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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Last year, we broke the news about the fact that Silverlight is coming to Xbox through a Microsoft’s job post. Microsoft removed the job post immediately and provided no info on Silverlight for Xbox. There were many reports after that which stated that Microsoft is launching Silverlight based marketplace for Xbox platform. That never happened till now. Today Gigaom posted an info on upcoming Xbox LIVE TV apps from various Microsoft partners around the world.  From Gigaom, We’ve confirmed that the apps expected to be added with the next major update to Xbox Live will be based on Silverlight — at least to a point. The framework they’re being built on is code-named Lakeview, which is essentially a prettied up version of Silverlight with new features like Xbox Kinect’s voice recognition and gesture control. Surprisingly enough, partners are not using Microsoft’s Smooth Streaming for video delivery but have chosen to ...

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"Real Steel" movie’s latest trailer shows Xbox 720 branding in one of its scene. You can spot that in the video above or just see the image below. The movie is set in the future and also it depicts that gamers are having an Xbox 720 in their homes as well. You can either take it as Art director’s creativity or Microsoft’s clever product placement.. Anyway, Its good for Xbox brand. ...

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Microsoft first demoed its upcoming Xbox Dashboard update at E3. The dashboard has been redesigned with Metro design language to make it more simple and easy to use when accessed using Kinect sensor. Microsoft is also expected to launch Xbox LIVE TV service next week with more than dozen content partners. Take a look at the video above to see the upcoming Dashboard update. ...

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Microsoft announced that its Xbox exclusive franchise just topped more than 3 million units in its first week. Its an impressive number for a single platform title. Gears of War franchise also reached another milestone of $1 Billion sales in its lifetime. Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President Phil Spencer says, “Gears of War was the first killer app for Xbox 360, and the series has continued to contribute directly to the overall success of the platform ever since," ...

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After the last week’s reports that Microsoft is working on bringing Comcast’s Xfinity TV and Verizon’s FiOs content to Xbox, Bloomberg today reports that Microsoft is bringing much more than that. Microsoft is in talks with  almost two dozen providers of music, sports, movies and TV shows in the U.S. and Europe. The list includes HBO, NBC’s Bravo,etc. And Microsoft is expected to announce this new Xbox LIVE TV service next week when it rolls out the new Xbox Dashboard UI which has also undergone Metro Design language refresh. Exciting time ahead for Xbox owners ! ! ...

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“Gears of War 3” the dramatic, action-packed and much-anticipated blockbuster on Xbox 360 was released yesterday in some countries and launch parties are going on still in some countries. This will be the conclusion to the triology. Gears of War 3 pre-order surpassed even the Halo series with 1.3 million in number. The game which costs from $60 is flying of shelves since hardcore gamers have been waiting for this game for a long time. Chris Wynn, lead producer for “Gears of War” at Microsoft Studios on this game, “We, too, couldn’t be more excited about this launch. The story is epic, and the game is stunning. The visuals are better than any game you’re going to find on Xbox or any other console.” It’s also by far the longest “Gears of War” campaign, literally giving players more bang for their buck. Typically, role-playing games (RPGs) offer eight hours of ...

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Microsoft first announced its plans for Xbox TV service back at CES while hiding most of the details. Microsoft continued to spread the fact that TV service is coming to Xbox this fall whenever it found chances. Now According to sources of Digiday, Microsoft is set to partner with Comcast and Verizon, perhaps within a month so as to push Xbox holiday sales. Consumers can subscribe to Comcast or FiOS TV packages directly through Xbox instead of buying or installing another set-top box. Microsoft already has similar deal with AT&T U-Verse, so this rumored Verizon & Comcast deal may be imminent. Anyway, Xbox users are the winners. ...

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  Its hard to believe there was a time when Microsoft was seen as a failing upstart in the game console arena, and a few years ago, when the Wii was dominant, it was even harder to believe Microsoft would the best selling console for 14 out of the last 15 months. The latest NPD figures for console sales in the US however goes to underline just how dominant Microsoft has become in that gaming arena, with the company having 40% of the market for the last 6 months, hitting 43% in August 2011, selling 308 thousand consoles. The Playstation 3 only sold 218 thousand, despite a $50 price cut, and even the Nintendo 3DS, despite its own massive price cut, at 235 thousand failed to outsell the Microsoft console. The full sales numbers are below. Xbox 360: 308K Nintendo 3DS: 235K PlayStation 3: 218K (-3.5%) Wii: 190K (-22.2%) Nintendo ...

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Microsoft promised cloud storage solution for Xbox 360 that allows you to store your profile data and game saves during the E3 conference. Microsoft is keeping on its promise and delivering the update to users. As one of the Eurogamer reader noticed, the new cloud storage solution allows you to switch between consoles with your Xbox LIVE ID having the same game saves and profile info. As Marc Whitten from Xbox LIVE describes, "We are making it easier for you to sign into your Xbox Live account from any console at any time to access your game saves and full profile," "Cloud storage will allow you to enjoy the same great Xbox Live gaming experience even when you’re not in your own living room by giving you the option to store your ‘game saves’ securely in the Xbox Live cloud, instead of on a portable memory unit or your console’s ...

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At the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Microsoft introduced its NUads, a new kind of experience for ads on Xbox LIVE. The NuAds features the following features, Social advocacy. A simple voice command such as “Xbox Tweet” gives the consumer the ability to share something about a brand with their friends. Request for information (RFI): Say “Xbox More,” and you can request additional information and/or a discount coupon to be sent directly to your email inbox. Near me: Say “Xbox Near Me” to locate a retailer near you, and receive a text message with the location. Schedule an event: “Xbox Schedule” sends you a calendar reminder about an upcoming show. Vote for your favorite: With just a wave of a hand, audiences can easily convey their preferences. For example, while watching a trailer for the Green Lantern movie, there would be a prompt asking: “which is your favorite villain?” or “Do ...

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