The Sprint Gives You an Inside Look at the Making of Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta
Making a brand-new Halo game isn’t a walk in the park – and over at Halo developer 343 Industries, the team’s creativity and passion is now being funneled into the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, which launches later this month for the fans who have picked up Halo: The Master Chief Collection. We’re excited to give you an unprecedented and exclusive behind-the-scenes look into the development of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, by way of our new six-part digital series, “The Sprint – Making Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta,” debuting later today (7pm ET/4pm PT) on the Halo Channel. “The Sprint” lets viewers step into the lives and meeting rooms of the team that makes Halo 5: Guardians happen. Join 343 Industries and the Halo Channel for this inside look at the creation and evolution of Halo multiplayer.
Xbox Entertainment Blitz: Pandora, Vevo, Telemundo and Bravo Among Others Launching This Week
At Xbox, we’re committed to bringing you the best experiences and as we look back on 2014, we joined forces with some of the top brands in entertainment and gaming to bring you new content on a regular basis. Twitch broadcasting, MLG and ESL Gaming came to Xbox One bringing competitive gaming to a new level. GoPro kicked action sports into high gear with the launch of its new channel on Xbox One. Our partners from MLB.TV, WWE and Team Stream from Bleacher Report brought non-stop action for sports fans. ReddX introduced a first of its kind reddit experience and Plex made Xbox One the first console where the app was available. P90X for Xbox Fitness brought heart-pounding custom routines just in time for the summer. Finally, TV and movie buffs welcomed the additions of Starz Play, MoviePlex Play, Encore Play and the highly anticipated HBO GO app that launched last month and Showtime Anytime last week. From the beginning, our vision for Xbox One has included offering gamers the ability to play the best games and seamlessly switch to the apps, movies and TV shows they love. As the year comes to a close, we’re excited to continue that vision with the addition of a new group of apps on Xbox One including Pandora, Vevo, Bravo and more. See below for more details on each new app joining the platform this week.
Catch Up on Your Favorite Award-Winning Series with Showtime Anytime, Now on Xbox One
Today, we’re launching Showtime Anytime on Xbox One. If you’re an Xbox Live member in the U.S., you can now access unlimited hours of programming, including current seasons of the highly buzzed-about series “Homeland” and “The Affair.” Subscribers can also watch the East and West Coast feeds live through the app. Showtime Anytime on Xbox One is available for free to all who subscribe to Showtime through participating television providers. You can also preview the Showtime Anytime service and watch select episodes of Showtime series for free on the console. The app is also available on Xbox 360. In addition to “Homeland” and “The Affair”, you can now watch current and past seasons of the network’s award-winning original series including “Shameless,” “Ray Donovan,” “Masters of Sex,” “Penny Dreadful,” “House of Lies,” “Californication,” “Dexter,” “Web Therapy,” “Episodes” and “Nurse Jackie” along with box office hits, hard-hitting sports, documentaries and specials. We’re bringing our full slate of special features, including resuming programs previously watched on your computers, mobile or other streaming media devices, and the “My List” feature, where you can access all of your saved programs. The app also supports voice and gesture controls using Kinect for Xbox One, so you can browse and watch your favorite Showtime programming without the use of a controller or remote. With our app on Xbox One, we’re introducing a new feature for Showtime Anytime on the television, making it easy to marathon view series or resume programs where they left off. Additionally, you can select your favorite Showtime series, movies or boxing matches and “pin” them to their Xbox One Home screen.
Xbox One Black Friday Deals: Consoles Starting at $329, Deals on Digital Games
As we approach the busiest shopping time of year, we want to ensure our fans are getting the best deals and savings on Xbox One this holiday season. Beginning on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 – 29, and Cyber Monday, online only Dec. 1, Xbox One consoles, including special edition bundles Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle and Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle, will be available* starting at $329, in the U.S. That’s $70 off the original console price. We’re also offering a number of amazing Xbox Live and digital game and video deals, including 40 percent off Forza Motorsport 5 and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition, through the Xbox Store starting today. In addition to the limited time $70 off Xbox One promotion, several national retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Microsoft Retail Stores, Target, Toys R Us and Walmart will offer special Black Friday deals.
Atari: Game Over Now Available on Xbox
Last summer, a team of excavators, archaeologists, filmmakers, and video game fans unearthed the industry’s biggest secret. And today, exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360, you can see the story of the biggest buried not-quite-treasure in gaming: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600. The new documentary “Atari: Game Over” tells the real-life tale of one of video game’s biggest urban legends: that, in 1983, Atari dumped thousands of unsold copies of the notoriously bad E.T. video game in a New Mexico landfill. Produced by Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producers Simon and Jonathan Chinn, and directed by comic book movie veteran Zak Penn, “Atari: Game Over” explores the video game industry’s first bubble and collapse, as well as the golden age of video games, through the lens of the excavation. Penn is perhaps best known for film-writing credits like “X2: X-Men United” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” action-heavy films with big budgets. And while the actual dig site scene is described as “similar to an action scene, but on a very low budget,” the making of a documentary was a different experience for the director. “A documentary is a search for the story,” Penn explained, “whereas I’m used to trying to preserve the story I’ve created.”