Maximize Your Next-Gen Gaming Experience with these Three Apps for Xbox One
Has there ever been a better time to be a gamer? Next Tuesday, March 11, Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment are bringing one of the most anticipated games of the year to Xbox One: “Titanfall.” With all of the exciting multiplayer action and non-stop heroic moments, we’re also pumped to debut Twitch broadcasting on Xbox One so you can share your gameplay experiences with the world. There are a couple of things you’ll want to do to make sure you and your friends are ready to bring the best of both worlds together, so be sure to check out the step-by-step video above and how-to guide we’ve prepared to make sure you don’t miss a beat.
Prepare for Titanfall: Marc Whitten Provides Details on Xbox One March Update
As a gamer, I couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming launch of “Titanfall.” I’ve played the game and it’s awesome – I can’t wait to see you online! This launch is particularly special because our team has been working to make Xbox Live on Xbox One the best place to play. We have received lots of feedback since the launch of Xbox One in November and listening closely to you. I’m excited to share that our second, and most significant, system update for Xbox One is starting to roll out today and includes improved matchmaking, party chat and friends features that will make gaming on Xbox One an experience like no other. To me that means playing games like “Titanfall” on the best multiplayer service on the planet, using a new headset or the one you already own, while live broadcasting your games on Twitch.
Watch Will Arnett and Friends Prepare for Titanfall
With less than two weeks to go until the highly anticipated arrival of "Titanfall" on Xbox One, the Xbox team has been hearing from a number of Hollywood’s biggest gamers, eager to get their hands on the game. One of the title’s biggest fans is “The Lego Movie” actor, comedian and longtime gamer, Will Arnett. Earlier this week, we teamed up with Will to bring some of his closest gaming friends to The Microsoft Lounge for an exclusive sneak peek at the game with Respawn Entertainment’s Vince Zampella and Abbie Heppe. Naturally, trash-talking and good times ensued as everyone spent the evening leaping off walls and blasting enemies in the year's most exciting multiplayer game. We even had a chance to ask some of Hollywood's biggest gamers how their life would be better with a Titan, and some of their answers might surprise you. So kick back and enjoy the video above as you prepare yourself for "Titanfall."
Xbox One Hosting Event at SXSW and on Twitch March 10; Over 6,000 Titanfall Launch Celebrations Planned Worldwide
The march is on toward the launch of "Titanfall" and the Xbox One team is incredibly excited. Heralded as “the most addictive game ever”, the “most important game in years”, and the “next generation of gaming”, soon you will be able to experience how life is better with a Titan.
To celebrate, Xbox One will be hosting a launch celebration in Austin, Texas at SXSW on March 10, with special guests from Respawn Entertainment. Xbox Corporate Vice President Yusuf Mehdi will be joined by Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella and community manager Abbie Heppe, along with fans, developers, and SXSW attendees.
New Developers Sign On to ID@Xbox
It has been an exciting couple months for ID@Xbox. We created this program to make it easy for independent developers to bring their innovative ideas to Xbox One, and the response from the community continues to be amazing! In December, we gave you a first look at developers worldwide who joined the program. Without further ado, below are some more ID@Xbox developers hard at work on their games. Remember, this list is by no mean exhaustive – more than 200 developers are already creating games using dev kits provided by ID@Xbox right now – it’s just a sample of the many independent developers who will be bringing their games to Xbox One. Honestly when I look at this list, all I can say is “wow.” It’s incredibly humbling to see so many fantastic studios there supporting Xbox One, from XBLIG and XBLA alumni like Ska Studios and Humble Hearts, to new studios like Glass Bottom Games and Heart Machine, and veterans including Robomodo, Zoë Mode and Playdead. We could not be more excited!
Introducing a Truly Next-Gen Twitch Experience on Xbox One
The best broadcasting and spectating experience on any game console is on its way when the new Twitch app launches on Xbox One on March 11. Twitch, the world’s largest video platform and community for gamers with 45 million visitors per month, and Xbox One, the only all-in-one games and entertainment system, are joining forces to bring the broadcasting and spectating experience into the new generation. Both Twitch and Xbox One are seeing blazing growth, with Twitch’s traffic skyrocketing, as the #4 peak US internet traffic destination and Xbox One off to the fastest launch in Xbox history. On the heels of the acclaimed “Titanfall” beta, which peaked at No. 1 on Twitch across all platforms with more than 65,000 concurrent views on Feb. 13, it’s time to give the world its first taste of the next-generation multiplayer action. On March 11 when “Titanfall” launches, Twitch and Xbox One come together for the first truly next-gen Twitch experience, one that can't be matched by any other console. Only with Twitch on Xbox One can you broadcast and watch your favorite games live by simply saying “Xbox, Broadcast.” Once you’re done broadcasting, you can use Twitch to watch the games you love, chat with the players you follow, or even join a broadcaster’s game. Xbox One is the only next-gen console that allows you to archive your Twitch broadcasts and view live Twitch streams regardless of their original source.
Xbox One Named a 2014 “Product of the Year” Winner
The votes are in and Xbox One has been chosen as a winner of the 2014 “Product of the Year” award in the home entertainment category! “Product of the Year” is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation and we’re excited that Xbox One was recognized as the all-in-one entertainment system that gives you instant access to TV, games, music, movies, sports and apps. Albert Penello, director of product planning at Microsoft, had a chance to speak with Parade magazine about the win and how launching a new iteration of Xbox meant rethinking the device entirely to create a multipurpose entertainment hub for the whole family.