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Video Head Of Xbox Phil Spencer Discusses Gaming With Microsoft CEO Satyna Nadella
"As a company, Microsoft’s all-in on gaming"
Microsoft has released a video today featuring head of Xbox Phil Spencer and Microsoft CEO Satyna Nadella, talking about the future of gaming at the company, and the "importance of gaming at Microsoft and in the world." You can check out the video above, and Xbox Wire has also transcribed the full...
News Microsoft Marketing Exec: Xbox Game Pass Is A 'Real Win-Win Model'
"We’re pretty psyched about that"
Microsoft has been talking about Xbox Game Pass once again over the past few days, although perhaps not in the way you might expect, as the latest comments arrive courtesy of Microsoft's Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela. Capossela was speaking as part of the Evercore ISI Inaugural TMT Conference, where he...
News 343 Reveals New Firefight Matchmaking Changes For Halo: MCC
Will be part of the upcoming season
Although we're expecting to see more of Halo Infinite at the Xbox and Bethesda showcase next week on 13th June, 343 Industries is still busy improving the Halo: The Master Chief Collection. With season seven on the horizon, 343's community guy Postums has now revealed some of the social matchmaki
News Xbox Series X Are Back In Stock On The Microsoft Store In Australia
Update: And it's now out of stock, again
Update [Thu 3rd Jun, 2021 10:00 BST]: And within a handful of hours it's sold out again! Original story [Thu 3rd Jun, 2021 06:00 BST]: It's been just as hard to secure an Xbox Series X in Australia if you didn't secure one when it launched last year. Stock is limited and when it is available it often sells...
News Part One Of Minecraft's Caves & Cliffs Update Is Out Next Week On Xbox
New creatures, blocks and more...
In April, the team at Mojang made the tough decision to break its anticipated Caves & Cliffs update for Minecraft into two parts to ensure it lived up to expectations. For anyone who has been wondering how development is going, Mojang has now announced the first part will arrive next week across all platforms -...
News Don't Expect A Halo 'Inside Infinite' Blog Update This Month
343 is saving the news for the June showcase
This week Microsoft finally lifted the lid on the Xbox and Bethesda showcase taking place during E3 on June 13. It's planned to run for a whopping 90 minutes and as a result, 343 is shifting its 'Inside Infinite' Waypoint blog post to next month, with Halo's community director, Brian Jarrad, noting how...
News Xbox Doesn't Want Their First Party Studios To 'Change Their Creative Process'
"A good game is a good game, period"
Xbox owns a lot of studios now, there's no denying that. With so many teams under its belt, you may think there's a regime that controls the first-party studios. Well, things appear to be the opposite, as head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty, has revealed some insight into how Xbox views its studios. In an...
News Tencent's TiMi Forms 'Strategic Partnership' With Xbox Game Studios
"Will revolve around new game experiences"
TiMi Studios, a Chinese developer skilled in mobile development and owned by the industry giant Tencent, has formed a "strategic partnership" with Xbox Game Studios. This news comes from Niko Partners' senior analyst, Daniel Ahmad, but at this stage there's not much information about what exactly is...
News 'The Original' Xbox Dynamic Background Is Now Available
Included in the May update
Last weekend on the Xbox Podcast, a number of fans spotted a classic Xbox dynamic background on Major Nelson's dashboard. The May 2021 update for the Xbox Series X|S is now available, and included is a new dynamic background titled "The Original" - and yes, it's the same one Larry had! Here's a look: To apply this...
News Classic Xbox Dynamic Background Spotted On Major Nelson's Dashboard
We want this so much!
If you've been wanting a new but classic dynamic theme to jazz up your Xbox Series X|S with, you might be in luck. In this week's episode of the Xbox Podcast, Major Nelson showed off what appears to be an OG-inspired dynamic background for the current generation system, while discussing what he's been playing recently. If...
News Xbox Expected Nintendo's Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 To Come Out In 2020
Better to be safe than sorry
If you thought The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 might have made an appearance last year, you weren't the only one. Recent documents have highlighted that as of August 2020, Microsoft believed it would be contending against the game, alongside other Nintendo exclusives. As IGN reports, the ongoing Apple vs. Epic...
News Xbox Hardware Revenue Up 232% Thanks To 'Continued Demand' For Xbox Series X|S
And Microsoft's overall gaming revenue has grown by 50% year-over-year
Microsoft's FY21 Q3 results have revealed the gaming side of its business has experienced massive growth. Gaming revenue increased by 50% year-over-year resulting in $3.53 billion in total for the third financial quarter. Xbox revenue experienced a 232% jump thanks to the...
