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Madden NFL 16 tackles its way into The Vault


Everywhere I look everyone is getting ready for Super Bowl 50 and EA Access is no different. As of February 2nd, EA Access members will see the new addition of EA Sports Madden NFL 2016 added to The Vault.

In Madden NFL 2016 you can start your journey off the field in your own personal war room with the all-new Draft Champions mode. Choose which NFL stars and legends you want on your perfect team, and be the playmaker on the field with all-new controls that let you dominate in the battle for air supremacy. New QB mechanics including body-relative throws, plus touch and roll out passes provide you with unprecedented depth and control while under center. Combined with a new risk/reward catch and pass-defend system, get ready for the biggest WOW moments in franchise history.

Alternatively try Madden Ultimate Team where you are in control of your favorite NFL Legends as well as current stars. Compete in Online Head to Head Seasons, build your roster and control every aspect of your team, from team playbooks to uniforms you have the final word in every decision.

Madden NFL 16 is just the latest EA game to join The Vault. Members can also play Battlefield™ Hardline, Dragon Age™: Inquisition, FIFA 15, Battlefield 4™, and more as much as they want. Members also get a chance to try upcoming EA games before they’re released, and save 10% on all EA digital purchases on Xbox one — full games, pre-orders, expansion packs, Madden Ultimate Team items, and everything in between.

For more information about EA Access check out the link here.

New dashboard update incoming


An update for the Xbox One dashboard is releasing as we speak for preview members, below is a roundup of hat you can expect:

See who’s in a Party: Xbox One Preview participants will be able to see who’s in a Party before joining. When you view the profile of a friend who is in a Party in the guide, you will now be able to see who else they’re playing with. Click the ‘Chat’ button which appears immediately below the user to jump in and see who is in the Party.

Gamerscore Leaderboard: In Xbox One Preview, go to the Achievements section of your profile by clicking ‘View Achievements’ through the sign-in tab of the guide to check out the revived Gamerscore Leaderboard. Through the Gamerscore Leaderboard, see where you stand relative to your friends by comparing total gamerscore, as well as biggest gains over a rolling 30-day period. Click on the Gamerscore Leaderboard to see the full list of all your friends.

Re-arrange Pins on Home and access them offline: Many of you have told us that you want Pins on your Xbox One Home to be easier to organize. In Preview, you will now be able to rearrange individual pins. We also made Pins accessible for launching when you are offline.

Updating Activity Feed in Xbox One: Your activity feed in Xbox One Preview will inform you when there are new items in your feed. Clicking the link will take you to the top of your feed where you’ll see a run-down of the newest posts, so that you always have the freshest content at your fingertips.

Joinable Twitch Broadcasts: You want it to be easier to watch your friend’s game broadcasts. In Preview, Game Hubs » Continue Reading.

Xbox’s EA Access heads over to PC

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Bill Nye the science guy introduces the all new Origin Access, instant access to a growing collection of amazing PC games as well as the ability to try new EA games before they’re released. You can also save 10% on Origin purchases. Here is the starting line up of games available:

    Battlefield 3 SE Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe Edition Dead Space Dead Space 2 Dead Space 3 Dragon Age 2 SE Dragon Age Inquisition Digital Deluxe Edition Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition FIFA 15 SE NFS: Rivals Complete Ed. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare SimCity (2013) SE The Sims 3 Starter Pack This War of Mine (Third party)

The new service will initially launch in the US, UK, Germany and Canada. No further details have been provided for other territories.

Origin Access will  cost you $4.99/£3.99 a month, or $29.99/£19.99 a year. Subscribers will be able to play EA games and trials ahead of launch, which is similar to the ten hour trial offered on EA Access through Xbox One.

The Sky’s the limit for Xbox One


The wait is finally over and the Sky TV App that everyone loved on the Xbox 360 has today launched for the Xbox One.  This will make a lot of people happy as someting that worked so well on the Xbox 360 was missing from the launch of the Xbox One, raising a lot of questions around how people could integrate their sky platforms with their new consoles.

The Sky App gives you the ability to watch live Sky TV Channels, Movies, Sport and on demand content, including box sets.

