Verizon announced that updated FiOS app for Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles have added 14 channels to the lineup which includes AMC HD, AXS TV, beIN Sport, beIN Sport Espanol, Bloomberg TV, Cine Sony, Cooking Channel, Encore, Showtime, Showtime Extreme, Sony Movie Channel, Starz, Trinity Broadcast, and Universal Sport. Verizon also highlighted the fact that users will no longer require an Xbox Live Gold Subscription to stream live TV and content through the FiOS TV app. Customers can immediately start using voice and gesture commands to control the TV through Kinect. The consoles bring together TV channels and entertainment app channels into one seamless interface. Customers can create their own personal favorites through the electronic program guide. For easy navigation, users can search for TV, movies, games or music scans across all apps to find exactly what they’re looking for — without having to hunt through each app individually ...

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Microsoft announced the Independent Developers @ Xbox Program (ID@Xbox) which allows independent developers to publish games for Xbox One. First, you have to apply for the developer program. After the application is approved, Microsoft will offer developers free development kits and access to its Xbox One tool set which includes Kinect, Cloud, etc. There is no developer application fees as well. But once you have developed the game, you need to publish it in Xbox Store which involves several thousand dollars. Happion Labs launched their Sixty Second Shooter Prime for the Xbox One through their ID@Xbox program. They have revealed the costs associated with publishing a indie game on Xbox Store. You need at least $3000 to it! There are three main things that would cost you, Localization E&O Insurance Foreign ratings boards (PEGI, USK) Microsoft requires Errors & Omissions Insurance which costs more than $2000. Apart from this, you ...

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EA today announced that have partnered with Microsoft to deliver EA Access, an all-new monthly (or annual) membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One. With this subscription which starts at  $4.99 a month, users can access a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play. During the beta, gamers will have unlimited access to four great EA games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4™, with more titles being added soon. Here’s a rundown of the additional benefits EA Access members will get: Awesome Value– Besides the great games in The Vault, EA Access members will save 10% on purchases of EA digital content for Xbox One offered through the Xbox Games Store. From full digital-download titles like the upcoming Dragon Age™ Inquisition or NHL®15, to additional membership services such as Battlefield 4 Premium or even FIFA Ultimate Team points, it’s all 10% off for members.* Play First – Membership ...

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Microsoft yesterday revealed this month’s free games as part of the Games with Gold program. Today, they revealed the game content that will be on discounts as part of “Deals with Gold” program. These games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store are valid now through 4 August 2014. Xbox One: Content Title Content Type Discount % Battlefield 4 Premium Add-on 33% Battlefield 4 China Rising Add-on 33% Battlefield 4 Second Assault Add-on 33% Battlefield 4 Naval Strike Add-on 33% Battlefield 4 Ultimate Shortcut Bundle Add-on 33% Xbox 360: Content TitleContent TypeDiscount % Battlefield 4 Premium Add-on 33% Battlefield 4 China Rising Add-on 33% Battlefield 4 Second Assault Add-on 33% Battlefield 4 Naval Strike Add-on 33% Battlefield 4 Ultimate Shortcut Bundle Add-on 33% Madden NFL 25 Games on Demand 50% FIFA 14 Games on Demand 50% 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Games on Demand 70% NHL 14 Games on Demand 50% The Splatters* Arcade 50% Source: Major Nelson ...

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Microsoft first revealed SmartGlass in 2012 and since then the app has evolved a lot. With the launch of Xbox One SmartGlass, users were given the ability to control lots of their console functions from their mobile devices. Recently, Microsoft even added the ability to buy games from SmartGlass apps. To promote the usage of Xbox One SmartGlass app, Microsoft is running a sweepstakes where you can win a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, an Xbox One + Kinect, an Xbox Live Gold membership for decade* and more. In addition to downloading Xbox One SmartGlass, you can increase your chance of winning by doing the following activities. i. Connect the SmartGlass App to your Xbox One: During the Promotion Period, follow the links and instructions to connect the SmartGlass App to your Xbox One console. ii. View your game progress for one (1) game: During the Promotion Period, follow the links ...

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Microsoft today announced they are adding P90X® for Xbox Fitness and it will be exclusive on Xbox One. P90X for Xbox Fitness is a 30-day extreme workout program featuring five all-new custom routines designed to get you completely ripped. Your trainer, Tony Horton, will push you to your limits with explosive moves that work your entire body from head to toe. With the help of Kinect for Xbox One, which monitors and corrects your form and function, this one-of-a-kind customized workout will get the results you want fast. P90X will be available from today for $59.99 and in mid-August, P90X for Xbox Fitness will make a downloadable calendar and nutrition plan available to give you everything you need to complete your transformation. via: Xbox Wire ...

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Microsoft today revealed the next set of free games as part of the Games with Gold program for Xbox One and Xbox 360 users. Crimson Dragon and ID@Xbox space-sim Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut are coming to Games with Gold on Xbox One, while the Xbox 360 gets both Motocross Madness and the hit first-person stealther Dishonored. Crimson Dragon: Available Aug. 1-31, Crimson Dragon, originally an Xbox One launch title, and acts as a spiritual successor to the much-beloved Panzer Dragoon saga. It’s a fact-paced rail shooter set in a beautiful fantasy world, where you can join with up to three other players for online co-op battles. You have a half-dozen majestic draconian steeds to choose from, and they level up as you progress through the game’s epic story. Crimson Dragon also features a killer soundtrack, courtesy of Panzer Dragoon composer Saori Kobayashi. Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut: Also available ...

