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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Kazuo Hirai took over as Sony’s CEO two years ago promising big changes and a return to profitability. Now some are calling for his resignation and he is facing increasing pressure from activist investors to spin off more businesses. Sony has slashed its earnings guidance for the third time this year. Investors are furious and the stock is down nearly 2 percent this morning. Sony now expects a 130 billion yen loss ($1.3 billion).  Sony’s market cap once nearly $70 billion now sits at around $20 billion. Hirai recently brokered a deal to sell off Sony’s VAIO PC unit, but it appears this decision will come at some cost. The company said it would have to write down a further 30 billion yen ($300 million) on its Vaio PC unit, reflecting a sharp drop in sales as consumers shunned the brand following Sony’s decision in February to get out of the business. This ...

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World Wrestling Entertainment network today announced the availability of WWE app for Xbox One system. It allows users to enjoy WWE content through special subscription. STAMFORD, Conn., April 30, 2014 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, is now available on the Xbox One® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Available for only $9.99 a month – with a six month commitment – fans can subscribe to WWE Network at WWE.com, download the WWE Network app on Xbox One*, sign in to their WWE Network account and instantly have access to live and scheduled WWE programming, all 12 live WWE pay-per-view events including Extreme Rules this Sunday at 8 pm ET, as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library. In addition to Xbox One and Xbox 360®, WWE Network is available on connected devices including Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Sony PlayStation® ...

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“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” game is now available on Xbox One and Xbox 360. The gameplay takes place outside the events of the second film in an original story where Spider-Man discovers a larger threat that has turned the underworld upside down. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game story: What started out as the search for a killer very quickly becomes something so much more. In a unique story set alongside the events of the second film, Spider-Man discovers he’s not the only one tracking down Manhattan’s criminals. The underworld has been turned upside down with a one-man campaign of violence and murder that has captured the city in an iron grip of fear. Villains from the film as well as fan-favorite, classic Marvel characters are woven together in a twisted web of adrenaline-fueled, free-roaming, web-slinging action that puts players on a collision course with an evil far beyond Spider-Man’s reckoning. ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are launching Xbox One in China in September. Thanks to the partnership with BesTV, Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. Launching Xbox One in China is a significant milestone both Microsoft and for the industry. Today marks a monumental day for Xbox, as together with our partner BesTV New Media Co., we announced we will bring Xbox One to China in September of this year. This is a historic moment in our partnership as we work toward the first official Xbox launch in China. Xbox One will also be the first system of its kind to launch in China. The culture of games and entertainment is rapidly growing in China, with nearly half a billion people playing games – roughly a third of the country’s population and more than the entire population of North America. The ...

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The creators behind the super hit Halo series is now working on a new game called Destiny. Destiny will be releasing in September for on Xbox One and Xbox 360. Bungie is planning to release a beta of this game in the coming weeks and you can get access to the beta by pre-ordering the game from Amazon. Destiny From the Creators of Halo and the company that brought you Call of Duty. In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend. A Bold New World Embark on an epic action adventure with rich cinematic storytelling where you unravel the mysteries of our universe and reclaim what we lost at the ...

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Microsoft released its third quarter (Q3) earnings earlier today for fiscal year 2014 (FY14). This is the first quarter under new CEO Satya Nadella. The earnings report contained a number of interesting pieces of information including how many Xbox consoles have been sold. For the quarter, Microsoft sold 2.0 million Xbox consoles. Of the 2 million, 1.2 million were Xbox Ones, and we assume the remaining 800,000 are Xbox 360 units. Transactional revenue on the Xbox was up 17%. Sony is currently leading in the number of consoles sold. Sony recently reported they had sold over 7 million PS4s to consumers, 2 million more consoles than the Xbox One. Sony’s PS4 is currently available in over 57 markets, while the Xbox One is only available in 13. Microsoft will expand the availability of the Xbox One this fall to an additional 26 markets. Source: Microsoft ...

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Epic games has announced that Engine source for Xbox One is available to subscribers who are registered developers with Microsoft. For now, deploying projects to Xbox One requires compiling source from GitHub using a Windows computer. Since releasing Unreal Engine 4 to the community last month, Epic was working with Microsoft on a process for opening the engine up to all subscribers seeking to build games for Xbox One. All Unreal Engine subscribers who are registered Xbox developers (including members of the ID@Xbox indie program) can receive access to UE4’s complete source code for their respective console platforms, at no extra cost. For the past two years, some of the world’s leading console developers have been using UE4 to build their next-generation games. They are doing some amazing things, and we’re very excited to be able to open up the console code and tools far more widely! We’re also grateful ...

