Review Category : Xbox

Xbox Fitness is a fitness training program available on Xbox One platform. It used Kinect 2.0 to deliver personalized program recommendations based on your workout history and past performance. While Xbox 360 used used a library of 200 captured moves to track performance, Xbox Fitness uses a catalog of more than 2,000 moves. It is more accurate than ever. It can even measure user’s pulse using micro-fluctuations in the blood coursing through their face. Speaking to Polygon, Dave McCarthy, general manager for Lifestyle Entertainment at Microsoft Studios revealed that Microsoft may be expanding the Xbox fitness to other devices in the Microsoft eco-system. You could see Windows Phone as a potential device that could have Xbox Fitness and if Microsoft is working on some smartwatch, that could be even better device for Xbox Fitness. “We realize people don’t just do stuff inside the home,” he said. “We’re starting to, articulate ...

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Microsoft announced that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games. This deal includes rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. Also, the new Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise on behalf of Microsoft. There is more good news for Microsoft, Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the “Gears of War” franchise, will join Microsoft and play a key studio leadership role at Black Tusk on the development of the franchise going forward. Why did Microsoft purchase the “Gears of War” franchise? Phil Spencer: It all comes back to our commitment to Xbox fans. The “Gears of War” franchise has a very strong, passionate and valued fan base on Xbox. Over twenty-two million units have been sold across all “Gears of War” titles worldwide, grossing over $1B dollars ...

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Gamers  are always passionate about their consoles. Whether its an Xbox or PS, they just love them. A man in Kansas city in the US found that his house was on fire on Friday morning an he was engulfed in flames. He rushed out of the house and then later again ran into his home. Guess, why he went inside? He went back in to grab his Xbox! Yes, he was ready to risk his life to save his gaming console. Fortunately, he is safe now as he suffered only from smoke inhalation as he rescued the gaming system from his home. The fire caused $80,000 dollars in damages and hopefully his Xbox is working now. If not, I won’t be surprised if Microsoft gifts him a new Xbox One. Source: ABC15 ...

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Microsoft today announced their Q2 2014 financial results with record revenue driven mainly by sales of Xbox One and Surface hardware businesses. I’ve collected the highlight of each financial segments from Microsoft’s Investor website which you can read below. Devices & Consumer Licensing: D&C Licensing revenue decreased $319 million or 6%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Retail and other sales of Windows declined $264 million or 69%, due mainly to the release of Windows 8 in the prior year. Windows OEM revenue declined $109 million or 3%, reflecting a 12% increase in OEM Pro revenue, offset by continued softness in the consumer PC market. Consumer Office revenue declined $244 million or 24%, reflecting the transition of customers to Office 365 Home Premium as well as continued softness in the consumer PC market. Windows Phone revenue ...

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Microsoft is now pushing the boundaries of two things together, console gaming and the HTML5 web. Traditionally, consoles are used to play games that occupies over GBs of storage on your harddisk. HTML5 web is used to develop web and mobile apps that are lightweight. Microsoft is now connecting the console and the HTML5 web with the new XBOXIE initiative. Now, you can play web based HTML5 games on your Xbox One using your controller through Internet Explorer which is built into Xbox One OS. Microsoft is showcasing the games that support Xbox One controller on XBOXIE.com. FAQ: What is XBOXIE? With The Xbox One having Internet Explorer as a browser means you have access to play Web based HTML5 games. XBOXIE stands for “Xbox” and “IE” (Internet Explorer) and is pronounced  “Xboxy”. Why use this site? Even though the Xbox One can play HTML5 games it doesn’t mean developers ...

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Microsoft has recently partnered with video streaming company NeuLion to bring the high-speed streaming service to Xbox One. Microsoft is planning to use NeuLion to deliver the NFL Network, live, on the Xbox On at 60 frames per second. This is double the frame rate of a typical Sports networks, including ESPN. Apart from around-the-clock live sports programming, Xbox One users will also have access to on demand coverage and live status updates. Chris Wagner, executive vice president and co-founder of NeuLion commented that Microsoft’s Xbox One is among the first consoles that has a power to process video at 60 fps. If you have a slow internet, then the stream will be adapted automatically based on your internet speed. Neulion does the encoding and transcoding for the NFL live streams delivered to Xbox One. Wagner said the company provides seven profiles that range from 6 Mbps, at 1280 x 720, at 60 fps at the ...

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A recent stealth promotional campaign to promote Microsoft Xbox by Machinima came to light few days back. As per the new promotions, Machinima video partners will get an additional $3 per thousand video views for posting videos featuring Xbox One content. Machinima’s UK community manager himself tweeted about this promotion. It was also revealed that there was similar campaign around Xbox One’s launch in November, which offered an additional $1 CPM for videos “promoting the Xbox One and its release games.” These videos should have at least 30 seconds of Xbox One game play video that mentioned the Xbox One by name and also includes tag “XB1M13″. Microsoft and Machinima have not yet commented on this stealth marketing campaign. This is not a entirely new kind of marketing strategy as lots of other companies does the same. We will come to know about more such campaigns in the near future ...

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Few months back, Microsoft launched its microsoft.com/stories website profile some of the brightest minds inside Microsoft. It started with noted young and talented designer Andrew Kim and VP of cloud, Brad Anderson. The /stories editorial team is back with a bang collecting stories about Xbox One. They have spent hours together with the key people behind Xbox One to talk about their product they spent years painstakingly creating. Three three people profiled are as follows, Carl Ledbetter, Industrial designer Boyd Multerer, Director of development Alex Hebert, Creative producer I find all of them interesting, so try to read it when you find time. Click on their names in the above list to go to their profile. Btw, each profile is designed uniquely with beautiful photos. via: Microsoft.com/Next ...

