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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Microsoft today revealed the new friends app and multiplayer gaming features on Xbox One. Friends app: With Xbox One you can have 1,000 friends, connect with people instantly by following them and have infinite followers yourself. You can also see all of your Xbox One and Xbox 360 friends and their activity in your Activity Feed. Similar to the other social media networks, Xbox One allows you to share the latest in games and entertainment with fellow gamers, friends and family, or even celebrities and gaming personalities by following people. For example, on Xbox One you can search for me by my gamertag (Major Nelson) and follow me to see what I share publicly, such as my latest game scores and achievements. On your Xbox One, there are now more ways to connect than simply sending a friend invite. For example, the one-way follow model of Xbox One allows Xbox ...

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Microsoft’s next generation console Xbox One was today honored by Popular Mechanics as one of the breakthrough products in 2013. Popular Mechanics each year gives this honors to year’s most innovative and transformative products. Here’s what they told about Xbox One, Some products are evolutionary, others are revolutionary. The Xbox One is both. The most notable improvement is the new Kinect sensor, which is integral to the operation of the console. It can see in total darkness, track the fine movements of your hands and muscles, and even sense your heartbeat. Gamers may have taken issue with the Xbox One’s price ($500) and paywall restrictions (some features require a $50 per year subscription), but technologically it’s a huge upgrade from its predecessor. The platform is so advanced that developers have barely begun to grasp all its possibilities. Well done, Microsoft Xbox team. Read more: The 10 Breakthrough Products of 2013 ...

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President Obama used many analogies to explain his perception of Republican shutdown negotiating strategies, but his Xbox reference certainly gathered the most attention. Noting that Republicans want to delay or defund his health care law before approving a new spending plan, Obama told reporters: “The American people do not get to demand a ransom for doing their jobs. You don’t get a chance to call your bank and say, ‘I’m not going to pay my mortgage this month unless you throw in a new car and an Xbox.’” Of course this sent PS4 fans into overdrive, denouncing the President for mentioning the Xbox but not the Playstation.  Clearly the President was well aware, nobody wants a Playstation, even if the bank throws it in for free. ...

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Activision Publishing, Treyarch, and Xbox have teamed together to support the Call of Duty Endowment. Starting tomorrow, October 8 through Monday, October 14, U.S. fans can purchase any one of the 17 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Personalization Packs that are currently available on the Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft for a 25% discount. Additionally, Activision, Treyarch and Xbox will donate all profits from the packs sold to the Call of Duty Endowment – Activision Blizzard’s 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps returning service members by funding efficient and effective organizations that place vets into high quality careers. “This is a great opportunity for the Call of Duty® community to get involved, and we’re delighted to work with Treyarch and our friends at Xbox to donate all profits from this activity toward helping vets find good jobs,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “For ...

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Microsoft today revealed their first marketing activity around Xbox One. They are taking Xbox One on the road, allowing customers to experience the new generation of gaming before Xbox One launches on Nov. 22. They will visit over 75 different cities around the world through  this program. The “Area One” tour will let people in the U.S., Canada and Europe get hands on with the Xbox One line-up of blockbuster games through a series of experiential events, while the Xbox One “Test Drive” will see Xbox hitting the road like never before to give people hands-on gameplay in unexpected places. “Area One” will bring a large traveling tour to many markets around the world, including Philadelphia, Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Vienna, Paris and Berlin. Xbox fans will be among the first to get their hands on the upcoming blockbuster games coming to Xbox One, including hotly anticipated ...

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As the next generation Xbox One console is coming in November, Microsoft has put Xbox 360 on sale with great deals. With $199, you can get 4GB model, for $249 -   250GB Model, $249 For Xbox 360 4GB with Kinect Nike+ Bundle and more. Check the links below for various retailers. Save up to $50 and get a free $50 gift card on select Xbox 360 consoles at the following retailers: Best Buy Amazon.com Target NFM Or save up to $50 on select Xbox 360 consoles at the following retailers: Walmart GameStop Microsoft also highlighted that the following games are coming to Xbox 360 this season, “NBA 2K14” – Oct. 1 “Skylanders: SWAP Force” – Oct. 13 “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes” – Oct. 18 “Batman: Arkham Origins” – Oct. 25 “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” – Oct. 29 “Battlefield 4” – Oct. 29 “WWE 2K14” – Oct. 29 “Call of ...

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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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It seems Microsoft has no plans to bring its Xbox One console to China anytime soon. Shanghai media company BesTV New Media Co., Ltd, revealed that it has plans for an entertainment development venture with Microsoft. BesTV will  hold a 51 percent share and Microsoft will hold 49 percent in the joint venture, initially planned to be known as E-Home Entertainment Development. The joint venture will develop games and related services, said BesTV. The new company’s board chairman will be chosen by BesTV and the chief executive officer by Microsoft. The total investment of both sides will reach 237 million U.S. dollars. The joint venture is expected to be registered in the newly established pilot free trade zone in Shanghai. We are yet to get a clear information on what Microsoft has exactly planned with this new venture in the Chinese market. May be a China version of Xbox One? Source: ...