News Xbox Academy Aims To Teach School Pupils Video Game Development
Beats doing maths
In news we're completely not jealous about, Microsoft is introducing the latest stage of Xbox Academy with a workshop intended to inspire teenagers to become the next future game developers. Xbox Academy will be part of Microsoft’s Work Experience Week on May 10, and is available for year 9 and 10 pupils in the UK. Across the...
News Apple Devices Now Support The Xbox Series X Wireless Controller
iOS 14.5 is live
Apple has rolled out its latest update for iOS - meaning its devices now support Xbox Series X|S controllers. As highlighted by Microsoft's Jason Ronald, it's the best way to enjoy remote play and xCloud on iOS devices. iOS 14.5 has also added support for Sony's PlayStation 5 controller. To pair your Xbox controller with an Apple...
News Mojang Will Split Minecraft's Next Big Update Into Two Parts
"This was not an easy decision"
Last year, at Minecraft Live, Mojang lifted the lid on its absolutely massive Caves & Cliffs update for its sandbox game. It's considered by the team to be one of the "most ambitious" updates for Minecraft ever, but unfortunately, due to how big it is, and the current state of the world, the team has found it's...
Random This Official Halo And Mario Artwork Is The Crossover We Didn't Know We Needed
It's a me, Master Chief!
There's been a lot of buzz already this week that Microsoft and Nintendo could be collaborating together on something. Well, the official Halo Instagram account has only added fuel to the fire with this new artwork, which can only be described as a massive tease. The art, which is beautifully drawn, features many iconic...
Random Xbox Actually 'Commissioned' This Insane Halo & DOOM Crossover Portrait
It's great to see the family come together
In one of the weirdest stories we've ever had to report (and we've reported on some weird ones!), Xbox has "commissioned" a variety of Bethesda themed portraits in honor of the company joining the first-party family. Throughout the month, more images are said to be coming, but the first is a riff of Halo...
News Outriders Dev Says Inventory Wipe Bug Is Its Top Priority
Plan is to run a "one-off" mass restoration
Outriders' Xbox patch is now available, but while cross-play is now live between platforms, it seems there's now been an increase in inventory wipes. Not long after this update went live the Outriders' socials shared another message stating how the developer was "aware" and "deeply sorry" players were...
Random Microsoft Might Be Teasing An Xbox, McDonald's And Spotify Collab
Games, food and music
Yesterday, the official Microsoft Twitter account published a tweet addressed to Xbox and McDonald's - with Spotify attached, asking if they were wanting to catch up soon. It comes across as a joke and also signs off as the "person" who runs the Microsoft account, but knowing Microsoft and Xbox, it could potentially be another...
Rumour Hideo Kojima In Talks With Microsoft About Publishing His Next Game
Phil's shelf was a reference, says insider
We've heard time and time again how Phil Spencer wants Xbox to build its library of Japanese video games and continue to improve relations with various publishers and developers in this region. With this in mind, VentureBeat journalist and industry insider Jeff Grubb has been informed by a "source familiar...
News E3 Returns This June With A Digital Only Event, Xbox Will Be In Attendance
Along with multiple other companies
E3 will return for 2021 in the form of a digital event, and Xbox has been confirmed to be one of the attendees, along with a host of other companies. The event will run from June 12 until June 15, and along with Xbox, it will feature appearances from Nintendo, Capcom, Konami, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner...
News Microsoft To Reportedly Host 'What's Next For Gaming' Event Soon
But keep expectations in check
The rumours are out and about again! You might remember that back in early February, it was reported that Microsoft had a "What's New For Gaming" event to be held on March 23rd. But instead, the Xbox Indie Showcase took its place. That event is reportedly still planned, however - at least according to Mary Jo Foley...
News Xbox Promises To Make Mini Fridges After Winning Twitter Contest
Update: After over 500,000 votes, Xbox won!
Update: It's happening! After a very close battle, Xbox came out on top versus Skittles with 50.5% of the vote, with well over 500,000 votes collected in all. In response, Xbox's Aaron Greenberg promised to make the mini fridges a reality: "Thanks to everyone who voted, this was down to the wire and...
Reminder Rare's Banjo-Kazooie Now Available As A Smash Bros. amiibo
Raring to go!
Well, here's something you don't see every day - the Rare and Microsoft-owned character Banjo-Kazooie has just been released as an amiibo for Nintendo's all-star brawler, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Banjo & Kazooie originally made their debut in Smash Bros. Ultimate in September 2019, as part of Fighter Pass Vol. 1. To this day,...
