Review Category : Xbox

Microsoft last week announced that they are releasing an updated Xbox One SDK for developers this month which will give developers access to more GPU bandwidth, so enabling more performance for their games. Also there are new tools and flexibility to make games better. During the launch of Xbox One, Microsoft said that they are reserving about 10% of the GPU for Kinect and other system process. But this update for SDK is making it possible for developers to access additional GPU resources previously reserved for Kinect and system functions. Last night, in a podcast with Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb, Phil Spencer confirmed that Bungie’s Destiny will have increased resolution because of this update. “Even our friends at Bungie, and I’ve been spending a lot of time down there, they’re going to pick up the June SDK update for Destiny, and they’re going to up the resolution of Destiny based on this ...

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You can watch the Xbox E3 media briefing live later today. Find the schedule and timing for the event below. Pre-show at 9:00am PDT Briefing at 9:30am PDT Post-show immediately after the show on Twitch.tv Watch live video from Twitch on www.twitch.tv E3 is a magical time. Every year, gamers the world over are treated to reveals of the hot new games they’ll soon be playing, the cutting-edge technology that will shape the future of gaming, and personalities both new and old. Microsoft’s press conference is expected to have game demos of Halo 5, next version of Ryse, Fable, CoD, Gears of War and more. Watch it live here on Xbox.com, on your Xbox, on Spike TV, or with the Windows Phone app. ...

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Sunset Overdrive game was announced during E3 2013 during Microsoft keynote as a Xbox One exclusive. Sunset Overdrive is an always changing, open-world shooter set in the not-so-distant future. Sunset Overdrive team is bringing a specially created bus to promote their game at E3. This is not just any bus, mind you. This bus has everything you could possibly want, from a steering wheel covered in years’ worth of duct tape to tires that have been lovingly “crafted into a shape with an infinite number of sides.” It’s even got fridge stocked full of the delicious, decidedly not-nutritious Overcharge Delirium XT that may or may not turn those who drink it into horrifying mutations. That’s right, the fine folks at Insomniac Games are ready to deliver something the world has never seen before (and was probably never asking for in the first place). So, if you’re ready to see what ...

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Microsoft last month announced a new Xbox One SKU that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU will be made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.” You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts, and upload your favorite gaming moments. You can pre-order this ...

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I recently came across this interesting patent from Microsoft related to gaming on mobile devices. Usually in console gaming, you have controller in your hands with display few meters away. In the case of mobile gaming, you hold both the controller and the display unit on your hands. In this patent, Microsoft is trying to propose a controller system for mobile devices that will be rendered during games. If Microsoft implements it, we can start enjoying on games on mobile devices with standard controller interface as opposed to various types controllers we see in mobile games. Also, this may allow Microsoft to port Xbox games easily to mobile devices. Last year, during annual company meeting, Microsoft demoed Halo game being streamed from internet on a Lumia 520 device. Patent Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling a game with a mobile touch-enabled device. A thumbstick and a mode selection button can ...

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Last week, Microsoft announced the voting for the 2014 Xbox 360 Game Awards is open, fans can vote for their favorite games until June 3 in nine categories, including your favorite hero, villain and the game that keeps you up all night. Fans can vote for their favorites across nine categories right on their Xbox console. Xbox has handed out awards for arcade games before, but this is the first time Xbox has rolled out the ceremony across all Xbox 360 games. Today, they announced the winners. Find them below. Why So Serious: Black Mask (“Batman: Arkham Origins”) Black Mask is kind of the antithesis to Batman alter-ego Bruce Wayne. He grew up rich, but he grew to hate the city – and his parents. So he murdered them, and carved a mask out of his father’s coffin. That’s pretty freaking messed up, which is probably why he’s your favorite villain. Mooaarr Brainsss: “The ...

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Microsoft originally announced Kinect as Project Natal at E3 few years back. It was an add-on accessory for Xbox 360 that allowed users to enjoy motion sensing games. It went on to become a smash hit by becoming the fastest selling electronic accessory ever. Later, Microsoft released Kinect for Windows to allow community and other developers take advantage of this amazing sensor and the Kinect SDK for purposes other than gaming. With Xbox One, Microsoft announced Kinect v2 with greatly improved accuracy and speed than the first gen product. At first, it was bundled with Xbox One and later became an add-on that can be purchased later. Yesterday, Microsoft released the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor becomes available for all developers to preorder in advance of its SDK beta. What about the future? Microsoft revealed that to make Kinect work for everybody, in their natural environment, hundreds of people are working everyday to improve  it. At ...

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Microsoft announced partnership with Barnes and Noble back in 2012 and even created a new joint venture company called Nook Media LLC. Since then, the only thing that came of out partnership was Barnes & Noble’s Windows 8 app. Recently it was rumored that B&N has stopped developing apps for Windows platform since Microsoft is developing its own Xbox branded reader with content powered by Barnes & Noble in the backend. Today, B&N announced their plans to partner with Samsung on a Nook-branded Galaxy Tab 4 tablet. In an interview to GeekWire, Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby said that they are in a very, very good relationship with Microsoft despite the recent partnership with Samsung. B&N is in contact with Microsoft on an ongoing basis about things that they doing together. Mike also reminded us that Microsoft is a partial owner, about 17 percent, of the Nook Media entity. And their Samsung partnership is ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft has released PC Drivers for Xbox One controllers. This will allow games to connect their Xbox One Controllers to their Windows PCs and enjoy the games. These drivers will be delivered as part of Windows update in the future, but you can download and install them manually today. Download links: PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x86) PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x64) Microsoft’s announcement, We know our fans have wanted PC compatibility, and we know they wanted to be able to use the Xbox One controller with the same games and applications they have been playing with using the Xbox 360 controller. We can’t wait for them to play their favorite PC games with what we consider the best controller ever made and we’re excited for fans to experience the improved D-pad, redesigned battery compartment, new comfortable design and offset analog sticks. The new ...

