VGX 2013, the Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards was announced recently. About 12 awards were given to games that are available on Xbox platforms. Below is the list of winners! Most Anticipated Game – “Titanfall” (Electronic Arts/Respawn Entertainment) Game of the Year – “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games/Rockstar North) Best Sports Game – “NBA 2K14” (2K Sports/Visual Concepts) Best Xbox Game – “Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons” (Starbreeze Studios) Best Driving Game – “Forza Motorsport 5″ (Microsoft Studios/Turn 10 Studios) Best Action/Adventure Game – “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal) Best Fighting Game – “Injustice: Gods Among Us” (Warner Bros Interactive/NetherRealm Studios) Best Shooter – “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games/Irrational Games) Best Character – The Lutece Twins from “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games/Irrational Games) Best Soundtrack – “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games/Rockstar North) Best Song in a Game – “Will the Circle be Unbroken” from “BioShock ...

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Less than two years after opening a game design studio in downtown Victoria, Canada. This was an initiative led personally by Don Mattrick who had previously lived in Victoria, Canada.  Microsoft has closed its doors, leaving at least 30 people out of work.The Redmond based software giant said it was part of a plan to consolidate its resources. “This was not an easy decision, but one guided by our desire to centralize development in our Vancouver studios,” the company said. “We are working closely with all employees affected by this change to identify open positions in other studios, and we remain committed to doing business in British Columbia.” “It was great to have a large, well-known brand like Microsoft come to town and we’re sorry to see them go, but in the end it wasn’t a giant studio,” said Dan Gunn, executive director of the Victoria Advanced Technology Council. “Fortunately, we have seen ...

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The limited availability of the PS4 in North America helped the Xbox dominate console sales over Black Friday.   Market Research Firm InfoScout collected over 83,000 receipts from 3,000 people who shopped at Walmart and Target on Black Friday.  Analysis of that date shows the Xbox One with 31% of console sales, the Xbox 360 with 30% of sales, PS4 & PS3 with 15% each, and the Wii & Wii U with a combined 7%. These numbers may be an early indication of how the Christmas shopping season may go.  Walmart offered the Xbox 360 for $99, and in these tough economic times I think that’s of great value to families. Infoscout also released some quotes of what they were hearing from consumers: PlayStation 4 “Too much hype when Sony doesn’t produce enough” “Expensive. Games are expensive.” “It’s too high tech none if the older ps games will work with it ...

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Microsoft today launched the Xbox Video on the web. https://video.xbox.com/ will let you browse through Xbox Video Store and search your favorite videos. You can both buy and rent movies and videos from the web interface. Not only you can buy them, you can stream directly within your web browser. The only drawback is that you won’t be able to stream the videos in HD. Microsoft is expected to release a Windows Phone app for Xbox Video service in the coming weeks. Check out Xbox video on the web here. ...

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According to the report from research firm IHS, Microsoft’s Xbox One costs $471 to build. Microsoft is now selling the console for $499, which leaves very less margin up front when the console is sold. Microsoft expects to earn more money via selling games and services in the future. In comparison, Sony’s PS4 costs $381 to build and it is being sold for $399 in the market. Microsoft’s inclusion of Kinect sensor which costs $75 is the main reason for Xbox One to cost more than Sony PS4.   Rick Sherlund, an analyst with Nomura Securities, has estimated that Microsoft is likely to lose as much as $1 billion this year on the Xbox One, after accounting for research and development plus sales and marketing costs. Typically with videogame systems such as this, the cost of the components does come down, and newer and less-costly components get swapped in over the ...

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Today, there were lots of reports that Microsoft is banning users for using excessive profanity during private Skype calls and Xbox Live Upload Studio videos. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding this issue which confirms that Microsoft does not monitor Skype calls for excessive profanity and few user’s accounts got banned due to some bug. However, they have confirmed that excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations in Xbox Live Upload Studio videos will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon ...

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Microsoft produced limited edition Xbox One White units for its employees who worked on Xbox One team. It came with couple of white controllers with “I MADE THIS LAUNCH TEAM 2013″ message on the both the controller. One of such console is now available for bidding on eBay. Currently highest bid amount is $2125! If you want to own this rare product, start bidding. Here is your chance to get a very rare limited edition Xbox One in white.  These were made for Xbox employees only so you will never find these in any store.  The white console and white controller both say “I MADE THIS LAUNCH TEAM 2013″ This item is new, but since it is rare and the first ever to be made available to the public, I had to remove it from the box for pictures. This auction includes; Limited Edition White Xbox One model 1540 w/Kinect ...

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Microsoft today posted a video showing the highlights of Xbox One launch events around the world. Xbox One is available now in 13 markets worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Austria. From New Zealand to Los Angeles, fan excitement reached a fever pitch around the world. In New Zealand, fans partied at Shed 10 in Auckland as the iconic Sky Tower pulsed green, and one fan made the world’s first official Xbox One purchase. Across the world in London, Xbox One turned entertainment epicenter Leicester Square into Xbox One Square with a glowing, green nexus and fan festivities throughout the day. In New York, zombies, Roman soldiers and jaw-dropping supercars converged on Times Square. As billboards glowed green, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis helped 1,000 fans count down to midnight with an electrifying performance at Best Buy Theater, while thousands more ...

