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Halo Infinite's Creative Director Leaves 343 Industries

This week sees a leadership shake-up for Microsoft's big launch title.

Minecraft's Super Duper Graphics Update is Ending Development

Mojang will explore other ways of making Minecraft more super.

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Halo Infinite's Creative Director Leaves 343 Industries

This week sees a leadership shake-up for Microsoft's big launch title.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says Project Scarlett is Making Frame Rate a Priority

The next Xbox wants smooth gameplay.

Minecraft's Super Duper Graphics Update is Ending Development

Mojang will explore other ways of making Minecraft more super.

"There is a Benefit for Lying [About Loot Boxes]"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The industry, academics, and watchdogs weigh in on the loot box debate for the FTC in a week full of big issues.

Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony and Other Game Companies Unite Around the Issue of Loot Box Odds

Several publishers are set to disclose odds by 2020 at the latest.

Halo TV Series Gets Its Cortana and Sets a Release Window

We may yet see Halo on premium cable.

Halo Master Chief Collection Will Let You Save Your Old Custom Maps From Days Long Gone

Save those classic modes for your next game night.

Hidden QR Code In Halo Infinite E3 Trailer Finally Found By Fan

It leads to an audio file from a very familiar voice.

Microsoft CEO Says Cloud Gaming Partnership Is "All Driven By Sony"

The partnership to push cloud gaming forward was pushed by Sony, it seems.

Gears 5 Will Support Mouse and Keyboard on Xbox, If That's Your Jam

This evens things out for crossplay.

All the Gears 5 Release Date and Beta Info We Know

Here's our guide to the Gears 5 release date, upcoming beta, new multiplayer modes, and more.

The Wii U And 3DS Both Have The Same Number Of Upcoming Games... One

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Nintendo sticks to its traditions of focusing on families and pretending its older hardware is still viable.

Sorry, No Smoking Allowed in Gears 5

Marcus will have to put the cigar out.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Teaser Posted By Xbox Germany Was An "Internal Mistake"

This odd slip-up makes us curious about a potential new platform.

"G2A Do Not Care About the People Who Make Games"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | It's all about indies this week as small developers have it out with G2A, discuss marketing strategies, fumble through PR gaffs, and move to the Epic Games Store.

The Best Games of 2019 After Six Months

Our ongoing list of what we believe are the best video games of 2019.

Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course Bumped Back To 2020 Alongside New Trailer

You'll need to wait to savor the final sip.

Alan Wake On PlayStation Could Happen, As Rights Revert Back To Remedy

The developer teased the multiplatform potential, though they're focused on another game for now.

The Developers Who Never Gave Up

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Stories of ongoing or aspiring success from studios big and small that had rough starts on games such as Fallout 76, No Man's Sky, and Anthem.

Here's What Banjo and Kazooie Look Like in The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker

Rare's iconic animal duo weren't originally native fauna on Outset Island, but a mod is changing that.

Rare's Logo is Based on a Roll of Golden Toilet Paper

Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after playing a Rare game.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Says He's Giving Teams The Time They Need To Build Their Games

It's about getting things right, rather than getting things out.

Gears 5 is Ditching the Season Pass For A Battle Pass

Take a Tour of Duty.

Xbox Beats Out PlayStation and Nintendo for Spot on 100 Most Valuable Brands List

Both Sony and Nintendo failed to make the list.

PlatinumGames Studio Head Says It's "Hard To Get Excited" About Next-Gen

He's looking to places like cloud platforms for innovation.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer: "The Business is Not How Many Consoles You Sell"

Spencer says you shouldn't worry about the hardware side of things.

Spiritfarer is a Calming Management Sim About The Afterlife

Like Animal Crossing, but about helping the deceased find peace before moving on.

Minecraft: Story Mode Episodes Re-Listed At $100 Apiece On Xbox Store To Deter New Purchases

A high price to pay to play Story Mode before it disappears.

"If We Are Going to Do [E3] as an Industry, Then We Need to Be Into It"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The theme of this year's E3 2019? Subscriptions and streaming, with every major company either participating or at least weighing in on the coming wave of services.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Says E3 Just Isn't the Same Without Sony

Without the friendly rivalry, E3 suffered a little bit.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Will "End Up on All Platforms," Phil Spencer Confirms

The popular MMORPG will eventually come to PlayStation and maybe even the Switch.

Xbox Scarlett Price, Release Date, and Spec Speculation - Xbox Project Scarlett Revealed

All the latest industry gossip about the next Xbox, which is officially called Project Scarlett.

Gears Tactics Still In Development, Gears of War Producer Confirms

The missing Gears game is still okay.

