Gaming Bolt discusses the future additions that may be coming to the Xbox One, with clues in new job openings within Microsoft.
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.
When Microsoft sees a hot technology, it wastes no time making strides on it. Years ago, it catapulted motion gaming with the introduction of its Kinect device; and now, the HoloLens, which was introduced earlier this year, is getting its full attention.
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:
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)
Each and every month the people at Microsoft and Sony have to wrestle around and figure out which games to offer their community for free and which unique deals they will have. This helps our collections and is seen as an appreciation for using their services. This started off with Sony and was quickly imitated around the industry. If you can recall, Sony, gave members of its PS+ service free games because of the infamous Sony hack that took the service down for months and leaked many users information. At that time, PS+ was a service for members but was not a requirement to play online. Being the gamer that I am and was I had to have it! What started off as a definite money gouger turned into a data leak. In the leak was personal information for many of Sony’s loyal customers. The hack was then released to the public.
To save face and make things right, Sony, gave its members free games. They must have had great feedback and huge gains in membership, because immediately PS+ subscriptions began offering different games each month as part of a new and revamped PS+ service. With its success, it was only a matter of time before Xbox began to do the same. The difference being, Xbox 360 owners were able to keep the games even when their Gold accounts expired. What started off as an apology and a gift to show appreciation, revolutionized subscription based network services. For the first time, subscription values made sense and people were more than willing to shell out the cost of a game to receive a handful back throughout the year. What seems to be happening now is a direct result of competition. Sony and Microsoft trying to one-up each other is the greatest thing to hear as far a a gamer is concerned. I would bet these deals and offerings each month, are probably tied to the same contracts and exclusivity deals as when the titles originally release. Which brings me back to our topic. Did you know that you can add games to your Xbox One library with an active Gold account? No! Let me explain.
With the new competition for living room superiority, Sony and Microsoft, both began offering better games. Games ranged from older known indies, at the beginning, to older AAA’s and newer indies by the end of last generation. The new generation started and PS+ service was now a requirement for Sony users. This raised the bar again, leading the consoles to offer brand new indies and fairly newer AAA titles. Its funny how many people take this service for granted and think they are owed games each month. Some people go as far as threatening to cancel their sub if the quality of games offered isn’t up to their standards. That’s just stupid, they don’t need to give us anything. If you don’t like whats on offer, don’t add the game to your library. Each month, these games are used to set them apart from the competition. In order to secure those games each month, meetings are held, feedback is read, and data is crunched, and put to use. From the meetings a deal is made and the games are offered to us for free. Major Nelson, aka Larry Hyrb, recently made a little known secret available to the community. All Xbox 360 owners with a current Gold memberships can now add Xbox One games to their library, even if they don’t own the console yet. This was feature was added onto the Xbox 360 dashboard in the Games with Gold for Xbox One section. Before, this was normally reserved for those with access to a PC. Basically. if they don’t have an Xbox One they can build their library of games each month. A link to the blog can be seen here: Xbox 360 Owners: Start building your Xbox One Game Library for free – Xbox Live’s Major Nelson.
Couldn’t we already do this? Let me explain. Ever since I bought the Day 1 console (I still own 360), I would go online on the 1st and 15th to download the games offered via the Xbox store on my PC, allowing me to stay seated and not have to change the inputs or outputs on the TV. I’ve been doing this since I got the console! Not just for me but for my extended family members, as well. The fact that they extended this feature onto the Xbox 360, says a lot about Microsoft. I own all the PlayStation consoles, too, but haven’t verified if it the PSN store can do the same things. I know you can buy PS games on the PSN web site but I’m assuming you can’t buy a PS4 game on the PS3 unless its cross-buy game. It seems that Microsoft is bringing things together in preparation of DX12 and Windows 10 operating system.
The ability to add Xbox One games to my Gold account and family accounts has always been available through our PC browser and has been added as a new update to your 360. This adds a lot of benefits and value to the Xbox brand. People will have access these games as soon as they log into their new Xbox One’s with the same GT they use on the 360. Do you find this just as promising for those who havent upgraded yet? If you knew this before you bought a PS4/or any other console, would it have swayed which one you bought? This will help many of us to build some of the largest libraries we’ve ever had, and it will only continue to get better. In fact, I see this as a great value and an excellent way to increase subscriptions and retention of Xbox Live accounts.
Its Official! Major Nelson is now recommending everyone do the same, but rather than having to go to your browser or PC, do it directly from the Xbox 360. In no time your game collection could overcome your current generation collection. Unlike the 360, a Gold account is required to play the games on the Xbox One, but are still yours to keep. This is a great addition for all those Xbox 360 owners who may have missed some of the games from the 1st year, and weren’t knowledgeable about how to do this in the first place, can jump into it now, and from your Xbox 360 with ease. On the 360, the Gold games were given to us and did not require an active account because the license was transferred to the console.
Secretly, I thought I was able to do this because I had both consoles and they were my family members. Come to find out everyone can! Fortunately, I’ve been doing this for my entire family since Day 1. Did any one you guys do this as well? The idea of building their accounts, adding the Gold game offerings each month, makes their future purchase decisions that much easier because of the huge library that they had built, without even owning the Xbox One. I tip my hat for adding the feature onto the Xbox 360, it shows me and the rest of the world how to keep users happy, while achieving growth without greed. Think about that. How many of you knew you could do this? Would you have thought this feature would be kept under wraps,? How do you feel about this announcement? Does this increase your incentive to buy knowing up until you buy you can still add the games to your library? Let us know in the comments below.
I will say this! If I didn’t own an Xbox One, and knew I could do this while saving for it, I would own an Xbox One. Since I have one and have been doing this for awhile, I say, “Welcome aboard!” Jumping to the current generation has never had a better incentive, been easier and with the value proposition is unmatched. Can’t wait to see what the rest of the current generation and future generations have to come.
My Personal Experience: I have gotten my brother every Games with Gold game ever offered on the Xbox One program, but he hasn’t made the jump yet. Of course he will be in for a big surprise when he finally does though. I had no idea people hadn’t shared this a year ago. I thought many of you were already aware of this, and apologize for not saying so sooner. I want to thank Major Nelson for sharing this Day 1 feature with the Xbox community, and expanding it further by including the Xbox 360. This allows people an opportunity to enjoy more games, and have more time playing. The more we know of the Xbox and its capabilities, the more we can enjoy the services it provides to the fullest extent. Which brought up another interesting topic I hope to share with you all soon. Can we share our games, with friends and family, from across the world? What if I told you, Yes?
This has been on my mind since the Xbox One was announced. Family sharing, although they changed from their original ideas, allowed family or up to 10 friends to share and exchange games from each other, as long as you were on each others list of friends and family. They also had to be on your friends list for a minimum of 30 days, if I remember correctly. So what happened to this idea? Will they e implementing this or bringing it back?
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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!