Microsoft today provided an update on their launch plans for Xbox One. It is not a great news for lot of fans in various countries as Microsoft announced that they are scaling back on Xbox One launch to 13 markets instead of 21 as announced at E3. At E3, we announced that Xbox One would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch. This was an aggressive goal and the team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible. Our priority is ensuring our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available. To do that, and in order to meet demand, we have adjusted the number of markets that will receive Xbox One in November to 13 markets, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, in November. ...

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Microsoft hopes to avoid the hardware failures it had with the Xbox 360 when it releases the Xbox One.  Red Rings of Death (RROD) ended up costing Microsoft over a billion dollars and the company has taken a number of steps to ensure overheating problems will be a thing of the past.  The Xbox One is much more intelligent now and can recognize if it is overheating.  Gizmodo chatted with Xbox General Manager of Console Development Leo del Castillo: So here’s a cool thing the Xbox One can do: It automatically recognizes when it’s overheating—probably because you’re an idiot and left a pizza box on top of it—and can adjust on the fly. In fact, it’s designed with extra room to make those adjustments. I asked how Microsoft can account for the unknowns it’s facing with the new design—much more Blu-ray player-ish than its predecessors, which invites people to set ...

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Microsoft has revealed that the upcoming new Xbox One Controller will be made compatible with PC next year. Speaking to Penny Arcade Report, Microsoft spokesperson gave the following statement. “There is also some work that we need to do to make sure that existing PC games that support the Xbox 360 controller, will work with the Xbox One controller. While it seems trivial, it’s actually quite a bit of dedicated work for all that to be seamless for the user. We know people want to use the Xbox One controller on their PC, and we do too – we expect to have the functionality available in 2014.” Since the new Xbox One controller shares no underlying technology with the current Xbox 360 controller, Microsoft has some work to do make it fully compatible with PC games. Read more from the link below. Source: Penny Arcade Report       ...

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  Microsoft has managed the pull another 180 with a requirement change related to Kinect and Xbox One. Xbox One console will be able to function without Kinect sensor plugged in. Xbox One Chief Platform Architect Marc Whitten revealed this during a Q&A at IGN. Whitten said that “like online, the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly used the sensor.” For privacy conscious consumers, Whitten revealed that you can turn the sensor off in the Xbox One’s system settings. “When in this mode, the sensor is not collecting any information,” Whitten said, adding that it’s still in use for IR blasting in this configuration. He added that “entering into a required Kinect experience” with the sensor off will prompt you to enable it before proceeding. Source: IGN ...

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The new Xbox One controller has over 40 improvements over the past generation controller. Xbox’s Major Nelson discusses this new Xbox One controller with general manager Zulfi Alam. Watch the video to take a look at it. Otherwise, you can read about all of the below. Impulse Triggers – Xbox One’s Wireless Controller sports four vibration motors – a small one behind each trigger that adds precise haptic feedback to the fingertips, and a larger in each grip for large scale rumbles.  This gives users a sense of in-game directionality and depth, creating rich, immersive experiences where gunshots, car crashes and explosions can come to life. For example, in “Forza Motorsport 5,” Turn 10 Studios is using impulse triggers to provide players with precise feedback that enhances the racing experience. If your tires break traction from over-acceleration or if you drift on the gas pedal, the triggers emit very distinct vibrations.  This ...

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Microsoft today detailed the Xbox Live Gold features in Xbox One. Microsoft also announced a new feature called Home Gold which provides a new way to share Gold benefits to others. Sharing Digital Games: Everyone in your home can share digital games with each other. Your Xbox One can become your virtual game library filled with digital games that different people in the home bought. Anyone can pick any digital game on your Xbox One, sign in with their own gamertag and play – even if the owner is not signed in. Sharing Xbox Live Gold Benefits At E3 this year, we briefly highlighted a new benefit we’re bringing to Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One. We’re calling it Home Gold.  It will enable any Xbox Live Gold member on Xbox One to extend many Gold features to others at no additional cost.  One Xbox Live Gold account delivering ...

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GameStop yesterday announced a new program for its PowerUp Rewards members. With this program, consumers get a chance to upgrade their current Xbox 360 game for the new Xbox One standard version of that game for $9.99. Read about it in detail below. GRAPEVINE, Texas– GameStop, the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer, is taking the uncertainty out of which Xbox version of your favorite game you should buy this fall with an exclusive, guaranteed upgrade offer. GameStop is offering PowerUp Rewards members a special, limited time opportunity to receive a $50 guaranteed minimum credit for select standard edition Xbox 360 titles when a member upgrades to the new Xbox One standard version of that title. “This is an amazing opportunity for our PowerUp (PUR) members to enjoy their favorite Xbox 360 game until the Xbox One version becomes available,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop. ...

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Microsoft today posted the unboxing video of retail Xbox One unit. Major Nelson from Xbox team presented the new retail version of Xbox One and detailed the items in it. Albert Penello, director of product planning for Xbox One revealed several facts about Xbox One and the components that ship in the box. Read it below. 1. In the video, we are unveiling the Xbox One Day One edition – which includes a special Day One package, specially branded DAY ONE 2013 controller with chrome D-pad, and a Day One digital achievement. This will be available in limited quantities. 2. The Xbox One console, Kinect sensor – even the HDMI cable and the power supply – have a “liquid black” finish, with a focus on a consistent 16:9 design ratio across all components. This attention to detail was intentional and a great example of how every component in the box ...

