Last week, Satya Nadella announced some changes in the senior leadership team at Microsoft. Following Marc Whitten’s resignation, Phil Spencer has been promoted to take on a new role leading Xbox, combining the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios team. Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson spoke with Phil Spencer about his new role as Head of Xbox. They discussed about E3, fan feedback, and his plans to help lead Xbox going forward. Phil Spencer answered that he is looking into all the feedback he is getting from people around, and his focus is mainly on gaming for Xbox. He really wants Gaming and Xbox to be a main strategy for Microsoft going forward. Watch the video above to know more.   ...

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Nvidia today announced their new GeForce 800M notebook CPUs offering performance improvement of  60% over the previous generation. These chips comes with a new feature called NVIDIA Battery Boost which will allow gamers to play up to 2x longer gaming on their laptops. Here’s how it works: instead of your notebook pushing every component to its max, Battery Boost targets a user defined frame rate, such as 30 FPS. The driver level governor takes over from there, and operates all your system components, including CPU, GPU, and memory at peak efficiency, while maintaining a smooth, playable experience. Also, Nvidia is bringing GeForce ShadowPlay to notebooks which lets you capture high-quality in-game footage or broadcast your gaming exploits to Twitch.TV, all with virtually no performance impact. This GeForce 800M chip range allows OEMs to deliver gaming laptops with more thin profile than ever without sacrificing performance. ...

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Lenovo today announced their successor to the popular Y510 gaming laptop. There are two laptops in the Y-series, the 14-inch Y40 and the 15.6-inch Y50. Both these laptops can be ordered up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, an HDD or SSD, JBL speakers and Dolby Home Theater v4 and runs on Windows 8.1. The Y50 comes with number of optional items such as backlit keyboard, Ultra HD 3840×2160 display or full HD 1920×1080 display with optional touch, NVIDIA GeForce GPU. The Y40 comes with a full HD display and optional AMD Radeon GPU. Both these laptops will be available in May at major retailers starting at $999. Lenovo also announced Z-series mainstream laptops 14-inch Z40 and 15.6-inch Z50. These laptops comes in black, silver or white,  HDD or hybrid SSD, with an optional full HD 1920×1080 display and CPU up to a 4th gen Intel Core i7 processor. Similar ...

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Microsoft today discussed about the much garnered Xbox Live Compute feature on Xbox One. The Xbox Live Cloud service is specifically designed to enable game creators to utilize the scalable computing resources that Microsoft deploys within their regional datacenters. This compute resources will allow game developers to enhance their game experiences beyond what is generally possible with the limited resources of a console. Microsoft is even giving game developers the cloud computing power for FREE so they can more easily transition to building games on Xbox One for the cloud. Microsoft has listed some advantages of using Xbox Live Cloud. Read it below. The really exciting part becomes evident when we consider a few things game creators can do when they use these additional computing resources in the cloud: Higher fidelity game experiences – As I mentioned before, cloud compute can enable developers to offload computations for all sorts of environmental elements. In a ...

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MSI today announced an impressive gaming laptop called GS70 which has latest specs and also features thin and light profile. Read all about it below. Introducing the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch gaming laptop featuring Intel® Haswell processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX and dual fan thermal control City of Industry, Calif. – August 5, 2013 – MSI Computer Corp, leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, unveils the GS70, the world’s thinnest and lightest 17-inch portable gaming powerhouse designed to fuse the power needed to tackle the most demanding games with the portability required to take battles on the road. The answer to portable gaming players, the GS70 features a lethal arsenal of cutting-edge components, including the latest 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 765M, Killer™ DoubleShot and a SteelSeries full color backlit keyboard with Anti-Ghosting keys. In addition, it showcases MSI’s latest ultra-thin and light brush ...

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Razer has introduced two versions of its Blade gaming laptops toady, a 17.3″ & 14″ laptop.  The 17.3″ Razer Blade Pro is powered by an Intel 4th generation Haswell processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics.  The laptop is 0.88 inches thick weights a hefty 6.5 pounds.  The Blade Pro comes with Dolby Home Theatre v4 speakers, Razer Synapse 2.0 built-in, and a programmable keyboard.  The display is a full-HD LED display linked in combination with the Switchblade User Interface (SBUI). The laptop will also come with a number of free professional apps including Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro, Maya, GIMP and others yet to be announced. See the full specs below. Of course, a 14 inch gaming laptop would actually be a real “portable” machine.  Its specs are not quite impressive as the Blade Pro’s, but would certainly play most games on the market today.  The laptop is 0.66 thick, making it ...

