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#441 Axe99 Posted 19 March 2014 - 09:20 PM

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That looks great Clowny B).  I reckon Project Spark is one of the more/most exciting things to come to the XB1 to date :D.
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#442 GasClown Posted 19 March 2014 - 11:08 PM

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View PostAxe99, on 19 March 2014 - 09:20 PM, said:

That looks great Clowny B).  I reckon Project Spark is one of the more/most exciting things to come to the XB1 to date :D.

I think you can get it on PC as well (?)

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#443 Axe99 Posted 20 March 2014 - 01:33 AM

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View PostGasClown, on 19 March 2014 - 11:08 PM, said:

I think you can get it on PC as well (?)

Aye, the beta for Project Spark was on Win 8 before it was on XB1, so (like Titanfall) I don't need to get an XB1 to give it a gander.  Will likely check it out at some stage :D.  Thanks for the tip :D.
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#444 WalrusKing Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:01 AM

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Delivering More Choices for Fans

Microsoft have officially announced that they will be releasing a Kinect-less SKU of the Xbox One from June 9th for US$399. This will provide more choices gamers wishing to buy an Xbox One in future and obviously means that everyone can purchase the console at a much lower price than when it used to be (and still will be for now) bundled with the mandatory Kinect.


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Since the beginning, we have focused on delivering great games and entertainment experiences for you. Your feedback matters to us and it shapes the products and services we build. Your feedback showed up in the Xbox One console we launched back in November and in the monthly updates we’ve delivered since.

Today, we’re excited to share more ways your feedback is impacting the products we build.

First, beginning on June 9th, in all markets where Xbox One is sold, we will offer Xbox One starting at $399*. This is a new console option that does not include Kinect. For $399, our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and "Sunset Overdrive." You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide.  Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts, and upload your favorite gaming moments.


As well as this, the free Games With Gold (GWG) program will finally be launching on Xbox One in June. However, while the program still enables games to be downloaded "free forever" on the Xbox 360, free games with GWG on the Xbox One will require an active Xbox Live Gold membership subscription to download and play (much like PlayStation Plus).

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  • To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Games with Gold for Xbox 360 and as a thank you for helping shape this program, members will receive an additional free Xbox 360 game in June. The Games with Gold titles for Xbox 360 in June are “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and a bonus game of “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” We’re pleased to bring Games with Gold to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One in June. Members will have subscription-based access to free games ranging from top hits to breaking indie stars. The program will launch on Xbox One with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” A single Gold membership will get you access to the free games for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Exclusive Discounts. Deals with Gold will also launch for Xbox One in June, delivering discounts for great games each month, with significant savings for Xbox Live Gold members. The first titles offered in June will include “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Ryse: Son of Rome,” and a few other surprises. In the coming months, we will offer significant savings of up to 50 – 75 percent off certain titles. This program will continue to be available for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360. And new on Xbox One, we will launch a virtual VIP room exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members where we will feature free games, monthly deals, and other great benefits.
  • Popular entertainment apps will be available for all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. Xbox 360 has been a leader in delivering entertainment experiences for years, with over 170 global entertainment apps and experiences available today. We’re constantly adding new partners and experiences to the growing catalog on Xbox One. Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership.

As mentioned above, Microsoft have confirmed that media services and entertainment apps on the Xbox One such as Netflix, Twitch and Skype will no longer be locked behind the Xbox Live Gold Membership paywall; these will be free to use for anyone who owns an Xbox 360 or Xbox One console.

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To be clear, as we introduce this new Xbox One console option, Kinect remains an important part of our vision.  Many of you are using Kinect for Xbox One every day. In fact, more than 80 percent of you are actively using Kinect, with an average of 120 voice commands per month on each console. Some of the most popular voice commands include “Xbox On,” “Xbox Broadcast” and “Xbox Record That.” We will continue to offer a premium Xbox One with Kinect bundle to deliver voice and gesture controls, biometric sign-in, instant personalization, instant scanning of QR codes, and enhanced features only available with Kinect in games such as “Kinect Sports Rivals,” “Just Dance 2014,” “Project Spark” and more.  

If you buy Xbox One for $399 and later decide you want to have all the experiences Kinect enables, we will also offer a standalone sensor for Xbox One later this fall. We’ll share more details about the standalone Kinect for Xbox One in the coming months.

