Xbox and HoloLens games now under domain of ex-Lionhead boss (John Needham) | IGN Boards


Former Lionhead Studios boss John Needham is now in charge of internal development for several games and experiences on Microsoft’s Xbox and HoloLens platforms, a Microsoft spokesperson told Engadget today. Needham reports directly to Kudo Tsunoda, head of Microsoft Studios’ portfolio investments team and former creative director for Kinect Games. Needham took over as the head of Microsoft’s Lionhead Studios in 2013 and he’s been involved in the corporate gaming world since joining Sony Online Entertainment in 2001. As the leader of Lionhead, the studio behind Fable, Needham reported directly to former Microsoft VP Phil Harrison. Needham relocated to Microsoft’s offices in Redmond, Washington, for his new role.

via Xbox and HoloLens games now under domain of ex-Lionhead boss (John Needham) | IGN Boards.



Xbox Wire Reports 6 Games with Gold for month of April


Xbox Wire announced today the games which would be featured in their Games with Gold promotion.  Earlier this month they advised us on a surprise and told everyone to be on the look out for more games.  Which games would be chosen and how many was left to ponder.  Larry Hryb, Xbox’s Major Nelson, took to his twitter handle @MajorNelson, to announce the double feature April Surprise:

Larry Hryb on Twitter: “Xbox Live Gold members will get double the games in April under the #DealsWithGold

The games are listed below:

Xbox One – Pool Nation FX  and Child of Light

Xbox 360 –  Gears of War Judgemet and Terraria (April 1st – 15th)

Assassin’s Creed:  Black Flag and Army of Two:  The Devil’s Cartel (April 16th-30th)

Further Detail as they appeared on Xbox Wire below:

Pool Nation FX ($9.99 ERP)
Child of Light ($14.99 ERP)
Gears of War: Judgment ($19.99 ERP)
Terraria ($14.99 ERP)
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag ($29.99 ERP)
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel ($19.99 ERP)

Xbox 360 Preview Program Announced – Inital Invites Being Sent


Great news last night! Xbox users may want to check their inbox!

Larry Hyrb, aka Major Nelson has taken to his blog to announce the new Xbox 360 Preview Program.  Initial messages have been sent out, inviting members into their newest program.  You may have been selected already because of your experience with the Xbox One program.  While others may have to wait until a later date or, if its anything like the Xbox One, a friend invites you.  You will be receiving the invite through the Xbox live messaging system.  If you are selected and this is from my own experience, only join if you intend to be a proactive user and give real feedback.  Helping to make the user experiences even better across both platforms.  Microsoft and Xbox have made it a point to interact with its community regularly by getting us involved.  They are reaching-out, interacting, asking and even answering questions.  Making the Xbox consoles a very unique option.  Both consoles are continually being upgraded and that can help everyone.  In a sense, we are helping to build the Xbox Live network into what we want it to be.  With the help of some of its brightest supporters, passionate gamer’s and of course the input from us, the best of Xbox.

Last night, Xbox’s Major Nelson made a rather interesting tweet. The Xbox One Preview Program is coming to the Xbox 360. Those of you who are interested in the details can find the link here, on Major Nelson’s blog.  He specifically states that this is only and just the beginning with lots of great things to come.  This will not download or update anything as of right now.  You are simply accepting the invite and enrolling.  Here are the steps to follow after receiving the message invitation:

1) Log into Xbox Live

2) Head over to Account Management in Settings

3) Choose/check your subscriptions/memberships – EA Access (if you’re a member), your Xbox Live Gold account and the Registration for the Xbox 360 Preview Program.

4) Accept Invite and Register your account – Following onscreen directions, accept and register your GT.

5) Next, Enroll your console –  The step above accepted and registered your GT.  Now enroll your console!

6) Done! – You should see a simple message stating that they will contact us/you when the update is ready.

Again, this is simply accepting and enrolling your X360 into the new preview program.  Again, notifying when the update is made available to us, the new X360 Preview Program members.  Thanks for coming by and make sure to share, like, follow, post, and/or Subscribe.   Or you can just chill or whatever else it is that you do!

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HTC Partners with Valve – Announces HTC Re Vive VR Headset among others


Today, March 1, 2015, Chris Velazco (@chrisvelazco) for Engadget reports that HTC, will be making some pretty big news this year.  HTC announced their partnership with Valve and the creation of the HTC Vive VR headset.  It wasn’t the only device they showed off either.  Chris went on to mention that they previewed a new model HTC One M9 mobile phone and an exercise tracker the HTC Grip.  The Grip is their version of the fitness/exercise tracker.  HTC wants to expand their product line. and continue to offer high-end devices and extend them onto our heads, with full 3d room scanning.  HTC is gearing to take away some of the market share from its competitors, not only in mobile space but in areas others may have never seen coming.  By aligning itself with the big corporations, HTC hopes to stand apart.  Its interesting to find out that so many companies believe in AR/VR technology.  Are you just as intrigued as I am?  In recent years, breakthroughs in the production of microprocessors, has provided life changing innovations in the technology industry.  If you had the opportunity to change the world with a device, how would you do?  For more information, check out Engadget.  I highly recommend you read his articles on the matter and see what HTC has in store for our future., check out the links below!

Thanks again, Chris, for the report!

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Source Material provided by Chris Velazco for Engadget:

HTC Re Vive VR Headset – Engadget Announcement

HTC One M9 – Engadget Preview

HTC Grip – Engadget Annoucement