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Giveaway: PlayStation 4 Battlefield bundle

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Features, Hot Deals, Video Games

Playstation 4 giveaway

Today in the Gear Live Deals Shop you can enter to win a Sony PlayStation 4 Battlefield bundle. You can't get better than free, so this is our Deal of the Day.

Aside from the actual PlayStation 4 console, you'll also walk away with two wireless PS4 controllers, and a copy of Battlefield 4 as well. Ready to enter? Go get it:

Enter our PlayStation 4 Battlefield bundle giveaway

Don’t forget, if you’re looking for other deals, be sure to check out our Newegg Promo Code thread. Oh, and if you're on Twitter, be sure to follow @TechPromos for the latest deals.


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5 big game releases to get you through the coming summer drought

Mario Kart 8

The summer months can bring drought conditions in many areas across the world, but as any hardcore gamer will tell you, the gaming industry suffers the same condition each year. It's even tougher in years like 2014, where two major consoles just launched and early adopters are clamoring for new software for their pricey investments.

While I can't do anything about the lack of new games that are set to drop this summer, I can certainly help you get through it. Over the next two months, right before summer hits, we are going to see a few high profile games released that we think will dull the summer gaming blues. Some are old favorites, while a couple are brand new IP that look to offer unique gaming experiences. Here's my list of the five games to pick up this summer, in order of release date:


Microsoft slashes price of Xbox One to $399 without Kinect

Xbox One without Kinect $399

Microsoft surprised the gaming world this morning with the announcement it will sell the Xbox One without Kinect for $399 starting on June 9th in the U.S. This brings the price of the Xbox 360 in line with that of the PlayStation 4, which should bring the two consoles into even more heated competition.

An odd move (though some might say it was expected in order to compete,) since the company wouldn't stop talking about how essential Kinect is to the Xbox One functionality and gaming direction less than a year ago. I guess Microsoft has been feeling the heat if the PlayStation 4 sales, and had to adjust that strategy right quick.

You can pre-order the Xbox One without Kinect now.


Nintendo launching Yoshi-themed 3DS XL on March 14th

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Design, Handhelds, Video Games

Nintendo 3DS XL Yoshi

Nintendo has announced a new Yoshi-themed Nintendo 3DS XL console that's set to launch in conjunction with Yoshi's New Island on March 14th. The console is green, and features Yoshi running, being followed by a Yoshi egg. It should be noted that the console doesn't come with Yoshi's New Island as you might assume--that'll cost you a separate $39.99 if you want it. The 3DS XL itself will cost $199.99.

What do you think? Are you gonna pick up the Yoshi-themed 3DS XL? You can pre-order it now at Best Buy.

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Twitch streaming coming to Xbox One on March 11

Twitch Xbox One broadcast

Twitch streaming is finally coming to the Xbox One. Exclusive to the Playstation 4 since launch, Twitch allows live broadcasting of your video game session for others to watch in real-time. Now, on March 11th (the same day as the launch of Titanfall,) Xbox One owners will be able to get in on the action. Speak a simple command to Kinect to make it happen--"Xbox, broadcast"--and your stream is live.

Twitch says that the Xbox One version will offer enhanced features that support chat, following, and picture-in-picture in any corner so that you can interact with broadcasters.


Unboxing Live 133: Loot Crate Console Wars giveaway

In this episode, Taylor and Andru Edwards open up the Loot Crate Console Wars box, giving you a look at all the great, geeky goodness inside. We each also give you our top 3 favorite items in the box, and also let you know how you can win this Loot Crate in our giveaway! Yep, you get a shot at winning all of this:

  • Console Wars II - Shirt Woot
  • Grip-It Control Protectors - Grip-It
  • Tintastic Creative Activity Set - Funko
  • Energems - NRG Innovations
  • Bravest Wars Sticker - Mike Vasquez
  • Split Personality Wristband - Loot Crate Labs
  • Legends Never Die Magnet - Loot Crate Labs

You can get yourself a Loot Crate now, and we'll save you a few dollars with that link!

Don't forget to subscribe to Gear Live's YouTube channel, and don't forget--we are giving away awesome perks for our Patreon backers!

 

How to fix Xbox One “Please try again: For some reason TV took too long to start (0x8027025a)” error

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Microsoft, Video Games

Xbox One 0x8027025a error

A few Xbox One early adopters have been writing in to ask for help with error 0x8027025a, and we're here to help. In case you haven't seen it, the full error reads:

Please try again: For some reason TV took too long to start (0x8027025a)

This occurs when the Xbox One has an issue with the television feed coming through the HDMI In port. It's fairly frustrating, because the term "0x8027025a" really doesn't mean anything to anyone, maybe save for some random Microsoft programmer in Redmond. The Xbox One offers no help in what you might be able to do to fix it either. If you see error 0x8027025a crop up when you try to watch television through your Xbox One, you need to do a hard reset. Fortunately, it's fairly simple:

  1. On the physical Xbox One unit, press and hold your finger on the capacitive power button
  2. Keep holding it until the Xbox One powers off
  3. Once it is fully off (the light turns off and stays off for a few moments,) tap the button again to power the Xbox One back on

This should fix the error, and you should be able to watch television again. The reason that turning the Xbox One off from the controller, or tapping the power button (rather than holding it down) doesn't work, is because those two methods put the Xbox One to sleep in most cases. In this low-power state, settings and your session are saved in order to quickly being you back in to what you were doing. The problem is that the low-power setting simply doesn't clear of the TV error, and a hard reset is the only thing that'll work.

If you find that this doesn't work, or if you find an alternative fix, feel free to leave a comment!

Of course, if you're looking to get one, you can pick up an Xbox One now on Amazon.


Unboxing Live 128: Exclusive! White Xbox One “I Made This” edition

We give you an exclusive look at the white Xbox One! Microsoft built about 3,000 of these unique "I Made This" edition of the Xbox One, and gave them out to employees who worked on the Xbox One prior to launch as a thank you gift. In the box is the white Xbox One, black Kinect, black standard controller, Day One edition achievement, and all the other stuff you'd expect. In addition, Microsoft gave a custom white "I Made This" controller for the Xbox One as well, which features a soft-touch feel rather than the solid matte black plastic feel of the controller.

Of course, we already gave you a look at the standard black Xbox One console as well.

You can pick up the Xbox One now from the following retailers:

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Nintendo 2DS

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Video Games, Kids, Under $250

Nintendo 2DS

Nintendo's newest, more subdued handheld is next in the Gear Live’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. The Nintendo 2DS is basically a Nintendo 3DS in a candybar form factor (no hinge so it doesn't close) that plays all 3DS games in 2D. At launch it will be available in red and blue hues, and is outfitted with the regular (not 2DS XL) sized dual screens, cameras, mono speaker, headphone port, and a 4 GB SD card. In other words, it's just like a Nintendo 3DS, except there is no 3D, and it doesn't close, and you get it all for $129 - $50 cheaper than the 3DS console. You can pick up the Nintendo 2DS now for $129.99.

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Unboxing Live 127: Microsoft Xbox One

A few days ago, Microsoft launched the Xbox One, dropping its next-gen hotness on the world. We're deep in the review process right now, but didn't wanna leave you hanging, so we're featuring the Xbox One in our newest episode of Unboxing Live. We give you a look at the console itself, as well as everything else that comes in the package. Also, stay tuned, because we've got an extra-special Xbox One exclusive coming later today as well.

You can pick up the Xbox One now from the following retailers:

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