See a Sneak Peek of MGS V: The Phantom Pain This Friday

June 4, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


This close to E3, we thought we’d have to wait until then to see anything about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but we were mistaken. In this week’s episode of Hideo Kojima’s webcast, Kojima Station, he will “show just a little bit” of The Phantom Pain.

Keep in mind that while the show will air at 9 PM (Japan time) tomorrow, that will be Friday morning at 5 AM PDT/8 AM EDT. Are you going to watch?

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Xbox One April Update

March 21, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


If you’re one of the lucky Xbox One users who was invited to preview upcoming updates, the April firmware update should now be available for you to check out. Additionally, more players are being invited to participate.

Microsoft’s official message about the preview explains some of the new features coming in April:

  • Game and app saves and updates: A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements: Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.

It sounds like some good changes are being made. Although there is still no support for external hard drives, Microsoft says they haven’t forgotten about it, so we can hope for more news on that in a future update.

If you’ve gotten a chance to preview April’s update, let us know what you think.

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Xbox One Update Details

February 26, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


A user on Reddit named da13thninja has posted that they tried the new Xbox One update, as a part of Microsoft’s new update beta program. While this is only a single post from a beta user, so we can’t confirm its contents, here is what the user reported.

First, you can use a USB connector to update your controller. This should be good, especially since previous controller updates have been a little tedious to perform. You can turn off the Kinect hand cursor while watching videos, and you can access Kinect tutorials through Settings. Attempting to snap Skype, while still impossible, will now tell you that you cannot do it.

The Notifications settings have been updated to include an option called “Show all other notifications,” while the Optical and HDMI settings allow you to choose between DTA Digital Surround and Dolby Digital for “Bitstream Out.”

Microsoft’s announcement for the update made a big point of showing how social features would improve, and da13thninja confirms all of those features, including a favorites list and a list of users you recently played games with. Apparently the “Xbox, broadcast” command will open Twitch, too, even though you cannot broadcast yet.

In general, the update has made the Xbox One interface faster and more efficient. It sounds like a great update all around, and while users might have signed a non-disclosure agreement when they entered the beta, we still would like to thank da13thninja for this report.

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