Review Category : Xbox

Microsoft has announced that the The Kinect Star Wars Bundle and Game for Xbox 360 with Kinect will be released on April 3, 2012. The game will include five dynamic modes – Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising, Podracing, Rancor Rampage, Galactic Dance Off and Duels of Fate.  … the Xbox 360 Limited Edition “Kinect Star Wars” console bundle will feature an exclusive C-3PO unlockable for Dance Mode. With these new reveals and the ability to play in 3D, “Kinect Star Wars” adds to the growing popularity of the family-friendly gaming portfolio for Kinect for Xbox 360. You can read in detail at Major Nelson’s blog. And you can pre-order it at Amazon.  ...

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According to various sources compiled by IGN, Xbox vNext will feature graphics power 6 times than that of the current generation Xbox 360. The system will feature AMD Radeon 6000 series that will support DirectX11, multidisplay output, 3D and 1080p HD output. The next version of Xbox will be launched in 2013 with developers receiving development kits based on the system’s final configuration in August. Still these are not official info, so don’t get excited soon! Source: IGN ...

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Dave Cutler, popularly known as the father of Windows NT is no longer working on Windows Azure team at Microsoft. According to Mary Jo Foley who revealed this info, Dave Cutler has now moved to Interactive Entertainment Business group inside Microsoft which is responsible for Xbox & Xbox LIVE stuff. This is a interesting thing since a Microsoft Technical Fellow who worked  on enterprise products for years is moving into completely consumer products group. Read more on it at ZDNET. ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 On-Demand video services have won 2012 TV Innovation Awards. Microsoft won the On Demand Category award for upgrades to its Xbox 360 console including partnerships with over 40 new TV and entertainment providers, as well as delivering entertainment voice search functionality with Bing on Xbox. Microsoft also won the overall innovator of the year award which was chosen among 13 other category winners. Good job by IEB team at Microsoft. Read more about other category winners at source link. Source: IMS Research ...

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According to The NPD Group, Microsoft today announced that its Xbox 360 ended 2011 as the most selling console in the U.S., outselling the second-place console by more than 2.7 million units.Xbox had a whooping 49 percent of consumer retail spending, with $6.7 billion in sales in the U.S. for the calendar year. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold more than 1.7 million units in December similar to that of November’s sales numbers. Hope Microsoft can keep the momentum going on ! ! Source: Microsoft Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced during its last CES keynote that it has sold over 66 million Xbox units and 18 million Kinect sensor units since its introduction. The interesting thing here to note is that, Microsoft announced sales of about 57 million at the end of last quarter. Doing the math, you will end up with a huge 10 million (approx) Xbox sold in this quarter alone. This is an incredible job by Microsoft. ...

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Microsoft today announced few changes to Xbox LIVE Indie game developer story. Microsoft has increased the game size, per developer game count and updated pricing structure. Developers are now able to submit CCGAME bundles up to 500MB through App Hub for publishing on Xbox LIVE Indie Games. Developers can apply the 80 point price to any game with a CCGAME size under 150MB, which is three times the current limit of 50MB. Raising the limit up to twenty titles per developer. Read more at Xbox LIVE Indie Game Developer blog. ...

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According to a post by Epic Games community manager Will Kinsler, Microsoft is planning to remove gun-like avatar items from the Xbox Avatar Marketplace. So far gun-like avatar items were in sale from the marketplace for a long time and Microsoft has not responded to this issue so far. From the forums, Heads up! Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, the Lancer and Hammerburst avatar items will no longer be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace,” “If you’ve purchased the items prior to Jan. 1, you will be able to keep them. A new policy goes into effect for all gun-like avatar items on the Marketplace, so get them while they’re hot.” via: PCM ...

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Microsoft today announced that the next wave of Xbox apps are now available for download. Following are the list of apps that are made available in marketplace today. · 4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom · ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia · Dailymotion. Available in 34 countries globally** · Demand 5 (Five). United Kingdom · M6. France · MSN Video. France · UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC). Canada, United States · VUDU (Wal-Mart). United States Source:  Major Nelson ...

