Earlier in the week, ExtremeTech’s Joel Hruska reported on the filing of a new Microsoft patent that should have Xbox users more than a little worried. It seems that Microsoft will allow the Kinect motion sensing device for Xbox 360 to potentially spy on users as they engage the device or use their Xbox when watching movies or even playing games to make sure their not exceeding the content license agreements that various content producers have put in place to limit public access
You may have already picked up Assassin’s Creed III at a midnight release party last night, unless you were in an area where parties were cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. If you missed it, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III hits shelves today (and download servers) in several different editions. The third major release in the franchise, Assassin’s Creed III is, of course, available for PS3, Xbox 360, PC and the new Nintendo WiiU. Choosing the edition may be the hardest decision. For PS3 and Xbox 360 the game is available in a Standard Edition ($59), Limited Edition ($119), and Encyclopedia Edition ($99). For PC Download (Windows Vista/7/XP), Ubisoft will soon offer a Deluxe Edition ($64.99) on November 20, 2012. Assassin’s Creed III is available at GameStop, Amazon, and most big retailers.
Perhaps you planned to celebrate the expected August 5 landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars with a six pack of Zima and a bag of Funyuns? How about a free game instead? Mars Rover Landing is available right now for free download on Xbox Live. Gameplay involves the Kinect motion sensor, letting players take control of the spacecraft during the so-called “seven minutes of terror” as it enters the red planet’s atmosphere. “Families can get a taste of the daring that’s involved in this, just landing this mission on the surface,” says Doug McCuistion, director of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. “It’s going to be very similar to the way the team actually is going to do that.”
If you’re a Mass Effect fan you’ll be excited to know the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut has been released for PS3 owers. Just in case you missed the news last week, the free extended cut is available to …
Paramount’s streaming app is now available for the Xbox 360, allowing owners of the console to purchase and redeem movie titles from the UltraViolet cloud. The service from Paramount was actually already available for PCs and iOS mobile platforms, but Microsoft lagged for a while on the console version. Apparently, you can stream a free title just by downloading the app (if you have an Xbox Live Gold subscription). Microsoft announced Paramount as one of its 35 new content partners at E3 2012, relationships which will come to fruition over the next 12 months. Open the press release link for Microsoft’s E3 announcement which includes the list of app additions.
With the shadow of a new console looming larger by the day, perhaps it’s no surprise that Microsoft didn’t wow anyone during their annual E3 press conference today in Los Angeles. No, next year’s rumored Xbox 360 successor was not shown, mentioned, or even spotted canoodling with a Kardashian. Instead, the company chose to focus on expanding features and sequels to their mega franchises. The briefing started off with a lengthy demo of Halo 4, including a slick live-action film that segued into actual gameplay.
Star Wars 1313 is an upcoming game from LucasArts that is geared more towards an adult audience (although you can imagine youngsters will be dying to get their hands on it). The game will take players into the underworld of Star Wars,
A little less than two months after the PS3 beat them to punch, the Xbox 360 now joins the Amazon Instant Video family. That means all videos you’ve purchased or have currently rented from Amazon are now available on Microsoft’s ubiquitous game console, and if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll also find the entire Prime Instant Video library there as well. Xbox Live Gold subscribers who are also Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to over 17,000 Prime Instant Videos at no additional cost. Of course Xbox users with Kinect peripheral will have the extra bonus of finding and playing their videos with the wave of a hand or sound of their voice.
With all due apologies to Mario Tennis Open, we’ve deemed this week’s big game release to be Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier ($59.99, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3). Ubisoft’s long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter lets you get your hands on more than 50 weapons as you track down high-value terror targets in eight spots around the globe. Of course multiplayer is also a big part of the experience, and Future Solider offers four game modes, ten maps and multiple classes to stretch your dollars out for months to come. Early reviews for the game are above average. If you’re new to the series, be warned: The pace of the gameplay is much slower and more deliberate than anything from the Call of Duty or Battlefield franchises. Take a look at the trailer for a taste of the action.
The final (possibly) chapter in the Commander Sheppard’s great space saga can be yours today for 50% off. As Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day, Mass Effect 3 for Xbox 360, PS3, or Windows is going for just $29.99 through midnight Pacific time. It’s a great deal for a game that was just released in March and was the #1 selling game that month. Of course the game’s infamous ending has upset many people, but we’re not about to spoil that for you.
MGM has officially announced 007 Legends, an upcoming video game for Xbox 360 and PS3 that will let you relive six classic James Bond moments. Weapons in 007 Legends include Bond’s famous Walther PPK, as well as trademark MI6 gadgets and vehicles. In the game you’ll be able to play not only as Bond himself but also as his partners and enemies. Multiplayer modes include online as well as local 4-player split screen mode. UK developer Eurocom has been working on 007 Legends under MGM and EON Productions, which is called a “homage” to the classic James Bond films. The game will launch fall 2012 coinciding with the release of the 23rd Bond film titled “SKYFALL.” Open the press release below for more details.
Sure, you may have finished the fight in the trilogy, and then went back to the prequel to see how it all started (and um, then the next prequel), but did you really think this cash cow of a franchise would fade away? Of course not. Microsoft and 343 Industries have officially announced that Halo 4 will launch worldwide on Tuesday, November 6, for the Xbox 360. Set four years after the events in Halo 3, Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.
Bethesda Software announced Xbox 360 owners will soon be able to use Kinect with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Kinect can already been used to control the PC version of the game,
Here’s a look at Rockstar Games’ Max Payne 3 “Bullet Time” trailer. The trailer runs about 3-minutes long and shows plenty of footage of the former NYC detective Max Payne who finds himself battling gangs in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Max Payne 3 is set to release for PS3 and Xbox 360 on May 15, 2012.
Capcom has released a new trailer for Devil May Cry (dubbed DmC). In the trailer, there’s plenty of Dante footage revealed…in fact plenty of Dante…as he’s nude for half the trailer. The new footage looks great though and no …
The arrival of HBO GO on the Xbox 360 was mostly met with cheers, although Comcast customers were upset when the initial HBO GO launch on the 360 didn’t support their cable providers. Now (after the official launch on Monday), Xfinity subscribers can enjoy the service as well. But what took so long and why are Time Warner subscribers still left in the cold?
If you’re one of the many who seemed to think the Netflix user interface on the Xbox 360 got worse when the fall dashboard update arrived last year, don’t get your hopes up with today’s headline–the things you didn’t like then haven’t been fixed now. Today’s update includes improved video contrast and black levels, the ability to skip forward and backward during playback, and a zoom feature to fill the screen if you’re watching on a (gasp) 4:3 TV. Signing on with multiple consoles is also going to be easier by using your cloud profile. Get all the details from Xbox Live’s Major Nelson here. But many of the issues people complained about have not been addressed.