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Microsoft have released a special edition Xbox 360 Arctic Camouflage Controller, and we got a closer look at it.

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This controller has the following features:

  • Camouflage design inspired by snow-covered environments
  • Transforming D-pad that switches from plus to disc for better control
  • Special edition wireless controller with 30-foot range

Here’s a closer look at the controller:

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What do you think of the Camouflage Controller? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

And thanks to Xbox for the controller.

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Microsoft has revealed over the weekend the contents of next month’s Xbox One update. Snap Mode for Achievements is the headline feature for July. It enables users to keep track of their Achievements without leaving a game and also receive tips about how to unlock them.

It will also bring the ability to ‘like’ Game DVR clips, as well as activity feed items in the SmartGlass second-screen application.

Xbox One users in New Zealand, Ireland and Austria will be able to select voice control using the English or German voice models from other countries when the update has landed.

The update also has implications for publishers, giving them the option to release digital bundle and disc compilations in the future.

A release date for the Xbox One July update is yet to be announced.

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Today Microsoft announced that on 11th November with “Halo: The Master Chief Collection.” Landing just in time to celebrate “Halo 2’s” 10-year anniversary, this fan-pleasing package contains “Halo: Combat Evolved,” “Halo 2,” “Halo 3,” and “Halo 4” on a single disc for $59.99.

More than a mere bundle of previously released games, however, “The Master Chief Collection” is a beast of an offering brimming with more bonuses, enhancements, and extras than you can shake an Energy Sword at. For starters, each title is optimized to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s power and will run at 60 frames-per-second. So, even the series’ most recent releases – “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” and “Halo 4” – will benefit from the jump to Xbox One, sporting much higher fidelity, better shadowing, reflection, and lighting effects, as well as an overall level of detail that trumps the previous console generation.


While “Halo: Combat Evolved,” “Halo 3,” and “Halo 4” will melt your eyeballs, “Halo 2” raises the bar even further… then chucks it, javelin-style, through the heart of your high expectations. Because the Master Chief’s second outing is celebrating a big anniversary, his handlers are giving it an extra coat of awesome. All of the cinematics have received a retina-searing makeover courtesy of Blur Studios; the crazy-talented team is also applying the movie-making magic to a brand-new prologue and epilogue that sheds some light on the Chief’s forthcoming journey in “Halo 5: Guardians.”

Those who replay “Halo 2” will also be treated to new narrative elements via story-expanding Terminals, much like those found in “Combat Evolved Anniversary.” Also like its predecessor, “Halo 2” will see the addition of game-customizing Skulls, as well as the cool ability to swap between its original visual presentation and the optimized version at the touch of a button. Finally, “Halo 2’s” massive multiplayer following can celebrate the big 10 by diving into six map remakes, built from scratch for the Xbox One.

Speaking of fragging friends online, “The Master Chief Collection” features all the multiplayer content from each of the four games, including all previously released download-only maps. While sorting through this enormous amount of solo and multiplayer content might sound like a daunting task on par with fixing a Warthog flat, 343 Industries has got your back. Thanks to what they’re calling the “Master Menu,” players won’t have to hop from menu to menu when navigating this epic offering. All campaign chapters are unlocked from the get-go, so fans can use this intuitive interface to play any mission, any time, at any skill level. Multiplayer will also benefit from the Master Menu, as a variety of user-friendly, streamlined features – such as maps being broken into gameplay types – are being implemented.

The final game will also leverage this seamless UI to offer curated playlists, such as ones that, say, allow you to play through each of the four games’ final missions consecutively, or let you experience every Warthog mission in one sitting. While the prospect of piloting the Chief’s slick ride for several hours straight is exciting, it’s but just one of the reasons this collection will have you up way past the wee hours.

On top of all the tweaks and enhancements to four of our all-time favorite games, “The Master Chief Collection” also features the debut of “Halo: Nightfall,” an all-new digital series executive produced by legendary director Ridley Scott and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Heroes”). While details on the project are protected as fiercely as UNSC secrets, we can reveal that the series – airing weekly – will tell the origin story of an all new character that is pivotal to “Halo 5: Guardians.”

