South Park is an animated American comedy television show which often weighs in on current cultural issues.  They had a rather humorous take on fanboys of the Xbox One and PS4.  The PS4 just launched, and the Xbox One will launch next.  I suspect many of our readers will be spending their Thanksgiving holiday on the Xbox One or PS4.  Please take some time to spend with your family :p via Tom Warren ...

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Microsoft yesterday sent out email to customers notifying that Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content starting Nov 22nd. Zune Marketplace had millions of songs, videos, podcasts, and TV shows for purchase and rental and it was available across Windows Phone 7 devices, PC, Xbox and the web. Since Microsoft has transitioned to the new Xbox entertainment services like Xbox Music and Xbox Video, Zune Marketplace will shutdown on Nov 22nd. Email from Microsoft, We recently notified you that with the Fall 2013 release of the Xbox 360 update, Microsoft Points are being retired. This email is a confirmation that as part of this update, Zune Marketplace will no longer support rental and purchase of content, or browsing movies and TV shows, beginning as early as November 22, 2013. If you have a remaining Microsoft Points balance, you can transition your Microsoft account from Microsoft Points to local ...

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  Microsoft today revealed their limited edition white Xbox One console, Kinect and controller. First of all, don’t get excited. These limited edition console is not for public sale and it is limited to Microsoft’s IEB employees. Microsoft is auctioning one of these console for the good. Read about it below. In honor of Veteran’s Day here in the US I was able to snag one of the super limited edition white Xbox One Consoles and will be auctioning it off to support the Wounded Warrior Project. This is the same limited edition console that will be given to Microsoft IEB employees and isn’t for sale anywhere else. The winning bid will not only receive the extremely limited edition white Xbox One (console, Kinect and controller) but will also receive one year of Xbox Live, and a copy of each of our first party launch titles including Forza Motorsport 5, ...

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Microsoft today posted couple of videos to demonstrate two main features of Xbox One. One is the new snap view which allows you to multitask on Xbox One. You can snap two apps at the same time on your TV screen. For example, Live TV and game at the same time, or IE and a video. Another video shows off the new personalization features on Xbox One. Watch them below. Yusuf Mehdi demonstrates how to use the new Snap feature to multitask on Xbox One We built Xbox One to be your Xbox One.  Major Nelson talks with Emily and Zach from the Xbox team about choice and personalization on Xbox One. ...

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Microsoft has started releasing TV commercials to promote its upcoming Xbox One entertainment console. The latest commercial is titled “Xbox One: Retirement Home”. It features former NFL stars Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher discussing about their lives after retirement through Xbox One. This ad shows off the new snap mode functionality in Xbox One where they both play Madden NFL 25 and at the same time having a chat using Kinect. Watch the ad above. You can watch the previous ad here. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the new SkyDrive experience on Xbox One. SkyDrive on Xbox One allows you to enjoy your photos and videos, or those shared with you, on the big screen. Yes, you can view SkyDrive albums shared with you along with your own content. Microsoft downloads a 1080p thumbnail of the photo you view, but when you want to zoom and pan, Microsoft downloads the full version of the photo. There is also a cool slideshow feature that will enhance the viewing experience. SkyDrive app also takes advantage of exclusive Xbox One features such as OneGuide, Snap view, voice and gesture support and more. The Xbox is an all-in-one entertainment device. To help you find content, the Xbox OneGuide is the single source to browse and find live TV, on-demand streaming video from apps, or even your own SkyDrive photos or videos. Apps can plug into the OneGuide platform and show content in the ...

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Microsoft has released its second TV commercial for Xbox One in the US. This 30 second TV ad shows the feature in Xbox One which recognizes people in front of the console and allows them to switch to their profile with simple voice commands. It’s a fun commercial as well, check it out. Official 30 Sec United States TV Commercial of the Xbox One System Day One Edition Console. In Stores November 22, 2013. Welcome to a new generation of games and entertainment. Where games push the boundaries of realism. And television obeys your every command. Where listening to music while playing a game is a snap. And you can jump from TV to movies to music to a game in an instant. Where your experience is custom tailored to you. And the entertainment you love is all in one place. Welcome to the all-in-one, Xbox One. via: Neowin ...

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  Microsoft has added Blu-ray disc support in Xbox One, but that doesn’t mean that Microsoft will also support 3D Blu-ray playback. Microsoft has confirmed to CNET that Xbox One won’t support 3D Blu-ray playback at launch. When I first read this news, I was like, “Does it really matter?”. First of all, there are very few 3D Blu-ray content available right now and it can be played only on a appropriate 3D TV setup. However, people with lots of 3D Blu-ray content would be disappointed at this news. According to Sony,  the PS4 system supports 3D gameplay at launch in North America on day one, though no launch titles are currently 3D compatible. Source: CNET ...