If you want to take full advantage of this app then you will need a Sky Go Extra subscription (£5.99 a month), or if you are a Sky Multiscreen customer you can get the service for free. If however you are still unsure, then check out the two month free trial on offer for Xbox owners that have existing Sky TV subscriptions – sign up here


Get apped with Fallout Pip-Boy


Pip-Boy may be a sensitive subjective for UK gamers, but for those lucky enough to have had their Pip-Boy edition confirmed, you might want to get yourself apped up for Fallout 4’s release and download the official Vault-Tec and RobCo Industries iOS and Android app.

You don’t need a wearable Pip-Boy to use the app either, although it does look pretty badass with the app running on your own personal Pip-Boy strapped to your arm. The app taps into your Fallout 4 progress displaying your stats, inventory, map, radio and holotape games – yes games – you can use your smartphone to play any one of the mini games found within the game.

New Xbox One guide takes best bits of Xbox 360 guide


Apparently it takes its inspiration from the Xbox 360 guide, although having used the new dash as part of the preview program, I fail to see the link with the old guide. Nonetheless, it’s been designed with the old 360 guide in mind – take a look at the video below and make your own mind up – you will get to see firsthand soon enough, the new dashboard launches November 12th.

Hopefully the kinks will be ironed out come launch, but I agree with Larry and Richard in the video below, the new guide is incredibly fast and far more intuitive and easy to manage, particularly the chat options. The best new feature is that party chat has been upped to twelve participants and notifications have seen a vast update by simply grouping your notifications.

New Xbox One Dashboard and Backwards Compatibility Coming Nov 12th

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Some Xbox Preview members have been playing around with the new dashboard experience for a few weeks now but fret no further, everyone else, we finally have a confirmed release date for the new dashboard rolling out to everyone – November 12th.

During the Halo 5 live launch event, Phil Spencer revealed that backwards compatibility and the new Xbox experience is rolling out to everyone from November 12th.

Interested in seeing what the dashboard currently looks like? Check out our video tour below:

Microsoft ‘Edges’ out IE on Xbox One


We have high hopes for Xbox One’s largest overhaul to its UI, and unsurprising, the update doesn’t stop at the interface. As confirmed by the Microsoft Edge Dev account on twitter, it seems that the Internet Explorer app on Xbox One will be giving way to a version of Edge, let’s just hope you don’t have to use Kinect to draw on the pages!

#AskMSEdge @SHarshaT Yes, Edge will be coming to Xbox One

— Microsoft Edge Dev (@MSEdgeDev) September 15, 2015


Dragon Age: Inquisition In the EA Access Vault now

Dragon age Inqisition

EA promised it and sure enough it has arrived, Dragon Age: Inquisition is in the EA Access Vault right now for you to download.

The third outing for the Bioware RPG was widely praised for its visuals, combat and story, and whilst The Witcher 3 might be top dog at the moment, Dragon Age fans are in for a treat if they haven’t already dived on in. In fact our very own Kris Winfield-Bennett said the following about the title in his review:

“Dragon Age: Inquisition may have had a lot to put right for Bioware fans, but Bioware didn’t shy away from the challenge. The final result is a fantastic title.”

So what are you waiting for? EA Access members, get downloading!

Say farewell to Xbox Music


If you happen to have a copy of Windows 10 then you might have noticed a link to “Groove Music”. Clicking on this link though surprisingly takes you to the existing Xbox Music app. After lots of questions Microsoft has now confirmed that the Xbox Music brand we have all come to love or hate is being ditched and replaced with the new name “Groove”. However as you can clearly see from the welcome screen it states Groove Music, but Microsoft have stated this is an error and will be changed in the next update.

So what can Windows 10 users expect to see in the new Groove app:

    The Look and Feel: Groove provides an improved experience for listening to and managing your music in Windows 10. Getting into music is faster than ever with easy-to-use menus and navigation controls that work well with both mouse/keyboard, and with familiar touch gestures on touch-screen devices. Pinch to zoom in or out of different views, drag your favorite tracks in to playlists, hover over the Taskbar icon for playback controls, or right click for contextual menus to pin an album to your Start menu. And you can also infuse your personality in to Groove – choose a light or dark theme for the app depending on your mood, or pick an accent color in Windows Settings and the Groove app makes it shine. Accessing Your Music on your favorite devices: We’re also making it easy to access your content across your favorite devices – with built-in OneDrive integration making your favorite songs only a few clicks away. Upload all your MP3’s to OneDrive, even songs purchased from iTunes, and access them all for free with the Groove app on your Windows devices, Xbox, the web — » Continue Reading.

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