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Rumor: Second generation Xbox One has been in production since February

Earlier this month an FCC filing revealed that Microsoft had plans for a new model of the Xbox One. Details on the new version of the Xbox One have been scarce, though the filing did specify that the console would feature a new wi-fi chip.

According to an image post on Weibo from user Microsoft信仰中心 (via NeoGaf)  the new Xbox One has been in production since February 2016. In addition to the console having been in production, the user detailed that there would be a white version of the new console whose production name appears to translate to Xbox One second generation.

Looking at the image (above) it appears as though the second generation was planned since 2014, a year after the Xbox One released. The weight, 600 ~ 800g (roughly 1lb+/-) , seems a bit odd considering the that the Xbox One is currently 7lb. If the second generation is truly that light, it could be the rumored "lightweight" digital only Xbox One.

Apparently, once entering production the second generation Xbox One was planned to have plan of manufacturing 400,000 consoles per week.

Microsoft has not verified this rumor. The FCC filing suggests that the console will be revealed this Summer.

Xbox's Phil Spencer gives his take on 'Xbox One and a half' idea

There has been tons of speculation during the last few weeks that Sony is considering an upgraded version of their PS4 console, dubbed the PS4.5. In fact, a few of the system specs are starting rumors of their own. However it seems Xbox's Phil Spencer wouldn't support Microsoft if they followed suit. 

Spencer gave his take on the rumors during a recent roundtable discussion with Game Informer. He said: 

"I’m not a big fan of Xbox One and a half. If we’re going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers." 

Despite the troubles that Xbox gamers have encountered with Microsoft's online experience, specifically Xbox Live, it seems the Xbox boss is pretty happy with the console's performance. 

"I don’t know anything about any of the rumors that are out there, but I can understand other teams’ motivations to do that. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it’s reliable, the servers are doing well. If we’re going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people – an upgrade."

If these comments are anything to go off of – for now at least – it would seem that an Xbox One upgrade is not on the cards. 

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Microsoft confirms the time of their E3 2016 press conference

One of the gaming world's biggest events is just around the corner, E3 which will go from June 14 to June 16. Microsoft has officially revealed the time and date for their big press conference.

As per usual, a lot of information will come out during E3 and it is important to know when the big stuff happens, like Microsoft's press conference.

Microsoft confirmed the details of their press conference in a statement to Gamespot. The event will start at  09:30 AM PT  (12:30 AM ET / 16:30 AM GMT), on Monday, June 13. Microsoft did not reveal any details about what would be in the press conference, just that they would have one.

If past Microsoft E3 press conferences are anything to go on then this is something no one would want to miss out on.

Xbox One to receive minor fixes in system update next week

The Xbox One is getting an update soon, but don't get too excited – there won't be much coming with it. According to Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra, the Xbox One will see a minor update to the system aimed at making "small fixes."

Rumor: Microsoft to announce new standard Xbox controller and Elite Xbox One during E3

Microsoft's Xbox One has been the focus of a number of rumors recently, specifically concerning the second generation Xbox One that was revealed through an FCC filing, which contained wording that suggested a new controller and recently shared production plan. 

According to Brad Sams  of Thurrott (via NeoGaf), Microsoft is planning to reveal new hardware during E3.

Speaking with "sources inside the company" Sams has revealed that Microsoft will be revealing a new standard controller that will look like the current controller, but with an update and will ship with the Xbox One. This 'update' will explore "interactions between the PC and the Xbox One."

In addition to the controller, Sams is reporting the Microsoft will be revealing something "much bigger" than an updated standard controller. Sams suggests that the 'bigger' item may be an Elite console to go along with the Elite controller.

Microsoft confirms May's Games with Gold lineup for Xbox One, Xbox 360

Earlier today, the May lineup for Microsoft's Games with Gold program leaked ahead of its official announcement. The leak revealed that Xbox Live Gold members could look forward to a somewhat tame lineup in comparison to April's lineup.

Microsoft has officially announced the game lineup for May and it is just as the leak suggested.

Xbox One

  • Defense Grid 2 (May 1 – May 31) 
  • Costume Quest 2 (May 16 – June 15)

Xbox 360

  • Grid 2  (May 1 – May 15)
  • Peggle  (May 16 – May 31)

The Xbox 360 games, Grid 2 and Peggle are both backwards compatible, making them available on the Xbox One as well as the Xbox 360.

Next Xbox One System Update heading to Preview members this Summer

During the Microsoft Build conference in March, Microsoft revealed that they had plenty of plans for the Xbox One this summer. Among those plans, the team was considering bringing background music and Cortana to the console.

