Review Category : Xbox

Albert Penello, who leads the planning of Xbox One at Microsoft posted a note on why real dashboard videos have not been published, what are the differences between the published demo video and the actual product, his comments on the recent rumors about Xbox One SDK bugs, etc,. 1) Why a live demo of Xbox One dashboard was not posted? Even though we have rights to populate the store with Musicians, Artists, Movies, Actors, etc. – when it comes to us (as in Microsoft) publishing those types of things for marketing materials, it requires an extensive amount of approvals from those same Studios, Actors, Agents, Musicians, etc. Also whenever we use game footage, the creator of the game wants to approve the footage. And finally, when something like this gets created, it needs to be used in a variety of ways that a direct feed video doesn’t work for. Coordinating ...

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Microsoft recently published a video to show how Xbox One’s all new dashboard UI coupled with great multitasking features will work. The dashboard UI looked similar to a Windows 8 Start Screen with Live Tiles. You can pin your favorite games, music, video, etc, to your home page of Xbox One. Xbox One now supports great multitasking, it does in two ways. First, the ability to switch between games, music, Skype calls, etc, instantly without any loading screen. Second, you can now snap a supported app to side of your screen. For example, you can watch live tweets associated with an event when you are watching an event, or you can have a Skype call while doing some other task, etc,. Couple of similar videos showing multitasking capabilities of Xbox One went public today. In the video, you can see how you can have relevant info from internet on the ...

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  It’s a kind of bad news for Xbox One gamers. Two of the launch titles for Xbox One, Call Of Duty: Ghosts And Battlefield 4 will run only in 720p and upscaled to 1080p resolution. This is in contrast with Sony’s PS4 on which CoD: Ghosts will run on native 1080p and Battlefield 4 on 900p. Mark Rubin of CoD franchise tweeted the following, Hey, been on the road last couple weeks so haven’t had a chance to update, but wanted to confirm that for Xbox One we’re 1080p upscaled from 720p. And, we’re native 1080p on PS4.  We optimized each console to hit 60 FPS and the game looks great on both. Still on the road, but glad to see the great reception to Extinction.  Can’t wait for next week’s launch. Yesterday, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry reported that Battlefield 4 does not run on 1080p natively on both the consoles and often ...

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Microsoft has created a giant replica of Xbox One console in Canada. The replica is about 40 feet long and 20 feet wide. Xbox Canada representatives has revealed that this Xbox One model will “unlock” when enough fans pledge their gamertag. Straight described this marketing as below, Members of the Xbox community can pledge their gamertags in person at the giant Xbox One, online, or from the dashboard on their Xbox 360. Doing so also makes them eligible to win digital rewards. Prizes include Xbox One consoles and trips to Toronto for the Canadian launch of the new system. What, exactly, will occur when the box unlocks is unknown. But you should expect it to be something special. Microsoft Canada is planning a marketing campaign called “One Source” which represents that Xbox One console is a single device for games and entertainment. Read more from the link below. Source: Straight ...

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If you were planning to buy a Sony PS4, then this is a bad news for you. Titanfall is a first-person shooter game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts as an exclusive for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game was officially announced as Respawn’s debut game at Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference, and is scheduled for a March 2014 release. Everyone thought it as an exclusive for Microsoft at launch and may debut for PS4 later on. But it was revealed today that it will remain a Microsoft platform exclusive “for the life of the title.” The surprise is that even Redspawn’s studio head was not aware of this deal which EA signed with Microsoft. Always MS exclusive at launch, great partner and focus is good for a startup. EA made a deal for the rest, we only found out recently =( – Vince ...

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Microsoft today announced that Halo: Spartan Assault is coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 in December this year. 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games announced this news and the game will be available for digital download. Halo: Spartan Assault for Xbox One and Xbox 360 will pit gamers in a galactic-scale war against a persistent and overwhelming enemy from long ago – the Flood. With over 30 stimulating missions at your fingertips, play longer than ever with the all-new online Co-op mode and the Operation Hydra expansion that delivered an action-packed addition to the single player campaign. Feature: New features only on Xbox One and Xbox 360 brings players a new online Co-op mode with more missions, enemies, weapons, abilities, upgrades, achievements and more Original Halo gameplay. A fast-paced single player Campaign spanning over 30 missions in battles never before experienced in the Halo Universe all played from ...

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Microsoft has hired TV chat show host Jonathan Ross as an executive producer at its Xbox games division. Eurogamer today revealed that Microsoft has hired TV chat show host Jonathan Ross as an executive producer at its Xbox Studios in the UK. Phil Harrison revealed this information in a meeting yesterday and he commented that Jonathan was hired to help Microsoft “change its thinking”. “We wanted to bring in new talent that would challenge the way we build games and the way we think about what an audience is and what is entertainment,” “We want to broaden the concept of gaming to maybe blur the distinctions about what is a traditional game and what is a traditional television programme and what is a traditional linear media. These devices and boxes now allow us to do that in a really meaningful way.” Jonathan Ross is working with Microsoft Studio ‘Lift London’ ...

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A new rumor emerged online yesterday to spoil Microsoft Xbox One’s party. After few hours of releasing the video to show the whole Xbox One dashboard experience in action, the rumor claimed that the current Xbox One and Xbox Live service are very buggy and it will take months for Microsoft to fix it. The report went on to claim that there are issues such as parties dropping people when moving from one thing to another, connectivity issues, missed invites, friend requests not working, etc,. It claimed the following reason for buggy behavior. “The system OS and network integration was written by a group of people who do not play games. They don’t understand why things were set up in the ways they were designed by J Allard back in 2005.” Even though Microsoft didn’t directly respond to this rumor, Phil Spencer and Major Nelson tweeted about it dismissing these ...

