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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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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Red Stripe Deals for this week in now live in Windows Store which includes games like PAC-MAN, Sunny Hillride and apps like KVADPhoto+ PRO. Find the store links and deal prices from the below list. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+: This official sequel to the neon ghost-eating 80s arcade classic is incredibly addictive. And this week, you can get it for $4.99 in the Windows Store and just $2.99 in the Windows Phone Store. Sunny Hillride: Load up your car and race across the countryside performing daredevil stunts while trying to keep your pile of luggage, your pet parrot, and fellow travelers intact. Get it for just $.99 for Windows or for $.99 for Windows Phone. Deadlings: Experience over 100 levels of zombie madness, working your way through the deadly laboratory mazes in this side-scrolling arcade game. Get it for $.99 this week on Windows as well as on Windows Phone. ...

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Microsoft Studios has acquired the “Rise of Nations” franchise and has announced “Rise of Nations: Extended Edition” is coming to Steam Store next month. Rise of Nations is a real-time strategy game that spans all history.  Start with a single city in the Ancient Age; gather resources; build an infrastructure; research technologies; construct Wonders of the World such as the Pyramids and the Eiffel Tower; and expand your military might across the world, conquering hostile nations with bombers, battleships, and tanks—all over your lunch hour! In Rise of Nations there are: 18 Nations—each with special abilities and unique military units. Over a hundred military units operating on the ground, sea, and air— from Hoplites to Frigates to Helicopters. Over two dozen buildings with upgrades and technologies that will take your nation from a small City to an Information Age society. 14 Wonders of the World—the Terra Cotta Army, the Taj Mahal, the ...

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Xbox Fitness helps people with new content and features to get your summer preparations started on the right foot. This $9.99 program will help make your swimsuit goals a reality with three quick, fun workouts that deliver visible results fast. “Jillian Michaels Killer Abs” Coming to Xbox Fitness Looking for the ultimate summer abs? We’re excited to announce a new ab program from Jillian Michaels, creator of “Extreme Shed and Shred” and “Hard Body.” “Jillian Michaels Killer Abs” will help you make your goals a reality with three quick, fun workouts that deliver visible results fast. The new program is available today for $9.99 in the Xbox Fitness workout library. Work Out with Friends through Skype Sticking to your workout routine is always easier when you have someone else to motivate you. With the recent Skype* for Xbox One Snap upgrade, you and your workout buddy can train together with Jillian Michaels, ...

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Microsoft earlier announced that Xbox One console will be available in Japan starting this September. Sony made PS4 available in Japan in February earlier this year. Microsoft today announced that the Xbox One game console will be available in Japan with the Kinect sensor for 49,980 Yen and without Kinect for 39,980 Yen which is same as the same prices as Sony’s PS4. Phil Spencer commented the following regarding Xbox One launch in Japan, “The Japanese development community remains incredibly important to us, and we’re continuing to invest there,”-“We’re having great conversations with people. We’re not announcing anything, but I can say both RPGs and specifically the Japanese developers are really important to our ecosystem.” Since Microsoft has now price matched Sony, we should see more fight in the console war soon. ...

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Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs game which won over 90 awards at E3 is going on sale from today. The game is available from various retailers like Microsoft Stores, Amazon, etc,. Microsoft Store for example offered $15 Xbox gift card when you pre-order the game while BestBuy and Amazon offers exclusive content packs for those who pre-ordered the game. Game Description: DYNAMIC NAVIGATION: Watch_Dogs gives you the ability to not only use the city’s ctOS to your advantage, but the streets as well. In real-world Chicago, cut through one of the buildings or climb to the rooftops to catch your target. HACK THE CITY: Control the city’s infrastructure, in real time, with Aiden’s cell phone. Trap your enemy in a 30-car pileup by manipulating the traffic lights. Stop a train, and then board it to evade the authorities. Narrowly escape capture by quickly raising a drawbridge. Anything connected to the city’s CTOS ...

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Last week, Microsoft shared the details about recent trends in the Windows Store across categories, markets, and more. This report will help app developers in understanding the general trends that can help help determine what types of apps to build or optimize your existing apps. In April, Games continued to be the most popular category for all devices, followed by other categories with significant download share including Entertainment, Social, Music & Videos, and Tools On Windows, like our previous trends updates, Social is the #1 category with nearly 2x average downloads per app than the second category. Photos, Productivity, and Games are the next categories with the highest opportunity. The market with the highest number of downloads is United States, though the distribution shows there are many markets that generate significant downloads, including China, India, France, United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico, and Russia. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t consider ...

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Red Stripe Deals for this week is now live in Windows Store. It includes apps such as NextGen Reader, Package Tracker, game such as Machinarium, 4 Elements™ II: Special Edition and more. Find the detail from Windows Store team below, NextGen Reader: This popular Feedly RSS reader currently averages 4.4 out of 5 stars in the Windows Store. You can use it with a modern tiled layout for tablet, or a more traditional 3-pane layout for desktop reading. Pin multiple tiles to your Start screen to keep up on all the feeds you care about. Get it this week on Windows for $1.49, or on Windows Phone for $.99 Package Tracker: Another super popular app—you might have seen it earlier on Brandon’s favorite apps list. Track your packages from warehouse to delivery, via multiple shipping companies. If you connect the app to OneDrive, the packages you’re tracking on one devise ...