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A patent about head-mounted display for multi-player gaming from Microsoft went public today. This is not so surprising as we already know that Microsoft is working on similar glass display system. An internal document on Microsoft Xbox which got leaked last year revealed that Microsoft is planning to release some fortaleza glasses in 2014. I think this patent might be related to that Fortaleza glasses. These Fortaleza glasses will also have 4G/LTE connectivity as well. Abstract: A system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device are provided. In one example, a potential player invitation program receives user voice data and determines that the user voice data is an invitation to participate in a multiplayer game. The program receives eye-tracking information, depth information, facial recognition information, potential player head-mounted display device information, and/or potential player voice data. The program associates ...

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Xbox VP Marc Whitten today revealed some information about the progress in Xbox One development during Major Nelson’s this week podcast. He revealed that Microsoft has begun the internal beta for Xbox One console. And Xbox One’s GPU clock speed was increased from 800MHz to 853MHz. And Microsoft has released its “mono driver” to developers, these mono drive is a DirectX graphics driver “100% optimized for Xbox One” that will allow game developers to build games with great performance taking advantage of the underlying hardware. Microsoft is planning to reveal more information about Xbox One at Gamescom in the coming weeks. Source: Major Nelson ...

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Michael Dunn, program manager of Xbox Live, talked about Xbox One’s reputation in a blog post on Xbox Wire.  The new community-powered reputation model for Xbox One helps users avoid the players they do not want to play with. If a user does not want to play with cheats or jerks, they do not have to. The new reputation model helps expose people that aren’t fun to be around and creates real consequences for trouble-makers that harass our good players. This is done by simplifying the mechanism for Xbox One – moving from a survey option to more direct feedback, including things like “block” or “mute player” actions into the feedback model. The new model will take all of the feedback from a player’s online flow, put it in the system with a crazy algorithm that was created and validated with an MSR PhD to make sure things are fair ...

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A new report out by Eurogamer shares a number of interesting tidbits gathered form sources inside Microsoft.  First, the reason the Xbox One is so large was to ensure the device was extremely reliable and not experience heat related problems as were seen in the Xbox 360; which cost the company over a billion dollars.  Secondly, the device is designed to last at least 10 years and in fact the Xbox can stay powered on during that entire period of time.  Since the device is designed to be always on, it is nearly silent and the low power states help with this quite a bit.  By extrapolating from the sizes of known components (principally the USB port), Eurogamer believes the Xbox One dimensions are approximately 34 x 26 x 8 cm or 13.3 x 10.2 x 3.1 inches. Wired’s photography of the Xbox One internals shows that airflow won’t be a ...

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Microsoft today blogged about the upcoming next generation matchmaking technology called Smart Match in Xbox One. Microsoft highlights three main features of Smart Match. First, it matches players based on skill, language, age and more. Second, you can do other things while Xbox One is finding match using Smart Match. Third, Smart Match will notify you once the matching is done with a toast notification. Smart Match Finds the Perfect Players for the Perfect game Smart Match on Xbox One is completely reengineered for a new generation of gaming – using advanced algorithms to pair players based on skill, language, and now reputation. It’s smarter, faster and optimized to help you play with exactly the people you want, when you want. The advanced party system goes far beyond the beacons of Xbox 360, which was limited to people you already knew. Helping you discover and connect easily with players is ...

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We have seen many rumors and reports in the past that Microsoft will enable WinRT apps to run on Xbox One. It is almost confirmed today by the code leak by SuperDaE. The image above shows the supposedly leaked copy of Homefront 2 for Xbox One source code file list. As you can see, it has AppxManifest.xml file that indicates us that it is a WinRT app. Windows 8 apps in Windows Store has similar file arrangement. And DurangoConfig.xml and DurangoLauncher.exe could be the files used by Xbox One to launch these kind of new apps. Microsoft is still maintaining the silence about the details on the 3rd party app/games development in Xbox One. But they last week confirmed that self publishing is coming to Xbox One. Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage ...

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Take this post with a grain of salt, but CNET UK believes the Xbox One will be launched November 29th based on information obtained from retailer Toys R’ US.  Sony is releasing their console in mid-December, so an earlier release by Microsoft would be a blow to Sony and would help the Xbox One pick up some more momentum.  Amazon, which give estimated dates for pre-orders, has also pegged the Xbox One launching in November 2013.  The PS4 is currently priced a $100 cheaper than the Xbox One, but it does not include a bundled version of their equivalent Kinect technology. Source: CNET UK ...

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Nancy Tellem is the president of Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios which is now creating original programming for Microsoft’s Xbox platform. During a panel on the future of content at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Nancy spoke about the future of TV and how the content will involve with the upcoming technologies. She also revealed that Microsoft is working on interactive original content that is different from what it exists today. “Unlike developing a show and adding interactivity after the fact,” she said, “we are going to start from the beginning.” ,”You can’t have interactivity for interactivity’s sake.” Microsoft also revealed that they are also working on a Halo based TV program for Xbox users directed by  director Steven Spielberg. Watch the video above and read about it from link below. Source: CNN ...

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