We yesterday reported about Sony PlayStation leading pre-order sales in several Amazon websites. We thought it was mainly due to poor PR info circulating around the internet about Xbox One’s DRM and used games policy. Microsoft reacted to this negative buzz today and the response shows that Microsoft still stands by its decisions. Xbox chief Don Mattrick responded in an conversation about the 24 hours online requirement that people who don’t have access to internet can buy Microsoft’s new re-desgined Xbox 360 console. He also said that Microsoft will continue to invest in Xbox 360 going forward making it the low cost Xbox console for the masses. MATTRICK: “Some of the advantages that you get, of having, a box that is designed to use an online state, so, that, uh, to me is the future-proof choice, and I think people, could have arguably gone the other way if we didn’t ...

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Microsoft and Sony has finally revealed most of the details on their next generation gaming consoles. While both Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PS4 has almost identical specs, they differ in many other ways. Sony PlayStation 4 is now leading the pre-order sales over Xbox One in many Amazon websites around the world. There are many reason behind it. For example, the recently revealed details on Xbox One’s DRM, pricing and other details has take a hit at their pre-order sales. There is a positive news for Microsoft, they can fix all the issues/misconceptions around the console right now. 1) 24 hours login requirement – Microsoft can easily change their decision to allow gamers to login once a week with other tweaks in policies. 2) Used games: Microsoft’s message that developers can opt-in/opt-out for used games restriction didn’t reach out to the consumers fully yet. Also Xbox One allows you ...

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Microsoft has posted details regarding the more precise and immersive next generation Xbox Controller. Impulse Triggers – Xbox One’s Wireless Controller sports four vibration motors – a small one behind each trigger that adds precise haptic feedback to the fingertips, and a larger in each grip for large scale rumbles.  This gives users a sense of in-game directionality and depth, creating rich, immersive experiences where gunshots, car crashes and explosions can come to life. For example, in “Forza Motorsport 5,” Turn 10 Studios is using impulse triggers to provide players with precise feedback that enhances the racing experience. If your tires break traction from over-acceleration or if you drift on the gas pedal, the triggers emit very distinct vibrations.  This is combined with the chassis rumble that conveys impacts, engine roar and driving over surface irregularities like cobblestone. Higher Quality Headset Audio – The data transfer rate between the controller and ...

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Microsoft is already selling Xbox hardware console at discounted prices by bundling up with yearly Xbox LIVE gold subscriptions in US. According to the recent reports from MCV UK, Microsoft is planning to sell Xbox One at discounted prices by bundling them with Sky TV subscriptions in UK. Sources familiar with the situation tell us that Microsoft is in talks with the broadcaster to sell Xbox One with Sky subscriptions. The device could work as a set-top-box or companion device – but most importantly the console could be sold at a hugely reduced cost. The move may already have been signed off. We could even get official confirmation as soon as Monday night, when Xbox opens E3 with its yearly press conference. Microsoft and Sky are a great partners in Xbox space as they have constantly delivered apps/services in the last few years. So, I would not be surprised by ...

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Microsoft is more focused on bringing more content to its upcoming gaming console Xbox One. They have already announced partnership with companies like ESPN, NFL, etc,. Along with live TV partnerships, Microsoft is also working on some exclusive content for Xbox through studios in Los Angeles, London, Seattle and Vancouver. Microsoft Entertainment Studios President Nancy Tellem told that they are producing content that merges “the story-telling magic of TV with the interactive power of the Xbox One.” Deadline reports that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently visited Hollywood along with Nancy to strike exclusive content deals for Xbox. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was escorted by his entertainment studios president Nancy Tellem on the Hollywood visit late last week to lobby her former boss CBS chief Les Moonves, WME co-CEOS Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell and other bigwigs in the TV business about the new Xbox One. It’s all part of their effort to ...

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  Microsoft today went a little bit into Xbox One design process on how it developed the ultimate gaming and entertainment system. The took care about  how users interact with its software, designing it to be simple and inviting powered by console’s internal components to ensure great smooth performance. “Xbox has always had something to say. It’s always been bold with a strong personality,” said Carl Ledbetter, Creative Director, Industrial Design. “Xbox One needs to serve our most loyal gaming fans and deliver unique entertainment experiences, so its design has to make an appropriate statement that reflects its capability as an all-in-one entertainment system.” They spoke about the new software UI based on the Modern UI principles of Microsoft that is wide spreading across the developer community. Designing a software for 10 – 27 inch screens is completely  different from 32- 100 inch displays. The design language, which uses a series of tiles and fluid ...

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Wall Street’s top-ranked software industry analyst for nearly two decades, Rick Sherlund, the former Goldman Sachs now Nomura Equity research analyst has covered Microsoft since they went public in 1986.  Sherlund is a personal friend of Bill Gates & Paul Allen and was a liaison between Goldman & Microsoft during his time there. In a report he published today he recommends Microsoft sell Xbox and Bing: Sherlund of Bing: While we like Bing as a service, we need to look at this from an ROI and strategic perspective. If Microsoft could sell or even give Bing to Facebook or Yahoo and eliminate its operating costs and get a Traffic Acquisition Cost (TAC) back to monetize the traffic that Windows/Internet Explorer or Xbox in the living room can drive to Bing, this might generate perhaps $1.0bn of profit and positive FCF rather than be a drag of a similar magnitude. If this were returned to shareholders, this could add nearly 1% ...

