Microsoft revealed during the announcement about Xbox One that you will be able to to play disc-based games while they’re installing to the Xbox hard drive. Microsoft has recently confirmed that the same applies for digital downloads too. You can start playing the game before it gets completed. Once certain parts of the game get downloaded, you can start playing the game while Xbox will continue the download in the background. Sony also confirmed that this same feature is also there in their PlayStation 4 console. ...

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Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten in an interview to IGN has admitted that Microsoft has failed to clearly communicate the original Xbox One story that led to consumer opposition and U-turn from Microsoft. We all know how it evolved, this poor communication from Microsoft led to cancelling the digital games future that they initially planned for Xbox One. He also revealed that Microsoft is working on bringing back some of the digital only features such as Family Sharing to the current system in some form over time. Here is an excerpt from the interview, “I think it’s pretty simple. We’ve got to just talk more, get people understanding what our system is,” Whitten told IGN. “The thing that’s really gratifying is that people are excited about the types of features that are possible, and it’s sort of shame on us that we haven’t done as good of a job ...

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Amazon.com, the largest online shopping site in US has revealed that it has sold out Xbox One Day One edition console. The Day One console includes a commemorative controller, token code to unlock an exclusive Day One achievement, and premium packaging at no additional cost. While Day One edition of Xbox One is sold out, you can still order Xbox One Standard edition, but shipping date is based on availability and it is not guaranteed at release date. Check out Xbox One listing page on Amazon here. ...

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With Xbox One, Microsoft is not only targeting consumers at home, but also small businesses around the world. You may wonder, how does it makes sense? Here is the argument from Microsoft, “it’s entirely justifiable to make the Xbox One a business expense. The Xbox One, priced at $499, is an affordable option for small business owners, as there are many features built into the console that could help it rival even the most modest of video conferencing and networking platforms”. Skype: Xbox One will allow people to not only use Skype on the console, but it will allow for multi-person chatting. Combine this with the wide-angle lens and 1080p view of the included Kinect and you have the means for collaborative meetings and presentations. As an example, Skype is being used in educational settings, everywhere, to bring together classrooms, cultures and learning. This can also apply to your business. Utilize ...

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There is a petition going on at Change.org to Microsoft about Xbox One. These petitioners need Xbox One with the policies that was announced back at E3, they want to experience the future of entertainment with no compromises. This was to be the future of entertainment. A new wave of gaming where you could buy games digitally, then trade, share or sell those digital licenses. Essentially, it was Steam for Xbox. But consumers were uninformed, and railed against it, and it was taken away because Sony took advantage of consumers uncertainty. We want this back. It can’t be all or nothing, there must be a compromise. We have expressed our thoughts on it in the past and we reported about some other views as well. Read them below. Microsoft Engineer Defends Xbox One DRM Requirements, Makes Valid Points Microsoft Reverses Course On Xbox One Heartbroken Microsoft Employee Anonymously Posts About ...

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According to a report from Bloomberg, former VP of IEB unit at Microsoft Don Mattrick looked to buy Zynga while he was at Microsoft. Don Mattrick is now no longer working for Microsoft because he went to become the CEO of online gaming company Zynga. It was reported today that Don has been hankering to run all or part of the social-gaming company for at least three years. In fact, Mattrick even negotiated with Zynga founder Mark Pincus about buying the maker of such popular games as “FarmVille,”. He was planning to bloster Xbox LIVE community with Zynga’s social games. Read more about it from the link below. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Microsoft has opened up its public beta for the 2013 Xbox Live Update for Xbox 360 Public Beta.  The update will improve overall performance and the ability to conduct transactions with local currency, as Microsoft Points will be retired later this year.  It has been that rumored smaller live tiles will also come to the interface and the final update will come in late August. Unlike our previous beta programs, sign up is now accessed directly through your Xbox 360 console. Space will be limited, so once the spots are filled the beta will be closed to the public. To join, look for the Xbox Beta Program tile on the home hub of the Xbox Dashboard. You will be required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), but I’ve rarely seen these followed. If you are an Xbox Member in Japan you will not be able to sign up at this time. Source: Major ...

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In an interview with Edge magazine Seamus Blackley, an original member of the Xbox team, reveals some of the names Microsoft had considered internally for the console. Edge reports: Microsoft’s ‘naming guys’ wanted to call the company’s first games console 11-X or Eleven-X, but were overruled by Seamus Blackley and his launch team. “First, there were our code names, which were WEP – ‘Windows Entertainment Project’ – designed to make Microsoft executives comfortable, Midway – ‘Midway between a PC and a console or ‘Battle of Midway’ – you decide – and DirectX Box, which was shortened to xbox in email very early on.” “When we got the first approval, Kevin [Bachus] was told we had to get a new name, because ‘xbox’ wasn’t legally sound, so against his judgment he did so, and got the phase two, or ‘car’ names. These were so bad we didn’t even save them, but ...

