Albert Penello, who leads the planning of Xbox One at Microsoft posted a note on why real dashboard videos have not been published, what are the differences between the published demo video and the actual product, his comments on the recent rumors about Xbox One SDK bugs, etc,. 1) Why a live demo of Xbox One dashboard was not posted? Even though we have rights to populate the store with Musicians, Artists, Movies, Actors, etc. – when it comes to us (as in Microsoft) publishing those types of things for marketing materials, it requires an extensive amount of approvals from those same Studios, Actors, Agents, Musicians, etc. Also whenever we use game footage, the creator of the game wants to approve the footage. And finally, when something like this gets created, it needs to be used in a variety of ways that a direct feed video doesn’t work for. Coordinating ...

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  It’s a kind of bad news for Xbox One gamers. Two of the launch titles for Xbox One, Call Of Duty: Ghosts And Battlefield 4 will run only in 720p and upscaled to 1080p resolution. This is in contrast with Sony’s PS4 on which CoD: Ghosts will run on native 1080p and Battlefield 4 on 900p. Mark Rubin of CoD franchise tweeted the following, Hey, been on the road last couple weeks so haven’t had a chance to update, but wanted to confirm that for Xbox One we’re 1080p upscaled from 720p. And, we’re native 1080p on PS4.  We optimized each console to hit 60 FPS and the game looks great on both. Still on the road, but glad to see the great reception to Extinction.  Can’t wait for next week’s launch. Yesterday, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry reported that Battlefield 4 does not run on 1080p natively on both the consoles and often ...

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Microsoft has created a giant replica of Xbox One console in Canada. The replica is about 40 feet long and 20 feet wide. Xbox Canada representatives has revealed that this Xbox One model will “unlock” when enough fans pledge their gamertag. Straight described this marketing as below, Members of the Xbox community can pledge their gamertags in person at the giant Xbox One, online, or from the dashboard on their Xbox 360. Doing so also makes them eligible to win digital rewards. Prizes include Xbox One consoles and trips to Toronto for the Canadian launch of the new system. What, exactly, will occur when the box unlocks is unknown. But you should expect it to be something special. Microsoft Canada is planning a marketing campaign called “One Source” which represents that Xbox One console is a single device for games and entertainment. Read more from the link below. Source: Straight ...

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If you were planning to buy a Sony PS4, then this is a bad news for you. Titanfall is a first-person shooter game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts as an exclusive for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game was officially announced as Respawn’s debut game at Microsoft’s E3 2013 press conference, and is scheduled for a March 2014 release. Everyone thought it as an exclusive for Microsoft at launch and may debut for PS4 later on. But it was revealed today that it will remain a Microsoft platform exclusive “for the life of the title.” The surprise is that even Redspawn’s studio head was not aware of this deal which EA signed with Microsoft. Always MS exclusive at launch, great partner and focus is good for a startup. EA made a deal for the rest, we only found out recently =( - Vince ...

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Microsoft has hired TV chat show host Jonathan Ross as an executive producer at its Xbox games division. Eurogamer today revealed that Microsoft has hired TV chat show host Jonathan Ross as an executive producer at its Xbox Studios in the UK. Phil Harrison revealed this information in a meeting yesterday and he commented that Jonathan was hired to help Microsoft “change its thinking”. “We wanted to bring in new talent that would challenge the way we build games and the way we think about what an audience is and what is entertainment,” “We want to broaden the concept of gaming to maybe blur the distinctions about what is a traditional game and what is a traditional television programme and what is a traditional linear media. These devices and boxes now allow us to do that in a really meaningful way.” Jonathan Ross is working with Microsoft Studio ‘Lift London’ ...

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A new rumor emerged online yesterday to spoil Microsoft Xbox One’s party. After few hours of releasing the video to show the whole Xbox One dashboard experience in action, the rumor claimed that the current Xbox One and Xbox Live service are very buggy and it will take months for Microsoft to fix it. The report went on to claim that there are issues such as parties dropping people when moving from one thing to another, connectivity issues, missed invites, friend requests not working, etc,. It claimed the following reason for buggy behavior. “The system OS and network integration was written by a group of people who do not play games. They don’t understand why things were set up in the ways they were designed by J Allard back in 2005.” Even though Microsoft didn’t directly respond to this rumor, Phil Spencer and Major Nelson tweeted about it dismissing these ...

