Contents tagged with Xbox

  • Microsoft might phase out points for real currency

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 9 2012, 11:00 AM. Posted in Xbox, Zune.

    The controversial currency for Xbox Live and the Zune Marketplace has been widely used across the Xbox 360 to purchase Xbox Live Arcade games, gamertag pictures, and other downloadable content. The system means users have to purchase bundles of points that equate to 80 Microsoft Points for every $1. In our own testing in the final copy of Windows 8, we are now able to pay for music or purchase and rent movies in the Xbox Video store by using a credit card. You're still able to use Microsoft Points, but the store defaults to credit card transactions. A welcome change from the confusion of having to convert Microsoft Points to currency in order to assess the true cost of a rental or purchase.

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  • Xbox Music to launch on October 26th with free ad-supported streaming

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 3 2012, 3:48 PM. Posted in Xbox.

    Microsoft is preparing to launch its Xbox Music service on October 26th. Multiple sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have confirmed the new service will launch at the same time as Windows 8. We're told that subscriptions, like the current Zune Music Pass offering, will be available alongside a free streaming service supported by ads — similar to Spotify. The service will be available on Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Xbox 360.

    A key part of the service is Microsoft's SkyDrive integration that will allow users to store music and playlists in a cloud collection — available across multiple devices. Although Microsoft has plans to offer Xbox Music across multiple platforms, including iOS and Android, apps will not be immediately available we're told.

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  • Xbox invites you to be a part of the first-ever live, interactive TV presidential debate

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 2 2012, 4:52 PM. Posted in Xbox.

    This Wednesday (October 3rd) , Xbox is providing U.S.-based Xbox 360 owners with an opportunity to interact live, for the first time ever, with a presidential debate through its new Election 2012 Hub on Xbox LIVE – a new television experience where viewers become participants.

    Throughout the debate, the Xbox LIVE community (Xbox LIVE gold membership required) will be able to weigh in with their opinions by responding to real-time poll questions about the candidate’s performances, their responses to questions and views on issues. Participants will be able to view poll results of the Xbox LIVE audience throughout the evening. All Xbox LIVE participants are also encouraged to submit poll questions via Twitter – #XboxPoll. Submitted questions will be reviewed and some of the best will be asked to the Xbox LIVE community during each debate.

    The debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. EDT on Oct 3. Xbox users can access and participate in this interactive television experience directly through the Xbox LIVE dashboard.

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  • HBO Go coming to Xbox 360 on April 1st

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 28 2012, 10:49 PM. Posted in Xbox.

    HBO just announced that the HBO Go on-demand service will be coming to the Xbox 360 on April 1st, just in time for the second season of Game of Thrones. Although we heard back in October that HBO Go was on its way to the console, we'd not heard any word of a launch date until now.

    To use the service, you'll need to have a subscription to HBO, and have downloaded the latest dashboard update. HBO Go joins a growing list of TV services available on Microsoft's console — Comcast, Verizon's FiOS, and Hulu Plus are either coming soon or already available — making the Xbox a serious contender for your cable box's space under the TV.

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  • Xbox 720's Codename Is Durango

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 19 2012, 4:18 AM. Posted in Xbox.

    It might still eventually be called the Xbox 720, but it looks like we might have to start referring to the next Microsoft console by another name.

    The name mystery is just one part of the puzzle as to what the next Microsoft console will be. Microsoft has faced criticism over the name of the Xbox 360 since it is not nearly as elegant as the PS3 or Wii. According to Kotaku, the console's codename is Durango, which is no indication whatsoever about what the final name will be, though there have been instances where a codename ended up being used due to favorable consumer reaction.

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  • Microsoft France: no new Xbox in 2012

    Posted by sumeethevans on January 31 2012, 3:20 AM. Posted in Xbox.

    The next Xbox will not launch in 2012, Microsoft has gone on the record to say.

    Cedrick Delmas, marketing director of Microsoft France, was asked by Lepoint.fr in a new interview (translated by Eurogamer's Oli Welsh): "Rumours indicate the presentation of a new Microsoft machine at E3 in June..."

    His response:

    "We're in an industry that talks a lot, that likes telling stories. I am not convinced that things will happen this year. The Xbox 360's cycle is not over at all. The proof is that we haven't price cut this year.

    "Afterward, what will happen at E3, it's still too early to say. What's certain is that there will be nothing new in 2012. If we wanted to counter Nintendo, we would have to be in a position to release something immediately, and that is not at all the case.

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  • Xbox 360 Dashboard update coming December 6th

    Posted by sumeethevans on November 22 2011, 9:42 PM. Posted in Xbox.

