Review Category : Xbox

Are you ready to get some hands-on time with the next generation entertainment console? If you are in the US or Canada, visit the nearest Microsoft Retail Store. Microsoft yesterday revealed that Microsoft retail stores will enable consumers to experience Xbox One gameplay all day, every day leading up to Nov. 22.  You can play the Xbox One exclusive title “Forza Motorsport 5.” There are about 75 locations across North America where Microsoft has retail stores, visit them to try and to buy Xbox One. Find your closest location here. Also, Microsoft is announcing a in-store promotion between now and the end of the year. Come into any Microsoft store and try Xbox One and you will be entered to win the “Forza Motorsport 5” Living Room Sweepstakes.  The winner will get a great “Forza Motorsport 5” Living Room package with a Forza Motorsport branded playseat, Polk Audio N1 Gaming SurroundBar, Thrustmaster TX ...

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  We are still two weeks away from Xbox One launch in the US. But few lucky people have already got their Xbox One delivered to them due to their pre-order. Yes, retailer Target has sent this Standard Edition console their way weeks ahead of the official November 22nd launch. While everyone doubted whether their console will work without Day 1 update, YouTuber MoonlightSwami has already downloaded the 500mb Day One update on his console and started posted videos and photos of his console working on Twitter. Microsoft has already banned his Xbox Live account, I guess he has to wait till Nov 22nd to continue enjoy his Xbox services! via: Endgadget ...

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In response to “Apartment 4″ launched by Sony last month, Microsoft France has come up with a marketing campaign called Xbox Hotel. The new Xbox Hotel is Xbox One themed and has access to great game titles inside the hotel. If you are interested, there is a Ryse themed bed room, Xbox One themed cocktails, keys, etc,. Find more about them from the link below. via: Kotaku ...

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Microsoft today revealed the the entertainment apps coming from partners, in every market Xbox One is releasing this month. Apart from the apps from its partners, Xbox One in all regions will include the following apps pre-installed. •Xbox Fitness •Xbox Video •Xbox Music •Internet Explorer •Skype •SkyDrive •Upload Microsoft also revealed that they are delivering live TV in every market where Xbox One will be sold. “We set out to make Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment hub for your home. The one system that offers the best games next to the best entertainment experiences and apps,” said Marc Whitten, Xbox Chief Product Officer. “Along with offering a stellar app portfolio from around the world, Xbox One takes the next step by offering them in a way that is seamless and easy to use.” Find the list of 3rd party apps in the respective regions. Australia •Crackle •Machinima •MUZU ...

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Microsoft today detailed the TV & entertainment capabilities of Xbox One. Since its announcement, Microsoft has been revealing the capabilities of Xbox One. So far, they detailed about the exclusive gaming content, Xbox LIVE multiplayer community and new features like Smart Match, Game DVR and Upload, etc,. Today, they detailed the whole Xbox One experience which combines gaming, TV & entertainment capabilities and the whole new dashboard experience. #1 – Unleashing the Power of Your Voice A simple voice command turns on your Xbox One, your TV, your set-top box and your AV system because Kinect for Xbox One is an Infra-Red blaster. And when you say “Xbox On,” your game is always ready to resume from wherever you left off. You can start playing your favorite game, find your favorite show, change channels, turn up the TV volume and more – with the sound of your voice, powered by ...

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Speaking to Shackernews, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer admitted that Microsoft lost its focus on PC gaming over the years and he promised they will be back again. He reminded us that Windows still remains as an incredibly important part of the ‘One Microsoft’ strategy and Microsoft Studios need to focus on Windows to truly becoming a first-party gaming studio across all devices. He revealed that they are working on more Windows projects which are bigger and core gamers focused. “You’ll see us doing more stuff on Windows. We probably have more individual projects on Windows than we’ve had in ten years at Microsoft Studios.” “At the launch of Windows 8, we had about 30 games in the Windows Store. A lot of those you’d consider lightweight or casual games… But we’ve covered all of that property now. Now we’re starting to look at bigger and core gamer things. I’m excited ...

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Yesterday, Major Nelson posted a Vine showing how you can scan a QR code using Xbox One and Kinect. Remember the old days of entering a 25 digit code to redeem it? Now, you have to simply say “Xbox, use a code” and show the Kinect your QR code printed on the back of your redeemable item. Kinect will instantly scan and recognize it. All this can be done within 6 seconds as Major Nelson does in the above Vine. Are you excited about Xbox One launch? Source: Major Nelson ...

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In an effort to appreciate their support for Xbox, Microsoft is giving away free Xbox One consoles, games and other items for its loyal Xbox customers. One guy received Killer Instinct game while the other received Xbox One console itself. They were informed via email. The email reads: “You’re a fan of us and we’re a fan of yours. Thank you for your dedication to Xbox. We want to show you our appreciation so we’re giving you Killer Instinct. “We’ve unlocked all characters so you can hit the ground running. Watch your inbox on 22 November for instructions on how to claim your free gift.” Great way to engage with the loyal community! Source: CVG ...

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Xbox Director of Product Planning Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter that Xbox One owners who are Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have access to free Xbox music streaming supported with ads. This is similar to free music streaming on Windows 8 PCs and music.xbox.com. But this differs from Xbox 360, where users must hold an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($50/year) and an Xbox Music Pass ($10/month) to access the streaming service. We are not sure whether there will be a limit for users to 10 hours of free music streaming per month after six months, and you can pay a monthly fee to get unlimited access. Update: Albert today tweeted that he was wrong about the above information. Free ad supported streaming is not coming to Xbox One. I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. ...

