Review Category : Xbox

Microsoft has updated the SmartGlass Xbox 360 app for Android to officially support 7 inch tablets like the Google Nexus 7. The app will now be officially available in the Google Play store for these devices. The update also offers fixes for specific crashes tied to the achievements and settings screens. The app can be found in Google Play Store here. Via Engadget.com ...

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Citing the usual “people familiar with the company’s plans”, Bloomberg has confirmed Microsoft is planning to release a follow-up to the popular Xbox 360 console by Black Friday next year. They did not expand on the features of the new console, but earlier leaks suggests the device will have a newer version of the Kinect sensor and the ability to play Blu-ray disks. Apparently Microsoft is still deciding between whether to announce the console at E3 or in a separate event. Bloomberg did not comment on rumours of the so-called Xbox Mini, which would be more streaming media and less games orientated. Read more at Bloomberg here. Via the Verge.com ...

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Microsoft today shared some internal numbers regarding Xbox 360 platform sales performance over the Black Friday weekend. Microsoft sold over 750,000 consoles over the weekend in US alone. This number trumps the Nintendo next generation Wii U’s sales number of 400,000 units. Xbox 360 sold more than 750,000 consoles in the U.S. alone –exceeding internal forecasts. Three month Xbox LIVE Gold Subscription sales increased more than 50 percent compared to last year’s Black Friday week. We saw incredible activity on Xbox over the weekend. For example, on Sunday alone we had more than 14 million people on Xbox LIVE across the world, racking up more than 72 million hours of use in just one day. Compared to 2011, we’ve seen a 43 percent increase in U.S. entertainment application hours logged on Xbox LIVE during the week of Black Friday.  I think Nintendo is having tough time competing with Microsoft and Sony. Source: ...

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Major Nelson has announced that an Xbox 360 update is being pushed out to consoles which brings a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. The update will correct such issues such as displaying the incorrect playlist name when launching a playlist from Xbox SmartGlass to the console, an error with Xbox Video closed-captioning and an error with Xbox Music that some were experiencing. The update is mandatory and will be required before users are able to play online. Read more at Major Nelson here. via Tweaktown.com ...

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Want to get an early start on Black Friday, without leaving your sofa?  The Microsoft Store is offering deep discounts on popular Xbox 360 games. The brand new Forza Horizon is only $14.99, 75% off. Dance Central 3 also clocks in at $14.99, while Borderlands 2 comes in at $24.99, NFS: Most Wanted also $24.99, and Dishonored $24.99. See more deals at the Microsoft Store here. Via Joystiq.com ...

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Telecompaper reports the Xbox Live TV service in the Netherlands has been considerably bulked up, with console owners how being able to watch films and TV from Pathe Thuis, Eredivisie Live, RTL XL and other providers Live TV will also soon be available, pending on-going negotiations with suppliers. Microsoft has been positioning the Xbox 360 as the premier living room video service, with 40% of US owners using it on a weekly basis to watch streaming video. ...

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In a new patent application published by Microsoft, Microsoft describes the Augmented Reality Glasses. Recently, Google demoed its Project Glass which has similar functionality where the information will be overlayed on the user’s view through glasses. Microsoft’s vision is kind of little different from Google’s. Read the description below, A computer implemented method providing supplemental information to a user with a head mounted display viewing a live event, comprising: receiving an indication that a user is attending a live event, the live event having an event duration; determining a field of view of the user through the head mounted display, and objects within the field of view at the live event; retrieving supplemental information describing at least the objects in the field of view of the user during a portion of the live event; determining elements of said supplemental information to present to the user in the head mounted display; and displaying ...

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We already know that Microsoft is planning to license its Xbox platform to other OEMs as revealed in leaked roadmap documents. Now, The Verge reported today that Microsoft is planning a low cost “Xbox TV” device that will be released in 2013. The device will act as a set-top box and allows only casual gaming as opposed to regular Xbox console. This device is expected to be released before holiday shopping season in 2013.   Are you waiting for a device like Xbox TV? Source: TheVerge ...

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The landmark trial between Google subsidiary Motorola and Microsoft is over even before we realized it started. Much of the sensitive material the trial could have uncovered remains confidential, as the court was cleared for 2 hours of secret testimony. The stakes are high – Motorola contends Microsoft will make $94 billion from their Xbox game console by 2017, and that they deserve $4 billion of these, due to the use of their patents. Microsoft is only willing to pay $1 million per year. U.S. District Judge James Robart will deliver a decision by Spring next year of what constitutes a reasonable fee for a FRAND patent – the first time a judge had to rule on this, likely setting a precedent for the whole industry. If fees are set low enough it could result in an explosion of innovation as companies use standard-essential patents freely while paying nominal fees ...

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Today, ESPN on Xbox reloaded with a significant update. The app now includes ALL of ESPN’s live network programming through WatchESPN including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Buzzer Beater and Goal Line. Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers can watch all their favorite sports and shows live, including SportsCenter, SportsNation and the Mike and Mike Show, as well as ESPN’s coverage of the NFL, including Monday Night Football, MLB and the NBA. ESPN on Xbox, now powered by WatchESPN, offers the following features: My Sports. ESPN on Xbox allows you to choose your favorite sports and teams and designate these channels as “My Sports,” so you can jump directly into the games and content you care most about. ESPN on Xbox will automatically provide you with a personalized daily feed of live events, news and highlights based on “My Sports,” catching you up on only the teams and sports you care most about. ...