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*Suggested retail price; actual prices will vary by market and retailer. Games sold separately. Some apps, including Netflix, require app-provider provider specific subscriptions and/or additional requirements For more details, go to www.xbox.com.
**Free Games Offer: For paid Gold members only. On Xbox One, active Gold membership required to play free games you’ve downloaded. Must download titles during designated window. Kinect and/or hard drive required for some games.
***Available apps and experiences vary between Xbox 360 and Xbox One and by market. Some apps including Netflix, Hulu, NFL, ESPN, NBA and NHL may require app provider-specific subscriptions and/or additional requirements. GoPro and HBO GO currently only on Xbox 360; Coming soon to Xbox One.
****Skype, OneDrive and OneGuide currently only on Xbox One


Source: news.xbox.com

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#445 Axe99 Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:43 AM

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Bam!  Although my money was this was always going to happen, and think it's the best thing to happen for Xbox One as a gaming device :D.  It just wasn't competitive at a higher price and less powerful.  Now they'll be able to sell it at the same price, it should be a strong contender going forward, plus give people who want to buy it choice.  Great to see Games with Gold come to the platform as well.  Reckon they've timed this announcement well - far enough out from E3 that in four weeks time (or so) that this'll be old news and everyone will be thinking about the games, which is what we're all in it for B).  Thanks for all the info Spec, top post :D.
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#446 WalrusKing Posted 14 May 2014 - 01:51 AM

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EBgames have got pre-orders up for the stand alone now.
Xbox One Standalone Console with Forza 5
  • Release date: 9/06/2014
  • Price: $498
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#447 Jykel Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:58 PM

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Crap thats getting tempting . . . will still wait for E3 to see what titles are forthcoming.

My Gaming PC :P

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#448 Soulfrit Posted 15 May 2014 - 12:32 AM

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With my ps4 now broken (constantly making eject noise and not accepting discs) this bundle is right up my alley
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#449 GasClown Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:14 AM

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Awesome - will get it in the next couple months, probably buy Fusion on it again. haha.

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#450 DUS SOULWOUND Posted 15 May 2014 - 08:34 AM

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I'm still looking at getting the kinect version over the coming few weeks.
its $100 more, but you get TF and the Kinect for that $100 extra and I think 3 months of gold live with Dick Smiths.

I want voice commands for the DVR (mid game call out 'record that'), and app snapping :D   may even use skype some of the time.

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#451 Aromaci Posted 15 May 2014 - 01:26 PM

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Classic Microsoft BS spin doctoring.

"People have been more satisfied with the Xbox 360 than the PS3, so in that respect people have less of a need to upgrade in the short-term due to regular updates for the Xbox 360,"

http://www.gamespot....n/1100-6419622/
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#452 WalrusKing Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:30 AM

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Seems Target have the Xbox One(Titanfall Bundle) for $494.10 with the code "TENOFF". Im not sure when this expires though.

Out of stock now.

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#453 GasClown Posted 24 May 2014 - 08:33 AM

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Shit - that's good, very tempted to nab one right now but still might hold off until they drop the kinect.

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#454 motoboy76 Posted 24 May 2014 - 09:43 PM

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Yes that in a nice price and is very tempting.....

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#455 Axe99 Posted 24 May 2014 - 11:07 PM

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That's a bloody good deal Spec, thanks for sharing B).
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#456 Axe99 Posted 09 July 2014 - 11:10 PM

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Looks like (not surprisingly at all to me, it always sounded like a "make up something good to say quick, we're in trouble" thing, rather than a sensible policy) the "every Xbox is a dev kit" thing was the hot air it always sounded like.  A shame, but am sure it won't hurt the XB1 (and it's not likely there'll be a big or any difference in the number of quality games released - most folk organised and resourceful enough to make a quality game can get themselves a devkit as well, and unlike this announcement, ID@Xbox is going strong and being very well run), and likely the good press it gave them at the time they were saying it didn't hurt either.  As always, don't trust MS as far as you can throw them (at the time they announced it, they said it had been part of the plan all along, and was always on the cards, but the timing was very, _very_ fishy), but as long as being a good gaming system is in their business interests, they'll keep giving us the goods :).

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