Microsoft Unveils Two New Xbox One S Bundles for Late August

The new Xbox One S console is available now, but those looking to leap upon this new iteration of Microsoft’s current platform generation may want to hold off for just a few weeks more before taking the plunge. In addition to the three versions available at the start of the month, the company has revealed that two special bundles will be available soon thereafter.

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For fans of the Master Chief and his many adventures, there are two bundles of the Xbox One S which each come with Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, effectively giving you all five of the main series Halo games at once. You can get this in a 500GB version for $399.00 CAD or a 1TB version for $449.00 CAD.

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Alternatively, if you prefer your large helmeted and armored men to partake in sports rather than combat, there is also a Madden NFL 17 bundle which comes with a 1TB Xbox One S for $449.00 CAD. In addition to the game (as a full download) and console, you’ll also receive seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs, one month of EA Access, and for a limited time, a promotional code that will net you 20 percent off your next purchase at NFLShop.com.

Note that if you’re looking at this from the States, the bundle comes with a physical copy of the game when you purchase it at GameStop. All other locations, including the northern equivalent of EBGames, provide a code for you to download the game instead.

All three bundles will be available on August 23rd, but you can pre-order now.

I don’t have an Xbox One S (yet?), but if you’re on the fence about whether or not you should get one, Shane Luis of Rerez just reviewed it:

In addition, Pat Contri and Ian Ferguson of the #CUPodcast weigh in with their opinions on the new hardware and who it is best suited for:

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In an update to the story posted last week about the teen from Pembroke, Ontario who racked up a credit card bill of nearly $8,000 in a FIFA title, there is now a happy ending of sorts as Microsoft has elected to refund the charges to the family in full following its investigation into the matter. As one might expect, the outcome has left the father, Lance Perkins, “very pleased.”

“I hope we have warned enough people. This is not just a game when it can upset a whole family and endanger our children with making mistakes,” Lance Perkins told CBC News in a text message. “I hope there are more safeguards put in place for credit card holders.”

“Let’s thank them for making that choice,” he added, though whether or not the ban on Xbox and all gaming consoles in his house still stands is unclear.

As for Microsoft, while they would confirm that they were aware of the case, they would not offer any comment on it.

Source: CBC.ca

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A 17-year old from Pembroke, Ontario has made international headlines recently after racking up a bill of $7,625.88 CAD through in-game purchases made by credit card in a FIFA game on Xbox One late last year.

The teen had been issued a credit card by his father, Lance Perkins, in case of emergency or for when purchases needed to be made for the family’s convenience store. However, he alleges that he thought the purchase was a “one time” thing.

“He thought it was a one-time fee for the game,” Perkins told CBC News. “He’s just as sick as I am, [because] he never believed he was being charged for every transaction, or every time he went onto the game.”

Perkins attempted to rectify the situation by contacting both his credit card company and Microsoft themselves. The latter stated that the bill would stand, though they would look into things due to the younger Perkins being a minor. “Purchases made using a parent’s payment account are legitimate transactions under the Microsoft Services Agreement, and we encourage parents to use the many platform and service features we make available to prevent unapproved charges,” noted a statement from Microsoft.

The credit card company, on the other hand, said they could only do something if the elder Perkins was willing to charge his son with fraud.

CBC News has posted a sampling of different public opinions regarding the matter; some sympathize with the father, insomuch as they feel he’s being played for a fool by his son. Others believe he should be monitoring his son’s activity more closely, and still others think there is more that either the credit card company or Microsoft could have done, particularly when the purchases went in excess of $500.

Ian Ferguson and Pat Contri of ThePunkEffect.com’s CUPodcast seem to believe the fault does not lie with the companies, explaining in greater detail how the teen would have to know what was happening when he made the purchases (Not Safe For Work):

Regardless of fault, Perkins has taken the most extreme measure he can to ensure there won’t be repeat incidents by outright banning all gaming systems from his home, Xbox or otherwise. Here’s hoping that he doesn’t have any other kids who are into video games.

News Credit: Yahoo!

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In case you missed the epic duel of the fates that took place late last month in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto, you’re in luck! As countless Jedi and Sith went to war with one-another, one champion arose from each side to settle the score once and for all — and Best Buy was there to capture footage of the epic clash as it happened:

The event was to celebrate the opening of pre-orders for Star Wars Battlefront, which will be available at Best Buy Canada starting at midnight tonight, November 16th.

In addition to the above video, here are a few photos taken of the teched-out Best Buy Jedi (Jed-Buy?) and Sith locking sabers:

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Star Wars Battlefront won’t be released until November 17th, but you can get in on the galactic conflict early if you’re in Toronto come this Saturday, November 14th.

Sony Computer Entertainment has announced via their Facebook page that the Star Wars Battlefront Pre-launch Event will be held on that day from 12pm to 5pm local time at the EB Games PlayStation Lounge, located upstairs at their flagship store at 267 Yonge Street. In addition to getting to play the game days before its official launch, you can also compete for a chance to win a PlayStation 4 Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront 500GB Bundle and copies of the Star Wars Battlefront game.

