Microsoft today revealed more details about the Xbox Originals program in which they there are over 12 different projects are under production. We already know that Steven Spielberg is working with 343 Industries for Halo based interactive content, in addition to this, the man behind Alien and Blade Runner Ridley Scott is working a another Halo based Digital feature for Xbox. The project is expected to be released later this year along with new Halo game launch. When asked about whether Scott Free production is another Web series, like Forward Unto Dawn (a Halo live-action show from 2012), Levin said, “Similar, but higher budget. We’re biting off something a little bigger. We’ll be shooting in Ireland and Iceland. It’s not following Master Chief.” From Venture Beat, Halo embarked on a digital feature a couple of years ago. It was a risk at the time because we weren’t sure how the fans ...

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You may recall our reporting on the Atari documentary which is being exclusively produced by Microsoft for the Xbox.  The documentary team ran afoul of the New Mexico state government which put the planned excavation on hold.  But these issues how now been cleared up and the public is invited to see the dig. Xbox One: Atari Documentary Dig Which Was Earlier Put On Hold By The State Government Now Approved Atari Documentary Dig Put On Hold by the State Government An Xbox original documentary series is telling the story behind Atari’s alleged burial of millions of unsold “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges in a small town in New Mexico three decades ago. An excavation to find those games was carried out April 26. Spectators were invited to watch the unearthing to see whether the burial is urban legend or fact. The story goes that in 1983, Atari, faced with ...

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Microsoft released its third quarter (Q3) earnings earlier today for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). This is the first quarter under new CEO Satya Nadella. The earnings report contained a number of interesting pieces of information including how many Xbox consoles have been sold. For the quarter, Microsoft sold 2.0 million Xbox consoles. Of the 2 million, 1.2 million were Xbox Ones, and we assume the remaining 800,000 are Xbox 360 units. Transactional revenue on the Xbox was up 17%. Sony is currently leading in the number of consoles sold. Sony recently reported they had sold over 7 million PS4s to consumers, 2 million more consoles than the Xbox One. Sony’s PS4 is currently available in over 57 markets, while the Xbox One is only available in 13. Microsoft will expand the availability of the Xbox One this fall to an additional 26 markets. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft Xbox executive Don Mattrick joined Zynga as its CEO last year. During their earnings call today, Zynga announced that Alex Garden, currently the general manager of Xbox Music, Video and Reading at Microsoft, will become the first president of Zynga Studios, a new role reporting to Mattrick, on May 5. Alex Garden held various positions like General Manager, Xbox LIVE,  General Manager, Xbox Music, Video and Advertising and more at Interactive and Entertainment business at Microsoft. Microsoft has not confirmed his replacement so far. Look out for those details in next few days. Source: Recode ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on original content for Xbox platform. Microsoft hired former CBS Corp. head Nancy Tellem few years back to lead its studio efforts. Microsoft is trying to target the core gaming audience between 18 to 34 years old. Bloomberg today reported many details about Microsoft’s plans for original content. The studio now has six series lined up — including a science-fiction thriller called “Humans” about humanoid robot workers — and more than a dozen projects in development. Speaking to The Guardian, Nancy said that Microsoft wants to be the all-in-one entertainment experience with Xbox. “We want to be the all-in-one entertainment experience, so going into original programming was a natural step for us,” says Nancy Tellem, a former top executive at CBS with credits including CSI and Survivor, who joined Microsoft in late 2012 as entertainment and digital media president, heading its new production ...

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One of the main advantages of Microsoft’s gaming console like Xbox One is the Xbox Live gaming service. Millions of players use Xbox LIVE service to enjoy their gaming everyday and it is the largest gaming service in the world. Xbox Live Operations Centre is the team at Microsoft which handles the day-to-day operations of Xbox LIVE service to keep it online all the time. Located in a windowless room in Microsoft’s Redmond campus, it is manned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And looming ominously above it all is a massive red digital timer. “Any time there’s a major incident going on that’s either user-impacting or we think it might be user-impacting, we start that clock,” warns Microsoft Gaming Ninja (seriously, that’s actually his title) Eric Neustadter. “We use that to make sure we’re doing the right things at each point in our process. We have playbooks for ...

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If you are a fan of the Titanfall Xbox One game, then this is a must have app for you. ‘The Final Hours of Titanfall’ app available for Windows 8/RT devices allows you to get to know about the behind the scenes development of Titanfall game by Redspawn. Description: AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE CREATION OF TITANFALL When starting from nothing isn’t hard enough, the creators of Call of Duty must overcome a billion dollar lawsuit and a toxic mix of office politics and creative struggles the build the next great videogame franchise. Written over the past four years, Geoff Keighley chronicles the inside story as only he can with a gripping 25,000 word longform app. Featuring exclusive artwork, never-before-seen videos, candid interviews with over 80 individuals, and countless revelations about the twists and turns of development at Respawn Entertainment during the creation of Titanfall. Includes photos by acclaimed photographer ...

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Microsoft today announced that Emirates Airline has chosen Microsoft Advertising for a large-scale advertising campaign that spans 25 markets and runs across services including MSN, Xbox, Windows 8 and Skype on four different screens (PC, TV, tablet and mobile). Read the full press release below. LONDON — April 16, 2014 — Microsoft Advertising announced Tuesday that it has been chosen by Emirates Airline and its media agency Havas Media Group as one of the key partners for its global brand campaign. The large-scale campaign spans 25 markets and runs across services including MSN, Xbox, Windows 8 and Skype on four different screens (PC, TV, tablet and mobile). The campaign aims to raise brand awareness among a target audience of football fans by driving views of the hero video — created by BBDO — featuring footballing legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele aboard Emirates’ flagship aircraft, the Airbus A380. This new campaign, ...

