land during halftime at the AFC Championship Game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs. We don't know how long the trailer will be, or what it'll consist of, but...

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  • News Halo Infinite Is Officially The 'Biggest Launch' In Franchise History

    More than 20 million Spartans have joined the fight

    Alongside Microsoft's latest earnings report, 343 Industries has revealed more than 20 million Spartans (aka players) have now joined the fight in the latest Halo entry, Halo Infinite. This makes Halo Infinite "the biggest launch in Halo's franchise history - we'll let that sink in for a moment...

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  • News Xbox Gaming Revenue Up 8% YoY In Latest Earnings Report

    Driven by Game Pass, first-party releases and hardware

    Microsoft's latest earnings results have been published for the quarter ended December 31, 2021 (FY22 Q2), revealing Xbox gaming revenue has increased by 8% year-over-year. Xbox's content and services revenue grew by 10% and was driven by growth in first-party titles and Xbox Game Pass...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Game Pass
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  • News Activision Has 'Existing Agreements' To Release Next Three Call Of Duty Games On PlayStation

    Including a new iteration of Warzone

    Head of Xbox Phil Spencer recently indicated that he had a "desire" for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation following Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and now a report from Bloomberg is suggesting that'll definitely be the case for at least the next two years due to "existing agreements" on the...

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    • Call of Duty
    • PlayStation
  • News Blizzard Is Working On A Brand-New Survival Game For Console & PC

    "We're going on a journey to a whole new universe"

    Blizzard is currently in the process of being acquired by Microsoft and Xbox Game Studios, and it's just announced that it's working on a brand-new survival game for console and PC, with the hiring process already in full force. The game is untitled for now, but Blizzard says it's "going on a...

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    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
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YesterdayTue, 25th Jan 2022

  • Guide How To Complete All Xbox Game Pass Quests In 2022

    January 25th Quests now live

    Have you heard of Xbox Game Pass Quests? For subscribers to the service, they're a great way of earning extra money while trying out some different games. In this article, you'll find guides for completing the game-specific Xbox Game Pass Quests every single week, helping you to maximise your Microsoft Rewards points in...

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  • News Two More Indies Announced For Xbox Game Pass In February 2022

    Power your dreams

    After a packed January lineup, we're already starting to hear about what's coming to Xbox Game Pass in February! Yeah, things aren't slowing down for the service just yet, so we better get those backlogs tackled... Anyway, first up is Dreamscaper. This eerie roguelite lets you live out your dreams (or nightmares) at night, while...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
  • News Get Ready For An Invasion In Sniper Elite 5 On Xbox Game Pass

    Drop into other players' campaigns and wreak havok

    Rebellion, the developers behind the always entertaining Sniper Elite series have just dropped a slick cinematic trailer for Sniper Elite 5 which, amongst other things, shows off an interesting new multiplayer mode. The mode, known as Invasion, will see players jump into each other's campaigns...

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  • Deals Xbox Lunar New Year Sale Now Live, 500+ Games Discounted

    Along with many other sales this week

    If you thought last week was busy for sales on Xbox, you've seen nothing yet! The Lunar New Year 2022 sale has begun today, featuring discounts for over 500 Xbox games (including many major and recent releases), and it's complimented by Deals with Gold, Spotlight, Deep Silver and THQ Nordic sales as well! What a...

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  • News Xbox Series S Deal Drops Console To Its Lowest Price Yet In UK

    Go next-gen for a nice price

    There's currently a very nice deal going on over at retailer John Lewis, with a Series S console bundled up with Rocket League and Fortnite dropping to its lowest price in the UK at £234, that's a whole £15 under the usual asking price. As spotted by TechRadar, the deal will require you to sign up as a

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    • Xbox Series S
  • Deals All 50+ Backwards Compatible Games In The Xbox Lunar New Year Sale 2022

    As if last week's selection wasn't enough

    This week's selection of Xbox deals is now live, and alongside the usual Deals with Gold and Spotlight offerings, we've also got a couple of publisher sales and a massive Xbox Lunar New Year Sale, featuring over 500 games! Below, we've included every single Xbox 360 and original Xbox game available over the...

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    • Xbox One
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  • News Star Wars Battlefront 3 Definitely Isn't Happening, Says Report

    At least not with EA & DICE at the helm

    If you've been holding onto hope that EA might be interested in making a third Star Wars Battlefront with developer DICE, we've got bad news — according to a report from VentureBeat, that definitely won't be happening. The report says that, following today's announcement about three new Star Wars games from...

