Similar to what Microsoft did during the Xbox One launch, Microsoft now allows you to customize a letter to your girl friend/wife to buy an Xbox One. Message from Microsoft, You’re about as excited as a puppy with a new chew toy to get your very own, but there’s a little snag. Someone in your life hasn’t heard about the new generation in games and entertainment. Don’t worry. We got your back. Simply make your case and fill in the blanks below. With your explanation (and a little sucking up), they’re bound to agree Xbox One will be a great addition to both your lives. Here is the letter,   Source: Xbox ...

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Microsoft today announced that the next set of free games for Xbox Live Gold Members in December will be Gears of War* and Shoot Many Robots. Starting Sunday (December 1st)  Gears of War (Normally US $19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through December 15th. Then on December 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Shoot Many Robots (Normally US $9.99) for free. Microsoft’s “Games With Gold” program gives Xbox LIVE Gold Members 2 free games to keep each month. A new title will be available the 1st and 16th of each month. Microsoft also revealed that this plan might come to Xbox One users in the future. Source: Major Nelson ...

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    AT&T today announced that they are ending support for Xbox 360 as a supported U-verse receiver after December 31, 2013. AT&T also announced that they will issue a $60 bill credit to cover that cost of these changes. Dear Valued U-verse® member, We are writing to share important information regarding your Xbox 360®. We will be discontinuing the Xbox 360 as a supported U-verse receiver after December 31, 2013. A previous communication referenced that you would need to purchase an Xbox 360 Gold membership for your Xbox 360 to work with U-verse service. We were planning to issue a $60 bill credit to cover that cost. We will now be issuing a $99 bill credit, which includes the $60, on your U-verse bill within one to two billing cycles. If you would like to order an additional receiver to replace your Xbox please visit att.com/myatt or call us at ...

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Microsoft today posted the full list of items that will be on sale in Xbox 360 Game Store for the upcoming Black Friday week. The deals has already started in Xbox Store and Microsoft will also have more deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can buy games as much as 80% of their original price in the next few days. Find the full list below.  Persistent Week-long Offers (26, Nov. – 2, Dec.) Content Type % off The Bureau XCOM Declassified GonD 67% Deadpool GonD 40% God Mode XBLA 50% Skyrim GOND 50% Skyrim: Dragonborn Add-on 50% Skyrim: Dawnguard Add-on 50% Fallout 3 GOND 50% Fallout 3: Mothership Zeta Add-on 66% Fallout 3: Point Lookout Add-on 66% Fallout 3: The Pitt Add-on 66% Fallout 3: Operation: Anchorage Add-on 66% Fallout 3: Broken Steel Add-on 66% Wolfenstein 3D XBLA 75% The Cave XBLA 75% Rockstar Table Tennis GonD 66% Tomb ...

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According to the report from research firm IHS, Microsoft’s Xbox One costs $471 to build. Microsoft is now selling the console for $499, which leaves very less margin up front when the console is sold. Microsoft expects to earn more money via selling games and services in the future. In comparison, Sony’s PS4 costs $381 to build and it is being sold for $399 in the market. Microsoft’s inclusion of Kinect sensor which costs $75 is the main reason for Xbox One to cost more than Sony PS4.   Rick Sherlund, an analyst with Nomura Securities, has estimated that Microsoft is likely to lose as much as $1 billion this year on the Xbox One, after accounting for research and development plus sales and marketing costs. Typically with videogame systems such as this, the cost of the components does come down, and newer and less-costly components get swapped in over the ...

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Few days back, we reported about the hardware issue affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers. Microsoft responded that they are working directly with those affected to send a replacement console to them as soon as possible through their advance exchange program. In addition to that, Microsoft also announced that these customers will receive free games from Microsoft for the inconvenience caused. While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game. We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios. Source: Microsoft ...

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Today, there were lots of reports that Microsoft is banning users for using excessive profanity during private Skype calls and Xbox Live Upload Studio videos. Microsoft provided the following statement regarding this issue which confirms that Microsoft does not monitor Skype calls for excessive profanity and few user’s accounts got banned due to some bug. However, they have confirmed that excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations in Xbox Live Upload Studio videos will be enforced upon and result in suspension of some or all privileges on Xbox Live. To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls. Also, we take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously. We want a clean, safe and fun environment for all users. Excessive profanity as well as other Code of Conduct violations will be enforced upon ...

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Microsoft produced limited edition Xbox One White units for its employees who worked on Xbox One team. It came with couple of white controllers with “I MADE THIS LAUNCH TEAM 2013″ message on the both the controller. One of such console is now available for bidding on eBay. Currently highest bid amount is $2125! If you want to own this rare product, start bidding. Here is your chance to get a very rare limited edition Xbox One in white.  These were made for Xbox employees only so you will never find these in any store.  The white console and white controller both say “I MADE THIS LAUNCH TEAM 2013″ This item is new, but since it is rare and the first ever to be made available to the public, I had to remove it from the box for pictures. This auction includes; Limited Edition White Xbox One model 1540 w/Kinect ...

