Last week, we reported that Sony’s PS4 dominated the Xbox One for the fourth month in a row. New numbers from NPD revealed that Microsoft only sold 115,000 units of their Xbox One console for the month of April. Also, Microsoft announced a new cheaper SKU for Xbox One that will not include Kinect sensor and will cost $399 which is same as that of Sony’s PS4. Microsoft’s this move was to directly compete with Sony on price and it seems that it may work out as expected. GameStop during their earnings meet revealed that they are seeing strong demand for Xbox One after the price drop. “I definitely think we’re already seeing in our stores with our reservation program as well as dialogue with PowerUp Rewards [members that] there’s a stronger demand as a result of the price drop,” Bartel said. “The good news for us is… we’ll sell ...

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Microsoft and 1776 last year announced a partnership agreement that will bring Microsoft’s industry, business, and technical resources to the world’s most promising startups in the heart of Washington, DC. Today, they announced the opening of Microsoft Innovation Lounge at 1776 in Washington. Judson Althoff, president of Microsoft North America, and Donna Harris, co-founder of 1776 helped in creating this new project. Microsoft expects that this new Innovation Lounge will be used and leveraged by the 1776 startups and community as a way to facilitate access to expertise and mentorship, and to provide a space for startups to create, innovate and collaborate. It has all the latest Microsoft products from 55-inch Perceptive Pixel touchscreen display to Windows Phone devices. Startups can also use this space to demonstrate their work to customers and investors. 1776 and its campus sit at the center of the D.C. community, serving as a hub of ...

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Speaking to Develop-Online, Carl Ledbetter, Sr. Principal Creative Director in Xbox team at Microsoft revealed that Microsoft once considered building Kinect directly into Xbox One console. As the man who designed the hardware, Carl Ledbetter, tells Develop, early on Microsoft even toyed with the idea of building the Kinect into the Xbox One itself. A permanent, non-removable feature. And one of the key reasons it decided against it were based on looks. “We actually built models of that,” he reveals. “We pushed ourselves, can we put it all in one? Is that going to work? And the technology just isn’t there yet. As soon as you have something much bigger than the Kinect sensor people don’t want to put it by the TV, it’s too big.” Microsoft’s recent decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One console package has led to lots of discussions around Kinect’s future. But, Carl claims that ...

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Wolfenstein: The New Order game is now available on Xbox One. It includes beta access code to the much awaited Doom game. Game Description: Europe, 1960. The tide of World War II has been turned using a new kind of mysterious, advanced technology. Using unrelenting force and intimidation, a ruthless world power has brought even the most powerful of nations to their knees. The regime now dominates the globe with an iron fist. You are the only man capable of rewriting history. In Wolfenstein: The New Order, assume the role of super soldier B.J. Blazkowicz as he uses elite combat tactics and an arsenal of uber advanced weaponry to take down the most powerful empire the world has ever known. Join forces with a band of dedicated resistance fighters and launch an offensive battle that spans the globe and beyond, as you seek to uncover the truth behind how this regime ...

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UK based developer Rare Studios is the creative brain behind popular Kinect based titles such as Kinect Sports, Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Sports Rivals still remains an important part of Microsoft despite Microsoft’s decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One. Phil Spencer recently said that the studio is independent to chose their next project and they are “evaluating what they want to do next”. Today, Eurogamer reported that Rare has experienced layoffs following underwhelming sales of Kinect Sports Rivals and around 16 people have been let go. Microsoft commented the following regarding layoffs, “At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive entertainment experiences. As part of Rare’s commitment to this goal, we have made a decision to change our development process and methodology at Rare to best support our future projects, this has led to us reviewing the skills and the makeup of our development ...

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Earlier today, we reported that Google is going to acquire Twitch game streaming service for about $1 billion. Twitch is extremely popular among gamers and has over 45 million monthly users. Now, The Verge reports that Twitch chose Google over Microsoft amid multiple buyout offers. They believed that Google’s YouTube would be a greater fit for their strategy as Microsoft may restrict them to Xbox after the deal. Also, they expect Google to help them scale after the acquisition to meet the demands of the gamers. Microsoft and others have made serious approaches to Twitch, said the person, but YouTube was deemed the better fit. It’s unlikely that the gamer-friendly Twitch would have wanted any part of a deal that would tie the service to Xbox, as it’s embedded in Sony’s rival PlayStation console as well. A source familiar with the deal says that Twitch likely would have rejected a ...

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As announced earlier this month, Xbox One system update that includes new audio controls, opt-in setting for improving voice recognition is now rolling out to all Xbox One users. Find the full change log below. Sound Mixer for Apps with Snap and Volume Controls When Using Kinect with Chat We’ve received great feedback from fans asking for more control over audio levels and background sound. As a result, under Settings we’ve added two new features for controlling your audio options. With the new Sound mixer, you’ll be able to control the volume levels of two apps when you’re using Snap letting you decide which app is louder. In this same section, you’ll also be able to control the volume levels when you’re using Kinect for chat. Opt-In to Help Improve Speech Recognition Being able to control your Xbox One with voice commands can be a magical moment and we want ...

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Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that the next installment in the Halo saga: Halo 5: Guardians, coming in fall 2015 for Xbox One. Frank O’Connor, Franchise Development Director at 343 Industries revealed some more details about the upcoming game at their official blog. In addition to developing the game, they have developed an advanced game engine to support it. Also, Microsoft and 343 Industries will reveal more information at E3 and beyond. But we’re not just making a new game in that three year span, we’re also making a new engine. During the development of Halo 4, we pushed the Xbox 360 and the engine to its limits, and we were happy with the way we were able to make the Halo universe look. The Xbox 360 still has a few tricks up its sleeve, even now. We are moving to a whole new platform with the Xbox One – a new ...

