As announced earlier, Microsoft has released Halo: Spartan Assault for Xbox One. Halo: Spartan Assault is already available for Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms and it is expected to be available next year on Xbox 360. Halo: Spartan Assault costs $14.99 on Xbox One and if you already own Halo: Spartan Assault on Windows, you can get it on Xbox One for just $4.99. Game Description: Halo: Spartan Assault is a fast paced top-down shooter set during the timeline between “Halo 3” and “Halo 4,” progress your Spartan career as you engage in over 30 exciting Campaign missions using many of favorite Halo weapons, vehicles and armor abilities. Team-up on Xbox Live and fight with a friend against waves of the nightmarish Flood in the all-new online co-op multiplayer mode. Buy it here from Xbox One Store. ...

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Microsoft today announced the availability of Verizon’s FiOS TV app for Xbox One users. Using this app, FiOS customers can watch live TV through the revolutionary Kinect experience. Today, our partnership continues to expand with Microsoft as customers who are Xbox Live Gold members and who subscribe to both FiOS TV and Internet service can watch up to 74 live channels through Xbox One using the free FiOS TV app. No additional hardware is required, and customers can integrate their TV experience with voice and gesture commands through Kinect for Xbox One. Just last month, we revealed the results of our FiOS Innovation Index, which surveyed over 900 consumers, asking about their tech and console interests. Nearly two-thirds of our respondents said they want to watch streaming video on their game console. Verizon listened, and now the FiOS TV experience is available right now on your Xbox One! So now ...

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On November 22nd, as part of the Xbox One Launch celebration on Microsoft campus, there was a wonderful fireworks show. Microsoft captured the fireworks show using  a quad-copter. Xbox One’s Global Launch Party on the Redmond, WA campus November 21, 2013 – we captured the fireworks display from an HD camera mounted on a quad-copter flying 150 feet off the ground. This version has the full music mix added! Enjoy. via: istartedsomething ...

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Microsoft today announced the upcoming update for Forza Motorsport 5 that brings in lots of new features like new race modes such as drag racing and multiplayer “Tag.” Also Microsoft is making adjustments to the Forza Motorsport 5 economy, including increasing the amount of credits earned for racing and lowering the prices of the best cars in the game. Drag Racing First up, we’re adding two significant game modes to Forza 5: drag racing and multiplayer “Tag.” Drag racing in Forza Motorsport 5 is the ultimate test of car tuning, reflexes, and pure power, and you’ll be able to take your favorite drag-tuned rides to the Airfield track and test their mettle on quarter-mile, half-mile, and full-mile drag strips. Drag racing will be available in both Free Play and in Multiplayer game modes. Tag Mode The other big feature addition to Forza Motorsport 5 is the introduction of Tag. Tag ...

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Developing original series for Microsoft has taken a little longer than veteran TV executive Nancy Tellem had hoped, but her first slate of shows will launch on the Xbox videogame consoles early next year. “We’re hoping we will be able to put something up in the first quarter, at minimum second quarter,” said Tellem, president of entertainment and digital for Microsoft, at Variety’s Dealmakers Breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. “I’m incredibly ambitious and impatient,” said Tellem, who took the job to produce original content for the Xbox platform in 2012. Because of that, the time it’s taken to develop the first slate of series, including a high-profile project based around “Halo,” with Steven Spielberg producing, has been “slower,” but “reflecting on what we’ve done and what lies ahead, it’s been pretty good.” Tellem was attracted to joining Microsoft after spending years at CBS and the CW, ...

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We reported earlier that Amazon had some more Xbox One consoles, they are now sold out again.  Best Buy’s website is now showing that they have some Xbox One consoles in stock, guaranteeing delivery (with free shipping) by December 24th.  Grab them before they disappear. Best Buy: Xbox One In unrelated news, the PS4 is available in an additional 16 markets bringing the total to 48 markets, while the Xbox One will only remain available in the 13 launch countries until next year.  The PlayStation European blog says that the PS4 can now be bought by residents in the Czech Republic, Greece, Slovakia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, South Africa, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. via Neowin ...

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Xbox One got sold out at most retailers in the US and it is difficult to buy one right now. It seems Amazon.com has got some more stock of Xbox One to sell and you can now order it from their website. With Xbox One, you can quickly jump from TV to movies to music to a game Only Xbox One unleashes the vast and scalable power of the cloud for your games, entertainment and apps with Xbox Live The console is driven by a powerful combination of CPU, GPU and 8GB of RAM, governed by an innovative OS architecture, to deliver power, speed and agility Kinect is included with every Xbox One. Completely reengineered to be more precise, responsive and intuitive with unparalleled voice, vision and motion technology Find it here from Amazon. ...

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Numbers released by NPD show Sony sold more consoles than Microsoft for the month of November.  The PS4 did have an have an extra week on shelves, debuting on Nov. 15 compared to Nov. 22 for the Xbox One.  Approximately 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the U.S. in the console’s first nine days, making it the fastest selling console on the market in the U.S. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of more than 101,000 consoles per day, “significantly outpacing the nearest competitor.” November 2013 NPD highlights include: Total retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in November (hardware, software and accessories) reached $1.21 billion, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group). During the month of November, Xbox (Xbox One and Xbox 360) held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list (Source: NPD Group). During ...

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Microsoft has released an update for the Xbox One.  The update process works a little differently than on the Xbox 360. A. If you are using the Xbox One “Instant On” your console automatically checks for updates when it you turn it off. Once the update is found the following will happen: The console will automatically download the update after it is turned off. Once the update has been downloaded in the background, the console will power completely down. Please note: It will be necessary to manually power the console back on after the update has been downloaded. Because the update will power your console completely down, the “Xbox On” voice command won’t be available until after the update is fully installed. When the console is turned on, the user will see the update being applied. After that, the Xbox One will reboot. The update is installing when the user sees ...