News Microsoft Reportedly In 'Exclusive, Advanced Talks' To Acquire Discord
The deal could be done as soon as next month
It was reported earlier this week by Bloomberg that Microsoft had been talking to the group-chat platform Discord about a potential acquisition for over $10 billion, but no deal was imminent at the time of writing. Now, The
News Deathloop's Devs Were 'Surprised' By The Xbox Bethesda Acquisition
"After the surprise, it made a lot of sense"
Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda has sent ripples through the gaming world in recent months, and Arkane Studios, which is currently working on the timed PS5 exclusive, Deathloop, was part of that acquisition. Speaking to Press Start, Deathloop’s director, Dinga Bakaba, and art director, Sébastien...
News Microsoft Reportedly In Talks To Acquire Discord For Over $10 Billion
But "no deal is imminent" right now
If you thought the Bethesda deal marked the end of big acquisitions for Xbox in the near future, you could be wrong! According to "people familiar with the matter," Microsoft is interested in buying Discord for over $10 billion. This has been reported by Bloomberg, which states that Discord "has been talking to...
News Xbox Takes Home Multiple Awards At The SXSW 2021 Gaming Awards
South by Southwest is a festival which celebrates a wide range of different interactive mediums, including games. Over the weekend, the winners for its 2021 Gaming Awards were announced and Xbox did pretty alright for itself. Out of the 12 categories, Xbox games took home a variety of awards. Ori and the Will of the Wisps was one of the...
News ZeniMax’s Board Of Directors Has Been Dissolved Following Microsoft's Acquisition
As confirmed by Bethesda's Pete Hines
Microsoft officially obtained ZeniMax Media last week, which saw companies such as Bethesda now directly under the company’s control. Following that huge acquisition, some big changes are already beginning to be made, as ZeniMax’s board of directors has now officially been dissolved. The board was made up...
News Industry Insider Expects Bethesda's New IP Starfield To Launch This Year
But "you still have to factor in covid"
In yet another podcast appearance, industry insider Jeff Grubb has shared more information about Bethesda's plans for the remainder of this year now that it's been acquired by Microsoft. Speaking on the YouTube channel Dealer - Gaming, Grubb said he expected the company's new and highly anticipated IP
News Phil Spencer Already Thinking About Possible Xbox And Bethesda Collabs
And how Xbox can utilise id Tech
The "Microsoft joins Bethesda" roundtable earlier this week gave Xbox fans a chance to learn more about the company behind hit series like The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. Of course, there are a number of other studios under the Bethesda banner team Xbox is also looking forward to working with. Head of Xbox, Phil...
News Xbox Confirms Plans For Summer Event Featuring More Bethesda News
It's currently in the "planning phase"
It may not be the biggest surprise, but it's good to know things are in place. Xbox has confirmed that plans are underway for an event this summer which will dive into more Bethesda specifics. During yesterday's informative roundtable presentation about Microsoft's acquisition, the two companies took a brief...
Random Power Your Dreams With This Todd Howard Xbox Packaging
If only it was real
Now that Bethesda is operating under Microsoft, there are a lot of fans wondering what might come next. Apart from 20 Bethesda titles coming to Xbox Game Pass today, the possibilities are pretty much unlimited. Xbox's very own Aaron Greenberg decided to kick things off by sharing an image of the Xbox Series X packaging with the...
News Xbox Will Deliver Exclusive Bethesda Games 'Where Game Pass Exists'
"That's our goal, that's why we're doing this"
Xbox and Bethesda are officially a thing, much like the 'will they, won't they' couple you see in every single rom-com. Together the companies are committed to delivering great games, but more specifically, they're looking to bring "great exclusive" titles to platforms that allow Xbox Game Pass. In a...
News Phil Spencer Explains Why Xbox Originally Decided To Compete Against PlayStation
"I'm not sure we wanted 'in' as much as we wanted to defend"
There's nothing better than a bit of healthy competition, and the rivalry between Sony and Microsoft over each of their games consoles ensures the systems remain fresh and unique. Over the years we've had new and meaningful additions such as Xbox Game Pass, and the acquisition of multiple...
News Share The Love With A New 'Bethesda Joins Xbox' Twitter Emoji
Yesterday we finally got confirmation that Bethesda had joined Xbox Game Studios, after what seemed like an eternity of waiting. One small detail that went unnoticed to many following the announcement was a specific emoji available on Twitter alongside using the hashtag #BethesdaJoinsXbox. As spotted by Video Games Chronicle, the...
Talking Point What Do You Think About Certain Bethesda Games Being Xbox Exclusives?
And which games do you think it'll apply to?
So, unless you've been living under a rock, today's biggest story is that Microsoft has finally acquired Bethesda. It's been a long time coming, but we're glad to finally have official confirmation that the deal is complete. And with such a deal, some questions are starting to get answered - albeit in...
