Want to get an early start on Black Friday, without leaving your sofa?  The Microsoft Store is offering deep discounts on popular Xbox 360 games. The brand new Forza Horizon is only $14.99, 75% off. Dance Central 3 also clocks in at $14.99, while Borderlands 2 comes in at $24.99, NFS: Most Wanted also $24.99, and Dishonored $24.99. See more deals at the Microsoft Store here. Via Joystiq.com ...

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Telecompaper reports the Xbox Live TV service in the Netherlands has been considerably bulked up, with console owners how being able to watch films and TV from Pathe Thuis, Eredivisie Live, RTL XL and other providers Live TV will also soon be available, pending on-going negotiations with suppliers. Microsoft has been positioning the Xbox 360 as the premier living room video service, with 40% of US owners using it on a weekly basis to watch streaming video. ...

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Today, ESPN on Xbox reloaded with a significant update. The app now includes ALL of ESPN’s live network programming through WatchESPN including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, Buzzer Beater and Goal Line. Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers can watch all their favorite sports and shows live, including SportsCenter, SportsNation and the Mike and Mike Show, as well as ESPN’s coverage of the NFL, including Monday Night Football, MLB and the NBA. ESPN on Xbox, now powered by WatchESPN, offers the following features: My Sports. ESPN on Xbox allows you to choose your favorite sports and teams and designate these channels as “My Sports,” so you can jump directly into the games and content you care most about. ESPN on Xbox will automatically provide you with a personalized daily feed of live events, news and highlights based on “My Sports,” catching you up on only the teams and sports you care most about. ...

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Major Nelson has revealed the official list of Black Friday deals for the Xbox 360. Next week Friday the 23rd the following deals and bundles will be available at great discounts: Select Xbox 360 consoles and bundles*: Walmart will offer an exclusive special edition glossy white Xbox 360 4GB console and controller with “Skylanders” and exclusive “Skylanders” figurine, for $149.99 USD (ERP). Best Buy, Fred Meyer, Fry’s and Newegg will carry the Xbox 360 250GB console with “Skyrim” and “Forza 4: Essentials Edition” for $199.99 USD (ERP). Target, Amazon, Sam’s Club, Meijer, Kmart and Microsoft Stores will offer the Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect and “Kinect Disneyland Adventures” for $199.99 USD (ERP). Additional retailers will offer a variety of exclusive deals including: GameStop: Xbox 360 250GB console with “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” for $249.99 USD (ERP) RadioShack: Xbox 360 4GB console with a wired headset for $169.99 ...

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Microsoft is sending, completely unprompted, special Xbox 360 consoles and controllers to Xbox Live members who have spent more than 10 years with the service. Kotaku has some pictures from a reader who has already received the box, which is emblazoned with a decade of entertainment" logo on the side of the console, as well as a cool little touch on the disc tray door, with a special "XBL10" plate. The gift is to celebrate to years of Xbox Live, which only debuted in October 2002, making those who are receiving the gift now the earliest of early adopters. Read more about the offer at Kotaku here. ...

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In Activision’s recent earnings call  CEO Bobby Kotick let slip an interesting titbit regarding next generation consoles in 2013. “We can’t really talk too much about next generation console plans, but I think it’s safe to say you have a Wii U coming out and there will be another new console coming and we expect that they’ll be very successful,” Kotick said. The Wii U will be coming out in 2012, and is at present not expected to set the world on fire, due disappointing performance and limited features, which only come close to current gen consoles released more than 7 years ago. There are already strong rumours that the next Xbox will be released in Q4 2013, which may mean Microsoft will have the next crucial holiday season mostly to itself. Of course there are also rumours of Sony introducing their next gen console at E3 next year. Given ...

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More than two years ago Microsoft started allowing users to expand their device storage using a USB Flash drive. This was limited to 16 GB per drive however, irrespective of the size of the drive. Now in the latest Fall Dashboard update Microsoft has quietly enabled support for up to 32 GB of flash drive storage, with Microsoft saying: "Yes. The more our customers use their profile and download digital content, the larger the file size necessary to store that content and move it between consoles gets. Therefore we increased the size of the memory to enable our customers to take more of their Xbox profile with them on the go." Other features brought by the update was Internet Explorer, Smartglass support and enhanced search functionality. Via JoyStiq.com ...

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Microsoft has announced the new Xbox 360 2012 console bundle. The options include games bundled, as well as XBox 360′s in various hard drive sizes.  First the Xbox 360 4GB with Kinect Holiday Bundle includes Kinect Adventures and Kinect Disneyland Adventures.  The Xbox 360 250GB Holiday Console bundle comes with Forza Motorsports 4, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim games.  Finally the Xbox 360 250GB with Kinect Holiday Console bundle includes Kinect Sports and Dance Central 2. In addition, each of these holiday bundles are available with their ‘bonus’ bundle for $20 more…  For that additional $20 you get $80 in items including: $10 Amazon Instant Video Credit – great to use on the Xbox 360 Amazon App… 3 Month Xbox LIVE Card – can be used to extend existing memberships or establish new 5 Digital Arcade Games Save $50 on select Xbox 360 Consoles, including the newly announced 2012 ...

