Gears of War 4 Xbox One S Bundles Revealed

Gears of War 4 Xbox One S Bundles Revealed

Two new bundles for Gears of War 4 have been announced, including an exclusive deep blue console, allowing players to buy the title alongside the new Xbox One S.

For those who are looking to enjoy Gears of War 4 at its best, Microsoft have revealed two bundles for the Xbox One S to celebrate the new chapter of their acclaimed franchise’s release, that will be available to purchase beginning October 11.

The first bundle comes with a white Xbox One S and a digital download copy of Gears of War 4, along with a 1TB hard drive and the new Xbox wireless controller. Priced at $349, the bundle will allow players to upgrade from their old Xbox One consoles, due to the new Xbox One S’s better performance on certain titles. In the case of Gears, the game supports High Dynamic Range on the new console which, according to the Xbox blog post, will make a big difference visually.

“Fans will experience richer, more luminous colors and a higher contrast ratio between lights and darks, bringing out the true visual depth of the battle against the Swarm,” claims General Manager for Xbox, Matt Lapsen in the company’s bundle announcement.

 

The second package deal is a Gears of War 4 special edition bundle, coming with a limited edition deep blue console and matching controller. This bundle comes with a 500GB hard drive and is available exclusively at GameStop and Microsoft Stores in the US (and at EB Games and Microsoft Stores in Australia). The special edition bundle comes with a physical edition of Gears 4 in the US and a digital download in Australia.

It’s worth noting that physical copies of Gears of War 4 do not qualify for the Xbox Play Anywhere feature, meaning that players who want a disk copy will not be able to play the game on Windows 10 PCs, unlike those who opt for a download.

Also, for a limited time, when fans purchase either bundle, they will get the entire Xbox 360 Gears of War collection for Xbox One at no extra cost, meaning that players can revisit the original games for a quick trip down memory lane before jumping into the next generation of Gears.

These aren’t the only Gears of War-themed consoles that will be coming in the near future, with the2TB red console sporting the Crimson Omen symbol, set to launch 4 days before the game’s release date. A brand-new Gears 4-themed Elite controller has also been revealed by The Coalition, featuring a red design, blood splatters, and scratch mark decals. Gamers who purchase the special edition controller can also get themselves an exclusive in-game item and three Gear Packs.

 

 

[Source:- Gamerant]

Amazon Doubles Down on Dash

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azon last week announced that it had increased to more than 100 the number of Dash buttons Prime users can install in their homes to replenish supplies of common household goods.

Dash buttons — which are available only to Amazon Prime members, for whom they’re essentially free — are connected devices that link to a customer’s Amazon account. With the press of a button, consumers can order shipments of whatever product is associated with a given Dash module.

Users can, for example, stick a Gerber Dash near a supply of baby food, a Brawny Dash near paper towels, or a Smartwater Dash near gym equipment. Then they can press a button to replenish baby food, paper towels or water whenever they notice they’re getting low.

Joining the Race

Amazon Dash got its start a year ago, but it wasn’t until last fall that the company fleshed out and beefed up the service with buttons from major players. Early Dash participants included CleverPet, General Electric, Gmate, Oster, Petnet and Samsung.

New members of Dash more than triple the number of available brands. They include Brawny, Charmin, Clorox, Depend, Doritos, Energizer, Gain, Gatorade, Gerber, Glad, Hefty, Huggies, L’Oreal Paris Revitalift, Lysol, Olay, Purina, Red Bull, Slim Jim, Starbucks, Tide, Trojan and Wellness pet food.

“Prime members are using Dash Buttons at an increasing rate. Over the last three months, Dash Button orders have grown by more than 75 percent. Customers are using Dash Buttons more than once a minute,” said Daniel Rausch, director of Amazon Dash.

Dash seems ideal for the most devout Prime customers, brand evangelists and those with loyalties to particular product lines, noted Karma Martell, CEO ofKarmaCom.

“Obviously, Amazon thought there were enough of these customers out there to make this worthwhile,” she told the E-Commerce Times. “I can see where it serves a twofold purpose of almost forcing major brands to join the program and sell through Amazon.”

If you sell detergent and haven’t joined your competitors in Dash, for example, you face a loss, Martell said.