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While “Nightfall” will offer a tease of what’s to come in “Halo 5: Guardians,” “The Master Chief Collection” will give fans an actual taste of what it’s like to play it with access to the “Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.” Welcoming fans this December, the “Halo 5: Guardians” Multiplayer Beta offers a taste of the new multiplayer gameplay and features coming next year with the game’s full release.

Whether you’re a new Xbox One owner wondering what the fuss is about, or a seasoned Spartan looking to revisit gaming’s signature sci-fi epic, “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” is a must-have that will keep you locked, loaded, and littering the landscape with Covenant corpses until “Halo 5: Guardians” lands next year. There’s over 100 maps, running at 1080p 60fps and 4000 Gamerscore points. 

Major Nelson posted the new PC drivers for the Xbox One controller, with promising support back at the original console launch in November of last year, the drivers are now available for x86 and x64 copies of Windows.

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The drivers include support for the Xbox One controller to be used with any game that supported the Xbox 360 controller

Quote from Major Nelson

“We know our fans have wanted PC compatibility, and we know they wanted to be able to use the Xbox One controller with the same games and applications they have been playing with using the Xbox 360 controller. We can’t wait for them to play their favorite PC games with what we consider the best controller ever made and we’re excited for fans to experience the improved D-pad, redesigned battery compartment, new comfortable design and offset analog sticks. The new PC drivers will enable the Xbox One controller to be used with any game that featured gamepad support for the Xbox 360 controller. Simply download the drivers, connect your Xbox One controller to your computer through a micro USB cable and you’ll be gaming in no time.”

Microsoft have today announced that more than 45 new entertainment app experiences are coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 globally. On top of this, for the US, the Xbox One will see a new Twitter integration with its TV and entertainment apps landing sometime before Christmas.

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Twitter will be directly integrated into Xbox One’s TV experience in the U.S. Twitter will be optimized for the biggest screen in your house in a smart, contextual way offering the ability to see Tweets related to the cable or satellite TV shows you’re watching as they’re happening.

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Additionally, the Twitter experience on Xbox One will be integrated into the TV listings section of OneGuide where you will be able to see the shows that people are tweeting about in real-time. These shows will also be highlighted in a new “trending” section within OneGuide so you know what’s popular right then and there.

A commercial break turns into a quick and easy opportunity to see what other viewers are tweeting about without pulling out your phone, swiping at a tablet, or taking your attention away from your TV.

Jana Messerschmidt, VP Business Development and Platform at Twitter, explains:

“People turn to Twitter every day to enjoy and engage in the real-time conversations about their favorite TV shows. We’re enhancing that experience on the Xbox One with a unique Watch with Twitter integration. It will now be easier to discover what shows are trending in real-time on Twitter, tune-in and follow the conversation right from within the Xbox One interface. We are excited to work with the Xbox One team and continue to deliver unique entertainment experiences.”

For a full list of the apps coming to Xbox 360 and Xbox One,* see below. And tune in next Monday, June 9 for the Xbox E3 Briefing where Microsoft will show everything from in-depth looks at highly anticipated games to blazing hot trailers of brand new titles launching this year and beyond.

New app experiences coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 include:

