Review Category : Xbox

Microsoft today announced the beginning of Xbox LIVE Ultimate Game Sale. This game sale starts February 26, 2013 and will run through March 4, 2013. Around 60 Xbox 360 Games on Demand titles will be on sale with upto 85% off. Each day, a different set of titles will be on sale and the information will be posted on Twitter. So you better follow @majornelson. Some of the titles you can expect to see on sale: Assassins Creed Assassins Creed 2 Batman Arkham Asylum Batman Arkham city Bioshock Borderlands Borderlands 2 Brotherhood (Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood) Call of Juarez Call of Duty 2 Call of Duty 3 Call of Duty: Black Ops Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Code Veronica Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements Dead Island Dirt 2 Dishonored El Shaddai Ascension of the Metatron ...

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Xbox 720/vNext Playstation 4 CPU Architecture x64 x86 CPU 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores GPU 1.2 TFLOPS, Custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine Memory 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s) GDDR5 8GB Hard Disk Drive Built-in Built-in Optical Drive 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive Blu-ray Disc drive 6xCAV Network Gigabit Ethernet Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct Communication Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR) Yesterday, Sony revealed details about their next generation gaming console Playstation 4 at a press event. They detailed the system specs, new controller specs and the new Playstation 4 Eye specs. I just made a quick comparison of leaked Xbox 720/vNext specs with Sony Playstation 4. As you can see above, both the consoles will have almost identical specs in terms of power. You can see ...

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Microsoft Xbox 360 maintained the leadership rank in the US console market for 25 consecutive months. Xbox 360 sold 281,000 units in January which is impressive for a console which is 7 year old. Here are the highlights, Holding 44 percent share of current-generation console sales, Xbox 360 sold 281,000 units in January, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, January 2013) Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in January (hardware, software and accessories) reached $338 million, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, January 2013) During the month of January, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 console game titles including: “Far Cry 3,” “NBA 2K13” “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” “Madden NFL13” and “Halo 4.” (Source: NPD Group, January 2013) Microsoft is expected to reveal Xbox vNext later this year with sales starting this holiday season. ...

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Kotaku have posted some detailed information from a white paper on the next version of the Xbox, code named Durango. The leak confirms the device will feature 64-bit D3D11.x 800GHz GPU, an 8-core x64 1.6GHz 4MB L2 CPU, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB of on-board memory, USB 3.0, HDMI-out, and an optical drive for 50GB discs. The also confirmed the device will come with an upgraded Kinect which "must be plugged in and calibrated for the console to even function." The Kinect 2.0 will be able to capture up to six people at once, record 1920×1080 colour resolution, more trackable joints, improved depth resolution and more. The device will also be able to juggle more than one application at a time, feature a new controller with a new wireless technology, feature better Smartglass integration and much more. Read all the details at Kotaku here. Via Engadget.com ...

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Microsoft Xbox 360 console along with Kinect sensor already supports speech recognition in no.of games and apps on the platform. For example, you can play and pause videos using voice or use some game commands, etc,. It is obvious that Microsoft will be improving this speech recognition technology in their upcoming version of Xbox. Now according to the report from TheVerge, Microsoft will include support for more natural commands in Xbox vNext. For example, you can ask “what are my friends playing” to  Xbox to receive a list of games, etc,. We understand that Microsoft is also investigating scenarios where a Kinect sensor will detect individuals in a room and suggest appropriate multiplayer games after a user queries the Xbox using voice. The support will include natural language detection, similar to Apple’s Siri service, that will let users ask things like “what are my friends playing” to receive a friends list. ...

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Two weeks back Xbox vNext’s CPU details got leaked and now the GPU block in the device got leaked today. The CPU will have x64 Architecture, 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) with custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor which is detailed below. It will come with the following GPU specs, Stat Value Clock rate 800 MHz Compute Shader cores 12 Instruction issue rate 12 SCs * 4 SIMDs * 16 threads/clock = 768 ops/clock FLOPs 768 ops/clock * (1 mul + 1 add) * 800 MHz = 1.2 TFLOPS Interpolation ( 768 ops/clock / 2 ops ) * 800 MHz = 307.2 Gfloat/sec Geometry Triangle rate 2 tri/clock * 800 MHz = 1.6 Gtri/sec Vertex rate 2 vert/clock * 800 MHz = 1.6 Gvert/sec Vertex/buffer fetch rate (4 bytes) 4 elements/clock * 12 SCs * 800 MHz = 38.4 Gelement/sec Vertex/Buffer data rate from cache 38.4 Gelements/sec * ...

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We all know that Microsoft is no longer actively developing XNA game development framework. Support for XNA in Windows Phone 7 platform was the last significant announcement and XNA support was removed in Windows Phone 8 platform. In an email sent to XNA/DirectX MVPs few days back, Microsoft has officially confirmed the end of further development of these technologies. Here is the email, Our goal is to provide you the best experience during your award year and when engaging with our product groups. The purpose of the communication is to share information regarding the retirement of XNA/DirectX as a Technical Expertise. The XNA/DirectX expertise was created to recognize community leaders who focused on XNA Game Studio and/or DirectX development. Presently the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology. Given the status within each technology, further value and engagement cannot be offered to the MVP community. As a result, ...

