Review Category : Xbox

If you’re looking to renew your Xbox Live membership, look no further than Amazon or BestBuy, where you can buy a $59.99 Xbox 360 12 month live gold membership for almost 60% cheaper.  If you have an existing membership, you can top it up with this deal too, meaning you can save $25 on Xbox goods in 2013!  Has anybody else seen great promotions they want to share? Via: hawtwire.com ...

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News on the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 has been on the down low recently, however new details on the date of release of the game have emerged.  As reported by Product-Reviews via email from Microsoft, the game is expected to be released in Spring, on a weekend at the end of March.  The precise date is estimated to be on the 24th March, which falls on a Sunday.  There is some doubt however related to the date.  Nintendo are known to release their most popular games on a Sunday, however GTA 5 is not coming out on the Wii U at the moment, and so it is unlikely that Rockstar will choose to launch the Xbox 360 and PS3 game on a Sunday.  Over gaming sites also appear to be uncertain about the date, but most are also proposing the 24th as the most likely date.  GTA 4 ...

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Microsoft is expected to announce Xbox vNext at E3 in June. While we have seen many rumors and leaks about the next version of Xbox, this leaks seems pretty true. This does not reveal any consumer feature, but it will reveal some capabilities of the Xbox vNext console. Microsoft is making sure that the console will be future proof for many more years to come. CPU: - x64 Architecture - 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) - each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache - each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache - each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources - each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock GPU: - custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics ...

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Microsoft Studios announced the new Play Service that enables you to play arcade games made for Xbox LIVE on any Windows 8/RT compatible device. Most of the games are already available in Windows Store and Microsoft has just listed them under this new ‘Play’ brand. Get your game on with this amazing line-up of titles from Microsoft Studios. Our games have something for everyone, from casual puzzlers and high energy racing to immersive adventure and non-stop arcade. For Xbox fans you’ll also find your favorite features like leaderboards, multiplayer modes, connecting with friends, and more. All Microsoft Studios titles let you try before you buy; check them out today! Microsoft Studios titles are available for Windows 8 and Windows RT via the Windows Store. Full List of New PLAY Releases:  Toy Soldiers (not available on Windows RT) 4 Elements: Special Edition Hydro Thunder Hurricane Rocket Riot 3D Reckless Racing Ultimate Microsoft Solitaire Collection ...

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The Xbox Music app is not exactly the best advert for Windows 8, being slow, laggy and low on features. Microsoft has now unveiled version 1.1.144.0 of Xbox Music, which improves access to streaming free music and the transition from a trial subscription to a paid Xbox Music Pass as well as a fix to minimize occasional playback concerns and additional bug fixes which were very prominent in the app before the update.  As well as the obvious fixes, the performance of the Xbox Music app appears to be smoother and more efficient after the update.  To force an update check on the app, launch the Windows Store, then go to settings, then under App Updates you can manually check for the new version of Xbox music. Via: wpcentral.com image via: cdn.redmondpie.com ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox 360 lead the console sales for 24 consecutive months in US. According to the NPD Group, Xbox 360 ended this year as the best-selling console in the U.S. in 2013, selling 1.4 million units in December. NPD data also shows that in December, Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 console game titles, including “Halo 4,” “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Just Dance 4,” “NBA 2K13,” “Far Cry 3,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” and “Madden NFL 13.” Microsoft also hinted that even more offerings are coming to the Xbox platform and as a result expects 2013 to be another big year for Xbox 360. via: Microsoft blog ...

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In a press release Microsoft has made their purchase of id8 Group R2 Studios official, and at the same time also announced that they have absorbed some of the talent of the start-up into their management. R2 Studios have several important home automation patents, and their technology will find a home in the Xbox Division. Head of R2 Studios, Blake Krikorian, is being appointed  as corporate vice president for Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), home of the Xbox, where he will report to Marc Whitten, chief product officer for IEB. Krikorian has some experience with Microsoft technology, having worked on the first Windows CE PDAs at Phillips, and of course invented the Sling Player, which also had mobile apps first on Windows Mobile. Hopefully we will see the result of their technology inlux in actual products sooner rather than later. See he press release below. Microsoft Names Longtime Technology Entrepreneur ...

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Microsoft is planning to create original content for its growing 40 million Xbox LIVE customers. Microsoft is setting up a TV studio in Los Angeles that will create original programming for Xbox. Microsoft is planning to produce all forms of content for every member of the family like live events, reality, game shows, documentaries and scripted comedy or drama. According to Nancy Tellem of Microsoft, Microsoft and Xbox are in a unique position with a technology that allows you to deliver multi-platform programming.  The technology is there, not only for the audience that just wants to watch passively, but also for those who want to engage the content more, whether by mobile, tablet or on TV. Source: Hollywood Reporter ...

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft has acquired home-entertainment technology startup id8 Group R2 Studios Inc with the aim of incorporating the technology into its Xbox console. The team, led by founder Blake Krikorian will join Microsoft, and bring along its patents related to controlling electronic devices. Krikorian founded Sling Media Inc., maker of the Slingbox and sold it to EchoStar in 2007. He resigned from the board of Amazon.com Inc. last week. R2 Studios has been working on technology related to distributing and displaying digital media on TVs, and prior to the purchase the company was apparently also in talks with Google and Apple. The technology will find a home in Microsoft’s entertainment console, and may be part of the rumoured Xbox Loop casual gaming and TV streaming console, or the Xbox Next, set to be released at the end of the year. Via The Verge.com ...