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Microsoft is still remaining quiet on Xbox One sales, however, numbers released from NPD show the Xbox One winning the first sales round in Australia. In fact Microsoft’s Xbox One has been crowned the fastest-selling video game console to date in Australia, as its key rival, Sony, struggled to fulfil pre-orders for the PlayStation 4. Market research firm NPD Group said a total of 65,917 Xbox One consoles were sold in its first three days on sale in Australia, more than doubling the ­previous launch record for the ­Nintendo Wii in 2006, and beating out previous records for number of consoles sold in a week. Australia was among the 13 launch countries for the Xbox One.  Sony launched the PS4 a week after the Xbox One’s availability in Australia.  The Japanese entertainment giant said 700,000 units had been sold in Europe and Australia.  The company would not break out local sales, but industry ...

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  Microsoft today confirmed that Halo: Spartan Assault is coming to Xbox One on Dec 24th. Halo: Spartan Assault was originally released on Windows 8 devices and Windows Phone 8 earlier this year and it was well received by consumers. Microsoft is now brining the experience to Xbox One users with native 1080p resolution and smooth 60 fps frame rate, it will also feature a brand-new cooperative mode, new weapons, and the inclusion of the “Operation Hydra” add-on. It will be available on Xbox One via a digital download priced at $14.99. Best of all, fans that have purchased “Halo: Spartan Assault” for Windows 8 devices or Windows Phone 8 to date or purchase prior to December 15, 2013, will be eligible to purchase the Xbox One version of the game at the discounted price of $4.99. And don’t worry, Xbox 360 owners: “Halo: Spartan Assault” will be available on ...

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VGX 2013, the Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards was announced recently. About 12 awards were given to games that are available on Xbox platforms. Below is the list of winners! Most Anticipated Game – “Titanfall” (Electronic Arts/Respawn Entertainment) Game of the Year – “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games/Rockstar North) Best Sports Game – “NBA 2K14” (2K Sports/Visual Concepts) Best Xbox Game – “Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons” (Starbreeze Studios) Best Driving Game – “Forza Motorsport 5″ (Microsoft Studios/Turn 10 Studios) Best Action/Adventure Game – “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” (Ubisoft/Ubisoft Montreal) Best Fighting Game – “Injustice: Gods Among Us” (Warner Bros Interactive/NetherRealm Studios) Best Shooter – “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games/Irrational Games) Best Character – The Lutece Twins from “BioShock Infinite” (2K Games/Irrational Games) Best Soundtrack – “Grand Theft Auto V” (Rockstar Games/Rockstar North) Best Song in a Game – “Will the Circle be Unbroken” from “BioShock ...

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While Sony is bragging about selling over 2.1 million PS4s, Microsoft has decided to remain silent and we will likely have to wait until NPD releases their numbers for last month. “We are humbled and gratified by the overwhelming response from our fans to the launch of Xbox One. Eleven days in we are seeing record breaking sales and are selling every Xbox One we can make. Demand is far exceeding supply in the 13 countries we’ve launched and we are sold out at retailers around the world. We are seeing incredible usage from our engaged fans who have purchased Xbox One with more than 50 million hours spent on Xbox One games and entertainment,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, Xbox. However, Microsoft has released some fun statistics surrounding game play on the Xbox One: Over 3 billion zombies killed in “Dead Rising 3” Over ...

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The Xbox One is currently in high demand with Microsoft struggling on the supply side of the equation.  Amazon has currently has relisted the Xbox One back in stock for $499.99 without any of the extras.  If you want one for Christmas or want to gift one for Christmas, it may be a good idea to grab one now. You may also want to read this blog post by Major Nelson with some tips on how to grab to an Xbox One.  He recommended two tracking sites to use: XboxOneLocator NowInStock Buy Now: Amazon Update: Well the consoles sold out fairly quickly. Update #2: Back In Stock ...

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Related Reading #1: http://microsoft-news.com/a-vocal-minority-of-idiots-journalists-ruin-innovations-on-the-xbox-one/ Related Reading #2: http://microsoft-news.com/instagram-non-controversy-shows-medias-willingness-to-bash-microsoft/ While the rest of us are enjoying the holiday spirit, it seems a small group of extreme, self-described “feminists” are out to kill the fun.  A recent non-story has been making headlines lately, stemming from Microsoft’s fun, ad-lib styled letter aimed at convincing loved ones to buy you an Xbox One for the holidays.  Earlier, Microsoft had released a fake doctor’s note to allow you take the day off work and play your Xbox One with your qt3.14 gf. The controversy looms over how Microsoft originally released their letter.  Among the default options, this was possible: That’s right, you could place in the idea that your significant other would rather knit than watch you play Xbox.  And maybe it is true, your SO finds watching you mindlessly play a video game extremely boring.  It’s not like we have not seen women make ...

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Similar to what Microsoft did during the Xbox One launch, Microsoft now allows you to customize a letter to your girl friend/wife to buy an Xbox One. Message from Microsoft, You’re about as excited as a puppy with a new chew toy to get your very own, but there’s a little snag. Someone in your life hasn’t heard about the new generation in games and entertainment. Don’t worry. We got your back. Simply make your case and fill in the blanks below. With your explanation (and a little sucking up), they’re bound to agree Xbox One will be a great addition to both your lives. Here is the letter,   Source: Xbox ...

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