Halo 5: Guardians Revealed


Microsoft has revealed more news about the “Halo for Xbox One” project we saw teased at last year’s E3 media briefing. The next Halo game is officially titled Halo 5: Guardians, with the release being Fall 2015…




In the past, “Halo” games have pushed the Xbox forward, showcasing the console and its ecosystem in entertaining and innovative ways. Making a “Halo” game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial.  It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very seriously to ensure we deliver the “Halo” game that fans deserve, and a game that is built from the ground up for Xbox One.   Halo5_2D_RP-Boxshot_FOB_RGB_Final Halo5_2D_RP-Boxshot_LHS_RGB_Final


…which means there’s still a Halo void to be filled by Microsoft for this fall. Lately, there have been rumors about a Halo 2 Anniversary Edition coming out for Xbox One this fall. With Microsoft announcing this news about 3 weeks before their E3 Media Briefing, they must still have some cards in their sleeves to play. My guess is a Halo 2 Anniversary edition is one of them.

Source: (HaloWaypoint) (Xbox)

Xbox One Could Potentially Have Backwards Compatibility Through The Cloud


In a Q&A posted on GameSpot, a look at the power behind Microsoft’s Azure cloud servers revealed that it has the power to potentially offer Backwards Compatibility on the Xbox One.

“The Xbox One taps into the power of the cloud quite a bit. We’re seeing one of your competitors, Sony, doing backwards compatibility through streaming. Does the cloud-powered nature of the Xbox One leave it open for things to change in the future for something like that?

 Yeah, absolutely. That’s one of the things that makes [the cloud] at the same time both totally interesting and hard to describe to people. Because what the cloud can do is sort of hard to pin. When you say to the customer, we want the box to be connected, we want developers to know that the cloud is there. We’re really not trying to make up some phony thing. But there are so many things that the servers can do. Using our Azure cloud servers, sometimes it’s things like voice processing. It could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box. We just have to figure out how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience.”

In addition to this aspect of the cloud servers, topics on Kinect and privacy issues are brought up. Take a read over at GameSpot

Dance Central 3 Track List Revealed

With Dance Central 3, the next iteration in Harmonix’s hit franchise, coming out tomorrow for Xbox at $50, Harmonix has revealed the full track list. Here it is:

  • 2NE1 – “I Am The Best (Original Version)”
  • 50 Cent – “In Da Club”
  • Afrojack ft. Eva Simons – “Take Over Control”
  • Alexandra Stan – “Mr. Saxobeat”
  • Alice Deejay – “Better Off Alone”
  • Backstreet Boys – “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
  • Bellini – “Samba De Janeiro”
  • Black Eyed Peas – “Boom Boom Pow”
  • Cali Swag District – “Teach Me How to Dougie”
  • Ciara ft. Missy Elliott – “1, 2 Step”
  • Cobra Starship ft. Sabi – “You Make Me Feel…”
  • Cupid – “Cupid Shuffle”
  • Daft Punk – “Around The World”
  • Dev ft. The Cataracts – “Bass Down Low”
  • E.U. – “Da’ Butt”
  • Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina – “Stereo Love”
  • Enur ft. Natasja – “Calabria 2008”
  • Flo Rida ft. Sia – “Wild Ones”
  • Gloria Gaynor – “I Will Survive”
  • Heavy D & The Boyz – “Now That We Found Love”
  • J.J. Fad – “Supersonic”
  • Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull – “On The Floor”
  • Justin Bieber – “Boyfriend”
  • Katy Perry – “Firework”
  • Kelly Clarkson – “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
  • Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft. Ying Yang Twins – “Get Low”
  • LMFAO – “Sexy And I Know It”
  • Los Del Rio – “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)”
  • Marcia Griffiths – “Electric Boogie”
  • Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera – “Moves Like Jagger”
  • Martin Solveig ft. Dragonette – “Hello”
  • Missy Elliott – “Ching-A-Ling”
  • New Kids On The Block – “You’ve Got It (The Right Stuff)”
  • Nicki Minaj – “Starships”
  • Panjabi MC – “Beware Of The Boys (Mundian To Bach Ke)”
  • Sean Paul ft. Keyshia Cole – “(When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me”
  • Shannon – “Let The Music Play”
  • TLC – “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg”
  • The Trammps – “Disco Inferno”
  • Usher ft. Will.I.Am – “OMG”
  • Usher – “Scream”
  • Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice Baby”
  • Van McCoy – “The Hustle”
  • Vicki Sue Robinson – “Turn The Beat Around”
  • Village People – “Y.M.C.A.”

Once again, Dance Central 3 will be using the Kinect sensor.

