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12-Month Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft’s 12-Month Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games on Xbox One for just $69.99 [digital code], this month only, normally $119.99. That’s right, you’ll be able to play highly-anticipated new games the same day they’re released, along with a wide variety of other games, whether it’s recent blockbusters, to critically-acclaimed indie titles. In other words, it allows you to download the full game to the console, and this was done to give players “continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues,” according to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer. Product page. Read more to see what it’s in the December 2018 update and for additional information.

Boring Company Xbox

The Boring Company is hard at work digging a trench at SpaceX’s Hawthorne, CA headquarters, and a company representative showed off one new way to operate its massive boring machines: an Xbox controller. Work has also begun underneath Highway 405 in Los Angeles, while approval has been given to start digging in Washington DC and Chicago. Continue reading for another video and more information.

Halo Fireteam Raven Arcade Game

Most gamers have either played a Halo game, or at the very least, heard of the franchise, but Halo: Fireteam Raven takes the characters to the next level. This cooperative arcade sci-fi shooting game from arcade legends Raw Thrills and Play Mechanix is set in the timeframe of Halo: Combat Evolved, and hot-drops players feet first into the boots of Fireteam Raven – a group of elite Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODST) on the surface of Alpha Halo fighting alongside the Master Chief and the rest of the UNSC as they try desperately to prevent the alien Covenant alliance from taking control of the ancient superweapon – Halo. Continue reading for a full playthrough video and more information.

Microsoft Andromedia Dual-Screen

Photo credit: David Breyer

Apparently, Microsoft has been working on a portable, dual-screen computing device for years, and the prototype looks almost exactly like the concept David Breyer created (above). Well, the designer has just released a new set of images, and one of them shows what the Andromedia Concept would look like as a portable Xbox console – the bottom half would be the joypad, while the top is used as the display. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Original Xbox Prototype

Photo credit: Graeme Boyd

There’s one more reason to visit Microsoft’s new Visitor Center in Redmond, Washington, and that’s to see the original X-shaped Xbox prototype that Bill Gates showcased on stage at GDC 2000. According to Dean Takahashi’s Opening the Xbox, it cost around $18,000 to make because the case itself was milled from a solid block of aluminum. Click here for the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one where a person interviews Pepper, the humanoid robot.

Xbox Adaptive Controller

Microsoft is releasing an all-new Xbox Adaptive Controller to meet the needs of players with disabilities, who have previously required custom solutions. This input device sports two large buttons on its face, which can be operated with hands but are also large enough for players to control them with their elbows or feet as well. The rear boasts a row of 3.5mm ports for adding inputs and buttons to represent features on the traditional controller as well as giving players a personalized experience tailored to them – adding a foot pedal or other touch-sensitive switch to give the device more functionality, etc. Continue reading for a hands-on video and more information.

WD My Passport X

WD’s 2TB My Passport X USB 3.0 Gaming Portable HDD is compatible with Xbox systems, the PS4, and many other devices, all for $62.99 shipped, today only, originally $89.99. My Passport X takes just minutes to set up. Plug it in, follow the easy on-screen instructions and you’re locked and loaded to take on armed marauders, aliens and opponents of all types. Product page. Continue reading for a hands-on video review and more information.

Xbox One X Portable

Photo credit: Eddie Zarick

Microsoft’s Xbox One X is touted as the world’s most powerful game console, and rightfully so, but for those who have always wanted a portable version, Eddie Zarick of Eds Junk has just the fix for you. Called the Xbook One X, this portable Xbox One X features a 21.5″ 1080p ViewSonic display, the original cooling units, external ports, two USB ports (just one if you opt for the optional keyboard), and a power outlet to ensure your extra long gaming sessions never get interrupted. Continue reading for more pictures, information and a bonus video.

Xbox One S Horizons Bundle

The Xbox One S Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels Bundle is unlike any racing game you’ve ever played, and it’s being offered for just $199 shipped, today only, originally $279.99. Drive, explore, jump, and race all over Australia in more than 350 of the world’s greatest cars. Make your Hot Wheels fantasies come to life with loops, corkscrews, boost pads, high bank turns, half-pipes, insane jumps – and even mechanical dinosaurs. It includes an Xbox One S 500GB console, Xbox wireless controller, Forza Horizon 3 game download, Hot Wheels expansion download, HDMI cable (4K capable), 14-days Xbox Live Gold Trial and 1-month Xbox Game Pass. Product page. Continue reading for gameplay footage and more information.