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MONTREAL, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – The KARAOKE Channel, a property of Stingray Music USA Inc., an affiliate of the innovative Montreal-based provider of multi-platform music services Stingray Digital Group Inc., today announced their collaboration on “Karaoke” for Xbox 360, an exciting new entertainment service that will be available for download through Xbox LIVE in time for the holidays. The KARAOKE Channel will draw on its leading expertise in the karaoke business to provide Xbox LIVE members with streaming of a complete library of karaoke songs, further enriching the unique experience Xbox 360 owners already enjoy.  With a library of over 8,000 songs including the latest hits and golden oldies, in top genres like Pop, Rock, Country, R&B/Hip-Hop and more, there will be songs for everyone in the family to enjoy. “As the owner of the world’s largest licensed karaoke library and karaoke service on TV and Internet, the KARAOKE ...

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It’s very difficult to track number of Black Friday deals on different websites which is cluttered with various other product deal which I’m not interested. Being in a Microsoft ecosystem, I decided to write a post about the deals which I find across the web. You can send us the deals you find through the comments section and contact us section. 1) Windows 8: Office Depot: Windows 8 Pro pack will be available for $29.99 on their terms. Actually, it will cost $49, $10 down from its regular price and a free MaxPerks Bonus Rewards which gives you an $30 credit you can shop at Office Max stores. Tiger Direct: Tiger Direct will sell Windows 8 Pro for $49. Xbox: Xbox 360 4GB bundle with Skylanders and one wireless controller for $199. Xbox 360 wireless controllers on sale for $39.96. Xbox 360 wireless headset for $25. All the above are from Walmart. Xbox 360 250GB ...

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 Spike TV today announced the nominees of “VGA TEN” (#VGA) – the network’s tenth annual live televised event to celebrate the best in video games.  “VGA TEN,” hosted by Samuel L. Jackson, will simulcast on MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, Xbox LIVE,Spike.com and GameTrailers.com. The U.S. Xbox LIVE stream of the VGAs will showcase groundbreaking interactivity that lets users “play” the show as it happens live in Los Angeles.  Responses to poll questions will be tabulated in real time on screen for the Xbox LIVE audience and users with Xbox Smartglass will get a unique second-screen experience that updates in real time alongside the show content. Xbox Smartglass is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. “This unprecedented partnership with Xbox will make ‘VGA TEN’ the biggest worldwide gaming event ever; we’re thrilled to be the first awards show presented on Xbox where our fans play every day,” said Casey Patterson, ...

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CVG reports that XBox World Magazine may be about to leak all the details of the next Xbox console in their next issue. In their £4.99 issue they claim the Xbox code named Durango dev kit boast a CPU with "four hardware cores, each divided into four logical cores" and an impressive 8GB of RAM; will feature 4 player, finger-tracking Kinect, Directional Sound, Blu-ray support, TV input and output (like Google TV), an ‘innovative controller’ and at a later stage of the console’s life – Augmented Reality glasses. Editor in chief Dan Dawkins told CVG: "Xbox World has been at the cutting edge of Durango coverage for over 12 months. Unless something really dramatic changes, everything we reveal in our penultimate issue will be revealed long before E3 in June." To read the full 8-page feature, buy the latest issue of Xbox World online or on Apple Newsstand here (UK) ...

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Major Nelson has revealed the official list of Black Friday deals for the Xbox 360. Next week Friday the 23rd the following deals and bundles will be available at great discounts: Select Xbox 360 consoles and bundles*: Walmart will offer an exclusive special edition glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console and controller with “Skylanders” and exclusive “Skylanders” figurine, for $149.99 USD (ERP). Best Buy, Fred Meyer, Fry’s and Newegg will carry the Xbox 360 250GB console with “Skyrim” and “Forza 4: Essentials Edition” for $199.99 USD (ERP). Target, Amazon, Sam’s Club, Meijer, Kmart and Microsoft Stores will offer the Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect and “Kinect Disneyland Adventures” for $199.99 USD (ERP). Additional retailers will offer a variety of exclusive deals including: GameStop: Xbox 360 250GB console with “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” for $249.99 USD (ERP) RadioShack: Xbox 360 4GB console with a wired headset for $169.99 ...

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The trial between Microsoft and Google/Motorola has kicked off today, and as an opening gambit Motorola has filed a brief demanding 2.25% of Microsoft’s Surface revenue. In a brief filed in advance of the trial, Motorola contends that 802.11 WiFi technologies are critical to Surface, because it doesn’t have an Ethernet port or cellular broadband, saying “Microsoft’s new Surface tablet will use only 802.11, instead of cellular or wired connections, to connect to the internet. Without 802.11 capability, the Surface tablet would be unable to compete in the market, because consumers can readily select tablet devices other than the Surface that have 802.11 capability.” Getting their claim in early, Motorola’s lawyers also noted that Microsoft “apparently is working on its own smartphone, which undoubtedly will have Wi-Fi capabilities,” citing a Wall Street Journal story as evidence. On the stand Windows executive Jon DeVaan acknowledged that Surface incorporates H.264 video technologies ...

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