Xbox engineering lead Mike Ybarra has revealed that the next Xbox One system update will be coming to preview program members towards the end of May or Early June.

Pre-order Gears of War 4 'Ultimate Edition' and play 4 days early

As we patiently await the October 11th release of Gears of War 4, it has come to light that a special edition of the game will give players access to the game four days before the game's retail release. According to a listing on the Xbox Store (tipped by xbl-gen1), pre-ordering the Ultimate Edition of Gears 4 will give you access to the game on October 7th.

The listing details the following:

" Early Access to Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition will be available starting Friday October 7, 2016. Requires broadband internet to download, and 70-80 GB of hard drive space. "

The $99 bundle includes a number of items, in addition to its poor title — the bundle includes: 

  • Gears of War 4 (digital)
  • Gears of War Season Pass (exclusive Vintage VIP Pack, one year of unlimited access to new maps, early access to an exclusive VIP playlist and six Gear Packs)
  • Gears of War 4 Vintage Del Multiplayer Map
  • Pre-order bonus Character Pack for the Gears of War Ultimate Edition (note: not the Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition)

Gears of War 4 Ultimate Edition is one number away from being Gears of War Ultimate Edition, a remaster of the original Gears of War plus five unreleased chapters. The two can easily be confused due to being one number apart, hopefully we don't see parents purchasing the wrong game this holiday season.

Assassin's Creed, Alien: Isolation and Madden NFL 16 highlight this week's Deals with Gold for Xbox One, 360

Microsoft has revealed this week's Deals with Gold for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, bringing tons of games to Xbox owners at a discount. It appears as though this week's deals might make up for the lackluster May lineup that Games with Gold is offering.

Xbox  Live Gold members can find a number of major titles on sale this week, starting with Assassin's Creed Syndicate, expanding to the new Hitman game and to Madden NFL 16. They might not be free, but at least some of the games are up to 60% off! 

If marked with an asterisk (*), the game is available to both Xbox Live Gold members and Silver members.

Xbox One

CONTENT TITLE CONTENT TYPE DISCOUNT NOTES
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Xbox One Game 45% DWG
Alien: Isolation – The Collection* Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Alien: Isolation* Xbox One Game 60% Spotlight
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Trilogy Xbox One Game 30% DWG
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Xbox One Game 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gold Edition Xbox One Game 50% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Unity Xbox One Game 50% DWG
DOA5LR Costumes by Tamiki Wakaki Set* Xbox One Game 30% Spotlight
DOA5LR New Fighters + Debut Costume Set* Add-On 40% Spotlight
DOA5LR Showstoppers Encore Set* Add-On 30% Spotlight
Gems of War Legendary Starter Pack Add-On 40% DWG
Hitman Intro Pack Xbox One Game 10% DWG
Hitman The Full Experience Xbox One Game 10% DWG
King’s Quest: Season Pass – Chapter 2-5 Add-On 25% DWG
Madden NFL 16 Xbox One Game 67% DWG
Madden NFL 16 Deluxe: Season Edition* Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Madden NFL 16 Super Deluxe: Season Edition* Xbox One Game 40% Spotlight
NBA 2K16 Xbox One Game 40% DWG
NBA 2K16 Michael Jordan Special Edition* Xbox One Game 50% Spotlight
Neverwinter Zen (All Zen) Add-On 15% DWG
Pinball FX2 Civil War Table Add-On 50% DWG
Shovel Knight* Add-On 33% Spotlight

Xbox 360

CONTENT TITLE CONTENT TYPE DISCOUNT NOTES
Alien Isolation* Games On Demand 60% Spotlight
Aliens: Colonial Marines* Games On Demand 75% Spotlight
Assassin’s Creed Games On Demand 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood Games On Demand 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed II Games On Demand 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed III Games On Demand 50% DWG
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Games On Demand 50% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Liberation HD Arcade 75% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Revelations Games On Demand 60% DWG
Assassin’s Creed Rogue Games On Demand 60% DWG
Farming Simulator Games On Demand 75% DWG
King’s Quest Season Pass Add-On 25% DWG
Madden NFL 16 Games On Demand 67% DWG
NBA 2K16 Games On Demand 50% DWG
PayDay 2 Games On Demand 60% DWG
Pinball FX2 Civil War table Add-On 50% DWG

Five games more go backwards compatible for Xbox One

Microsoft's Major Nelson has revealed that five more Xbox 360 games have been made available on the Xbox One via backwards compatibility.

Among the five new additions are Double Neon Dragon and Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime. Both games came out a year apart, in 2012 and 2011 (respectively). While Double Neon Dragon was met with mixed to positive reviews, Ghostbusters had a much harder time with mostly negative reviews.