A NeoGAF forum user yesterday leaked lots of information about Microsoft’s plans for Xbox One in 2014. He revealed about the new SKUs of Xbox One coming later this year, Xbox One launch expansion to new countries schedule and some information about games coming to Xbox One. Find the information about game titles and DLCs below. Forza Horizon: “Fall 2014, probably September. Super sexy weather system and… lots of co-op/social stuff. 1080P and open-world, so you can road trip with your bros.” Halo Anniversary 2 will be 1080p, iffy on the 60fps, maybe not. Quantum Break is Holiday 2014 Multiplayer confirmed for HA2, same devs as Halo Anniversary. Sunset Overdrive is Fall 2014 Black Tusk cancelled project was called “Shangheist.” May have involved stealing stuff from the Chinese (though I think that may have been a reference to the name and maybe not the gameplay? Not sure…) Fable Legends is ...

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Microsoft launched its next generation Xbox One console in November last year in 13 countries. Microsoft then announced that it will be expanding to additional countries in 2014. Today, Neogaf forum user posted Microsoft’s plans for Xbox One that includes new Xbox One SKUs, game launch timelines, and Xbox One launch in additional new countries. Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox One to 13 new countries in April followed by 15 more in October. Find the full list below. April Japan S. Korea Taiwan Singapore Hong Kong Russia Sweden Norway Finland Denmark Colombia Chile Argentina   October China Poland Czech Republic Hungary Greece Portugal Slovakia Turkey Saudi Arabia South Africa UAE Israel India Indonesia Egypt Source: NeoGAF ...

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Its time for some Xbox information leak. A forum user over at NeoGAF is posting lots of Xbox One information that Microsoft is planning for later this year. He posted lots of information on Xbox One hardware, games, etc, and I’m focusing on Xbox One console hardware alone in this post. Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One for $399 without an optical drive. Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One white edition later this year. Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One with 1TB harddrive later this year. Microsoft is planning to release Xbox One Titanfall edition. He even posted an image of the same. Find it below. I find all the above four leaked information largely possible. What do you think? Source: NeoGAF ...

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Last June Microsoft announced that it would be hosting a limited, exclusive developer preview program for Kinect for Windows v2 prior to its general availability in the summer (northern hemisphere) of 2014. And two months ago, Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview kits were shipped to thousands of developers in the program from London to Tokyo. Since the demand was high, Microsoft created 500 additional developer preview kits for the Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK. The program was open to professional developers, students, researchers, artists, and other creative individuals. You only have 2 more days to apply for 1 of the 500 spots in the program. Selected participants will get a Beta device before we officially launch the new sensor next summer. The program fee will be US$399 (or local equivalent) and offers the following benefits: Direct access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team via a private forum and ...

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Xbox Fitness is a fitness training program available on Xbox One platform. It used Kinect 2.0 to deliver personalized program recommendations based on your workout history and past performance. While Xbox 360 used used a library of 200 captured moves to track performance, Xbox Fitness uses a catalog of more than 2,000 moves. It is more accurate than ever. It can even measure user’s pulse using micro-fluctuations in the blood coursing through their face. Speaking to Polygon, Dave McCarthy, general manager for Lifestyle Entertainment at Microsoft Studios revealed that Microsoft may be expanding the Xbox fitness to other devices in the Microsoft eco-system. You could see Windows Phone as a potential device that could have Xbox Fitness and if Microsoft is working on some smartwatch, that could be even better device for Xbox Fitness. “We realize people don’t just do stuff inside the home,” he said. “We’re starting to, articulate ...

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Microsoft announced that Microsoft Studios has acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise from Epic Games. This deal includes rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise. Also, the new Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver will take over development of the “Gears of War” franchise on behalf of Microsoft. There is more good news for Microsoft, Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the “Gears of War” franchise, will join Microsoft and play a key studio leadership role at Black Tusk on the development of the franchise going forward. Why did Microsoft purchase the “Gears of War” franchise? Phil Spencer: It all comes back to our commitment to Xbox fans. The “Gears of War” franchise has a very strong, passionate and valued fan base on Xbox. Over twenty-two million units have been sold across all “Gears of War” titles worldwide, grossing over $1B dollars ...

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Gamers  are always passionate about their consoles. Whether its an Xbox or PS, they just love them. A man in Kansas city in the US found that his house was on fire on Friday morning an he was engulfed in flames. He rushed out of the house and then later again ran into his home. Guess, why he went inside? He went back in to grab his Xbox! Yes, he was ready to risk his life to save his gaming console. Fortunately, he is safe now as he suffered only from smoke inhalation as he rescued the gaming system from his home. The fire caused $80,000 dollars in damages and hopefully his Xbox is working now. If not, I won’t be surprised if Microsoft gifts him a new Xbox One. Source: ABC15 ...

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Microsoft today announced their Q2 2014 financial results with record revenue driven mainly by sales of Xbox One and Surface hardware businesses. I’ve collected the highlight of each financial segments from Microsoft’s Investor website which you can read below. Devices & Consumer Licensing: D&C Licensing revenue decreased $319 million or 6%, due mainly to lower revenue from licenses of Windows and Consumer Office, offset in part by increased Windows Phone revenue. Retail and other sales of Windows declined $264 million or 69%, due mainly to the release of Windows 8 in the prior year. Windows OEM revenue declined $109 million or 3%, reflecting a 12% increase in OEM Pro revenue, offset by continued softness in the consumer PC market. Consumer Office revenue declined $244 million or 24%, reflecting the transition of customers to Office 365 Home Premium as well as continued softness in the consumer PC market. Windows Phone revenue ...

