Microsoft has announced that the The Kinect Star Wars Bundle and Game for Xbox 360 with Kinect will be released on April 3, 2012. The game will include five dynamic modes – Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising, Podracing, Rancor Rampage, Galactic Dance Off and Duels of Fate.  … the Xbox 360 Limited Edition “Kinect Star Wars” console bundle will feature an exclusive C-3PO unlockable for Dance Mode. With these new reveals and the ability to play in 3D, “Kinect Star Wars” adds to the growing popularity of the family-friendly gaming portfolio for Kinect for Xbox 360. You can read in detail at Major Nelson’s blog. And you can pre-order it at Amazon.  ...

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According to various sources compiled by IGN, Xbox vNext will feature graphics power 6 times than that of the current generation Xbox 360. The system will feature AMD Radeon 6000 series that will support DirectX11, multidisplay output, 3D and 1080p HD output. The next version of Xbox will be launched in 2013 with developers receiving development kits based on the system’s final configuration in August. Still these are not official info, so don’t get excited soon! Source: IGN ...

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Microsoft’s Xbox 360 On-Demand video services have won 2012 TV Innovation Awards. Microsoft won the On Demand Category award for upgrades to its Xbox 360 console including partnerships with over 40 new TV and entertainment providers, as well as delivering entertainment voice search functionality with Bing on Xbox. Microsoft also won the overall innovator of the year award which was chosen among 13 other category winners. Good job by IEB team at Microsoft. Read more about other category winners at source link. Source: IMS Research ...

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According to The NPD Group, Microsoft today announced that its Xbox 360 ended 2011 as the most selling console in the U.S., outselling the second-place console by more than 2.7 million units.Xbox had a whooping 49 percent of consumer retail spending, with $6.7 billion in sales in the U.S. for the calendar year. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 sold more than 1.7 million units in December similar to that of November’s sales numbers. Hope Microsoft can keep the momentum going on ! ! Source: Microsoft Blog ...

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Microsoft today announced during its last CES keynote that it has sold over 66 million Xbox units and 18 million Kinect sensor units since its introduction. The interesting thing here to note is that, Microsoft announced sales of about 57 million at the end of last quarter. Doing the math, you will end up with a huge 10 million (approx) Xbox sold in this quarter alone. This is an incredible job by Microsoft. ...

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Microsoft today announced few changes to Xbox LIVE Indie game developer story. Microsoft has increased the game size, per developer game count and updated pricing structure. Developers are now able to submit CCGAME bundles up to 500MB through App Hub for publishing on Xbox LIVE Indie Games. Developers can apply the 80 point price to any game with a CCGAME size under 150MB, which is three times the current limit of 50MB. Raising the limit up to twenty titles per developer. Read more at Xbox LIVE Indie Game Developer blog. ...

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According to a post by Epic Games community manager Will Kinsler, Microsoft is planning to remove gun-like avatar items from the Xbox Avatar Marketplace. So far gun-like avatar items were in sale from the marketplace for a long time and Microsoft has not responded to this issue so far. From the forums, Heads up! Starting on Jan. 1, 2012, the Lancer and Hammerburst avatar items will no longer be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace,” “If you’ve purchased the items prior to Jan. 1, you will be able to keep them. A new policy goes into effect for all gun-like avatar items on the Marketplace, so get them while they’re hot.” via: PCM ...

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Microsoft today announced that the next wave of Xbox apps are now available for download. Following are the list of apps that are made available in marketplace today. · 4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom · ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.). Australia · Dailymotion. Available in 34 countries globally** · Demand 5 (Five). United Kingdom · M6. France · MSN Video. France · UFC on Xbox LIVE (UFC). Canada, United States · VUDU (Wal-Mart). United States Source:  Major Nelson ...

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Following the availability of YouTube Xbox app, Microsoft announced the availability of MSN Xbox app today. As every new Xbox app, MSN app also supports Kinect navigation support. This free app features, News Watch the latest national and international news from ITN and the Press Association; Sport reports and business. Entertainment Exclusive interviews with the latest reality stars, celeb gossip, the biggest trailers and music videos. Lifestyle Bite-sized video for Him and Her and exclusive reviews of the latest technology. Classic TV shows Our editors’ picks of the best TV you missed first time around. Enjoy a collection of classic drama, entertainment, comedy and documentaries. More details on this can be found here.  ...

