As we reported last week, Microsoft today confirmed that external storage support is coming to Xbox One next month. Microsoft today revealed the Xbox One system update coming in the month of June. This update will allow users to connect external storage devices which are higher than 256GB to their Xbox One and install apps, games and others on it. Also, Microsoft has added support for real names in Xbox profile which will help users identify people better. Microsoft has also made tons of improvements in the SmartGlass apps for Xbox One. Microsoft is expanding the availability of OneGuide and TV features in lots of markets. Read about it in detail below. External Storage: It couldn’t be easier to increase your storage capacity of games and apps with the external storage support features we’re bringing in June. Your Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives ...

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Microsoft Skype team today announced the availability of the long awaited feature in Xbox One Skype experience. Skype for Xbox One now offers a new Snap calling experience. Along with this new Snap experience, Microsoft reported that this update also includes a few other bug fixes such as improved start-up time to make Skype for Xbox One even better. As you’ll remember, Snap makes it possible to experience two apps on your Xbox One at once – like watching TV while looking up sports scores in Internet Explorer. Previously, you could only Snap other apps into Skype for Xbox One. With this update, the reverse is now possible, allowing you to now Snap a Skype video or voice call intoother app experiences. See your best friend’s face as you narrowly beat them in Forza Motorsport 5. Or watch your mom’s favorite movie while on a video call with her, the next ...

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Along with the March system update for Xbox One, Microsoft enabled Twitch game broadcasting feature for all the gamers on Xbox One. Microsoft also shared some numbers on Twitch on Xbox One. In short, the engagement is much more than Sony’s PS4. Xbox Live members worldwide are spending an average of 5 hours per day exploring apps, playing games, and watching TV on Xbox One. Twitch on Xbox One has played a big role in the increase in Xbox One usage since the app added broadcasting on March 10. In fact, nearly 23 million minutes have been broadcast from Twitch on Xbox One since launch. This includes more than 2.7 million minutes broadcast from Xbox One March 10-11, the most ever for a Twitch console app in its first day. Additionally, 30 percent of all Twitch unique broadcasters were broadcasting from Xbox One during the app’s first day. Given this ...

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Natural Resources Defense Council has recently released a report on energy consumption in latest generation gaming consoles including Xbox One, Sony PS4, etc,. The Sony PS4 and Microsoft Xbox One consume two to three times more annual energy than the most recent models of the previous generation. Some of the key findings of the report, The new consoles consume more energy each year playing video or in standby mode than playing games. The Xbox One and PS4 consume two to three times more annual energy than the latest models of their predecessors, the Xbox 360 and PS3. While the new versions are more powerful, the two- to three-fold increase in energy use is due to higher power demand in standby and on modes and, in the case of the Xbox One, more time switched on due to its TV viewing mode. In this mode, the console is used in addition to ...

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As announced earlier this month, Xbox One system update that includes new audio controls, opt-in setting for improving voice recognition is now rolling out to all Xbox One users. Find the full change log below. 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. Opt-In to Help Improve Speech Recognition Being able to control your Xbox One with voice commands can be a magical moment and we want ...

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Engadget today reported that Microsoft is working on bringing ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ for Xbox One which will be released later this year. This Halo collection is expected to include Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 and are being collected in a Master Chief-focused HD remaster coming from Microsoft. Engadget also reports that Halo: Reach and Halo 3: ODST  won’t be part of this collection. Our sources say that the set will zero in on Halo‘s most famous soldier to refresh audience’s memories ahead of Halo 5: Guardians‘ release, so curiosities like Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach likely won’t be a part of the package. The game’s developer is unknown at this point, but considering that Saber Interactive handled Combat Evolved Anniversary and is also working on an unannounced Xbox One project, the team is a likely suspect. Also unclear are plans for digital distribution, resolution and ...

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My new role will be leading Global Product Marketing for Xbox 1st party games, 3rd party games, & Xbox Entertainment Studios. — Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) May 16, 2014 Aaron Greenberg, who was the chief of staff at Xbox team in Microsoft announced via Twitter that he is now leaving the role for new one. After 3.5 years in his previous role, he is now joining the Xbox marketing team. His new role will be leading Global Product Marketing for Xbox 1st party games, 3rd party games, & Xbox Entertainment Studios. Xbox division is under a pressure these days as their top leadership team has changed and also Sony PS4 posted higher sales than Xbox One for 4 consecutive months. In response, Microsoft has recently announced a cheaper Xbox One SKU that will go on sale at $399 without Kinect sensor. You can pre-order this Xbox One Console – Standard Edition ...

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Microsoft 343 Industries today confirmed the they are moving forward with the popular Halo franchise with the upcoming “Halo 5: Guardians” title. “Halo” isn’t simply a perennial game franchise, it’s a part of the Xbox platform itself. In terms of innovation and ideation, it’s sometimes important to people who might not even play “Halo.” And of course it’s a passion and an essential experience for two generations of gamers. So we asked ourselves, how do we begin and where do we go with “Halo” on Xbox One? In the past, “Halo” games have pushed the Xbox forward, showcasing the console and its ecosystem in entertaining and innovative ways. Making a “Halo” game that runs at 60 frames per second, on dedicated servers, with the scope, features and scale we’ve been dreaming of for more than a decade, is non-trivial. It’s a task that we, at 343 Industries, are taking very ...

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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. This game represents a number of firsts for Insomniac Games. It is their first open world game, its first title built from the ground up exclusively for Xbox, and it’s more. Xbox Wire has an interview with several folks working on Sunset Overdrive about what’s new in Sunset Overdrive on Xbox One. Read the full interview here. Sunset Overdrive has given us the chance to go farther than we have before when it comes to traversal and combat, and really, for the first time in a long time, ...

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  Coming in June, popular entertainment apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, YouTube, Twitch, ESPN, NFL, Xbox Music, and experiences such as Internet Explorer, Skype, OneDrive, OneGuide, and Upload Studio for Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be available to everyone with an Xbox Live account—whether or not you have an Xbox Live Gold membership. Microsoft announced this changes yesterday along with the announcement about new low powered Xbox One SKU that starts at $399 without Kinect. Because of this announcement, many non-gamers may want to cancel their Xbox Live Gold subscription. Microsoft today announced that starting in June, customers can cancel and receive a pro-rata refund of any unused remaining days between the date of cancellation and the date their paid Gold membership ends. Will I be able to cancel my Gold membership? Yes. Once the Xbox One and Xbox 360 system updates become available in June, Xbox Live ...

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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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