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For those who got their new Xbox One units few days back, there is a deal going on at Amazon and Walmart for games. Instead of the regular price of $59, most of the Xbox One games are now available for $49.  Call of Duty, Ryse, FIFA 14 and more popular titles are now available under this deal. Did you try any games on Xbox One? What was your experience? Check out the deals here from Amazon and Walmart. ...

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Microsoft today posted a video showing the highlights of Xbox One launch events around the world. Xbox One is available now in 13 markets worldwide, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland and Austria. From New Zealand to Los Angeles, fan excitement reached a fever pitch around the world. In New Zealand, fans partied at Shed 10 in Auckland as the iconic Sky Tower pulsed green, and one fan made the world’s first official Xbox One purchase. Across the world in London, Xbox One turned entertainment epicenter Leicester Square into Xbox One Square with a glowing, green nexus and fan festivities throughout the day. In New York, zombies, Roman soldiers and jaw-dropping supercars converged on Times Square. As billboards glowed green, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis helped 1,000 fans count down to midnight with an electrifying performance at Best Buy Theater, while thousands more ...

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Yesterday, we reported that few Xbox One customers are reporting hardware issues with the units they received yesterday. Microsoft today responded to these reports that they are replacing the faulty Xbox One units to the few customers who are affected. The issue is affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers. We’re working directly with those affected to get a replacement console to them as soon as possible through our advance exchange program. Rest assured, we are taking care of our customers. Source: Forums ...

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Please see our previous coverage of hardware problems on the PlayStation 4: More PS4 Users Experience Hardware Issues 360 1-star Reviews On Amazon Climbing/ and Cheaper PS4 Experiencing Hardware Issues Already It seems the Xbox One is not without it’s share of hardware problems either.  A number of users are reporting having faulty disk drives and hearing a “grinding/clicking noise.”  Some users have reported that their device will not turn. One user received a device that had been physically damaged.  Right now these appear to be somewhat isolated events, but only time will tell as to how widespread these events are.  There may be more information by Monday if more users report having problems with their consoles. We will keep an eye on this, just as we have been doing with the PS4 and report back when we have more information. Microsoft has released the following statement: “We know that with ...

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Microsoft wants everyone to enjoy their Xbox One consoles as soon as they receive it later today. Since Microsoft is planning mid-night launches throughout the US and other launch countries as well, many Xbox fans may not turn up to their offices tomorrow! Microsoft is well aware of this scenario and it is using this for marketing Xbox One with more consumers. They have launched a microsite where you can generate a fun Doctor’s note to whomever is making you do the thing that is not Xbox One. Play Xbox One. Doctor’s Orders. Xbox One is finally here. It’s time to spend some quality time with your console for a day (or three). That means you might have to get out of some obligations. Luckily, we have the solution. Simply fill in the blanks below and send your official Doctor’s note to whomever is making you do the thing that is not Xbox One. ...

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  Ifixit today posted their Microsoft Xbox One tear down just few hours after its launch. Xbox One scored a repairability score of 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). I think 8 of 10 is a number which should surprise everyone given the recent repairability scores of Surface devices from Microsoft. Ifixit posted their experience as below, Only a few tools are required to take the whole console apart. The opening procedure is similar to, but much easier than, any Xbox 360. Once inside, a clean, no-nonsense modular design allows the drives, fan, heat sink, wireless board, and front daughterboard to be easily replaced. Clips instead of screws make opening the case more difficult than necessary, but the absence of adhesive and proprietary screws helps soften the transgression. The hard drive is relatively difficult to access; you’ll have to void the warranty if you’d like to upgrade/replace it. Source: Ifixit ...

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New Zealand is the first country in the world to launch the Xbox One due to its time zone. And the world’s first Xbox one was officially sold to a customer named Dan. Xbox New Zealand posted the above photo of Dan receiving his Xbox One console. Xbox One releases for retail sale on Friday, November 22, 2013 in 13 markets around the world. Microsoft has planned thousands of mid-night launches across the US to celebrate the launch with Xbox One customers. ...

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When Xbox One console arrives tomorrow, everyone should update their system with Day 1 patches. Once you connect your Xbox One to internet, it will prompt you to download the latest update. During launch day, Xbox Live servers which delivers updates for Xbox One might become slow or broken. In case that happens, Microsoft has alternative plans in place. You can download Day One update to your PC now and use it to update your Xbox One when it is available. Microsoft calls it Emergency Offline Update (EOU), which can be used to perform a system update to a console that’s having trouble downloading the system update from Xbox Live. To perform the EOU, you’ll need: •A USB flash drive formatted as NTFS with a minimum 2 gigabytes (GB) of space •A PC with an Internet connection and a USB port. Read the below instructions carefully before updating it. Step ...

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