Microsoft has started displaying its next-generation console Xbox One at its retail stores across the US. This is the first time Microsoft is revealing the console hardware for the general public. However, the console, Kinect and the controller are locked behind the glass. So, still there is no way to experience the console by playing it. Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One in November in 13 countries. Consumers can pre-order their units now from various retailers around the world.   ...

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Microsoft has been releasing a lot of information regarding the Xbox One at Gamescom 2013 in Germany. Speaking to CVG at Gamescom, Microsoft VP Phil Harrison confirmed that every Xbox One will come with Kinect and they are not going to sell cheaper Xbox One SKU by dropping Kinect from the bundle. However, Xbox One will be able to function without Kinect connected to it. Xbox One is Kinect. They are not separate systems. An Xbox One has chips, it has memory, it has Blu-ray, it has Kinect, it has a controller. These are all part of the platform ecosystem. Source ...

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Microsoft announced Project Spark back at E3 with a trailer. Project Spark is an open-world digital canvas that enables anyone to build, play, and share whatever they can imagine. Project Spark is a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories, and games. Share all of your creations to a dynamic community, and play what the community makes. They announced that Project Spark will have following capabilities, Facial Expression Capture – Users can record their face and have it applied to an in-game character Animation Recording – Do a new attack, full body motions, gestures, etc. Record audio and modulate – Speak a line, singing, etc. Modulate the sounds in a variety of ways Today at Gamescon, Microsoft demoed even more capabilities of Project Spark which you can watch in the video above. Microsoft also announced that the beta is coming in October for Windows 8 ...

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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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At Gamescom today, Microsoft announced that they will be bundling a free copy of FIFA 14 digital game with Xbox One pre-orders in Europre. This free copy of FIFA 14 will be included in all the pre-orders from Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom while stocks lasts. FIFA 14 on Xbox One will also include Ultimate Team Legends mode which is exclusive to Xbox One. This allows stars of today can be combined with the legends of yesterday in FIFA 14. ...

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As expected, Microsoft today announced the Independent Developers @ Xbox Program which allows independent developers to publish games for Xbox One. First, you have to apply for the developer program. After the application is approved, Microsoft will offer developers free development kits and access to its Xbox One toolset which includes Kinect, Cloud, etc. There is no developer application fees as well. After becoming ”registered Xbox One developers,” , developers will be able to do self-publishing of games on Microsoft’s Xbox One. Developer can also take advantage of Xbox Live functionalies like Achievements, Online multiplayer, SmartGlass, Kinect, etc,. Microsoft is planning to give priority for initial applications “to independent game developers who have a proven track record of shipping games on console, PC, mobile or tablet.” FAQs What are the criteria for becoming a member of ID@Xbox? Of course, we’ll be evaluating each developer application individually on its own merits, but ...

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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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Xbox Music app in Windows 8.1 preview today got a significant update with new features and many improvements. There is now a better welcome page, better performance and more. Find the full change log below. Pause, play, and scrub with a single tap from the new always-visible playback controls. Manage the folders in your Windows music library directly from the app. See a new welcome page on first launch of the app. View the full discography of an artist by popularity or year released. Simplified Now Playing works better in portrait and in 50:50 views. See which songs you already have in your collection when looking at an album in Explore. More smoothly open the Xbox Music app after selecting to ‘Play top songs’ or ‘Explore album’ from a Windows Search result. Improved performance loading and panning your collection. Download/Update Music app from Windows Store here. via: Windowsobserver ...

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Microsoft yesterday revealed that they are going to stop offering TV, Movie and Music content on Zune Marketplace. Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase. Xbox Music and Xbox Video are now Microsoft’s music and video stores. Q.What’s changing with Zune Marketplace? A.Starting as early as August 22nd Microsoft Points will be retired. As a result you will no longer be able to rent or buy TV, movie, or music content on Zune Marketplace. We encourage you to spend your points balance prior to this change. Q.Will I still be able to use Zune to enjoy the music, movies, and TV shows in my personal collection? A.Yes, you will still be able to stream unlimited music with your Xbox Music Pass and enjoy playback of the music, movies, and TV shows in your personal collection. Q.Where will I be able to rent or purchase movies and TV shows? ...

