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PS4 System Update 3.00 Released September 30, 2015

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Earlier today, Sony released a required system update for the PlayStation 4. The new update, version 3.00 adds a lot of new features to the console including Twitter support, improvements to YouTube functionality and an increase of cloud based storage capacity for PS Plus subscribers.

PS4 owners can get the update right now through their PS4’s software update feature. It is about 250MB in size.  You must download it if you wish to access the PlayStation Network.  The official PlayStation SmartPhone app has also been updated today for iOS users, so make sure to check if you’re running the latest version of the app before using it with a PS4 running System Software 3.00.

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Halo Week 2015 Bonus Video 2 – Halo Wars 2 Discussion September 30, 2015

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Our final video for Halo Week 2015 details one of the biggest surprise announcements that I have heard in quite a long time.  I have a very soft spot in my heart for Halo Wars, the 2009 console RTS which proved that the Halo franchise could work in a medium other than a first person shooter.  While the game’s developers had massive plans for the franchise they helped create, Microsoft chose to close the studio that created it instead.

It seemed unlikely that we would ever see a sequel to Halo Wars.  Then, in a move we never saw coming, Halo Wars 2 was announced at GamesCom 2015!  Join Maniac and diskreader117 as we talk about this announcement, and speculate on what we would like to see in the next game of the Halo Wars series.

And with this, Halo Week 2015 comes to a close.  I hope you all enjoyed the time we spent talking about this beloved franchise, and speculate on its future.

Halo Wars 2 is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10.

Halo Week 2015 Bonus Video 1 – The Halo TV Series September 30, 2015

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Halo Week 2015 is drawing to a close today but we’ve got two very special videos left to wrap this incredible week up.  First off, Maniac and diskreader117 talk about the Halo TV series, a series first announced at the Xbox One reveal two years ago.

The Halo TV series was intended to be the crowning achievement of Microsoft’s Xbox Live  programming lineup, but Microsoft decided to cancel those plans prematurely.  While the Halo series is still officially in production, we have not heard a single update about it since it was announced.  Join us as we try to figure out why.

Stay tuned, we have one more Halo Week bonus video on its way, a discussion about Halo Wars 2.

The Sprint Season 3 Announced September 29, 2015

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Microsoft and 343 Industries have just announced a third season of The Sprint, an ongoing digital series detailing the development of Halo 5: Guardians, is on its way in October. Here’s the official trailer.

I have to admit the first two seasons of The Sprint have been a great watch and a very worthy reason to give the Halo Channel a download.  Previous seasons have detailed certain key milestones in the development of the game. For example, the first season detailed the launch of Halo 5‘s multiplayer beta test, and the second season focused on the preparations for the game’s E3 2015 showing.  Season 3 will focus on the rush to launch.

The Sprint season 3 is coming in October. You’ll be able to watch it on the Halo Channel app for Xbox One, Smartphones and Windows 8/10.

Halo Week 2015 Day 7 – Halo Reach Remake Rumors September 29, 2015

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Ever since 343 Industries ported Halo 3: ODST into Halo: The Master Chief Collection earlier this year, there has been an enormous demand for Microsoft to rerelease Bungie’s final Halo game, 2010’s Halo Reach.

While there has not been any official announcement of a Halo Reach remake being in development, Microsoft has announced their plans to bring backwards compatibility to the Xbox One at E3 this year, and while Halo Reach has not been made playable on the Xbox One yet, Halo Reach‘s box cover was included in the official backwards compatibility promotional image.

So what would a Halo Reach remake look like and why do we want one so bad?  Give the video a watch and find out for yourselves.

You would think that after releasing a new video a day for the past week, Halo Week would be over.  Well, I’m happy to announce we’re going into overtime.  Two bonus videos are currently in production. Next time we’ll be talking about the Steven Spielberg produced Halo TV series, a project that no one has heard a peep about since it was announced at the Xbox One reveal back in 2013.

Halo Week 2015 Day 6 – Halo 5 Multiplayer Discussion September 28, 2015

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Hot off the heels of the release of an incredible Live-Action TV commercial, Halo Week 2015 continues on GameXcess.net.

Today, Maniac and diskreader117 continue our discussion on Halo 5: Guardians by talking about the game’s new Multiplayer mode, Warzone. Both of them have logged actual hands-on time with Halo 5‘s MP mode already, so as you can imagine both of them have a lot they want to say about it.

Halo 5: Guardians is coming October 27th, 2015 exclusively for the Xbox One.

Halo 5: Guardians TV Spot September 28, 2015

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We are exactly a month away from the release of Halo 5: Guardians on the Xbox One and to promote the upcoming launch of the gam, Microsoft released a live-action TV spot which aired tonight during an NFL game.

If you’re like me and have no interest in physical sports whatsoever you probably missed it. Don’t worry, we got you covered, you can watch the commercial below. Just be aware there may be a small spoiler. If you’re uncomfortable with that, you might want to wait until the game is released before you watch it. If not, go ahead and give it a watch.  It is extremely well made and has great production values. I just question why Microsoft would choose to air it during an event that their fans probably have no interest in.

Halo 5 Guardians will release October 27th, 2015 exclusively on Xbox One.

Halo Week 2015 Day 5 – Halo 5: Guardians Single Player Story Speculation September 27, 2015

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We are halfway through Halo Week 2015!  Today, Maniac and diskreader117 speculate on what the story might be for Halo 5: Guardian’s Single Player campaign.  What parts of Halo lore will be integrated into the story?  What’s in store for Blue Team?  Is the Master Chief a hero?  Give it a watch and see what we think.  Minor spoilers for #HuntTheTruth might be brought up here so just be warned about that.

Not a fan of single-player?  Not a problem.  Tomorrow, we’ll be talking about Halo 5 multiplayer, see you all then.

Halo 5: Guardians is coming October 2015 exclusively on Xbox One.

Halo Week 2015 Day 4 – #HuntTheTruth Discussion September 26, 2015

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As we continue Halo Week 2015 on this website, Maniac and diskreader117 talk about the ongoing podcast leading up to the release of Halo 5: Guardians, #HuntTheTruth.  Don’t worry if you want to watch the video before listening to all of the show’s episodes, we’re going to keep this discussion as spoiler free as we possibly can.

Halo Week 2015 continues tomorrow with speculation about Halo 5’s Single Player campaign!

Halo 5: Guardians is coming October 2015 exclusively on Xbox One.

Happy Batman Day 2015 September 26, 2015

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I know we’re still in the middle of Halo Week 2015 on this website, but today is officially recognized as Batman Day worldwide, and who am I to neglect such an important day on this site!  To celebrate, DC has partnered up with tons of retailers to give away a special Batman Day comic free of charge to anyone who visits a participating bookstore, comic shop or video game store.

For anyone who might appreciate a blast from the past today, here’s some exclusive Batman content for our loyal readers.  A few years ago, we recorded a podcast where we discussed the history of Batman video games up until the release of the Batman: Arkham video games.  For those of you who might have missed it, or those of you who might want to listen to it again, you can listen to the entire podcast below!

Have a happy Batman Day everyone, and don’t forget to pick up the free comic at your local retailer.  You might need to shop around a bit because my local comic book store didn’t receive copies of the book, but my local GameStop did have copies in stock.  In fact, GameStop has announced their version of the book features an exclusive variant cover.