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Are you ready to get some hands-on time with the next generation entertainment console? If you are in the US or Canada, visit the nearest Microsoft Retail Store. Microsoft yesterday revealed that Microsoft retail stores will enable consumers to experience Xbox One gameplay all day, every day leading up to Nov. 22.  You can play the Xbox One exclusive title “Forza Motorsport 5.” There are about 75 locations across North America where Microsoft has retail stores, visit them to try and to buy Xbox One. Find your closest location here. Also, Microsoft is announcing a in-store promotion between now and the end of the year. Come into any Microsoft store and try Xbox One and you will be entered to win the “Forza Motorsport 5” Living Room Sweepstakes.  The winner will get a great “Forza Motorsport 5” Living Room package with a Forza Motorsport branded playseat, Polk Audio N1 Gaming SurroundBar, Thrustmaster TX ...

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In response to “Apartment 4″ launched by Sony last month, Microsoft France has come up with a marketing campaign called Xbox Hotel. The new Xbox Hotel is Xbox One themed and has access to great game titles inside the hotel. If you are interested, there is a Ryse themed bed room, Xbox One themed cocktails, keys, etc,. Find more about them from the link below. via: Kotaku ...

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Microsoft today revealed the the entertainment apps coming from partners, in every market Xbox One is releasing this month. Apart from the apps from its partners, Xbox One in all regions will include the following apps pre-installed. •Xbox Fitness •Xbox Video •Xbox Music •Internet Explorer •Skype •SkyDrive •Upload Microsoft also revealed that they are delivering live TV in every market where Xbox One will be sold. “We set out to make Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment hub for your home. The one system that offers the best games next to the best entertainment experiences and apps,” said Marc Whitten, Xbox Chief Product Officer. “Along with offering a stellar app portfolio from around the world, Xbox One takes the next step by offering them in a way that is seamless and easy to use.” Find the list of 3rd party apps in the respective regions. Australia •Crackle •Machinima •MUZU ...

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Speaking to Shackernews, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer admitted that Microsoft lost its focus on PC gaming over the years and he promised they will be back again. He reminded us that Windows still remains as an incredibly important part of the ‘One Microsoft’ strategy and Microsoft Studios need to focus on Windows to truly becoming a first-party gaming studio across all devices. He revealed that they are working on more Windows projects which are bigger and core gamers focused. “You’ll see us doing more stuff on Windows. We probably have more individual projects on Windows than we’ve had in ten years at Microsoft Studios.” “At the launch of Windows 8, we had about 30 games in the Windows Store. A lot of those you’d consider lightweight or casual games… But we’ve covered all of that property now. Now we’re starting to look at bigger and core gamer things. I’m excited ...

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Yesterday, Major Nelson posted a Vine showing how you can scan a QR code using Xbox One and Kinect. Remember the old days of entering a 25 digit code to redeem it? Now, you have to simply say “Xbox, use a code” and show the Kinect your QR code printed on the back of your redeemable item. Kinect will instantly scan and recognize it. All this can be done within 6 seconds as Major Nelson does in the above Vine. Are you excited about Xbox One launch? Source: Major Nelson ...

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In an effort to appreciate their support for Xbox, Microsoft is giving away free Xbox One consoles, games and other items for its loyal Xbox customers. One guy received Killer Instinct game while the other received Xbox One console itself. They were informed via email. The email reads: “You’re a fan of us and we’re a fan of yours. Thank you for your dedication to Xbox. We want to show you our appreciation so we’re giving you Killer Instinct. “We’ve unlocked all characters so you can hit the ground running. Watch your inbox on 22 November for instructions on how to claim your free gift.” Great way to engage with the loyal community! Source: CVG ...

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Xbox Director of Product Planning Albert Penello confirmed on Twitter that Xbox One owners who are Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have access to free Xbox music streaming supported with ads. This is similar to free music streaming on Windows 8 PCs and music.xbox.com. But this differs from Xbox 360, where users must hold an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($50/year) and an Xbox Music Pass ($10/month) to access the streaming service. We are not sure whether there will be a limit for users to 10 hours of free music streaming per month after six months, and you can pay a monthly fee to get unlimited access. Update: Albert today tweeted that he was wrong about the above information. Free ad supported streaming is not coming to Xbox One. I was wrong about Music on XboxOne: You get 15 free song plays then need Music Pass for ad-free streaming. No ad-supported streaming. ...

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There are few custom themed Xbox One consoles that will go on auction from Nov-15th. If you are in the US, then take part in the Every 2 Minutes promotional campaign for the Xbox One. You should purchase specially labeled Mountain Dew or Doritos products with codes that can be entered into the Every 2 Minutes website. The codes turn into points that can be banked and used in auctions, including those for Xbox One consoles featuring the special case designs. Details on the Consoles available in auction are listed below. RYSE: SON OF ROME: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. One Xbox One Game—Ryse: Son of Rome 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership Code to Snag In-Game Downloadable Content DEAD RISING 3: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. One Xbox One Game—Dead Rising 3 12-Month Xbox Live Gold Membership Code to Snag In-Game Downloadable Content FORZA MOTORSPORT 5: What’s Included: Custom-themed Xbox One. ...

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