Just few days back, we reported that Microsoft is going to talk about its next gen DirectX platform at GDC next month. You can read about it here. A recent Microsoft career listing is revealing some more information on Microsoft’s vision for game development. There are some good news for game developers, Microsoft is claiming that they are renewing the focus on gaming and game development technologies. Also, Microsoft is working on a  modern framework that is open source, light-weight, extensible and scalable across various platforms including Windows Store, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Read the full description, In the coming wave of Windows product release, we are renewing the focus on gaming and game development technologies. We are looking for strong Software Development Engineers who are passionate about game technologies to join our team. “New Devices and Gaming” is looking for passionate and experienced developers to join us. Your ...

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Microsoft has announced that Civilization Revolution And Dungeon Defenders will be available as free games for Xbox Live Gold members in March. Starting Saturday (March 1st) Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution (Normally US $29.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through March 15th . Then on March 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Dungeon Defenders (Normally US $14.99) for free. The “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month. Source: Major Nelson ...

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The last major version of Microsoft’s graphics platform DirectX 11 was announced about 6 years back. Since then the desktop graphics API development has stagnated. During this time, AMD has developed their own set of APIs called Mantle. OpenGL/OpenCL has come a long way since then. Finally, Microsoft is making some announcement about their next generation DirectX platform at Game Developers Conference in March. Microsoft is promising better tools that will allow developers to squeeze every last drop of performance out of your PC, tablet, phone and console. Find the session info below. DirectX: Evolving Microsoft’s Graphics Platform For nearly 20 years, DirectX has been the platform used by game developers to create the fastest, most visually impressive games on the planet. However, you asked us to do more. You asked us to bring you even closer to the metal and to do so on an unparalleled assortment of hardware. ...

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After Microsoft added the Unity framework support in Windows and Windows Phone Store last year, there are more than 2000 games now available in our stores. Microsoft is happy with the way Unity Developer program for Windows is progressing and they are announcing a new special incentive offer, exclusively for Unity developers, to continue to create great games for Windows. Unity developers can get some great benefits including store registration, a Microsoft Windows 8 license, a Windows device (phone/tablets), a promotional package and technical assistance. Check the details of the offer and the Terms & Conditions. Read more about it below, How to qualify: Any Unity developer using Unity 4 to develop their games and apps can apply. Applicants are required to have experience with shipping games and apps on mobile platforms. The content that is submitted for review needs to stand out: it needs to be innovative, interesting, and different from ...

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Red Stripe deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes 3 games and 3 utility apps under discounted prices. Apps: Plex ($2.49, regularly $4.99) organizes and streams videos, music, home movies, Recipe Keeper ($1.99, regularly $3.99), makes it easy to quickly enter and organize all your favorite recipes. Billminder ($1.99, regularly $2.99) gives you an efficient way to control expenses, with minimal fuss. Games: “Riptide GP2” ($1.49, regularly $2.99) delivers intense, dynamic hydro-jet racing with gorgeous graphics and dozens of heart-racing tricks. “Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden” ($1.49, regularly $6.99) sends you deep underwater to a mysterious world to find your missing fiancée through 40 unique locations with 14 hidden-object scenes. “Fishdom 3: Special Edition” ($2.49, regularly $4.99) also takes you into the water with a tankful of colorful finned friends that you feed, play with and challenge through 150 levels (an additional 50 bonus levels is ...

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Very few launch games on Xbox One supported 1080p 60fps support. Many critics pointed out that the lack of enough hardware power was the reason behind the less frame rate games. Microsoft always denied this fact and it seems they are correct. In an interview to gamingbolt, Rebellion Games’ Jean-Baptiste Bolcato revealed that their upcoming game WWII shooter Sniper Elite 3 will run comfortably at 1080p. He revealed that the upcoming SDK update from Microsoft has improved the frame rate situation. Will the process become easier over time as understanding of the hardware improves? “Definitely, yeah. They are releasing a new SDK that’s much faster and we will be comfortably running at 1080p on Xbox One. We were worried six months ago and we are not anymore, it’s got better and they are quite comparable machines. The Xbox One is a bit more multimedia, a bit more hub-centric so its ...

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Microsoft revealed ID@Xbox program last year which allowed independent developers to self-publish Xbox One games to Xbox Store. Even though Microsoft announced this program months back, we are yet to indie titles on Xbox One Store. Phil Spencer from Microsoft today revealed that NinjaBee’s Nutjitsu and a mystery Team17 Worms game will be among the first ID@Xbox titles released. Nutjitsu is a free-to-play Windows 8 puzzle game from Ninja Bee, the studio behind A World of Keflings. Team 17 has confirmed to Eurogamer its plan to self-publish Worms Battlegrounds on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Apart from this, Microsoft is expecting several other indie developers releasing their games on Xbox One platform. Games should have an exciting 2014 ahead! via: Eurogamer ...

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Microsoft is offering free Xbox games to Xbox Live Gold subscribers of Xbox 360 users from last year. For this month of February, “Dead Island” and “Toy Soldiers: Cold War” are available free for Xbox Live Gold members. Dead Island: Experience a holiday paradise gone mad after a zombie outbreak in “Dead Island,” where the player’s only chance to survive is to escape from the island! “Dead Island” combines first-person action with a heavy focus on melee combat, character development and customization of a vast array of weapons. All of these features are presented in a dark zombie story with a campaign that can be played with up to four players in co-op mode. Toy Soldiers: Cold War And starting Sunday, Feb. 16, download “Toy Soldiers: Cold War.” Light up the toy box alone or jump into the fray with friends in a co-op campaign, enjoy hours of intense first-person ...

