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Spyro Reignited Trilogy remakes the first three games in one nice bundle

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy‘s unexpected success has lit a fire under the pants of Activision to crank out more games with more beloved mascots it bought from Sony. No longer relegated to a spokesperson for Skylanders, the one and only Spyro the Dragon will be making his grand return to video games in a new bundle that remasters his three original classics.

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Xbox Game Pass announced, sounds like the Netflix of Xbox without streaming

Microsoft has announced the Xbox Game Pass, a new subscription program that will offer access to more than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible games. It sounds a lot like Netflix without the hangups of streaming games.

For $9.99 per month, players can cruise through a growing list of games, pick whatever they want and download it directly to their Xbox One for play until their subscription is done. Xbox head Phil Spencer touched on a few of the games included in the experience by glazing over Halo 5: GuardiansPayday 2NBA 2K16 and SoulCalibur II.

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Ace Combat 7 no longer exclusive to PlayStation 4, coming to Xbox One and PC in 2017

Bandai Namco’s upcoming aerial combat game is now destined for more platforms. Ace Combat 7, now with the subtitle Skies Unknown, will be released for both the Xbox One and PC on top of the originally scheduled PlayStation 4 release.

The game is confirmed to be supported by PlayStation VR already, but there is no word on whether or not it will support VR on the other platforms. Bandai Namco has not yet mentioned Oculus Rift or other devices.

Brought to you by the writer of Kiki’s Delivery Service

I was unaware of this until recently, but the reason why Ace Combat 04 and Ace Combat 5 have such excellent storytelling prowess is because they were penned by a man named Sunao Kutabuchi. While not a household name of the anime world, he helped penned the story and acted as assistant director to Hayao Miyazaki on his magical film, Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Kutabuchi will be returning for Ace Combat 7 as well, giving fans of the series something new to look forward to. Look at this adorable girl. She’s got the look of a grizzled fighter pilot, doesn’t she?

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Watch Dogs 2 gets a free demo on PS4, XBOX coming next week

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Okay, here’s your chance to give Watch Dogs 2 a proper try if you’re either an Xbox One on PlayStation 4 owner. Ubisoft’s done us a solid and dropped a free demo.

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Burnout Paradise, Sleeping Dogs December Xbox Live Games with Gold

Each new month is a dice roll when it comes to the list of bonus games that accompany Xbox Live and PlayStation Network’s premium services. Sometimes, there just isn’t anything on offer. This month, though, the dice are on our side, with some genuinely good games on offer, including a long-awaited backwards compatibility title and a solid open-world game.

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Xbox One getting special, Rare Achievement notifications

Ooo, shiny.

Xbox LIVE’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb tweeted out news that Xbox One Preview members will get a new update today. That update includes the new Arena and Looking for Group features. It also includes some fancy, Rare Achievement notifications.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops backwards compatible on Xbox One? Leak says “yes!”

It looks like someone at the Xbox LIVE factory flipped a switch a little too soon. One of the “advertisement” blocks on the Xbox 360’s dashboard reveals that Call of Duty: Black Ops will soon be playable on the Xbox One.

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer takes to Twitter to talk new IPs and more

2016 is a brand new year. A new year for broken resolutions about caffeine and gym time, a new year for video games, and everything else. After ringing in the new year, Xbox boss Phil Spencer hopped on Twitter to answer fan questions about what we can look forward to in 2016 on Xbox. He was, of course, pretty vague, but we can pick up a few things.

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The new Xbox dashboard arrives tomorrow – Let’s look at how it’s evolved

The Xbox One will finally see the New Xbox Experience launch tomorrow to the general public. This dashboard redesign will bring with it faster speeds, backwards compatibility and a, hopefully, better sense of organization.

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Star Wars Battlefront runs at 60fps, 720p on Xbox One, 900p on PS4

The time is here, and we now know the nitty-gritty on how Star Wars Battlefront runs… in the beta, at least. Digital Foundry is back with its routine check-up on all the biggest games, and Star Wars Battlefront clocks in about as standard as it comes these days.

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FTC criticizes Machinima for deceptive Xbox One marketing

The United States Federal Trade Commission criticized YouTube group Machinima in a press release on Wednesday following an investigation into deceptive advertising.

This started back in 2013 with the release of the Xbox One. Microsoft had contracted Machinima to do some advertising work for them – pretty normal stuff.

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Deus Ex: Human Revolution to be backwards compatible on Xbox One

Xbox’s backwards compatibility poll continues to separate the most popular Xbox 360 games and prep and prim them up for an Xbox One debut. While we await a second wave of games to be announced, Square Enix seems to think that it will be one of the companies to benefit thanks to Deus Ex: Human Revolution.