Few days back, we reported about the hardware issue affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers. Microsoft responded that they are working directly with those affected to send a replacement console to them as soon as possible through their advance exchange program. In addition to that, Microsoft also announced that these customers will receive free games from Microsoft for the inconvenience caused. While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game. We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios. Source: Microsoft ...

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For those who got their new Xbox One units few days back, there is a deal going on at Amazon and Walmart for games. Instead of the regular price of $59, most of the Xbox One games are now available for $49.  Call of Duty, Ryse, FIFA 14 and more popular titles are now available under this deal. Did you try any games on Xbox One? What was your experience? Check out the deals here from Amazon and Walmart. ...

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  Skype on Xbox One will miss one key feature at launch. The ability to snap video calls while playing games won’t be available at launch but it will be made available in the future via updates. But it is integrated with Xbox Kinect’s voice commands, supports upto four people group video chat and more. Microsoft also confirmed that an update will be available on Day 1 which will allow users to use Kinect to update your profile picture and fixes several bugs. Read the top features of Skype on Xbox One below. No. 5: Notifications Now you’ll never miss a chance to connect with the people who matter thanks to notifications that pop up when you receive calls and messages, whether you’re playing a game like Forza Motorsport 5, watching live TV, or doing Xbox Fitness. No. 4: Wide View Camera with Auto Zoom and Pan With Kinect’s new ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Twitch experience on Xbox One. Twitch is the the world’s leading video platform for gamers. It will allow you to view the full content catalog from tens of thousands of PC & console broadcasters on the Twitch platform. Apart from the regular features, it supports Xbox One platform features such as Snap mode, instant switching, Xbox OneGuide, etc,. Also it supports the new media achievements which you can earn as you watch videos on this app. Here are some, Watch one hour of live video on Twitch to become a Newcomer Watch 10 hours of live video on Twitch for Competitive Watch 100 hours of live video on Twitch for Best Viewer Watch one hour of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers to be the Hipster Microsoft also revealed that game broadcasting on Twitch app is not coming at launch. Microsoft is working with Twitch to ...

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  Market research firm NPD announced their stats for the video game console market yesterday. Xbox 360 is back at No. 1 position being the most sold console in the U.S. market in October. About 166,000 units of Xbox 360 were sold. NPD highlights from October include: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software and accessories) reached $283 million, the most for any console in the U.S. During the month of October, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 console game titles, including: “Batman: Arkham Origins,” “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Battlefield 4,” “NBA 2K14,” and “Grand Theft Auto V.” As Xbox One launch is just a week away, this might be the last time for Xbox 360 to become the No.1 console in the US. ...

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Gameloft has released their popular Asphalt 8: Airborne game for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices in Windows Store. The game features 47 high-performance cars from licensed manufacturers like Lamborghini & Ferrari. You can race in 9 different settings like Venice, Guiana & the Nevada Desert with new Infected & Drift Gate game modes. Game Description: *****LEAVE GRAVITY IN THE DUST***** The best arcade racing game series reaches a new turning point! Perform dynamic, high-speed aerial stunts in an intense driving experience powered by a brand-new physics engine! LUXURY DREAM CARS • 47 high-performance cars (80% of them NEW!) • Top licensed manufacturers and models like Lamborghini Veneno, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari FXX and Pagani Zonda R • Newly recorded high-fidelity car motor sounds for realistic audio immersion GET AIRBORNE • Hit the ramps and take the race above • Perform barrel rolls and wild 360º jumps • Maneuver through the ...

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  When Microsoft demoed an experimental technology which would be able to stream Xbox games to Windows 8 and Windows Phone handsets at its annual company meeting few months back, there were lots of speculations that Microsoft might solve Xbox 360 games incompatibility with Xbox One by using this technology. Speaking to Polygon, Microsoft said that current network speed restrictions across the world is making the cloud streaming technology “too problematic”. “It could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box,” Penello told GameSpot, referring to Sony’s still-unproven solution for prior-generation compatibility on PlayStation 4. “We just have to figure out how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience.” “The Microsoft Company Meeting is a great place to demonstrate many exciting possibilities, but we don’t have any specific plans to share at this time.” “It’s ...

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Speaking to Shackernews, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer admitted that Microsoft lost its focus on PC gaming over the years and he promised they will be back again. He reminded us that Windows still remains as an incredibly important part of the ‘One Microsoft’ strategy and Microsoft Studios need to focus on Windows to truly becoming a first-party gaming studio across all devices. He revealed that they are working on more Windows projects which are bigger and core gamers focused. “You’ll see us doing more stuff on Windows. We probably have more individual projects on Windows than we’ve had in ten years at Microsoft Studios.” “At the launch of Windows 8, we had about 30 games in the Windows Store. A lot of those you’d consider lightweight or casual games… But we’ve covered all of that property now. Now we’re starting to look at bigger and core gamer things. I’m excited ...

