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Xbox One Dashboard Update Detailed, Rolling Out Now

The September Xbox One dashboard update is now rolling out to One owners around the globe and it contains a range of new features that the community has begged for since the system launched.

The latest update contains a range of new features but two of them stand above the rest. One users will be excited to hear that their system will now be able to play media files directly from a USB device or from a network media server on the new media player app as well as new party options which let you designate a leader and change various party settings such as whether people need an invite to join and the ability to kick people.

If you don’t want to wait for the update to hit your console, you can force the update right now by going into your Xbox One system settings and pressing the ‘system update’ button.

Full details of other new additions can be found below thanks to Major Nelson. 

  • A new Media Player app: Play media files from an attached USB device or a network connected home media server with the new media player app – DNLA support coming soon. Xbox One will support more formats than Xbox 360, including support for dozens of new file formats like Mpeg 2 TS, animated gifs and MKV, which will be added by the end of the year.
  • Party on in the new and improved Party App: Be the leader of your party with the new party leader setting. As the party leader, you can change whether the party requires invitations and you can remove others from the party. The updated app also lets you see what activities everyone in your party is doing and who is playing in the same game with you in addition to being able to quickly perform common actions like muting, joining, or sending game invites.
  • New features for SmartGlass: You can now post status messages from the Activity Feed and comments, or share items from both your Activity Feed and Game Clips. Along with the new comment and share features, a personalized Activity Feed has been added to your profile and messages have been updated to a new layout supporting a full conversation view. Additionally, we are adding the ability to record game clips directly from the Now Playing bar. Finally, for users who upgrade the app directly, we have introduced a What’s New page highlighting the features of each release.
  • “Xbox On” capabilities in Australia, Canada (French), Italy, Spain, and Mexico: New regions will have the ability to use the “Xbox On” Kinect voice command to power on their consoles when they’re in connected standby (Instant On) mode.
  • Boot to TV: Now Xbox One owners will be able to set their console to boot directly to television when coming out of connected standby.
  • Bandwidth Usage Display: Bandwidth Usage will show users how much bandwidth their Xbox One is consuming over a period of time, a useful tool for those who want to track against bandwidth caps set by ISPs in certain markets.
  • GameDVR deletes: Users will be able to choose multiple GameDVR clips to delete at once in the Upload app.
  • Save your Avatar Gamerpic: A new option to save Avatar Gamerpics to users’ OneDrive.

Xbox One – HALO Will Be Coming to Xbox One in 2014

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For the big ‘Thank You’ message from Microsoft after selling 3 Million Xbox Ones since launch to the end of 2013, a series of games were listed that were coming to Xbox One in 2014. The one game name that was missing caused a bit of a stir on Social Media, that game…HALO.

First shown at E3 in June 2013, a CGI cinematic showed the Master Chief walking alone in a desert. No other details has been revealed and 343 Industries have only said that it would not be called HALO 5. Senior PR Manager for both HALO and Forza Rob Semsey, quickly took to Twitter to allay the fears of HALO fans and tweeted the following:

That will be good news for HALO fans on Xbox One, there has been much excitement since E3 but the silence since was worrying to know the status of the Master Chief’s next adventure.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 Review

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It’s one of gaming’s true rivalries. To some, it almost supersedes the classic Mario and Sonic rivalry. Pro Evolution Soccer and FIFA have been battling it out for the top spot in the world of football gaming since I was a child. In the early days, when it evolved from International Superstar Soccer and into the Pro Evolution Soccer we know it as today, Konami’s brainchild had same story every year. Pro Evolution Soccer couldn’t compete with the sponsorship that FIFA had. Without real kits and team names, it was always going to be hard to compete with the stronghold that FIFA had and still has on the football world. However, Pro Evo was always a much better pure football experience. This was until 2007 when EA Sports seriously stepped up their game with a whole new engine. Since then, Konami have found it hard to compete with FIFA’s realism and ever-improving gameplay. So the question is, have they done it this year? Let’s read on and find out.

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Let’s start with the nitty gritty, the core of every football game, the gameplay. It’s such a strange situation. If FIFA never existed, I could play Pro Evo 2014 and say that this is a great game. One that I could even play a lot of the time. But sadly, this is one game that will constantly live in comparison to another. It’s just not as good. The gameplay feels rigid and uninspired. With an entirely new glossy engine, Konami have still failed to make players off the ball do any sort of work. In fact, the only way you’ll see any off-ball innovation is if you initiate the one-two pass. I will give credit where credit is due. Hand the ball over to Ronaldo or Messi and you will see yourself thinking that they run, pass, and move exactly like their real life counterparts. I also noticed this signature movement whenever Cesc Fabregas was on the ball, this is something that FIFA could truly learn from. Unfortunately, this is where the innovation dies. Any player that isn’t a superstar will run in straight lines, pass with no finesse, and cross like somebody lined it up with a  ruler. The only time you’ll see any kind of realistic ball movement is when you shoot. To be completely honest, this feels like nothing more than a 3D version of Sensible Soccer.

