Review Category : Xbox

  Microsoft today went a little bit into Xbox One design process on how it developed the ultimate gaming and entertainment system. The took care about  how users interact with its software, designing it to be simple and inviting powered by console’s internal components to ensure great smooth performance. “Xbox has always had something to say. It’s always been bold with a strong personality,” said Carl Ledbetter, Creative Director, Industrial Design. “Xbox One needs to serve our most loyal gaming fans and deliver unique entertainment experiences, so its design has to make an appropriate statement that reflects its capability as an all-in-one entertainment system.” They spoke about the new software UI based on the Modern UI principles of Microsoft that is wide spreading across the developer community. Designing a software for 10 – 27 inch screens is completely  different from 32- 100 inch displays. The design language, which uses a series of tiles and fluid ...

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Wall Street’s top-ranked software industry analyst for nearly two decades, Rick Sherlund, the former Goldman Sachs now Nomura Equity research analyst has covered Microsoft since they went public in 1986.  Sherlund is a personal friend of Bill Gates & Paul Allen and was a liaison between Goldman & Microsoft during his time there. In a report he published today he recommends Microsoft sell Xbox and Bing: Sherlund of Bing: While we like Bing as a service, we need to look at this from an ROI and strategic perspective. If Microsoft could sell or even give Bing to Facebook or Yahoo and eliminate its operating costs and get a Traffic Acquisition Cost (TAC) back to monetize the traffic that Windows/Internet Explorer or Xbox in the living room can drive to Bing, this might generate perhaps $1.0bn of profit and positive FCF rather than be a drag of a similar magnitude. If this were returned to shareholders, this could add nearly 1% ...

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In an interview with OXM Magazine, Microsoft’s senior Vice President of Interactive Enertainment Business Yusuf Mehdi confirmed that Microsoft will continue to sell the Xbox 360 after the Xbox One’s release: “We believe over the next five years we can break a 100 million unit installed base. That’s something we’re shooting for, it’s not a financial plan as such, it’s just rough numbers if you will. To sell another 25 million, half of those will probably come from replacements, but half will come from new buyers.  And the way we’ll break into those segments is by hitting new price points, getting new classes of entertainment to come with the Xbox, and breaking into new customer segments. So you’ll see the Xbox 360 continue to exist, even as we launch the next generation Xbox One.” An announcement on the future of the Xbox 360 along with a significant dashboard update is expected to be outlined ...

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Microsoft has announced a new interactive music show exclusively for Xbox users. The music show is called The Music Room, that will bring you the best upcoming bands live to your Xbox. The Music Room will be a two-part program hosted by Laura Jackson featuring music from Everything Everything, Don Broco, and Swim Deep. If you have a Xbox Gold membership, you can watch the show on May 29 at 5:30 PST. The show is also interactive in nature where the viewers will decide what should happen next by voting through their Xbox.  In the above video, it was shown that you can choose what Laura does at the end of the show, like “Play Dance Central 3,” or “Sneak into soundcheck,” or “Nose around backstage.” ...

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As we are just less than 24 hours from the next generation Xbox announcement event, here is the list stuff we are expecting Microsoft to reveal tomorrow. Next generation Xbox console hardware along with Kinect 2.0. Xbox vNext Confirmed To Be Powered By AMD Chips Microsoft Xbox 720 (vNext) Vs Sony Playstation 4 Spec Comparison Durango XDK Leaks Confirms “Always On, Always Connected” Mode Of Xbox vNext Microsoft’s Xbox vNext To Integrate With Existing TV Cable More Details About Xbox Mini/Lite Leaked Online Report: Microsoft Xbox vNext To Include More Natural Speech Recognition Technology Rumor: Next Generation Microsoft Kinect Can Lip Read And Detect Emotions What do you expect?   ...

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 EA Sports on Facebook today revealed that they are going to reveal the next generation of FIFA at Xbox Reveal event tomorrow. Microsoft is scheduled to reveal the next gen Xbox and entertainment services at a press event at Redmond. Microsoft will be showcasing no.of next generation games to show the power of next generation console and its capabilities. ...

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Microsoft has launched a new official blog for Xbox news. So far, all Xbox related announcements were made on Major Nelson’s blog which was kind of an official blog itself. But, Microsoft is making it pretty big this time. Xbox Wire is a website/blog full of Xbox news, games, trailers, etc,. Microsoft is set to reveal Xbox vNext related announcement next week. Are you excited? Check out Xbox Wire here. ...

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  Xbox 360 maintained its position as the top console in the U.S. last month, according to new data from The NPD Group. Xbox sold 130,000 units in April marking it as the 28th consecutive month that the Xbox 360 was the best-selling console in the U.S. Highlights from NPD include: · Holding 42 percent share of current-generation console sales, Xbox 360 sold 130,000 units in April, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in April (hardware, software and accessories) reached $208 million, the most for any console in the U.S. · During the month of April, Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 console game titles including: “NBA 2K13,” “Dead Island: Riptide,” “BioShock Infinite,” Defiance,” Injustice: Gods Among Us” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.” FYI, Microsoft is set to unveil Xbox vNext on May 21 which is the reason why the current generation console ...

