When Microsoft revealed the new Xbox One controller, it looked almost same as the Xbox 360 controller. It didn’t have touchpad or light bar like Sony’s PS4 controller. You will be surprised to hear that Microsoft invested well over $100 million for developing this Xbox One controller. When Microsoft started this project of developing next generation Xbox One controller, they were aware of the fact that people just love Xbox 360 controller and it was the best in class controller. “We knew that there were things we could improve, even though it was the best-in-class controller,” said Microsoft senior industrial designer Quintin Morris. “We absolutely look at our competition, because we respect the competition,” said Alam. “But quite frankly, in the controller space, we are convinced that our device is the best in class. I think it’s a well-known fact. You double-check and look around you to make sure you’re ...

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  Microsoft announced the Machinima app for Xbox One last month. It features Machinima Wingman, an exclusive Snap mode-enabled companion experience that will be available on Xbox One from Nov 22nd. Today, they revealed the official list of titles that will be available at launch. Machinima will create 30 custom Machinima Wingman videos for each game title that will automatically populate in the Snap window after saying “Xbox, Snap Machinima.” At launch, you can find exclusive videos for: “Dead Rising 3” “Battlefield 4” “Ryse: Son of Rome” “Call of Duty: Ghosts” Some achievements include: License and Registration: Simply download the Machinima App. n00b: Watch a video on the Machinima App. Thanks for the Sub: Subscribe to a show, game or partner on the Machinima App. Addict: Launch the Machinima App 10 times within 30 days. Night Owl: Launch the Machinima App between 1 and 4 a.m. local time. You Can Be My Wingman ...

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It seems to me this will be a series of posts, please read Part I of our in-depth chronicling of the hardware issues plaguing the PS4: http://microsoft-news.com/cheaper-ps4-experiencing-hardware-issues-already/ Well I must congratulate Sony for copying Microsoft so successfully.  In an effort to emulate some of the successes of the Xbox 360, Sony has included their own version of the RROD (Red Ring of Death) in the PS4, let me introduce to you the Blue Light of Death (BLOD). The difference between the RROD and BLOD, is the BLOD is appearing immediately or only after a few hours of use, pointing to bad components/build quality, while the Xbox 360 had heating issues, which caused problems over time.  On top of that, Sony’s rating for the PS4 is plummeting on Amazon, two days back the PS4 had a 4.5 rating on Amazon.com, toady the rating has dropped to 3.5 stars.  Generally when you looks at the overall reviews you want to sees a decreasing cascade ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Internet Explorer experience for Xbox One. Internet Explorer for Xbox One comes with support for modern web standards like HTML5 and CSS3, so all your websites should look the same as in desktop. With Xbox One you can navigate the web with your voice, use gesture input with Kinect, grab an Xbox One controller, or pick up a companion device with the Xbox SmartGlass app. Finally, any pinned sites or favorites you saved in Internet Explorer on your Xbox 360 will be pulled forward to your Xbox One. Apart from web standards support, Microsoft has also added feature like website pinning, multiple tabs, inPrivate browsing, SmartScreen, Cookie blocking, and Do Not Track. As you expect, IE supports snap mode in Xbox One as well. As it is a Xbox One app, it supports voice and gesture as well. Hands off Xbox One features brand new support for ...

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Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet will launch on AT&T next week on November 22.  Pricing on two-year contract will start at $399.99. If you want the device off contract, it will cost you $499. If you are ready to buy the device along with Lumia 1520 or Lumia 1020 or Lumia 925, you need to pay just $199 on contract. Some quick specs: 10.1 inch Display Keyboard Cover LTE 8,000 mAh battery 6.7 megapixel rear camera Nokia bundled apps including HERE maps, camera app, Storyteller image app Runs Windows RT Qualcomm Processor November 22 is a big day for Microsoft and Nokia.  The Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Xbox One will both accompany the launch of the 2520. I suspect some our readers may be filing for bankruptcy quite soon (j/k). Availability on Verizon is still unclear at this time. Source: Nokia ...

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Many mainstream news outlets are reporting on users having hardware problems with Sony’s PS4.  The problem got bad enough where Sony’s President of PlayStation, Shuhei Yoshida, took to twitter to release a statement: “Be assured we are investigating reported PS4 issues. The number is very small compared to shipped, we believe they are isolated incidents.” The current PR spin by Sony is that these problems are only being experienced by users who received the PS4 earlier then the general public.  However, this may be a hint of the lack of quality control going on in the Sony production line. A cheaper console has its consequences, and one of these may have been a more relaxed quality control to save money. Kotaku, in their PS4 review, noted their first console did not work at all, and had to subsequently go procure another console.  Many users on Reddit are also complaining of issues ...

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In recent years, Microsoft has had a rich history of being quite friendly to their competitors.  For years now, the IE team has been sending cakes & cupcakes to the Mozilla Firefox team with every major release of their browser.  More recently Microsoft has been extending their services on other platforms such as iOS and Android and ensuring interoperability with other browsers such as Firefox & Chrome.  Early this morning the Xbox team sent out a congratulatory note to Sony via twitter for a successful PS4 launch. I suspect we will see a similar tweet from Sony next week, when the Xbox One is finally launched.   Our friend Tom Warren, jokes about the feelings of fanboys with this act of kindness… Have any of you picked up a PS4? Please share your experience so far in the comments below… Source: Twitter ...

