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Bungie and Halo Composer Marty O’Donnell Have Reached Legal Settlement

Back on April 11th, longtime member of Bungie and composer for the Halo series Marty O’Donnell announced that he had been fired from the studio “without cause.” In May, O’Donnell filed a suit against Bungie and President Harold Ryan noting that the studio has a policy to pay employees accrued but unused vacation, paid time off, sabbatical time, and other benefits. On May 27th,

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Microsoft Closing Xbox Entertainment Studios

As part of its massive round of layoffs, Microsoft is closing Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES), the wing dedicated to producing original video content for the Xbox platform. All is not lost however, as Halo: Nightfall, the Spielberg-produced Halo TV series and Signal to Noise (whose first episode chronicles Atari’s rise and fall) will all still continue as planned. We were also told that the studio’s Nancy Tellem along with Jordan

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Microsoft Sees Xbox One Sales Double Without Kinect

Xbox One’s U.S. sales doubled in June following the launch of a Kinect-less console for $399, Microsoft confirmed in a blog post. The Kinect-free system launched June 9 in North America, with plans to offer a standablone Xbox One Kinect sensor in stores this fall. Microsoft launched one version of the Xbox One last November, a $499 package that included

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Bloomberg: Microsoft may lay off thousands, Xbox marketing teams affected

A new Bloomberg report claims Microsoft is on the verge of its biggest round of layoffs since 2009, when more than 5,000 employees lost their jobs. The job cuts could go on to top that figure, according to Bloomberg’s sources, making it the biggest round of layoffs in the company’s history.The sources told Bloomberg the layoffs will “probably” be in Nokia and overlapping

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Trailer Narrated By The Arbiter

A new trailer for Halo: The Master Chief Collection has arrived. Who remembers playing as the Arbiter? Did you love him or hate him? Are you looking forward to taking control of him once again? We sure are!  

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PS4′s DualShock 4 Now Works Wirelessly With PS3

Sony’s latest PS3 firmware update quietly introduces DualShock 4 wireless support for the system, as we get the growing impression the poor old DualShock 3 is being quietly shoved off a cliff. Previously you had to plug in the PS4 controller to use it on PS3, but now you can sync it up via Bluetooth and go new-gen on the last gen

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Oculus VR Acquires Design Team That Helped Make The Xbox 360 Controller And Kinect

Oculus VR has acquired Carbon Design Group, a design firm that helped Microsoft create the Xbox 360 gamepad and its first Kinect camera. “The team will officially become a key component of the product engineering group at Oculus,” the company announced today. Not much is changing for Carbon’s employees; they’ll continue to work from their current office near Seattle. Oculus is

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Nintendo 64 games could be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console soon

After a long silence on when players could expect to find Nintendo 64 games on the Wii U Virtual Console, Nintendo posted a notice to its official website explicitly mentioning additions from its 1996 console. Back when the Virtual Console first launched in North America, Nintendo mentioned briefly that it planned to bring titles from older consoles to the online platform, including

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The Steam Summer Sale Is Upon Us!

Well Gamers… Say goodbye to your hard earned cash. The Steam Summer Sale has officially kicked off! Here’s the fist salvo: Daily Deals, which change every day DayZ for $29.99 Dead Rising 3 for $49.99 Democracy 3 for $24.99 Divinity Original Sin for $39.99 Don’t Starve for $14.99 Far Cry 3 for $29.99 Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion for $39.99 The Witcher 3: Assassins of Kings

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Clarification: Does Xbox One Have 10% More Horsepower Without Kinect?

Here’s the short answer, right up front: no. The long, more explanatory answer is more complex of course. Last week at E3 2014, GameTrailers host and well-known video game dude Geoff Keighley tweeted this:   After @xboxp3 interview I’ve been asking devs about impact of new Xbox sdk on perf. Bungie says it will get Destiny to 1080p/30fps on XB1. — Geoff Keighley

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Sony Discontinues The PSP In Japan

Sony will cease shipments of the PlayStation Portable to the domestic Japanese market beginning June 2014, the company announced today. Sony revealed the discontinuation of the PlayStation Portable in Japan in an announcement for two PlayStation Vita Super Value Packs for the region. Sony is offering users in country PS Vita product discounts for PSP trade-ins. The Universal Media Disc-using handheld console

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You Can Play The Next ‘Smash Bros’ With a GameCube Controller

The Wii U offers plenty of different control options, from the Gamepad to a Wii Remote, and with the upcoming release of Super Smash Bros. that list is getting even bigger. Nintendo just announced that you’ll be able to play the game with a GameCube controller — a favorite among hardcore fans — thanks to a new adapter. The company didn’t provide

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SingStar For PS4 Turns Your Phone Into A Microphone

The developer of venerable PlayStation singalong series SingStar — which turns 10 years old today — has found an inventive way to lower the barrier to entry to enjoy karaoke at home. With the upcoming PlayStation 4 version, Sony is ditching the need for dedicated microphones. Now you can just use your mobile phone. SingStar for PS4 will let players pair

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Is Halo 5 Going Open World? According To Industry Insider, Yes!

Halo 5 seems to be making quite the departure from the rest of the games in the Halo franchise. According to Industry insider and trusted leaker, Ashan Rasheed, Halo 5 is going “more or less open world”. This is extremely interesting news as no other Halo game has dared to do this. If this is true, it can really make up

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Spielberg’s Halo series might premiere on Showtime

Microsoft has a ton of original TV shows in the works for the Xbox One, and no series has been quite so anticipated as the Halo show being executive produced by Steven Spielberg. But now, Variety is reporting that Spielberg’s Halo may not actually be an Xbox exclusive — a decision that would mean Microsoft is giving up its biggest draw to Xbox’s original content push. A deal is reportedly underway to develop the series alongside Showtime, which

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Microsoft Still Planning to Add Preload for Digital Xbox One Games

Microsoft is still working on giving Xbox One owners the opportunity to preload games they’ve pre-ordered from the Xbox Games Store, said company spokesperson Larry Hryb on Reddit yesterday. Responding in a thread titled “Xbox One Needs Pre Loading [sic] Feature,” Hryb wrote, “All I can say right now is that yes, we want this feature as well.” Last summer, Microsoft’s Marc Whitten,

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Xbox Originals to challenge Netflix in June

 Microsoft has been teasing a number of original television projects for months, and with the first shows ready to premiere this June the company’s Xbox Entertainment Studios has revealed its full slate of projects. Dubbed Xbox Originals, the content push will begin this June 13th with the previously-announced interactive live broadcast of the Bonnaroo music festival. Streaming music festivals online isn’t anything

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