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According to latest NPD numbers, Microsoft Xbox 360 has maintained its position as #1 console in the U.S for the 31 consecutive months. Xbox 360 sold 107,000 units which is less than half of what Microsoft sold same time last year. The high anticipation around Xbox One among consumers which is releasing later this year is affecting the sales of Xbox 360. July 2013 NPD highlights: Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in July (hardware, software and accessories) reached $178 million, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, July 2013) During the month of July, Xbox 360 held eight of the top 10 console game titles including: “NCAA Football 14,” “Minecraft,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” “Far Cry 3,” “Borderlands 2,” “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” and “Grand Theft Auto IV” (Source: NPD Group, July 2013) Source: Microsoft ...

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  Microsoft has recently revealed that they are closing down the Xbox.com PC Marketplace. Although you will not be able to purchase new games, you can continue to play previously purchased content by downloading it through the Games for Windows Live client software as usual. Also the the Games for Windows Live service will continue to operate as usual. As part of the recent Xbox 360 system update, Microsoft Points will be retired and the Xbox.com PC Marketplace will be closed as of August 22, 2013. We encourage you to spend your Microsoft Points balance prior to this change. This is not a surprise move from Microsoft as they continue to focus on Xbox for games and entertainment. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios today announced the details about “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition and Day One Edition which are now available for pre-order from participating retailers. “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition: With multiple car packs, VIP membership privileges, and packed-in content, the “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition is the ultimate package for “Forza Motorsport 5″ fans. The “Forza Motorsport 5″ Limited Edition features the all-new 2014 Audi RS 7 Sportback on the cover and includes the following digital content: Limited Edition Car Pack – This five-car pack features new cars that are already destined for legendary status. Each car in the “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition Car Pack will feature a Limited Edition livery and will be tuned to the top of its respective class. The cars in the “Forza Motorsport 5” Limited Edition Car Pack include 2011 Audi RS 3 Sportback and more. VIP Membership – “Forza ...

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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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Microsoft today provided an update on their launch plans for Xbox One. It is not a great news for lot of fans in various countries as Microsoft announced that they are scaling back on Xbox One launch to 13 markets instead of 21 as announced at E3. At E3, we announced that Xbox One would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch. This was an aggressive goal and the team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible. Our priority is ensuring our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available. To do that, and in order to meet demand, we have adjusted the number of markets that will receive Xbox One in November to 13 markets, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, in November. ...

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Microsoft has revealed that the upcoming new Xbox One Controller will be made compatible with PC next year. Speaking to Penny Arcade Report, Microsoft spokesperson gave the following statement. “There is also some work that we need to do to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller, will work with the Xbox One controller. While it seems trivial, it’s actually quite a bit of dedicated work for all that to be seamless for the user. We know people want to use the Xbox One controller on their PC, and we do too – we expect to have the functionality available in 2014.” Since the new Xbox One controller shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller, Microsoft has some work to do make it fully compatible with PC games. Read more from the link below. Source: Penny Arcade Report       ...

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  Microsoft has managed the pull another 180 with a requirement change related to Kinect and Xbox One. Xbox One console will be able to function without Kinect sensor plugged in. Xbox One Chief Platform Architect Marc Whitten revealed this during a Q&A at IGN. Whitten said that “like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly used the sensor.” For privacy conscious consumers, Whitten revealed that you can turn the sensor off in the Xbox One’s system settings. “When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information,” Whitten said, adding that it’s still in use for IR blasting in this configuration. He added that “entering into a required Kinect experience” with the sensor off will prompt you to enable it before proceeding. Source: IGN ...

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