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  NPD today released their latest game console sales numbers in the US for December. Microsoft’s Xbox One emerged as the No.1 selling console in the US market. Microsoft sold 908,000 units in December. Also, Xbox 360 continued to see sales with 643,000 units sold in December, putting it in the No.3 spot overall. Together, Xbox One and Xbox 360 held 46 percent of the hardware market share in the U.S. and showed a 10 percent year over year growth from December 2012. December 2013 NPD highlights include: Total combined retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in December reached $1.39 billion, 50 percent of the combined software, hardware and accessories spend in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, December 2013). During the month of December, Xbox One held six of the top 10 spots on the new generation console game title list: “Battlefield 4,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” ...

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Blair Westlake, Microsoft’s longtime VP of media and entertainment, is leaving the company after a decade. He joined in 2004 to head the media licensing and other entertainment stuff at Microsoft. He himself stated that the recent re-organization within Microsoft is the reason he is leaving the company. “As the reorganization has unfolded, it has become clear to me that the organization is moving in a direction that does not fit either my expertise or skill sets,” Westlake said in a statement. “Therefore, I have made the decision to leave Microsoft.” “I have had the privilege of working with numerous talented and professional people,” Westlake said of his tenure at Microsoft. “While I will miss their company and our interaction, I truly believe that this move is in the best interest of all parties concerned.” Westlake was in charge of the group within Microsoft that licensed movies and television shows for Microsoft products and the ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition wireless controller. You can pre-order the unit for $64.99 from Microsoft Store today. It will be released on 3/11/2014. Own a piece of gaming history and fight in style with the Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller. Designed in partnership with Titanfall creator Respawn Entertainment, it’s inspired by the C-101 carbine, used by the elite IMC Titan Pilots of the Frontier. Crafted in striking detail for maximum authenticity in color and graphics, the controller looks and feels like an artifact from the world of Titanfall. Microsoft revealed that these will be available in limited quantities, so order it soon! You can pre-order Titanfall game from Amazon here and  here. Source: Microsoft Store ...

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  Similar to the Xbox Music for iOS update, Microsoft has today released an update for Xbox Music app for Android devices. This update brings in the support for offline music where you can make your playlists available online when you don’t have access to internet. What’s New? • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music on the metro, or in a plane! • Play your whole collection; play all by genre now available Xbox Music Pass on Android features: • Stream ad-free music from a catalog of tens of millions of songs • Make your playlists available offline, and listen to your favorite music anywhere • Listen to radio stations based on your favorite artists • Add songs, albums, and playlists to your Xbox Music collection and access them from other devices • Enjoy a rich visual experience for searching, viewing, and playing back music ...

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Microsoft today released two new promotional videos for Xbox One. The first one focuses on the immersive gaming experience with next generation titles like Ryse. Get lost in a new generation of games. If it were any more real, it would be real. The all-in-one, Xbox One. The second video is about media/critics praising Xbox One. For example, Forbes described Xbox One as the console of the future. Some media praised it as the most ambitious gaming console yet and one fan said that Xbox One is the best thing ever that could happen to mankind! Xbox One is the ultimate all-in-one entertainment system. But just don’t take our word for it – see what the press and fans have to say. … Music by The Hives Watch the video below. ...

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State of Decay is an upcoming zombie-survival open world game that is currently under development at Undead Labs for release on Xbox 360 / Xbox LIVE Arcade and PC. Undead labs has recently announced that they have signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement with Microsoft. Expect more games exclusively for Microsoft platforms from them in the future! Their announcement, Hola fellow survivors, I wanted to let you know we’ve signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement to extend our development relationship with Microsoft Studios. We’ll be able to share details later this year, but as with State of Decay, we think it’s best if we just keep our heads down and build some prototypes before we talk too much. For now, suffice it to say there are big things going on with State of Decay. If this were a press release, we’d have a carefully vetted quote from Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios, ...

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During Xbox One announcement, Microsoft promised Twitch TV as their official partner for game streaming and game play sharing. While game play recorded video sharing is already available on Xbox One, Live streaming of game play via Twitch TV support is not yet available on Xbox One. Sony has already made this feature available on PS4. Adding to the insult, Twitch TV has recently tweeted that there is no estimated time of availability of this feature from Microsoft and they even said that it may take few more months. Xbox One Direct Broadcasting: There is no ETA at this time from Microsoft. Expect a few more months. If we know sooner, we’ll update. — Twitch Support (@TwitchTVSupport) January 8, 2014 Do you really miss Twitch TV integration on your Xbox One? Find Xbox One here from Amazon. ...

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In an interview to Engadget, Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten said that he not worried about the upcoming wave of steam machines or the new technologies like Oculus Rift. In fact, he revealed that he is more really excited about these on what they mean for the game industry as a whole which he loves. “This is literally the most golden of golden ages that I’ve ever seen around gaming,” Whitten told us in an interview this week at CES 2014. “I think this is what makes gaming great. And you love seeing the passion of seeing someone like Palmer [Luckey] and those guys at Oculus. And seeing someone like John Carmack get on and really be focused on it is great. I don’t know how it could be anything but good.” When asked about whether Steam machines will take over Xbox One sales, he reminded us that the market is ...

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