Just like Windows Phone Marketplace has Xbox LIVE games, Windows Store in Windows 8 will have “Xbox Windows” branded games with Achievements support. Windows 8 will come with classic games such as Solitaire Collection, Minesweeper and Microsoft Mahjong that will offer up to 50 Gamerscores. Even 3rd party games like Wordament will come with “Xbox Windows” branding. Apart from Achievements support, Windows 8 will also have Xbox Smart Glass App, Xbox Avatar support, etc,. Source: Xbox 360 Achievements via: Eurogamer ...

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Microsoft is now allowing users to sign up for 2012 Xbox LIVE Update Public Beta. As part of this program, 2012 Xbox LIVE update will be pushed out to your console that will include E3 announced dashboard features including: Internet Explorer on Xbox Recommendations Pins to customize your Xbox dashboard More details here. ...

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As the excitement around the Microsoft’s tablet related announcement builds around the tech community, people have started to release their own dream specs. One such thing that got released is the concept called Xbox Surface. You can read the specs of the device above! The tablet device will come with 22.2 surround sound, 250GB regular harddisk, support for 4 game controllers for an 7 inch device, etc,. LOL. Source: shifted2u via: Neowin ...

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LOS ANGELES — June 4, 2012 — At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) today, Microsoft Corp. and NIKE Inc. ushered in a new era of home fitness, unveiling “Nike+ Kinect Training” only on Kinect for Xbox 360. Featuring Nike trainers who work with some of the company’s top athletes, “Nike+ Kinect Training” is a custom training program rooted in elite Nike fitness and specifically designed to help athletes of all levels reach their potential in the comfort of their own homes. Whatever your fitness goal, “Nike+ Kinect Training” will give you the tools to get you there. Through the magic of Kinect, the personal trainers within the experience can see how your body moves, assess your physical strengths and athleticism, identify areas for improvement, and create a personalized workout plan to help you achieve your personal best. With real-time feedback to make sure positions and movements are correct, the “Nike+ ...

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At E3 today, Microsoft announced NBA, NHL and ESPN sports content coming to Xbox LIVE service in Xbox 360. • NBA Game Time with NBA.com League Pass Broadband (U.S.) and NBA League Pass (outside of the U.S.). Fans who subscribe to NBA.com League Pass Broadband will have access to hundreds of out of market live games (blackout restrictions apply in the U.S. and some international markets), plus highlights from around the league and up to the minute stats of your favorite players. •  NHL GameCenter LIVE™ (Worldwide except Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden). Hockey fans will be able to enjoy every moment of the live action as it happens on the ice, with live games (out-of-market and blackout restrictions apply), more in-game interactivity, and replays and highlights on demand any time. •  ESPN (U.S.). Later this year fans will enjoy 24/7 live programming through WatchESPN from ESPN Networks – ESPN, ESPN ...

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The long awaited Amazon Video app for Xbox 360 is now available for download. All videos you’ve purchased or have currently rented from Amazon are now available on your Xbox 360.  If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can also stream the entire Prime Instant Video library on your Xbox 360. Amazon Prime: Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers who are also Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to over 17,000 Prime Instant Videos at no additional cost. Learn about the benefits of an Amazon Prime Membership Your Video Library: Anything you buy from Amazon Instant Video will be available in Your Video Library on your Xbox 360.  Just visit the Amazon Instant Video store online, and shop from a library of over 120,000 movies and TV episodes. Your Watchlist: From your Xbox or from the web, you can organize your viewing with Your Watchlist. Add any title to Your Watchlist, and enjoy when you’re ...

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The reports about Microsoft offering Xbox 360 under contract seems to be true. You can now buy a Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect for just $99 under two year contract. The contract for two year would require you to pay $14.99 for Xbox LIVE gold subscription. This is a great deal for a family looking for an entertainment hub. The offer so far appears to be only at Microsoft brick and mortar stores, but you can expect them soon via other stores as well. Find it here from Microsoft Store website.  ...

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As Comcast promised us few weeks ago that its Xfinity customers with an Xbox 360 would have access to HBO Go this week, it delivered on its promise. You can now find HBO Go app in Video apps marketplace on Xbox 360 and enjoy your Hollywood Box Office Content. Its always good to see more and more content coming to Xbox 360 turning it into an entertainment hub. Source: Microsoft ...

