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Here's How Microsoft is Prepping Xbox for Titanfall

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

Time to party.

Earlier this month, Microsoft revealed that its spring update would come in two portions. The first was supposed to come yesterday and focuses more on general user experience. This includes bringing back the battery indicator for the controller and allowing gamers more control over their download queues. The March update is all about Titanfall, and Microsoft gave us a little more information on what we can expect with that update.

 

Microsoft is calling Titanfall the biggest game launch of the year. High praise, especially when we're still in the first quarter. Still, the company wants to be sure it is adequately prepared for this massive multiplayer game and is making some tweaks to its multiplayer and party gaming functionality. The first change is that you'll be able to get to your friends list more quickly because it's going to be right on the homepage of the Friends application. Party Chat is also going to be enabled by default.

Another improvement is that you'll be able to chat with friends playing different games (Party Chat is going to be separated from people playing your game) and you'll be able to see a list of recent members you've played with. This should make it easier to add people you've played with but aren't already friends with. Lastly, you'll be able to invite friends to your game from right inside a title's menu. This option will be added to multiplayer games going forward.

The roll out date for this update isn't final yet, but Microsoft wants to get everything in place ahead of the March 11 Titanfall launch. Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall is the brainchild of Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella and was originally supposed to be for the Xbox 360. Three years in the making, the game garnered numerous awards at E3 last year and will hit both Xbox One and PC on March 11. Later in March, the game will become available for Xbox 360.

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    antilycus , February 12, 2014 6:25 AM
    So they simply added XBOX 360 usage a console 6+ years old. Good job :/ 
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    XGrabMyY , February 12, 2014 6:27 AM
    6v6 is hardy "Massively Multiplayer" Jane McEntegart.
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    Jgriff , February 12, 2014 6:31 AM
    1080p> 60 fps> free online play. Only on pc.
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    assasin32 , February 12, 2014 9:08 AM
    Those are the touted features they are bragging about. The state of console gaming is far worse than I imagined than. I haven't bought a console since the Wii and the last game I bought for that was 6 years ago. It looks like the only thing I missed is disappointment.
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    bryonhowley , February 12, 2014 9:25 AM
    Could have bee a good game but since it is multiplayer only it will suck as all MMO's do.
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    stevejnb , February 12, 2014 9:35 AM
    Quote:
    Those are the touted features they are bragging about. The state of console gaming is far worse than I imagined than. I haven't bought a console since the Wii and the last game I bought for that was 6 years ago. It looks like the only thing I missed is disappointment.


    You know, I've been pc gaming since before I was console gaming, but I still wouldn't pass on console gaming for the thing that I *thought* was of central importance in the gamin arena - mainly, games. Currently going through almost a decade of games from the JRGP "Tales of XXXXX" series and, frankly, it's the most fun I've had in a game since Mass Effect 2. While certain things are nice to have, isn't focusing on console OS "features" kind of beside the point? Heck, I'm still waiting for Steam to put in the invisible mode myself and thousands of users have been asking for since the service came out, and I still use it, despite that being a feature I *desperately* want. You know how much of a downer it is to know that every time I sign on to Steam to play Civilization V online with one of my buddies my nephew will see me on and not playing with him, and then my sister will be asking me to make more time to play with the nephew in the future?

    Sometimes it's good to remind yourself that these things are built to play games and that's generally what you want to buy them for - unless you're *really* buying into the whole console-as-media-center thing. As it stands, neither of these new consoles have games that are convincing me to buy them, but if/when they do, I won't be sitting there saying "Well, the console doesn't have an overt enough battery indicator for my controllers - I think I'll pass until it does."
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    Durandul , February 12, 2014 9:37 AM
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    6v6 is hardy "Massively Multiplayer" Jane McEntegart.
    To be fair, she said "massive multiplayer game", implying that there is a lot of (corporate) hype behind this game, rather than large multiplayer battles.
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    Murissokah , February 12, 2014 9:57 AM
    So according to Microsoft the biggest game launch on the X1 is a game that's also on PC? Tell me more about why I should spend 500 bucks to play a shooter on an gamepad like some sort of barbarian.
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    coolitic , February 12, 2014 10:08 AM
    Hmm, there actually doesn't seem to be THAT much hype about this yet.
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    firefoxx04 , February 12, 2014 10:10 AM
    Battery indicator for the controler. Xbox 360 has had that for YEARS.Xbox 1 is so far behind in the little things its pathetic. USB support for external drives aprently is non existant at the moment. When they do bring it in an update, hopefully it is not limited to 16GB or whatever the 360 was limited too.Meanwhile ps4 can have huge external drives.
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    fyend , February 12, 2014 10:16 AM
    Did they keep the mechs so silly small to avoid getting sued for copying Mechwarrior?
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    StarBound , February 12, 2014 10:49 AM
    This is interesting for these reasons:Firstly it is an EA game and with Battlefield 4 and Simcity on their track record I don't see confidence as an all time high.Secondly Activision also announced that Destiny will be the biggest seller in this new generation. Obviously it is too early to tell and the claims from all these companies are bold at best. It may no longer be a launch title but Watchdogs is also set for release this year.
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    p05esto , February 12, 2014 11:10 AM
    Maybe it's just me.... but I'm not all that interested in this "yet". From the trailers it looks too busy and will make me dizzy. Just a bunch of playing around blasting each other. Probably fun for a little while, but would get old fast.Not sure, I'm going to pass judgement until I hear the review and see more of this game. It's not an automatic buy for me, that's for sure.
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    Wong Dong , February 12, 2014 3:54 PM
    I really hope something else come out better. I don't even want xbox or playstation at this moment. Sick of M$ tame down system. somebody else need to step up and play the game.
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    Gasek , February 12, 2014 10:21 PM
    Let's just hope it won't be a titan fall for Microsoft and it is actually a good game.
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    Gasek , February 12, 2014 10:26 PM
    I'm under the impression that people who got a new console is just staring at them right now. My friend with PS4 is playing Fifa on his PS3 and my other friend with X1 is playing 360. Just a comment, not saying it's good or bad.
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    back_by_demand , February 13, 2014 4:16 AM
    Screw the minutae of the features, it looks an awesome game, I will be getting it for the PC and if possible will be making an appearance for LAN party
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    Nossy , February 13, 2014 5:09 AM
    Overly hyped game. Saw the video on it and it seems getting into a mech is pointless since all it takes is a few RPGs to take it out.