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Microsoft to offer Refunds for digital games


Below are the following statements, and plan from Microsoft on this process works.

“You’ve spoken; we’ve listened. In support of offering gamers the freedom of choice, we’re making changes to the Microsoft Store purchase experience by offering customers a simple way to instantly return digital products like games and apps through account.microsoft.com.”

“When a game or app leaves you wanting more, we’re here to help. Self-service refunds on Xbox One and Windows 10 provide a quick, simple way of returning a digital product.”

To request a self-service refund:
1. Navigate to account.microsoft.com and sign-in.
2. From the top menu bar, select Payment & billing > Order history.
3. Navigate to a purchased game or app, and select Request a refund.

Please note the below conditions for requesting a self-service refund:
• Games and apps are eligible for self-service refunds within 14 days of purchase if you have less than 2 hours of play time across all accounts.
• DLC, season passes, and add-ons are not eligible for self-service refunds.
• The game or app must be downloaded and launched before requesting a self-service refund.
• You must wait for at least 1 day after the game or app’s release before requesting a self-service refund.
• Certain Windows 10 apps may not be eligible for self-service refunds.
• Microsoft reserves the right to block access for users who abuse self-service refunds.

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Will Support Oculus Rift VR Gaming Headset

Minecraft Oculus Rift Windows 10 Edition

Editor’s Note: After Notch (creator of Minecraft) announced that the game would never be on Oculus Rift because he found Facebook “creepy” (and they’re the new owners of Oculus), the indie development super star moved to sell off the franchise to Microsoft. At the recent industry trade event Oculus Connect 2  which took place this week in Hollywood, California and saw the announcement of several high profile Virtual Reality Gaming projects varying in nature. Mojang, the development studio handling Minecraft titles for Microsoft, phoned in the following announcement for a VR Minecraft to be released with Oculus Rift support for Windows 10 users.

Image Credit: Road To VR

Oculus Rift Announcement Trailer of Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition.

343 Industries and Microsoft Studios Release Rare Halo 5 Guardians Screenshots

Halo 5 Guardians Xbox ONE

The first person shooter, alien / human warfare video game Halo 5 Guardians releasing to Xbox ONE exclusively on October 27, 2015 which was originally debuted by the cryptic theme of war logs through viral campaign has been known as one of the console’s main selling points (60 frames per second has also been confirmed) even before the Beta testing occurred showcasing the game’s new multiplayer format changing up the formula of gunplay in the online battlefield between players. 343 Industries has been developing this game for potentially upwards of two years as the earliest conceptual work on the game began while Halo 4 was being produced.

Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens has been rumored as a consideration for technological breakthroughs in observing the game of Halo, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet how far this ends up going and if the feature makes the final cut before release. Early adopters will want to keep an eye on it though, Minecraft HoloLens was displayed recently from Microsoft at E3 2015 as well during a live presentation. Check out Mega Ran’s E3 2015 Wrap Up!

Below the game’s trailers, you will find Screenshots released by Microsoft Studios, the publisher of Halo 5 Guardians, who owns all rights to the ongoing blockbuster series.

Halo 5 Guardians Official Trailer:

Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer Gameplay:

Official Screenshots:

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Halo 5: Guardians Earns a T Rating


The fifth numbered entry in the Halo franchise has been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB, Gamesradar discovered today. All previous Halo titles — with the exception of Halo Wars, Spartan Assault and Spartan Strike, have been rated “M for Mature”.

The content descriptors reveal the game will feature blood, mild language, violence. It appears the violence in Halo 5 has been toned compared to its predecessors; its official rating summary mentions occasional blood-splatter effects, while Halo 4‘s lists “Large blood-splatter effects” and describes a gory scene. You can read the full rating summary for more detail.

Halo 5 Rating Summary:

This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a super soldier (Locke) searching for a missing character. Players use pistols, machine guns, grenade launchers, and futuristic weapons to kill alien and human enemies in frenetic combat. Battles are highlighted by realistic gunfire, explosions, and occasional blood-splatter effects. Characters can also use “assassinations” to kill characters by snapping their necks, or by stabbing them with bladed weapons. The word “a*s” appears in the dialogue, as well as occasional taunts/insults (e.g., “I have copulated…with your genetic progenitors!”; ‘Your father was a filthy colo and your mother was a hole in the wall!’)

Halo 5: Guardians launches on October 27, 2015, exclusively for Xbox One.


Source: Gamesradar via ESRB.