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My new role will be leading Global Product Marketing for Xbox 1st party games, 3rd party games, & Xbox Entertainment Studios. — Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) May 16, 2014 Aaron Greenberg, who was the chief of staff at Xbox team in Microsoft announced via Twitter that he is now leaving the role for new one. After 3.5 years in his previous role, he is now joining the Xbox marketing team. His new role will be leading Global Product Marketing for Xbox 1st party games, 3rd party games, & Xbox Entertainment Studios. Xbox division is under a pressure these days as their top leadership team has changed and also Sony PS4 posted higher sales than Xbox One for 4 consecutive months. In response, Microsoft has recently announced a cheaper Xbox One SKU that will go on sale at $399 without Kinect sensor. You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition ...

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UK based developer Rare which is the creative brain behind popular Kinect based titles such as Kinect Sports, Kinect Sports: Season Two and Kinect Sports Rivals still remains an important part of Microsoft despite Microsoft’s decision to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One. Talking to TotalXbox, Phil Spencer said that the studio is independent to chose their next project and they are “evaluating what they want to do next”. “[Rare has] just come off the successful launch of Kinect Sports Rivals,” said Spencer. “I think I’ve heard a few times from people asking about Rare – they’re in the process of evaluating what they want to do next, and we’re working closely with them to see what their new project will be. “And I’ve also laughed when people have tried to use the word, what I “force” them to do – if you’re around any independent studio, or like Rare a studio that’s ...

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Microsoft Xbox team is constantly delivering updates for Xbox One system every month. Since its launch, Xbox One has received 3 significant system updates that has improved the overall experience. Currently, Xbox One system does not support external hard drive, you need to store everything in your Xbox One’s internal storage. During Reddit Q&A, Microsoft revealed that they might add support for external drive in the future. Today, an Xbox One developer has posted the image of Xbox One dashboard showing the upcoming External Drive support. It even shows the amount of free space available. Expect this update in coming months. You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without Kinect from Amazon. You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition without Kinect Microsoft Store. via: Reddit ...

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Sony’s PS4 dominated the Xbox One for the fourth month in a row. New numbers from NPD show Microsoft only sold 115,000 units of their Xbox One console for the month of April. These numbers do not specify if they are sales directly to consumers. Microsoft’s highly controversial decision to unbundle the Kinect from the Xbox One is beginning to make more sense. Sony’s lower price point continues to appeal to consumers. While Sony is selling the PS4 in more markets than the Xbox One, both companies have launched in the key major game markets. Top Xbox executives have left the company in recent months. Don Mattrick left the company to become CEO of Zynga. Marc Whitten recently left for an executive position at Sonos. Xbox’s new head Phil Spencer has a monumental task ahead of him. Recently Spencer approved removing part of the Xbox Live paywall for certain entertainment ...

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Microsoft Studios has released a new Xbox game titled Tentacles: Enter the Mind in Windows Store. It is a free to play game that is available for download for both Windows RT and Windows 8 users. Game Description: Dr. Phluff’s failed attempts to create ultra-cute animals have driven him mad! Only you, the adorable, tentacled Lemmy, can save him. Following the guidance of Dr. Phluff’s well-meaning subconscious, tap or click to navigate through the layers of the doctor’s outrageously bizarre mind. Gobble enemies’ eyeballs, collect secret eggs, and gain new powers and abilities. And when you reach the depths of Dr. Phluff’s mind, survive as long as you can! Xbox and Facebook integration lets you collect achievements, track high scores, and compete with friends on the leaderboards. You can save your game in the cloud to play across multiple devices. Offline play is also available. NOTE: Tentacles: Enter the Mind ...

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Microsoft yesterday announced that they are offering a new Xbox One SKU that will not come with Kinect sensor, but starting at a lower price point of $399. While there are many speculations about this move from Microsoft, Xbox marketing head Yusuf Mehdi in an interview to Engadget said that affordability is the issue. “We have 80-plus million Xbox 360 users today who want an Xbox One, and many of them tell us, ‘For me, it’s an affordability issue. I’m gonna get there, it’s just a question of time. If you make it more affordable, then I’ll upgrade faster.’ So this is an opportunity to really make it easier for them to get there at their pace.” When asked about whether the sales gap between Xbox One and PS4 is due to price, he said the following, It’s hard to really assess the gap in sales. They’re in many more ...

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Along with the announcement about the new Xbox One SKU without Kinect that starts with $399 and and offering all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners access to entertainment apps whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership, Microsoft also announced the new Games with Gold program for Xbox One users. In early June, similar to Xbox 360 users, Xbox One users will also get two free games a month starting with “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” and “Halo: Spartan Assault.” Also, Xbox Live Gold users will get exclusive discounts to games. •Free games with Games with Gold**. Since Games with Gold launched on Xbox 360 a year ago, over 12 million people have enjoyed great free games, resulting in nearly 200 million hours of free fun playing Games with Gold titles. We’ve been learning from your feedback and have focused on making improvements each month to the selection of titles. To celebrate ...

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Microsoft today announced a new Xbox One SKU that will start at $399. The only difference is that you won’t get Kinect sensor with it. This SKU will be made available in all markets where Xbox One is currently on sale. First, beginning on June 9th, in all markets where Xbox One is sold, we will offer Xbox One starting at $399*. This is a new console option that does not include Kinect. For $399, our new Xbox One offering will continue to deliver access to the best blockbuster games like “Titanfall,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” and the upcoming “Watch Dogs,” “Destiny” and “Sunset Overdrive.” You will also be able to access popular entertainment apps, such as Twitch, YouTube, and Netflix, as well as watch live TV and use OneGuide. Finally, you will continue to be able to use many of the unique features ...

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