News Xbox Has Confirmed 'Some' New Bethesda Titles Will Be Exclusives
Well, there we have it
As Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda has finally gone through, the companies have confirmed that certain future titles will only be available exclusively to Xbox and PC players. In an Xbox Wire post welcoming Bethesda to Xbox Game Studios, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, stated that Xbox, PC and Game Pass "will be the best...
News Microsoft's Acquisition Of Bethesda's Parent Company Nears Completion
Update: The EU has approved the deal
Update (Mon 8th Mar, 2021 10:30 GMT): We're almost there! The EU has also approved the deal without conditions (thanks The Verge), stating that it "does not raise serious doubts as to its compatibility with the common market." We're now just waiting on Microsoft to make an announcement that the deal has fully...
News Don't Worry, The Xbox Design Lab Will Be Back This Year
"We'll keep you posted"
Although the Xbox Series X|S was launched last November, Microsoft's console teams are still in the phase of transitioning everything across to the next generation. This includes the Xbox Design Lab, which was temporarily suspended last October. At the time, it was mentioned how the Lab was "preparing for its next...
News Over 310,000 Xbox Series Consoles Were Sold In The UK Last Year
With over 600,000 Xbox systems sold in total
They may have only launched in November, but the Xbox Series X|S has had a strong start, as a new report claims over 310,000 units were shifted in the UK alone last year. According to a report from GamesIndustry.biz, the information comes from the Entertainment Retailers Association. It’s said that...
News 343 Strengthens Marketing Team With Halo: Point Of Light Cover Artist
Will help "promote the future of Halo"
Since the delay of Halo Infinite, 343 Industries has called on some support. It was recently discovered how The Coalition might have been helping out and last year a Bungie veteran was appointed as a project lead for the game's campaign. In the latest update, the studio has now hired
News Microsoft Reveals 'Mesh' Mixed Reality Platform, Compares It To Launch Of Xbox Live
“Think about what Xbox Live did for gaming"
If you're interested in the world of Microsoft outside of Xbox, you might have seen yesterday that the company unveiled its new Mixed Reality platform called "Mesh", which "enables presence and shared experiences from anywhere – on any device – through mixed reality applications." For the record,...
News Former Journalist Seth Schiesel Joins Xbox As Director Of Executive Communications
“Together, we will continue to extend the joy and community of gaming"
Seth Schiesel, a former journalist at The New York Times, has joined Xbox as its director of executive communications. Announcing the news in a tweet, Schiesel revealed he would be transitioning from journalism to join the team over at Xbox. His hope is to “continue to...
News Here's A Look At The New Halo 3 Maps Coming To The MCC
A blast from the past
Last month, 343 teased some content for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It went on to reveal a future update for the collection would add a custom game browser and much more. In terms of Halo 3, it announced new map conte
News Xbox's Aaron Greenberg Inspires Young Fan With Special Video Call
“Hearing directly from kids like this brings so much meaning to the work we do”
In some heartwarming news, Xbox games marketing manager, Aaron Greenberg, helped inspire one young fan to continue pursuing his dream of working at Microsoft. One mom by the name of Jenessa Petersen, took to Twitter to explain how her seven year old son has a...
News Xbox Exec: No Plans For Major Event With World Premieres Anytime Soon
"Just to set expectations"
There have been some rumblings recently that Microsoft might be planning one or two gaming events in March, but Xbox's Aaron Greenberg has taken to Twitter to "set expectations" about what's on the way. Greenberg, who is GM of Xbox Games Marketing at Microsoft, was responding to an article that suggested Microsoft's...
News Microsoft To Reportedly Host 'What's New For Gaming' Event Next Month
Will apparently be followed by a Windows event
Earlier this week, Microsoft held an AI and Gaming Research Summit featuring Xbox head Phil Spencer. Paul Thurrott from the website Thurrott (the same source that originally spotted this event) is now suggesting Microsoft will also be holding a "what
News Halo's Live-Action Series Is Now A Paramount Plus Exclusive
Set to premiere next year
It's been announced the Halo live-action television series will now air on Paramount Plus instead of Showtime when it lands in 2022. The series has been produced by Showtime, in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television. The show stars Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief and takes place in the same universe as the...
News Xbox Head Phil Spencer Predicts Future Games Will Be Built For The Cloud First
"They will think first about their game running in the cloud"
Yesterday saw the kickoff for the AI and Gaming Summit, with Xbox’s very own Phil Spencer making an appearance. While it wasn’t focused on announcing new games or reveals, Spencer still had some interesting notes to say. One of his biggest mentions was how developers could be using...