Friday, October 31, 2014

Watch Today for Free : the Halo 2 Anniversary Documentary

Earlier this week, we shared a first look at the completely rebuilt cinematics for Halo 2: Anniversary as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Today, you’ve got the opportunity to see how 343 Industries set about giving Halo 2 the full Anniversary treatment as Remaking the Legend – Halo 2: Anniversary is ready for viewing.
Here’s how you can see it.
  • Step 1: Get an Xbox One or an Xbox 360.
  • Step 2:  Go to the Xbox Video app and search for Remaking the Legend.
  • Step 3:  Download and enjoy…for FREE!
Don’t have your Xbox handy? You can watch via Xbox Video’s web player here. Or hop on to the following times:
  • Friday, October 31 – 11am Pacific
  • Saturday, November 1 – 6pm Pacific
  • Sunday, November 2 – 6pm Pacific
After November 3rd, the documentary will live at or for repeat, on-demand viewing.
Here’s a preview while you wait. Happy viewing!

Xbox One: a cheaper processor would manufacture

The first hardware revision arrives, Xbox Slim in preparation? 
The Xbox 360 had already followed the same course every year, a new revision coming out with reduced power consumption, less heat emission and especially a lower cost to the manufacturer returns. It seems that the Xbox One, who will soon return in its second year, is preparing to welcome a cheaper to produce processor.

This is the CV of Daniel Mc Connell, Head of chips all-in-one (SoC) AMD, which tells us the news. It says in effect a new variant of the Xbox One processor, which is engraved in 20 nm (nanometers) instead of the current 28 nm on models sold. 

Finesse higher etching reduces the size of the chip and especially to save silicon, thus money on each unit produced. According to the manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) produce 20 nm will reduce energy consumption by 25% and 30% gains in execution speed (what it actually means, or if it is applicable to the Xbox One is still a mystery). Note that the manufacturer talking chips 20 nm processors in general and consoles are heavily modified. It does not have to take these figures at face value. 

In any case, the next revision of the Xbox One arrives and it will be cheaper to produce (not necessarily less expensive to buy), quieter and colder than it was before. Such changes can also prepare for the arrival of a more compact model, it would be less expensive to ship, packaging, etc. The possibilities are numerous. In the meantime, it mostly means that the console will bring more to Microsoft and this will bring a welcome flexibility to accommodate a possible price drop.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Games with Gold: the program in November

Microsoft has decided to wait until the final hours of this October to finally communicate the program the following month. What games will therefore labeled with Games Gold in two days? As is often the Xbox One, it's an entirely new game @ Xbox ID that will be honored and, throughout the month of November. This is the Viking Volgarr already released on Steam last year and was elected by many sites as the best indie game of 2013. That says a lot about its features.

  • Volgarr the Viking ($9.99 ERP): Available from Nov. 1-30 on Xbox One (note thatVolgarr the Viking is only available in select territories – gamers in Germany, Russia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil can look forward to the full version of Powerstar Golf instead!)
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise ($14.99 ERP): Available from Nov. 1-15 on Xbox 360
  • Red Faction: Guerrilla ($19.99 ERP): Available from Nov. 16-30 on Xbox 360

Sick and tired of games that are too easy? Looking for a balanced, rewarding challenge? Well, that’s what Volgarr the Viking is all about! For Xbox One gamers, this is a journey back to the days of yore, when times were tougher, and you really only needed a couple buttons to play a game. Sure, the controls are easy to learn... but the challenge comes from all angles as you take on the role of sword-swingin’, shield-blockin’, spear-throwin’, bearded Viking. Death comes from all sides, so be ready for dastardly enemies and clever traps – but there are quite a few secrets to discover that will help you along your way. Did we mention top-quality, 16-bit pixel graphics and a pulse-pounding soundtrack? Yeah, you get that too.

For the Xbox 360 crowd, Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise is on offer in November. This sequel to the wildly popular Viva Piñata places you once again at the helm of your own personal garden paradise, where your job is to create a home for your piñata companions. You’ll face challenges from the evil Professor Pester and his Ruffians, and you’ll face even more just trying to please and attract new piñatas to your garden. Trouble in Paradise gives you better controls, more tools, and more robust multiplayer support than the original game, meaning you can get all the help you need. Of course, if you’d prefer not to worry about challenges and managing needs, Trouble in Paradise also features a sandbox mode, where you can simply build your garden to your heart’s content and fill it with your favorite piñata buddies. This is a great game for the younger ones in your family to enjoy, but there’s plenty in Trouble in Paradise’s intricate economy and variable challenges for adults to have fun too. 

Finally, Xbox 360 players also get access to Red Faction: Guerilla. On Mars circa 2125, players find that the Earth Defense Force – the original good guys from the first two Red Faction titles – have become corrupt, and are exploiting the miners and the good people of Mars. Using a variety of weapons and vehicles, players must take down the oppressive regime and set up new power structures in its place. Guerrilla is different from other Red Faction titles, in that it’s open-world – players have the option to go where they want and engage in a variety of emergent missions. Buildings and other cover objects are fully destructible, so players can wreak havoc with rocket launchers and heavy weapons.Guerrilla has a strategic element, too: Cause too much destruction or let too many civilians die, and morale will drop among the populace, making the game progressively harder. It’s a big, deep, balanced third-person shooter with plenty to do.

So, feel free to say your Thanksgiving “thanks” early this year, as when November rolls around, you’ll have three new, fantastic games to choose from, all completely free. Check out the full details on our Games with Gold program, and make sure you get in on the action while you can!

How do you find the program?

[Best offer] Xbox One: the joystick € 35.99

Deals accumulate at the end of the year and we find via Amazon, a good plan for Xbox One to € 35.99 instead of € 59.99. The offer is not significant if you intend to play with friends in your living room.

[best offer] Xbox One + Kinect + Titanfall and Forza 5 to €429

In addition to the mass of packs available and Xbox One to come, a reader sent us a new deal by email, and it happens at Auchan this time. 
It happens on the website of the company offering a pack Xbox One+ Kinect + Titanfall (download code) + Forza Motorsport 5 (box) for € 429 then the one currently at € 476 on Amazon and not Forza. So this is a real good offer.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

GOOD PLAN. Reduction on an Xbox live card at Amazon

The Amazon website is a friendly France during the Paris Games Week offers with promotion on Xbox Live 50 euro card. 
You'll understand that this offer will not hold over time, since it will only take effect tomorrow, Thursday, October 30 - on the Xbox Live card € 50 in digital form. The Xbox Live card and € 50 will increase to € 41.99. A reduction of nearly 20% anyway, so my brain is not too HS.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Deals with Gold: A week of Titan on Xbox One

While Titanfall gets better with age, Microsoft also make a nice promotion on its exclusive FPS game with the Season Pass Titanfall and benefiting from a reduction to tempt players who have not yet passed the case for this only multiplayer game. 

Titanfall—50% off

Titanfall is the first next-gen shooter that combines pure adrenaline, wall-running, double-jumping action with powerful, fast-paced titan warfare.

Titanfall Season Pass—67% off

Extend the fight on the Frontier with three new content packs at one great price.