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Microsoft just posted the above video which summarizes the announcements they made at the Xbox Reveal event few hours back. The new Xbox called Xbox One will come with 8GB RAM powered by custom designed chip manufactured by AMD. It will also come with new Xbox controller and new Kinect sensor. The new Kinect 2.0 sensor will support upto 1080p video with 30fps color video capability. The new Kinect sensor is powered by a custom CMOS sensor designed by Microsoft. Microsoft also announced a whole new UI with support for Live TV, etc,.   Read more about it here. ...

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Microsoft has announced a new interactive music show exclusively for Xbox users. The music show is called The Music Room, that will bring you the best upcoming bands live to your Xbox. The Music Room will be a two-part program hosted by Laura Jackson featuring music from Everything Everything, Don Broco, and Swim Deep. If you have a Xbox Gold membership, you can watch the show on May 29 at 5:30 PST. The show is also interactive in nature where the viewers will decide what should happen next by voting through their Xbox.  In the above video, it was shown that you can choose what Laura does at the end of the show, like “Play Dance Central 3,” or “Sneak into soundcheck,” or “Nose around backstage.” ...

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As we are just less than 24 hours from the next generation Xbox announcement event, here is the list stuff we are expecting Microsoft to reveal tomorrow. Next generation Xbox console hardware along with Kinect 2.0. Xbox vNext Confirmed To Be Powered By AMD Chips Microsoft Xbox 720 (vNext) Vs Sony Playstation 4 Spec Comparison Durango XDK Leaks Confirms “Always On, Always Connected” Mode Of Xbox vNext Microsoft’s Xbox vNext To Integrate With Existing TV Cable More Details About Xbox Mini/Lite Leaked Online Report: Microsoft Xbox vNext To Include More Natural Speech Recognition Technology Rumor: Next Generation Microsoft Kinect Can Lip Read And Detect Emotions What do you expect?   ...

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 EA Sports on Facebook today revealed that they are going to reveal the next generation of FIFA at Xbox Reveal event tomorrow. Microsoft is scheduled to reveal the next gen Xbox and entertainment services at a press event at Redmond. Microsoft will be showcasing no.of next generation games to show the power of next generation console and its capabilities. ...

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Microsoft has launched a new official blog for Xbox news. So far, all Xbox related announcements were made on Major Nelson’s blog which was kind of an official blog itself. But, Microsoft is making it pretty big this time. Xbox Wire is a website/blog full of Xbox news, games, trailers, etc,. Microsoft is set to reveal Xbox vNext related announcement next week. Are you excited? Check out Xbox Wire here. ...

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There were reports floating around the internet few months back that Xbox vNext will require Internet connection to work. This news created lots of discussion and Microsoft obviously didn’t comment on it since it is about their future product which is yet to be revealed. Today, Ars Technica reported about an internal email from Microsoft which explained the internet connection required for Xbox vNext. Xbox vNext does not require internet connection for scenarios such as watching a Blu-ray movie or playing a single player game or watching a Live TV via Xbox UI. “Durango [the codename for the next Xbox] is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today’s Internet.” It continues, “There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should ‘just work’ regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not ...

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The best looking and most intense RPG for Windows 8 is now available in Windows Store. The Harvest is a visually stunning and expanded release of the critically acclaimed Sci-Fi RPG. Play through the story with exclusive content (two new playable characters) and support for synchronous co-op multiplayer. Description: A visually stunning and expanded release of the essential Windows Phone 7 Launch App is now available on Windows 8! The Harvest for Windows 8 features all the fun of the original game and adds exciting new synchronous multiplayer to the already intense action. In this science-fiction-themed action RPG set in a distant future, hostile aliens are out to turn Earth’s organic life into cyborgs. These aliens, known as The Harvesters, use humans and animals to create cyborgs: crude amalgamations of flesh and machinery. Thanks to the development of human controlled mechanized infantry units, you and the rest of mankind may ...

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Microsoft maintained its position as No.1 game console in March with Xbox 360 U.S. Xbox 360 sold more units than any other console and emerged out as the best-selling console for 27th consecutive month. March highlights from The NPD Group include: · Xbox 360 sold 261,000 units, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform reached $402 million, (hardware, software and accessories), the most for any console in the U.S. · During the month of March, Xbox 360 held six of the top 10 console game titles including: “Bioshock Infinite,” “NBA 2K13,” “Gears of War: Judgment,” “Tomb Raider,” “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Source: Microsoft ...

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Add this app to the list of potential apps on the Xbox platform. Virgin Gaming has a online tournament gaming community of over 2 million gamers. The new “Xbox Tournaments” application now offers members of Xbox LIVE access to tournaments directly from their Xbox 360 console. This application allows users to find and compete in gaming tournaments without ever having to leave their console. Virgin Gaming has decided to host a $100,000 tournament rewarding users for playing on the app. Here is the description of the app from Vertigo, Gamers can participate in a variety of games and challenges for prize money. The platform supports several top games so it’s likely you can win prizes playing games that you already know and love. If your game isn’t there yet, no worries, more will be added in the future. You don’t need to be a hard-core gamer to enjoy the platform either. Virgin Gaming has ...

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