Conversely, brands looking to cross-sell and upsell may find that Amazon’s Dash buttons don’t fit their plans, according to Justin Hamel, CEO ofMastaMinds.

“There is a going to be a specific type of brand that will benefit from these Dash buttons,” he told the E-Commerce Times. “A lot of the brands that are early adopters of the Dash buttons are perfect for these — like Clorox, Tide, Orbitz gum, etc.”

The Price of Convenience

Dash users put a lot of trust in Amazon’s prices, Hamel noted.

“In the long run, I think that consumers will be paying for this convenience,” he said, “but time is money, and saving an hour at the grocery store would be priceless for me.”

Amazon has taken care to avoid prank and paw presses of Dash buttons, requiring account holders to confirm orders on their mobile devices and refilling only the previously purchased amount of product.

Still, there seems to be a good deal of customer confusion about what’s available when they press the button, noted Martell.

“Judging from the user comments, it seems like there are a number of kinks to work out. After all, it’s just a button. It can place one and only one repeat order,” she said. “That’s about as smart as it gets.”

Despite its shortcomings, Amazon Dash changes the game, according to Hamel, who said he loves the concept.

“I’m really digging the idea of less trips to the dreaded supermarket and less time spent making stupid shopping lists,” he said, “not to mention the convenience and wow factor of having a button to reup goods on demand.”

 

 

[Source:- Technewsworld]

Gears of War 4 Almost Makes Me Regret Buying a PlayStation 4

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With excitement for The Coalition’s Gears of War 4 heating up, one Game Rant writer takes a forlorn look at his PS4 and ponders over making another platform purchase.

Microsoft has been pushing exclusive and limited platform releases as huge incentives for the Xbox One in 2016, and it’s hard to disagree. Just this month saw the launch of Quantum Break, and although there have been some issues with the title, particularly when it comes to its PC version, overall the response to the game has been positive. In fact, Microsoft has suggested that the game isthe biggest-selling new Microsoft IP of this generation.

However, there is one Xbox One exclusive that potentially has even more hype surrounding it thanQuantum Break. That title is Gears of War 4, the upcoming sequel to the acclaimed third-person shooter franchise. With the original trilogy in particular taking a place in Xbox gaming history, a lot is expected of this new installment in the series.

The gaming community recently got a fresh look at the title, in the form of a stunning new trailer. Shown during the season two debut of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, this new Gears of War 4 trailer continued the franchise’s trend for fantastic trailers in advance of a game’s release. Giving a look at new protagonist JD, along with cameos of Marcus and Anya, fans of the franchise were left wowed by this brief glimpse at the game world.

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As such, plenty of gamers were even more excited for the game’s release, counting down the daysuntil October 11. However, there is one fairly large demographic of console gamers who may be feeling a little left out by the anticipation surrounding Gears of War 4: PS4 owners. After all, the series has always been exclusive to Xbox (with the exception of the original game’s PC port), and PlayStation users have never had the chance to play the games on their platform of choice.

Unfortunately, for the first time in Gears of War history, that group of gamers includes me. In the previous console generation, I was firmly in the Xbox 360 camp, and thoroughly enjoyed the Gears of War series, alongside other standouts like Halo 3 and Forza Motorsport 3. However, when it came to this generation of consoles, I made the jump back over to PlayStation.

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It has to be said that, overall, I am incredibly happy with the PS4. I’ve been able to enjoy the giddy high of the LittleBigPlanet series for the first time of my own accord, while Sony’s dedication to high-quality remastered versions of games from the previous generation has been much appreciated through the likes of The Last Of Us and the Uncharted franchise. There’s a reason why the console is proving to be incredibly popular with gamers.

However, the release of the new Gears of War 4 trailer has definitely left me pining for an Xbox One. Even though the PS4 has proved to be an outstanding platform, the idea of missing out on aGears of War game is a very disappointing thought. Although Gears of War: Judgment was a bit of a misstep, the series has routinely provided fantastic entertainment.

In fact, the Gears of War franchise holds a special place in my heart. Without getting overly sentimental over a series that primarily involves killing hulking subterranean beasts with a chainsaw machine gun, the original trilogy brings back great memories of playing co-op campaigns with my old housemates, sneaking games between university assignments, and generally enjoying the last great hurrah of split-screen gaming.

