By Jenna Pitcher on May 03, 2013 05.03.13
Microsoft announced the winners of its debut Xbox Video Awards, where Xbox Live users were given the chance to vote for their favorite movies and television shows in a number of candid categories. Winners of the 13 lighthearted categories include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for "Best Use of Facial Hair," The Walking Dead for "Favorite Use of Zombies" and The Expendables 2 for "Most Egregious use of Testosterone." Winning titles will be on sale until May 6. Users were also invited to submit questions to Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams about the upcoming movie, which hits theaters May 17. Watch his response to a user submitted question in the above video. The full list of categories and respective winners are as follows: Favorite Comic Book Movie The Amazing S...
By Dave Tach on Feb 25, 2013 02.25.13
Microsoft released a series of videos today on the official Xbox YouTube channel demonstrating SmartGlass, the technology that allows smartphones and tablets to interact with games, movies and more on the Xbox 360. You can check out the video above, which is narrated by SmartGlass project manager Peter Orullian, to see how Signal Studios' Ascend: New Gods will use SmartGlass to send information about your in-game surroundings like maps to a connected device. The video below shows how you can use SmartGlass to interact with a movie, The Dark Knight Rises, with interactive features like controls, production photos, trivia and more. You can check out the official Xbox YouTube channel to see other SmartGlass tutorial videos covering everything from interacting with Halo 4 to controlling...
By Dave Tach on Feb 13, 2013 02.13.13
A trailer released today for Halo 4's Spartan Ops Episode 10 foreshadows a mission to the planet Requiem to deactivate two Forerunner artifacts. Check out the trailer above to get a preview of what lies in store for the crew of the UNSC Infinity and the Spartans of Fireteam Majestic as they finish the fight during their final mission this season. Spartan Ops Episode 10 will be available Feb. 18 on Xbox Live. For more on the second half of Spartan Ops' first season, be sure to read our interview with Spartan Ops designer David Ellis.
By Brian Crecente on Feb 08, 2013 02.08.13
Microsoft Games' and 343 Industries executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and franchise development director Frank O'Connor took to the stage at this week's DICE summit to talk about the challenges of starting a new studio and taking over the Halo franchise. Watch the video to gain some insight into that process that the new studio perceives as a ten year journey that kicked off with Halo 4.
By Samit Sarkar on Feb 06, 2013 02.06.13
Halo 4's Spartan Ops co-op story campaign will see its ninth of 10 episodes, "Key," launch next week, and a trailer released today highlights a climactic battle in the episode. Capt. Thomas Lasky sends Fireteam Majestic into battle to stop an assassination attempt, and the team ends up discovering the literal key to the future of the Halo Universe in the process. Episode 9 will be available Feb. 11 on Xbox Live. Check out our interview with Spartan Ops designer David Ellis for more details on how developer 343 Industries put together the second half of the 10-episode season.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jan 30, 2013 01.30.13
The trailer for Halo 4 Spartan Ops's eighth episode, "Expendable," teases rough going for both Fireteam Majestic and the Infinity, which is still under attack by Promethean forces. Spartan Ops is Halo 4's free episodic campaign that takes place six months after the end of the game. After a short hiatus, the first season returned on Jan. 21. You can watch the trailer above for "Expendable," airing Feb. 4, above. To learn more about the season's second half, check out our interview with 343 Industries David Ellis here. Episode 7, "Invasion," aired on Jan. 28.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Jan 27, 2013 01.27.13
Bungie might have passed the Halo torch to 343 Industries, but not everyone seems to have gotten the memo. During "Bungie Community Theater, Act One," host Deej performs a dramatic reading of a letter from a Halo 4 owner named Timothy. After receiving a malfunctioning copy of the game, Timothy mistakenly writes to Bungie for a resolution. Although Deej is quick to point out that Bungie did not make Halo 4, he does offer a solution. "We hate nothing more than seeing a good gamer, like yourself, separated from a good game like Halo 4," Deej said. "Therefore, it would be our pleasure to provide you with a copy of Halo 4 directly from our extensive video game library." You can check out the video above.
By Griffin McElroy on Jan 24, 2013 01.24.13
The events of the first half of Halo 4 Spartan Ops' season of content are coming to a boil in this trailer for Episode 7, which will further expand the game's co-op campaign Jan. 28. Titled "Invasion," the seventh episode sees questionable medical practitioner Halsey forging a deal with a Covenant terrorist in order to gain access to the Librarian, a Forerunner leader who serves an important role in the Halo 4 campaign. That certainly causes some tension among the crew of Infinity, who are simultaneously fighting off a Promethean invasion. Check out the trailer above for a cross-section of the episode's content. For more on the second half of Spartan Ops Season One, check out our recent interview with 343 Industries' David Ellis.