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  • Bonnie Ross Leaves 343 Industries After 15 Years

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    Bonnie Ross Leaves 343 Industries After 15 Years

    Ross will be replaced by Pierre Hintze as the new studio lead.

    Bonnie Ross announced her retirement today, citing "a family medical issue" as the main reason for her departure. Ross has been the lead at 343 Industries and the Halo franchise for the past 15 years, having worked at Microsoft and Xbox for 28 years.

    In her Twitter post, Ross says she originally intended to leave following the Winter update's release for Halo Infinite. She also says that she is "incredibly...
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  • Overwatch, Diablo, and Call of Duty Coming to Game Pass

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    Overwatch, Diablo, and Call of Duty Coming to Game Pass

    Cross-platform play also confirmed for these Activision Blizzard titles.

    Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, took not to the Xbox Wire page but rather to the official Microsoft Blog to talk about some of the changes and concerns over Microsoft's potential acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In the blog, Spencer tries to put to bed fears that long-standing multi-platform titles like Call of Duty would suddenly become Xbox exclusive.

    In the blog post, Spencer also says that franchises...
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  • Xbox Returns to Gamescom with 6-Hour Livestream

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    Xbox Returns to Gamescom with 6-Hour Livestream

    Xbox is back at Gamescom with some new games and returning favorites.

    Microsoft revealed their big Gamescom lineup and schedule today, which seemingly includes a six-hour long livestream. The "Xbox Booth @ gamescom Live Stream" will take place on Thursday, August 25 from 5AM - 11AM (PT).

    This stream will include various developer interviews and some gameplay footage. Xbox has not indicated that there will be any new announcements made during this stream, so keep...
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  • Xbox Kicks Off Pride Month with a Colorful Controller Design

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    Xbox Kicks Off Pride Month with a Colorful Controller Design

    The new controller includes 34 different LGBTQIA+ flags.

    The month of June is Pride Month and Xbox is embracing that fact by offering up a new controller for the LGBTQIA+ community. Before getting to the controller, the Xbox team at Microsoft shared some important words that are well worth repeating here. ...
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  • Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase Announced for June 12

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    Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase Announced for June 12

    Get ready to feast on new game reveals!

    Microsoft announces that the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase will stream on Sunday, June 12 at 10AM (PT).

    This show, like the shows in the previous years, will include titles from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda, and "partners around the world." The games shown off during the event will be coming "soon" to the Xbox ecosystem, including Game Pass releases on Xbox and PC.

    There will be a number of places...
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  • Xbox Series Consoles Outsold Nintendo and Sony in Q1 2022

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    Xbox Series Consoles Outsold Nintendo and Sony in Q1 2022

    Xbox is having a pretty great year so far.

    The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S are the best-selling hardware for the first quarter of 2022 thus far, at least in terms of dollars made. This news comes to us from the latest NPD Group analysis that combined sales of the Series X and S not only topped the charts for March but for the entirety of Q1.

    This is probably a bit surprising to hear given how well the PlayStation 5 started out 2022. Sony's latest was the best-selling...
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  • Epic and Xbox Raise $144 Million for Ukrainian Relief Efforts

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    Epic and Xbox Raise $144 Million for Ukrainian Relief Efforts

    The pair have raised a monumental amount of money to help the relief efforts in Ukraine.

    On March 20, 2022, Epic Games announced that both they and Microsoft were teaming up to donate Fortnite proceeds to helping the humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine. Epic Games committed to donating all Fortnite proceeds while Xbox was committing their net proceeds during this time.

    The charity drive ran from the 20th through to April 3, 2022. The final tally of money raised was...
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  • Xbox Announced Two Weird, Furry Sonic the Hedgehog Controllers

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    Xbox Announced Two Weird, Furry Sonic the Hedgehog Controllers

    Just imagine playing a game with these gripped firmly between your sweaty palms.

