Amazon is running a great deal, offering a $60 12 month Xbox Live Gold voucher for only $35. The deal only has another 32 hours to run, and the voucher needs to be used by the 22nd June. Besides being needed to play most multi-player games, the subscription also allows access to apps like Netflix and Amazon Video on Demand on your console, if you subscribe to those services already. The deal is limited to one per customer. Read more terms and conditions at Amazon here. Thanks Gullygod for the tip. ...

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The Wall Street Journal reports Microsoft plans to extend its Xbox 360 subscription plan, where buyers pay $99 and then $19.99 per month for two years for an Xbox 360 and Kinect bundle, beyond its Microsoft stores to all U.S. Best Buy Co. stores and a "select" grouping of GameStop Corp. stores. The deal includes access to Xbox Live Gold (usually around $60 per year). Microsoft still considers the scheme a pilot, noting that consumers have responded well so far. While many feel the deal is all about supporting “soft” Xbox sales as the current generation comes to an end, Lewis Ward, an analyst at IDC, speculates that it is all about preparing customers for the same deal next year, when the next version of the Xbox console is expected to be announced. Microsoft has positioned the Xbox 360 as the premier entertainment computer, and while the current deal makes ...

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It seems white technology is now all the rage, and Microsoft has followed the trend by announcing a fully while Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle. The limited edition bundle includes a glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console, glossy white Kinect sensor, white Xbox 360 wireless controller and a copy of two of the most popular Kinect tiles: Kinect Sports and Kinect Adventures. The package also includes a three month subscription to Xbox LIVE Gold will be available while supplies last for US $ 299.99. If you do not want to splash out for the full bundle, but is still desperate for the glossy white controller or need a second to complete the package, it is available for purchase separately for US $49.99. Both the controller and the white Bundle begin shipping today to retailers in the US & around the world starting today, and will be available in Europe and Brazil ...

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Read part one here Note: From reading comments from the first part of this series, I get the sense a good number of our readers see this update as work in progress and rightly so. What I have a problem with is that Microsoft had all the time since they announced the features earlier in the year so I expected a more polished product than what we got. What I’m also afraid of is that since they typically only release two major dashboard updates a year, a lot of the usability problems will take a long time before they are fixed. Lastly why did accessing the content users already own like movies, music and pictures not get a UI update to match the rest of the system? For a device geared for multimedia consumption, users will find out that their local content stored on media servers or other computers are ...

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Disclaimer: This is an opinion piece, the thoughts of one person that may differ from yours. The much anticipated Xbox Live fall update is upon us and most of the early reviews conclude that the experience will be a game changer. I tried to read and watch as many videos reviews as possible and last night, I installed the update to experience first hand if the hype matched the reality. I really wanted to like it but in the end, I felt let down. I am puzzled by the rave reviews from even some of Microsoft’s most ardent critics. Its ironic how the one instance that I think they should have been bashed a little for, they got accolades instead. I’ll start with a little background. For all the technical abilities and knowledge I have acquired over the years, I never was blessed with fast thumbs or the abstract thinking ...

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Microsoft earlier revealed they sold 800,000 Xbox 360s on Black Friday, and have now revealed their total for the month, coming in at an amazing 1.7 million consoles, leading the console race for the 11th straight month in a row and the only current-generation console to sell more than one million units, and nearly double the second-place console. Xbox 360 unit sales grew 23 percent year over year in November, and spending on the Xbox ecosystem reached $1.4 billion, more than any other console. During the month of November, Xbox 360 held four of the top 10 console game titles including: “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3,” “Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim,” “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” and “Battlefield 3”. The race now turns to December, the only month Microsoft did not hold the top spot in the last 17 months, losing narrowly to the Wii.  I suspect there will be no contest ...

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  After the initial delay for few hours, Microsoft has announced that Xbox 360 Dashboard update is now rolling out to all the eligible customers. Some customers may experience network error message, Microsoft is aware of this and is already working to resolve it. If update goes fine for you, you can enjoy the new Metro Styled dashboard with new Kinect enabled apps like Netflix, etc,. Update:  You can force your Xbox to get this new update by going to System Settings-> Network Settings-> Wired Network->Test Xbox LIVE Connection in your Xbox. You will be prompted to update your console.  If you have problem signing it, try to log in to Xbox.com on your PC and accept new terms and conditions (EULA) , then try on your console again. Hope it works ! ! Thanks David for the tip.. ...

