A string of new media apps are available on Xbox One today, including those for music-streaming service Pandora and music video hub Vevo. In all, five new media apps are ready to download, each of which is free, though they may require additional subscriptions to access certain content.
The five new Xbox One media apps are:
Are you picking up any of the new Xbox One media apps this week? If you're throwing a Christmas party and your TV has a good sound, the Pandora app is a pretty good bet.
Check out the image gallery below to see what the new Xbox One apps look like.
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Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), a video game charity that raises money for the Prevent Cancer Foundation by speedrunning games, on Thursday announced plans for its efforts in 2015.
The 160-hour AGDQ 2015 will run January 4-10, 2015, and it will never stop. The event itself will take place at the Hilton Dulles Airport Hotel in Herndon, Virginia, while you can watch online through the AGDQ Twitch channel.
For those unfamiliar, speedrunning is the process of playing through a game as quickly as possible. Speedruns are particularly fun and sometimes bewildering to watch because they require expert skill, lots of planning, and sometimes the use of tricks.
"AGDQ 2015 gives these runners not only a chance to show off their skills, but to do so with the aid of the inclusive speedrunning community," the group said in a statement. "It's a get together of talent, friends, and commentary--all from a big comfy couch."
Some of the games to be played at the 2015 event include classics like Banjo-Kazooie and Commander Keen 4-6 and newer titles like Dark Souls II, which will certainly be a fun one to watch given the game's famously punishing difficulty. 2015 will also see the return of Awful Games Done Quick, with titles like William Shatner's TekWar and Sneak King making appearances.
You can see the full schedule, which includes more than 150 games, at the AGDQ website.
Last year's AGDQ event raised more than $1 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
"The gaming community has shown a deep compassion, and Awesome Games Done Quick looks to further strengthen the charity of gamers worldwide," the group said.
Microsoft and 343 Industries today announced a brand-new Halo 5: Guardians video series that will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the studio created the game's upcoming multiplayer beta, which begins December 29 on Xbox One for people who bought The Master Chief Collection.
The six-part series, called "The Sprint--Making Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta," will debut tonight at 4 PM Eastern / 7 PM Pacific through the Halo Channel. You can watch a teaser for the series above.
New episodes will air every day at 4 PM Eastern until December 23, leading up to the beta's release on December 29. The Halo 5 multiplayer beta will be available for people who bought The Master Chief Collection. It's unclear if there will be other ways to get in.
You can see a programming schedule below, with descriptions courtesy of Microsoft.
Episode 1: Balance (Thursday, December 18)
Episode 2: Give & Take (Friday, December 19)
Episode 3: Prophets (Saturday, December 20)
Episode 4: Breakout (Sunday, December 21)
Episode 5: Shutdown (Monday, December 22)
Episode 6: Gold (Tuesday, December 23)