This Week’s Xbox One and Xbox 360 Deals With Gold Revealed

Looking for a deal? It’s a new week, which means there is a fresh set of deals available on Xbox Live across Xbox One and Xbox 360. There are quite a few solid deals this week across a variety of genres, so you might find something you’re interested in.

On Xbox One, some of the discounted games include Dark Souls III ($ 24/£20/$ 40 AU), Grand Theft Auto V ($ 30/£27.50/$ 50 AU), ($ 42/£35/$ 70 AU), and XCOM 2 ($ 24/£18/$ 30 AU). Additionally,The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition is marked down to ($ 30/£25/$ 40 AU) this week.

Moving to Xbox 360, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West ($ 3.74/£3/$ 5 AU), Grand Theft Auto IV ($ 8/£8/$ 16 AU), Grand Theft Auto V ($ 20/£15/$ 25 AU), and Red Dead Redemption ($ 10/£8.24/$ 16.48 AU) are all on sale this week.

These are just a small sampling of all of this week’s Deals With Gold offers. Go to Major Nelson’s blog to see a full breakdown of the week’s Xbox One and Xbox 360 deals, some of which require a Gold membership. The offers are good through September 18.

Additionally, Xbox Live Gold members can now pick up some of September’s free Games With Gold titles, including Trials Fusion and Hydro Thunder Hurricane.

This Week’s Xbox One And Xbox 360 Deals With Gold Revealed

It’s a new week, which means a fresh set of weekly deals are now available on Xbox Live. The week’s lineup of deals were announced on Major Nelson’s blog, and they cover Xbox One and Xbox 360 offers, all of which are good through September 12.

On Xbox One, Alien: Isolation is down to $ 7.50/£7.50/$ 12 AU, while the Mega Man Legacy Collection ($ 6/£4.80/$ 9.10 AU) and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst ($ 5/£6.25/$ 12.50 AU) are also discounted nicely. Other discounted games this week include Resident Evil 7 ($ 36/£32/$ 60 AU) and DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive Edition ($ 10/£8/$ 13 AU).

A scene from Alien: Isolation
A scene from Alien: Isolation

Switching to Xbox 360, Bayonetta ($ 5/£$ 5/$ 7.50 AU), Spec Ops: The Line ($ 6/£4/$ 10 AU), The Darkness II ($ 6/£5/$ 14 AU), Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2($ 7/£6/$ 12 AU), and Crazy Taxi ($ 2.50/£1.68/$ 2.50 AU) are among the discounted titles.

Go to Major Nelson’s blog to see a complete rundown of this week’s Deals With Gold offers, some of which require an Xbox Live Gold membership to save the most.

Additionally, Xbox Live Gold members can now pick up the first of September 2017′s free Games With Gold titles, which include Forza Motorsport 5: Game of the Year Edition and Hydro Thunder Hurricane.

Microsoft E3 2017: Xbox One X Is A Great Value At $500, Exec Says

One of the biggest talking points around the Xbox One X this week has been its $ 500 price. That’s higher than some, including a number of analysts, thought it would be. It is the most powerful console ever made, and Microsoft never backed away from saying it would have a premium price point, but still, some are feeling sticker shock given it’s $ 100 more than PS4 Pro. Now, Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra has weighed in, saying $ 500 is an excellent value.

Speaking to TechRadar, Ybarra the Xbox ecosystem is all about giving people options. “We’re all about choice,” he said, pointing to the Xbox One S as a more than capable console that is available at a relatively affordable price point, starting at $ 250 right now.

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The Xbox One X, meanwhile, is aimed at the “high-end gamer,” and it has a price point that reflects that. “If you’re a high-end gamer and you want the absolute best experience possible there’s no place you’ll find a better performance to price ratio than Xbox One X,” he said. “True 4K, all the features you saw in the briefing at $ 499, that value proposition is great.”

Further up the ladder in terms of performance–and price–is the PC market. “If you’re on PC you’re going to be about $ 1500 or so, so that’s another area,” Ybarra said. “We love Windows gaming. A lot of our games, almost 20 of them in the show, are going to be on Windows too.”

“So that’s the point that I love to say, ‘What kind of gamer are you?’ and let you decide what’s best for you.”