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  Ifixit today posted their Microsoft Xbox One tear down just few hours after its launch. Xbox One scored a repairability score of 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). I think 8 of 10 is a number which should surprise everyone given the recent repairability scores of Surface devices from Microsoft. Ifixit posted their experience as below, Only a few tools are required to take the whole console apart. The opening procedure is similar to, but much easier than, any Xbox 360. Once inside, a clean, no-nonsense modular design allows the drives, fan, heat sink, wireless board, and front daughterboard to be easily replaced. Clips instead of screws make opening the case more difficult than necessary, but the absence of adhesive and proprietary screws helps soften the transgression. The hard drive is relatively difficult to access; you’ll have to void the warranty if you’d like to upgrade/replace it. Source: Ifixit ...

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When Xbox One console arrives tomorrow, everyone should update their system with Day 1 patches. Once you connect your Xbox One to internet, it will prompt you to download the latest update. During launch day, Xbox Live servers which delivers updates for Xbox One might become slow or broken. In case that happens, Microsoft has alternative plans in place. You can download Day One update to your PC now and use it to update your Xbox One when it is available. Microsoft calls it Emergency Offline Update (EOU), which can be used to perform a system update to a console that’s having trouble downloading the system update from Xbox Live. To perform the EOU, you’ll need: •A USB flash drive formatted as NTFS with a minimum 2 gigabytes (GB) of space •A PC with an Internet connection and a USB port. Read the below instructions carefully before updating it. Step ...

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Xbox One SmartGlass app is now available for iOS and Android devices. Xbox SmartGlass app allows you to control and interact with your Xbox One console. You can search, browse through content or do web browsing on your TV through SmartGlass and more. “Xbox One SmartGlass is the perfect companion app for your Xbox One, both in your living room and on the go. Connect and control your Xbox One. Stay connected with the games and gamers you like. Add a new dimension to your console entertainment with the mobile device you already own. In the living room: Navigate your Xbox One console using your device’s keyboard and touch Control your media and set top box with the SmartGlass remote control Browse the web on your TV using your mobile device Enhance what you are watching or playing with SmartGlass companions Increase performance with faster connections and reliability In the ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Twitch experience on Xbox One. Twitch is the the world’s leading video platform for gamers. It will allow you to view the full content catalog from tens of thousands of PC & console broadcasters on the Twitch platform. Apart from the regular features, it supports Xbox One platform features such as Snap mode, instant switching, Xbox OneGuide, etc,. Also it supports the new media achievements which you can earn as you watch videos on this app. Here are some, Watch one hour of live video on Twitch to become a Newcomer Watch 10 hours of live video on Twitch for Competitive Watch 100 hours of live video on Twitch for Best Viewer Watch one hour of live video on Twitch channels that have less than 10 viewers to be the Hipster Microsoft also revealed that game broadcasting on Twitch app is not coming at launch. Microsoft is working with Twitch to ...

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Microsoft today announced the launch of Microsoft Store on eBay in the US. It is basically Microsoftstore.com within eBay. Microsoft is expanding their online retail presence with this move. As you can expect, all Microsoft products from Xbox to Surface are available. Our customers continue to tell us they want more choice, value and service and appreciate how our stores connect them to the best of Microsoft. This delights us to no end. By working with eBay, a top global shopping destination with more than 124 million active users globally, even more customers can now purchase their favorite Microsoft first-party products including Surface and Xbox, as well as accessories. Our customers can expect the same safe online shopping experience, return policy and free shipping from the Microsoft Store on eBay that they’ve come to expect on microsoftstore.com. Visit Microsoft Store on eBay. ...

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Ryse: Son of Rome is an action-adventure video game developed by Crytek and published by Microsoft Studios as an Xbox One exclusive launch title. Today, the launch trailer of the game got released. You can watch it above. Ryse: Son of Rome tells the story of Marius Titus, a young Roman soldier    who witnesses the murder of his family at the hands of barbarian bandits,    then travels with the Roman army to Britannia to seek revenge. Quickly    rising through the ranks, Marius must become a leader of men and    defender of the Empire on his quest to exact vengeance – a destiny    he soon discovers can only be fulfilled much closer to home. Ryse: Son of Rome presents a cinematic recreation of the Roman Empire in breathtaking detail, from the northern reaches of Britannia, to the Coliseum and the very heart of Rome itself. Stunning visuals bring every aspect of the Empire ...

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  Designers from design consultancy company Teague have reviewed the Sony PS4 design. Teague designed the original Xbox, conceptualized controllers for the Xbox brand, and created the Xbox 360 racing wheel. The review just focuses on the industrial design of the PS4. The console got some positive news, they commented that PS4 is a good-looking, nicely proportioned console that fits well into the modern living room. The controller and the design connection between controller and the console was criticized. Creative Director David Wykes commented that Sony’s controller looks like a piece of clay that’s been worked with too much. It’s always a challenge to design two functionally apposed objects to look like they’ve been born from the same creator; one a box to be quietly placed, admired, and left alone, the other a controller to be held and beaten into submission.  But the controller is the main touch point for the console; ...

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When Microsoft revealed the new Xbox One controller, it looked almost same as the Xbox 360 controller. It didn’t have touchpad or light bar like Sony’s PS4 controller. You will be surprised to hear that Microsoft invested well over $100 million for developing this Xbox One controller. When Microsoft started this project of developing next generation Xbox One controller, they were aware of the fact that people just love Xbox 360 controller and it was the best in class controller. “We knew that there were things we could improve, even though it was the best-in-class controller,” said Microsoft senior industrial designer Quintin Morris. “We absolutely look at our competition, because we respect the competition,” said Alam. “But quite frankly, in the controller space, we are convinced that our device is the best in class. I think it’s a well-known fact. You double-check and look around you to make sure you’re ...

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