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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jan 20, 2020 at 07:00. 19 comments

Dad Builds Custom Xbox Adaptive Controller So Daughter Can Play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Dad Builds Custom Xbox Adaptive Controller So Daughter Can Play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Xbox’s Adaptive Controller has done some amazing things as far as accessibility in video games goes, but the setup isn’t hard-wired to only work on a Microsoft console. It can, with a little work, also run on the Nintendo Switch, and in doing so bring an enormous smile to a little girl’s face.

Rory Steel built this custom pad for his daughter, who has been itching to play some Zelda along with...

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Jan 03, 2020. 14 comments

Playing Outer Wilds In Times Square Was The Best Way To Ring In The New Year

Playing Outer Wilds In Times Square Was The Best Way To Ring In The New Year
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Some people go to Times Square on New Year’s Eve to brave the cold, watch the ball drop, maybe get seen on TV or even pop the question. Not me. I went there to play Outer Wilds. I’m pretty sure I had the best time of anyone there.

I got to Times Square at 9:29 am on New Year’s...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Dec 20, 2019. 7 comments

Here's January 2020's Xbox Live Games With Gold

Here's January 2020's Xbox Live Games With Gold

We’ve got Xbox’s upcoming Games with Gold a bit early this month, which might help you plan your holiday shopping. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.

January’s Xbox Games with Gold are:

Xbox OneStyx: Shards of Darkness (January 1-31)Batman: The Telltale Series (January 16-February 15)Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)Tekken 6 (January...

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Brian Ashcraft Brian Ashcraft Dec 13, 2019. 19 comments

The Xbox Series X Has Nicknames Like "Sex" And "Butt X"

The Xbox Series X Has Nicknames Like "Sex" And "Butt X"

That didn’t take long! The next-generation Xbox was announced last night, and people online already have nicknames for it.

In the English-speaking world, it’s either being called “Xbox Sex” or simply “Sex,” a shortening of “Series X.”

In Japan, it’s also being called “Xbox Sex” as well as another nickname, Shiri X (尻X) or “Butt X.”

The Xbox has long had naming issues in Japan. The letter...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 13, 2019. 6 comments

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Announced For Xbox Series X

Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Announced For Xbox Series X

Following the official reveal of the Xbox Series X at the 2019 Video Game Awards, Microsoft showed off a trailer for Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, the follow-up to Ninja Theory’s Senua’s Sacrifice.

All the footage seen in the trailer below is captured from a build created to make the most of the new Xbox hardware, due out next holiday season. I couldn’t tell you what the hell is going on, but...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 13, 2019. 17 comments

The Next-Gen Xbox Is Called Xbox Series X

The Next-Gen Xbox Is Called Xbox Series X

It’s out in the 2020 holiday season.

Here’s the debut trailer:

I...really like that box. And the fact the controller looks identical, because really, Xbox controllers have been pretty much perfect since the 360.

Some extra info, courtesy of this official Microsoft announcement:

Yes, the box can sit both vertically and horizontallyThe controller is technically new. Microsoft say “Its...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 10, 2019. 21 comments

PlayStation's Baseball Studio Is Releasing Games On Rival Systems

PlayStation's Baseball Studio Is Releasing Games On Rival Systems

MLB The Show, a long-running exclusive to PlayStation systems that is developed by a Sony studio, will now be appearing on other consoles as part of the series’ new licensing deal with Major League Baseball.

The deal means that while the series will continue to appear on Sony systems, it will also be released on “additional console platforms...as early as 2021.”

While no specific mention is...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 06, 2019. 22 comments

Halo: Reach, As Told By Steam Reviews

Halo: Reach, As Told By Steam Reviews
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Halo: Reach, Bungie’s final entry in its second (of three, so far) series about armored space knights, is finally on PC. People are clearly excited, so much so that they managed to propel it to the third most-played slot on Steam earlier this week. But do they actually like the port?...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Dec 05, 2019. 21 comments

Sources: Microsoft Is Still Planning A Cheaper, Disc-Less Next-Gen Xbox

Sources: Microsoft Is Still Planning A Cheaper, Disc-Less Next-Gen Xbox

In June, Microsoft announced Project Scarlett, a new iteration of the Xbox that the company said would “set a new bar for console power, speed and performance.” What Microsoft didn’t say is that it is also working on a lower-cost, disc-less version of Scarlett, code-named Lockhart, according to four people briefed on the company’s plans.