You can read the full interview here at TechRadar.

GameSpot spoke with Microsoft this week about the console’s $ 500 price point, and the company believes no other console out there is doing what Xbox One X does. For lots more on Xbox One X, check out GameSpot’s breakdown of the Xbox One X specs in this video and our roundup of everything you need to know about the console.

The Xbox One X launches on November 7. In other news, Microsoft has released a video in which an Xbox engineer assembles the console piece by piece–it’s pretty cool to watch. For more on Xbox at E3 this year, check out GameSpot’s roundup of all the company’s big news. You can also read GameSpot’s breakdown of the company’s highs, lows, and biggest games.

AU New Releases: Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone Expansion Launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC

The release of new video games steadily amps up as we draw nearer to the holiday season, and this week sees all manner of content emerge from the role-playing video game genre at Aussie retailers.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be getting an expansion this week in the form of Hearts of Stone. The expansion contains over ten hours of new content, including new characters, monsters, unique romance, and a new storyline that features player choice. Hearts of Stone was very well-received in GameSpot’s review (although not as well as the original base game, which earned the elusive ten out of ten), with editor Mike Mahardy praising the game’s clever dialogue and storytelling, engrossing quests, and the depth of the game’s themes. The expansion scored a nine out of ten.

On the other end of the RPG spectrum, PS4-exclusive Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance launches on October 16. As with previous Disgaea games, the Recruitment feature makes a return, which offers over forty races and jobs as options. The game scored an eight out of ten in GameSpot’s review, with its long campaign and breadth of its post-game content cited as strong positives. Disgaea 5 isn’t the only JRPG to launch this week, with strong contenders Tales of Zestiria and Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below vying for attention.

Fancy yourself more of a musical virtuoso? Nearly five years after the release of its predecessor, Rock Band 4 jives onto the stage for PS4 and Xbox One. The game will offer backwards compatibility with most instruments, but not all. Songs purchased as DLC can be transferred within consoles of the same family (Xbox 360 to Xbox One, PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4), although some classic songs are not transferrable due to licensing restrictions. Check out our comprehensive FAQ for more information on compatibility with the game.

For more details on games out at Australian retailers this week, check out the list below.

October 13, 2015

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Expansion – Hearts of Stone (PS4, Xbox One, PC)

October 15, 2015

Rock Band 4 (PS4, Xbox One)

October 16, 2015

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4)

Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden! (3DS)

Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below (PS4)

Tales of Zestiria (PS4, PS3)

WRC 5 (PS4, 360, PS3)

This is Why Xbox One Exclusive Quantum Break Is Taking So Long to Release

Remedy Entertainment has spoken out to explain why the delay of time-bending Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break from 2015 to 2016 is in the game’s best interest. In a new interview with Edge (via GamesRadar), creative director Sam Lake said the only way Quantum Break will live up to its potential of being the “ultimate Remedy game” is if the team has enough time to ensure that the game, and accompanying TV show, are not rushed.

There are many reasons the game has taken so long, including challenges associated with building a brand new universe, working with a new platform (Xbox One), and making a TV show for the first time.

“There’s a lot of new technology; [Xbox One is] a new platform, it’s a new universe, new story, there’s new core gameplay,” Lake said. “[That means] a lot of prototyping, and a lot of discovery. On the whole [TV show] side, there are a lot of challenges to figure out. It does end up taking time and, yes, we want to keep the quality high, so we don’t want to make certain kinds of compromises, and are always making sure that this is iterated enough and polished enough and it’s as good as it deserves to be.”

Also in the interview, Lake pointed out that Remedy developed Max Payne 2 in just 18 months. However, “Doing a sequel to something is obviously different to building something from the ground up,” he said.

Quantum Break launches on April 5, 2016 for Xbox One, and will be accompanied by a tie-in TV show. According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, the game could also come to PC.

The game follows the story of the heroes, while the TV show focuses on the villains. Quantum Break’s cast is headlined by X-Men actor Shawn Ashmore and Lord of the Rings and Lost star Dominic Monaghan. Game of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen and Lance Reddick from The Wire will also appear in the game.

