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Forza Motorsport 5 launch trailer
Gentlemen, start your engines
One of the most obvious signs that we're in the final lap of the arrival of a next generation of consoles is the deluge of launch trailers that are appearing for the raft of gaming goodness accelerating towards us in two weeks time.
Racer Forza Motorsport 5 is the latest one to make it out of the starting grid, with plenty of shiny footage of cars revving up complimented by scenes of HD vistas with giant floating quotes hanging in the air like alphabet clouds (with a chance of adjectives).
"Laser scanned tracks" has me picturing a load of Turn 10 employees walking around a race-track with those handheld barcode scanners in hand. Beep! Forza 5 lands on November 22nd which as you all no doubt know by now is that Xbox One launch date - looking forward to it?
BBC iPlayer will come to Xbox One, but "no further details to share at this time"
Broadcaster assures that its TV streaming service will go next gen
Many Xbox 360 owners have been troubled by the absence of the BBC's iPlayer from Xbox One's line-up of launch wave apps. Fear not, connoisseurs of non-interactive entertainment - the Beeb promises that it'll jump aboard the next generation bandwagon at some point.
"BBC iPlayer is already available to audiences on over 1,000 devices and platforms in the UK," a spokesperson told Digital Spy. "While we are working to bring BBC iPlayer to Xbox One in the future, we have no further details to share at this time."
Lest we forget, iPlayer took its sweet time showing up on the Xbox 360, too - the BBC was obliged to wrangle with Microsoft at some length about whether it would be free to Xbox Silver subscribers. Hopefully, the manufacturer won't force the point on Xbox One.
"We will continue to announce more partners coming to the platform and just like we did for Xbox 360," notes a Microsoft release from last week. "We will launch new entertainment apps every month."
High odds of a spring 2014 release, do you think? Here's a round-up of the best Xbox One apps for gaming.
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Get ready to drop some sea shells with all new vehicles, weaponry and a load of new Jobs that are coming in November with the Beach Bum Pack.
Thank you to everyone for joining in GTA Online throughout this first month of its release, for all of your awesome Online Snapmatic pics and Crew videos that we’ve spotted, for your patience and understanding as we’ve been working through the initial teething issues of launching an online experience like this, and for your excellent feedback to the official GTAOnline@rockstargames.comemail address. Please keep it coming as it is really helping us plan for the future of the game. Here’s a quick update for all Grand Theft Auto Online players worldwide on what’s in store in the immediate future.
THE GTA$ STIMULUS PACKAGE
We know many of you are anxiously waiting for us to show you the GTA$ Stimulus Package money we announced a couple weeks back. As mentioned in that post, we of course want to ensure that game progress loss issues are sufficiently sorted before distributing the GTA$ to everyone. We have a few more tweaks and fixes to make in a new title update that will hit sometime next week and then we will distribute the cash.
THE BEACH BUM PACK
Coming in early November will be the first add-on content update, the Beach Bum Pack which will bring all-new beach themed vehicles and new weaponry that you’ll be able to use in both GTA Online and Story Mode. Plus new customization options for your GTA Online character including new tats, hairstyles and more. We’ll also be adding lots of brand new action-packed Jobs to play with Gang Attacks, Survivals, Last Team Standings, Parachutes, Deathmatches and Races that will have you bloodying up the waters and coastlines of the finest beach resorts across Los Santos and Blaine County.
THE CONTENT CREATOR
We are also working to bring you the debut of the first part of the GTA Online Content Creator this fall – giving players the ability to craft, publish, rate and play custom-made Deathmatch and Race Jobs. We’ll be keeping our eye open for exceptional ones that we’ll be stamping as ‘Rockstar Verified’ and will be featuring them here at the Newswire and as part of forthcoming GTA Online Social Club Events. Both the Content Creator and the Beach Bum Pack are free.
SOCIAL CLUB EVENT WEEKENDS
Starting in November will be the first Grand Theft Auto Online Social Club Event weekends which will bring special rewards and bonuses ranging from limited-edition in-game Event Crate Drops to in-game discount specials and even a special new GTA Online live-stream show hosted by Rockstar at the Social Club Events page and Rockstar Games Twitch page – plus prize pack giveaways of hard to find GTAV gear and more.
Stay tuned as we hope to have more information with more details and specific timings on these content updates as well as on GTA Online Heists and the new GTA Online Capture the Flag mode to share with you next week. We will also have initial details on more additional content coming for both Story Mode and GTA Online in the next few weeks.