  • Antena 3. Xbox One: ES
  • ChiliTV. Xbox One: IT
  • Comedy Central. Xbox One: US
  • Crunchyroll. Xbox One: AU, AT, BR, CA, DE, ES, FR, IE, IT, MX, NZ, UK, US
  • ENCORE Play. Xbox One: US
  • EPIX. Xbox One: US
  • Filmbox Live. Xbox 360: AR, AU, AT, BE, BR, CA, CL, CO, CZ, DK, FI, FR, DE, GR, HK, HU, IN, IE, IL, IT, JP, MX, NL, NZ, NO, PL, PT, RU, SA, SG, SK, ZA, KR, ES, SE, CH, TW, TR, AE, UK, US
  • Fox Play. Xbox One: MX, BR. Xbox 360: MX, BR, AR, CO, CH
  • Frightflix. Xbox One: US
  • FXNOW. Xbox 360: US
  • Gol TV. Xbox One: ES
  • GoPro. Xbox One: US, CA, MX, UK, FR, DE, IT, ES, AU, BR, AT, NZ, IR
  • HBO GO. Xbox One: US: Xbox 360: MX, BR, AR, CO, CH
  • iHeartRadio. Xbox One: US
  • Infinity. Xbox One: IT
  • IVI. Xbox 360: RU
  • KDrama. Xbox One: AU, AT, BR, CA, DE, ES, FR, IE, IT, MX, NZ, UK, US. Xbox 360: AR, AU, AT, BE, BR, CA, CL, CO, CZ, DK, FI, FR, DE, GR, HK, HU, IN, IE, IL, IT, MX, NL, NZ, NO, PL, PT, RU, SA, SG, SK, ZA, ES, SE, CH, TW, TR, AE, UK, US
  • maxdome. Xbox One: AT, DE
  • MLG. Xbox One: US, UK, CA, AU
  • MOVIEPLEX Play. Xbox One: US
  • MTV. Xbox One: US
  • NBA. Xbox One: AT, AU, BR, CA, FR, DE, IE, IT, MX, ES, NZ, UK, US
  • NHL. Xbox One: US, CA, MX, UK, FR, DE, IT, ES, AU, BR, AT, NZ, IR. Xbox 360: US, CA, MX, UK, FR, DE, IT, ES, JP, AU, BR, NL, SE, RU, TW, PL, IN, HK, TR, BE, AT, NZ, SA, AR, NO, CH, SG, ZA, IR, DK, CO, CL, FI, CZ, HU, IL, GR, PT, SK
  • Now TV. Xbox One: UK
  • Picturebox. Xbox 360: UK
  • Popcornflix. Xbox One: US
  • ShowTime Anytime. Xbox 360: US
  • Sky News. Xbox One: UK, IE, US, CA. Xbox 360: UK, IE, US, CA
  • Sky Online. Xbox One: IT
  • STARZ Play. Xbox One: US
  • STV. Xbox 360: UK
  • Syfy Now. Xbox One: US
  • Target Ticket. Xbox One: US
  • TuneIn. Xbox One: US, CA, MX, UK, FR, DE, IT, ES, AU, BR, AT, NZ, IR
  • TV2. Xbox 360: DK
  • Twitter. Xbox One: US
  • USA Now. Xbox One: US
  • VEO. Xbox One: MX. Xbox 360: MX
  • Vevo. Xbox One: CA, US, AU, FR, DE, IR, BR,ES, IT, UK, NZ
  • VH1. Xbox One: US
  • Vine. Xbox One: US
  • WATCH ABC. Xbox 360: US
  • WATCH Disney Channel. Xbox 360: US
  • WATCH Disney Junior. Xbox 360: US
  • WATCH Disney XDXbox 360: US
  • Watchever. Xbox One: DE

If you look at the list above you see that the UK still don’t get BBC iPlayer or Sky Go, but does get Crunchyroll, Filmbox Live, GoPro, KDrama, MLG, NBA, NHL, Now TV, PictureBox, Sky News, STV, TuneIn, Vevo.

 

The Xbox One June update has started rolling out to customers, The update is available alongside a trailer outlining its many new features.

The June update adds external storage support, real names, automatic sign-ins, and OneGuide features for set-top boxes plugged into the console.

The device now supports up to two external USB 3.0 hard drives sized 256GB or larger, enabling users to move games and DLC to other consoles easily.

OneGuide and Universal Remote control has been added to SmartGlass, allowing users to set DVR features such as switching channels, setting new recordings and more via the app.

It is also the update that provides access to entertainment apps such as Netflix without a Gold subscription.

Other Gold benefits include free Xbox One games starting with Halo: Spartan Assault and Max: Curse of the Brotherhood, as well as monthly discounts.

Get ready for E3 as its set to kick off next week and Twitch is going to make sure to broadcast as much of the event as possible. Twitch has released their full streaming schedule for E3 week, which will include all of the media briefings from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, as well as many of the press events from the major publishers.