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Microsoft Xbox executive Don Mattrick joined Zynga as its CEO last year. During their earnings call today, Zynga announced that Alex Garden, currently the general manager of Xbox Music, Video and Reading at Microsoft, will become the first president of Zynga Studios, a new role reporting to Mattrick, on May 5. Alex Garden held various positions like General Manager, Xbox LIVE,  General Manager, Xbox Music, Video and Advertising and more at Interactive and Entertainment business at Microsoft. Microsoft has not confirmed his replacement so far. Look out for those details in next few days. Source: Recode ...

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The Xbox One is currently only available in 13 markets, primarily in North America and Europe. Sony on the other hand has launched the PS4 in over 54 markets and this has helped the company sell 2 million more consoles than the Xbox One. However in the coming months this will soon be changing. Microsoft is expected to launch the Xbox One in 26 new markets this fall. Today the Redmond software giant officially announced that its gaming console will launch in Japan on September 4. Historically, Japan has been a challenging market for Microsoft and continues to be so. Sony’s is headquarted in Japan and remains an extremely popular corporation within the company. However, Microsoft continues to try to push into the market due to the number of game developers in the country. Source: Microsoft Japan ...

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You may recall our reporting on the Atari documentary which is being exclusively produced by Microsoft for the Xbox.  The documentary team ran afoul of the New Mexico state government which put the planned excavation on hold.  But these issues how now been cleared up and the public is invited to see the dig. Major Nelson has announced that Microsoft will be giving away t-shirts to the first 250 people and canteens to the first 75 people at the dig site. There will also be a chance to win a free Xbox One: What’s going on: Prep for  the big dig by playing classic Atari games, courtesy of Gamers Anonymous. Enjoy complementary food and soft drinks, and we’ll be raffling off prizes, including Xbox One games and an Xbox One system. Where: Gamestop 516 1st St, Alamogordo, NM 88310 (map) When: Friday, April 25 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm Please note, the event is free and open ...

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Titanfall for Xbox One and PC was released on March 11th and it was well received by the consumers. The Xbox 360 version of the game was released on April 8th and it is now available for download. All these editions were earlier available for $59.99 USD. Now, Amazon is selling these units under a great deal for just $36.99, a 38% off from its original price. Find the links below to order. Prepare for Titanfall. Crafted by one of the co-creators of Call of Duty and other key developers behind the Call of Duty franchise, Titanfall is an all-new universe juxtaposing small vs. giant, natural vs. industrial and man vs. machine. The visionaries at Respawn have drawn inspiration from their proven experiences in first-person action and with Titanfall are focused on bringing something exciting the next generation of multiplayer gaming. Order Titanfall game from Amazon the following links, Order ...

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We all know that Microsoft is working on original content for Xbox platform. Microsoft hired former CBS Corp. head Nancy Tellem few years back to lead its studio efforts. Microsoft is trying to target the core gaming audience between 18 to 34 years old. Bloomberg today reported many details about Microsoft’s plans for original content. The studio now has six series lined up — including a science-fiction thriller called “Humans” about humanoid robot workers — and more than a dozen projects in development. Speaking to The Guardian, Nancy said that Microsoft wants to be the all-in-one entertainment experience with Xbox. “We want to be the all-in-one entertainment experience, so going into original programming was a natural step for us,” says Nancy Tellem, a former top executive at CBS with credits including CSI and Survivor, who joined Microsoft in late 2012 as entertainment and digital media president, heading its new production ...

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One of the main advantages of Microsoft’s gaming console like Xbox One is the Xbox Live gaming service. Millions of players use Xbox LIVE service to enjoy their gaming everyday and it is the largest gaming service in the world. Xbox Live Operations Centre is the team at Microsoft which handles the day-to-day operations of Xbox LIVE service to keep it online all the time. Located in a windowless room in Microsoft’s Redmond campus, it is manned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. And looming ominously above it all is a massive red digital timer. “Any time there’s a major incident going on that’s either user-impacting or we think it might be user-impacting, we start that clock,” warns Microsoft Gaming Ninja (seriously, that’s actually his title) Eric Neustadter. “We use that to make sure we’re doing the right things at each point in our process. We have playbooks for ...

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