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Full 1080p, 60 Frames-Per-Second Xbox One Streaming Comes To Windows 10 Today

Windows 10 users are getting some new features today for Xbox One game streaming. The highlight is a bump to 1080p and 60 frames-per-second, but there are other additions worth noting.

You can now conveniently message friends or invite them to a party with a right-click of the mouse over their Gamertag. You can also add non-Xbox games to your Windows 10 Xbox App (similar to how Steam handles things).

Even if you’re not streaming to PC, the August update has something for you. You’ll also be able to compare achievements, see your games in a new grid view, and customize your notifications.

The Windows 10 Xbox App is also getting an update to fix some minor problems. These include issues with sign-in, localization, and streaming. To find out if you have the update, look for version number 8.8.15003.00000 or higher.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

 

Our Take
I’ve not yet upgraded to Windows 10 (I’m letting others put it through its paces first), but the streaming features intrigue me. I’ll wait a bit longer before jumping in, but I suspect this feature will get some play in my house.

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Steph Curry Comes Out Of The Shadows For NBA 2K16

The journey to success isn't always clear and it's not always easy. Check out one of NBA 2K16's cover stars – Steph Curry – and his road to becoming a champion.

The new trailer is the first in a series detailing the stories of the game's three cover stars: Steph Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis. They'll also highlight the game's story mode, MyCareer, scripted by director Spike Lee.

For more on Spike Lee's involvement in the game's MyCareer mode, click the link. In other NBA 2K16 news, ProAm mode was also recently revealed.

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Here comes a new challenge: Making Street Fighter V

How can Street Fighter evolve from a core console game into a thriving service-based eSport? Gamasutra speaks to Capcom’s Matt Dahlgren about the company’s next big play. …


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The Good Dinosaur’s Trailer Music Comes From The Composer Of Fallout 3

If you liked the music featured in the trailer for The Good Dinosaur, then you probably also liked the music in Fallout and Dragon Age.

The song, "Leap Of Faith," is from composer Inon Zur, whose credits include games like Fallout 3, Dragon Age II, Fantasia: Music Evolved, Dragon's Dogma, and Prince of Persia, among others.

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Zur isn't the composer for the film. That job belongs to Mychael Danna, but it's cool to see a composer who made a name for themselves in the world of video games working on a Pixar project.

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The Last Of Us Soundtrack Comes To Vinyl This Wednesday

Considered by many to be one of the most beautifully presented video games of last or any console generation, The Last of Us features a compelling story of two very different people trying to survive in an infection-ravaged world. While the story was well-written and the gameplay was solid, the soundtrack of the game plays a crucial role in immersing players and delivering the story moments in impactful and meaningful ways.

Mondo has announced that a vinyl collection of the soundtrack of The Last of Us will go on sale this Wednesday. The original soundtrack, composed by Gustavo Santaolalla, is spread across four records pressed on 180 gram black vinyl. The package includes the complete soundtrack to The Last of Us including the Left Behind DLC. The package also features striking original artwork by Olly Moss and Jay Shaw.

The Last of Us soundtrack on vinyl will set you back $ 75. The package hits Mondo's music shop on Wednesday at a random time. For your best shot at grabbing a copy, check in on Mondo's music storefront throughout the day on Wednesday and follow the company on Twitter.

[Source: Mondo Music Newsletter]

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Halo: The Fall Of Reach Animated Series Comes With Halo 5 Collector’s Editions

The Halo universe has sprawled to encompass a variety of media. This fall, the franchise returns to animation with The Fall of Reach.

The series covers The Master Chief’s origins and his Blue Team compatriots. And will launch alongside the game on October 27.

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The trailer above was released at San Diego Comic Con, narrated by Dr. Catherine Halsey (who served as the template for the Master Chief’s closest ally, Cortana). The series will be included with Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition, Limited Collector’s Edition, and Digital Deluxe Editions.

Microsoft also announced that the Hunt the Truth in-universe podcast (in the style of Serial) will continue this fall with another season. If you’ve missed the first series, you can check that out here.

Finally, there is a new ViDoc focused on 343 Industries’ vision for Halo 5: Guardians. That can be viewed on the Halo Channel on Xbox One, Windows 8.1 PCs, or via the new Halo Channel app on iOS, Android, and Windows 8 phones.

For more on Halo 5, check out our coverage hub from the July 2015 issue.

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[Confirmed] Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Collector’s Edition Comes With A Mini-Fridge

Update: Activision has announced the Juggernog Collector's Edition as depicted above, further confirming our original story. No pricing has yet been announced, but retailers have the bundle listed for $ 199.99.

Original Story (July 9 at 8:39 a.m. Central):

An image of a Call of Duty: Black Ops III collector’s edition has surfaced, and zombie fans might want to get out their wallets. If this image is correct, this won’t be an inexpensive one.

The Zombies-themed collector’s edition appears to come with a mini-fridge, Perk-a-Cola coasters, concept art cards, soundtrack, season pass, and in-game digital items. The mini-fridge also includes lights and sounds from the game.

An independent source confirmed to us that the image is legitimate, though we don’t know the price or for which platforms this will be offered. Given that there is a huge Call of Duty zombies reveal at San Diego Comic Con today, we suspect we’ll get all the details soon.

We’ve reached out to Activision for comment and will update should we receive a response.

Note: The image above originated with New Zealand retailer Mighty Ape. You can see the product listing here. The JuggerNog edition is listed at $ 289.99 NZD, which directly converts to about $ 193 USD.

[Source: Optic Gaming on Twitter]

 

Our Take
Fans should brace for impact when the price is revealed on this bad boy. The mini-fridge looks fantastic, and given the zombie-focused fan service here, Activision and Treyarch look to have gone all out.

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The New Luna Blaster Weapon Comes To Splatoon Tonight

The Luna Blaster, which functions a bit like an ink shotgun, is coming to Splatoon tonight at 7 p.m. PT.

A short-range weapon, the Luna Blaster has a high fire rate and explosive impact, but won't do much at long distance. The Luna Blaster joins other recent additions, the Splash-O-Matic and the Zapper, which is modeled after the Duck Hunter blaster weapon.

For our review of Splatoon, head here.

[Source: Splatoon, @NintendoAmerica]

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Fallout 3 Comes Included With Fallout 4 On Xbox One

A subtle announcement many may have missed is the fact that Fallout 3 will be included with the Xbox One version of Fallout 4.

The announcement wasn't called out or highlighted in an overt way, and instead appeared as a ticker note on the bottom of the screen while Todd Howard detailed Fallout 4. Presumably, the included Fallout 3 will the Xbox 360 version of the game, and will be backwards compatible as opposed to being an updated version of the game specifically for Xbox One.

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Bethesda’s first E3 showcase a big success (oh, and Fallout 4 comes out this year)

At Bethesda’s first-ever E3 showcase, the publisher-developer delivered a presentation that got E3 week off to an explosive, impressive start. …


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