As per previous leaks, Microsoft was planning to reveal Xbox vNext sometime in April. But according to recent reports from Winsupersite and The Verge, Microsoft will be revealing the next Xbox specification details on coming May 21st. The event is expected to be held at a small venue which will give some firsthand details about the new gaming console. Xbox vNext specs got leaked few months back and it is expected to sport 8GB of RAM, 2GB of graphics, WiFi and Ethernet facility to connect and play online games, USB3.0 support, Blu-Ray player, etc. The device was also rumored to have always online feature. Source : TheVerge, Winsupersite ...

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Are you a WWE fan? Here is some good news for you!! Recently Xbox 360 has been adding a lot of apps, in this line Microsoft recently released the WWE App which is now available on Xbox 360. This WWE  application on the Xbox 360 allows you to order pay-per-view events right within your console’s dashboard. The WWE App is a pay-per-view portal which enables one to purchase the latest special events and watch them live on the home console. It seems perfect timing for the Wrestling lovers as they along with the family and friends can enjoy watching the Wrestlemania which is going to happen on April 7, 2013. ...

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In addition to the Xbox LIVE Spring Sale 2013 that started March 26th, Microsoft announced yesterday about the one-day sale that will happen on Monday, April 1st. You can find the following games on sale.   Spring Sale Original  Sale Price Savings Assassin’s Creed 3 Season Pass  2400 1600 33% Battlefield 3 Aftermath 1200 600 50% Fallout 3 : Point Lookout 800 200 75% Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta 800 200 75% Fallout 3: Broken Steel 800 200 75% Fallout 3: The Pitt 800 200 75% Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage 800 200 75% Dishonored – Dunwall City Trials 400 160 60% The Amazing Spider-Man GonD $49.99 $19.99 60% The above sale prices won’t be available until Monday. Source: Major Nelson ...

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We have seen so many leaks about Xbox vNext codenamed Durango. The latest leak published by VGLeaks involves Xbox vNext XDK help documents. It confirms many things about various other leaks we had it in the past. The Xbox vNext will be based on x64 architecture with DirectX3D 11 support and dedicated audio chip to process it separately. The interesting thing it reveals is the “Always On, Always Connected” mode. In this mode, the console will remain on with minimum power draw and will uses can enjoy the entertainment experience whenever they want with out any delay. You need not wait for the system to update or you need not restart it. It also comes with a high fidelity Kinect 2.0 with HD video support, more accurate skeletal tracking using new depth sensor. The new controller will have less wireless latency and improved ergonomics. Also the console with have Blu-ray disc support, however you ...

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Microsoft Xbox 360 led the US console market for 26th consecutive month as the No.1 selling console. According to data released today by The NPD Group, Xbox 360 sold 302,000 units in February. Highlights of the sales, · Holding 41 percent share of current-generation console sales, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. · Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in February (hardware, software and accessories) was the most for any console in the U.S. · During the month of February, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 console game titles including: “Crysis 3,” “Aliens: Colonial Marines,” “Dead Space 3,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” and “NBA 2K13.” Microsoft also announced Spring Value Bundle which includes a 250GB Xbox 360, wireless controller, wired headset, “Darksiders II” and “Batman: Arkham City” for $299. Source: Microsoft ...

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The Gunstringer Xbox Game which features 15 story levels with boss battles along with 3 infinite worlds in Endless Runner mode just got updated with many new features and improvements. Update Features:  >New power-up!  The Lucky Horeshoe automatically grabs coins as you run past! > New power-ups!  The 5 and 10 second Boosts gives the Gunstringer super speed for a short time! > New obstacle! Watch out for pits! > Completely redesigned Store allowing for easy browsing. > Extra Lives can now be bought in packs of 5, 10 and 20. > General bug fixes and improvements to gameplay have been implemented. This game costs $1.49 and you can download it from Windows Store for free here. ...

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Microsoft is getting into a new kind of content business. They are going to release a British film called Pulp exclusively for Xbox LIVE users. Pulp is a comedy about a struggling comic book publisher recruited by the police to bust a crime syndicate. Microsoft is planning to distribute more films this way in the future. Microsoft has already set up its own studio to create original content for Xbox LIVE subscribers in US. They are focusing mainly on interactive entertainment which takes advantage of Xbox 360 and Kinect. Read more at BBC. ...

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Microsoft today announced the beginning of Xbox LIVE Ultimate Game Sale. This game sale starts February 26, 2013 and will run through March 4, 2013. Around 60 Xbox 360 Games on Demand titles will be on sale with upto 85% off. Each day, a different set of titles will be on sale and the information will be posted on Twitter. So you better follow @majornelson. Some of the titles you can expect to see on sale: Assassins Creed Assassins Creed 2 Batman Arkham Asylum Batman Arkham city Bioshock Borderlands Borderlands 2 Brotherhood (Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood) Call of Juarez Call of Duty 2 Call of Duty 3 Call of Duty: Black Ops Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Code Veronica Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements Dead Island Dirt 2 Dishonored El Shaddai Ascension of the Metatron ...

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Xbox 720/vNext Playstation 4 CPU Architecture x64 x86 CPU 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores GPU 1.2 TFLOPS, Custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor 1.84 TFLOPS, AMD next-generation Radeon based graphics engine Memory 8 gigabyte (GB) of RAM DDR3 (68 GB/s) GDDR5 8GB Hard Disk Drive Built-in Built-in Optical Drive 50 GB 6x Blu-ray Disc drive Blu-ray Disc drive 6xCAV Network Gigabit Ethernet Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct Communication Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth® 2.1 (EDR) Yesterday, Sony revealed details about their next generation gaming console Playstation 4 at a press event. They detailed the system specs, new controller specs and the new Playstation 4 Eye specs. I just made a quick comparison of leaked Xbox 720/vNext specs with Sony Playstation 4. As you can see above, both the consoles will have almost identical specs in terms of power. You can see ...