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Wordament word game which was released on Windows Phone first and then later to Windows Store is now available to play on the web at Xbox.com. Wordament on the web (in Beta) will allow you to have the same experience as Windows Phone or Windows 8/RT device in your web browser. And now you can earn achievements too. Wordament Web Beta, like our other versions of Wordament, allows everyone to play together in one continuous, world-wide tournament. We support the same 12 puzzle languages in the Web version, just the same as on Windows 8 PCs and phones. And, like other versions of Wordament, the Web beta lets you sign-in to your Xbox account and earn ten achievements worth 50 Gamerscore. Even though this is a beta, this is a screen-for-screen match to our existing versions. You can view your stats, manage frenemies, check the leaderboards and of course play! ...

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If you’re looking to renew your Xbox Live membership, look no further than Amazon or BestBuy, where you can buy a $59.99 Xbox 360 12 month live gold membership for almost 60% cheaper.  If you have an existing membership, you can top it up with this deal too, meaning you can save $25 on Xbox goods in 2013!  Has anybody else seen great promotions they want to share? Via: hawtwire.com ...

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News on the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 has been on the down low recently, however new details on the date of release of the game have emerged.  As reported by Product-Reviews via email from Microsoft, the game is expected to be released in Spring, on a weekend at the end of March.  The precise date is estimated to be on the 24th March, which falls on a Sunday.  There is some doubt however related to the date.  Nintendo are known to release their most popular games on a Sunday, however GTA 5 is not coming out on the Wii U at the moment, and so it is unlikely that Rockstar will choose to launch the Xbox 360 and PS3 game on a Sunday.  Over gaming sites also appear to be uncertain about the date, but most are also proposing the 24th as the most likely date.  GTA 4 ...

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Microsoft is expected to announce Xbox vNext at E3 in June. While we have seen many rumors and leaks about the next version of Xbox, this leaks seems pretty true. This does not reveal any consumer feature, but it will reveal some capabilities of the Xbox vNext console. Microsoft is making sure that the console will be future proof for many more years to come. CPU: - x64 Architecture - 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) - each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache - each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache - each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources - each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock GPU: - custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics ...

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Microsoft Studios announced the new Play Service that enables you to play arcade games made for Xbox LIVE on any Windows 8/RT compatible device. Most of the games are already available in Windows Store and Microsoft has just listed them under this new ‘Play’ brand. Get your game on with this amazing line-up of titles from Microsoft Studios. Our games have something for everyone, from casual puzzlers and high energy racing to immersive adventure and non-stop arcade. For Xbox fans you’ll also find your favorite features like leaderboards, multiplayer modes, connecting with friends, and more. All Microsoft Studios titles let you try before you buy; check them out today! Microsoft Studios titles are available for Windows 8 and Windows RT via the Windows Store. Full List of New PLAY Releases:  Toy Soldiers (not available on Windows RT) 4 Elements: Special Edition Hydro Thunder Hurricane Rocket Riot 3D Reckless Racing Ultimate Microsoft Solitaire Collection ...

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The Xbox Music app is not exactly the best advert for Windows 8, being slow, laggy and low on features. Microsoft has now unveiled version 1.1.144.0 of Xbox Music, which improves access to streaming free music and the transition from a trial subscription to a paid Xbox Music Pass as well as a fix to minimize occasional playback concerns and additional bug fixes which were very prominent in the app before the update.  As well as the obvious fixes, the performance of the Xbox Music app appears to be smoother and more efficient after the update.  To force an update check on the app, launch the Windows Store, then go to settings, then under App Updates you can manually check for the new version of Xbox music. Via: wpcentral.com image via: cdn.redmondpie.com ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox 360 lead the console sales for 24 consecutive months in US. According to the NPD Group, Xbox 360 ended this year as the best-selling console in the U.S. in 2013, selling 1.4 million units in December. NPD data also shows that in December, Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 console game titles, including “Halo 4,” “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Just Dance 4,” “NBA 2K13,” “Far Cry 3,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” and “Madden NFL 13.” Microsoft also hinted that even more offerings are coming to the Xbox platform and as a result expects 2013 to be another big year for Xbox 360. via: Microsoft blog ...

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In a press release Microsoft has made their purchase of id8 Group R2 Studios official, and at the same time also announced that they have absorbed some of the talent of the start-up into their management. R2 Studios have several important home automation patents, and their technology will find a home in the Xbox Division. Head of R2 Studios, Blake Krikorian, is being appointed  as corporate vice president for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), home of the Xbox, where he will report to Marc Whitten, chief product officer for IEB. Krikorian has some experience with Microsoft technology, having worked on the first Windows CE PDAs at Phillips, and of course invented the Sling Player, which also had mobile apps first on Windows Mobile. Hopefully we will see the result of their technology inlux in actual products sooner rather than later. See he press release below. Microsoft Names Longtime Technology Entrepreneur ...

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Microsoft is planning to create original content for its growing 40 million Xbox LIVE customers. Microsoft is setting up a TV studio in Los Angeles that will create original programming for Xbox. Microsoft is planning to produce all forms of content for every member of the family like live events, reality, game shows, documentaries and scripted comedy or drama. According to Nancy Tellem of Microsoft, Microsoft and Xbox are in a unique position with a technology that allows you to deliver multi-platform programming.  The technology is there, not only for the audience that just wants to watch passively, but also for those who want to engage the content more, whether by mobile, tablet or on TV. Source: Hollywood Reporter ...

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