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Monday 6/9 PT

  • 9:30am – Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing
  • 11:00am – Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing Post show
  • 11:30am – Hotline Miami 2 (Dennaton Games/Devolver Digital)
  • 12:00pm – EA World Premiere: E3 2014 Preview
  • 1:00pm – EA Special Event
  • 2:00pm – EA World Premiere: E3 2014 Post show
  • 2:30pm – Bethesda (Unannounced title)
  • 3:00pm – Ubisoft 2014 E3 Media Briefing
  • 4:00pm – Ubisoft 2014 E3 Media Briefing Post show
  • 4:30pm – Witcher 3 (CD Projekt RED)
  • 5:00pm – Dying Light (Techland)
  • 5:30pm – Final thoughts
  • 6:00pm – PlayStation E3 2014 Press Conference

Tuesday 6/10 PT:

 

  • 9:00am – Nintendo Digital Event
  • 10:00am – Deep Silver (Unannounced title)
  • 10:15am – Deep Silver (Unannounced title)
  • 10:30am – Dragon Age: Inquisition (EA)
  • 11:00am – Ubisoft (Unannounced title)
  • 11:20am – The Division (Ubisoft)
  • 11:40am – Farcry 4 (Ubisoft)
  • 12:00pm – Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (Activision)
  • 12:20pm – Microsoft Studios (Unannounced title)
  • 12:40pm – Microsoft Studios (Unannounced title)
  • 1:00pm – DRIVECLUB (SCEA)
  • 1:20pm – Evil Within (Bethesda)
  • 1:40pm – Lords of the Fallen (NAMCO)
  • 2:00pm – Destiny (Activision/BUNGIE)
  • 2:20pm – The Order: 1886 (Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • 2:40pm – Nintendo (Unannounced title)
  • 3:00pm – Evolve Special Tournament (2K)
  • 4:00pm – Super Smash Bros. Invitational (Nintendo)

Wednesday 6/11 PT:

  • 10:00am – Alienware
  • 10:30am – Twitch Time
  • 11:00am – Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac Games/Microsoft Studios)
  • 11:20am – Microsoft Studios (Unannounced title)
  • 11:40am – Killer Instinct: Season Two (Iron Galaxy/Microsoft Studios)
  • 12:00pm – Square Enix (Unannounced title)
  • 12:20pm – Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade (Square Enix)
  • 12:40pm – H1Z1 (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • 1:00pm – EA (Unannounced title)
  • 1:20pm – Batman: Arkham Knight (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • 1:40pm – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment)
  • 2:10pm – Nintendo (Unannounced title)
  • 2:30pm – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Unannounced title)
  • 2:50pm – Crytek (Unannounced title)
  • 3:00pm – Sony Computer Entertainment (Unannounced PS4/PS3 title)
  • 3:15pm – Sony Computer Entertainment (Unannounced PS4/PS Vita Digital title)
  • 3:30pm – Hohokum (Honeyslug, SCE Santa Monica Studio/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • 3:45pm – Helldivers (Arrowhead Game Studios/Sony Computer Entertainment)
  • 4:00pm – Alien Isolation (The Creative Assembly/SEGA)
  • 4:20pm – Civilization: Beyond Earth (2K)
  • 4:40pm – Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 (Blizzard)
  • 5:00pm – Evolve Special Tournament (2K)

Thursday 6/12 PT:

  • 10:00am – Tetris w/creator Alexey Pajitnov
  • 10:15am – Zombies Monsters Robots (Ying Pei Games)
  • 10:30am – Guinness World Records – certificate presentation
  • 11:00am – Fable Legends (Lionhead Studios/Microsoft Studios)
  • 11:20am – Microsoft Studios (TBD)
  • 11:40am – Project Spark (Team Dakota/Microsoft Studios)
  • 12:00pm – Nintendo (Unannounced title)
  • 12:20am – Square Enix (Unannounced title)
  • 12:40pm – PlanetSide 2 PS4 Edition (Sony Online Entertainment)
  • 1:00pm – 505 Games (TBD)
  • 1:20pm – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Unannounced title)
  • 1:40pm – Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Gearbox/2K)
  • 2:00pm – Ubisoft (Unannounced title)
  • 2:20pm – The Crew (Ubisoft)
  • 2:40pm – Nintendo (Unannounced title)
  • 3:00pm – Tecmo Koei (Unannounced title)
  • 3:20pm – Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes (Disney Interactive)
  • 3:40pm – SEGA Sonic BOOM! (SEGA)
  • 4:00pm – Evolve Special Tournament (2K)

As can you see several “unannounced title” slots from various publishers and developers, including Nintendo, Microsoft, Square Enix, Deep Silver, Bethesda.

