Review Category : Microsoft

Microsoft and Sony has finally revealed most of the details on their next generation gaming consoles. While both Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4 has almost identical specs, they differ in many other ways. Sony PlayStation 4 is now leading the pre-order sales over Xbox One in many Amazon websites around the world. There are many reason behind it. For example, the recently revealed details on Xbox One’s DRM, pricing and other details has take a hit at their pre-order sales. There is a positive news for Microsoft, they can fix all the issues/misconceptions around the console right now. 1) 24 hours login requirement – Microsoft can easily change their decision to allow gamers to login once a week with other tweaks in policies. 2) Used games: Microsoft’s message that developers can opt-in/opt-out for used games restriction didn’t reach out to the consumers fully yet. Also Xbox One allows you ...

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Microsoft announced yesterday that their next generation console Xbox One is launching in November this year. Only 21 markets around the world will have launch this year and other countries will have this device in a staged roll-out process. Here are the list of countries that will have Xbox One in November, United States France Netherlands Canada Germany Switzerland Mexico Spain Russia Brazil Italy Sweden Australia Ireland Norway New Zealand Belgium Finland United Kingdom Austria Denmark Microsoft is working on bringing the new device in select Asian markets – Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and India and Microsoft said that they are working on localized content for the device. Microsoft is also planning to aggressively market the new re-designed Xbox 360 console in the emerging markets to keep up the console sales.   ...

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While copying Windows Phone, Apple decided it may as well switch to Bing too.  All kidding aside, Google is a powerful enemy and an ever increasing threat to Apple and Microsoft.  Since Windows Phone has less marketshare, Apple has decided to switch to Bing when iOS users use Siri. Today at WWDC Apple announced iOS 7, which brings Bing web search integration to Siri, Apple’s breakthrough personal assistant, for the first time.  Starting this fall with iOS 7, Bing will power Siri’s new integrated web search. When users ask Siri a question either the specific answer or web search links will now be delivered automatically so users can find information even faster. Bing.com will now be available to Siri users on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. This deal between Apple and Microsoft is similar to the one with Yahoo.  The average user will not notice any front-end changes to Siri, but on the ...

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Looks like the cool thing to do nowadays is to copy Microsoft.  First it was Apple with iOS7, now it is Sony with the PS4.  As the old saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Wonder why they decided not to show this at their original press conference to begin with.  Without any further rambling from me, here is the picture:     ...

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Microsoft has is integrating smartglass more deeply into the Xbox One.  Smartglass can be accessed through your phone or pc and can allow for control of the Xbox One and integration with games.  Today at E3 Microsoft talked about smartglass and the Xbox One. Richer SmartGlass Experiences: Xbox SmartGlass for Xbox One allows you to turn your console on and off, adjust volume, manage your TV set-top box and Blu-ray, and integrates with Xbox One so you can search the programming guide without interrupting your current activity. Xbox SmartGlass also gives you full control over your game to start a game, launch multiplayer, view achievements, see real-time progress updates during gameplay, receive in-game tips, purchase Add-ons and more. Microsoft also made minor announcements about the TV guide on Xbox One and Kinect. Xbox OneGuide: Now you can navigate and watch live TV without switching inputs. Your Xbox Live Gold membership ...

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Coming exclusively to Xbox One in November, “Ryse: Son of Rome” is an immersive action-adventure story of struggle, brutality and heroism, following a fearless Roman soldier named Marius Titus as he seeks to avenge the death of his family and leads an army to save the Roman Empire. “Ryse: Son of Rome” presents a cinematic re-creation of ancient Rome and brings the brutality and intensity of Roman warfare to life in visceral detail, thrusting you into the chaos of close-combat and epic-scale battles. ...

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Today at E3 Microsoft talked about some the exlusive games and launch titles for the Xbox One: “Ryse: Son of Rome,” from Crytek, is an epic action-adventure story that immerses you in the intensity of Roman warfare as you seek vengeance across the battlefields of ancient Rome. “Ryse: Son of Rome” extends the gameplay experience with Xbox SmartGlass and Game DVR and lets you call in legions of troops while in the heat of battle with the sound of your voice using Kinect.   Turn 10 Studios unveiled the breathtaking visuals and adrenaline-filled action of “Forza Motorsport 5,” the next installment of the highest-rated racing franchise of the past 10 years.  Designed for Xbox One and the vast power of the cloud, “Forza Motorsport 5” features revolutionary Drivatar technology that learns how you and your friends drive, delivering real human behavior and an ever-evolving network of opponents always ready to ...

