Review Category : Xbox

Forza Horizon is one of the first Smartglass-enabled Xbox 360 apps to hit the market is is now available for use on your Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 8 PC or Android handset. The app adds an interactive map of Colorado that interfaces with the game. Players can pinch and zoom in SmartGlass to explore the map, and tap to set waypoints that will then be automatically routed in the game. You can also use the map to find special items, like the upgrade discount signs and race events. You can filter by content type on the map to find events easily, and play the full game without pausing to look at your map. Other Smartglass-enhanced apps set to hit the market include Halo Waypoint, Kinect Sesame Street TV, and video apps like ESPN, NBA Game Time, UFC, the Elections 2012 app, HBO Go, MSN, NBC News, NOW TV, Slacker ...

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It seems like Apple has been a victim of their own success as their crowded stores turn away some potential customers. After being bitterly turned down by a seemingly ‘far too busy’ Apple store, customer Tonicia Abdur-Salaam turned to Microsoft to provide her school –Richfield’s Partnership Academy K-5 charter school- with the 24 desktop PC’s and a few laptops she was in urgent need of. Not only did Microsoft staff provide her with technical assistance and set up of the computers, but the friendly team threw in a couple Xbox 360’s free of charge. So far, 15 million people have experienced the friendly, insightful service the Microsoft stores have to offer.  In fact, twincities.com reports that 97% of surveyed customers said they preferred Microsoft products to Apple products.  Maybe this could have something to do with the fact that Apple stores are far too ‘packed’ according to Tim Nelson, president ...

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Microsoft promised that Xbox SmartGlass would be cross platform, and they have delivered faster than I think anyone suspected. The Xbox SmartGlass app is now available for free for Android and seems to be getting pretty good reviews. The description reads as below. Use Xbox SmartGlass to enhance your entertainment on Xbox 360. Xbox SmartGlass lets your phone work with your Xbox 360 console to bring rich, interactive experiences and unique content about what you’re watching or playing, right to the device that’s already in your hand. Interact with your favorite TV shows, movies, music, sports, and games, and bring remote control to a whole new level. You can also connect with your Xbox friends, track and compare your achievements, and change up your 3D avatar. The app can be found in the Google Play store here. Via MobilityDigest.com ...

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Few months ago, Microsoft announced the subsidized Xbox 360 4GB console for $99 with two year subscription to Xbox Live Gold service at $14.99 a month. Microsoft is now planning to expand that program to Xbox 360 250GB model for $99 and Xbox 360 250GB with Kinect for $149 price. There is no way to buy this at this new price right now, but you can expect it from retailers this holiday season. Best Buy, GameStop, Microsoft Stores, Walmart and Toys R Us will be selling these subsidized devices. Source: Xbox.com ...

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Microsoft has posted a press release on their new Smartglass app, which will be officially released on the 26th October. On Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 there will be expensive integration to send currently playing media to and from the Xbox 360, and that also includes browser sessions The app supports: Navigation: Your phone and tablet will become the best remote controls in your house. Use the touch screen on your smartphone or tablet to control your Xbox 360 and use your devices to pause, rewind, or advance entertainment. (Available when SmartGlass launches) TV & Movies: With Xbox Video, start a TV show or movie on your tablet and finish it on the big screen through Xbox 360; get real-time updates on the cast and crew for the film you are watching, discover related films, get unique bonus features with films from Xbox Video. (Available when SmartGlass launches). And ...

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The Halo 4 trailer is long anticipated, being directed by Oscar-nominated director David Fincher, best known for directing The Social Network and Fight Club. The video shows the origin of Masterchief and the new evil he will be fighting in the latest edition of the saga. Halo 4 is set to be released exclusively for the Xbox 360 on the 6th November, and will sell for $59.99, but is also available as past of the Xbox 360 Halo console bundle. Via BGR ...

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If you are looking to finally get onto the Xbox 360 bandwagon the holiday season is the best time to do so, as the price of the console has once again plummeted, and Microsoft has arranged some attractive bundles which means you will not have to hunt to find the latest and best games either. Microsoft is offering a $50-off pricing promotion on select Xbox 360 consoles and bundles available at select major national retailers. The $50-off price promotion will apply to: 250GB Xbox 360 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect 250GB Xbox 360 with Kinect This brings the price of the cheapest console to $245  for the 250GB Xbox 360  or $249,96 for the 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect . The bundles available include: 250GB Xbox 360 with Kinect  and “Dance Central 2,” “Kinect Sports,” and “Kinect Adventures” and one month of Xbox LIVE Gold for $399.99 USD (ERP) 4GB ...

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Microsoft’s Lionhead Studios are laying off up to 10% of their work force after Fable: The Journey, completed its development. In a statement to IGN Microsoft said: “Following the completion of Fable: The Journey the Lionhead studio is in the process of beginning work on its next projects. As is common in the games industry, a reduced headcount is needed as projects kick-off and ramp up as development gets underway. At this time a very small number of positions have been identified as at risk of redundancy and the affected employees were notified today. We are working very closely with those people during this difficult time, to help them explore alternative opportunities within Microsoft including new roles at Microsoft Studios which is actively hiring.” While Microsoft blames the lay-offs on the cyclical nature of jobs in the game development market, it is of note that Peter Molyneux left the studio ...