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Microsoft announced today that Gotham-themed games and add-on are this week’s deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 21 April 2014. Content Title Content Type Discount % Injustice: Gods Among Us Games on Demand 50% Injustice: Gods Among Us Season Pass Add-On 50% Batman Arkham City Games on Demand 75% Gotham City Impostors  Arcade 75% Batman Arkham Asylum Games on Demand 75% Lego Batman 2 Games on Demand 67% Batman Arkham Origins Season Pass Add-On 50% Batman AO: Initiation Add-On 50% Batman AO: Infinite Earths Skins Pack Add-On 50% Batman AO: New Millennium Skins Pack Add-On 50% Batman AO: Deathstroke Challenge Pack Add-On 50% Batman Arkham City: Harley Quinn’s Revenge Add-On 75% Batman Arkham City: Arkham City Skins Pack Add-On 75% Apart from this, Xbox Live Spring Sale offers are valid for everyone on Xbox Live now through 21 April 2014. Find the games that are part of Spring sale below. Content Title Content Type Discount % Assassin’s ...

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The Smoking Gun reports a group of alleged hackers have been charged with breaking into the computer systems of the U.S Army, Microsoft, and several other firms to steal pre-release copies of popular video games like “Call of Duty,” simulation software for Apache attack helicopter pilots, and confidential data that was used to create counterfeit versions of the Xbox gaming system. Three men have been named in a sealed federal indictment charging them each with 15 felony counts, including conspiracy, fraud, and computer hacking, according to a copy of the 54-page document. Two other alleged hackers–a North Carolina resident and an Australian teenager–have been identified as unindicted coconspirators in the scheme, which began in early 2011 and continued for more than two years. A federal grand jury last July returned a sealed indictment against Nathan Leroux, 19; Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28; and David Pokora, a Canadian resident. FBI agents last week arrested ...

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Last week, we reported that 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. Today, Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson posted another video in which he chats with Phil about his history at Microsoft and what led him to his new role as Head of Xbox. He worked on number of games including Halo, Fable, etc, in his past 26 years at Microsoft. He also revealed his most favorite game and many other things. He also said that Microsoft is really committed to Xbox platform and his recent discussion ...

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You may recall our reporting on the Atari documentary which is being exclusively produced by Microsoft for the Xbox.  The documentary team ran afoul of the New Mexico state government which put the planned excavation on hold.  But these issues how now been cleared up and the public is invited to see the dig. Xbox One: Atari Documentary Dig Which Was Earlier Put On Hold By The State Government Now Approved Atari Documentary Dig Put On Hold by the State Government An Xbox original documentary series is telling the story behind Atari’s alleged burial of millions of unsold “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges in a small town in New Mexico three decades ago. An excavation to find those games will be carried out April 26, and if you’re there for it, you may be interviewed for the film. Spectators are invited to watch the unearthing to see whether the burial ...

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As announced earlier, Microsoft and Rare today released “Kinect Sports Rivals” exclusively on Xbox One in North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand, also coming this Friday in Europe. Kinect Sports Rivals will include lots of new sports like climbing, wake racing and target shooting – or experience the re-imagined fan favorites – soccer, tennis and bowling. “Kinect Sports Rivals,” the first title to take full advantage of all the new Xbox One capabilities, including the new Kinect sensor and Xbox Live, and is beautifully rendered 1080p HD, launches today in North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand, and this Friday, April 11, in Europe. More than 1.2 million people have already competed against Champions from around the world in wake racing with “Kinect Sports Rivals” Preseason since it launched last November. Now, it is time to pick up the full game and reach Elite Champion status. After you get your ...

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At Microsoft BUILD developer conference last week, Microsoft had a separate session for Xbox Music developers. Microsoft discussed about Xbox Music, its current developer program and the upcoming developer features and more. Microsoft did a comparison of Xbox Music with other competing services. As you can see in the image above, Microsoft has got all boxes ticked, now it needs users! The current Xbox Music developer program allows developers to use rich metadata from Xbox Music using simple JSON or XML responses. Also there is a affiliate program via which developers can earn money through Xbox Music. Microsoft also announced a preview of upcoming Xbox Music developer program features. It allows developers to use music for inline playback and offline playback, content to remix and more. Get started with Xbox Music developer, you can find information from the above image. Xbox Music delivers all the music you love, on all your ...

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Plex gives you one simple interface to organize all of your media: your movie and TV collection, your music library, and all of your photos and home videos. Plex enriches your media library by adding descriptions, plot summaries, posters, and album covers. Enjoy your media on every TV in the house or on any mobile device on the go. One independent developer has announced via forums that he is working on a plex client for Xbox One. Microsoft has approved this app via ID@Xbox program. I would like to make you all aware of some very exciting news… Microsoft has approved the development of a Plex Client for Xbox One. That is correct, we have been granted membership into ID@Xbox specifically for the development and eventual release of Plex for Xbox One. This is in no way saying that it will be coming next week, or even next month, but ...

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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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