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    • Star Wars Battlefront
  • News 2022 Will Be 'The Biggest Year Yet' For Sea Of Thieves

    All aboard

    Sea of Thieves launched back in 2018 and it's still delivering plenty of content. To showcase the year ahead, developer Rare has announced a livestream event, featuring all things Sea of Thieves for 2022. The livestream, simply dubbed the '2022 preview event', will show an exclusive first look at the game's next season, along with "a...

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    • Xbox Series X
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  • News Microsoft And Sony 'Have Never Been Competitors', Says Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford

    You sure about that?

    As Xbox gobbles up publishers and studios like nobody's business, we're all left wondering what the end game is. The company has expressed that it has Amazon and Google in its sights, rather than Sony, and Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford seems to agree that Microsoft doesn't want to directly compete with Sony. In a series of...

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    • Gearbox Software
  • News Sea Of Thieves & Everwild Artist Jumps Ship To Fable Developer Playground Games

    "I will be starting a new chapter"

    One of the most anticipated (and perhaps secretive) Xbox releases is the next Fable game. All we really know at the moment is that it's been in development for at least four years now. Although it seems the project could be well underway, the recruitment drive continues - with Playground Games apparently kicking...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Fable
  • News EA Confirms Respawn Is Working On Three New Star Wars Games

    Including the Jedi: Fallen Order sequel

    EA has confirmed today that beloved developer Respawn (Apex Legends, Titanfall) is working on three new games in the Star Wars universe, including a much-anticipated sequel to 2019's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Let's start with that one. EA says the team is actively working on the next Star Wars Jedi title...

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  • News Halo Infinite Topped Xbox And PC Sales Charts In December

    A strong first month

    Well, it looks like Halo Infinite got off to a pretty great start in the US! Despite its Xbox Game Pass launch, Halo Infinite still topped the December sales charts for both Xbox and PC platforms. Only Call of Duty beat it across all systems for the month. We have to say we're quite surprised by the PC sales, given the series'...

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  • News 'Unpacking' Clone Finally Removed From iOS & Google Play Stores

    "Ad-riddled" rip-off had been downloaded millions of times

    Indie developer Witch Beam's Unpacking was a real surprise hit on the gaming scene in 2021. A wonderfully tactile and zen-like puzzler, it combines a thoughtful story with relaxed and creative gameplay. It is, in short, a great little game you should really check out ASAP on Xbox Game Pass...

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    • Unpacking
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  • News You Can Invite Two Friends To Play Rainbow Six Extraction For Free, Starting This Week

    Hey buddy!

    Rainbow Six Extraction dropped on Xbox Game Pass late last week, and we've been digging into it since. If you've been holding off trying it until a few mates get in on the action, Ubisoft has you covered. Starting Thursday, January 27th, the game's 'Buddy Pass' system goes live. The Buddy Pass acts like a trial, for players who don't...

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  • Guide Rainbow Six Extraction: How To Play With Friends, Add Players Via Crossplay & Utilise The Buddy Pass System

    Because friends who slay together, stay together

    Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Extraction is finally here and, as we mentioned in our recent review, it's a solid bit of tactical shooting action that mixes up the usual super serious military vibe of the series for something altogether more preposterous. Of course, co-operative play is front and centre here...

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Monday24th Jan 2022

  • Rumour Apple 'Poaching' Xbox Engineers To Potentially Make A Video Game Console

    "I've heard that for ages..."

    Here's a crazy rumour to start off the week! It was mentioned by Windows Central reporter Jez Corden on the latest episode of The Xbox Two podcast that Apple might be "poaching" Xbox engineers to make its own games console. Jez says he's been hearing this for a while, although he admits the sourcing on the information...

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  • Feature These 10+ Games Are Coming To Xbox This Week (January 24-28)

    Including Taiko No Tatsujin on Game Pass!

    After the madness of this month for Xbox Game Pass (and beyond), it looks like things are finally quietening down this week. We've only got a couple of handfuls' worth of new releases heading to Xbox, and only one could be described as a major release — Taiko No Tatsujin: The Drum Master, which is also...

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  • Rumour Another Xbox Franchise Is Getting A Remastered Collection

    What's your bet?