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One thing that I’ve believed for years is that Pro Evolution is much nicer looking than FIFA. The player’s faces and kits have looked so impressive for years. However, the switch to the new Fox Engine means that Konami have had to start from scratch. Although the players that they have made an effort to render look absolutely fantastic, and miles better than FIFA. Having to start from the beginning means that they haven’t put the work in on a number of high profile players that they have in the years before. This is a genuine disappointment, but it will get better year by year as it did before. But instead of dwelling on the ugliness of a player having a default edit face, we can focus on the positives. What they have worked on looks absolutely fantastic, adding to this and working hard on the gameplay can really put this game on top again.

It’s time to address the elephant in the room. Sponsorships and teams. You have to look at this objectively. This is a world where all games based on real sports and leagues should strive for realism first and foremost. With that In mind, the lack of real teams and kits in the most popular league in the world is truly an issue. An issue that it seems just cannot be fixed. As a supporter of the great North London Red, I find it hard to play as the team I support and love in this game. On the bright side, Serie A and La Liga sports full kits, real names, and stadiums. This is one saving grace for Konami. Another coup in this vein is the return of the Champions League. There is nothing like starting a match and hearing that beautiful theme blaring from the television. It genuinely adds a sense of awe and wonder. Bumping down a game’s score due to a lack of licensing does seem a tad harsh. However, this is a game where realism is the key to success. Pro Evo fails extensively in this instance.

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Where FIFA’s menus have become easy and seamless to navigate, Pro Evolution’s are archaic and rage inducing in comparison. Getting into a simple kick-off friendly match is even a task that takes time. Setting up your squad is so painful that you would just give up nine times out of ten. The menu music is despicably horrible as well. Just avoid it completely and turn on your own tunes. Word of warning, keep it on during the matches as John Motson’s horrific commentary makes an epic comeback.

Multiplayer and online returns. There’ nothing to the multiplayer as it it just a kick-off game with two people. Getting online was frustrating for me. Finding a stable connection with another player seemed to be a daunting task, but it finally happened after 45 minutes of trying. It appears that the game just won’t work at all if you don’t attempt to connect to people nearby or in surrounding countries.

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To sum up, I once loved Pro Evolution Soccer. It was an amazing series that innovated its use of the beautiful game year after year. After losing their way this generation, they never really did come back. This is a game that utilises nothing new in terms of gameplay. In fact, it appears to back track completely. Ignore the licenses for a moment, put this side by side with FIFA, it just isn’t fun and I wouldn’t recommend it to a soul. I think it’s time for some new blood to try and combat EA and FIFA, I nominate 2K Sports.

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Crytek Announce Warface Coming to Xbox 360 Early 2014

Microsoft Studios and Crytek have revealed that the award winning title for PC, Warface, will come to the Xbox 360 platform in early 2014, and it will be Free to play for Gold XBox LIVE Members.

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Featuring Four soldier classes, Co-Op missions and traditional Versus modes, Warface: 360 Edition will have all the action and visual power of its PC origins and will bring all its action to the Xbox 360 with players all over the world joining in its online battle over Xbox LIVE. Players will follow simple creed : Enlist. Unite. Prevail

A trailer for the Xbox 360 version is below, this is definitely one to watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ8iJ81xqOo

Capcom Announce 5 New Characters For Super Street Fighter IV Update

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Well we knew that Capcom were to announce their upcoming ‘balance patch’ for Super Street Fighter IV. But we had no idea just what they had in store for us. Since 2009, Street Fighter IV has received a huge amount of balance patches and updates. First came Street Fighter IV, which then became Super Street Fighter IV (in wonderful Capcom fashion), and finally came Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 2012.

Capcom had said that they were announcing the much hyped balance patch for the game at the premier fighting game tournament, Evo. The shocker came when it was announced that not only is it a balance patch, but an entirely new version of the game. Complete with 5 new characters and 6 new stages. Four of these characters won’t come as much of a shock to you, as they were featured in Street Fighter X Tekken. But here they are anyway, with official artwork.

Elena (Street Fighter III):

ElenaHugo (Final Fight/Street Fighter III):

HugoPoison (Final Fight):

PoisonRolento (Final Fight/Street Fighter Alpha 2):

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The 5th character is a new character that is yet to appear in the Street Fighter series and will be announced at a later date. The safe bet would either be on Asura (of Asura’s Wrath) as he has already appeared in the Street Fighter IV engine, or another character transitioning from Final Fight.

On top of this, we have been promised six new stages and a handful of new modes. The update will be released as DLC for people who already own Super Street Fighter IV, as a full digital download, or on disc at retail. A pre-order bonus has already been announced. Pre-order with selected retailers and receive exclusive DLC costumes for the 5 new characters designed by legendary Capcom artist Udon as incentive.

The name of this new version will be announced along with an official trailer tomorrow before the Super Street Fighter IV Grand Finals at Evo.

Check out this video for the live announcement (beware, some crowd noise is NSFW).

This new version of the game is due to come out early 2014. Stay tuned tomorrow evening for more news along with the trailer.