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There are few custom themed Xbox One consoles that will go on auction from Nov-15th. If you are in the US, then take part in the Every 2 Minutes promotional campaign for the Xbox One. You should purchase specially labeled Mountain Dew or Doritos products with codes that can be entered into the Every 2 Minutes website. The codes turn into points that can be banked and used in auctions, including those for Xbox One consoles featuring the special case designs. Details on the Consoles available in auction are listed below. RYSE: SON OF ROME: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. One Xbox One Game—Ryse: Son of Rome 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership Code to Snag In-Game Downloadable Content DEAD RISING 3: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. One Xbox One Game—Dead Rising 3 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership Code to Snag In-Game Downloadable Content FORZA MOTORSPORT 5: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. ...

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Microsoft today announced that ID@Xbox developers will get free license of Xbox One Add-on for Unity. This is a great news for indie developers who won’t be able to afford Unity licenses. To us, ID@Xbox is about providing a level playing field for all developers. So, we worked with Unity and we’re pleased to announce that, when released in 2014, the Xbox One add-on for Unity will be available at no cost to all developers in the ID@Xbox program, as will special Xbox One-only Unity Pro seat licenses for Xbox One developers in the ID@Xbox program. The Unity add-on for Xbox One supports every element of Xbox One, from Kinect to SmartGlass to the impulse triggers of the new controller. So, an indie developer can make use of this Unity add-on take advantage of all aspects of Xbox One just like every other developer. Also Unity is available for Windows and Windows ...

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  When Infinity Ward announced that Call of Duty: Ghosts will run only in 720p mode natively on Microsoft’s next generation console Xbox One, there were lots of criticism and comments on the web about the capabilities of Xbox One against Sony PS4. Microsoft downplayed the whole resolution thing, but the media was not ready to leave it. In an interview with Eurogamer, Mark Rubin from Infinity Ward commented the following, What everyone will ask is whether this is the result of the Xbox One simply not being as powerful as the PS4, and you’re doing your best with the hardware you have, or whether for future versions you may be able to get the Xbox One version running natively at 1080p? Mark Rubin: It’s very possible we can get it to native 1080p. I mean I’ve seen it working at 1080p native. It’s just we couldn’t get the frame ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox One Kinect got nominated for Stuff Gadget Awards 2013. Xbox One got nominated for Stuff Gadget of the year and Kinect got nominated for Innovation of the year. Another Microsoft related product that was nominated is Nokia Lumia 1020 running Windows Phone 8. Xbox One: Microsoft’s ‘does everything box’ is more than just a console, though exclusives like Titanfall, Halo, Quantum Break, Ryse and froze 5 should have gamers salivating at the thought of diving in. Bundled with Kinect for voice and motion control smarts, it’ll let you watch live TV via a connected set top box and run apps like Skype and Internet Explorer simultaneously. Kinect: Microsoft’s camera-on-steroids will be bundled with every Xbox One console, and features a whole host of improved tech. For starters you can use it even if your lounge isn’t an auditorium, and it’s more accurate and performs better ...

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Microsoft has released a new privacy statement that applies to Xbox products and services which include Xbox console versions, Xbox Live service, Games for Windows Live, Windows Phone Games, Xbox Music, Xbox Store, and other products and services. You can read them all from the link below. Regarding Kinect facial data, some game titles may take advantage of a new Xbox capability called expressions. This feature allows you to use your defined facial expressions to control or influence a game. This data does not identify you, stays on the console and is destroyed once your session ends. CVG has summarized some important privacy policies of Microsoft, Players can turn Kinect off at any time. When Kinect is used with certain games and apps, a user’s skeletal movements can be used to estimate exercise stats. Microsoft says “you can decide how your stats are managed and whether they are shared”. Kinect’s facial-numeric identifiers, ...

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  In a recently posted long Q&A section on PS4, Sony has confirmed that its upcoming gaming console is now DLNA compatible and it won’t be able to play audio CDs as well. Even though you can ignore DLNA compatible thing, I don’t know why Sony has decided to stop supporting MP3/Audio CDs. Anyway, Microsoft has confirmed to Penny Arcade that Xbox One will be DLNA compatible and it will support Audio CDs as well. The system is also DLNA compatible, and they’re in the process of being certified. As for mp3 playback… well, that’s kind of a mixed bag. The system is a Play To receiver, so you’ll be able to stream your content to the Xbox One using any Play To supported devices such as a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 enabled PC, Windows Phone, etc. So it doesn’t seem like there is going to be a way ...

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Albert Penello, who leads the planning of Xbox One at Microsoft posted a note on why real dashboard videos have not been published, what are the differences between the published demo video and the actual product, his comments on the recent rumors about Xbox One SDK bugs, etc,. 1) Why a live demo of Xbox One dashboard was not posted? Even though we have rights to populate the store with Musicians, Artists, Movies, Actors, etc. – when it comes to us (as in Microsoft) publishing those types of things for marketing materials, it requires an extensive amount of approvals from those same Studios, Actors, Agents, Musicians, etc. Also whenever we use game footage, the creator of the game wants to approve the footage. And finally, when something like this gets created, it needs to be used in a variety of ways that a direct feed video doesn’t work for. Coordinating ...

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