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New content for “Forza Motorsport 5”, Turn 10 Studios has released the Bondurant Car Pack, which is available for download today. The pack features a collection of vehicles built from the ground up for the new generation, which car fans can collect and customize while putting their virtual driving skills to the test.

The Bondurant Car Pack includes a brilliant mix of luxurious beauties, refined classics and functional speedsters. Between the highly requested 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (featuring a Bondurant-branded livery),  the lavish 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed, the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Cup, or the quirky 1980 Abarth Fiat 131, the Bondurant Car Pack’s well-rounded selection will make you want to practice your skills, just as if you were actually at the legendary Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.

On that note, Turn 10 Studios is also excited to announce The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Arizona will be unveiling a new “Forza-inspired” driving class. The “Forza Motorsport Grand Prix Road Racing Class” will debut later this year and give interested drivers a chance to hone their racing skills at one of the world’s most established racing schools.  Stay tuned for more information at http://www.forzamotorsport.net/en-us/.
The Bondurant Car Pack is available for download in the Xbox Live Marketplace, free to Car Pass owners or $9.99 for the standalone pack. In addition, if you own the pack (or individual cars in the pack) you can add them to your “Forza Motorsport 5” garage without needing to spend additional in-game credits or tokens.

What cars do you get in the Bondurant Car Pack

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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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2013 Infiniti #77 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara IPS Indy Lights

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1990 Alfa Romeo SZ Sprint Zagato

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2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed

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1975 Fiat X1/9

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2013 Mazda MX-5 Cup

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2012 MINI John Cooper Works GP

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1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee

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2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP

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1980 Abarth Fiat 131

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For anyone that’s played Titanfall on PC, Xbox 360 and/or Xbox One already knows that the 15 maps that already comes with the game has quite the variety as it is. We all have our favourites, whether you’re into your open and wide playgrounds for Titan and sniper heavy duals, to my personal favourite tighter built up arenas to show off your parkour abilities. The Expedition DLC adds another 3 maps into the mix that offer even more ways to take down your opponents in a variety of ways.

Runoff

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Runoff is set at a water collection and treatment facility that offers a tighter arena for Titans to engage in combat. More importantly it’s the first map in the whole game that really offers vertical Titan fights. As players might be storming the water logged tunnels on ground level you could be ambushed from players on the urban built factories above. This map is medium sized compared to the others.

I particularly enjoyed playing Last Titan Standing on Runoff as the tight corners and vertical advantages with rat runs beneath made tactical approaches and escapes work well.
(A cross between the maps Angel City and Smuggler’s Cove)

Swampland

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Swampland is a map that features a remote water processing facility amongst ancient ruins. Probably more known as the map with trees you can wall run and hang from, Swampland is large and open with a lot of foliage for all your long distant fire fighting needs. This map is extra large and offers a lot of height and cover above.

This map was great for Attrition as you have many vantage spots on top of the trees which are great for sniping, the ancient ruins for your close range pilot battles and vast open forestation for Titan fights between the trees.

(A cross between the maps Boneyard and Lagoon)

War Games

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War Games is set as a pilot certification simulator training session. With the unique opening cut scene showing the start up sequence entering virtual reality War Games looks and feels like VR through and through. If you’ve played the game’s training mode you’ll notice the same art style of bright blue and orange neon textures with purposely-placed parkour walls for convenient wall running. This map is large and is perfect for pilots to show off their abilities to traverse across the arena.

Playing Hardpoint Domination on this map was by far the most enjoyable game mode. With a variety of ways to approach the Hardpoints all with various vantage spots to defend them within, this game mode played differently every time I played War Games.
(A cross between the maps Colony and Overlook)

Expedition Variety Pack and Expedition Attrition are 2 playlists you can choose to play if you fancy just playing the 3 maps on rotation. These, the DLC and the added recent update have given more to the Titanfall experience and we await to see what’s next as part of the Season Pass. For the stand alone price for the pack some players out there that are use to getting 4 maps and an added weapon and game mode like in Call of Duty would probably find this DLC lacking on the content front. But remember what Respawn are giving you is tried and tested perfected maps that offer a unique experience with every playthrough and added variety.