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Microsoft announced Games with Gold program that offers free Xbox 360 games to qualifying Xbox Live Gold members few months back. Since then there were lots of free games offered to Xbox 360 users every month. Major Nelson today tweeted that access to free games each month is coming for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One. More details on this program will be announced in 2014. This seems to be a great deal! What do you think? Source: Major Nelson ...

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Warner Bros. today announced that the next-generation Lego Marvel Super Heroes adventure game won’t be available on November 22 as previously announced. Also they didn’t announce any firm release date as well. “Lego Marvel Super Heroes is coming to next-gen consoles, but the game will not be releasing on the Xbox One console on November 22,” “We will provide a release date for Lego Marvel Super Heroes on Xbox One as soon as possible.” After Ubisoft’s Watch Dog got delayed from being a launch title for both Xbox One and PS4, Lego Marvel Super Heroes has become the second title for Xbox One which will be not be available on Nov 22nd. via: MCV ...

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This is really impressive! Major Nelson today posted a short video showing how Xbox One can power up and log in your voice command. In just 13 seconds, Xbox One was able to power up and log in to the home screen. First, it listened to your voice command through Kinect to wake up the machine, then again it used Kinect’s skeleton tracking/facing recognition to login to your personal profile. And all under 13 seconds in just an impressive thing. If you are more into privacy issues, you can as usual power on your Xbox One using your controller. Watch the video above. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft Xbox team today revealed their plans to celebrate the launch of Xbox One with Xbox fans around the world, when it launches next Friday, Nov. 22. Microsoft has planned more than 10,000 retail locations for mid-night launches. More than 10,000 retail locations in 13 countries will open their doors at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 22 to welcome fans amidst great fanfare. Festivities will kick off in major cities around the world, starting in Auckland, NZ and continuing through Sydney, London, New York City and Los Angeles, uniting fans who have come together to celebrate the availability of Xbox One. The celebrations will be showcased in a live broadcast airing on Spike TV, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, also on Xbox.com and on Xbox Live. “Today we invite millions of Xbox fans around the world to join us for the launch of Xbox One, beginning on Nov. 21 as we ...

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Microsoft today posted couple of videos to demonstrate two main features of Xbox One. One is the new snap view which allows you to multitask on Xbox One. You can snap two apps at the same time on your TV screen. For example, Live TV and game at the same time, or IE and a video. Another video shows off the new personalization features on Xbox One. Watch them below. Yusuf Mehdi demonstrates how to use the new Snap feature to multitask on Xbox One We built Xbox One to be your Xbox One.  Major Nelson talks with Emily and Zach from the Xbox team about choice and personalization on Xbox One. ...

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Microsoft has started releasing TV commercials to promote its upcoming Xbox One entertainment console. The latest commercial is titled “Xbox One: Retirement Home”. It features former NFL stars Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher discussing about their lives after retirement through Xbox One. This ad shows off the new snap mode functionality in Xbox One where they both play Madden NFL 25 and at the same time having a chat using Kinect. Watch the ad above. You can watch the previous ad here. ...

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Microsoft today detailed the new SkyDrive experience on Xbox One. SkyDrive on Xbox One allows you to enjoy your photos and videos, or those shared with you, on the big screen. Yes, you can view SkyDrive albums shared with you along with your own content. Microsoft downloads a 1080p thumbnail of the photo you view, but when you want to zoom and pan, Microsoft downloads the full version of the photo. There is also a cool slideshow feature that will enhance the viewing experience. SkyDrive app also takes advantage of exclusive Xbox One features such as OneGuide, Snap view, voice and gesture support and more. The Xbox is an all-in-one entertainment device. To help you find content, the Xbox OneGuide is the single source to browse and find live TV, on-demand streaming video from apps, or even your own SkyDrive photos or videos. Apps can plug into the OneGuide platform and show content in the ...

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Microsoft has released its second TV commercial for Xbox One in the US. This 30 second TV ad shows the feature in Xbox One which recognizes people in front of the console and allows them to switch to their profile with simple voice commands. It’s a fun commercial as well, check it out. Official 30 Sec United States TV Commercial of the Xbox One System Day One Edition Console. In Stores November 22, 2013. Welcome to a new generation of games and entertainment. Where games push the boundaries of realism. And television obeys your every command. Where listening to music while playing a game is a snap. And you can jump from TV to movies to music to a game in an instant. Where your experience is custom tailored to you. And the entertainment you love is all in one place. Welcome to the all-in-one, Xbox One. via: Neowin ...

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  When Microsoft demoed an experimental technology which would be able to stream Xbox games to Windows 8 and Windows Phone handsets at its annual company meeting few months back, there were lots of speculations that Microsoft might solve Xbox 360 games incompatibility with Xbox One by using this technology. Speaking to Polygon, Microsoft said that current network speed restrictions across the world is making the cloud streaming technology “too problematic”. “It could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box,” Penello told GameSpot, referring to Sony’s still-unproven solution for prior-generation compatibility on PlayStation 4. “We just have to figure out how, over time, how much does that cost to deliver, how good is the experience.” “The Microsoft Company Meeting is a great place to demonstrate many exciting possibilities, but we don’t have any specific plans to share at this time.” “It’s ...

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