In partnership with EA SPORTS, Microsoft has now “officially” announced a special Xbox One console bundle to celebrate Madden NFL 15, which will be released at select US retailers on Aug. 26th for $399, and includes a copy of the game at no additional cost. The console is also a standard one, it is NOT white as per previous rumours. (but nothing out yet about the supposed White Sunset Overdrive console)
Available soon for pre-order and in limited supply only, the bundle includes:
Download code for Madden NFL 15 on Xbox One
Standard Xbox One console
Standard Xbox One wireless controller
Standard Xbox One chat headset
Special edition Madden NFL 15 packaging
Token for three Madden NFL Ultimate Team Pro Packs
The Madden NFL series from Electronic Arts has spanned more than 25 years and five console generations. It’s a franchise that’s synonymous with intense realistic sports action, technical innovation and rabid football fandom. Only on Xbox One, the Official Game Console of the NFL, can you play a game of Madden while tracking your fantasy football team with the NFL on Xbox app snapped to the side.
If you’re a football fan that’s been holding out to make the next-gen leap, now is the time to get into the game on Xbox One.
It was recently reported that the next dashboard update for Xbox One adds the much-needed external HDD support since the console’s in-built 500GB HDD would fast run out of space if you were to own nearly every Xbox One game on the market right now!
It couldn’t be easier to increase your storage capacity of games and apps with the external storage support features we’re bringing in June. Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives at once. Simply plug in your 256 GB or larger USB 3.0 external hard drive and once formatted, copy and move games, apps and game add-ons to increase your storage capacity at home.
Beta tester’s have been reporting that the use of external HDD’s on the Xbox One improves loading times for games:
I am one of the Beta testers for the June Xbox One update that add’s the ability to use up to 2 External Hard Drives. I am using a Seagate 4tb Self Powered Hard Drive…
Our set up is as follows: In our Living room Xbox One, Digital version of Ryse: Son of Rome installed on the internal HDD. In our gaming room we have another Xbox One, Digital version of Ryse: Son of Rome installed on the new external HDD.
For the game, I am using the beginning of Chapter 4 titled “Trial by Fire”.
Trial by Fire Load time using Internal HDD : 1.01.55 (one minute, 1.55 seconds)
Trial by Fire Load time using External HDD: 44.49 seconds…
Microsoft hasn’t officially confirmed the improvements to loading times, but it seems that times vary per game and per external drive.
E3 2014 is now just a mere few weeks away, with both Microsoft and EA confirming their schedules from June 9th 2014 onwards there are some obvious choices at this years show we can expect to see, but what about the surprises?
It goes without saying that Microsoft will throw one of the biggest franchises in your face this year with a multiplayer reveal for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – the new futuristic based first person shooter from Sledgehammer Games. Not only is this the first Call of Duty to have a three year development cycle, but it could just be the biggest thing since the original Modern Warfare! Next-gen console receives next-gen shooter, as the game has been developed for next-gen consoles with another developer taking the reigns on Xbox 360 and PS3. It will be another obvious self-praising procedure to remind everyone that DLC will be released first on Xbox One and Xbox 360 yet again!
Halo – this seems to be a little dark horse that has managed to keep all information about exactly what is being developed under wraps. Nice to see no leaks pouring online about story, multiplayer maps or anything else tied to the new Halo game for Xbox One. Although we will call this Halo 5, I am more inclined to believe that Halo on Xbox One will be stripped of the 5. It might even be just called Halo, or rather entertaining if it was Halo One! Aside from the game itself expect some coverage on new TV action series, movies or documentaries – or even some other crap that might have had millions spent on it you may only watch just the once!
A much larger focus on indies this year because at some point in your subscription some pile of shit game that was rushed out using the UNITY engine will be free as part of Games for Gold on Xbox One whenever that is set to officially roll out? Better interaction or new features for Xbox LIVE on mobiles and tablet devices could be on the cards – imagine that wherever you were able to access Xbox LIVE, that you were also able to access the apps on it too? Maybe, maybe not.
Microsoft could announce a new cheaper Xbox One console, a bundle that ships without Kinect and with a smaller HDD. On the flip side some external storage could be sold separately or a new Xbox One with an even bigger HDD than you could possibly imagine. Fancy a whole 5TB drive in that shiny dust magnet? Other off the wall ideas could see Microsoft surprise the world with an even smaller Xbox 360. Something disc-drive-less, tiny that will allow you to extend your LIVE experience on to more TV’s. An Xbox AB?
Future improvements to the lack-lustre awful Xbox One UI could be announced. A serious overhaul is needed and STILL where is voice messaging support. A feature for Xbox 360 on its day one launch completely omitted for next-gen with no update from Microsoft to confirm if it will ever return. Are we all banished to the naughty step of Skype?
Why not share your E3 2014 thoughts or predictions in the comments below – and look out for our coverage in the coming weeks.
Upper One Games, has today unveiled more details about their upcoming debut title, Never Alone (also known as “Kisima Ingitchuna” in Iñupiaq, a language of the Alaska Native people in the Arctic) – highlighted by the release of its first game trailer as shown above!
In Never Alone, players take on the roles of Nuna, a young Iñupiaq girl and an Arctic fox, in an atmospheric puzzle platformer that combines traditional folklore, stories, settings, and characters handed down over many generations by Alaska Native people whose roots and heritage date back millennia. Featuring imagery and themes drawn directly from Iñupiat and other Alaska Native cultures, Never Alone features striking visuals, emphasizes the sensibilities and perspective of these indigenous Arctic people and requires players to work cooperatively to succeed in challenging and harsh environments.
Upper One Games joined forces with E-Line Media, a leading publisher of games that engage and empower, to assemble a unique development team that partners Iñupiaq elders and storytellers with game industry veterans who have served in key roles on such popular titles as Interstate ’76, MechWarrior II, Tomb Raider: Underworld, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Tomb Raider: Legend, the SOCOM series, Rage, Quake Live, and many more titles across console and PC.
Top Level Features of Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) include:
1- and 2-player modes, both involving cooperative play (in single-player mode, the player can switch between the roles of Nuna and Fox at any time);
8 sweeping chapters that take players across treacherous ice floes, Arctic tundra, ice caves, boreal forests, cliff-built coastal villages, and more;
Game story, settings, characters and gameplay inspired by traditional Iñupiaq folklore, including the story of Kunuuksaayuka (Koo-nook-sah-yoo-ka) that has been handed down for generations among the Iñupiaq people;
Encounters with traditional Alaska Native folklore characters such as Manslayer, Blizzard Man, Sky People, the Little People and the Rolling Heads;
Exclusive unlockable insights into the Iñupiaq way of life, told by both Alaska Native elders and youth.
Never Alone is expected to launch in the fall of this year as a downloadable title for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Today marks the 2nd Birthday of Minecraft on Xbox 360 and they are celebrating with free content and special deals. No word yet on a release date for the Xbox One edition of the smash-hit block building game, but if you are still enjoying the Xbox 360 Edition then get ready for some great content this week.
Available for FREE from today 9th May to 18th May: The original “Birthday Skin Pack” plus a brand new “2nd Birthday Skin Pack” including characters from Halo, Fable, Banjo and Viva Piñata.
Also from today 9th May to the 11th May: You can receive 50% OFF Skin Packs and Texture Packs (not including any of the Marvel products).