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As we are nearing this summer, there are some great deals on several Disney & Marvel games are already heating up the Windows Phone and Windows Stores. From now to June 2nd, you can enjoy several great games at least 50% off, marked down to just $.99. Find the list of games and the price from the list below. Windows Phone Windows Disney Solitaire $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Temple Run: Oz $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Temple Run: Brave $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Toy Story: Smash It! $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 Avengers Initiative $1.99 $.99 $7.99 $.99 Marvel Run Jump Smash! $1.99 $.99 $4.99 $.99 ...

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There is a great chance for you to stock up on your favorite games for summer and swim in the savings. Microsoft Store is now offering this great deal(Thanks to WinBeta for the heads up) when you buy two Xbox One or Xbox 360 games and get one for free. Find the full details below. Find a huge selection of Xbox game titles to choose from, including: Battlefield 4 for Xbox One Battlefield 4 is the genre-defining action blockbuster made from moments that blur the line between game and glory. Fueled by the next-generation power of Frostbite 3, Battlefield 4 provides a visceral, dramatic experience unlike any other. Only in Battlefield can you demolish the buildings shielding your enemy. Only in Battlefield will you lead an assault from the back of a gun boat. Battlefield grants you the freedom to do more and be more while playing to your strengths and ...

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Earlier this year, there were some reports that Xbox One controllers will not work with Windows PCs, but Microsoft’s then director of product management Albert Penello ended those reports that Xbox One controller will work with Windows PCs for games. Last year Microsoft confirmed that the new wireless protocol, combined with the ability to work in ‘wired’ mode, and the addition of features like Impulse triggers, means that new software has to be written and optimized for the PC and there is also some work that they need to do to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller will work with the Xbox One controller. Larry Hryb, director of Xbox programming, in a post on the forum NeoGAF earlier this week once confirmed that PC gaming compatibility is coming to Xbox One controller very soon. Source: NeoGAF   ...

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Microsoft Skype team today announced the availability of the long awaited feature in Xbox One Skype experience. Skype for Xbox One now offers a new Snap calling experience. Along with this new Snap experience, Microsoft reported that this update also includes a few other bug fixes such as improved start-up time to make Skype for Xbox One even better. As you’ll remember, Snap makes it possible to experience two apps on your Xbox One at once – like watching TV while looking up sports scores in Internet Explorer. Previously, you could only Snap other apps into Skype for Xbox One. With this update, the reverse is now possible, allowing you to now Snap a Skype video or voice call intoother app experiences. See your best friend’s face as you narrowly beat them in Forza Motorsport 5. Or watch your mom’s favorite movie while on a video call with her, the next ...

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UK based developer Rare Studios is the creative brain behind popular Kinect based titles such as Kinect Sports, Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Sports Rivals still remains an important part of Microsoft despite Microsoft’s decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One. Phil Spencer recently said that the studio is independent to chose their next project and they are “evaluating what they want to do next”. Today, Eurogamer reported that Rare has experienced layoffs following underwhelming sales of Kinect Sports Rivals and around 16 people have been let go. Microsoft commented the following regarding layoffs, “At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive entertainment experiences. As part of Rare’s commitment to this goal, we have made a decision to change our development process and methodology at Rare to best support our future projects, this has led to us reviewing the skills and the makeup of our development ...

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Microsoft today announced a new partnership with Ubisoft to launch the Assassin’s Creed title on the modern web with HTML5, 3D WebGL graphics, and JavaScript. Consumers worldwide can now enjoy the Assassin’s Creed Pirates game for free in five languages worldwide. This game is based on the popular iOS Assassin’s Creed Pirates game allows you to step into the shoes of Alonzo Batilla, a young captain, racing his ship through the Caribbean seas, evading mines and other hurdles, amidst searching for treasure. This ACP game demo was developed using the Babylon.JS open source framework – today developers have a tool that makes it simpler to build interoperable 3D games like this one. And for adventurous players, we’re announcing a new developer challenge: Build your own shader with Babylon.JS and you could win an Assassin’s Creed Collector’s Black Chest Edition and an Xbox One! It only takes a few minutes and you don’t really ...

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My new role will be leading Global Product Marketing for Xbox 1st party games, 3rd party games, & Xbox Entertainment Studios. — Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) May 16, 2014 Aaron Greenberg, who was the chief of staff at Xbox team in Microsoft announced via Twitter that he is now leaving the role for new one. After 3.5 years in his previous role, he is now joining the Xbox marketing team. His new role will be leading Global Product Marketing for Xbox 1st party games, 3rd party games, & Xbox Entertainment Studios. Xbox division is under a pressure these days as their top leadership team has changed and also Sony PS4 posted higher sales than Xbox One for 4 consecutive months. In response, Microsoft has recently announced a cheaper Xbox One SKU that will go on sale at $399 without Kinect sensor. You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition ...

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