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We all know that Microsoft’s next generation console launch is just few weeks away. But, Microsoft is planning sell and support Xbox 360 console even after Xbox One’s launch. They recently announced Xbox 360 Holiday Value Bundles and all of them provide immense value to the money you pay. Amazon is now selling a Xbox 360 Holiday Value Bundle for a great price. Xbox 360 E 250GB Kinect Holiday Value Bundle just costs $240. And you get the following, Xbox 360 E 250 GB console with Kinect: The Xbox 360 console is sleek and quiet, with a stylish design that will be the centerpiece of your home entertainment system. Includes three amazing games: Kinect Sports: Season Two, Kinect Adventures, Forza Horizon Warranty: One year limited warranty on console (90 days on accessories) Xbox 360 Wireless Controller: This award-winning, high-performance wireless controller features the Xbox Guide Button for quick, in-game access ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox One will have a all new dashboard UI coupled with great multitasking features.  As you can watch from the above video, the dashboard UI looks similar to a Windows 8 Start Screen with Live Tiles. You can pin your favorite games, music, video, etc, to your home page of Xbox One. Xbox One now supports great multitasking, it does in two ways. First, the ability to switch between games, music, Skype calls, etc, instantly without any loading screen. Second, you can now snap a supported app to side of your screen. For example, you can watch live tweets associated with an event when you are watching an event, or you can have a Skype call while doing some other task, etc,. Forget the $100 pricing difference between Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4, Can Sony PS4 offer this level of Dashboard and Multitasking experience on their console? Check ...

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Amazon is now offering a great deal on Xbox LIVE subscription. When you buy an Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Subscription, you will get a $20 Xbox Live Gift Card. Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Subscription costs $60, so with free $20 Xbox Live gift card, you are essentially buying the 12 month subscription for just $40. From October 27 – November 9, purchase a 12-Month Gold Membership and get a $20 Xbox Live Gift Card. The promotional code for the $20 Gift Card will be emailed within two business days after your order is placed. Offer valid when shipped and sold by Amazon.com. Amazon reserves the right to change or terminate this promotion at any time. Limited to one per customer order. Source: Amazon ...

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  Microsoft today posted a new ad to promote its upcoming Xbox One entertainment console. The official Xbox YouTube channel posted this video titled “Invitation”, and it focuses heavily on the gaming experience on Xbox One with a little glimpse of other capabilities like Skype, voice command, etc,. This is just start of the huge marketing effort Microsoft has planned for Xbox One and we will see more of them soon. Microsoft announced Xbox One few months back and started taking pre-orders via various retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Stores, etc,. Xbox One, the next  will launch on November 22nd, and it has already seen impressive pre-order sales. Check out Xbox One listing page on Amazon here. ...

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We are just a month away from Xbox One launch. We are yet to get all the details about it as Microsoft is revealing them every week as we move towards the launch date. A leaked user manual of Xbox One Kinect has revealed the minimum distance requirement to use the sensor. The new minimum distance requirement is just 1.4 meters (over 4.5-feet) which is significantly lower than the previous version of Kinect. So, people who have less space in their home should be happy to hear this! Console/Sensor dimensions: Console (LxWxH): 13.1″ x 10.8″ x 3.1″ 33.3cm x 27.4cm x 7.9cm Kinect 2 (LxWxH): 9.8″ x 2.6″ x 2.63″ 24.9cm x 6.6cm x 6.7cm Kinect cable approx. 9.5 feet (2.9m) long via: NeoGAF Source: Jogos (PDF) ...

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Even though Microsoft has talked about literally everything on Xbox One, from its design decisions to marketing stuff, we are yet to know about the apps running on Xbox One. Xbox One is a powerful gaming PC that runs 3 operating systems simultaneously. One of these operating systems is based on the Windows NT kernel and will help runs apps such as Netflix, Skype, YouTube, Twitter, etc.  The second is dedicated solely to games.  The third is the OS is the most important and allows the other two OSes to communicate with each other and it also allows for the fast switching between game mode and app mode. The will give Xbox user the benefit of being able to instantly switch between apps. Even though game developers can now submit their games to Xbox Store, Microsoft has not yet detailed the apps submission process. What kind of apps can Xbox One ...

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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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