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. For those of you who enjoy playing: Counter-Strike, StarCraft 2, League of Legends, DotA2 or World of Warcraft; the worlds leading brand in gaming has released the ‘Razer Edge’, a tablet that is specifically engineered to give the best gaming experience possible. Razer Edge is powered by:-Dual-core Intel Core i5 with Hyper Treading Base (1.7GHz/Turbo 2.6GHz);-NVIDIA GT 640M LE (1GB DDR3, Optimus Technology);-4GB DDR3 of RAM;-10.1″ Screen (IPS, 1336×768);-64GB SSD (SATA-III);It runs Windows 8 and brings a dock, mouse, keyboard and special controllers (that make the tablet a bit similar to Wii U controllers). The company ‘Razer’ was founded in 1998 in order to develop and market a high end computer gaming mouse, ‘the Boomslang’, which is targeted specifically to computer gamers.  It was one of the first companies to sponsor gamers, which directly contributed to the emerging pro-gaming phenomenon.  Watch the 10 minute video below to see the ...

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Microsoft has announced with the advent of Halo 4 the company has now sold more than 50 million copies of the game in total, and that the game has seen more than 5 billion hours being played on Xbox Live. The game racked up these numbers over the last 11 years and 8 editions, with the first release of  Halo: Combat Evolved in 2001. The latest edition, Halo 4, has generated $220 million revenue at launch on launch day, and $300 million in its first week. Microsoft’s new 343 Industries label has taken over the series, and is currently working on  Halo 5 and Halo 6. To celebrate the achievement  Microsoft today announced a new free-to-enter Halo 4 tournament. The "Halo 4 Infinity Challenge" begins December 17 and tasks players will competing on global leaderboards across the game’s War Gamess and Spartan Ops modes for a chance to win prizes. ...

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It seems, despite Valve’s protestations, Steams users are adopting Windows 8 four times faster than the general population. Their own updated Steam hardware stats page shows in total 4.69 percent of users have already adopted Windows 8, versus between 1.44 percent and 1.09 percent according to Statcounter and NetApplications. The percentage is more than half of the 8.07 Vista user base and exceeds the 3.26 percent Apple users. The news is probably not that surprising, given that most gamers want to be on the cutting edge of PC technology, and that Windows 8 generally results in a faster PC, but it does suggest that Valve may want to rethink their objections to Windows 8 before a significant percentage of their users start running the OS. Via Neowin.net ...

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According to Phil Harrison, the vice president of Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft, Microsoft Studios are now not just making games for the Xbox 360, but also for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Giving a keynote speech at the London Games Conference yesterday he confirmed the division was now no longer just targeting Sony and Nintendo, but was also going after Google and Apple and their casual gaming empire. "We are now really a multiplatform studio," he said. "We are not just building games for Xbox 360, we’re building experiences for Smartglass, we’re building dedicated games for Windows Phone 8 and for Windows 8." He revealed Microsoft Studios have already shipped 30 titles developed in-house for Windows 8. “We think this expands our competitive map. We’re no longer just competing with the traditional console companies, but our competitive landscape includes the likes of Google, the likes of Amazon, it includes ...

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If you are looking to finally get onto the Xbox 360 bandwagon the holiday season is the best time to do so, as the price of the console has once again plummeted, and Microsoft has arranged some attractive bundles which means you will not have to hunt to find the latest and best games either. Microsoft is offering a $50-off pricing promotion on select Xbox 360 consoles and bundles available at select major national retailers. The $50-off price promotion will apply to: 250GB Xbox 360 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect 250GB Xbox 360 with Kinect This brings the price of the cheapest console to $245  for the 250GB Xbox 360  or $249,96 for the 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect . The bundles available include: 250GB Xbox 360 with Kinect  and “Dance Central 2,” “Kinect Sports,” and “Kinect Adventures” and one month of Xbox LIVE Gold for $399.99 USD (ERP) 4GB ...

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Microsoft’s Lionhead Studios are laying off up to 10% of their work force after Fable: The Journey, completed its development. In a statement to IGN Microsoft said: “Following the completion of Fable: The Journey the Lionhead studio is in the process of beginning work on its next projects. As is common in the games industry, a reduced headcount is needed as projects kick-off and ramp up as development gets underway. At this time a very small number of positions have been identified as at risk of redundancy and the affected employees were notified today. We are working very closely with those people during this difficult time, to help them explore alternative opportunities within Microsoft including new roles at Microsoft Studios which is actively hiring.” While Microsoft blames the lay-offs on the cyclical nature of jobs in the game development market, it is of note that Peter Molyneux left the studio ...

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