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Read part one here Note: From reading comments from the first part of this series, I get the sense a good number of our readers see this update as work in progress and rightly so. What I have a problem with is that Microsoft had all the time since they announced the features earlier in the year so I expected a more polished product than what we got. What I’m also afraid of is that since they typically only release two major dashboard updates a year, a lot of the usability problems will take a long time before they are fixed. Lastly why did accessing the content users already own like movies, music and pictures not get a UI update to match the rest of the system? For a device geared for multimedia consumption, users will find out that their local content stored on media servers or other computers are ...

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Following the availability of YouTube Xbox app, Microsoft announced the availability of MSN Xbox app today. As every new Xbox app, MSN app also supports Kinect navigation support. This free app features, News Watch the latest national and international news from ITN and the Press Association; Sport reports and business. Entertainment Exclusive interviews with the latest reality stars, celeb gossip, the biggest trailers and music videos. Lifestyle Bite-sized video for Him and Her and exclusive reviews of the latest technology. Classic TV shows Our editors’ picks of the best TV you missed first time around. Enjoy a collection of classic drama, entertainment, comedy and documentaries. More details on this can be found here.  ...

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Today, Microsoft released the YouTube app for new Xbox Dashboard. The new YouTube app can be controlled by Kinect and it lets you to watch later, Subscriptions,  Playlists and Favorites. Even you can like / dislike a video in the new dashboard and can enable captions. Also description of the video can be read. More info soon. ...

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Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece, the thoughts of one person that may differ from yours. The much anticipated Xbox Live fall update is upon us and most of the early reviews conclude that the experience will be a game changer. I tried to read and watch as many videos reviews as possible and last night, I installed the update to experience first hand if the hype matched the reality. I really wanted to like it but in the end, I felt let down. I am puzzled by the rave reviews from even some of Microsoft’s most ardent critics. Its ironic how the one instance that I think they should have been bashed a little for, they got accolades instead. I’ll start with a little background. For all the technical abilities and knowledge I have acquired over the years, I never was blessed with fast thumbs or the abstract thinking ...

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Microsoft earlier revealed they sold 800,000 Xbox 360s on Black Friday, and have now revealed their total for the month, coming in at an amazing 1.7 million consoles, leading the console race for the 11th straight month in a row and the only current-generation console to sell more than one million units, and nearly double the second-place console. Xbox 360 unit sales grew 23 percent year over year in November, and spending on the Xbox ecosystem reached $1.4 billion, more than any other console. During the month of November, Xbox 360 held four of the top 10 console game titles including: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” and “Battlefield 3”. The race now turns to December, the only month Microsoft did not hold the top spot in the last 17 months, losing narrowly to the Wii.  I suspect there will be no contest ...

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Xbox 360 and Disney-Pixar are joining together to make a new Kinect title called ‘Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure‘ . The game will launch on the 12th March, 2012 for $49.99 in the US. Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure brings five beloved Disney-Pixar films to life like never before. Team up with characters from “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up!,” “Cars” and “Toy Story” to race against time and solve time-based challenges without ever leaving your living room. Given the popularity of Disney-Pixar characters, I’m sure this game will gain traction among kids for sure when it gets released. Thanks Michael Gillett for the tweet. ...

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Microsoft today released its Xbox LIVE app for iOS platform. The app is similar in functionality to Xbox LIVE hub in Windows Phones. This free app will allow you to say connected to the Xbox LIVE community when you are away from you console. Some of the features include: Read and send messages to friends Manage your friends list, invite new friends Read and Edit your full LIVE profile (name, bio, motto) Change your avatar features/items with the avatar closet View and compare your achievement progress with friends You can download the app here from the Apple App Store.   I think Microsoft is giving away one of its exclusive apps on Windows Phone platform. May be Microsoft has a different strategy in mind  ! ! via: Major Nelson ...

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