The Actual Winners and Losers of E3 2019

Tired: Ray-tracing, 8K graphics, and bombshell announcements. Wired: Pitbulls, pee scandals, and grannies who kill.

Will PS5 and Scarlett be the Last Console Generation? Execs Disagree

Phil Spencer's view on the future of consoles differ from Ubisoft's top executive.

Halo Infinite's E3 2019 Trailer Was All Running in 343's Newest Game Engine

It's actually the opening cinematic to the Halo Infinite campaign.

Microsoft Talks About Desire to Buy Japanese Studio, What Needs to Happen With Game Pass Exclusives

Phil Spencer and Matt Booty are still keeping things about Xbox's future a secret.

Microsoft Open to Possibility of Services Like Xbox Game Pass on Switch as It Seeks to Blur the Lines Between Devices

"If any game developer or platform holder wants to come talk about cross-play, I'll be the first one in that meeting," says Microsoft's Mike Ybarra

Bleeding Edge Didn't Leave a Good First Impression

Bleeding Edge is so forgettable, I almost didn't write this up.

Minecraft Dungeons is Diablo for People Who Are Intimidated by Diablo

We got a chance to see Mojang's first standalone game in a long while in action.

New Xbox One Backward Compatible Releases Ending After Final Wave That Includes Asura's Wrath

The spirit of retro gaming will live on with Project Scarlett though.

Project Scarlett Will be Backward Compatible for Games and Accessories, All the Way Back to the Original Xbox

To what extend this backward compatibility goes is still up in the air.

Microsoft Says It's "Continuing to Investigate" a Solution for xCloud and Data Caps

Data caps remain the elephant in the room of our streaming future.

Halo 5 Looks Stunning Streaming at 60fps on Project xCloud, Gears 4 Less So

We see what its like to play Halo 5 on a smartphone with Microsoft's new streaming tech.

Halo Infinite Needs to Be Project Scarlett's Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Switch proves systems don't sell on specs. They sell on games.

Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference Recap: The Next-Generation Xbox is Revealed (Sort Of), But Keanu Reeves Steals the Show

Cyberpunk 2077 and Gears 5 get release dates, Project Scarlett gets details, and Keanu Reeves drops in instead of Shigeru Miyamoto.

Project Scarlett, Xbox's Next-Gen Console Will Support 8K Resolution, 120fps, and Launch With Halo in 2020

The next-gen Xbox will be the most powerful Microsoft console yet.

Tales of Arise Gets First Gameplay Footage in Stunning New Trailer

Tales of Arise, after leaking earlier, gets its first trailer.

Ninja Theory's Next Game, Bleeding Edge, Hitting Technical Alpha Later This Month

Bleeding Edge was officially revealed at the Xbox E3 press conference.

The Outer Worlds is Coming to Xbox Game Pass at Launch in October

Obsidian's newest RPG is getting the first-party Xbox treatment.

Xbox E3 2019 Live Stream - Watch it Here

See all the big Xbox news from E3 as it happens, live.

French Site Claims Miyamoto to Appear at Xbox E3 Press Conference as Microsoft Promotes Nintendo Event

Mario and Master Chief living together, mass hysteria!

All of Our E3 2019 Coverage: News, Rumors, and Hands-on for the Show's Biggest Games

Here's how to easily find all of our E3 2019 coverage so far.

Elden Ring is FromSoftware's Collaboration With Game of Thrones' George R.R. Martin Based on New Leak

A new project by Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki and author George R.R. Martin.

Tales of Arise Potentially Leaks, Reveal Set for Xbox E3 2019 Press Conference [Update: We Have a Logo]

A new Tales RPG seems to have been revealed a little too early.

Storylines to Watch Heading Into E3 2019, From Streaming to Next-Gen Consoles

E3 is next week and we want answers to the most pressing video game questions of 2019.

"Crunch Cannot Be an Option:" Playground Games Talks About How It Manages With Its Live-Service Forza

Forza Horizon 4 changes seasons every four weeks, but its developers luckily don't crunch to meet that.

Bleeding Edge, Ninja Theory's Next Game, Appears to Have Leaked Ahead of E3 2019

Ninja Theory's first game since getting acquired by Microsoft.

Sony CEO: There is "No Scenario Where PlayStation and Xbox Platforms Combine"

Sony and Microsoft are working together on streaming, but don't expect an XStation anytime soon.

E3 2019 Check-In: Looking Back on the State of the Announcements From E3 2018

Where are they now, E3 2018 edition.

Apple TV Support For Xbox One and DualShock 4 Controllers is Coming

A more familiar gaming experience is on its way.