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It’s not just this feeling of nostalgia that keeps me longing for Gears of War 4, however. The title looks like it’s going to make a strong return to the franchise’s roots, with developer The Coalition suggesting since the game’s inception that those horror themes that fit the game’s atmosphere so well in the first installment would be making a strong return to the fore. Meanwhile, even though split-screen gameplay and couch co-op in general seems to be dropping off the list of needed features on new games, Gears of War 4 will get back to the series staple of 2-player cooperative play.

It’s development choices like this that truly make Gears of War 4 stand out from some of the other Xbox One games that have seen release. The loss of split-screen from Halo 5 was extremely disappointing, particularly for proponents of split-screen as an additional gameplay option. It seems as though The Coalition has eschewed some mainstream design choices in favor of creating a game that truly speaks to Gears of War fans – after all, it’s rare to see a series return to horror themes after taking steps towards set-piece action, as fans of Resident Evil and Dead Space have no doubt found out.

Although having a respect for the previous games in the franchise is undoubtedly a big bonus, some of the additions to Gears of War 4 also seem hugely impressive. New characters such as Oscar and Reyna look set to add a new dimension to the series, while the new trio of JD, Del, and Kait will hopefully prove to be just as strong a set of main characters as Dom and Marcus and the rest of Delta squad from the original games.

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In fact, there’s very little about Gears of War 4 that looks concerning as of yet. Although a number of details surrounding the game have yet to be announced, there has been more than enough for gamers to get a general idea of what to expect. Already, The Coalition has taken a proactive approach to sharing details of the game’s new enemies and weapons, which will hopefully stop the gameplay from feeling a little stale. Even the idea of gore and profanity filters of the title could prove useful for those looking for additional ways to control their content in-game, although exactly how successful a gore filter on a game as violent as Gears of War can be remains to be seen.

All in all, then, Gears of War 4 is nearly enough to make me doubt my PS4 purchase. The franchise has a huge place of importance in my personal gaming history, as well as in the realm of video game shooters as a whole, and it will be a genuine shame to miss it – particularly if The Coalition includes a much-wanted Carmine appearance. Until then, I will be keeping my fingers crossed thatrumors of a possible PC release prove to be true.

 

[Source:- Gamerant]

Gears of War 4’s Beta is Chaotic, Gory and Damn Fun

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One editor goes hands-on with the beta for Gears of War 4 prior to its release, and comes away impressed and eager to see how the final game will turn out.

I was in attendance during Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference, when Rod Fergusson stepped out on stage and revealed Gears of War 4 to the world. The darkened USC Galen Center exploded with excitement as the demo played through to its cliffhanger climax, leaving many longtime fans eager to get their hands on the title as soon as humanly possible – myself included. Quite a bit of time has passed since the game was first shown off, but newfound Gears developer The Coalition is finally ready to give fans a taste of what they can expect from Gears of War 4 later this October.

After much anticipation, my time finally came to try out Gears 4‘s beta through an early access code, and it quickly hit me in a way that the series’ latest iteration, Judgment, had failed to do. In that sense, it’s been almost five years since I’ve felt a rush similar to the various and recurring circumstances of Gears of War 3, but that all changed once I booted up the beta and dove into my first round of Team Deathmatch. Suffice it to say, there’s a lot more familiarity in this fresh take of the series – oh, and it’s an absolute blast.

The tried and true, heart-racing multiplayer gameplay that so many Gears fans have come to know and love has officially made its triumphant return on Xbox One. Diving into the beta’s Team Deathmatch mode felt like a homecoming of sorts, as I rolled, roadie-ran, mounted cover, and got blown to gory chunks over and over again. As it turns out, all that time away from the battlefield left me incredibly rusty, but it all started coming back after a dozen or so rounds – at least enough so that I was able to pull off the new knife execution.

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To clarify, while this feels like a return to form, The Coalition has been busy implementing several changes within Gears of War 4 to make it feel more like a natural evolution of the series. One of these additions comes in the form of a new grabbing mechanic which encouraged me to reach over a piece of cover and pull a foe on the opposite side over to me. In this moment, I was given the option to pull out a knife and brutally murder my nemesis by tapping the ‘Y’ button, causing me to draw my blade and carve up the sad sap like a turkey at Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, it’s as violent as you’d imagine.

