April’s Games For Gold Confirmed. Include Ryse, Walking Dead

I usually don’t post the Games With Gold until the beginning of the month but seeing as April’s games are already confirmed, I thought I’d treat everyone to a nice surprise.

The April lineup is one of the best in recent memory in my opinion. Ryse: Son of Rome will be free all month long on Xbox One. The other game on the console is The Walking Dead: Season Two, which includes all five episodes, which will go free from April 16 through May 15.

On the Xbox 360 side of things, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to get a free copy of Darksiders from April 1-15 while Assassin’s Creed: Revelations will be free during the second half of the month, from April 16-30.

You can still pick up some of the March games. Heavy Weapon is free on Xbox 360, while Xbox One owners can download the multiplayer shooter Evolve and the horror game Layers of Fear.

Xbox One Gets Huge And New Features

Microsoft revealed some of the huge new features coming to Xbox One.

Xbox One Insider members will soon have access to the new features launching as part of the next update. This includes a new Arena tournament mode, which was created by ESL and is powered by Xbox Live. The new update also gives users the freedom to use custom profile pictures, as well as the ability to pin posts, hide posts and filter them. Your profile will also display your tournament history, as well as any future tournaments you’re planning to participate in.

Other useful Xbox One firmware update features include…

  • In ‘My Games and Apps,’ we’re adding the ability to filter your game library by platform – Xbox One and Xbox 360.
  • Captive Portal support for wireless internet is coming to Xbox One, which allows for Wi-Fi authentication through a browser. Great for colleges, hotels, or public Wi-Fi locations.
  • In the Settings, we’re adding the ability to select Kinect auto-zoom for Beam and Twitch broadcasts, as well as for the Skype app.
  • On the Xbox app for Windows 10, we’re adding the option to select the audio input and output sources for Party chat.

The news comes ahead of the Games with Gold April 2017 reveal, which could take place later this week. March was a bumper month for the Games with Gold scheme, featuring the likes of Layers of Fear and Evolve Ultimate Edition. And while Layers of Fear will be removed from the roster of free titles by the end of the month, Evolve will remain downloadable until April 15.

Free Is Always Better. March’s Games With Gold For Xbox One And Windows 10

Here’s the full list of Games With Gold that will be available for March.

Project Cars Digital Edition

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Discover an unrivaled immersion fueled by world-class graphics and handling that allows you to truly feel the road. Create a driver, pick from a huge variety of motorsports and write your own tale in a sandbox career mode. Featuring an unprecedented track roster, a ground-breaking dynamic time of day & weather system as well as deep tuning & pit stop functionality, Project CARS leaves the competition behind in the dust.

Layers Of Fear

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Delve deep into the mind of an insane painter and discover the secret of his madness, as you walk through a vast and constantly changing Victorian-era mansion. Uncover the visions, fears and horrors that entwine the painter and finish the masterpiece he has strived so long to create.

Borderlands 2

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A new era of shoot and loot is about to begin. Play as one of four new vault hunters facing off against a massive new world of creatures, psychos and the evil mastermind, Handsome Jack. Make new friends, arm them with a bazillion weapons and fight alongside them in 4 player co-op or split-screen on a relentless quest for revenge and redemption across the undiscovered and unpredictable living planet.

Evolve Ultimate Edition

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Winner Of The Prestigious “Game Of Show” Award At Both E3 2014 & Gamescom 2014, Join The Hunt With The Deepest And Most Diverse Selection Of Hunters And Monsters To Choose From In The Most Complete 4V1 Hunting Experience Yet.With 20 Hunters, 5 Monsters, 16+ Maps, And 5 Game Modes To Play, No Two Hunts Will Ever Be The Same. It’S Survival Of The Fittest And Any Side Can Win. Choose Your Side.Includes: Evolve Main Game, The Monster Expansion Pack, Hunting Season 1, And Hunting Season 2. 4V1: Team up with 3 friends to hunt a powerful evolving beast or go it alone as the Monster.

Heavy Weapon

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Sure, you can defend our way of life for free. For a while. But if you’re serious about liberty and committed to dealing out gigajoules of destructive power, there’s only one way to go.

 

More Info For The Xbox Game Pass

Earlier today, Xbox gave a few more details to the Game Pass they announced yesterday morning.

Xbox Game Pass will only have a month-by-month subscription option available, priced at $10. The similar EA Access program is offered for $5/month or $30/year. Additionally, Xbox Game Pass can be shared as part of Xbox One’s home-sharing policy.

A beta version of Xbox Game Pass is currently available on Xbox One for testers. The service is expected to launch for all Xbox One owners this spring, though a specific date hasn’t been announced.

There will more than 100 games in the Xbox Game Pass library with 10 confirmed titles already, including Halo 5, Fable III, and Payday 2, spread across Xbox One titles and Xbox 360 games that play on the new console through backwards compatibility.

We will keep you up to date with the latest Xbox Game Pass News.

Xbox Announces Game Pass For Spring 2017

Just when you think Microsoft is out of gas, they always have one more trick up their sleeve.

Today, Xbox unveiled that they will be releasing Game Pass this spring to the Xbox One. The Xbox Game Pass will give console owners access to over 100 Xbox One and backwards compatible games for only $9.99 a month. Think of how Netflix works but this is strictly with games and they will not be streamed, the games will be available for download.

Subscribers who pay the monthly fee will be able to choose from games like Halo 5: GuardiansPayday 2, NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II. Subscribers will also be able to purchase the games in the catalog at a discount, adding them permanently to their Xbox library. Game Pass will start rolling out today to select members of the Xbox Insider program today, with plans to launch exclusively for Xbox Live Gold subscribers before going live this spring.

This is a big deal! What do you guys think?

 

Wildlands Gets New Teaser Trailer; Beta Begins Tomorrow

Get ready, Tom Clancy fans. Something better than The Division is on the horizon. We know that’s not saying much but it’s still exciting!

Tomorrow, February 23rd, beginning 6am EST to 6am EST on February 27th, Ghost Recon Wildlands Open Beta will be live exclusively for Xbox One from and a new teaser trailer has just dropped to get gamers excited for all of the action. The Beta game can be downloaded on PC and Xbox One however players won’t be able to begin playing until tomorrow.

The trailer looks pretty for sure and it looks like an explosive experience. You can have up to four people per team and will be playing in two locations in Bolivia; Itacua and Montuyac. There will be several ways to take down the cartel from setting up a perimeter and using the sniper to take them out one by one, put your stealth tactics to good use or even send in a drone to get a good look to see what you’re going to run into.

Take a look and tell us what you think!

No Black Ops 2 Yet; Hitman And Rage Make BC Lineup

Call of Duty fans were given some news on the possibility of seeing Black Ops II added to the Xbox One‘s backwards compatibility list this week, but it wasn’t good news.

Microsoft‘s Phil Spencer put to bed any rumours that the game would be revealed this week, indicating reports were “not true.” In addition to this, a fan tweeted at Spencer and asked if Black Ops II might be added later this month, but Spencer said he can’t share that kind of information.

Black Ops II is the most-requested game for backwards compatibility on the Xbox Feedback site right now with more than 211,000 votes. There are already four Xbox 360 Call of Duty games playable on Xbox One: Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Call of Duty: World at War.

In addition to that news,  Hitman: Absolution, while id Software shooter Rage, which was already Backward Compatible, is finally available to purchase digitally on the Xbox One store. Both games join the likes of LEGO Indiana Jones, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City which were added earlier this month.