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We all know that Microsoft’s next generation console launch is just few weeks away. But, Microsoft is planning sell and support Xbox 360 console even after Xbox One’s launch. They recently announced Xbox 360 Holiday Value Bundles and all of them provide immense value to the money you pay. Amazon is now selling a Xbox 360 Holiday Value Bundle for a great price. Xbox 360 E 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle just costs $240. And you get the following, Xbox 360 E 250 GB console with Kinect: The Xbox 360 console is sleek and quiet, with a stylish design that will be the centerpiece of your home entertainment system. Includes three amazing games: Kinect Sports: Season Two, Kinect Adventures, Forza Horizon Warranty: One year limited warranty on console (90 days on accessories) Xbox 360 Wireless Controller: This award-winning, high-performance wireless controller features the Xbox Guide Button for quick, in-game access ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox One will have a all new dashboard UI coupled with great multitasking features.  As you can watch from the above video, the dashboard UI looks similar to a Windows 8 Start Screen with Live Tiles. You can pin your favorite games, music, video, etc, to your home page of Xbox One. Xbox One now supports great multitasking, it does in two ways. First, the ability to switch between games, music, Skype calls, etc, instantly without any loading screen. Second, you can now snap a supported app to side of your screen. For example, you can watch live tweets associated with an event when you are watching an event, or you can have a Skype call while doing some other task, etc,. Forget the $100 pricing difference between Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4, Can Sony PS4 offer this level of Dashboard and Multitasking experience on their console? Check ...

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Amazon is now offering a great deal on Xbox LIVE subscription. When you buy an Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Subscription, you will get a $20 Xbox Live Gift Card. Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Subscription costs $60, so with free $20 Xbox Live gift card, you are essentially buying the 12 month subscription for just $40. From October 27 – November 9, purchase a 12-Month Gold Membership and get a $20 Xbox Live Gift Card. The promotional code for the $20 Gift Card will be emailed within two business days after your order is placed. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time. Limited to one per customer order. Source: Amazon ...

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  Microsoft today posted a new ad to promote its upcoming Xbox One entertainment console. The official Xbox YouTube channel posted this video titled “Invitation”, and it focuses heavily on the gaming experience on Xbox One with a little glimpse of other capabilities like Skype, voice command, etc,. This is just start of the huge marketing effort Microsoft has planned for Xbox One and we will see more of them soon. Microsoft announced Xbox One few months back and started taking pre-orders via various retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Stores, etc,. Xbox One, the next  will launch on November 22nd, and it has already seen impressive pre-order sales. Check out Xbox One listing page on Amazon here. ...

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We are just a month away from Xbox One launch. We are yet to get all the details about it as Microsoft is revealing them every week as we move towards the launch date. A leaked user manual of Xbox One Kinect has revealed the minimum distance requirement to use the sensor. The new minimum distance requirement is just 1.4 meters (over 4.5-feet) which is significantly lower than the previous version of Kinect. So, people who have less space in their home should be happy to hear this! Console/Sensor dimensions: Console (LxWxH): 13.1″ x 10.8″ x 3.1″ 33.3cm x 27.4cm x 7.9cm Kinect 2 (LxWxH): 9.8″ x 2.6″ x 2.63″ 24.9cm x 6.6cm x 6.7cm Kinect cable approx. 9.5 feet (2.9m) long via: NeoGAF Source: Jogos (PDF) ...

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Microsoft and EA today announced that “Titanfall” and the “Titanfall: Collector’s Edition” will be available for Xbox One and Xbox 360 on March 11, 2014 in North America, and beginning March 13, 2014 in Europe. The “Titanfall: Collector’s Edition” (SRP $249.99) will include an exclusive collectible 18” hand-crafted Atlas Titan statue with diorama and battery-powered LED lighting, a full-size art book featuring more than 190 pages of rare concept art, and an exclusive full-size schematic poster of the Atlas Titan. The “Titanfall: Collector’s Edition” is available for pre-order now at select retailers. Already the winner of more than 80 coveted awards from critics around the world, “Titanfall” is winning over fans with its thrilling, dynamic first-person action gameplay featuring elite assault Pilots and agile, heavily-armored, 24-foot Titans. Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key designers behind the Call of Duty franchise, “Titanfall” delivers a brand-new ...

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Even though Microsoft has talked about literally everything on Xbox One, from its design decisions to marketing stuff, we are yet to know about the apps running on Xbox One. Xbox One is a powerful gaming PC that runs 3 operating systems simultaneously. One of these operating systems is based on the Windows NT kernel and will help runs apps such as Netflix, Skype, YouTube, Twitter, etc.  The second is dedicated solely to games.  The third is the OS is the most important and allows the other two OSes to communicate with each other and it also allows for the fast switching between game mode and app mode. The will give Xbox user the benefit of being able to instantly switch between apps. Even though game developers can now submit their games to Xbox Store, Microsoft has not yet detailed the apps submission process. What kind of apps can Xbox One ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 held the position as the No.1 selling game console in the US for the past 32 months and it has come to an end this month. According to NPD sales data, Sony’s PS3 sold more units that Xbox 360 largely due to the GTA5 launch bundle. However, Microsoft has also got some good news on its sales charts. · Last month marked the biggest September software sales ever for Xbox 360, with sales reaching $401.2 million the most for any console in the U.S. · Xbox 360 continues to see strong consumer demand with an amazing lineup of titles. In fact, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 consoles games during the month of September including: “Grand Theft Auto V,” “FIFA 14,” “Madden NFL 14,” “Diablo III” and “NBA 2K14.” · Xbox 360 remains the number one selling console in the U.S. in 2013, with 1.6 million units ...

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