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A NeoGAF forum user yesterday leaked lots of information about Microsoft’s plans for Xbox One in 2014. He revealed about the new SKUs of Xbox One coming later this year, Xbox One launch expansion to new countries schedule and some information about games coming to Xbox One. Find the information about game titles and DLCs below. Forza Horizon: “Fall 2014, probably September. Super sexy weather system and… lots of co-op/social stuff. 1080P and open-world, so you can road trip with your bros.” Halo Anniversary 2 will be 1080p, iffy on the 60fps, maybe not. Quantum Break is Holiday 2014 Multiplayer confirmed for HA2, same devs as Halo Anniversary. Sunset Overdrive is Fall 2014 Black Tusk cancelled project was called “Shangheist.” May have involved stealing stuff from the Chinese (though I think that may have been a reference to the name and maybe not the gameplay? Not sure…) Fable Legends is ...

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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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There are various ways in which one could measure the reach of a new OS in the market. Usage share is important one among them and Steam gaming service usage numbers will give us a glimpse of market trend. According to the December month stats from Steam, Windows 8/Windows 8.1 saw a growth to capture about 20% of the usage share among Steam gamers. Windows 7 remained the most popular OS with an usage share of 64.38%. According to the the latest market share data from Net Applications, at the end of  December 2013, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 gained 0.85% points. It now holds 10.15%, up from 9.30% in November. Thanks to new PCs and the free update for Windows 8 PCs, Windows 8.1 market share increased by 0.86% from 2.64% to 3.50%.   Source: Steam via: Neowin ...

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The Tower Game Starter Kit is a simple, open-source (MIT licensed) javascript game engine designed specifically to help you skip “square one” on your way to creating a great Tower Assault or Defense game. Included in the github source repository are project files for Windows 8 Store apps that run on win8 tablets, desktop, and windows RT devices, as well as a project that compiles to Windows Phone 8. In addition, the game runs great on all modern desktop web browsers. Features include: silky-smooth 60fps on most platforms levels that are larger than the screen spritesheet animation of in-game characters touch-screen and mouse controls music and sound effects particle effects and eye-candy a full game complete with a beginning, middle and end little extras like a low-level C++ sound engine for wp8 lots of debug log and benchmarking functionality a-star pathfinding for A.I. movement entities have health (with visible health ...

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Microsoft Store is now offering lots of great deals on Xbox 360 games in Microsoft Stores. Most of these games are now just about $10. If you missed any of those during its release time, now is a good time to buy and give them a try. Here is the list of few games that are under deal. Grand Theft Auto V Defiance – $6.99 (Originally $59.99) Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Borderlands 2- $4.99 (Originally $26.99) Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 – $10 (Originally $29.99) Major League Baseball 2K12 for Xbox 360 Far Cry 13 $19.99 (Originally $49.99) Find all the other game deals here. Check out other game bundle, console deals here. You can find big savings on great PCs too. ...

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Now available in the Windows Store, “Riptide GP2” takes racing up a notch with futuristic and upgradeable hydro-jets and riders, a new stunt system with dozens of new tricks and 50 races in career mode.  The game, a sequel to “Riptide GP,” also gives you a chance to compete head-to-head against friends in VR challenge mode, and can keep your races synced to the cloud.  Riptide GP2 includes dynamic water racing, upgradeable hydro jets and riders, improved graphics, an all-new career mode, and a whole new stunt system.  It also features rocket-powered hydro jets racing around futuristic tracks across a dynamic and interactive water surface.  The game is developed by Vector Unit, developers of racing games Riptide GP and Hydro Thunder Hurricane. Features DEEP CAREER MODE • Compete in over 50 Race, Hot Lap, Elimination, and Freestyle events. UPGRADE YOUR WATERCRAFT • Collect 10 powerful new hydro jets and upgrade their ...

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Similar to Windows Phone, Windows 8/8.1 is also having Red Red Stripe Deals on apps and games from the Windows Store.   In the spirit of the holiday season Microsoft is doing 12 Red Stripe Deals running through the rest of the month. You can take advantage of amazing deals on the following apps and games from the Windows Store: PacMan CD DX+ – 50% Off. Original price: $9.99. Sale price: $4.99. Collins Learn Thesaurus – 50% Off. Original price: $6.99. Sale price: $3.49. Game Dev Tycoon – 50% Off. Original price: $7.99. Sale price: $3.99. Bejeweled LIVE – 60% Off. Original price: $4.99. Sale price: $1.99. Sunny Hillride – 50% Off. Original price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Supermarket Mania 2 (Full) – 57% Off. Original price: $6.99. Sale price: $2.99. Rayman Jungle Run – 50% Off. Original price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Package Tracker – 50% Off. Original price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Draw a Stickman: EPIC – 50% Off. Orig. Price: $2.99. Sale price: $1.49. Disney ...

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Kodu is a free game development tool originally released by Microsoft Research team targeting kids to learn game development and programming. Now, Microsoft Studios has released this app for Windows 8/RT devices for free in Windows Store. If you have kids at home, then this is a must have game for them. Description: Kodu lets you create games through a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game with no design or programming skills. Features: Kodu is a rich tool for narrative creation and storytelling Kodu demonstrates that programming is a creative medium Kodu helps children with critical thinking, breaking a complex goal into manageable steps, and iterate on the design process Kodu introduces the logic and problem solving of programming Kodu introduces conditions and sequences, which teaches cause and effect Kodu ...

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