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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Microsoft revealed that it would sell a commercial version of a Kinect for Windows SDK to businesses from early in 2012 in an interview to FT.  Dennis Durkin, Xbox chief financial officer said that, “Once you bring down that price point, all of a sudden it opens up a bunch of new developer opportunities,” he said. As well as academic interest, Microsoft has been working on a pilot programme with more than 200 companies for use of the Kinect across 25 industries, from healthcare to education, advertising and the automotive industry. “It’s likely that many ‘killer apps’ will be developed within their respective fields,”. Kinect developer community is very active and already there are numerous commercial application available for sale without Microsoft’s permission. So the release of official SDK will further ignite Kinect development. via: Financial Times ...

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  Three new exciting games got released for Xbox 360 today. First one is Battlefield 3, the much anticipated shooter game which won over 60 awards around the world. Second one is Dance Central 2, which is also a critically acclaimed game which worked perfect in its first version using Kinect for Xbox 360. The last game is the season 2 version of the most selling Kinect game franchise, Kinect Sports. You can buy them and find more details on it in the following links. Battlefield 3, Dance Central 2, Kinect Sports Season 2. ...

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ETRONIKA, a Lithuania based software company showed its work using Microsoft Kinect. Its software, a banking app and personal financial management app that can be accessed through gestures alone. Users can stand infront of their displays and wave their hands to select options and do more. Watch the video above and press release below for more details. Our future looks extremely cool ! ! !   Press Release: ETRONIKA Shows off Kinect Banking App ETRONIKA trot out future vision about internet banking by exhibiting personal finance management carried out at home, standing in front of TV screen, accomplishing bill payment or money transfer with hand gestures at international exhibition CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011 which takes place in San Diego, also know as capital of Silicon Valley, USA. CTIA Enterprise & Applications – reflects the evolution of the industry and growing use of mobile technology in business, gather alongside 250 ...

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As analysts predicted earlier, Xbox 360 took the No. 1 console spot in the U.S. for the month September. This is not the first time for Xbox 360, they have done it for 15 of the past 16 months. Xbox is now holding 42% of the current generation gaming console product. The total retails spend rose to $534 million to leave its competitors in dust.  Holding 42 percent share of the overall current-generation console market, Xbox 360 sold 438,000 units in September, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. for 2011. This marks the seventh consecutive month Xbox 360 has had more than 40 percent of the current-generation console market share. Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in September (hardware, software and accessories) reached $534 million, the most for any console in the U.S. and two times larger than the nearest competitor. During the month of September, Xbox ...

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  Microsoft announced the availability of Xbox LIVE Fall update preview program today. Major Nelson blogged about the details on the update and how they made the preview program signup process simpler. You no longer have to enter your Xbox details, its just a simple signup process. Once rolled out the update preview will have, •    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 You can signup for the preview here and find more details about it here.   ...

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Gabe Ahn, developer support engineer for Sony during a session spoke on various things about gaming in general and about Sony’s PlayStation Move. He showed the audience with a video of future gaming concept from Sony. Apart from his PS Move positive story, he said that Kinect was interesting but the lack of buttons hurt it. Lets see who captures the future of gaming. Microsoft or Sony ?? Source: Gamespot ...

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Today Microsoft announced the acquisition of Twisted Pixel, the creative minds behind several Xbox LIVE Arcade games. This studio has developed games such as Xbox LIVE Arcade’s “Splosion Man” and Kinect for Xbox 360’s “The Gunstringer” and now as part of Microsoft Studios, they will continue to develop  game and entertainment offerings on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 platform. Press Release: Microsoft Studios Acquires Indie Game Developer Twisted Pixel Acclaimed studio behind Xbox LIVE Arcade’s “Splosion Man” and Kinect for Xbox 360’s “The Gunstringer” to incubate new game and entertainment experiences for Microsoft Studios.  As a step in continuing to deliver Microsoft Studios’ innovative game and entertainment offerings, Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Austin, Texas-based game developer Twisted Pixel, the creative minds behind Xbox LIVE Arcade titles such as “Splosion Man” and the recent Kinect for Xbox 360 title, “The Gunstringer.” From its beginnings in 2006 as independent studio developing award-winning Xbox ...

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Microsoft’s Kinect won two prestigious awards at T3 Awards 2011. Gadget of the Year and Gaming Gadget of the Year. They won gadget of the year award by competing with Apple iPad 2, Amazon Kindle ,Nintendo 3DS , Motorola Atrix, Samsung Galaxy S II, Apple iPhone 4, Virgin Media Tivo,  HTC Incredible S and Sony PlayStation Move . Also they won gaming gadget of the year against Sony and Nintendo. Gadget of the Year: This is it. The big one. Big like a supernova, a nuclear war, or Digby the Biggest Dog in the World. The Kinect is the fastest-selling consumer durable (not just gadget) of all time. It’s taken motion-controlled gaming and turbocharged it, putting you in the game like never before. With full-body tracking, facial and voice recognition, it’ll soon allow you to control everything in your digital world by waving, talking or gurning. In short, it’s not only an ...

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There is no surprise that Microsoft is working on next generation Xbox platform. But this information leak provides us much information about the creative brains who are working on the next gen Xbox. Gematsu has spotted several LinkedIn profiles of Microsoft employees who are working on this future platform. From Gematsu, Jeff Faulkner is acting as the “Xbox Next Gen Creative Director,” according to his profile. “Senior Creative Director for Xbox,” currently “designing the next generation of entertainment,” is Jonathan Harris, linked here. A Patrick Corrigan is “providing groundwork and integration for branding elements for next-gen Xbox on all forms of media. Ranging from print to UI across future releases of the Xbox platform.” And Joe Langevin, an “Xbox Hardware Intern at Microsoft,” is listed to be working on “high speed data buses to prevent electromagnetic interference in next-gen devices.” Source: Gematsu via: winrumos ...

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