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Microsoft is releasing an updated Xbox One SDK for developers this month which will give developers access to more GPU bandwidth, so more performance for their games. Also there are new tools and flexibility to make games better. Xbox chief Phil Spencer tweeted this information yesterday. During the launch of Xbox One, Microsoft said that they are reserving about 10% of the GPU for Kinect and other system process. But this update for SDK is making it possible for developers to access additional GPU resources previously reserved for Kinect and system functions. Microsoft commented the following regarding the new SDK release, The additional resources allow access to up to 10 percent additional GPU performance. We’re committed to giving developers new tools and flexibility to make their Xbox One games even better by giving them the option to use the GPU reserve in whatever way is best for them and their ...

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Microsoft’s E3 press event just a week away where the Xbox team will show the world what they’ve got in store for the future. Many of us will be watching the event live from our respective countries, but if you live in the US, Microsoft is providing a way to attend the event in-person. Microsoft Store Pre-E3 Event (Sunday, June 8 from 1-3pm, line opens at 11am) Have you always wanted to attend the Xbox E3 Media Briefing? This is your chance! One hundred people who attend this event at the Century City Microsoft Store will be granted access (via raffle) to Monday’s Xbox E3 Media Briefing event and Xbox: E3 Briefing Post Show. While you’re at the Microsoft Store, go hands on with ID@Xbox titles as a sneak peek of what’s on the E3 show floor – before E3 even gets underway. We’ll share more specifics next week. Pre-Show/Green Carpet (Monday, June 9 ...

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  343 Industries, the creators of Halo series today announced that they are partnering with ASTRO Gaming to bring Halo branded accessories. As part of the agreement, Skullcandy and ASTRO Gaming will develop several new products including branded headsets, speaker tags and more in support of the latest releases within the Halo universe. I had the pleasure of wearing nearly every iteration of ASTRO products since the very first Limited Edition A40 headset, so it is with great excitement, and with an ASTRO headset on my head, that I bring you this wonderful news. I know I speak for many when I say that I cannot imagine a better or more organic headset partner for our brand. I’m super pumped about the new products that are on the way, and I am quite glad that we’re finally taking our relationship to the next level. Read the announcement below, Skullcandy, Inc. and its division ...

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Just in time for World Cup Football 2014, Microsoft Store is running a cool deal for FIFA fans. When you buy  select FIFA games, you can get a free mini soccer ball. Microsoft Stores are getting into the action too! Buy a copy of “FIFA 14” on Xbox One or Xbox 360, or “2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil” on Xbox 360 to get an exclusive mini Xbox soccer ball (available at your local store in the US, Canada or Puerto Rico or online at MicrosoftStore.com in the US and most Western European countries, while supplies last). In addition, swing by any Microsoft Store in person to pick up a free bracket poster to track all your favorite teams, or download the poster at MicrosoftStore.com/DestinationBrazil. For more information about the Microsoft Store activities or to find the nearest one, visit MicrosoftStore.com. Free mini soccer ball with select FIFA games from Microsoft Store. ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Xbox One SmartGlass apps with new features for iOS, Android And Windows Devices. The new SmartGlass app provides access to full OneGuide and universal remote control, pin reordering and more. We’ve made a ton of changes to your SmartGlass app for Xbox One. After getting great feedback from our SmartGlass beta, we’re thrilled to be bringing the entire OneGuide experience and Universal Remote Control to SmartGlass. Now in supported markets you can view all of your TV listings on your SmartGlass device and set and view your favorite channels and app channels on your smart phone, tablet or PC. With the Universal Remote Control, you can also easily switch channels, set new recordings and select and control recorded content from your DVR. Another great companion feature now in SmartGlass is pin reordering. With the touch of your finger you can easily organize your pins in categories ...

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We are just five days from the Xbox: Game On briefing at E3, but that has not stopped Microsoft from making major announcements for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Today they announced that more than 45 new entertainment app experiences are coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 globally. The list includes Twitter integration, Vine, HBO GO, ShowTime Anytime, Comedy Central, Major League Gaming (MLG), and more are scheduled to launch by the end of this holiday season. The Twitter integration is really cool, Twitter will be directly integrated into Xbox One’s TV experience in the U.S. Twitter will be optimized for the biggest screen in your house in a smart, contextual way – offering the ability to see Tweets related to the cable or satellite TV shows you’re watching as they’re happening. Additionally, the Twitter experience on Xbox One will be integrated into the TV listings section of OneGuide where you will be ...

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Microsoft last month revealed that Xbox One system update coming in the month of June will allow users to connect external storage devices which are higher than 256GB to their Xbox One and install apps, games and others on it. This update is now rolling out to users now. Along with External Storage support, this update now removes the Xbox LIVE Gold requirement for Entertainment apps. Also, it supports real names, SmartGlass improvements and more. Read about it below. External Storage: It couldn’t be easier to increase your storage capacity of games and apps with the external storage support features we’re bringing in June. Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives at once. Simply plug in your 256 GB or larger USB 3.0 external hard drive and once formatted, copy and move games, apps and game add-ons to increase your storage capacity at home. ...

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