    It's been a number of years since we got Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It was quite a unique bundle, as missions and maps could be interchanged at will, well, when it was fixed at least. Since then, there's been all sorts of talk about a Gears of War collection, and a new rumour points towards something similar coming. This...

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  • News Here's A Look At How Much Xbox Game Studios Has Grown Since 2017

    A staggering amount

    Remember the dark days? When Xbox had little other than Halo, Forza and Gears of War to show for itself... well, those years are well and truly over. Xbox fan artist Klobrille, who some of you may know on Twitter, has showcased just how much Xbox Game Studios has grown since Microsoft's acquisition spree began back in 2017...

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  • News Dying Light 2 Trailer Reveals Three Performance Modes On Xbox Series X

    Quality mode supports ray tracing

    Dying Light 2 developer Techland has given us a closer look at the Xbox Series X version of its upcoming zombie adventure. The high-end next gen version supports three modes: Quality, Performance, and Resolution. So, let's have a look at all three. Quality mode aims to deliver the richest visual experience,...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
    • Dying Light 2
  • Talking Point What Have You Bought In The Xbox Backwards Compatibility Sale?

    It ends this Tuesday

    We're always eager to check out the weekly Xbox deals every Tuesday here at Pure Xbox HQ, but this past week has been particularly great, as Xbox has been hosting a special backwards compatible sale on the Microsoft Store. The sale includes offers on over 100 original Xbox and Xbox 360 games, including many beloved franchises...

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    • Backwards Compatibility
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  • Guide Best Xbox Indie Games: 40+ Great Games To Try In 2022

    Many of them included with Xbox Game Pass

    What are some of the best indie games on Xbox? Microsoft has got an absolutely fantastic indie program on the go these days and the team at [email protected] have released some incredible games over the past few years. Amidst the usual hustle and bustle of huge AAA releases, some of these smaller indie offerings have...

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  • News Insider Patch Addresses Issue With Xbox Game Pass Not Working Offline

    Rolling out!

    We're extremely quick to champion Xbox Game Pass here at Pure Xbox, as are most of the Xbox community! However, that doesn't mean there aren't issues from time to time, and one cropped up recently regarding offline games. Basically, players were reporting that Game Pass games weren't launching properly when offline. Sometimes it only...

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  • News Elden Ring Is 'Massive' And Will Take 30+ Hours, Says FromSoftware

    "This will differ significantly by player"

    We're finally being treated to the long-awaited release of FromSoftware's Elden Ring on February 25th, and in addition to confirming the game has gone gold, the developer has revealed how long the game will take to complete. As mentioned during an interview at the Taipei Game Show 2022, Yasuhiro Kitao...

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    • Xbox Series X
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  • News Elden Ring Has Officially Gone Gold

    Day one patch in the works

    Elden Ring got a slight delay last year, when the game was pushed back to February 2022. Thankfully, we won't see any more delays, as FromSoftware has confirmed the game has gone gold and is ready to be distributed. In a presentation from the Taipei Game Show 2022, FromSoftware's Yasuhiro Kitao confirmed the news. In a...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox One
    • Elden Ring
  • Review Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction - Solid Extra-Terrestrial Siege Shenanigans

    How will you REACT under pressure?

    Rainbow Six Extraction really is such a great idea, a hugely appealing experiment that takes the often rather bland and samey world of Ubisoft's tactical military shooters and adds plenty of twisted alien sci-fi action and warped vistas to the mix. For the most part it's a mix-up that works too. Based on a...

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    • Xbox
    • Rainbow Six Extraction
    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
  • News Hitman 3 Crashing Issues On Xbox Are Being Investigated

    "We're working hard on testing the resolution"

    Hitman 3 was added to Xbox Game Pass last week, along with the first two games in the trilogy. The Game Pass launch coincided with Hitman 3's first Year 2 content drop, but that update seems to have caused issues for some players. Don't worry though, developer IO Interactive is on the case. The issue...

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    • Xbox Game Pass
    • Xbox Series X
    • Hitman 3
    • Xbox Series S
  • News 343 Industries Can't Replace Halo Infinite XP Boosts Lost During Server Outages

    Developer says it doesn't have the ability to fix issue

    Halo Infinite's excellent multiplayer suite has generally been going down a storm with players since the game launched back in November of 2021. However, there have also been some widely reported issues with how the mode's Battle Pass progression system works, the pace at which gamers earn XP...

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    • Halo Infinite
    • 343 Industries

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