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Microsoft is now pushing the boundaries of two things together, console gaming and the HTML5 web. Traditionally, consoles are used to play games that occupies over GBs of storage on your harddisk. HTML5 web is used to develop web and mobile apps that are lightweight. Microsoft is now connecting the console and the HTML5 web with the new XBOXIE initiative. Now, you can play web based HTML5 games on your Xbox One using your controller through Internet Explorer which is built into Xbox One OS. Microsoft is showcasing the games that support Xbox One controller on XBOXIE.com. FAQ: What is XBOXIE? With The Xbox One having Internet Explorer as a browser means you have access to play Web based HTML5 games. XBOXIE stands for “Xbox” and “IE” (Internet Explorer) and is pronounced  “Xboxy”. Why use this site? Even though the Xbox One can play HTML5 games it doesn’t mean developers ...

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Microsoft has recently partnered with video streaming company NeuLion to bring the high-speed streaming service to Xbox One. Microsoft is planning to use NeuLion to deliver the NFL Network, live, on the Xbox On at 60 frames per second. This is double the frame rate of a typical Sports networks, including ESPN. Apart from around-the-clock live sports programming, Xbox One users will also have access to on demand coverage and live status updates. Chris Wagner, executive vice president and co-founder of NeuLion commented that Microsoft’s Xbox One is among the first consoles that has a power to process video at 60 fps. If you have a slow internet, then the stream will be adapted automatically based on your internet speed. Neulion does the encoding and transcoding for the NFL live streams delivered to Xbox One. Wagner said the company provides seven profiles that range from 6 Mbps, at 1280 x 720, at 60 fps at the ...

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A recent stealth promotional campaign to promote Microsoft Xbox by Machinima came to light few days back. As per the new promotions, Machinima video partners will get an additional $3 per thousand video views for posting videos featuring Xbox One content. Machinima’s UK community manager himself tweeted about this promotion. It was also revealed that there was similar campaign around Xbox One’s launch in November, which offered an additional $1 CPM for videos “promoting the Xbox One and its release games.” These videos should have at least 30 seconds of Xbox One game play video that mentioned the Xbox One by name and also includes tag “XB1M13″. Microsoft and Machinima have not yet commented on this stealth marketing campaign. This is not a entirely new kind of marketing strategy as lots of other companies does the same. We will come to know about more such campaigns in the near future ...

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Few months back, Microsoft launched its microsoft.com/stories website profile some of the brightest minds inside Microsoft. It started with noted young and talented designer Andrew Kim and VP of cloud, Brad Anderson. The /stories editorial team is back with a bang collecting stories about Xbox One. They have spent hours together with the key people behind Xbox One to talk about their product they spent years painstakingly creating. Three three people profiled are as follows, Carl Ledbetter, Industrial designer Boyd Multerer, Director of development Alex Hebert, Creative producer I find all of them interesting, so try to read it when you find time. Click on their names in the above list to go to their profile. Btw, each profile is designed uniquely with beautiful photos. via: Microsoft.com/Next ...

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  NPD today released their latest game console sales numbers in the US for December. Microsoft’s Xbox One emerged as the No.1 selling console in the US market. Microsoft sold 908,000 units in December. Also, Xbox 360 continued to see sales with 643,000 units sold in December, putting it in the No.3 spot overall. Together, Xbox One and Xbox 360 held 46 percent of the hardware market share in the U.S. and showed a 10 percent year over year growth from December 2012. December 2013 NPD highlights include: Total combined retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in December reached $1.39 billion, 50 percent of the combined software, hardware and accessories spend in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, December 2013). During the month of December, Xbox One held six of the top 10 spots on the new generation console game title list: “Battlefield 4,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition wireless controller. You can pre-order the unit for $64.99 from Microsoft Store today. It will be released on 3/11/2014. Own a piece of gaming history and fight in style with the Xbox One Titanfall Limited Edition Wireless Controller. Designed in partnership with Titanfall creator Respawn Entertainment, it’s inspired by the C-101 carbine, used by the elite IMC Titan Pilots of the Frontier. Crafted in striking detail for maximum authenticity in color and graphics, the controller looks and feels like an artifact from the world of Titanfall. Microsoft revealed that these will be available in limited quantities, so order it soon! You can pre-order Titanfall game from Amazon here and  here. Source: Microsoft Store ...

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Microsoft today released two new promotional videos for Xbox One. The first one focuses on the immersive gaming experience with next generation titles like Ryse. Get lost in a new generation of games. If it were any more real, it would be real. The all-in-one, Xbox One. The second video is about media/critics praising Xbox One. For example, Forbes described Xbox One as the console of the future. Some media praised it as the most ambitious gaming console yet and one fan said that Xbox One is the best thing ever that could happen to mankind! Xbox One is the ultimate all-in-one entertainment system. But just don’t take our word for it – see what the press and fans have to say. … Music by The Hives Watch the video below. ...

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State of Decay is an upcoming zombie-survival open world game that is currently under development at Undead Labs for release on Xbox 360 / Xbox LIVE Arcade and PC. Undead labs has recently announced that they have signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement with Microsoft. Expect more games exclusively for Microsoft platforms from them in the future! Their announcement, Hola fellow survivors, I wanted to let you know we’ve signed a multi-year, multi-title agreement to extend our development relationship with Microsoft Studios. We’ll be able to share details later this year, but as with State of Decay, we think it’s best if we just keep our heads down and build some prototypes before we talk too much. For now, suffice it to say there are big things going on with State of Decay. If this were a press release, we’d have a carefully vetted quote from Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios, ...

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