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Microsoft is integrating a number of social features into the Xbox One.  The Xbox One has a built-in Cloud Game DVR, an upload studio that allows you to edit your videos easily, and a partnership with Twitch to allow live broadcasts of your gameplay. Social: Xbox Live on Xbox One brings you all new ways to record, edit, share and broadcast epic gaming moments directly on your TV, including: Game DVR: Amp up your bragging rights with Game DVR by capturing your highlights. Gamers can also use Game DVR content to provide real-time help for friends. Upload Studio: What better way to show off your greatest gaming moments than by adding a little flare. With the new Upload Studio you can add voice over, skins, slow motion and other awesome features to your recorded clips, then share them out and compare to your friends’ creations.* Twitch: We are excited to announce ...

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Microsoft made a number of announcements at E3 regarding new gaming features for the Xbox One New Level of Cloud Integration: With the Azure powered cloud backing Xbox Live, everything is more convenient and accessible. All of your games and entertainment to be stored and saved on Xbox Live, so you can instantly access them anytime, from any Xbox One. You do not have to wait for a system or application updates. Xbox One will always be up-to-date and ready for you – wherever you left off. Developers can take advantage of the 300,000 servers backing Xbox Live when we launch this fall to build immersive worlds.   Expanded Achievements: The all-new achievements system for Xbox One is no longer confined to a single game. We want gamers to be rewarded for skill, participation and time-based challenges. Plus, developers can take advantage of the power of Xbox Live to continue ...

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Today Microsoft announced that Skype group calling, a premium Skype service, included with your Xbox Live Gold Membership.  This benefit stays with you even if you are using Skype on your PC or Mac.  Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 Billion dollars a little over two years ago and is integrating the service throughout products within the company.  Skype is considered one of Microsoft’s core services.     ...

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Microsoft is finally getting rid of Microsoft Points in favor of local currency. This has long been rumored but is finally confirmed to be happening.  The ability to purchase games, movies, apps and entertainment will all be done in local currency on the Xbox 360 starting after the Fall 2013 update and in time for the Xbox One launch.     ...

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Microsoft is allowing pre-orders of the Xbox One starting today from the Microsoft Store and participating retailers Amazon, Best Buy, Game Stop, Target, Toys R Us, and Walmart. Xbox is also introducing a limited-edition commemorative bundle that will include an Xbox One system that comes in premium black packaging with a limited edition Xbox One Day One wireless controller, and a unique commemorative Day One Achievement. The commemorative bundle will be available in limited quantities and while supplies last, for $499.99, €499 (EUR) or £429 (GBP). Gamers who reserve the following exclusive Xbox One Day One edition launch titles, also available in limited quantities at major retailers while supplies last, will receive special bonus content: •“Ryse: Son of Rome.” Exclusive multiplayer map and sword with bonus attributes. • “Forza Motorsport 5.” Access to four cars tuned to the top of their class. • “Kinect Sports Rivals.” Exclusive sporting equipment that ...

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Forza Motorsport 5 is one of the Xbox One’s exclusive launch titles. Today Turn 10 Studios the revealed more about the game during Microsoft’s E3 keynote presentation. The game will take advantage of Microsoft’s cloud services including a revolutionary Drivatar technology that learns how you and your friends drive, delivering real human behavior and an ever-evolving network of opponents always ready to race — even when they’re not online. ...

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The Xbox 360 is not going away with the introduction of the Xbox One.  In fact Microsoft expects to sell over 25 million more Xboxes in the coming years.  This means Microsoft sees the Xbox 360 as being relevant for another five years.  It is possible the price of the Xbox 360 could drop over time until the Xbox One reaches the $199 price point. A newly designed Xbox 360 is being launched today that looks similar to the Xbox one.  The redesigned 360 is slimmer, smaller and even more silent. New games were also announcing for the 360 including the latest installment of  “World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition,” a new exclusive Kinect title, “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and a free-to-download third-person action-role-playing game (RPG) “Ascend: Hand of Kul.” Every Xbox Live Gold subscriber will receive two free Xbox 360 games per month until the release of Xbox One, ...

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At today’s E3 keynote presentation Microsoft announced the availability and price of the Xbox One (XB1).  The Xbox One will be launched in November for $499 in the US, 499 Euros internationally, and 429 pounds in the UK.  The XB1 will initially launch in 21 countries simultaneously.  Included in the launch package is a wireless controller, integrated Kinect module, and 14-day trial of Xbox Live.  There will also be special limited edition XB1 bundles sold around the same price. There will also be bonus content for gamers who pre-order certain launch titles including Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, and Dead Rising 3. Microsoft also announced additional peripherals including Xbox One Play & Charge kits alongside a Xbox One Chat Headset that’s wired to the controller that will be available at launch. The $499 price point was largely expected considering the Kinect is now bundled in with ...

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