    Microsoft just revealed a couple of custom Xbox controllers that will give a new meaning to the term "hairy palms." Xbox and Paramount Pictures have teamed up to create a couple of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 inspired controllers that are made to remind you of Sonic and Knuckles. These were made to be included as part of a new sweepstakes where you could win a custom Xbox Series S console and these...
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  • Epic Games and Xbox to Donate Two Weeks Worth of Fortnite Proceeds to Supporting Ukraine

    The two have already raised over $36 million (USD) in the first day.

    Just this past Sunday, Epic Games announced that they are donating all proceeds from Fortnite to helping the people in Ukraine that have been suffering at the hands of the Russian invasion. This program will run for a period of two weeks, starting from yesterday, March 20 and through to April 3, 2022.

    If you would like to help out, feel free to make new purchases of V-Buck packs, Fortnite Crew, Battle...
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  • Phil Spencer Set to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at DICE Awards

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    Phil Spencer Set to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at DICE Awards

    Spencer will receive recognition for his work at Microsoft and Xbox.

    Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming and the head of Xbox, will receive the AIAS Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Annual DICE Awards. This announcement came a short time ago today from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.

    This annual awards show will take place on February 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada. None other than Bethesda's Todd Howard will present Spencer with the 2022 Lifetime Achievement...
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  • Rainbow Six Extraction Announced as Day One Game Pass Release

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    Rainbow Six Extraction Announced as Day One Game Pass Release

    Ubisoft+ is also coming to Xbox in the future.

    We already got a glimpse at the games that were being added to Game Pass for the month of January, but apparently that wasn't everything. Ubisoft announced that they are also going to offer Game Pass subscribers Rainbow Six Extraction on January 20. This is the same day that it will be out on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC.

    Rainbow Six Extraction is a PvE FPS that pits three players against an alien...
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  • Titanfall Pulled from Digital Storefronts

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    Titanfall Pulled from Digital Storefronts

    You will no longer be able to purchase the original Titanfall.

    Respawn Entertainment announced that they are pulling the original Titanfall from being sold in stores starting today. Titanfall will also be pulled from any subscription services on March 1, 2022.

    Titanfall was first released on March 11, 2014 for the Xbox One and PC. The game was a multiplayer only FPS title that combined futuristic ground warfare with Pilots that could call in pilotable mechs called Titans....
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  • Xbox Anniversary Musuem is All About You

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    Xbox Anniversary Musuem is All About You

    A part of Xbox's 20th anniversary celebration is a museum made just for you.

    Microsoft continues their 20th anniversary celebration for Xbox beyond last week's anniversary stream. The company launched a special 20th anniversary section on the Xbox website. There are sections there where you can explore the OG Xbox, Xbox 360, Halo, Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X|S. However, one of the more personalized sections is a virtual museum that is all about you.

    All you need to...
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  • Forza Horizon 5 Sets Xbox Launch Record

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    Forza Horizon 5 Sets Xbox Launch Record

    The latest open world racing game sets records for Microsoft and Xbox Game Pass.

    Forza Horizon 5 came out on November 8th to a ton of praise from critics and players alike. It's a fantastic game and it's proving to be a very popular one at that. It should come as no surprise then to hear that Forza Horizon 5 is the biggest launch in Xbox history. So far, over 10 million players have logged in to the game to race around the vast areas of Mexico.

    The game has seen a substantial...
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  • Phil Spencer is Evaluating Relationship with Activision

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    Phil Spencer is Evaluating Relationship with Activision

    Xbox stands alongside PlayStation in condemning Activision's response to sexual harassment allegations.

    Microsoft's head of Xbox Phil Spencer says that he is "evaluating all aspects of our relationship with Activision Blizzard and making ongoing proactive adjustments." This comes by way of an internal email sent to staff that was shared with Bloomberg.

    Spencer's email comes just a short time after this week's eye opening revelations that say that Activision Blizzard...
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