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Halo: Spartan Assault Now Available on Xbox One

Spartans, suit up! “Halo: Spartan Assault” is now available on Xbox One for $14.99 via digital download.1  With over 30 stimulating missions at your fingertips, play longer than ever with the all-new online cooperative mode and the Operation Hydra expansion that delivers an action-packed addition to the single player campaign.

Fans who have purchased “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 prior to December 15, 2013, will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99.2 “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Xbox 360 will be available in January 2014.

Top features in “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Xbox One include the following:

  • Immersive storyline. An original story set between the events of “Halo 3” and “Halo 4,” experience war with the Covenant, the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer

  • Online cooperative multiplayer. Play longer than ever with an online cooperative multiplayer mode that brings you five all-new missions, all played from a top-down camera view3
  • New enemies. Wage war against a persistent and overwhelming enemy – encounter the Flood for the first time in “Halo: Spartan Assault”
  • Graphical Fidelity. ”Halo: Spartan Assault” for Xbox One will run natively at 1080p and 60 frames per second.
  • New weapons and achievements. Go in strong with an expanded arsenal that brings you more weapons, armor abilities, and more upgrades, while earning new Achievements for Xbox One
  • Original “Halo” gameplay. An action-packed, stimulating single-player campaign spanning 30 missions in battles throughout the Halo Universe (including five “Operation Hydra” missions)

  • Nonstop competitive fun. Compete against friends in Leaderboards or hone your skills while collecting more than 40 in-game Achievements and Medals

More details can be found on Xbox Wire

1. Also available for Windows 8 PCs and tablets, and Windows Phone 8. All versions of the game sold separately; available features may vary by device. Xbox One game for use only with Xbox One systems.

2.  Discount offer requires original purchase of “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 PCs and tablets, or Windows Phone 8 and login using a valid Xbox profile. Matching Xbox profile required for discount when purchasing “Halo: Spartan Assault” on Xbox One.

3 Online cooperative multiplayer requires Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately).  Multiplayer between Xbox One and Xbox 360 not supported.

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood Xbox One Launch Trailer

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Max sets out to save his brother from the clutches of evil in this puzzle-filled platforming game. Out now on Xbox One!
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Upload on Xbox One: Walkthrough Video

One of my favorite features of Xbox One is being able to capture gameplay clips by just saying “Xbox, Record That.” Without taking my hands off the controller, I can grab the last 30-seconds of gameplay and share it out on Xbox Live. I can even go back and edit a series of clips together, add a voice-over or narrate it while on screen using Kinect. 

In this video, I walk through how this feature works on Xbox One. 
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Verizon FiOS TV App Available Now on Xbox One

Post edited to include updated screenshots: 12/17/2013 – 12:30 p.m. PT

As we move deeper into the holiday season, many of us have been pushed back inside by the winter weather spreading across the country.  In between the shopping and parties, people are hooking up their new game console and buying new games.  You might be fighting off the zombie apocalypse or navigating the intrigues of ancient Rome, but with the launch of the Verizon FiOS TV app for Xbox One you could also be navigating and watching all your favorite shows and movies on your new Xbox One.

Today, our partnership continues to expand with Microsoft as customers who are
Xbox Live Gold members and who subscribe to both FiOS TV and Internet service can watch up to 74 live channels through Xbox One using the free FiOS TV app.  No additional hardware is required, and customers can integrate their TV experience with voice and gesture commands through Kinect for Xbox One. Just last month, we revealed the results of our FiOS Innovation Index, which surveyed over 900 consumers, asking about their tech and console interests.  Nearly two-thirds of our respondents said they want to watch streaming video on their game console.  Verizon listened, and now the FiOS TV experience is available right now on your Xbox One!

So now switching from a first person shooter to your personalized Verizon FiOS TV subscription is easier than ever.  No matter what you’re doing on Xbox One, just say “Xbox go to Verizon FiOS TV.” It’s playoff season and if you want to watch two big games at the same time you can tap into your Verizon FiOS cable box using HDMI pass through and the TV app for game one and then snap the Verizon FiOS app to watch game 2 at the same time. 

