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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As reported yesterday, Microsoft today announced that all the entertainment apps will be available for free to all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. Previously, only Xbox Live Gold subscribers were allowed to enjoy these apps. Popular entertainment apps will be available for all Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. Xbox 360 has been a leader in delivering entertainment experiences for years, with over 170 global entertainment apps and experiences available today. We’re constantly adding new partners and experiences to the growing catalog on Xbox One. Coming in June, anyone with an Xbox will be able to access popular entertainment experiences – whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. This includes great gaming apps like Machinima, Twitch and Upload, popular video services like Netflix, Univision Deportes, GoPro, Red Bull TV and HBO GO, sports experiences like the NFL app for Xbox One, MLB.TV, NBA Game Time, NHL ...

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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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Currently, Xbox console users are required to have Xbox Live Gold subscription to enjoy streaming media apps such as Netflix, Hulu and others. This situation may soon change according to the latest report from Ars. According to their, Microsoft is planning to drop the Xbox Live Gold requirement for streaming media services. According to our sources, Xbox 360 and Xbox One users will soon no longer need a paid subscription to Xbox Live Gold to access Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming media apps. To make up this change, Microsoft may move some other services behind the paywall to ask customers pay a premium. Microsoft is preparing a range of original content for Xbox users, users may need a Xbox Live Gold subscription to access these content. Microsoft previously said that some of the upcoming Xbox Originals will be free to view, while some may be behind the paywall. Paying $60/year for an ...

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Redspawn today released the Titanfall: Expedition Gameplay Trailer. Titanfall: Expedition is the first DLC that will be available for the Xbox One and PC this May and for Xbox 360 in June. It includes three new maps Swampland, Runoff, and War Games which add even more action and intensity to the Frontier. Titanfall Expedition is the first of three new content packs with each pack available for $9.99. If you buy Titanfall Season Pass for $24.99, it will include all three DLCs which will be released. In the wake of the Battle of Demeter, IMC Expeditionary Forces travel deep into Frontier space to recover from their recent defeat. On an uncharted world, the IMC begin construction of a new fleet operations base, using newly acquired water collection and filtration plants to support the new base. When drainage operations reveal ancient ruins and artifacts of an unknown origin in a nearby swamp, ...

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International Data Corporation (IDC) research firm recently released their forecast on the new packaged video game and entertainment console systems. They reported that Sony’s PS4 will emerge with the largest global installed base of any console by the end of 2016. They also predicted that Microsoft will unbundle Kinect from Xbox One to reduce the price in the market and thereby increasing the sales against Sony’s PS4. This seems to be a strange prediction given the fact that Microsoft has openly said that they have no plans to unbundle Kinect from Xbox One. There was a bright spot for Microsoft in the report, they suggested that China remains the biggest global wild card. Microsoft recently announced that Xbox One will be available in China from this September. “If Microsoft unbundles the Kinect sensor from the Xbox One console as we expect in 2015, this should lead to rough price parity with ...

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Microsoft today posted a video on YouTube talking about the design of Xbox One gaming console. They were highlighting about the seamless integration of Xbox One hardware and software through a unified design language. The design language, which uses a series of tiles and fluid motion, is steeped in the same DNA as Modern UI, the unifying language shared by Microsoft products like Windows 8 and Microsoft Surface. It draws inspiration from 16:9, which is the number that describes the width-to-height ratio most common in today’s high-definition wide screen TVs. The aspect ratio is naturally pleasing to the eye, and synonymous with cinematic presentation and the living room entertainment experience, two qualities that the Xbox team wanted embodied by Xbox One. The video also teases the upcoming Halo 5 game. Microsoft is expected to reveal Halo 5 game at E3 2014 in June. Another video titled Xbox One Design “Tell” ...

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Sunset Overdrive game was announced during E3 2013 during Microsoft keynote as a Xbox One exclusive. Sunset Overdrive is an always changing, open-world shooter set in the not-so-distant future. The story is like this, a catastrophic event has left your city overrun by mutants. While the majority perish or transform, you flourish. It turns out your calling isn’t picking up trash or serving food, it’s mutant destruction. With an arsenal of kick-ass, overpowered weapons and a knack for traversing the city with hyper agility, it’s not the end of days for you. Welcome to your Awesomepocalypse The city’s overrun with mutants. Problem? Not for you. Sunset Overdrive is a playground of post-apocalyptic possibilities. Vault, grind & wall-run while using a deadly & unconventional arsenal. With hyper-agility, unique weapons, & customizable abilities, it rewrites the rules of shooters while delivering an irreverent adventure. Factions You’re not the only one embracing the Awesomepocaplypse. ...