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Today, JD.com announced that they have started taking pre-orders for Xbox One in China. BEIJING, July 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — JD.com , Inc. (” JD.com ” or the “Company”) JD -0.07% , China’s largest online direct sales company, began taking China pre-orders today for Microsoft Corporation’s (“Microsoft”) Xbox One gaming console. As part of an agreement between the companies, JD.com will have the exclusive right to accept pre-orders for Xbox One in China from July 28-30 through JD.com ‘s Mobile QQ and Weixin entry points. “Launching Xbox One sales in China through JD.com ‘s Weixin and Mobile QQ entry points underscores the strength of these platforms with young and sophisticated Chinese consumers,” said Ms. Shuang Du, Vice President of JD.com in charge of the IT and Digital Business Unit. “Through our partnership with Tencent, Chinese consumers are increasingly able to enjoy the JD.com shopping experience directly on China’s most popular ...

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As announced in July, Bungie’s next-generation, first-person shooter “Destiny” beta is now available to Xbox One and Xbox 360 users. The actual game will be released on September 9 for both the platforms. You need beta access code to try this beta. If you don’t have time to try out, Microsoft has posted a video showing must-see sights in the Destiny Beta. Check it out above. Features: The Tower: This is where you’ll meet up with other players, cash in your sweet loot, buy class-specific items and ships, level up, store stuff in your personal vault, check the bounty board, and make preparations for your next ass-kicking expedition. The Character Screen: There are a lot of choices you get to make about what you kit yourself out with in terms of weapons and armor, so remember to head to your character screen, where you can compare two items’ stats and choose what’s best for you. You ...

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An Xbox original documentary series is telling the story behind Atari’s alleged burial of millions of unsold “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges in a small town in New Mexico three decades ago. An excavation to find those games was carried out April 26. Spectators were invited to watch the unearthing to see whether the burial is urban legend or fact. The story goes that in 1983, Atari, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the game, buried those cartridges in the Alamogordo Landfill in the middle of the night. Today, Microsoft released the trailer of the upcoming documentary series. Watch the trailer for “Atari: Game Over,” the untold story of the 80’s tech giant and its fateful launch of E.T., the video game. Coming this fall to Xbox. ...

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Earlier today, we reported that China Telecom, the third largest mobile operator in China has become the exclusive network operator in China to sell Microsoft’s Xbox One system. China Telecom will sell Xbox One through all its sales channels. Back in April, Microsoft 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, the pricing of Xbox One in China was leaked via promo material. It will cost 3499 RMB approximately equals $550 USD. What do you think of this pricing from Microsoft? Do you think Microsoft is repeating the same mistake of high pricing by bundling Kinect with Xbox One? via: WPDang ...

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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. Back in May, it was reported that Google is planning to acquire Twitch for $1 billion. Today, Venturebeat reported that this deal has been confirmed. We don’t know everything about this deal, such as when it will be announced and the exact purchase price. We do know that Twitch investors who participated in past rounds are pleased that they will be getting significant returns that are multiple times the amount they originally invested. Twitch has more than more than 50 million monthly active users and more than ...

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China Telecom, the third largest mobile operator in China yesterday revealed that it has become the exclusive network operator in China to sell Microsoft’s Xbox One system. China Telecom will also sell Xbox One through all its sales channels. Back in April, Microsoft 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. 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 gaming industry saw massive growth in the last year – generating more than $13 billion in 2013, an increase of 38% in the ...

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Respawn today announced on their blog about the new features coming to Titanfall game with Frontier update. The Black Market collects and sells the Frontier’s most sordid items like packs of random Burn Cards and Titan Insignias. Titan Insignias: The Black Market introduces a set of Titan Insignias that are themed as the official insignias of elite units on both the IMC and Militia. Once you unlock them in the Black Market, they will be available with the rest of your Titan Insignias in the Titan Custom Loadout screens. Burn Cards: Burn Card Packs contain a random Burn Cards each focused on a specific theme. They let you choose the type of Burn Cards you like to use. Need an XP boost? Buy the Time Boost Pack. Just need a few cards for the next match? Grab a Standard Pack which can contain any card in the game. The primary ...

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@actionmahon @majornelson We've worked through the feature list through October. MUs will continue and features look good. — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 23, 2014 When Xbox One was launched last year, the OS had lots of rough edges and lacked some key features such as external disk support, and more. But, Microsoft started delivering monthly system updates that has improved the system a lot better. Almost, all the missing key features are now added to the system in addition to the UX improvements. Microsoft at that time said that they will continue to push new features and other updates to these folks to explore and they’ll be trying new things with the UI, like notifications, different ways of discoverability, and a bunch of other ideas the team is working on. Through this process, some features will launch, others might not and all will be refined through feedback. Xbox team values ...

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Comic Con conference is happening this week in San Diego and Microsoft’s Xbox team will be there with gamers lounge, developer panels and more. But what if you don’t have a badge? Microsoft is planning to allow gamers to experience everything we’ve got on offer at the Xbox Lounge. Microsoft was able to clear access for several dozen non-badged Xbox fans this Thursday night only. You can go there and play games that aren’t even out yet! Here’s what you need to know: When: Thursday, July 24th at 9:00 PM (open til Midnight) Where:Manchester Hyatt San Diego, 2nd Floor, Seaport Ballroom (look for the line labeled “Xbox Community/Major Nelson”) Who: Xbox fans 21 and older (ID will be checked!) What you can do: Play Sunset Overdrive, Evolve, Forza Horizon 2, Fable Legends, Ori and The Blind Forest, Madden NFL 15 and much more (!) Talk to the devs. See and ...

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