With its blazing fast Internet speeds ranging from 50/25 Mbps to 500/100Mbps and award winning reliability, Verizon offers gamers an enriched experience that helps them make it to the top on Xbox Live Gold as well as best in class entertainment experience with FiOS TV. 

If you haven’t had the chance to enjoy FiOS TV on your console, there’s no better time to try! For the latest news around FiOS, visit
http://newscenter.verizon.com/residential.
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Xbox One Best Games Accolades

It’s been a huge week for the Xbox family, from our announcement that over 2 million Xbox Ones were sold in the console’s first 18 days on the market to Thursday’s news that the Xbox One was November’s fastest-selling console, dwarfing the launch of the Xbox 360 in 2005 by a rate of nearly three to one. Of course, while sales figures are all well and good, at the end of the day it’s all about the games. To that end, join us in celebrating the titles that are already available and looking forward to the great games on the horizon with this montage video we’ve put together. A lot of people have said a lot of nice things about the Xbox One, so take a look and get excited for the future!  
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Xbox One is Fastest Selling Console in the US; November NPD Group Figures Revealed

Xbox has seen record-breaking sales with the recent announcement of Xbox One selling more than 2 million units through to consumers worldwide since its launch. November NPD Group figures released today revealed 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the U.S. in the console’s first nine days, making it the fastest selling console on the market in the U.S. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of more than 101,000 consoles per day, significantly outpacing the nearest competitor.

November 2013 NPD highlights include:

  • Total retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in November (hardware, software and accessories) reached $1.21 billion, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group).
  • During the month of November, Xbox (Xbox One and Xbox 360) held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list (Source: NPD Group).
  • During the month of November, Xbox One sold nearly three times as many units compared to Xbox 360 in the U.S. during its November 2005 launch (Source: NPD Group).

We are seeing strong consumer excitement for next gen Xbox One games, with U.S. consumers purchasing an average of 2.1 games* per console.

November NPD Group data reports on sales data for November, which included only the first nine days of Xbox One’s availability.

Demand for Xbox One is continuing to exceed supply in our 13 launch markets and is sold out at most retailers around the world. As retailers noted in our worldwide sales announcement yesterday, consoles are flying off store shelves faster than they can stock them and the Xbox team is working hard to meet consumer demand, delivering consoles to retailers as fast as possible to ensure everyone has an opportunity to experience everything Xbox One has to offer this holiday season.

For more information on Xbox One and Xbox 360, please visit Xbox Wire for the latest news. 

*retail and digital (internal Microsoft data)

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A Closer Look at the FOX NOW App on Xbox One

At FOX, we love TV. Whether it’s on a flat-screen or smartphone or tablet or console – we love making TV, we love watching TV and we love other people who love TV.  So you can imagine how excited we are that our friends at Xbox One are huge fans of TV too, and have graciously invited us to introduce you to FOX NOW!

FOX NOW is our official viewing app, where TV junkies (and “responsible” casual viewers) can stream full episodes, exclusive extras and behind-the-scenes peeks at FOX’s series – and it’s available now at no additional cost on Xbox One.  If you’ve used our FOX NOW app for Xbox 360, you’ll notice that our Xbox One version looks different – it reflects a bold new design that makes watching FOX on Xbox One easier than ever before – so if you haven’t downloaded it yet, make sure to check it out.

Here’s why:

Full Episodes of FOX Series
With FOX NOW, Xbox Live Gold members who are video customers of AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Cablevision, DISH, Verizon FiOS or one of the many other participating providers (click here to see the full list of participating TV providers and supported devices) can use their subscriber credentials to receive free, next-day access on Xbox One to all available full episodes of FOX’s new primetime series, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine (starring Andy Samberg), Dads (starring Seth Green), Almost Human (starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy) and this season’s breakout newcomer, Sleepy Hollow (starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie), as well as FOX’s new Animation Domination High-Def late-night series Axe Cop and High School USA!. In addition, next-day full episodes of FOX’s returning hit shows, such as The Following, Family Guy, The Simpsons, New Girl, The Mindy Project and Bob’s Burgers are also available to Xbox Live Gold members with participating provider subscriptions. 