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There were reports floating around the internet few months back that Xbox vNext will require Internet connection to work. This news created lots of discussion and Microsoft obviously didn’t comment on it since it is about their future product which is yet to be revealed. Today, Ars Technica reported about an internal email from Microsoft which explained the internet connection required for Xbox vNext. Xbox vNext does not require internet connection for scenarios such as watching a Blu-ray movie or playing a single player game or watching a Live TV via Xbox UI. “Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet.” It continues, “There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should ‘just work’ regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not ...

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Microsoft maintained its position as No.1 game console in March with Xbox 360 U.S. Xbox 360 sold more units than any other console and emerged out as the best-selling console for 27th consecutive month. March highlights from The NPD Group include: · Xbox 360 sold 261,000 units, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform reached $402 million, (hardware, software and accessories), the most for any console in the U.S. · During the month of March, Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 console game titles including: “Bioshock Infinite,” “NBA 2K13,” “Gears of War: Judgment,” “Tomb Raider,” “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Source: Microsoft ...

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Add this app to the list of potential apps on the Xbox platform. Virgin Gaming has a online tournament gaming community of over 2 million gamers. The new “Xbox Tournaments” application now offers members of Xbox LIVE access to tournaments directly from their Xbox 360 console. This application allows users to find and compete in gaming tournaments without ever having to leave their console. Virgin Gaming has decided to host a $100,000 tournament rewarding users for playing on the app. Here is the description of the app from Vertigo, Gamers can participate in a variety of games and challenges for prize money. The platform supports several top games so it’s likely you can win prizes playing games that you already know and love. If your game isn’t there yet, no worries, more will be added in the future. You don’t need to be a hard-core gamer to enjoy the platform either. Virgin Gaming has ...

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Previous reports pointed that Microsoft is working on two version of Xbox vNext from which one will focus on high-end gaming and other about low-cost media console. The low cost Xbox vNext dubbed Xbox Mini/Lite will have Apple TV like functionality and will not have any harddrive. if you want to play Xbox 360 games, you have to buy and play it on demand similar to services like Gaikai. VGLeaks provided a brief description about Xbox Mini, read it below. The “Xbox Mini” is not a 360 add-on, it is a stand alone product that contains Xbox 360 functions for gaming, and alone it is meant to compete with Apple TV. Since it is likely it will not have a disc drive, it is being designed with “always online” in mind, and with internet being required for Live functions. Xbox 360 Games can be played on it by purchasing Games ...

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Details about Xbox vNext is getting leaked every other day. Microsoft is officially planning to reveal Xbox vNext details in May. So far we know that Xbox vNext will include powerful graphics processors to support next generation games and Xbox LIVE tv stuff. Today, The Verge revealed four new game titles that will be part of the launch titles for Xbox vNext. The list includes Ryse, Forza, a Pixar movie style Zombie game and more. We’re told Ryse is designed to be Microsoft’s new Gears of War / Halo mega launch title. It’s set in the roman empire period and uses deep Kinect integration to allow a player to slash and kick at enemies. We understand that Ryse will take advantage of the new body tracking improvements in the next Kinect sensor. Ryse is part of four major launch titles for the next-generation Xbox. Sources tell us that a new Forza ...

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Microsoft has recently updated the Xbox SmartGlass app for Android devices. The new update now supports Android tablets which are larger than 10-inch screen and also includes various other improvements. This 1.5 Android update includes: o Support for Android tablets 7” and larger. o An ‘always-on’ state for SmartGlass Experiences, so your device doesn’t go to sleep while they’re running. o Numerous design and usability improvements. o Numerous bug fixes. Download it here from Google Play Store. ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on some cool stuff related to TV in the upcoming Xbox vNext release. One part of the story was to create Xbox LIVE exclusive content for the subscribers and the other part of it was to enhance the traditional cable TV experience. According to the recent report from The Verge, Xbox vNext will take the existing cable signals in and present it with the Kinect based UI and will have more features over it. The functionality will work by taking a cable box signal and passing it through to the Xbox via HDMI, allowing Microsoft’s console to overlay a UI and features on top of an existing TV channel or set-top box. We’re told that this is a key part of the next-generation Xbox and that it will go a step further than Google’s TV implementation thanks to Microsoft’s partnerships with content providers. ...

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Microsoft will be monetizing the free Xbox music streaming platform by playing audio advertisements powered by TargetSpot.  These ads will be played in Xbox 360 consoles, Windows 8/Windows RT tablets and Windows 8 PCs and smartphones.     The ads which will be played are very much relevant to the listeners’ choice and will help monetize the free music streaming platform to a considerable extent. The free Xbox streaming service which has over 18million songs is now available in almost 15 countries will be a complete monetization solution for Microsoft’s music content, reported TNW As a trial offer, an one month Xbox music pass is available for free whereas to have a subscription users have to pay a measly sum of $99.99 per year. Source : TNW ...

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