Of course, executions are challenging to pull off in the heat of battle, and they rarely present themselves as an option in the shotgunners’ paradise that is Gears 4‘s multiplayer. Hammerburst and Lancer fire still light up the battleground, but the Gnasher is an invaluable weapon when it comes down to those crucial final moments of a round. Of course, power weapons cause plenty of upset to this dynamic, with the Torque Bow and Boomshot making their triumphant return. Then there’s the Dropshot, a brand new armament making its debut in the beta that sends a floating mine of sorts over cover – allowing users to drop it down on foes behind cover by releasing the right trigger button.

For those curious, there are a total of three maps featured within the trial: Foundation; Harbor; and Dam. Despite lacking major set pieces or various levels of interactivity that multiplayer maps in recent Gears titles have featured – something that is hopefully rectified in the final game – each battlefield feels unique because of the colors that fill them and the locales they take place in. For example, the blue and orange accents of Foundation work incredibly well, as they strike an engaging chord for anyone that’s grown tired of the grungy brown and gray aesthetic of the series. Meanwhile, the seaside environment of Harbor makes for an incredibly nice change of scenery, loaded with relevant and appropriate waste-high cover options.

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The only detractor from the beta is that it lacks the visual polish that many may have expected from the first true current-gen iteration of the franchise. This will likely change in the build up to the game’s release (it is a beta, after all), but the textures featured on each character look like something that could have been rendered on the Xbox 360. Still, it’s the gameplay that will rope players in, as the thrill of survival and the rush that accompanies each and every hard-fought kill is central to the experience that The Coalition is trying to provide.

I found the experience I’ve come to know and love in a brand new setting during this beta, and I’m confident that fans will realize the exact same thing after booting it up. This is just a taste of what is yet to come – with some awesome rewards for those willing to play to level 20 – and it’ll be interesting to see how much everything changes in the final few months leading up to the game’s full release. After sinking hours into the beta, however, it’s nice to admit: Gears is finally back.

Gears of War 4‘s beta will open up to Gears of War: Ultimate Edition owners on April 18th, with everyone with Xbox Live Gold having the option to participate beginning April 24th. It will then come to an end on May 1st.

 

[Source:- Gamerant]

Gears of War 4: Cliffy B Reacts to First Trailer

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After the release of the first cinematic trailer for the upcomingGears of War 4, former Gears of War head developer Cliffy B takes to Twitter to praise the game.

In the 90’s, there was one name synonymous with trigger-happy, twitch-reflex shooters: Cliff Bleszinski. Bleszinski, better known by his online handle Cliffy B, played a vital role in crafting the popular Unreal Tournament series for Epic Games, which emphasized big guns and even bigger explosions of gore. Cliffy B’s success with the Unreal franchise lead to the developer taking the lead role on Gears of War, a series that would go on to sell millions of copies and become synonymous with the Xbox. Under Cliffy B’s watchful eye, the grub shooting, chainsaw hacking action of Gearsbecame a fan favorite, spanning two sequels and one prequel.

But after the release of the critically praised Gears of War 3, Bleszinski decided to part ways with Epic and blaze his own trail, founding Boss Key Productions and announcing the FPS titleLawbreakers. But now that the Gears series has been passed along to The Coalition, gamers wait to see what the first post-Epic Games Gears of War game will be like. While fans wonder if Gears of War 4 will live up to expectations, Cliffy B had nothing but good things to say about the upcoming game on Twitter.

With the release of the first cinematic Gears of War 4 trailer, dubbed “Tomorrow,” fans got their first real look at JD Fenix, son of beloved Gears protagonist Marcus Fenix. The trailer, set to a dark cover of “The Sound of Silence,” evokes Gears iconic “Mad World” trailer that got fans talking back in 2006. While Cliffy B is not involved in the production of the latest Gears, he was quick to offer words of praise on Twitter, tweeting:

Cliffy B also went full fanboy in response to the official Gears of War twitter account tweeting the trailer, posting a short glowing review, leading to The Coalition’s studio head Rod Fergusson thanking Cliffy for the kind words.

 

[Source:- Gamerant]