Review Category : Xbox

Today Microsoft announced through various media outlets that new Xbox LIVE videos apps are releasing today on Xbox 360. Those apps include Comcast Xfinity TV, HBO Go and MLB.tv. All these apps will feature the familiar Xbox Metro UI with Kinect integration for basic controls. The main thing that comes with all these apps is their content so that you can spend time on your Xbox for watching videos than playing games all the time. via: Engadget ...

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Today the much awaited BBC iPlayer made into Xbox LIVE service of Xbox 360. And the beauty is that you don’t need a Xbox LIVE Gold membership to get iPlayer, so you can enjoy the BBC shows through your Xbox 360 even if you only have Xbox LIVE free accounts. The iPlayer app similar to other Kinect apps features gesture controls, voice controls and more polished UI. Check for more screenshots in the link below. via: Tech Radar ...

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Its a smart hire from Microsoft for its Interactive Entertainment Business in Europe. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. – March 13, 2012 – Microsoft Corp. today announced that Phil Harrison, video games luminary and former Sony executive, has joined the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) leadership team as corporate vice president with an emphasis on growing the division’s European business. As the senior IEB leader in Europe, Phil will not only lead the Microsoft Studios European organization directly, but will also influence the broader performance of IEB’s European business through strategic partnerships and by bringing culturally relevant entertainment experiences to Microsoft platforms, now and in the future. In addition to the wealth of experience Harrison has in the console gaming space, he has immersed himself in new business models and technologies, particularly in the mobile and social space and will bring that market perspective to bear in the new role. He will ...

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Microsoft Xbox 360 continued its lead in US Gaming console sales in February. This is the 14th consecutive month Xbox 360 is leading the pack. Xbox 360 along with Kinect & Xbox LIVE is offering a compelling entertainment experience for consumers. Holding 42 percent share of current-generation console sales, Xbox 360 sold 426,000 units in February, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S.  This marks the twelfth consecutive month Xbox 360 has held more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. (Source: NPD Group, February 2012) Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in February (hardware, software and accessories) reached US$383 million, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, February 2012) During the month of February, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 U.S. console game titles including: “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning,” “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” “UFC Undisputed,” “NBA ...

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It seems white technology is now all the rage, and Microsoft has followed the trend by announcing a fully while Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle. The limited edition bundle includes a glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console, glossy white Kinect sensor, white Xbox 360 wireless controller and a copy of two of the most popular Kinect tiles: Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures. The package also includes a three month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold will be available while supplies last for US $ 299.99. If you do not want to splash out for the full bundle, but is still desperate for the glossy white controller or need a second to complete the package, it is available for purchase separately for US $49.99. Both the controller and the white Bundle begin shipping today to retailers in the US & around the world starting today, and will be available in Europe and Brazil ...

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The much awaited (atleast to me!) overhaul of Microsoft accounts portal is here.  Microsoft’s old Billing portal was like a website designed in 90′s, but now it has got a clean new look and awesome unification across various Microsoft accounts (Props to Rafael who noticed it first). The accounts.microsoft.com portal now unifies all Microsoft accounts such as Hotmail, Xbox LIVE, Zune, Office Live and even Windows Azure accounts. You can now have an overview of purchases and subscriptions made across all Microsoft services under this new portal. Check it out yourself and enjoy the new experience. via: Withinwindows ...

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Microsoft will be organizing a session at the Game Developers Conference on March 6th to detail Windows 8 Gaming & Microsoft’s vision of connected experiences. Developers will learn to build games and entertainment applications for Xbox 360 and Kinect, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the web. Sessions include: Entertainment Reimagined Developing a Great Metro Style Game for Windows 8 The Making of Metro Style Marble Maze Async Gaming Xbox LIVE on Windows 8 Deep Dive Xbox LIVE Services – Entertainment Powered by the Cloud Game Data Anywhere Using Xbox LIVE Cloud Storage Asynchronous Gaming with Xbox LIVE Services Connecting Xbox LIVE Web Games with Xbox LIVE Services Read more at MSDN blog post.  via: windows8beta ...