If those names sound familiar, that’s because they’ve...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Dec 04, 2019. 17 comments

The State Of Xbox One In 2019

The State Of Xbox One In 2019
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Nearing the end of its life, the Xbox One feels less like a box for spinning video game discs and more like a platform for selling digital subscriptions. The pitch of a mostly-digital future that blew up in Microsoft’s face the year the Xbox One launched...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Dec 02, 2019. 15 comments

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Thanksgiving Commercial Spoils The Damn Ending

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Thanksgiving Commercial Spoils The Damn Ending

Imagine: you’re sitting with your family on Thanksgiving Day, watching football or the parade or a Hallmark movie marathon, when suddenly you see a commercial for the new Star Wars game. “Cool,” you might think, for roughly twenty seconds, until it spoils the ending and one of the game’s coolest surprises.

That’s what it was like to be Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo last Thursday, who...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Nov 27, 2019. 8 comments

Here's December 2019's Xbox Live Games With Gold Lineup

Here's December 2019's Xbox Live Games With Gold Lineup

December’s Xbox Live Games with Gold are a good mix, especially if you like movie tie-ins. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.

December’s Games with Gold are:

Xbox OneInsane Robots (December 1-31)Jurassic World Evolution (December 16-January 15)Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)Toy Story 3 (December 1-15)Castlevania: Lord of Shadow—Mirror...

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Zack Zwiezen Zack Zwiezen Nov 17, 2019. 17 comments

15 Years Later, November 2004 Might Still Be One Of The Best Months In Video Game History

15 Years Later, November 2004 Might Still Be One Of The Best Months In Video Game History
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Today is the 15th anniversary of the release of Half-Life 2. A big game for sure, but it was just one of many huge and popular games that were all released in November 2004. Those weeks in late 2004 saw the release of World Of...

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Nov 16, 2019. 6 comments

Q&A: Xbox's Aaron Greenberg Says He Isn't Really Worried About PS5

Q&A: Xbox's Aaron Greenberg Says He Isn't Really Worried About PS5

X019, the annual Xbox fan festival, is currently running in London at the Copper Box Arena, where I caught up with Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg. He’s currently general manager of games marketing at Xbox, after holding multiple roles over the years. Greenberg has been around since the earliest days of Xbox, “back when there were only about 20 people working on the console.” We spoke about X019...

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Chris Kohler Chris Kohler Nov 15, 2019. 8 comments

Everything Announced For Xbox One And PC At X019

Everything Announced For Xbox One And PC At X019

New game announcements from Obsidian, Rare, and Dontnod highlighted Microsoft’s Inside Xbox presentation at X019, the company’s annual fan festival taking place in London this weekend. It also showed several updates and new trailers for previously announced games, as well as new content coming to Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass—including 10 Final Fantasy games.

Obsidian’s Grounded enters...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Nov 13, 2019. 13 comments

Xbox One Is Getting A Shuffle Button To Let You Go Through Your Backlog At Random

Xbox One Is Getting A Shuffle Button To Let You Go Through Your Backlog At Random

A new “Surprise Me” button will be added to the Xbox One’s game library, Microsoft announced yesterday on Twitter. Rolling out first for players in the Xbox One insider testing program, the “Surprise Me” button will allow the indecisive player to select a game randomly from their library to play.

The button doesn’t automatically launch the game, according to testers, so you still have the...

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Nov 05, 2019. 23 comments

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: The Kotaku Review

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: The Kotaku Review

Across thousands of years of existence, we as a people have come to regard war as pretty bad. Senseless violence and the loss of irreplaceable lives, usually in the service of petty men who wield the power of nations indiscriminately, is just fucking stupid. Yet it still happens, and in America, the necessity of the military is upheld even as the invaluable lives in its service are...

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Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Oct 30, 2019. 8 comments

Here's November 2019's Xbox Games With Gold

Here's November 2019's Xbox Games With Gold

November’s Xbox Live Games with Gold are an interesting mix of new and old. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.

November’s Games with Gold are:

Xbox OneSherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter (November 1-30)The Final Station (November 16-December 15)Xbox 360 (compatible with Xbox One)Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter (November 1-15)Joy Ride Turbo...

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Oct 23, 2019. 22 comments

The Best Things Xbox One Has Done This Generation

The Best Things Xbox One Has Done This Generation

This console generation, sales for the Xbox One are estimated to be around 47 million units behind sales for the PlayStation 4. That’s a huge gap that Microsoft isn’t likely to close before we learn more about the next generation of consoles next year, but it isn’t because the Xbox One failed to innovate, or come up with a series of great, pro-consumer programs. It seems like Sony has focused...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Oct 08, 2019. 8 comments

Trine 4 Is A Triumphant Return To Form

Trine 4 Is A Triumphant Return To Form

Trine and Trine 2 are a pair of gorgeous 2.5D physics-based puzzle platformers. For the third installment, Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, developer Frozenbyte tried to work full 3D gameplay into the mix, resulting in a shorter, less satisfying game. Trine 4: The Nightmare Price, out October 9 for the PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, and Xbox One, ditches the third dimension, taking the series...

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