Review Category : Xbox

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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Microsoft today announced “Election 2012 on Xbox LIVE,” a digital hub for Xbox 360 owners to watch and interact with live election coverage of the presidential debates, learn the facts about the candidates and issues from Face the Facts USA, register to vote through Rock the Vote, and participate in live daily polling from YouGov. Microsoft has also partnered with NBCNews.com to deliver daily election programming to keep users up-to-date on the latest news and analysis about the election and the candidates. Xbox LIVE uses will be able to experience this from Monday, Aug. 27. Source: Microsoft   ...

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Microsoft today announced a permanent price drop on Kinect sensor for Xbox. The new reduced price will be $109.99 in US. There will be also a permanently reduced price in North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific regions where Kinect is sold. On October 4, the Kinect sensor will be available for a permanently reduced price in Australia and New Zealand. Microsoft also specifically mentioned that there will be no price drops in EMEA and Japan regions. With the sales of the whole gaming industry in general is falling down, price drops of this kind should boost sales to some level. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Just like Windows Phone Marketplace has Xbox LIVE games, Windows Store in Windows 8 will have “Xbox Windows” branded games with Achievements support. Windows 8 will come with classic games such as Solitaire Collection, Minesweeper and Microsoft Mahjong that will offer up to 50 Gamerscores. Even 3rd party games like Wordament will come with “Xbox Windows” branding. Apart from Achievements support, Windows 8 will also have Xbox Smart Glass App, Xbox Avatar support, etc,. Source: Xbox 360 Achievements via: Eurogamer ...

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Microsoft is now allowing users to sign up for 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta. As part of this program, 2012 Xbox LIVE update will be pushed out to your console that will include E3 announced dashboard features including: Internet Explorer on Xbox Recommendations Pins to customize your Xbox dashboard More details here. ...

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Microsoft has purchased a number of Xbox related domain names recently, including XboxPhone.com, XboxTablet.com, XboxLiveTV.com and XboxCompanion.com.  Two however rang a particular bell. Microsoft also purchased Xbox8.us and Xbox8.org, which of course connects very well with the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 brand names which will be marketed heavily in 2013. This of course makes the name very likely, which means we can safely move on to speculating about the XboxPhone Via Xbox360Achievements.com ...

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As the excitement around the Microsoft’s tablet related announcement builds around the tech community, people have started to release their own dream specs. One such thing that got released is the concept called Xbox Surface. You can read the specs of the device above! The tablet device will come with 22.2 surround sound, 250GB regular harddisk, support for 4 game controllers for an 7 inch device, etc,. LOL. Source: shifted2u via: Neowin ...

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Amazon is running a great deal, offering a $60 12 month Xbox Live Gold voucher for only $35. The deal only has another 32 hours to run, and the voucher needs to be used by the 22nd June. Besides being needed to play most multi-player games, the subscription also allows access to apps like Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand on your console, if you subscribe to those services already. The deal is limited to one per customer. Read more terms and conditions at Amazon here. Thanks Gullygod for the tip. ...

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The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft plans to extend its Xbox 360 subscription plan, where buyers pay $99 and then $19.99 per month for two years for an Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle, beyond its Microsoft stores to all U.S. Best Buy Co. stores and a "select" grouping of GameStop Corp. stores. The deal includes access to Xbox Live Gold (usually around $60 per year). Microsoft still considers the scheme a pilot, noting that consumers have responded well so far. While many feel the deal is all about supporting “soft” Xbox sales as the current generation comes to an end, Lewis Ward, an analyst at IDC, speculates that it is all about preparing customers for the same deal next year, when the next version of the Xbox console is expected to be announced. Microsoft has positioned the Xbox 360 as the premier entertainment computer, and while the current deal makes ...

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LOS ANGELES — June 4, 2012 — At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) today, Microsoft Corp. and NIKE Inc. ushered in a new era of home fitness, unveiling “Nike+ Kinect Training” only on Kinect for Xbox 360. Featuring Nike trainers who work with some of the company’s top athletes, “Nike+ Kinect Training” is a custom training program rooted in elite Nike fitness and specifically designed to help athletes of all levels reach their potential in the comfort of their own homes. Whatever your fitness goal, “Nike+ Kinect Training” will give you the tools to get you there. Through the magic of Kinect, the personal trainers within the experience can see how your body moves, assess your physical strengths and athleticism, identify areas for improvement, and create a personalized workout plan to help you achieve your personal best. With real-time feedback to make sure positions and movements are correct, the “Nike+ ...

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At E3 today, Microsoft announced NBA, NHL and ESPN sports content coming to Xbox LIVE service in Xbox 360. • NBA Game Time with NBA.com League Pass Broadband (U.S.) and NBA League Pass (outside of the U.S.). Fans who subscribe to NBA.com League Pass Broadband will have access to hundreds of out of market live games (blackout restrictions apply in the U.S. and some international markets), plus highlights from around the league and up to the minute stats of your favorite players. •  NHL GameCenter LIVE™ (Worldwide except Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden). Hockey fans will be able to enjoy every moment of the live action as it happens on the ice, with live games (out-of-market and blackout restrictions apply), more in-game interactivity, and replays and highlights on demand any time. •  ESPN (U.S.). Later this year fans will enjoy 24/7 live programming through WatchESPN from ESPN Networks – ESPN, ESPN ...

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The long awaited Amazon Video app for Xbox 360 is now available for download. All videos you’ve purchased or have currently rented from Amazon are now available on your Xbox 360.  If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can also stream the entire Prime Instant Video library on your Xbox 360. Amazon Prime: Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers who are also Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to over 17,000 Prime Instant Videos at no additional cost. Learn about the benefits of an Amazon Prime Membership Your Video Library: Anything you buy from Amazon Instant Video will be available in Your Video Library on your Xbox 360.  Just visit the Amazon Instant Video store online, and shop from a library of over 120,000 movies and TV episodes. Your Watchlist: From your Xbox or from the web, you can organize your viewing with Your Watchlist. Add any title to Your Watchlist, and enjoy when you’re ...

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