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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Microsoft today announced that ID@Xbox developers will get free license of Xbox One Add-on for Unity. This is a great news for indie developers who won’t be able to afford Unity licenses. To us, ID@Xbox is about providing a level playing field for all developers. So, we worked with Unity and we’re pleased to announce that, when released in 2014, the Xbox One add-on for Unity will be available at no cost to all developers in the ID@Xbox program, as will special Xbox One-only Unity Pro seat licenses for Xbox One developers in the ID@Xbox program. The Unity add-on for Xbox One supports every element of Xbox One, from Kinect to SmartGlass to the impulse triggers of the new controller. So, an indie developer can make use of this Unity add-on take advantage of all aspects of Xbox One just like every other developer. Also Unity is available for Windows and Windows ...

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  When Infinity Ward announced that Call of Duty: Ghosts will run only in 720p mode natively on Microsoft’s next generation console Xbox One, there were lots of criticism and comments on the web about the capabilities of Xbox One against Sony PS4. Microsoft downplayed the whole resolution thing, but the media was not ready to leave it. In an interview with Eurogamer, Mark Rubin from Infinity Ward commented the following, What everyone will ask is whether this is the result of the Xbox One simply not being as powerful as the PS4, and you’re doing your best with the hardware you have, or whether for future versions you may be able to get the Xbox One version running natively at 1080p? Mark Rubin: It’s very possible we can get it to native 1080p. I mean I’ve seen it working at 1080p native. It’s just we couldn’t get the frame ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox One Kinect got nominated for Stuff Gadget Awards 2013. Xbox One got nominated for Stuff Gadget of the year and Kinect got nominated for Innovation of the year. Another Microsoft related product that was nominated is Nokia Lumia 1020 running Windows Phone 8. Xbox One: Microsoft’s ‘does everything box’ is more than just a console, though exclusives like Titanfall, Halo, Quantum Break, Ryse and froze 5 should have gamers salivating at the thought of diving in. Bundled with Kinect for voice and motion control smarts, it’ll let you watch live TV via a connected set top box and run apps like Skype and Internet Explorer simultaneously. Kinect: Microsoft’s camera-on-steroids will be bundled with every Xbox One console, and features a whole host of improved tech. For starters you can use it even if your lounge isn’t an auditorium, and it’s more accurate and performs better ...

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Microsoft has released a new privacy statement that applies to Xbox products and services which include Xbox console versions, Xbox Live service, Games for Windows Live, Windows Phone Games, Xbox Music, Xbox Store, and other products and services. You can read them all from the link below. Regarding Kinect facial data, some game titles may take advantage of a new Xbox capability called expressions. This feature allows you to use your defined facial expressions to control or influence a game. This data does not identify you, stays on the console and is destroyed once your session ends. CVG has summarized some important privacy policies of Microsoft, Players can turn Kinect off at any time. When Kinect is used with certain games and apps, a user’s skeletal movements can be used to estimate exercise stats. Microsoft says “you can decide how your stats are managed and whether they are shared”. Kinect’s facial-numeric identifiers, ...

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  In a recently posted long Q&A section on PS4, Sony has confirmed that its upcoming gaming console is now DLNA compatible and it won’t be able to play audio CDs as well. Even though you can ignore DLNA compatible thing, I don’t know why Sony has decided to stop supporting MP3/Audio CDs. Anyway, Microsoft has confirmed to Penny Arcade that Xbox One will be DLNA compatible and it will support Audio CDs as well. The system is also DLNA compatible, and they’re in the process of being certified. As for mp3 playback… well, that’s kind of a mixed bag. The system is a Play To receiver, so you’ll be able to stream your content to the Xbox One using any Play To supported devices such as a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 enabled PC, Windows Phone, etc. So it doesn’t seem like there is going to be a way ...

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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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