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After Sony’s E3 2014 PS4 related announcements got leaked on to the internet, it’s time for some Microsoft news. A new blog has posted bunch of information as Microsoft’s E3 2014′s announcements. It’s highly possible that it could be true. There are some Xbox exclusive games, Games with Gold program for Xbox One and other related announcements.  Forza Horizon 2 will be announced for release in October 2014 vai Playground Games. It will once again be open world and set in Louisiana, Missisips, New Mexico, Texas and Arkansas. Full day/night cycle, real time weather. Estimated 80 hour single player. Ryse 2 is in development and will be announced at the show in a real-time in-game trailer. Gone is the Roman period, enter the medieval setting. The game will offer more freedom of exploration and a refined combat system. The main character is a sell-sword of sorts with a greater destiny. This ...

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If you are a NFL fan, you will be eagerly waiting for 2014 NFL Draft hoping that maybe this season is your team’s year. If addition to the existing feature-packed NFL experience Xbox One offers to football fans, starting today, Xbox Gold members will be able to experience the 2014 NFL Draft with an all-new draft channel and all-new draft-related content. On Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10, all Xbox Live Gold Members can get up close with the NFL Draft, by streaming the event live through the NFL app on Xbox One. The Draft Tracker can be snapped on your TV screen while you are watching something else with your family. The app works like you’d expect: The teams are listed in their draft order, with details on what kinds of players they still need. When they make a pick, the app updates instantly and shows who got ...

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New Xbox head Phil Spencer answered lots of questions from Xbox fans and followers on Twitter. Few things were quite interesting, which you can read below. He confirmed that Microsoft will not do a dedicated handheld gaming device. Microsoft is focusing on gaming on Windows Phone and Windows tablets and controller support may come someday. Also, he answered few queries on E3 announcement. He said that Cortana won’t be part of the E3 presentation. He confirmed that Microsoft will announce new IP and new sequels at E3 this year in June. @mattwestcott There was an idea to use Cortana as the VOG for the show, I didn’t like that. I like WP feature but don’t want to overdo it. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 5, 2014 <blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”> @slade6alpha I know external storage is something people are asking for and need. Watch the monthly updates. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on a “Halo” television series in association with Steven Spielberg. The “Halo” television series is a groundbreaking original series based on the award-winning “Halo” franchise. Award-winning filmmaker, director and producer Steven Spielberg will executive produce the live-action TV series, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television. Today, Variety reported some information regarding this upcoming Xbox Original. Xbox Entertainment Studios is deep in negotiations with Showtime to develop a live-action “Halo” drama series that is a high priority for the Microsoft production unit headed by Nancy Tellem. Xbox Studios has been developing a drama series spin on the vidgame franchise with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV banner for more than a year. It’s understood that the company is close to a deal with a pair of showrunners to steer the series adaptation of the expansive bible developed by screenwriter Stuart Beattie, but the deal ...

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On March 13, 2014, during the launch of Titanfall, Raymond Cox (Xbox Gamertag ‘Stallion83′) became the first gamer to achieve 1,000,000 Gamerscore. As Stallion83 has become a celebrity in gaming circles for his love for gaming, Xbox Wire interviewed him to know about how he arrived at this huge number, what’s his next goal from here on and more. Xbox Wire: OK, so let’s step back, then. How’d you end up being the first to 100,000? What made you go for that goal? How hard was that to achieve, and how did that compare with 1,000,000? Stallion83: I guess it was around early 2006 when I really fell for the achievement system. I got all of the “Call of Duty 2″ achievements, and then I was forever hooked — so from there I just started racking up the points and trying to get my Gamerscore as high as possible. First to 100,000 ...

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Microsoft today detailed the upcoming Xbox One system update that will roll out for folks in the early access program beginning this week. This update will be rolled out to other users in May. This update include a new sound mixer for snapped apps, chat volume controls when using Kinect and the option to help us improve speech recognition. 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. ...

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American James McGee is an American game designer. He is perhaps best known as the designer of American McGee’s Alice. McGee recently commented on Microsoft’s annoucnment of having their console legally available in China (starting in September) with a lengthy facebook post: It’s a good thing Microsoft is rolling in cash, because they’ve just made announcement of a plan that’s going to cost them dearly. Of course no one reporting on this is any wiser to the blunder than Microsoft, so here are my Top 5 reasons why Xbox One will fail in China: 1. Can’t sell sand at the beach. Xbox One, PS4 (and all previous generations of consoles) are ALREADY IN CHINA. There is NO effective ban. Go to Taobao (www.taobao.com) and punch in “Xbox One” or “PS4.” You will find (as will Chinese consumers) consoles and games available for next-day shipping to your doorstep in China. 2. The set-top box ...

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