In addition to the spectacular lineup of games from some of the world’s best game studios, Microsoft also revealed number of independent studios and indie developers bringing their latest games to Xbox One. It’s an exciting E3 for Xbox and gamers, as today we showed an amazing lineup of exclusives, blockbusters and a vibrant catalog of games from independent developers. ID@Xbox announced that hundreds of studios are developing innovative games for Xbox One and unveiled incredible games on the horizon. For those of you who missed the Xbox press briefing or aren’t able to check these games out in person, take a look at the list of ID@Xbox games below and the video above for a peek at new innovations as well as existing fan favorites reinvented to take advantage of unique Xbox One features. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire throughout the week as we feature games from the E3 show floor at ...

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At Microsoft’s E3 press briefing, from start to finish, it was just games, games and games. Microsoft revealed lots of Xbox exclusives and shared the stage with blockbusters such as “Assassin’s Creed Unity,” “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” “Evolve” and “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” and independent games such as “Inside,” adding to a growing library of games on Xbox One. “We are committed to delivering amazing experiences that will help define this generation of games and delight the millions of passionate Xbox fans around the world,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “Xbox will be the only place you can enjoy the most-anticipated blockbusters and new franchises, including exclusives like ‘Sunset Overdrive,’ ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection,’ ‘Forza Horizon 2,’ and ‘Dance Central Spotlight.’ In addition, on Xbox One gamers will be able to play upcoming hits like ‘Destiny,’ ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,’ ‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ and a vibrant catalog of ...

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Last week we reported that Forza Horizon 2 is coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 in September. At E3 today, Microsoft revealed more details about the game. The aforementioned off-roading is just one of the many new features gamers can expect from “Forza Horizon 2,” but the ability to crash through fences, plow through forests and cornfields, and even find secret cars hidden in barns is certainly one of the coolest features at play here. Online features include Car Clubs that hold up to 1,000 members, seamless drop-in/drop-out free-roaming multiplayer, and for Xbox One owners, the return of Drivatars (so you can compete with your friends, even when you’re riding solo). Of course, it’s all about the cars, and “Forza Horizon 2” has over 200 of them, including the stunning cover car, the Lamborghini Huracan. The muscle cars, tuner cars, and exotics are all in here, along with off-road ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox One will be available in India from September 23rd this year. The Xbox One will cost Rs.39,990 while Xbox One with Kinect will cost Rs.45,990. All Xbox One system will include 500GB console, Blu-ray player, 1 Wireless Controller & free 14-day trial of Xbox Live Gold. Other features that will join the Xbox One experience in India include: Game DVR/Upload. With game DVR, you can capture and record your greatest game moments and Upload Studio makes it easy to edit and share clips with your community. You can capture the last 30 seconds of gameplay and then share your clip with your friends. Apps. With Skype, specially designed for Xbox One, video chat with friends on your TV in stunning HD, or for the first time ever, hold Skype group video calls on your TV. Access Internet Explorer and OneDrive all in your living room, ...

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You can watch the Xbox E3 media briefing live later today. Find the schedule and timing for the event below. Pre-show at 9:00am PDT Briefing at 9:30am PDT Post-show immediately after the show on Twitch.tv Watch live video from Twitch on www.twitch.tv E3 is a magical time. Every year, gamers the world over are treated to reveals of the hot new games they’ll soon be playing, the cutting-edge technology that will shape the future of gaming, and personalities both new and old. Microsoft’s press conference is expected to have game demos of Halo 5, next version of Ryse, Fable, CoD, Gears of War and more. Watch it live here on Xbox.com, on your Xbox, on Spike TV, or with the Windows Phone app. ...

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Sunset Overdrive game was announced during E3 2013 during Microsoft keynote as a Xbox One exclusive. Sunset Overdrive is an always changing, open-world shooter set in the not-so-distant future. Sunset Overdrive team is bringing a specially created bus to promote their game at E3. This is not just any bus, mind you. This bus has everything you could possibly want, from a steering wheel covered in years’ worth of duct tape to tires that have been lovingly “crafted into a shape with an infinite number of sides.” It’s even got fridge stocked full of the delicious, decidedly not-nutritious Overcharge Delirium XT that may or may not turn those who drink it into horrifying mutations. That’s right, the fine folks at Insomniac Games are ready to deliver something the world has never seen before (and was probably never asking for in the first place). So, if you’re ready to see what ...

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Microsoft last month announced a new Xbox One SKU that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU will be made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. Our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.” You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features of Xbox One including the ability to get game invites while you watch TV, switch between games and entertainment apps, enjoy Twitch broadcasts, and upload your favorite gaming moments. You can pre-order this ...

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Based on previous reports, we already know that Microsoft is working on a smartwatch. The smartwatch will work with iPhones, Android and Windows devices. It will continuously measure heart rate through the day and night and will offer up to two days of battery life. Today, Gearlive.com claimed that they have seen the device in person, and it was similar to Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit in appearance. The device will include heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, and a galvanic skin response sensor all built-in. The report even claims that Microsoft might make announcement about this device at E3 tomorrow. The Motely Fool even reports that Microsoft has already announced the Smartwatch, Microsoft just announced that it is developing a smartwatch that can monitor a user’s heart rate with a battery that lasts for up to two days. The watch will be compatible with Windows Phone, Apple iOS, and Google ...

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I recently came across this interesting patent from Microsoft related to gaming on mobile devices. Usually in console gaming, you have controller in your hands with display few meters away. In the case of mobile gaming, you hold both the controller and the display unit on your hands. In this patent, Microsoft is trying to propose a controller system for mobile devices that will be rendered during games. If Microsoft implements it, we can start enjoying on games on mobile devices with standard controller interface as opposed to various types controllers we see in mobile games. Also, this may allow Microsoft to port Xbox games easily to mobile devices. Last year, during annual company meeting, Microsoft demoed Halo game being streamed from internet on a Lumia 520 device. Patent Abstract: Various technologies described herein pertain to controlling a game with a mobile touch-enabled device. A thumbstick and a mode selection button can ...

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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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Albert Shum was previously working at Nike before joining Microsoft. He was responsible for the design team when Windows Phone 7 was originally launched. The Metro design language from his team inspired every other division at Microsoft leading to the current Modern design language that spans across product groups. Albert Shum got promoted last year as the lead for Operating System Group Design + Content team at Microsoft. The team consists of interaction, visual, motion, brand designers, plus content creator along with user researchers, design program managers & design integrators creating end to end experiences for Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox and Cloud Services. The design team collaborates with engineering & business partners to create integrated hardware, software & service products. USA today last night published a profile on Albert in which Albert himself and other people at his team at Microsoft spoke about the rising design culture at Microsoft. Albert is excited about the ...

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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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Last year, Microsoft Bing announced a new music video search experience which allows you to explore, discover and browse music videos on Bing. Microsoft then indexed about 1.7 million songs, 70,000 artists and a half a million albums. After looking at how people search for music videos, Bing team realized that when people search for music videos they tend to explore rather than finding what they were looking for and then moving on. Today, they have revealed an experience that lets you seamlessly scan through the carousel based on top songs and individual albums. Here is how it works, Now when you search for an artist, band, album or song we will trigger a dynamic carousel. For instance, if you search for Daft Punk we showcase their top songs at the top of the page. From there, you can start exploring their songs without leaving the page. By clicking “Get Lucky”, we showcase a high quality video ...

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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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