Halo 4 Limited Edition Announced, No Legendary Edition

343 Industries announced a limited edition of Halo 4 today, and it’s box packs a lot of bang for your buck. Available for pre-order today for the price of $99, this Limited Edition nets you the following:

  •          War Games Map Pack Access – The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps – three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE.
  •          Specializations – Receive early access to six Specializations, available at launch on Xbox LIVE, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specializations unlock new customization options. Purchasers of the “Halo 4” Limited Edition will get access on launch day, while others will have to wait as Specializations are released over time.
  •          The Limited Edition also contains the UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet, which includes an armor customization schematic, a blueprint of the massive ship itself, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity’s finest warriors: the Spartan-IVs.
  • Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE:
  • Unique in-game Spartan-IV armor skin
  • Unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle
  • An exclusive in-game emblem
  • Xbox LIVE Avatar prop
  • Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan-IV armor set
  •        “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” Special Edition – An extended 90-minute version of the live-action digital series that will bring the “Halo” universe to life as you’ve never seen it, and provide an enthralling backstory leading up to the events of “Halo 4.”
  • Halo 4” Limited Edition also includes the following exclusive videos:
  • Bonus in-fiction content expanding the characters and stories of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
  • Special Featurette: Bringing Gaming into Reality
  • Making of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
 As you can see, there’s easily enough content in this package to make it worth the $100 especially if you’re looking forward to “Forward Unto Dawn.” Also, there’s no Legendary Edition for you fans to get all riled up about this time around as 343 Industries has stated the following: “We decided to focus our efforts on a single special edition instead of numerous ones so you wouldn’t have to pick and choose between what ancillary items you want.”
Btw, E3 is in 20 days as of this posting. Expect to see more Halo-related news there!
Halo 4 will be available on November 6, 2012 only for Xbox 360.

Assasin’s Creed III Has You Running in Trees!

Ubisoft has revealed their Assasin’s Creed III trailer after some images from the game were leaked last week.


Assassin’s Creed III releases on October 31, 2012 for PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360. Pre-orders get a steelbook case as well! Preorder from Amazon here

Update: Looks like Nintendo is getting some love as Ubisoft has confirmed that Assassin’s Creed III will also be available on Wii U

Making of Halo 4 Video Released

The folks over at 343 Industries have finally given us a peek at their work on Halo 4. Here it is.



Halo 4 releases during the Holiday of this year for Xbox 360

[GIVEAWAY] Our Halo Christmas gift to You!

To celebrate the holidays, we’re giving out some Halo-related gaming goodness. The prizes up for grabs are 3 Halo: Reach games on demands codes and 1 Banshee avatar prop. Winners will be picked by 12:01 EST on 12/24/11, making it our Christmas gift to you!

Entering is very simple thanks to the wonderful folks at Rafflecopter. Just follow the directions below.

Editor’s Note: If you haven’t noticed, the pace that the site has been going at is virtually at a standstill. With all of us being full-time students, it’s hard to find that extra time. I just want to thank our readers for sticking with us even though we’ve been absent from most news lately.

We here at ControltheController would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

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Happy 343 Day!

The folks over at 343 Industries were gracious enough to give us some 343 Industries logo Avatar shirts for Xbox.

Here’s 4 codes for you to grab.





If those are gone, look for more on our Twitter, Facebook, and our writers’ Twitter accounts as well (specifically @LawrenciumD and @Spinnaker42)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to wish Happy Thanksgiving to all of you that celebrate it!

As a gift of thanks, we are giving away a couple of codes. I know I said on Twitter that we have some PAX stuff to give away, and I ended up holding off on that for future holiday giveaways (Read: Christmas). So for now, I have two Halo Anniversary Map Pack Codes and two Halo Reach Games on Demand codes to give out. Note: You need a copy of Halo: reach to be able to use the Halo Anniversary Map Pack.

To enter, all you have to do is follow us and @ us on twitter and tell us what you’re thankful for. Try to relate your response to video games if you can. Winners will be chosen tomorrow afternoon, or whenever I’m done resting from all of that Black Friday shopping madness.

Once again, Happy Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to have fun and most importantly of all, stay safe!!!

Microsoft Announces Multiple Release Dates at Gamescom 2011

Sorry for the lack of updates lately. Our staff has found themselves completely busy in the last couple of months. Don’t worry though because we’re slowly getting back to full speed. So here we go…

Microsoft held their Gamescom press conference yesterday in Cologne, Germany. During their press conference, they showed many demoes. I won’t go into full detail as I wouldn’t be able to since I was not fortunate enough to attend in person, but I will summarize it up by giving you the release dates announced at the event.

  • 8/22 – Kinect Fun Labs: Air Band
  • 9/13 – The Gunstringer
  • 10/6 – PowerUp Heroes
  • 10/11 – Kinectimals Now With Bears
  • 10/21 – Dance Central 2
  • 10/25 (North America), 10/27 (Austrailia/NZ), 10/28 (Europe) – Kinect Sports: Season 2
  • 11/3 – Rabbids Alive & Kicking
  • 11/10 – Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2012
Ther you have it, some of the games shown at Microsoft’s Press Conference. Make sure to keep following for more news from Gamescom 2011