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This is another interesting design choice from Microsoft on Xbox One. You won’t be able to use your Xbox One in vertical orientation. Microsoft’s own Xbox 360 which features tray loading drive supports vertical orientation. Also Sony’s PS3 and PS4 which sports slot loading drive supports vertical orientation. Microsoft’s senior director of product management and planning at Xbox, Albert Panello confirmed that Xbox One should be used only horizontally. “We don’t support vertical orientation; do it at your own risk,” he said. “It wouldn’t be a cooling problem, we just didn’t design the drive for vertical. Because it’s a slot loading drive, we just didn’t design it for both.” “we found…that 80 percent of people, believe it or not, have their Xbox 360 horizontally.” The rest 20% of the people who use their console vertically might find it annoying with Xbox One. What do you think? via: CNET ...

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Microsoft Studios Developer Turn 10 today released an impressive video ad to promote Forza 5. Forza 5 is an upcoming racing game coming to Xbox One on 11/22/2013. Watch the video above and read the description below. Video Description: Two Worlds Come Together, One Frame at a Time No other racing game approaches the realistic physics and handling and graphic fidelity of Forza Motorsport 5, and all those things in combination are why Forza best delivers the feeling of racing. We’ve captured game footage the only way a game like Forza Motorsport deserves to be captured … with a camera bolted into the engine block of a McLaren 12C supercar as it blasts past 680 frames printed on aluminum panels at a maximum filming speed of 120mph. Though this may look like it was computed generated, what you’re watching was shot entirely in-camera. Check out the behind the scenes features for ...

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Microsoft’s upcoming entertainment console Xbox One has become the exclusive video game console on the Toys “R” Us 2013 Holiday Hot Toy List and one of the Fabulous 15 Hot Toys for Holiday 2013. The Toys “R” Us Holiday Hot Toy List provides parents a guidance on the toys which should appear on children’s wish lists as the holiday shopping season gets underway.  “Identifying the toys that will make the Holiday Hot Toy List is no easy feat. It’s something we take great pride in – ensuring that the toys named with this distinction are truly the toys that kids from all corners of the country will be most excited about,” said Lisa Harnisch, Senior Vice President, General Merchandising Manager, Toys “R” Us, U.S. “All 36 playthings named to this year’s list were chosen because they’re undoubtedly HOT, from Cra-Z-Loom, one of the most buzzed-about items this season, to Xbox One and ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on lots of original content for Xbox One and Microsoft today teased us that there is much more information to be revealed. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president at Microsoft Studios told that “They have literally hundreds of ideas that they are incubating right now,”. “We will have some new announcement for TV shows coming pretty soon.” Microsoft already revealed that they are producing a live-action “Halo” show which involves world famous film director Steven Spielberg. He also  said that sports programming will be an important element of the new console. “We believe sports is a very interesting category globally,” he said. “We’ll be expanding what we do in sports to bring more international sports into the mix. ” Have you made your pre-order for Xbox One? Source: Bloomberg ...

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According to the latest WHOIS records, Microsoft Corporation has recently acquired the domain name Xbone.com from its previous owner. Fusbile speculates that it must be a larger amount paid to the owner from Microsoft. Major Nelson who is the Director of Programming at Xbox LIVE posted a message on NeoGAF saying that he don’t like the nickname Xbone for Xbox One. “…disrespects the teams that have put in thousands of hours (already) into the development of the product. Sure, it’s cheeky but I don’t care for it myself.” I guess Microsoft acquired the domain to keep it safe from competitors and fan boys from exploiting it against Xbox One. via: Fusible ...

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I received a significant amount of email, from our readers, on my recent editorial: Why Do Investors Want Alan Mulally? (Hint: He Sold Off Major Ford Assets) While many of you agreed with what I had to say, some accused me of over-analyzing the situation and engaging in conspiracy theories.  Well today our good buddy Paul Thurrott has published an article in which he indicated he would like to see Ford CEO Alan Mulally become CEO of Microsoft and sell or spin-off the Xbox and Online Services Division.  Thurrott writes: Microsoft, let Alan Mulally gut this company and start over. Review the strategy, shed businesses that don’t make sense. Quick sidebar. Which businesses should Microsoft shed? [...] There are two. Kind of like Oldsmobile and Pontiac and you’re a car fan who understands history. They are Online Services and Xbox. Xbox – Several billion dollars lost in R&D on Xbox and Xbox ...

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Microsoft announced that all Xbox One pre-orders in Europe will come bundled with FIFA 14 as a free game. This was a great news to target general consumers in Europe. It seems, only the day one edition of Xbox which got sold out in almost all the retailers in Europe will offer FIFA 14 for free. Since Microsoft has made a promise that “all pre-orders of Xbox One will ship with FIFA 14 in Europe.”, even though the FIFA 14 bundle got sold out, Microsoft is planning to offer Forza 5 as a free game. According to the statement offered by Microsoft to The Verge, “Due to unprecedented demand, the Xbox One Day One Edition with FIFA 14 is nearly sold out, but is still available at certain retailers,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. The company is making another pre-order bundle available in the UK, with Forza Motorsport 5 replacing FIFA ...

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