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Microsoft Xbox 360 maintained the leadership rank in the US console market for 25 consecutive months. Xbox 360 sold 281,000 units in January which is impressive for a console which is 7 year old. Here are the highlights, Holding 44 percent share of current-generation console sales, Xbox 360 sold 281,000 units in January, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, January 2013) Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in January (hardware, software and accessories) reached $338 million, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, January 2013) During the month of January, Xbox 360 held five of the top 10 console game titles including: “Far Cry 3,” “NBA 2K13” “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” “Madden NFL13” and “Halo 4.” (Source: NPD Group, January 2013) Microsoft is expected to reveal Xbox vNext later this year with sales starting this holiday season. ...

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Microsoft Xbox 360 console along with Kinect sensor already supports speech recognition in no.of games and apps on the platform. For example, you can play and pause videos using voice or use some game commands, etc,. It is obvious that Microsoft will be improving this speech recognition technology in their upcoming version of Xbox. Now according to the report from TheVerge, Microsoft will include support for more natural commands in Xbox vNext. For example, you can ask “what are my friends playing” to  Xbox to receive a list of games, etc,. We understand that Microsoft is also investigating scenarios where a Kinect sensor will detect individuals in a room and suggest appropriate multiplayer games after a user queries the Xbox using voice. The support will include natural language detection, similar to Apple’s Siri service, that will let users ask things like “what are my friends playing” to receive a friends list. ...

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Two weeks back Xbox vNext’s CPU details got leaked and now the GPU block in the device got leaked today. The CPU will have x64 Architecture, 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) with custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics processor which is detailed below. It will come with the following GPU specs, Stat Value Clock rate 800 MHz Compute Shader cores 12 Instruction issue rate 12 SCs * 4 SIMDs * 16 threads/clock = 768 ops/clock FLOPs 768 ops/clock * (1 mul + 1 add) * 800 MHz = 1.2 TFLOPS Interpolation ( 768 ops/clock / 2 ops ) * 800 MHz = 307.2 Gfloat/sec Geometry Triangle rate 2 tri/clock * 800 MHz = 1.6 Gtri/sec Vertex rate 2 vert/clock * 800 MHz = 1.6 Gvert/sec Vertex/buffer fetch rate (4 bytes) 4 elements/clock * 12 SCs * 800 MHz = 38.4 Gelement/sec Vertex/Buffer data rate from cache 38.4 Gelements/sec * ...

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We all know that Microsoft is no longer actively developing XNA game development framework. Support for XNA in Windows Phone 7 platform was the last significant announcement and XNA support was removed in Windows Phone 8 platform. In an email sent to XNA/DirectX MVPs few days back, Microsoft has officially confirmed the end of further development of these technologies. Here is the email, Our goal is to provide you the best experience during your award year and when engaging with our product groups. The purpose of the communication is to share information regarding the retirement of XNA/DirectX as a Technical Expertise. The XNA/DirectX expertise was created to recognize community leaders who focused on XNA Game Studio and/or DirectX development. Presently the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology. Given the status within each technology, further value and engagement cannot be offered to the MVP community. As a result, ...

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Wordament word game which was released on Windows Phone first and then later to Windows Store is now available to play on the web at Xbox.com. Wordament on the web (in Beta) will allow you to have the same experience as Windows Phone or Windows 8/RT device in your web browser. And now you can earn achievements too. Wordament Web Beta, like our other versions of Wordament, allows everyone to play together in one continuous, world-wide tournament. We support the same 12 puzzle languages in the Web version, just the same as on Windows 8 PCs and phones. And, like other versions of Wordament, the Web beta lets you sign-in to your Xbox account and earn ten achievements worth 50 Gamerscore. Even though this is a beta, this is a screen-for-screen match to our existing versions. You can view your stats, manage frenemies, check the leaderboards and of course play! ...

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Microsoft is expected to announce Xbox vNext at E3 in June. While we have seen many rumors and leaks about the next version of Xbox, this leaks seems pretty true. This does not reveal any consumer feature, but it will reveal some capabilities of the Xbox vNext console. Microsoft is making sure that the console will be future proof for many more years to come. CPU: - x64 Architecture - 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) - each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache - each module of four CPU cores has a 2 MB L2 cache resulting in a total of 4 MB of L2 cache - each core has one fully independent hardware thread with no shared execution resources - each hardware thread can issue two instructions per clock GPU: - custom D3D11.1 class 800-MHz graphics ...

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Microsoft Studios announced the new Play Service that enables you to play arcade games made for Xbox LIVE on any Windows 8/RT compatible device. Most of the games are already available in Windows Store and Microsoft has just listed them under this new ‘Play’ brand. Get your game on with this amazing line-up of titles from Microsoft Studios. Our games have something for everyone, from casual puzzlers and high energy racing to immersive adventure and non-stop arcade. For Xbox fans you’ll also find your favorite features like leaderboards, multiplayer modes, connecting with friends, and more. All Microsoft Studios titles let you try before you buy; check them out today! Microsoft Studios titles are available for Windows 8 and Windows RT via the Windows Store. Full List of New PLAY Releases:  Toy Soldiers (not available on Windows RT) 4 Elements: Special Edition Hydro Thunder Hurricane Rocket Riot 3D Reckless Racing Ultimate Microsoft Solitaire Collection ...

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