Review Category : Xbox

Last week, Microsoft announced the voting for the 2014 Xbox 360 Game Awards is open, fans can vote for their favorite games until June 3 in nine categories, including your favorite hero, villain and the game that keeps you up all night. Fans can vote for their favorites across nine categories right on their Xbox console. Xbox has handed out awards for arcade games before, but this is the first time Xbox has rolled out the ceremony across all Xbox 360 games. Today, they announced the winners. Find them below. Why So Serious: Black Mask (“Batman: Arkham Origins”) Black Mask is kind of the antithesis to Batman alter-ego Bruce Wayne. He grew up rich, but he grew to hate the city – and his parents. So he murdered them, and carved a mask out of his father’s coffin. That’s pretty freaking messed up, which is probably why he’s your favorite villain. Mooaarr Brainsss: “The ...

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Microsoft originally announced Kinect as Project Natal at E3 few years back. It was an add-on accessory for Xbox 360 that allowed users to enjoy motion sensing games. It went on to become a smash hit by becoming the fastest selling electronic accessory ever. Later, Microsoft released Kinect for Windows to allow community and other developers take advantage of this amazing sensor and the Kinect SDK for purposes other than gaming. With Xbox One, Microsoft announced Kinect v2 with greatly improved accuracy and speed than the first gen product. At first, it was bundled with Xbox One and later became an add-on that can be purchased later. Yesterday, Microsoft released the Kinect for Windows v2 sensor becomes available for all developers to preorder in advance of its SDK beta. What about the future? Microsoft revealed that to make Kinect work for everybody, in their natural environment, hundreds of people are working everyday to improve  it. At ...

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Microsoft announced partnership with Barnes and Noble back in 2012 and even created a new joint venture company called Nook Media LLC. Since then, the only thing that came of out partnership was Barnes & Noble’s Windows 8 app. Recently it was rumored that B&N has stopped developing apps for Windows platform since Microsoft is developing its own Xbox branded reader with content powered by Barnes & Noble in the backend. Today, B&N announced their plans to partner with Samsung on a Nook-branded Galaxy Tab 4 tablet. In an interview to GeekWire, Barnes & Noble CEO Mike Huseby said that they are in a very, very good relationship with Microsoft despite the recent partnership with Samsung. B&N is in contact with Microsoft on an ongoing basis about things that they doing together. Mike also reminded us that Microsoft is a partial owner, about 17 percent, of the Nook Media entity. And their Samsung partnership is ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft has released PC Drivers for Xbox One controllers. This will allow games to connect their Xbox One Controllers to their Windows PCs and enjoy the games. These drivers will be delivered as part of Windows update in the future, but you can download and install them manually today. Download links: PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x86) PC Drivers for Xbox One Controller (x64) Microsoft’s announcement, We know our fans have wanted PC compatibility, and we know they wanted to be able to use the Xbox One controller with the same games and applications they have been playing with using the Xbox 360 controller. We can’t wait for them to play their favorite PC games with what we consider the best controller ever made and we’re excited for fans to experience the improved D-pad, redesigned battery compartment, new comfortable design and offset analog sticks. The new ...

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Microsoft is releasing an updated Xbox One SDK for developers this month which will give developers access to more GPU bandwidth, so more performance for their games. Also there are new tools and flexibility to make games better. Xbox chief Phil Spencer tweeted this information yesterday. During the launch of Xbox One, Microsoft said that they are reserving about 10% of the GPU for Kinect and other system process. But this update for SDK is making it possible for developers to access additional GPU resources previously reserved for Kinect and system functions. Microsoft commented the following regarding the new SDK release, The additional resources allow access to up to 10 percent additional GPU performance. We’re committed to giving developers new tools and flexibility to make their Xbox One games even better by giving them the option to use the GPU reserve in whatever way is best for them and their ...