New Rise of the Tomb Raider Gameplay Surfaces


Crystal Dynamics has dropped a brand new gameplay video for their Tomb Raider sequel. The video picks up where the E3 gameplay left off and we find Lara trekking through the snowy wilderness of Siberia.

Lara has new ways of dispatching bad guys, from stealthy bow kills involving poison arrows, to the ever popular “death from above” stealth kill. The crafting system introduced in the 2013 reboot makes a return as we see Lara craft herself the aforementioned poison arrows. Ms Croft doesn’t just have to contend with humans in the wild but highly dangerous animals as well, including a very big, very pissed off Bear.

How will Lara overcome this ferocious beasts? You’ll have to watch to find out.


Rise of the Tomb Raider launches on November 10, 2015 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. It is a timed exclusive.

Phil Spencer Puts an End to the Silent Hills Xbox One Exclusive Rumor


Yesterday a rumor surfaced, stating that Microsoft was in talks with Konami over the acquisition of the Silent Hill franchise for “billions of dollars”. The rumor also claimed that the game was 80% complete and would be revealed at E3 as an Xbox One exclusive with a March 2016 release date.

If that sounds somewhat ridiculous and false to you, that’s because it is. Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division and Microsoft Studios, went ahead and shot the rumor down on twitter, claiming he didn’t want fans to be mislead.

There you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth. Which means the future of the Silent Hill franchise is still unknown.

Via: Phil Spencer

Far Cry 4 is Among this Week’s Xbox One and Xbox 360 Deals With Gold


Microsoft has revealed the latest games to join the Deals with Gold promotion for Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. This week’s lineup of discounted games, include titles such as Far Cry 4, Bioshock Infinite, Assassin’s Creed Unity and more. Check out the full list below. All deals expire on May 11th, and require an Xbox Live Gold membership.

Xbox 360

  • BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 1* — $7.50
  • BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Part 2* — $7.50
  • BioShock Infinite Season Pass* — $10
  • Call of Duty 2 — $10
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops — $10
  • Call of Duty Classic — $10
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 — $20
  • Double Dragon Neon — $2.50
  • Far Cry 3 — $10
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon — $3.74
  • Far Cry 4 — $33
  • Far Cry 4 Season Pass — $20

Xbox One:

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity — $22
  • Far Cry 4 — $33
  • Far Cry 4 Gold Edition — $54
  • Far Cry 4 Season Pass — $20

Source: Major Nelson’s blog

Uncompressed High Quality Screenshot Feature Coming to Xbox One

ScreamRide Xbox ONE Screenshot Uncompressed

The Xbox ONE next-generation all-in-one multimedia / video games system will soon be getting a new Screenshot feature. Unlike the PlayStation 4’s similar feature, Xbox ONE’s interpretation of this is to allow users to do so without compression. This should, if all goes according to plan, allow for higher quality images and not mask the true quality of the games folks are uploading screenshots of.

An example is shown above of the upcoming title ScreamRide for Xbox ONE releasing March 3, 2015 (RGN Review hits a day before on March 2). This title was made by the original developers of the RollerCoaster Tycoon series and a trailer for it was released recently.

Click here to view that ScreamRide Xbox ONE Trailer now.

Northerlime of GeekEssentials explains the upcoming feature to the RealGamerNewz audience in the following video below.

Source: Microsoft

This Is How #XboxOne Dashboard User Interface Will Look Soon… pt 2 [HD 1080P Video Preview]

Xbox ONE Dashboard Update - February 2015 - 1080P Trailer pt2

Last month, Microsoft gave us a taste of what our Xbox One update would look like visually to the main operating system. Today we got a better look at that visual face-lift and functionality upgrade. Here’s a replay of the teaser from last month in case you missed it. Preview for the February Update Overview of Xbox One’s operating system / dashboard user interface.

Microsoft Hosts LIVE Forza Motorsport 6 Event [HD 1080P]

Forza Motorsport 6 RealGamerNewz

Raj Nair of Ford Motor Company and Dan Greenwalt of Turn 10 Studios take the stage alongside Forza Motorsport 6 LIVE reveal announcements as Microsoft hosts the following LIVE Event in 1080P High Definition below. Forza Motorsport will release some time in 2015 (precise date to be announced) and is expected to be given the full gameplay demo treatment at this year’s E3 2015.

Genre(s): Racing
Platform(s): Xbox One
Publisher(s): Microsoft
Developer(s): Turn 10 Studios
Release Date (NA): TBA