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Microsoft is doing their bit for good citizenship by promoting election participation on Xbox Live. They broadcast the Presidential debates on Xbox Live, and polled watchers at the same time. Venturebeat reports: "More than 100,000 members of Microsoft’s Xbox Live online community for the Xbox 360 tuned into the presidential debate via their game consoles. And based on 2 million real-time responses to 70 polling questions, Barack Obama won the second debate." Showing that the service is not inherently biased, challenger Mitt Romney won the first debate, a consensus I think most would agree with. Apparently the participants are pretty representative of the voting population, with 80% being  aged 18-44, 29% Republican and 25% Democrat, expect for men being vastly over-represented at 66% of the participants vs 34% female. "88% of the respondents were likely voters and 69% engaged to the point of not only voting, but responding that they ...

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The latest Xbox 360 Dashboard update, which has been in beta for some time, is now rolling out to console owners. The star feature of the update is the arrival of IE9 on Xbox 360.  This enables users to browse the web from the couch, controlling the experience using Xbox Smart Glass from their favourite smartphone or tablet.  This app is expected to hit the market on the 26th, with the release of Windows 8 also. Unfortunately one needs an Xbox Live Gold member ship to gain access to the browser, a negative for those who mainly use the Xbox 360 as a media device. The full feature list for the update include: Refreshed Xbox 360 Dashboard. We’ve updated the UI with a few things, including an updated layout with more tiles, a combined TV & Movies channel and, in the US, a Sports destination. Internet Explorer for Xbox. With ...

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Microsoft today started rolling out the dashboard update for Xbox 360 users. This new update brings in several new features to Xbox 360 such as the new Music app, SmartGlass support, Internet Explorer browser, etc,. New Features that will be part of this update are as follows, Internet Explorer for Xbox. We will bring the web browser to your TV with navigation supported by Kinect voice, Xbox SmartGlass and the Xbox 360 controller. We have also added autocomplete functionality to the address bar, making it easier than ever to get to the websites you love. Genre search will be an added option for voice search so you’ll be able to search by genres such as comedy, drama, action, etc. to quickly find movies and TV shows across your entertainment apps. Web video results. Bing voice search will be extended to include content in the YouTube app, which will be displayed ...

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Except for the issue that many new features will not be coming to Windows Phone 7, Xbox Music Pass only adds features to Zune Pass for subscribers, who can look forward to a cross-platform music streaming client, a bigger library, portable playlists and eventually the ability to plug the holes in the streaming selection by uploading your own tracks. Microsoft sent the above circular to their Zune Pass subscribers informing them of the same, and also, as a sweetener, offered them 1,000 Microsoft Points, which should be just about enough to hire a movie or buy a few tracks, which is not bad for doing nothing. Let the Xbox Music party begin! Via Neowin.net. Thanks Amedeo for the tip. ...

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Microsoft invited the Verge to see a demo of the Xbox Smartglass functionality built into Dance Central 3 for the Xbox 360. The 2nd screen app allows participants to easily select / queue tracks and change settings in the game without using the controller, and should work on a wide variety of both Microsoft and non-Microsoft devices. The Smartglass App is apparently finished and ready to go and will hopefully hit the market in time for the holiday season dance offs. Via The Verge.com ...

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Microsoft is scrambling to remove in-game Halo 4 footage from YouTube after the two discs of the game leaked recently. The game is only hitting the market on the 6th November, but footage of the game is is showing up on the internet faster than Microsoft can ask for it to be removed. The game’s creative director Josh Holmes has asked fans not to spoil the game for themselves by watching these videos, saying on twitter: I’ve worked for over 3 years making Halo 4. Please avoid spoilers and leaks from thieves for 3 more weeks until the game is out. Thank you. — Josh Holmes (@JoshingtonState) October 13, 2012 Halo 4 is the first instalment in a new trilogy of the successful Halo series of games, with the "Reclaimer Trilogy" takes place four years after the events of Halo 3 with the Master Chief having been lost in space. ...

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Halo 4 is set to be one of the biggest games this holiday season, which means a large percentage of our readers are likely to pick up a copy. If that includes you, you can now save 25% of the $60 price by ordering the game from NewEgg.com, who are offering a $15 discount until 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, October 14. Get Halo 4 for $44.99 at Newegg by using coupon code "EMCYTZT2339" during checkout.  Shipping is free, and allow 3-5 days after the release of the game for delivery. If purchased at the Microsoft Store Microsoft is offering  a $25 gift card with the purchase of Halo 4. The Xbox 360 exclusive is set for a November 6 release date. See the official Halo 4 below. Via Examiner.com ...

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As part of a Microsoft’s MyAchievements program Microsoft is sending gamers 20 free Microsoft Points on their birthday. The free gift is however not being well received, due to the paltry amount (20 Microsoft points is only worth around $0.25) and due to the numerous conditions attached. Only gamers with Gamerscore over 3000 qualify for the gift, and users will have to wait till the 15th of the month to actually receive the Points. Users with a Gamerscore above 10,000 get a rebate of one percent for every Xbox LIVE purchase and gamers with a Gamerscore above 25,000 will be a two percent rebate credited to their Xbox account. To add insult to injury, there is nothing in the Xbox store which can be purchased for only 20 Microsoft Points. This may be a promotion Microsoft may want to rethink. Maybe an “It’s my Birthday!” Avatar Prop would be a ...

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