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Microsoft’s E3 press event just a week away where the Xbox team will show the world what they’ve got in store for the future. Many of us will be watching the event live from our respective countries, but if you live in the US, Microsoft is providing a way to attend the event in-person. Microsoft Store Pre-E3 Event (Sunday, June 8 from 1-3pm, line opens at 11am) Have you always wanted to attend the Xbox E3 Media Briefing? This is your chance! One hundred people who attend this event at the Century City Microsoft Store will be granted access (via raffle) to Monday’s Xbox E3 Media Briefing event and Xbox: E3 Briefing Post Show. While you’re at the Microsoft Store, go hands on with ID@Xbox titles as a sneak peek of what’s on the E3 show floor – before E3 even gets underway. We’ll share more specifics next week. Pre-Show/Green Carpet (Monday, June 9 ...

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  343 Industries, the creators of Halo series today announced that they are partnering with ASTRO Gaming to bring Halo branded accessories. As part of the agreement, Skullcandy and ASTRO Gaming will develop several new products including branded headsets, speaker tags and more in support of the latest releases within the Halo universe. I had the pleasure of wearing nearly every iteration of ASTRO products since the very first Limited Edition A40 headset, so it is with great excitement, and with an ASTRO headset on my head, that I bring you this wonderful news. I know I speak for many when I say that I cannot imagine a better or more organic headset partner for our brand. I’m super pumped about the new products that are on the way, and I am quite glad that we’re finally taking our relationship to the next level. Read the announcement below, Skullcandy, Inc. and its division ...

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Just in time for World Cup Football 2014, Microsoft Store is running a cool deal for FIFA fans. When you buy  select FIFA games, you can get a free mini soccer ball. Microsoft Stores are getting into the action too! Buy a copy of “FIFA 14” on Xbox One or Xbox 360, or “2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil” on Xbox 360 to get an exclusive mini Xbox soccer ball (available at your local store in the US, Canada or Puerto Rico or online at MicrosoftStore.com in the US and most Western European countries, while supplies last). In addition, swing by any Microsoft Store in person to pick up a free bracket poster to track all your favorite teams, or download the poster at MicrosoftStore.com/DestinationBrazil. For more information about the Microsoft Store activities or to find the nearest one, visit MicrosoftStore.com. Free mini soccer ball with select FIFA games from Microsoft Store. ...

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Microsoft today released an update for Xbox One SmartGlass apps with new features for iOS, Android And Windows Devices. The new SmartGlass app provides access to full OneGuide and universal remote control, pin reordering and more. We’ve made a ton of changes to your SmartGlass app for Xbox One. After getting great feedback from our SmartGlass beta, we’re thrilled to be bringing the entire OneGuide experience and Universal Remote Control to SmartGlass. Now in supported markets you can view all of your TV listings on your SmartGlass device and set and view your favorite channels and app channels on your smart phone, tablet or PC. With the Universal Remote Control, you can also easily switch channels, set new recordings and select and control recorded content from your DVR. Another great companion feature now in SmartGlass is pin reordering. With the touch of your finger you can easily organize your pins in categories ...

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We are just five days from the Xbox: Game On briefing at E3, but that has not stopped Microsoft from making major announcements for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Today they announced that more than 45 new entertainment app experiences are coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 globally. The list includes Twitter integration, Vine, HBO GO, ShowTime Anytime, Comedy Central, Major League Gaming (MLG), and more are scheduled to launch by the end of this holiday season. The Twitter integration is really cool, Twitter will be directly integrated into Xbox One’s TV experience in the U.S. Twitter will be optimized for the biggest screen in your house in a smart, contextual way – offering the ability to see Tweets related to the cable or satellite TV shows you’re watching as they’re happening. Additionally, the Twitter experience on Xbox One will be integrated into the TV listings section of OneGuide where you will be ...

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Microsoft last month revealed that Xbox One system update coming in the month of June will allow users to connect external storage devices which are higher than 256GB to their Xbox One and install apps, games and others on it. This update is now rolling out to users now. Along with External Storage support, this update now removes the Xbox LIVE Gold requirement for Entertainment apps. Also, it supports real names, SmartGlass improvements and more. Read about it below. External Storage: It couldn’t be easier to increase your storage capacity of games and apps with the external storage support features we’re bringing in June. Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives at once. Simply plug in your 256 GB or larger USB 3.0 external hard drive and once formatted, copy and move games, apps and game add-ons to increase your storage capacity at home. ...