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In an effort to appreciate their support for Xbox, Microsoft is giving away free Xbox One consoles, games and other items for its loyal Xbox customers. One guy received Killer Instinct game while the other received Xbox One console itself. They were informed via email. The email reads: “You’re a fan of us and we’re a fan of yours. Thank you for your dedication to Xbox. We want to show you our appreciation so we’re giving you Killer Instinct. “We’ve unlocked all characters so you can hit the ground running. Watch your inbox on 22 November for instructions on how to claim your free gift.” Great way to engage with the loyal community! Source: CVG ...

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Despite having received “hundreds” of applications for its Xbox One Indie developer program, Microsoft is not expecting Indie games to be available on Xbox One store at its launch in November. Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison told Games Industry International that Microsoft is expecting indie games in early 2014. “I don’t think it’s realistic to see a developer get the program and build a game and get it into the market on November 22,” Harrison said. “It’s reasonable to expect in early 2014 we’ll start seeing the first games come through.” He also revealed that Titanfall is turning into the huge megahit that they expected it to be and they are happy with the launch line-up of games. ...

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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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Along with Windows Phone 8 release, Disney has also released their Temple Run: Oz Game for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Unlike, WP8 version, this version costs $4.99 with no free trial available. Description: THE MOST THRILLING RUNNING EXPERIENCE NOW COMES TO THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD! Disney and Imangi Studios present Temple Run: Oz – a brand-new endless runner inspired by Temple Run 2 and the film Oz the Great and Powerful. Play as Oz and outrun the shrieking flying baboons as you turn, jump and slide your way across the land. Begin your exhilarating adventure now and see how far you can run! NEW FEATURES: • Stunning environments inspired by the film – explore them all. • Fly in a hot air balloon – earn even more coins. • Explore different locations in Oz – follow sign posts! • The environment changes as you run – test your ...

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Microsoft today announced that there will be 23 game titles on launch for Xbox in November. Check out the impressive list of games that you can enjoy this November on your brand new Xbox One console. It includes Battlefield 4, Fighter Within, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and others. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft) Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision) Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios) Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft) FIFA 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts) Fighter Within (AMA Ltd., Ubisoft) Forza Motorsport 5 (Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft Studios) Just Dance 2014 (Ubisoft Paris, Ubisoft) Killer Instinct (Double Helix, Microsoft Studios) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (TT Games, Warner Bros. Interactive) Lococycle (Twisted Pixel, Microsoft Studios) Madden NFL 25 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts) NBA 2K14 (Visual Concepts, 2K Sports) NBA LIVE 14 (EA Sports, Electronic Arts) Need for Speed: ...

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  Microsoft today highlighted the list of global developers working on Xbox One titles. They also provided some stats to show the games coming to Xbox One. 38% of titles are exclusive to Xbox One, 37% of titles are brand-new IP, 44% of titles will include either timed or exclusive content to Xbox One, Microsoft exclusive titles received 272 award nominations and 111 wins at E3 2013, Xbox One titles earned 10 Game Critics Awards, with Xbox platform exclusive “Titanfall” taking home a record-breaking 6 awards, including “Best of Show.” You can read the full list of titles below. Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (Ubisoft, Ubisoft) Battlefield 4 (DICE, Electronic Arts) Below (Capy Games, Microsoft Studios) Call of Duty: Ghosts (Infinity Ward, Activision) Crimson Dragon (Grounding/Land Ho!, Microsoft Studios) D4 (Access Games, Microsoft Studios) Dead Rising 3 (Capcom Vancouver, Microsoft Studios) Destiny (Bungie, Activision) Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved (Harmonix, Disney Interactive) Dragon ...

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Former Valve’s Steam business executive Jason Holtman who left the company after 8 years has now joined Microsoft. As expected, he is now part of Microsoft’s PC/Windows gaming division where he will focus on making Windows a great platform for gaming and entertainment. Here is the response from him about his new job. “Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment,” he said. “I think there is a lot of opportunity for Microsoft to deliver the games and entertainment customers want and to work with developers to make that happen, so I’m excited to be here.” Source: Gameindustrybiz ...

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Xbox 360 gaming platform is completely different from the popular mobile platforms like Windows Phone or Apple App Store. Developers has to pay a hefty sum of $40,000 to Microsoft to submit a patch for their game. According to a report from Eurogamer, Microsoft no longer charges developers for Xbox 360 title updates. Microsoft has always charged a fee when developers first submit their games to Microsoft’s certification process so they can be approved for release, and the company normally grants developers one title update free of charge. This remains the case, but sources have told Eurogamer that subsequent re-certification as a result of a title update is now free. This applies to Xbox Live Arcade games and full retail games. There are caveats, we understand. If a developer is deemed to be making an excessive number of re-submissions due to an update failing certification, for example, Microsoft reserves the ...

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