    While many of you have been involved in the Xbox LIVE Preview Program and have been busy getting an early look at the next Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE features, I wanted to let you know that the official release for the update for all Xbox LIVE members will be Tuesday, December 6th. In this update, free to all console owners, you will see:

    • New personal and social features including Cloud Storage for Game Saves and LIVE Profile
    • Beacons and Facebook Sharing
    • Enhanced Family Settings
    • Integrated voice and gesture controls across the dashboard and in apps
    • Bing voice search (Available this year in the US, UK and CA)

    In addition to all these great dashboard features, starting on December 6th and continuing on an ongoing basis through the holiday months, a wealth of new content will be coming to Xbox 360. New, customized applications for television, movies, internet videos, sports and music will begin rolling out from world-leading providers in more than 20 countries.

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  • Xbox LIVE Public Preview Program

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 13 2011, 2:52 AM. Posted in Xbox.

    At E3 we announced the new Xbox LIVE dashboard which will deliver intuitive navigation, increased responsiveness and improved engagement with Xbox experiences – all beginning this holiday. Now that our work on the dashboard is almost complete, we are announcing an open call for all Xbox LIVE members to register to participate in a preview program to help us test the system. This is an important program as we continually strive to ensure the reliability of a service that reaches tens of millions globally. We could not do so without the ongoing help of our great community.

    Once this program is kicked off, an update will be pushed to your console that will contain select dashboard features, including:

    • New design with integrated Kinect voice and gesture controls
    • Beacons
    • Facebook Sharing
    • Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile

    Other features and entertainment partner apps may come into view during the program period.

    Note: A console in the program is expected to remain fully compatible with standard retail consoles not in the program. (e.g. party chat will function)

    Click here for the initial register for the Public Preview.

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  • Xbox LIVE and Windows 8

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 14 2011, 3:42 AM. Posted in Xbox.

    We are confirming that we will be bringing Xbox LIVE to the PC with Xbox LIVE on Windows. We are very excited about Xbox LIVE coming to Windows 8. Xbox LIVE brings your games, music, movies, and TV shows to your favorite Microsoft and Windows devices. Bringing Xbox LIVE to Windows 8 is part of our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy. At BUILD we are showing that it is easy for developers to create games for Windows 8 that take advantage of the power of Xbox LIVE. We have much more detail to share about the capabilities of Xbox LIVE on Windows and look forward to the opportunity to do so in the near future. 

       

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  • Hulu Plus available on Xbox LIVE on Friday, April 29th

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 29 2011, 4:42 AM. Posted in Xbox.

    Hulu Plus is coming to Xbox LIVE tomorrow (April 29th.) To celebrate the debut of Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is unlocking Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE from April 29 – May 6. Through this sponsorship, all Xbox LIVE members (Free or Gold) will be able to enjoy Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE, no Hulu Plus subscription or Xbox LIVE Gold membership required for an entire week.

     

  • Kinect for Windows SDK to Arrive Spring 2011

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 23 2011, 4:36 AM. Posted in Xbox.

    Ever since the November launch of Kinect for Xbox 360, enthusiasts and academic researchers alike have expressed their excitement and intense interest in the possibilities created by the product’s ability to enable users to bring games and entertainment to life without using a controller.

    Kinect for Xbox 360 and the potential seen within its core technology have captured the imaginations of the academic research and enthusiast communities. To encourage and support that creativity, on Feb. 21, Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, and Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, announced that the company plans to release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software development kit (SDK) from Microsoft Research this spring.

    “Microsoft’s investments in natural user interfaces are vital to our long-term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do far more for us,” said Mundie. “The fruits of these research investments are manifesting across many of our products, Kinect for Xbox 360 among them.”

    While Microsoft plans to release a commercial version at a later date, this SDK will be a starter kit to make it simpler for the academic research and enthusiast communities to create rich natural user interfaces using Kinect technology. The SDK will give users access to deep Kinect system information such as audio, system application-programming interfaces, and direct control of the Kinect sensor.

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  • Introducing the Xbox LIVE Rewards program

    Posted by sumeethevans on December 2 2010, 3:11 AM. Posted in Xbox.

    It’s a brand new way for Xbox LIVE members* to earn Microsoft points for doing things they already do on Xbox LIVE. Sign up and start earning Microsoft Points by watching movies and sports, playing games and more. 

    Plus, when you sign-up for Xbox LIVE Gold, or renew your membership you’ll earn even more. Sound good? We’re officially kicking off the program later today, but if you want to get in early hit the link below.

    Get more details and join for free at Rewards.xbox.com via MajorNelson