Xbox One users can also enjoy hundreds of short-form videos, such as behind-the-scenes cast interviews, performances from
The X Factor and American Idol and special featurettes.

High Quality Experience
Watching TV should be easy, so we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality, most user-friendly experience possible on FOX NOW.  Some of the features you’ll enjoy as a FOX NOW user include:

  • HD Streaming – Watch our shows in beautiful HD.
  • “Pin” FOX NOW – Personalize your Xbox One Home screen by adding FOX NOW and FOX TV shows to your Xbox One Pins.
  • Continuous Playback – Watch one episode or clip and FOX will feed you more right after your initial video ends.
  • Kinect Navigation – Navigate the app with voice and gestures using the new Kinect sensor.
  • App Channels – Get quick access to FOX shows directly from the Xbox One OneGuide. FOX NOW’s app channels include Latest Episodes, Popular Episodes, Featured Shows and Show Extras.
  • Achievements and Challenges – Users can earn branded “Achievements” for completing certain activities within the FOX NOW app.


Coming Soon
What’s next for FOX NOW? First and foremost, more shows! Over the next few months, we’ll be adding episodes of new shows like, Enlisted, Rake and Lucas Brothers Moving Co., which we think Xbox One fans will love.

We’re also building in more personalization into FOX NOW, so in the near future you’ll be able to enjoy personalized continuous playback as well as a customized home screen.

In addition, users of both our Xbox One and Xbox 360 apps will soon have access to FOX NOW live-sync content for several of our series via Xbox SmartGlass, providing a really cool, immersive second-screen experience in real-time with our live broadcasts.

Again, we’re really excited to be part of the Xbox One community and can’t wait to hear what you think about our new and improved FOX NOW. (And if you like what you see, download FOX NOW on your
Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8.1 Tablet too). 

Happy watching!

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Xbox One Sells More Than 2 Million Units in the First 18 days; Sold Out at Most Major Retailers

Since its launch 18 days ago, Xbox One is proving to be the must-have gift this holiday season with more than 2 million consoles sold through to consumers worldwide, averaging over 111,111 units sold per day – a record-setting pace for Xbox. Millions of fans around the world who have purchased Xbox One have shown incredible engagement with the all-in-one games and entertainment system, spending over 83 million hours in games, TV, and apps on Xbox One since the system launched on Nov. 22.

“We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans. We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers.  We’re also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions* on Xbox Live to date,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing, Xbox.

Xbox One is also proving to be the most popular online multiplayer community for gamers with over 39 million Xbox One achievements unlocked and 595 million total Gamerscore achieved.

“Demand for next generation gaming continues to be very strong,” said John Love, director of video games at Amazon.  “At peak demand, customers were ordering the Xbox One console at over 1000 units per minute on Amazon.com.”

“The Xbox One entertainment system is one of our hottest selling products this holiday season,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of Merchandising at GameStop. “GameStop is experiencing high demand from our customers for this innovative console and we are working closely with Microsoft to receive more units to fulfill our customers’ holiday shopping lists.”

“Xbox One is one of the hottest Christmas gifts this holiday season and was a top seller this Black Friday,”  said Chris Nagelson, vice president of entertainment for Walmart U.S. “We are refreshing our inventory as fast as we can to ensure customers can give and receive the new console for Christmas.”

The Xbox team is continuing to work hard to meet consumer demand, delivering consoles to retailers as fast as possible this holiday season. To help people find Xbox One, Major Nelson recently shared some tips for consumers this holiday season.

Xbox One brings the best games, live TV, Skype, sports, fitness, music and more to one system at the center of the living room, all available at the command of your voice. With 22 hotly anticipated games, including 10 exclusive titles, and entertainment apps, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and many more – Xbox One fans have the best entertainment and games available on one console this holiday season.


* includes both digital games and video purchases 

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Halo: Spartan Assault Comes to Xbox One on Dec. 24

Post updated to clarify pricing: 12/10/13 – 2 p.m. PT

When it released on Windows 8 devices and Windows Phone 8 earlier this year, “Halo: Spartan Assault” was greeted by Halo fans with open arms. The twin stick shooter was lauded by critics and players alike for presenting a game that looked and sounded just as great as the Halo games of old while providing a top-down experience that had never been seen in the series. In fact, the only thing that was missing was the ability to play the game on your console.