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Video game analyst site VGChartz have estimated that 3.1 million copies of Microsoft’s new edition of Halo have been sold in the first 24 hours, beating all previous versions. It is estimate than more than 4 million copies will be sold in the first week. The number is 15% up on Halo 3 and Halo 3:Reach, with 1.9 million copies believed to have been sold in the US alone. The game, 343 Industries’ first, has been very well received by critics, with some even calling it the best game of 2012, and was launched in part by having 10,000 stores open at midnight on the 8th November around the world. Via BGR.com ...

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Only a few weeks after the release of the Android app the iOS version of Xbox SmartGlass is now in the App Store. Xbox SmartGlass app lets iOS users navigate their Xbox 360 with swipe and tap, use your phone’s keyboard to type to your Xbox 360 and browse the Internet on your Xbox 360 with full keyboard. The app also lets you connect with your Xbox friends, track and compare your achievements, and change up your 3D avatar. iOS users can find the app in the App Store here. The arrival of the app means all the major smartphone operating systems are now covered, making the Xbox 360 capable of remote control from virtually any smartphone. ...

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The reviews are rolling in for Halo 4, and the game is universally being very well received, scoring 89/100 on Metacritic, and receiving 100/100 from multiple sites. The game is the first edition under the stewardship of 343 Industries, and the result has exceeded expectations. A staff of more than 340 worked on the title, which IGN has called “possibly the best game of 2012” IGN concludes: After soaking in the new game, I am beyond thrilled to be so in love with Halo again, more than I’ve been since Halo 2. Halo 4 is a masterstroke everyone can and should celebrate, and its two guaranteed sequels instantly make the next-generation Xbox a must-own system, with Halo 5 its most anticipated title. Halo has been rebuilt. It has been redefined. And it has been reinvigorated. The Xbox’s original king has returned to his rightful place on the throne. The game ...

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Forza Horizon is one of the first Smartglass-enabled Xbox 360 apps to hit the market is is now available for use on your Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 8 PC or Android handset. The app adds an interactive map of Colorado that interfaces with the game. Players can pinch and zoom in SmartGlass to explore the map, and tap to set waypoints that will then be automatically routed in the game. You can also use the map to find special items, like the upgrade discount signs and race events. You can filter by content type on the map to find events easily, and play the full game without pausing to look at your map. Other Smartglass-enhanced apps set to hit the market include Halo Waypoint, Kinect Sesame Street TV, and video apps like ESPN, NBA Game Time, UFC, the Elections 2012 app, HBO Go, MSN, NBC News, NOW TV, Slacker ...

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It seems like Apple has been a victim of their own success as their crowded stores turn away some potential customers. After being bitterly turned down by a seemingly ‘far too busy’ Apple store, customer Tonicia Abdur-Salaam turned to Microsoft to provide her school –Richfield’s Partnership Academy K-5 charter school- with the 24 desktop PC’s and a few laptops she was in urgent need of. Not only did Microsoft staff provide her with technical assistance and set up of the computers, but the friendly team threw in a couple Xbox 360’s free of charge. So far, 15 million people have experienced the friendly, insightful service the Microsoft stores have to offer.  In fact, twincities.com reports that 97% of surveyed customers said they preferred Microsoft products to Apple products.  Maybe this could have something to do with the fact that Apple stores are far too ‘packed’ according to Tim Nelson, president ...

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With the new Xbox Console update comes a new search experience, courtesy of Bing. The update brings improved voice recognition capabilities and accuracy of Bing on Xbox, but also other features including: Search the Web from Your TV: With the addition of “Internet Explorer,” you can now search across the web, as well as the content on your Xbox, to find the most relevant results. Bing on Xbox also searches YouTube for web original video. So, if you’re searching for a film with Jason Statham, you not only get results for his movies from within Xbox, but you can also view related web content within the same search. Music Search: With Bing as the search service for Xbox, you can search the new Xbox Music service for your favorite artist, song or album, and then sit back and enjoy. Similarly, Bing will power the search in the new Xbox Music ...

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The Halo 4 trailer is long anticipated, being directed by Oscar-nominated director David Fincher, best known for directing The Social Network and Fight Club. The video shows the origin of Masterchief and the new evil he will be fighting in the latest edition of the saga. Halo 4 is set to be released exclusively for the Xbox 360 on the 6th November, and will sell for $59.99, but is also available as past of the Xbox 360 Halo console bundle. Via BGR ...

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If you are looking to finally get onto the Xbox 360 bandwagon the holiday season is the best time to do so, as the price of the console has once again plummeted, and Microsoft has arranged some attractive bundles which means you will not have to hunt to find the latest and best games either. Microsoft is offering a $50-off pricing promotion on select Xbox 360 consoles and bundles available at select major national retailers. The $50-off price promotion will apply to: 250GB Xbox 360 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect 250GB Xbox 360 with Kinect This brings the price of the cheapest console to $245  for the 250GB Xbox 360  or $249,96 for the 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect . The bundles available include: 250GB Xbox 360 with Kinect  and “Dance Central 2,” “Kinect Sports,” and “Kinect Adventures” and one month of Xbox LIVE Gold for $399.99 USD (ERP) 4GB ...

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