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Microsoft Offers Windows 10 Upgrade Free To Many Users

During today's Windows 10 event, Microsoft announced that many existing users of Windows are able to upgrade to the new version of the operating system for no additional fee.

The upgrade to Windows 10 is made available to existing users of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1, as well as those who own a Windows 8 Phone. The free upgrade offer is being made available for the first year following the launch of Windows 10.

Stay tuned for more news out of the Windows 10 briefing.

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Joystiq Streams: Sex, lies, You Don’t Know Jack, and free PS4/XB1 games

Something happens to people when they play anything made by Jackbox Games. You Don’t Know Jack, Fibbage, Lie Swatter; these games bring out a cackling darkness that is both frightening and impossible to resist. Do friendships end because of the vicio…
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Early Halo: MCC buyers receive free month of Xbox Live Gold

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has provided a troubled walk down memory lane, but at least fans are being rewarded for their patience and support. Messages detailing a free month of Xbox Live Gold showed up in the inboxes of Spartans yesterday, re…
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Free Month Of Xbox Live Headed To Halo: The Master Chief Collection Customers Now

Microsoft has started applying a free month of Xbox Live to the accounts of some customers. This gesture is related to the problems that Halo: The Master Chief Collection has faced.

Users need not do anything, as the month of service has already been applied your account if you received the message. This move was revealed in December when Microsoft announced a package intended as an apology for the Collection’s problems. Note that you need to have played the title online on or before December 19, 2014 to be eligible.

Additionally, users will get an exclusive in-game nameplate and avatar. Players will be getting the entire Halo 3: ODST campaign and the remade map Relic in the future. No Firefight mode is planned for ODST.

Thanks to those that sent in this tip.

 

Our Take
While we knew this was coming, it’s still worth reminding users that Microsoft is working to make this right (as Ubisoft has done with Assassin’s Creed and Sony with Driveclub). These apology items do not excuse poor launches, though. I’m comfortable saying that many gamers would simply prefer their purchases work at launch. For more, check out Matt Kato's take on the movement to give DLC as an apology.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 pre-orders go live with free game offer

Pre-order the digital version of Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC via Rockstar starting today and get some free goodies – GTA$ 500,000 to spend in the game’s Story Mode and GTA$ 500,000 to spend in Grand Theft Auto Online. Plus, through February 1, get an ext…
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Driveclub gets free Japan track DLC later this month

Evolution Studios revealed that Driveclub players will receive a free set of Japan DLC tracks as part of an update launching later this month.

The pack includes the new Nakasendo challenge, a lengthy point-to-point race featuring trackside cherry bl…
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Civ: Beyond Earth, Saints Row series free to play on Steam this weekend

Space may be the final frontier, but we’re still searching the mean streets of Steelport for an auto-tuned best buddy of our own. On Steam this weekend, why not have both for free? Civilization: Beyond Earth and the complete Saints Row franchise is f…
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Dark Souls 2 prepares for expansion with free update

To prepare existing copies of Dark Souls 2 for the additions coming to the dark fantasy game in the Scholar of the First Sin expanded re-release, From Software will issue a free update on February 5.

The list of changes included in the update is imm…
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Joystiq Deals: One Free Month of OnLive PlayPack

Today at Joystiq Deals, we’re giving away one free month of OnLive PlayPack, letting you check out the service’s 250-game catalog free of charge.

No game downloads are required – all you need is a compatible PC, TV, or tablet device to start streami…
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Get an IGF 2015-nominated game for free today only

PRY, a finalist in Excellence in Narrative at the 2015 Independent Games Festival, is free today on the App Store. PRY is a hybrid game, containing elements of film, literature and gaming. It tells the story of a Gulf War demolitions expert, allowing…
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