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Today, Microsoft released the YouTube app for new Xbox Dashboard. The new YouTube app can be controlled by Kinect and it lets you to watch later, Subscriptions,  Playlists and Favorites. Even you can like / dislike a video in the new dashboard and can enable captions. Also description of the video can be read. More info soon. ...

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Xbox 360 and Disney-Pixar are joining together to make a new Kinect title called ‘Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure‘ . The game will launch on the 12th March, 2012 for $49.99 in the US. Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure brings five beloved Disney-Pixar films to life like never before. Team up with characters from “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up!,” “Cars” and “Toy Story” to race against time and solve time-based challenges without ever leaving your living room. Given the popularity of Disney-Pixar characters, I’m sure this game will gain traction among kids for sure when it gets released. Thanks Michael Gillett for the tweet. ...

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 Today Microsoft posted a blog post highlighting some stuff that will promote Xbox LIVE Indie games in new Xbox dashboard. Rating from the game library: There is a rating button for every game where a gamer can rate your game. Indie exposure in the game marketplace carousel: Navigating into the game marketplace in the games section, You can see Kotaku’s Favorites and Contest Finalists lists, as well as Indie Game specific New Releases and Most Popular lists. Bing search: Indie games are also included in Bing search results. Recommendations:Customers viewing a piece of content can now find recommendations for related games and content that might interest them. You can find more on this here. ...

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 Recently Microsoft announced that it sold more than 900,000 Xbox 360 units in single week last November. According to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, Microsoft outsold both Nintendo Wii and Sony’s Playstation b huge numbers. November U.S. Xbox 360 sales hit 1.44 million units, representing a 5 percent gain over the same period last year. Microsoft easily outsold both the Wii and PlayStation 3, which saw unit sales reach 1.05 million and 750,000 units, respectively. The Wii’s sales were down 17 percent year over year. More than hardware sales, amount spent by U.S. consumers  on Xbox 360 games rised to $675 million which is three times the amount spent on Nintendo and about $200 million more than Sony’s PlayStation. Source: CNET   ...

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Here is a roundup of first impressions on Xbox LIVE Dashboard update (Fall 2011) from various sites/blogs, The Verge: Overall, the new UI is a refreshing and much-needed update to 2008′s New Xbox Experience, itself the first major revision after its “Blades” interface from launch. Menu navigation is much quicker, the voice search overall picked up what we were saying, and as a bonus it now has more natural language input — you can now say “play Modern Warfare 3″ as opposed to “play disc,” for example. It wasn’t flawless, of course, but it makes a stronger case for Kinect’s microphone capabilities. The “hover hand” to wave open apps is still there, and yes, it’s still painful to the point of uselessness. Hey, at least it’s fun with The Gunstringer. The Engadget:  Pros Excellent, fun voice integration Sleek, intuitive “Metro” interface Comprehensive cross-catalog search Practical social features (Beacons) Cons Voice ...

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Microsoft is rolling out the new Xbox Dashboard update along with bunch of new entertainment services coming to Xbox LIVE service. These new services would bring customized, voice-controlled experiences to Xbox 360 systems. For example, you can voice search your catalogue on Hulu Plus, swipe your hand in the air to browse through your catalogue, etc,. Following are the services coming to Xbox LIVE tomorrow, late December and early 2012. Dec. 6: • EPIX. United States • ESPN on Xbox LIVE (ESPN). United States • Hulu. Japan • Hulu Plus. United States • LOVEFiLM. United Kingdom • Netflix. Canada, United States • Premium Play by (MediaSet). Italy • Sky Go (SkyDE). Austria, Germany • Telefónica España – Movistar Imagenio. Spain • TODAY (MSNBC). United States   Later in December: • 4 on Demand (C4). United Kingdom • ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.).  Australia • AlloCiné. France (AlloCiné), Germany (Filmstarts), Spain (Sensacine), ...

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Last month Microsoft Flight team detailed their ongoing work on developing Microsoft Flight game. Now they are accepting beta applications for trying out this game earlier before it gets released to public. They will sort out the beta applications and send invitations in January next year. You can sign up for beta here. Microsoft Flight is under development for a long time and it is expected to get released early next year. ...

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