Review Category : Xbox

Along with the news that Microsoft is releasing Xbox Music apps for iOS, Android devices and free streaming on the web, Microsoft also detailed the upcoming redesigned Xbox Music app for Windows 8/RT devices that is coming along with Windows 8.1 update. The app will come pre-installed on Windows 8.1 update, and gives access to global catalog of more than 33 million songs out of the box. If you have a Xbox Music pass, you can download your fav songs. There is also an option to stream millions of songs free on Windows 8.1. Changes in Xbox Music app: Get it in there: If you already have an existing music collection in your device’s Music library such as songs you ripped from CDs or DRM-free songs purchased from iTunes or Amazon.com – Xbox Music brings in all of it – no fuss, your music is just in there. As much ...

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Microsoft today announced a significant update to its Xbox Music service. Microsoft has released Xbox Music app for iOS and Android devices today. Apart from these mobile apps, Microsoft also announced free streaming on Xbox Music via the Web. However, you need an Xbox Music Pass subscription to make use of these apps. With a Xbox Music Pass, you get unlimited access to the songs and artists you want at any time with playback across your tablet, PC, phone and Xbox console for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Also you can enjoy the same content on Xbox Music Web player at http://music.xbox.com even without a Xbox Music Pass. Your playlists are synced across all these devices. Read full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — Sept. 8, 2013 — Nearing its one-year anniversary, Microsoft Corp.’s all-in-one music service, Xbox Music, continues making strides to deliver all the music people ...

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A new video got leaked today which shows off Xbox One dashboard in action. Even though Microsoft showed off Xbox One dashboard couple of times during press events, they didn’t fully reveal it. This video shows some of the new dashboard’s feature such as the ability to switch between games and the dashboard home without any delay. According to the guy who posted the above video, Microsoft is internally testing this dashboard with its employees and there are lots of bugs that exist in the build he tried out. Microsoft has almost two months time, from now till their launch, hopefully they will fix all those bugs and provide a great user experience. ...

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Xbox Live General Manager Ron Pessner, who leads the engineering team developing the new SmartGlass, talked about the technology in detail on the company’s official Xbox Blog.  Xbox Wire also promised a future post explaining how SmartGlass will work with games and entertainment on Xbox One. XW: What can gamers expect from SmartGlass for Xbox One?  RP: SmartGlass is maturing with the evolution of Xbox 360 to Xbox One. Xbox One was designed from the ground up with SmartGlass in mind, and an immediately noticeable difference with Xbox One SmartGlass compared to Xbox 360 SmartGlass is the connection speed and performance. On average it only takes about four seconds for SmartGlass to recognize your Xbox One and create an instant connection. Of course, this is based on the speed of your wireless connection, but generally SmartGlass is about three-and-a-half times faster on Xbox One than its Xbox 360 predecessor. And ...

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Microsoft today revealed that it will be using the new Entertainment Genome technology from video content discovery solutions provider Jinni to provide video recommendations for its Xbox One users. Xbox uses the rich set of attributes in the Jinni Entertainment Genome along with Xbox signals such as a user’s viewing history to make video recommendations go beyond the standard genre similarity. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. and TEL AVIV – September 6, 2013 – Video content discovery solutions provider Jinni, announced today a multi-year agreement with Microsoft to enhance entertainment discovery on Xbox video game and entertainment systems. Jinni’s proprietary Entertainment Genome™ uses deep knowledge of every show and movie in the Xbox Video catalog to help the Xbox recommendations system intuitively and accurately connect Xbox users to content they’ll enjoy. By using the rich set of attributes in the Jinni Entertainment Genome, Xbox recommendations go beyond ...

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Microsoft has won another the patent trial against Motorola yesterday. The Jury ruled that Motorola failed to maintain fair and reasonable licensing terms when it negotiated with Microsoft over the Wi-Fi and H.264 intellectual property used in various products like Xbox, Windows 7 and more. This is not the first time Microsoft won against Motorola in courtroom, previously the court ruled that the standard, essential patents of Motorola were not worth $4 billion as claimed instead suggested few million dollars. Also the court yesterday asked Motorola to pay $11 million for the costs of relocating a warehouse of Microsoft in Germany due to an injunction on certain Microsoft products brought by Motorola in that country along with $3 million for legal fees. Microsoft on this verdict, “This is a landmark win for all who want products that are affordable and work well together,” A Motorola spokesman on the verdict, “We’re ...

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Today Major Nelson announced that Xbox One will be available on Friday November 22, 2013 in all 13 initial launch markets – Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Many more markets will follow in 2014. Xbox One will cost $499 in US and will come with a Xbox One wireless controller, chat headset and a Kinect camera. Also Microsoft announced a 10 percent CPU clock speed increase from 1.6GHZ to 1.75GHZ. Yusuf Mehdi of Microsoft told in the video that “It means that the processing power to make those games that we’ve been showing off at Gamescom that already look great will look even better,”. FYI, Sony has planned for PS4’s launch on November 13th. It is going to be a great fight between the gaming titans this holiday season. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One will support up to 8 controllers at once. This is a great news for the upcoming Xbox One customers. While Sony usually one ups Microsoft’s numbers regarding Xbox One, unfortunately this time they revealed that PS4 will only support upto 4 controller at once. Features: The greatest gamepad – now even better The Xbox One Wireless Controller features over 40 improvements to the award-winning Xbox 360 Wireless Controller. More immersive Feel the action like never before with Impulse Triggers. New vibration motors in the triggers provide precise fingertip feedback bringing weapons, crashes, and jolts to life for a whole new level of gaming realism.* New expansion port with high speed data transfer enables clearer chat audio when using a compatible headset.** More precise Newly designed D-pad is responsive to both sweeping and directional movements. Thumbstick improvements enable better grip and accuracy. Trigger and bumpers are ...