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Microsoft today announced the free one-month extension to the Xbox LIVE Gold memberships of everyone who was impacted by Cloud Saved games outage for the past two days. Xbox LIVE Cloud Saved Games feature is now back online. We want to thank all of our Xbox LIVE members impacted by the Cloud Saved Games service issue for your patience and understanding. It took longer than we expected to get back to full performance as we needed to ensure the integrity of everyone’s game saves. Whether you couldn’t access your game saves for a couple of hours or a couple of days, we sincerely apologize for the delay and inconvenience. We will be automatically applying a one-month extension to the Xbox LIVE Gold memberships of everyone who was impacted. We can assure you we’ll also be doing a thorough post mortem to help prevent this from happening again. If you were affected by the ...

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Microsoft yesterday released their Wordament game for iOS devices. Wordament was originally developed for Windows Phone devices and now Microsoft is porting them to other platforms as well. Its the first Xbox game for iOS that can earn up to 50 Gamerscore from 10 achievements and you’ll have access to all of your Xbox Friends and Wordament Frenemies. App Description: Do you have two minutes to spare? Wordament® is a unique and highly addictive word game: a two-minute long word tournament where you compete in real-time, on the same board, against everyone else currently playing. Each board is unique and alternating rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter digram tiles and theme* puzzles. You can choose to go for the bonus points, try to find the most words possible or earn scoring bonuses by finding longer words. How you play and choose to compete is up to you! We love our ...

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We all know that Microsoft Kinect is being used in various ways by various people. From Xbox 360 games to Shopping Malls with AR apps, Kinect’s potential is virtually unlimited. Now, Microsoft is working with US Air Force to develop Kinect Therapy System  that can be used by injured soldiers and veterans to perform physical therapy at home. “Microsoft is committing R&D and marketing resources to ensure that the [Defense Department] community is aware of the capabilities of the product, as well as the breadth of our partner community, which includes the system integrators,” said Phil West, Microsoft’s director of public sector solutions. “The targeted scenarios include therapy-related functions, but they also span training and simulation, interactive user interfaces, and so on.” Injured soldiers and veterans who find it difficult to come to Army base or medical center for therapy can now do it at their home. Microsoft Kinect connected ...

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Microsoft today added two new apps to its Xbox LIVE network. 1) AOL ON Network app: The ad-supported video network includes more that 420,000 short-form videos from AOL properties such as Huffington Post, Engadget, and TechCrunch, as well as content partners that include Reuters, the AP, BBC, E!, ET Online, Sugar, Splash News, CNET, and Martha Stewart. 2) Vimeo: Packed with amazing ways to watch, discover, and share, the Vimeo app for Xbox 360 enables lovers of high-quality videos to stimulate their eyeballs through their console. Follow your Xbox Live friends’ activity on Vimeo, control the app via voice or gesture with Kinect, and access Vimeo on your Xbox 360. Find these apps on your Xbox LIVE on Xbox 360. via: TC Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft today announced a new Xbox LIVE app and SmartGlass experience called Sports Picks. Sports Picks app will let you make picks, compete with your Xbox LIVE friends and fight for the leaderboard, etc,. With the Sports Picks SmartGlass experience, you can enjoy all these on your tablet or smartphone. Now on Xbox, sports fans have a whole new way to connect with fellow fans and compete on Xbox LIVE with the new Sports Picks app. You can make picks, compete with your Xbox LIVE friends and fight for domination of the leaderboard. With the Sports Picks app, we’ve also added a new experience for Xbox SmartGlass, so you can do all of this on your tablet or phone without missing a beat of the game on your TV through Xbox 360. For those of you planning to take in a live sporting event from ESPN or catch the replay of last night’s ...

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Microsoft’s premier racing game, Forza, is getting a new expansion pack next week. The Forza Horizons Rally expansion pack will bring 5 new rally-tuned cars, new stages and a new co-driver system for rally races. Cars included in the Forza Horizon Rally pack include the ’92 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC ST185, the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR, the 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi, the 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth, and lastly the 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale. Rally races are not just limited to the new cars, as Turn 10 Forza Horizon design director Ralph Fulton explained to IGN: “You can take the same rally upgrades that are featured in the cars that are packed in with the expansion pack and apply them to any car in your Forza Horizon garage,” Fulton explains. “These upgrades include rally tires for improved grip on loose dirt and gravel, springs and dampers that ...

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For once a Xbox 360 crime story does not involve anyone being killed for one, but actually helping rescue a victim of a home invasion. A 22 year old man walked in on a robbery in his home while playing online on his Xbox 360 in Armstrong County Thursday. The armed robber tied him up with duct tape and stole money, jewellery, guns and his car. The young man managed to call for help using his Xbox 360 headset, and his friends online called 911. The victim’s car was recovered, but the robber and his valuables are still at large. Read more at WPXI here. Thanks SEKKDS for the tip. ...

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