Xbox Will Have 14 First-Party Games at E3 2019. Here's What We Think Some of Them Will Be

We know some of the games already in development.

"The Move to Streaming Is Upon Us"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Sony is convinced on-demand gaming is imminent in part because roughly 5% of PS4 owners used Remote Play at least once in the past year.

It Seems Like Xbox Game Pass on PC's Game Library Will Be Different From Xbox One's

PC gamers have "different needs," according to Microsoft.

Xbox Live Gold's Free Games for June Are a Little Lacking

Have you heard about Game Pass?

E3 2019 Rumor Roundup

The down-low on all the rumors being discussed in quiet whispers in the lead up to E3 2019.

Xbox Game Pass is Coming to PC With Games From Bethesda, Devolver Digital, Paradox, and More

Microsoft's video game subscription service is coming to PC.

First-Party Xbox Games Like Gears 5 are Coming to Steam

Microsoft is bringing more first-party games to PC via Steam.

"Today's Digital Entertainment Ecosystem Is an Online Gauntlet for Children"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A Republican senator's loot box and pay-to-win legislation has the support of Democrats and the industry shows itself in various states of preparation for the coming fight.

Developers Like Capcom and Paradox Could Already Be Testing Their Games on Microsoft's xCloud Streaming Service

xCloud has been deployed to Azure servers near key game developers.

Another Overcooked Disciple Emerges: Supermarket Shriek's Couch Co-Op Glee

We went hands-on with what is sure to be another couch co-op hit.

Metal Gear Survive, Outer Wilds, and More Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass

But most importantly, SUPER. HOT. SUPER. HOT.

April 2019 Sales Rankings: Mortal Kombat 11 Tops April NPD Charts on All Platforms Including Switch

NetherRealms' latest fighter hits an impressive milestone.

How to Gameshare on Xbox One - Share Xbox Games and Xbox Live Gold With a Friend

If you and a friend both own an Xbox One, you can use each other's digital games at the same time. This is the complete guide to game sharing on Xbox One x and Xbox One X, and how to share Xbox Live Gold.

Starting Screen | Why 2019 Has Thus Far Been an Underwhelming Year for Games

After being spoiled for two solid years, we've hit a major lull. Will it get better in the second half?

Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC Public Test Delayed Until After E3

Master Chief is a little pre-occupied right now.

"Right Now We Don't Have Any One Group Taking an Unbiased View on Loot Crates"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | For an industry that swears it doesn't have a problem with exploitative monetization, gaming sure talks a lot about exploitative monetization

Minecraft Earth Will Have Monetization to "Customize and Enhance the Player Experience," but No Loot Boxes

The developers are trying to avoid "pain points" for incoming builders.

Sony and Microsoft Set Aside Differences to Tackle Next-Gen Gaming's New Frontier: Cloud Streaming

This could mean big things for both PlayStation and Xbox game streaming.

Slack Off Work Playing Classic Minecraft Straight From Your Browser

2009 was a much simpler time for Minecraft.

The 25 Best Xbox One Games

Our always rotating list of the best games on Microsoft's console, and its premium partner the Xbox One X.

A "Minecraft Go" Might Be in the Cards

"You caught CREEPER! Now let it go. Fast."

Xbox Teases Some Kind of Game of Thrones News Reveal

Winter is coming to Xbox.

"Basically, You're Just a Cog in the Machine to Turn out the Product They Want"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | NetherRealm Studios, Spanish publisher Sindiecate, Riot Games, and Grinding Gear reveal work cultures both horrifying and healthy.

Wolfenstein 2, Wargroove, and More are Coming to Xbox Game Pass in May

A bunch of great titles are coming to Game Pass in May.

What's Your Favorite Video Game Vehicle?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | Days Gone has drifted onto PS4 with its motorcycle steed, so let's talk about some other vehicles we love from games.

E3 2019 Press Conference Schedule Adds Square Enix, UploadVR, and More

Square Enix takes Sony's old E3 presser time slot.

What's the Most Painful Game Save You've Ever Lost? Players Share Their Stories

A cartridge's save battery is finite. Just like a parent's love.

"The Fact That We're Still So Afraid of a Topic Like Weed Instead of Murder Simulators [...], It's Shocking"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Console news abound, games are banned and restricted, and big companies continue to get even bigger.

Halo TV Series Casts Its Master Chief

An 'American Gods' and 'Orange is the New Black' star will be Master Chief for Showtime.

Gears of War Esports League Will Reveal Gears 5 Multiplayer This Summer

Here's when we'll get a look at Gears of War 5's multiplayer.

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