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Xbox One - Larry Hyrb Answers User QuestionsLarry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, has worked on the Xbox team that developed Xbox LIVE, Xbox 360, and now Xbox One. He took some time to chat on Yahoo! today to answer some lingering and nagging questions regarding the Xbox One. We were on hand and have brought you the key bits of info.

On how the XBox One will be able to play used games…

“We are still months away from the launch of Xbox One & policy decisions are still being finalized.”

Why the name Xbox One?

“Xbox One because it is the ultimate all-in-one entertainment system. As far the name Xbox 720 is concerned… that was a name the community came up with. We never considered that name.”

There seems to be some confusion in the media on how frequently users must connect to the internet to use the Xbox One. Will this be as frequent as once a day as rumored, or will gamers be able to use the console for extended periods of time without an active connection?

“No. It does not have to be always connected, but it does require an internet connection.”

On what the focus will be on during the Xbox One E3 presentation…

“Games. Games. GAMES :)”

On the new controller…

“The new controller is awesome; I have spent a lot of time with it. If you like the Xbox 360 controller, you’ll LOVE this controller. We have made over 40 improvements in the new design. Regarding the Start and Back buttons, they’ll perform similar functions but right now we don’t have final names for them yet. The controller takes 2 AA batteries. More details at E3”

On 3D and 4K support…

“Indeed. Xbox One supports BOTH 3D and 4K.”

On whether or not users can opt to use the controller exclusively instead of the Kinect functionality…

“As always, that is a decision up to game creators.”

On backwards compatibility with 360 games…

“Xbox One hardware is not compatible with Xbox 360 games. We designed Xbox One to play an entirely new generation of games. Games are architected to take full advantage of the state of the art processors and infinite power of the cloud.”

On whether or not the new Kinect can handle smaller rooms better than the Kinect 360…

“It does. It has a much wider field of view which will allow it work in smaller spaces. A 1080p wider field of view even!”

On whether or not there are plans to make Xbox LIVE a worldwide service or if it will remain as currently only available to a number of selected countries…

“We are working hard at making Xbox LIVE available in as many regions as possible. Currently we are in 41 countries.”

On game developer feedback….

“They are very excited for Xbox One and the power of Xbox LIVE that will power it…as well as the unique aspects of Kinect and SmartGlass they can tap into.”

On appealing to the hardcore gamer while also trying to appeal to a wider audience…

“The hardcore gaming audience has given us some great feedback, and we watch that feedback carefully. I think they’ll be happy after E3.”

On how the new Xbox LIVE power will help games…

“The new architecture allows developers to do processing in the cloud in really really smart ways. That will result in much richer gaming experiences than ever before. Again more at E3!”

To learn more, visit the official Xbox Wire Blog.

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New Novel Alien: The Cold Forge Gets Cover Art, Synopsis, and Release Date



I don’t know about you but I’m a massive fan of the Alien film series. Oh, the hell with it. Let’s cut the bull. You are too.

Anyhow, considering both of us are massive fans of the Alien films, I wanted to make sure you were aware that Titan Books has an all-new original Alien novel on the way.

It’s called “Alien: The Cold Forge” and the 320-page paperback is written by Alex White (author of the “Salvagers” series) and will be hitting the public on April 24, 2018.

You can check out the novel’s synopsis below and its current cover art to the right. Just click the image for a higher-res version.

I know I will be attempting to score a copy of the novel asap, but what about you? Are you interested in this original novel? Let us know below!

Again, “Alien: The Cold Forge” hits April 24, 2018.



A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley’s Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs.

With the failure of the Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat–the loss of the Aliens. Yet there’s a reason the company rose to the top, and they have a redundancy already in place. Remote station RB-323 abruptly becomes their greatest hope for weaponizing the Xenomorph, but there’s a spy aboard–someone who doesn’t necessarily act in the company’s best interests. If discovered, this person may have no choice but to destroy RB-323… and everyone on board. That is, if the Xenomorphs don’t do the job first.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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