All Xbox One Controllers Will Eventually Support Button-Mapping

Button-mapping won’t be exclusive to the $ 150 Xbox One Elite controller that ships later this month. Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra confirmed today on Twitter that the feature is coming to all Xbox One controllers sometime down the road through an update, though it’s not immediately clear when that will happen.

Asked why controller button reconfiguration is only available for the Elite controller, Ybarra said (via Polygon), “It’s coming for all controllers soon.”

He did not provide a specific timetable for when it will be available. It’s also likely that the feature will roll out first for Preview Program members before its public debut.

Button-mapping lets users assign functions to various buttons to their liking, beyond the developer-set control options. The Xbox One won’t be the first new-generation console to support button-mapping, as the March 2015 PlayStation 4 update added a custom button assignment feature for the DualShock 4.

The $ 150 Xbox One Elite controller launches on October 27, the same day that Halo 5: Guardians is released. In addition to button-mapping, the first-of-its-kind Xbox controller features interchangeable rear paddles and hair trigger locks. It also lets you adjust the trigger minimum and maximum values, as well as thumbstick sensitivity. Read more about it and check out some images here.

How to Get Xbox One Gears of War Bundle for $300 or Less

Retailer Target has launched a nice new deal on Xbox One hardware.

Now through October 10, you can get a new Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition console bundle for $ 297 or possibly less. This is possible by way of a 15 percent off code through the store’s Cartwheel service. Note that you’ll need to visit a physical store to score the savings.

Deals site Slickdeals has a rundown of how it works. Follow the instructions below and you’ll be good to go. Also note that if you have Target’s “Redcard,” you can save an addition 5 percent, bringing the price of this bundle down to $ 280 before taxes.

Target Xbox One Deal Instructions Via Slickdeals:

  1. Click here to log in
  2. After page opens, under offers, select “electronics
  3. Once that page opens, select the offer “15% Off Microsoft Xbox One Consoles
  4. Click “Add”
  5. Click upper right button that looks like bar code (will have a “1″ next to it)
  6. Click upper right button that says “Print Barcode”
  7. Barcode will print
  8. Present barcode to cashier at checkout
  9. Price will be $ 349.99 – 15% off w/ Printable Coupon = $ 297.49

Looking for a different Xbox One bundle? Microsoft announced six new systems this week.

Smite Xbox One Patch Adds New Character, Skins, and More Today

The Xbox One version of Smite‘s latest patch arrives today, with the most significant addition being a new character.

Xing Tian is a Guardian-class character who is able to build up his health regeneration by using abilities on enemies. He can also reduce the amount of damage enemies can do and grab a group of them with his Ultimate.

Xing Tian

A number of new skins are also introduced in this update, including an excellent-looking samurai one for Odin, the Ragnarok skin for Fenrir, mastery skins for Ratatoskr, and more.

The spectator mode added in the previous patch has been improved in today’s update, making it so matches can be password-protected. Games also now have match IDs that can be used to directly access replays of them.

The new training maps added to the PC version of Smite in August are now available on Xbox One, giving new players some additional assistance in learning the game.

Several characters have been modified, too. Khepri, the most recent character added before Xing Tian, has been further nerfed, while Kumbhakarna should now be more effective. Guan Yu has also been slightly improved (his trait now builds up stacks) and the cooldown on his dash has been reduced, while the damage on some of Ao Kuang’s abilities has been readjusted to make him easier to play for less experienced players.

You can check out the full patch notes on the official Smite website.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox One/Xbox 360 Achievements Revealed

Microsoft has published the full list of achievements for upcoming Xbox timed-exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider. As with lists of this nature, there are some spoilers here, especially in the “hidden” achievement category. So if you’re looking to totally avoid spoilers, you may not want to look.

My favorite achievement would probably have to be “Rotisserie,” which you’ll earn after shooting a chicken out of the air with a fire arrow. This achievement list also seems to confirm that Rise of the Tomb Raider will not have a traditional multiplayer mode, as no achievements mention multiplayer.

Click through the images below to see all of Rise of the Tomb Raider’s achievements and what they’re worth.

Rise of the Tomb Raider launches November 10 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The Crystal Dynamics-developed action-adventure game is coming to PC and PlayStation 4 in 2016. For more, check out GameSpot’s recent preview, “Like Father, Like Daughter.”