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Microsoft showed off its ESPN and the NFL apps for Xbox One to the media recently. These apps are designed similar to the existing ESPN Xbox 360 app with few changes and features that take advantage of Xbox One platform. Microsoft also announced NFL.com Fantasy Football on Xbox 360, Windows 8 and Windows Phone which are available for download today. The NFL on Xbox One and Surface Tailored for you, the NFL on Xbox One will deliver the best of the NFL, in a way that will completely reimagine the way you experience football from the comfort of your home. Only Xbox One can bring interactivity to live games, stats, scores, highlights and your NFL.com Fantasy Football team all together on the best screen in the house – your TV. Xbox One will personalize your NFL experience, for your team, with the best content the NFL has to offer including ...

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Sony has recently confirmed that their PlayStation 4 console will support Xbox-Kinect style voice recognition through their PlayStation Camera. Sony said that they will share more details on this shortly.  PS Camera is expected to support navigational voice commands to facial recognition similar to Kinect. We are yet to see all these in action from Sony.   While Microsoft has decided to bunde the new Kinect with the Xbox One for £429, Sony is going to sell the device separately for £55 to reduce the price of the £349 console.     Source: Eurogamers ...

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  Microsoft has revamped their Xbox Live Rewards program. With Xbox Live Rewards, it’s easy to get rewarded for being loyal to Xbox Live. The more you use Xbox Live services, the more rewards you get. You get rewards for playing games, watching movies and more. For example, renewing your Xbox Live Gold membership  gets you 3,000 Rewards Credits, take monthly surveys (250 Credits) and more.  Complete a Punchcard: With MyPunchcard, you have access to big rewards with a mighty punch. Track your progress here, complete exclusive offers, and earn Rewards Credits. New Punchcards are always popping up, so check back often to see if you can complete them all! More details can be found here. ...

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We heard about Microsoft’s IllumiRoom project back at CES and since then there were reports that Microsoft is planning to release it as a consumer device as part of Xbox offering in 2014. Speaking to Ausgamer, Albert Penello, head of product planning for Xbox One revealed that IllumiRoom is not coming anytime soon. “I wouldn’t expect you’ll see that,” Penello said. “It’s very, very cool tech but it’s, like, for a consumer, it requires projectors and things. It’s really super-neat if you’re in the lab and you’ve got Microsoft money and you could totally set up this awesome lab, but… we looked at it, but for an average customer it’s, like, thousands of dollars [for the set up].” Some info about IllumiRoom, IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our ...

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Microsoft announced the Independent Developers @ Xbox Program which allows independent developers to publish games for Xbox One. First, you have to apply for the developer program, once the application is approved, Microsoft will offer developers free development kits and access to its Xbox One toolset which includes Kinect, Cloud, etc. There is no developer application fees as well. After becoming ”registered Xbox One developers,” , developers will be able to do self-publishing of games on Microsoft’s Xbox One. Developer can also take advantage of Xbox Live features like Achievements, Online multiplayer, SmartGlass, Kinect, etc,. Microsoft portfolio director for digital games Chris Charla when speaking to Joystiq at PAX Prime revealed that ID @ Xbox program will support every other business model that any other Xbox One game will have such as indie games with premium pricing, micro-transactions or free-to-play models Independent developers are free to utilize “every business model ...

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Microsoft has finally renamed their Xbox Live Marketplace to Xbox Games Store. Microsoft begun aligning their Xbox services strategy few months back and since then they are making changes in branding, etc,. The newly changed Xbox Games Store brand is in line with the Xbox Music Store and Xbox Video Store. Rather than the old way downloading everything from Xbox Live Marketplace, the new Xbox Games Store will allow gamers to browse all titles, and either purchase or download them to their console. For videos, music, etc, you need to download from respective store. ...

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Yesterday, Time Warner Cable released their new Xbox app that will allow you to watch over 300 live channels including ABC, FOX and Comedy Central. If you were concerned about this app that it will soon make you cross the data cap, you can forget that thought. TWC confirmed to GigaOM that subscribers can get access to live streams of up to 300 TV networks using this new Xbox 360 app without counting against their data caps. Last year, Comcast announced the same when launched their Xfinity app for Xbox 360 users. Do you think Net neutrality advocates will raise their voice again? Source: GigaOm ...

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Two months back, a landmark deal between Time Warner Cable and Microsoft was announced that will bring 300 Live TV channels to Xbox 360 console users with Xbox LIVE gold subscription. Xbox 360 users can now download this TWC app to enjoy their subscribed TVs on Xbox 360. This app gives the ability to watch users their favorite shows from right from their Xbox 360 — including favorites like AMC, BBC World News, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, HGTV and more. And unlike any other platform, you’ll be able to control your entertainment using your voice via Kinect for Xbox 360. TWC is also planning to bring video-on-demand to Xbox 360 through the app later this year. ...

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