In an interview to The Vancouver Sun, Microsoft revealed that its going to open a new game studio in Victoria early next year. The work is already going on in setting up the studio. The technical director of the project Chris Robertson  said, Victoria was chosen for its strategic proximity to Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and for its “livability,” which will help attract the best and brightest in creative, production and design in the global gaming industry. The studio will be called Microsoft Studios Victoria and in an email statement Don Mattrick has said that, Victoria offers proximity to world-class universities, a thriving, advanced technology industry with a highly educated and skilled workforce, located in one of Canada’s best communities to live in,” he said. Hope we see more first party games for Xbox, Windows Phone and Windows ! ! via: VS ...

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Next Generation Kinect from Microsoft will be able to read lips of the consumers and even detect emotions of the gamers, according to report from Eurogamers. Kinect 2 can track the pitch and volume of player voices and facial characteristics to measure different emotional states. Kinect 2, however, can feed the next Xbox more information, and thus a higher resolution CCD [charge-coupled device]. “It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?” our source said. According to a Digital Foundry report on GamesIndustry.biz, the first is a “pared down machine” to be released as cheaply as possible. It is likened to a set-top box, and will act as a Kinect-themed gaming portal. The second is a “more fully-featured machine” with optical drive, ...

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A woman used pepper spray against other shoppers to get Xbox 360 under Black Friday deal. This incident happened yesterday at Walmart in Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Matthew Lopez, 18, told the Los Angeles Times he heard screaming and yelling. “Moments later, my throat stung. I was coughing really bad and watering up,” he said. He was not the only one, 19 others got injured too. Walmart is working with local police to take necessary action  to find the women. You can read more on this incident at the source link. Source: Washington Post ...

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Everybody knows that Microsoft is working on next generation Xbox console. Designer Joseph Dumary (no way related to Microsoft) has created a new Xbox concept design which looks pretty good. More than its physical appearance, his functionality details is more futuristic ! ! The 100% digital Xbox Prestige uses the foundations of the previous 360 Kinect to form this completely controller-less gaming console that’s even smaller than the Xbox Slim. A combination of motion sensor technology, including not one but two cameras built into the console, and integrated voice recognition make it a super responsive and hands-free gaming powerhouse. The KinectIN feature allows the user to purchase a game and simply scan the chip to the console. Once scanned to the user’s profile, play can begin in Microsoft Xbox Cloud or from the internal 2TB hard drive. The console has an 8-core processor for super-speed performance up to 20 times ...

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Microsoft today announced that its preparing a new Kinect hardware specially designed to connect with PC’ and its coming in early 2012. This is a great news for the PC world which expands the possibilities. Here is the announcement from Kinect for Windows Blog, Since announcing a few weeks ago that the Kinect for Windows commercial program will launch in early 2012, we’ve been asked whether there will also be new Kinect hardware especially for Windows. The answer is yes; building on the existing Kinect for Xbox 360 device, we have optimized certain hardware components and made firmware adjustments which better enable PC-centric scenarios. Coupled with the numerous upgrades and improvements our team is making to the Software Development Kit (SDK) and runtime, the new hardware delivers features and functionality that Windows developers and Microsoft customers have been asking for. Simple changes include shortening the USB cable to ensure reliability ...

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  As reported earlier, Microsoft just confirmed the acquisition of Videosurf and it will integrate with Xbox LIVE Entertainment system for easy content discovery. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash., and SAN MATEO, Calif. — Nov. 22, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. has announced the acquisition of California-based video discovery technology company VideoSurf Inc. Founded in 2006, VideoSurf offers a back-end computer vision technology that “sees” frames inside videos to make discovering content fast, easy and accurate. Over time, Microsoft will integrate this technology across its entertainment platform to augment the Xbox 360 ecosystem and evolve search and discovery of entertainment content on Xbox LIVE. “VideoSurf’s content analytics technology will enhance the search and discovery of entertainment content across our platform,” said Alex Garden, director of Xbox LIVE for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “This holiday we will launch voice search across our entertainment partners on Xbox LIVE. Over time, as we ...

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Microsoft today announced that it will deliver the Xbox LIVE Dashboard update to consumers on Dec-6th. Last month Microsoft begun the beta testing of the new dashboard update that’s designed with Metro Design Language in mind. The revamped Dashboard also enabled improved navigation, online game storage, new kinect based experiences, etc. So, get ready folks. Its December-6th. ...

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Microsoft has partnered with Novotel, a hotel group which has close to 400 hotels and resorts in 60 countries to create a “Hotel Room of the Future”. Experience something completely new at Novotel Paris Vaugirard. Technological innovations and new experiences are all packed into this unique room that won’t last, where you can relax and rest, and be surprised too. This new hotel  ”Room 3120″ concept at the Novotel Vaugirard Montparnasse in Paris contains technology from Microsoft including Kinect, Xbox, Surface, etc,. They are targetting at both business travellers and families to book this room of future with €199 a night, room for up to 2 adults and 2 children under 16. You can book the room here.   Hit the source and via links for more details and galleries, Via: istartedsomething.com Source: Australian Business Traveller  ...