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Zynga filed its 8-K regulatory filing, among other things documenting the compensation package for former Microsoft executive and now Zynga CEO Don Mattrick.  Over several years Mattrick can potentially make over $50 million at Zynga depending on how the stock does.  In his first year alone Mattrick is set to make $19.3 million in combined cash and stock.  This includes a $5 million signing bonus, a $1 million annual salary, and guaranteed cash bonus of $2 million.  He will also receive $11.3 million in Zynga stock; compensation for vesting shares he gave up in leaving Microsoft. Mattrick is also getting an “inducement” grant of 1,785,714 restricted stock units, valued at $5 million, as well as an option to purchase 7,357,143 shares now worth $10 million, which will also vest over several years.  Beginning in 2014, Mattrick will be eligible for a 200 percent to 400 percent yearly cash bonus of his ...

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When Microsoft revealed Xbox One months back, there was a huge uproar for mandatory internet connection. Microsoft later changed their minds later, but they made internet connection mandatory for lots of reasons. It is not just about DRM, there are lots of other cloud related developer stuff associated with that policy. Microsoft is expecting more and more game developers to take advantage of their Xbox Live Cloud which will allows creators to do stuff that was not possible on a single standalone console. Titanfall is an upcoming game from Respawn that will take advantage of Xbox Live Cloud. Jon Shiring, an engineer working with the Cloud technology at Respawn blogged about the power of Xbox Live cloud today. So what is this Xbox Live Cloud stuff then? Microsoft has a cloud service called Azure (it’s a real thing – you can go on their website right now and pay for servers ...

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  Microsoft today announced updates to their entertainment apps and all of them got some neat new features. You need Windows 8.1 Release Preview to try these updates. Microsoft also revealed that they are still working on more features that will be released along with Windows 8.1 release later this year. Xbox Games Improvements to Search: Search from directly within the Xbox Games app using the new Search bar, access game extras in search results and view your achievements by date. User Interface Updates: Browse your friends list or receive content notifications in easy-to-view tiles, and use Snap to access other apps while gaming. Xbox Video Streamlined Search: Through new and improved Windows search, access everything from your local drive to the web with the power of Bing, and easily find content from within the Xbox Video app. Continuous Engagement: Continue to download your video, while you use other apps on ...

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As announced last week, The Xbox LIVE “Ultimate Game Sale” has begins today. Each day between today and July 5th, there will be a new set of titles on sale – in addition to the persistent offers at the bottom of this post. The special prices will be available to all Xbox Live Members (Gold and Free.) July 2nd Offers Regular  Sale Price Save Savings Assassin’s Creed 3 $39.99 $14.99 $25.00 63% Borderlands 2 $39.99 $9.99 $30.00 75% Far Cry 3 $59.99 $19.99 $40.00 67% Max Payne 3 $39.99 $9.99 $30.00 75% In addition to the daily deals, Microsoft has got the following offers available until July 8th,  2013. Games on Sale now through July 8, 2013 Regular  Sale Price Save Savings Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway $29.99 $4.99 $25.00 83% Far Cry Instincts Predator $19.99 $4.99 $15.00 75% Crysis $19.99 $4.99 $15.00 75% Command and Conquer Red Alert 3 ...

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Don Mattrick, current President of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business (think Xbox) will be leaving the company, possibly to become the CEO at Zynga according to a report by Kara Swisher at AllThingsD.  An official announcement may be made later today, Zynga’s shares are up 10% on the rumor.  Mattrick was also on the short list of people considered to take over the CEO role at Electronic Arts (EA). According to Swisher, this move is unrelated to Ballmer’s restructuring plan and Mattrick has been planning this move for months.  It is unknown at this time as to who will replace Mattrick.    Mattrick, a Canadian native, has long wanted to move back to the Bay area, where has a home, said sources, another important factor in this move. Update: Confirmed by Zynga. Here is the press release. Zynga Names Don Mattrick Chief Executive Officer Founder Mark Pincus to Continue as Chairman of the Board ...

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Microsoft today launched their web-based Xbox Music service. Xbox Music Pass subscription allows you to stream millions of songs on your Windows 8 and Windows RT tablet and PC, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, and the Web. You can even download your favorite songs so you can listen offline. It also features Smart DJ/Radio, just type in an artist and Smart DJ/Radio creates a playlist from similar artists. You can see everything in your playlist, and with unlimited skipping, skip to any song you want as many times as you want. Your Xbox Music Pass collection automatically syncs across all your Xbox Music devices so you can easily access songs, albums, and playlists no matter where you are. All these were available only in Windows 8, Xbox and Windows Phone 8 apps, now they are accessible via music.xbox,com Source: Xbox Music ...

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During a developer session over Xbox Smartglass platform at BUILD last week, Microsoft revealed that their Xbox SmartGlass platform had over 17 million downloads across Windows, Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Xbox SmartGlass is a cross-platform (Windows 8, Windows Phone, iOS, and Android) application that allows for easy connection to an Xbox consoles, discovery of content, and control of the Xbox. Developers can make use of SmartGlass SDK to develop a corresponding second-screen experience for their Xbox apps and games. With the upcoming release of Xbox One, Microsoft will enable more SmartGlass experiences through new SDKs for developers. Source: Channel9 ...

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