Published on March 13th, 2015 | by admin

Xbox Newsbeat – 13 March 2015

Get Xbox One Plus Four Free Halo Games, All for $499

For value that’s truly out of this world, look no further

For those of you looking to pick up an Xbox One this spring, look no further – beginning 18th March, fans in Australia (and select markets globally) will be able to revisit the entire story of the Master Chief with the Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle. The exclusive bundle includes a standard Xbox One console, as well as a digital download code for Halo: The Master Chief Collection – the essential Halo fan experience that features the Master Chief’s complete story through four free Halo games: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4 – all for $499 AUD.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection allows fans to play all 45 campaign missions, plus more than 100 multiplayer and Spartan Ops maps, in 1080p at 60fps. The bundle also comes with access to the new live-action digital series from executive producer Ridley Scott, Halo: Nightfall. This jam-packed offer gets you four great games in one bundle, and provides tremendous value for fans of Halo and the Master Chief.

The Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle is available in most regions where Xbox One is available so check with your local retailers for more details on availability.

With an unprecedented line-up of Xbox exclusives including Fable Legends, Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Forza Motorsport 6 plus a host of blockbuster third-party titles such as Battlefield Hardline and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt all coming this year, 2015 is shaping up to be another amazing year for Xbox fans.

For all the latest Xbox One bundles and Xbox news, visit the Xbox Wire.

Save the Dying Forest of Nibel in Ori and the Blind Forest

Gamers, the wait is over!

Fans of masterfully-crafted gameplay and emotional storytelling can embark on a harrowing and heart-wrenching journey to save a dying world today in Ori and the Blind Forest.

Available now on Xbox One and PC, Ori and the Blind Forest combines beautiful visuals, innovative gameplay and a cinematic score for an unforgettable experience.

Eager to learn more about the amazing world of Nibel and the making of Ori and the Blind Forest? Check out the link below for the video featuring footage from the game’s launch event in Hollywood on Tuesday, as well as Major Nelson’s interview with Moon Studios’ Thomas Mahler and Gennadiy Korol discussing their creative inspirations, and how a simple game concept that sprung from the basements of their homes blossomed into a breathtaking adventure that critics are already calling one of the year’s best.


For the full video and all the latest Ori and the Blind Forest news, visit the Xbox Wire.

Free Mazda MX-5 Car Pack for “Forza Horizon 2” on Xbox One

Mazda fans eager to experience one of the most iconic and eagerly anticipated sport cars are in luck

Next week, the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will make its digital debut first in Forza as part of the upcoming Mazda MX-5 Car Pack! The brand new car pack features four iconic Mazda MX-5 models and will be available to download for free on “Forza Horizon 2” for Xbox One on March 18.

The Mazda MX-5 Car Pack features four amazing examples of the MX-5’s legacy of sporty style and thrilling driving. Starting with the car that reignited the world’s love of sports cars in the late 1980s – the 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata – and featuring three other models, including the 2005 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5, the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Super20 concept car, and the upcoming 2016 Mazda MX-5, this pack covers more than 20 years of the MX-5’s legendary contributions to sports car history.

The Mazda MX-5 Car Pack will be making its worldwide debut this month at the Mazda booth (#513) at the SXSW Gaming Expo in Austin, TX. Stay tuned to and the Forza Hub app on Xbox One, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages.

The models include:

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • 2005 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5
  • 2010 Mazda MX-5 Super20

For more information on the Mazda MX-5 Car pack, visit the Xbox Wire.

Xbox One March System Update: Party Chat Improvements, Screenshots and More Now Available

Screenshots, suggested friends, name sharing, enhanced party chat and more!

This month’s system update on Xbox One brings you some of the most-requested features by our fans including screenshots and improved tile transparency. We heard great things from members of the Xbox One preview program following their sneak preview and are excited to bring these great new features to everyone on Xbox One today.

Check out the list of features in the March system update include:

  • Screenshots  New this month is a highly requested feature by our community from the Xbox feedback site. While playing a game, you can now take screenshots on your Xbox One console by simply double-tapping the Xbox button on your controller to capture a screenshot and pressing Y to save the screenshot. You can also say “Xbox, take a screenshot” to take and save a screenshot. The upload app has been updated so that you can manage your screenshots in addition to your game clips. To set a screenshot as your background, go to upload, open the screenshot full screen, press the Menu button, and select Set as background. You can also use upload to share screenshots to your activity feed, attach them to messages, add screenshots to your showcase, share to Twitter, and post to OneDrive. Additionally, your game clips and screenshots will be shown in a new area on your profile.
  • Suggested friends  Everyone can use new friends! Suggested friends will include people you might know, so you can add more friends to game with and top community broadcasters and clip creators so you can get more great content in your activity feed. To find new friends, go to Friends and look for people under the Suggested friends heading or select the ‘Suggested friends’ button. Or, if you don’t have a ton of friends yet, just check the Friends area of Home.
  • Sharing your name – We’re rolling out two new ways to share your real name: with all of your friends, or to everyone in the Xbox Live community. You can also continue to share your real name with select friends or no one, if that’s what you prefer. Gamertags are still the primary method of identifying yourself on Xbox Live, but sharing your real name helps people recognize you who might not know you by your gamertag. The new name sharing options can be found under Friends > My profile >Name sharing settings.
  • Party chat enhancements – We added two new icons to party chat to show each participant their own microphone status. The Kinect icon means the Kinect is being used as the mic and the headset icon means the headset mic is being used.
  • Tile transparency – As a result of your feedback, we’re adding a setting to vary the level of transparency for your background images. To do this, go to Settings > My Xbox > Tile transparency.
  • Voice search privacy – We added a new setting to share voice search data to allow anonymous collection and analysis of voice data when using Bing on Xbox to search. Go to Settings > Privacy and online safety > Custom > Share voice search data to change the setting.
  • Report spam – The Messages app has an added option to notify Xbox when you receive spam. To report a message as spam, select it, press A on the controller, select Report, and then choose Spam.
  • Live TV & OneGuide in Australia – Support for OneGuide is now available to all users in Australia for free-to-air TV listings. Additionally, the OneGuide app will be pre-pinned for users in Australia a few days after the March system update goes live.
  • Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in Australia – Xbox One owners in Australia can pre-purchase the Xbox Digital TV Tuner at the online Microsoft Store, Availability of the tuner is planned for March 25, 2015.

More system updates with cool new features are coming your way soon, so stay tuned for more details. Keep sending us your feedback!

To check out a video of the latest updates and for all the latest Xbox update news, visit the Xbox Wire.

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