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Xbox 360 continues to lead the US console market for yet another month. Xbox 360 also ended 2011 as the best selling console of this generation. Some highlights from the NPD data released, · Xbox 360 sold more than 270,000 units in January, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. This marks the thirteenth straight month Xbox 360 was the top-selling console in the U.S. · Holding a 49 percent share of current-generation console sales, total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in January (hardware, software and accessories) reached $301 million, the most for any console in the U.S. This marks the eleventh consecutive month Xbox 360 has held more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. · During the month of January, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 U.S. console game titles, including: “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” ...

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Microsoft has announced that the The Kinect Star Wars Bundle and Game for Xbox 360 with Kinect will be released on April 3, 2012. The game will include five dynamic modes – Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising, Podracing, Rancor Rampage, Galactic Dance Off and Duels of Fate.  … the Xbox 360 Limited Edition “Kinect Star Wars” console bundle will feature an exclusive C-3PO unlockable for Dance Mode. With these new reveals and the ability to play in 3D, “Kinect Star Wars” adds to the growing popularity of the family-friendly gaming portfolio for Kinect for Xbox 360. You can read in detail at Major Nelson’s blog. And you can pre-order it at Amazon.  ...

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According to various sources compiled by IGN, Xbox vNext will feature graphics power 6 times than that of the current generation Xbox 360. The system will feature AMD Radeon 6000 series that will support DirectX11, multidisplay output, 3D and 1080p HD output. The next version of Xbox will be launched in 2013 with developers receiving development kits based on the system’s final configuration in August. Still these are not official info, so don’t get excited soon! Source: IGN ...

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Dave Cutler, popularly known as the father of Windows NT is no longer working on Windows Azure team at Microsoft. According to Mary Jo Foley who revealed this info, Dave Cutler has now moved to Interactive Entertainment Business group inside Microsoft which is responsible for Xbox & Xbox LIVE stuff. This is a interesting thing since a Microsoft Technical Fellow who worked  on enterprise products for years is moving into completely consumer products group. Read more on it at ZDNET. ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 On-Demand video services have won 2012 TV Innovation Awards. Microsoft won the On Demand Category award for upgrades to its Xbox 360 console including partnerships with over 40 new TV and entertainment providers, as well as delivering entertainment voice search functionality with Bing on Xbox. Microsoft also won the overall innovator of the year award which was chosen among 13 other category winners. Good job by IEB team at Microsoft. Read more about other category winners at source link. Source: IMS Research ...

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According to The NPD Group, Microsoft today announced that its Xbox 360 ended 2011 as the most selling console in the U.S., outselling the second-place console by more than 2.7 million units.Xbox had a whooping 49 percent of consumer retail spending, with $6.7 billion in sales in the U.S. for the calendar year. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold more than 1.7 million units in December similar to that of November’s sales numbers. Hope Microsoft can keep the momentum going on ! ! Source: Microsoft Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced during its last CES keynote that it has sold over 66 million Xbox units and 18 million Kinect sensor units since its introduction. The interesting thing here to note is that, Microsoft announced sales of about 57 million at the end of last quarter. Doing the math, you will end up with a huge 10 million (approx) Xbox sold in this quarter alone. This is an incredible job by Microsoft. ...

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Microsoft today announced few changes to Xbox LIVE Indie game developer story. Microsoft has increased the game size, per developer game count and updated pricing structure. Developers are now able to submit CCGAME bundles up to 500MB through App Hub for publishing on Xbox LIVE Indie Games. Developers can apply the 80 point price to any game with a CCGAME size under 150MB, which is three times the current limit of 50MB. Raising the limit up to twenty titles per developer. Read more at Xbox LIVE Indie Game Developer blog. ...

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According to a post by Epic Games community manager Will Kinsler, Microsoft is planning to remove gun-like avatar items from the Xbox Avatar Marketplace. So far gun-like avatar items were in sale from the marketplace for a long time and Microsoft has not responded to this issue so far. From the forums, Heads up! Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, the Lancer and Hammerburst avatar items will no longer be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace,” “If you’ve purchased the items prior to Jan. 1, you will be able to keep them. A new policy goes into effect for all gun-like avatar items on the Marketplace, so get them while they’re hot.” via: PCM ...

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