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 Recently Microsoft announced that it sold more than 900,000 Xbox 360 units in single week last November. According to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, Microsoft outsold both Nintendo Wii and Sony’s Playstation b huge numbers. November U.S. Xbox 360 sales hit 1.44 million units, representing a 5 percent gain over the same period last year. Microsoft easily outsold both the Wii and PlayStation 3, which saw unit sales reach 1.05 million and 750,000 units, respectively. The Wii’s sales were down 17 percent year over year. More than hardware sales, amount spent by U.S. consumers  on Xbox 360 games rised to $675 million which is three times the amount spent on Nintendo and about $200 million more than Sony’s PlayStation. Source: CNET   ...

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Microsoft has announced their biggest sales week ever, moving 960,000 Xbox 360s in just one week, and 800,000 within 24 hours in the Black Friday sales. The 960,000 Xbox 360s were accompanied by more than 750,00 Kinect sensors, either stand-alone or bundled. Entering its 7th year of sales, Microsoft anticipates that the Xbox 360 should deliver its eleventh straight month as the number one console in the US. Based on its robust holiday portfolio and the new Xbox LIVE dashboard going live on Dec. 6th, Microsoft expects holiday momentum to continue, driving Xbox 360 to finish the year as the number one console in the U.S., a crown it lost last year to the rapidly fading Wii. Microsoft now has 75 Kinect titles and will also be bringing hard-hitting exclusives such as “Gears of War 3,” “Forza Motorsport 4” and “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” to the party this Christmas season. ...

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It was announced earlier that Verizon FiOS customers can connect their service with Xbox 360 to enjoy their service with Kinect and other stuff. Its now time for customers to signup for this service and enjoy the new experience. The offer is now ready to order, says Verizon, which has just launched the sign-up form here for new FiOS customers. Existing customers can just call Verizon to add an Xbox to their current service. (Note that in addition to Xbox Live Gold, you’ll also need to subscribe to both FiOS TV and FiOS Internet in order for this service to work). To encourage new sign-ups, Verizon is offering an $89.99 “triple-play” package with TV, 35/35 Mbps Internet and Verizon voice service. They’ll even throw in a 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold and the “Xbox Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” game. The offer is good through January 21st. Read more on ...

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A woman used pepper spray against other shoppers to get Xbox 360 under Black Friday deal. This incident happened yesterday at Walmart in Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Matthew Lopez, 18, told the Los Angeles Times he heard screaming and yelling. “Moments later, my throat stung. I was coughing really bad and watering up,” he said. He was not the only one, 19 others got injured too. Walmart is working with local police to take necessary action  to find the women. You can read more on this incident at the source link. Source: Washington Post ...

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Today Activision announced that about 12 million of copies of Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 3 game copies were sold throughout the world. This is approximately equal to estimated $738 million from direct sales. This marks the record sales ever in the history of entertainment. The good news for Microsoft is that over 7 million copies of the sold game copies were for Xbox platform. This leaves the remaining 5 million number of Sony, Nintendo and PC gaming platforms. Its a sweet news for Xbox platform on its 10th birthday. Btw, Microsoft is giving a free Xbox Avatar prop celebrating its 10th anniversary. Find it here. via: BGR ...

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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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Microsoft today announced a new holiday bundle for Xbox 360 Kinect sensor device. This bundle will retail for US $149 MSRP and will include a Kinect Sensor and three full Kinect Games: Fruit Ninja Kinect, The Gunstringer and Kinect Adventures. This bundle will be available for a limited time while supplies last and individual offers may vary by region. Source: Major Nelson ...

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It has been a long time coming, but it seems Microsoft will soon offer voice control for the Xbox 360 in Australia, if this invitation being sent out the the media there is anything to go by.. Microsoft Australia invites you to experience entertainment. Join us as we share Microsoft’s vision for entertainment featuring natural user interfaces and the first eve Australian media preview of voice control on Kinect for xbox 360. Guests can get hands on with Microsoft’s entertainment products, including soon to be released Xbox 360 games and applications across television, pc and phones. At the event guests will receive a gift enabling them to experience the promise of voice control. Microsoft had earlier said they would enable this service by the end of the year, and appears to be delivering right on time, just before the lucrative holiday season. Read more at Techau.tv Thanks Dawookie for the ...

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Xbox is partnering with Sesame Workshop and National Geographic for producing the next generation of television content which is interactive, live-action, Downloadable, linear episodes run like a normal television show. This new type of content allows children to play games with familiar characters and don virtual costumes that mold to their bodies and play around with the show’s environment. Microsoft is also working on a project called "Project Columbia,” which is a series of such children books. You can watch the video below to know more about this.   Read more on this project at Fast Company. ...

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