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Microsoft today announced three new updates for OneDrive service related to photos. Those are full res photo upload in WP8.1 devices, new photos view in OneDrive on Xbox One, Wallgreens integrated to OneDrive web for easy printing. Xbox on OneDrive: We launched OneDrive for Xbox so you and your family could view and enjoy all of your photos and videos right from the biggest screen in your house, your TV. And beginning with the updates that are starting to rollout today, we’ve made it even easier to sit back and relive your memories. First, you will longer need an Xbox Live Gold Subscription to use OneDrive for Xbox. This change will hit consoles soon as part of the June Update. Second, we’ve made it faster to get to the photos that you’re looking for. As soon as you say, “Xbox, Go to OneDrive” and launch the app, you’ll see your most recent ...

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Microsoft today announced Destination Brazil on Xbox One. Destination Brazil is a hub for all the activities around Football world cup on your Xbox One. Using this hub, you can access  Brazil Now, a new app that snaps next to live TV to enhance your match viewing experience, enable you to play “EA SPORTS™ FIFA 14 Ultimate Team: FIFA World Cup and check out various series about your favorite football clubs from Copa90. Also, the previously announced realty show “Every Street United” can be accessed through Destination Brazil and watch as legendary football players Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids scout the world’s most gifted, undiscovered street stars. Brazil Now Brazil Now is a new app on Xbox One that brings you as close to the action in Brazil as possible without leaving your living room. You can personalize the app to your team, receive alerts and score updates for all the games, and watch ...

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I guess Microsoft should be pretty confident on their E3 announcements. Because, they are continuing to make major announcements every other week despite the fact that E3 event is just a week away. Microsoft today revealed that their next installment in their flagship racing series Forza Horizon 2 is in development for Xbox One and Xbox 360 and due for release this fall. Previously, Forza Horizon was released for Xbox 360 and Forza Motorsport 5 for Xbox One. This Forza Horizon 2 will be available on both the platforms and it is being developed by Horizon 1 studio Playground Games collaborating closely with the Motorsport team at Turn 10 Studios. As you can expect, there will be hundreds of cars, new weather system, Forza Motorsport 5′s Drivatar system, and more. Read more about it from the source link below. Source: IGN ...

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As previously announced, indie game Worms Battlegrounds is now available on Xbox One.Worms: Battlegrounds” for Xbox One, which promises to be the best entry in the series to date; with the most weapons, the biggest maps, and the finest single- and multiplayer experiences, it’s certainly the most comprehensive. “Thanks to the increased power of the Xbox One hardware, ‘Battlegrounds’ is the ultimate version of ‘Worms’ to play with friends, around one machine or online,” says Debbie Bestwick, CEO. “’Worms’ has always been a sociable game to play with friends, and this is the ultimate experience.” Team 17 has created a brand-new single player game, with a storyline and a platformer-like experience, capitalizing on the Xbox One’s extra physics processing power to create all manner of devious contraptions and bizarre machinery for players to overcome. Game description: Worms™ Battlegrounds Worms™ Battlegrounds brings friends and families together in the noble pursuit of ...

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  Microsoft recently announced that they are expanding the Games with Gold program to Xbox One users. Also, a Xbox Live Gold member can enjoy Games with Gold program for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One at the same time. Microsoft today announced that “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” will be the first two games available for free for Xbox One and on Xbox 360, members will receive “Dark Souls,” “Charlie Murder” and the bonus game “Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition.” Find all the details about the game below. “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” (Xbox One, $14.99 ERP)  Coming in June (specific dates coming soon) is Press Play’s beautiful side-scrolling platformer “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.” As Max, you’ll need to rescue your little brother from the clutches of a cartoonish villain named Mustacho. Along the way, you’ll solve challenging elemental puzzles and platform your ...

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