Today Microsoft has announced a new Surface tablet designed to “take away the conflict” between choosing a laptop or tablet called the Surface Pro 3.

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Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch screen, this is the largest yet in Microsoft’s line of tablet computers, with a resolution of 2160×1440. It’s 9.1mm thick and weighs 800 grams.

“This is the tablet that can replace your laptop,” Microsoft’s Panos Panay said.

The Surface Pro 3 uses an Intel Core i7 processor, giving it 10 percent better performance than Surface Pro 2.

The tablet will have greater battery life than previous Surface Pro models and USB 3.0 inputs, and its own line of thinner typing covers.

One of the key things that Microsoft wants to push with the Surface Pro 3 is that it can serve as a genuine laptop replacement , and as such, the hinge to which keyboard covers are connected has been redesigned for comfortable, on-lap functionality.

Display

Sleeker and less weighty, the Surface Pro 3 also packs a larger display, having been bumped from 10.6 inches in diameter to its new 12-inch set-up. This improved display real estate makes for much better multitasking, and with a 3:2 aspect ratio and better contrast ratio over a 2160 x 1440 resolution, you’ve got a QHD display that’ll showcase the Windows software and apps in all their beauty.

Hardware

The Surface Pro 3 includes an Intel Core I& processor, which not only renders the tablet as the thinnest Intel Core product available on the market, but also offers a 10 percent bump in performance over the Surface Pro 2.

Stylus

The Surface Pro 3 has a new stylus that feels more natural than before. It has the same thickness as a normal everyday pen – or pencil – and has a ton of cool tricks up its sleeve. For starters, double clicking the pen wakes up the device so you can note down your ideas in a snap. Apart from the aforementioned party trick, it’s more natural to use, and removes lag drastically, making it a perfect tool for writing down ideas and thoughts.

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Accessories

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Here is the new Type Cover for the Surface Pro 3

Price and Release Date

The Surface Pro 3 goes on sale in the US and Canada on 20th June is available to pre-order right now starting at $799, and is available in Core i3, i5 and i7 options. The International release of the Surface Pro 3 is the end of August.

The detailed pricing of the Surface Pro 3 is as follows

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Today 343 Industries has posted the official name for Halo 5 it will be called Halo 5 – Guardians coming out Fall of 2015 for Xbox One.
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“Any time you transition to a new platform, there is the opportunity to look at things with a new perspective,” wrote 343’s GM Bonnie Ross wrote a post over on Xbox Wire about Halo 5 Guardians. “For us at 343 Industries, the launch of the Xbox One was an opportunity to think about what stories we wanted to tell, how to tell them, and how best to push the Halo franchise to showcase the platform. And maybe, most importantly, combining our passion for Halo with the vocal and informative input from our fans.

“Halo isn’t simply a perennial game franchise, it’s a part of the Xbox platform itself,” she continued. “In terms of innovation and ideation, it’s sometimes important to people who might not even play Halo. In the past, Halo games have pushed the Xbox forward, showcasing the console and its ecosystem in entertaining and innovative ways. Making a Halo game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial. It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very seriously to ensure we deliver the Halo game that fans deserve, and a game that is built from the ground up for Xbox One.

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“I’m happy to reveal that Halo 5: Guardians, the next installment in the legendary saga of the Master Chief, will launch on Xbox One in fall of 2015. In the tradition of every Halo game since its debut in 2001, it is a massive and exciting project.”

Ross promised to give further details on the game, and the Halo TV series tie-in, at the Xbox E3 Media Briefing next month in LA, but she did say that Halo 5: Guardians was “a bigger effort than Halo 4. That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine. Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.”

Today Microsoft also announced the Xbox Live Games with Gold programme, which will begin for Xbox One in June with two titles – Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Halo: Spartan Assault. The two Xbox 360 titles will be Dark Souls and Charlie Murder, and as a one-off bonus, a third title – Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition.

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It means that with a Gold subscription you will now presumably get four games free per month – two for Xbox 360 and two for Xbox One.

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