That all changes on December 24 when a new and improved “Halo: Spartan Assault” comes to Xbox One via a digital download priced at $14.99. Not only will the game look gorgeous on the Xbox One thanks to its native 1080p resolution and smooth 60 fps frame rate, it will also feature a brand-new cooperative mode, new weapons, and the inclusion of the “Operation Hydra” add-on.

Best of all, fans that have purchased “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 devices or Windows Phone 8 to date or purchase prior to December 15, 2013, will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.991And don’t worry, Xbox 360 owners: “Halo: Spartan Assault” will be available on your console in January 2014 and will offer the same affordable pricing ($14.99) and upgrade discount ($4.99) as the Xbox One version. 

To find out a bit more about “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Xbox One, we chatted with
Executive Producer Dan Ayoub from 343 Industries about everything from the new co-op mode to his personal weapon of choice.



For the uninitiated, could you tell us a bit about what’s been added to the Xbox One version of “Halo: Spartan Assault?”

Dan Ayoub:
We’re really excited about the Xbox One version of “Spartan Assault,” as this came to be due to strong demand from the fan base. The Xbox One version will feature all of the modes and content from the original mobile version (optimized for your console), including the “Operation Hydra” add-on. In addition, we are introducing a new co-op mode that will allow players to play together in some pretty frantic gameplay versus an old enemy.

How exactly will the new co-op mode work?

Dan Ayoub
: Co-op will work through Xbox Live and will allow you to play with a friend. We wanted to do something completely new for the game that featured really crazy action against waves of enemies. For this reason, we’re putting you up against the Flood! Players will work together against huge waves of enemies bearing down on them. The mode is heavily focused on teamwork and victory can only be attained by working together. Co-op is a ridiculous amount of fun, and people in early testing have really enjoyed playing it.



Did you have to overcome any particular challenges in bringing the game to Xbox One?

Dan Ayoub
: Probably the most interesting challenge was to adapt gameplay that was originally conceived for a very different form factor. We didn’t just want to do a straight port to Xbox One, so we had to rethink things like controls and pacing that to make sure it played great on the console. We also made considerable efforts to make the audio shine. The Xbox One version will feature 7.1 Surround Sound, and we re-mastered the SFX for console; we also did all new music and VO to support the new mode. I think what I’m most excited about is that we’ve created a fantastic upgrade path for people who already purchased the game on Windows/Mobile that will allow them to get their hands on the Xbox One version at a significantly reduced cost

Can you earn any “Halo 4″ rewards (like emblems) by playing “Halo: Spartan Assault?”

Dan Ayoub
: Absolutely. The console version will allow players to unlock rewards for use in the 360 version of “Halo 4″ just like the mobile version did.

Has the in-game economy or upgrade system been changed at all for the Xbox One?

Dan Ayoub:
What’s so great about a product like “Spartan Assault” is that we are constantly making changes based on data and feedback from players. This console version will feature all of the things we’ve learned and tweaked. For example, we had some items that players could only purchase and not play toward in the launch version – we heard player concerns about this very quickly and were able to change this right away so that players can attain anything available in the game

What are your favorite new weapons and armor abilities?

Dan Ayoub:
My personal favorite new weapon is the Battle Rifle, the old “Halo” classic is back to battle the flood.  In terms of new abilities Teleport is my favorite, when you’re overcome by the flood and in the corner, a quick teleport and you return to fight back to back with your partner.

What prompted you to include the “Operation Hydra” missions to the Xbox One version of the game

Dan Ayoub:
We really wanted to offer the full experience to players, so took the extra effort to include 
“Operation Hydra.” People really loved the expansion, so we wanted to make it available to console players as well.

1 Estimated Retail Price.  Discount offer requires original purchase of “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 PCs and tablets, or Windows Phone 8 and login using a valid Xbox profile. Matching Xbox profile required for discount when purchasing “Halo: Spartan Assault” on Xbox One.


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