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Microsoft recently announced a new startup program for new ideas based on Microsoft Kinect. Microsoft is partnering with TechStars to operate the program. The program will offer an investment of $20,000, an Xbox development kit, the Windows Kinect SDK, office space, all the resources of BizSpark, technical training and support, and mentorship from entrepreneurs, investors and Microsoft executives intensely focused on making their business a success. If you are a developer or existing team/startup focused on building a business that takes advantage of the Kinect and Natural User Interface technologies, then the Kinect Accelerator is where you need to be. Through this program, Microsoft is supporting entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators like you to bring to life a wide range of business ideas that leverage the limitless possibilities Kinect enables. Following a competitive screening process, ten finalists will be chosen for this unique three month incubation program running from March to ...

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After the series of rumors about Xbox 720 codenamed ‘Loop’ that it will be announced at CES 2012, Halo series director Frank O’Connor has dismissed all the speculations that the next version of Halo will be released on Xbox 360. “Halo 4 will be on Xbox 360 and use a modified core of the Halo engine(s). Not really a singular engine since it goes through fairly radical evolutions all the time,” Xbox ‘Loop’/720 was rumored to feature six-core CPU and dual-GPU hardware setup. You can read about the hardware specs and CES 2012 launch date speculations here. After Frank’s above comment on online forums, many started speculating that ”just because it’ll be on the 360 doesn’t mean it won’t be on the 720″ .. Whatever, I want to see Xbox 720 ASAP ! ! ! via: IBTimes   ...

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Today two of the top technology giants are in celebratory mode. First Microsoft is celebrating a decade of Xbox gaming. As you can see in the image below, Bill Gates hands over the first Xbox video game system to a person at Toys "R" Us store in New York City shortly after midnight, November 15, 2001. You can check out Microsoft press release and media here. Meanwhile, Intel is celebrating this day as 40 years ago, Intel Corporation introduced the world’s first commercially available microprocessor – the Intel® 4004 which is one of the main cause of PC revolution. Its a great indeed. Press Release: ...

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Microsoft today launched a new website in tribute to 10th Anniversary of Halo franchise. Halo gamers can upload images featuring their favorite moments from Halo, and each picture will blend together to form an interactive, 3-D mosaic of Master Chief. You can visit the website here. Microsoft even released a reworked version Original Halo as Halo CE: Anniversary version game. You can find a review of this game from neowin here. ...

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We all know that Xbox platform is having great momentum in both hardware and games sales but there is an another service associated with it called Xbox LIVE which provides bunch of entertainment services right from gaming to video streaming. Robin Burrowes, Head of Marketing of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft has revealed some stats about Xbox LIVE service. Microsoft is now adding a new Xbox LIVE member every 2 seconds. It now has a total of 35 million users, with an astonishing 15 million joining in the last year alone. That’s a pretty impressive number ! ! ...

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NPD Group released its monthly console market sales numbers which revealed that Xbox is continuing its lead in the console market. Its also important to note that Xbox 360 is doing this in the past 16 of 17 months. Its an incredible momentum that drives more and more sales. Holding 44 percent share of the overall current-generation console market, Xbox 360 sold 393,000 units in October, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. for 2011. This marks the eighth consecutive month Xbox 360 had more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. · Xbox 360 unit sales grew 21 percent year over year in October, and it was the only current-generation console showing double-digit growth. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software and accessories) reached $490 million, the most for any console in the U.S. · During the month of October, ...

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Microsoft today announced that Xbox LIVE Dashboard preview is available for all the beta testers. The new Xbox LIVE Dashboard update will bring the following new features, •    New design for integrated Kinect and controller navigation •    New Beacons to play online with friends •    Deeper Facebook integration •    New Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile Go to connect.microsoft.com for more details on how to register your console for beta test, etc. ...

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Microsoft today announced that its revamping the Xbox.com with new social and video features. First of all, My Xbox section will be replaced by Social section. At the top of the social page, you’ll a group of tiles in the new Microsoft style we lovingly call Metro. Watch this spot for links to Xbox LIVE events, previews of the hottest new items on Marketplace, new video and game releases, Gamer Spotlight, and more. To the left of these are quick links that show you how many friends are online, and how many messages you currently have. Below your avatar you’ll find handy links to common tasks, such as viewing your Profile, redeeming Xbox LIVE Marketplace codes, and checking your Download Queue. Now we get to the really fun stuff: The Friends Activity column shows you the popular games that your friends have been playing, who is playing those games right ...

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