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Microsoft today announced three special edition Chrome Series Wireless Controllers for Xbox 360 gaming console system. The controllers will be available in Blue, Red, Silver and these controllers will also feature the transforming D-pad. The controllers will have an estimated retail price of US $54.99 each and will be available mid-May. Find more images of them here. Source: Major Nelson ...

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After the release of Kinect for Windows hardware and SDK, Kinect for Windows team is hard at working on their next release. The v1.5 of Kinect will come with many new features.  Among the most exciting new capabilities is Kinect Studio, an application that will allow developers to record, playback and debug clips of users engaging with their applications.  Also coming is what we call “seated” or “10-joint” skeletal tracking, which provides the capability to track the head, neck and arms of either a seated or standing user. What is extra exciting to me about this functionality is that it will work in both default and near mode! In addition to the features, Kinect for Windows availability will be expanded to Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates with support for voice recognition of French, Spanish, ...

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Today Microsoft announced through various media outlets that new Xbox LIVE videos apps are releasing today on Xbox 360. Those apps include Comcast Xfinity TV, HBO Go and MLB.tv. All these apps will feature the familiar Xbox Metro UI with Kinect integration for basic controls. The main thing that comes with all these apps is their content so that you can spend time on your Xbox for watching videos than playing games all the time. via: Engadget ...

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Today the much awaited BBC iPlayer made into Xbox LIVE service of Xbox 360. And the beauty is that you don’t need a Xbox LIVE Gold membership to get iPlayer, so you can enjoy the BBC shows through your Xbox 360 even if you only have Xbox LIVE free accounts. The iPlayer app similar to other Kinect apps features gesture controls, voice controls and more polished UI. Check for more screenshots in the link below. via: Tech Radar ...

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Its a smart hire from Microsoft for its Interactive Entertainment Business in Europe. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash. – March 13, 2012 – Microsoft Corp. today announced that Phil Harrison, video games luminary and former Sony executive, has joined the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) leadership team as corporate vice president with an emphasis on growing the division’s European business. As the senior IEB leader in Europe, Phil will not only lead the Microsoft Studios European organization directly, but will also influence the broader performance of IEB’s European business through strategic partnerships and by bringing culturally relevant entertainment experiences to Microsoft platforms, now and in the future. In addition to the wealth of experience Harrison has in the console gaming space, he has immersed himself in new business models and technologies, particularly in the mobile and social space and will bring that market perspective to bear in the new role. He will ...

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Microsoft Xbox 360 continued its lead in US Gaming console sales in February. This is the 14th consecutive month Xbox 360 is leading the pack. Xbox 360 along with Kinect & Xbox LIVE is offering a compelling entertainment experience for consumers. Holding 42 percent share of current-generation console sales, Xbox 360 sold 426,000 units in February, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S.  This marks the twelfth consecutive month Xbox 360 has held more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. (Source: NPD Group, February 2012) Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in February (hardware, software and accessories) reached US$383 million, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, February 2012) During the month of February, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 U.S. console game titles including: “Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning,” “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” “UFC Undisputed,” “NBA ...

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Microsoft will be organizing a session at the Game Developers Conference on March 6th to detail Windows 8 Gaming & Microsoft’s vision of connected experiences. Developers will learn to build games and entertainment applications for Xbox 360 and Kinect, Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the web. Sessions include: Entertainment Reimagined Developing a Great Metro Style Game for Windows 8 The Making of Metro Style Marble Maze Async Gaming Xbox LIVE on Windows 8 Deep Dive Xbox LIVE Services – Entertainment Powered by the Cloud Game Data Anywhere Using Xbox LIVE Cloud Storage Asynchronous Gaming with Xbox LIVE Services Connecting Xbox LIVE Web Games with Xbox LIVE Services Read more at MSDN blog post.  via: windows8beta ...

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Xbox 360 continues to lead the US console market for yet another month. Xbox 360 also ended 2011 as the best selling console of this generation. Some highlights from the NPD data released, · Xbox 360 sold more than 270,000 units in January, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. This marks the thirteenth straight month Xbox 360 was the top-selling console in the U.S. · Holding a 49 percent share of current-generation console sales, total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in January (hardware, software and accessories) reached $301 million, the most for any console in the U.S. This marks the eleventh consecutive month Xbox 360 has held more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. · During the month of January, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 U.S. console game titles, including: “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” ...

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