Halo 5: Guardians Ghosts of Meridian Available Now

Who is ready for the epic battle of their weekend? I hope you are because you now have plans for the weekend and it includes binging on free Halo 5: Guardians Ghosts of Meridian! You could participate in one of the most epic new battles of the future. Watch the new trailer above to see for yourself!

Ghosts of Meridian includes two new awesome maps for Warzone and Arena titled Skirmish at Darkstar and Tyrant. New weapons, vehicles, visual costomizations, and more are also included in the free content. An epic new gravity hammer that unleashes kinetic explosions with each swing is also included along with Hannibal customization for the Mantis and Scorpion.

Based on feedback from the gamers, new improvements will also be implemented that will adjust weapons and vehicles and also include updates for multiplayer and fixes.

New Warzone Firefight Beta will arrive April 14-18.

Later this summer, Warzone Firefight will arrive which is the biggest Halo coop experience in history. It will begin from 10 AM PDT on Thursday April 14 to 10 AM April 18 so get ready for some sleepless nights! The beta will include the Warzone map, Escape from A.R.C., and several additional maps coming with the complete release later in the summer. Five rounds of increasing difficulty will be played by up to eight players utilizing the Halo 5: Guardians REQ system against dynamic objectives that will be timed.

Source: Xbox Wire

Build 2016 Introduces the Announcement of UWP and Xbox Dev Mode

Build 2016

Microsoft’s 2016 Build Development Conference is taking place in San Francisco this week and shedding light on key plans for Xbox One and Windows 10. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer discussed the two main topics including Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and Xbox Dev Mode.

Spencer discussed that Windows 10 UWP is a completely open platform for developers to work their magic on. UWP allows multiple methods for developers to deliver their Win32 games as well as their UWP titles. The Windows Store is just the beginning of what is available to developers when it comes to distribution. Microsoft is calling it open distribution allowing distribution in any store and from any deployment mechanism.

The benefit of UWP for consumers is the advantage that more games and apps are available on more devices and screens. This is the first step in something most consumers have been asking for because it allows a broader access to games.

Ashley Speicher, a Software Engineering Lead for Xbox then took the stage with Spencer and introduced Xbox Dev Mode. Developers will now have the help of Xbox Dev Mode to create games or apps for Xbox One. Developers can now preview Xbox Dev Mode if they are curious but it is recommended that only experienced developers attempt to preview it. The Xbox Dev Mode app could be found in the Xbox Store and will officially be released with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer.

The other big news is that along with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows Store and the Xbox Store will be combined into a single store to allow more efficiency. Cortana will also be appearing on Xbox One after the Anniversary Update along with Background Music.

With the new additions announced at the Build 2016, things are looking up for Microsoft with its Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Source: Xbox Wire