For further details/updates on the event, click here to see their Facebook event post.

Star Wars Battlefront will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on November 17th, 2015 in a Standard Edition for $79.99 and a Deluxe Edition for $89.99. The Limited Edition 500GB PlayStation 4 Star Wars Battlefront Bundle will also be available for $469.99.

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2015 has pretty much been the year for fans of the Back to the Future films, culminating with October 21st’s “Future Day” celebrations. However, that isn’t the only film series to have a banner year, and unlike Back to the Future, the best is yet to come for these fans.

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theatres on December 18th, and the new Star Wars Battlefront will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and on Origin for PC come November 17th. But before all that, Newmindspace is presenting “Lightsaber Battle Toronto 2015” on Saturday, October 24th from 8pm to 11pm at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West) in Toronto, Ontario. Fans of all ages are invited out to partake in this event, ideally bringing their own lightsaber in tow (there were some available to reserve, but those sold out quick).

The battle proper will take place a little after 9pm, though this is To Be Confirmed based on the outcome of the Toronto Blue Jays’ Game 7. Plus, at 9:30pm, Best Buy is sponsoring an epic martial arts battle featuring an LED-clad Jedi warrior “teched-out” with gear from Best Buy battling a Sith from the audience. Be prepared for backflips, roundhouse kicks, and even a bit of breakdancing.

For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.

Edited to add/clarify the Best Buy battle information.

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Sony has announced that Canada is going to receive its very own special PlayStation 4 bundle featuring EA Sports’ new NHL 16 title.

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Available on September 15th, 2015, this $449.99 bundle will include one PlayStation 4 console, a DualShock4 Wireless Controller, an HDMI cable, a power cable, one wired mono headset, and a USB charging cable — and of course, one copy of NHL 16. The newest game in the series features six-on-six online team play, online couch co-op, and the fan-favorite online “EA Sports Hockey League” mode, which “has been reimagined and lets you choose specialized player classes to deliver a balanced competitive experience on the ice. Player skill and your ability to play as a team will now be the determining factor in who wins and loses hockey games.” Other options allow you to play as a general manager or a pro athlete, engage in single player seasons in Hockey Ultimate Team mode, or hone your skills with a new training mode.

For more on the game, click here.

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Xbox Canada has announced a new promotion in conjunction with Electronic Arts intended to spread the love of Xbox One. The gist of it is that if you can get a friend to purchase an Xbox One, you’ll both receive a free 12-month membership to EA Access. From the e-mail:

EA Access offers $400 worth of games in The Vault and you can instantly play a growing library of EA titles, including: EA SPORTS NHL 15, EA SPORTS FIFA 15, Madden NFL 15, NBA Live 15, EA SPORTS UFC, Battlefield 4, Need for Speed Rivals, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Peggle 2 and more. You’ll also get early access to new releases and 10% off on EA digital purchases through Xbox One.

So how do you get a friend to join in? The key is to recruit them by way of this handy-dandy postcard generator, which produces such visually stimulating enticement such as this:

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There are seven games to choose from for your message, with two options for each. In addition to a number of the EA titles named above, there are also some Microsoft titles such as Forza Horizon 2 and Halo 5.

For full rules and details, click here.

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Titanfall from Electronic Arts is looking to be one of the biggest Xbox One-exclusive titles of the year. After all, how many other third-party games can you imagine that would single-handedly motivate Microsoft to update their controllers and system in anticipation of its launch? (This and an update to Xbox One’s multiplayer framework are both available now, by the way.)

Those eager to get their hands on the multiplayer mech-driving first person shooter don’t have much longer to wait, as the game arrives in stores on Tuesday, March 11th, and will even be included in a special $499.99 Titanfall Xbox One console bundle (available at select retailers, including MicrosoftStore.ca. But for those who can’t even wait that long, there’s a chance to play it early– if you’re in Toronto, at least.

On Monday, March 10th, Microsoft is bringing the “revolutionary” FPS to an exclusive gaming lounge set up at the Tattoo Rock Parlour, located at 567 Queen Street West in Toronto. Doors open at 8pm and the party lasts until midnight.

While there, participants will have the opportunity to test-drive three different game modes, as well as go head-to-head with celebrity gamers and Xbox MVP players. There will also be other launch-night exclusives, including Titanfall swag and even a message from Game Designer Steve Fukuda of Respawn Entertainment, the developer of Titanfall.

After the event, fans will be able to continue to experience the game at the Titanfall “pop-up” space at the same location. You’ll want to note that you won’t be able to actually purchase Titanfall at the pop-up space, but you can still give it a spin through Sunday, March 30th during the following operating hours:

  • Monday – Thursday, 12 noon – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 12 noon – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12 noon – 6 p.m.

As of this writing, it’s less than three days until the Titanfall; will you be there to catch it?

ea-montrealSome unfortunate news for Canadian video game developers today. Mere days after being voted as the “Worst Company in America” by readers of The Consumerist for the second year in a row, it seems that Electronic Arts has decided to spread their reputation further north by closing their Montreal-based EA Mobile studio.

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