Archive for: Xbox

Microsoft Website Outs E3 Goodes Early: Halo 4 And More!

  • June 6, 2011 10:46 am

Microsoft’s official unveiling of E3 paraphernalia may still be hours away, but thanks to one click-happy employee we are able to get a quick glance at a few things Microsoft has in store. Kotaku’s Mike Fahey managed to snap a pic of the page in question before Microsoft realized their mistake and removed the offending images and links. From their mistakes, however, we now know Halo 4 along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Kinect Star Wars, Dance Central 2 and several other titles will be debuting at this weeks E3 gaming conference.

Still, we’re sure Microsoft has a few more stunners that we haven’t managed to see yet prepared for their E3 event later today.

Microsoft Outs New Device/Xbox Service In Blog Post?

  • May 31, 2011 3:32 pm

A new blog post by Microsoft highlighting the content of their E3 presentations next week has some very interesting gems tucked deep within.

Today, there is no better gaming experience in the world…. Games that extend to your Windows 7 PC and your Windows Phone 7…and, of course, other devices to come.

Did Microsoft just confirm they’re bringing some new hardware to E3 next week? Mounting evidence certainly supports such a claim. Rumors over the last several months have claimed Microsoft is working on some type of set-top box similar to Google TV. Of course if you really think about it, such a claim doesn’t make much sense.

Microsoft already has a great set-top box in the Xbox 360. Building on that point are recent trademark filings (WinRumors) by Microsoft which include Fusion Genesis, Fusion Vault, and Fusion Sentient as well as a Microsoft-owned URL “”. All of those names certainly sound like a multimedia/video/TV service that could “fuse” the gaming console and traditional TV into one unit. However, using the word “devices” sounds like hardware to us.

Call us crazy, we’d much rather see any Google TV-esque services implemented into the 53 million strong Xbox Live ecosystem rather than another piece of plastic taking up our entertainment stands.

Stay close to Gadgetsteria this week and early next as we cover E3, starting Monday, June 6th.

Final Founding Father Of Microsoft Xbox Leaves The Company.

  • May 25, 2011 2:20 pm

A full decade ago — Repeat that…decade ago — four Microsoft employees looking to make a name for themselves got together and created one of the greatest devices of my later childhood years. The Xbox console wasn’t the most popular console at first, but over time grew to become a gaming mecca which in later years was complimented by one of the best online gaming networks in Xbox Live.

Today, the last remaining member of that original 4-man team, Hungarian programmer Otto Berkes, is cleaning out his desk and saying good-bye. This afternoon Berskes officially submitted his resignation. While Berskes hasn’t worked directly with Xbox in recent years, heading various departments including Microsoft’s ultra-mobile divisions, his influences in the company will no doubt be missed.

Who would have thought that Microsoft’s hulking “Xbox” made of black plastic and neon green was going to turn into the $10 billion+ industry it has today?

Students: Get A Free Xbox 360 With PC Purchase Of $699 Or Higher.

  • May 19, 2011 11:35 am

For the next several months it pays to be a student and a gamer. Microsoft has announced a new promo aimed at students. Specifically, any student with a .edu address will score a free 4 GB Xbox 360 Arcade bundle without the need for pesky mail-in rebates through online retailers and local PC shops. Microsoft and BestBuy will also take valid student IDs in addition to .edu email addresses.

The promo is running from May 22nd through September 3rd. While the offer is currently U.S.-only, Canada and France will receive similar promotions at a later, unannounced date.

[Update] Microsoft: “We’ll Replace Xbox Units Bricked By Upcoming Update”

  • May 18, 2011 1:03 pm

Previous reports that Microsoft “unlocked” an extra hidden GB of disc space for game developers. This new space was previously reserved for anti-piracy measures and DVD-Audio. Though seeing as how Microsoft doesn’t use such features, said space was reclaimed and re-purposed for what matters most. The good news was briefly overshadowed by a rather ominous problem — some Xbox hardware wouldn’t accept the update, and in turn cease working. But all concern should be dispelled for Microsoft has come forward and promised that any and all Xbox units bricked by the update will receive a replacement 250 GB Xbox Slim unit and 12 free months of Xbox Live Gold membership.

One lucky gamer by the name of Avery Penn received an email from Microsoft detailing the issue and providing the necessary links and information to get the claim process going. Seems like a rather nice move on Microsoft’s part, no?

The update in question is still in the beta channel currently, though slated to go live tomorrow, May 19th. Depending on what corner of the world you live in, the update could take up to almost two weeks to reach you, however. Nonetheless, the email above signals Microsoft has some way of telling which consoles are affected and taking the appropriate actions proactively. Let us know how your upgrade goes..

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Xbox Live PayPal Transactions Going Global!

  • May 10, 2011 8:12 am

U.S. Xbox Live subscribers have been able to enjoy the fruits of PayPal payments across Microsoft’s online gaming service for some time now. Global markets, however, have not. That changes in the coming weeks. Between May 19th and May 30th, a series of mini-updates will be pushed out to all Xbox 360 consoles enabling the feature outlined above.

Though if PayPal payments aren’t your forte, there are a couple other treats primed and ready. Perhaps just as important as PayPal support, the upcoming XBL update will also bring compatibility for Xbox Game Disc Format (XGD3). This new spec will give game developers an extra ~1 GB of space to use.

Finally, the nifty Avatar Kinect features we saw back in January at CES will officially debut to the masses. Think of it as a Playstation Home on steroids + facial recognition (and without appalling security practices in place).

Who’s ready?

Hulu Plus Launching On Xbox Live April 29th. Free For First Week.

  • April 28, 2011 1:39 pm

Video streaming gurus looking to subscribe to Hulu Plus on Xbox Live have until tomorrow (April 29th) to wait, in which the service will officially launch. Also, thanks to Jack Link’s Beef Jerky the first week of service (April 29th-May 6th) is completely free, after which the price rises to the standard $9.99/month. Better get your stream on…

Microsoft: “Kinect SDK Coming In March.”

  • February 21, 2011 5:31 pm

While some gaming console manufacturers would rather sue the very community that creates the future of the platform, Microsoft has chosen to embrace them. When the Microsoft Kinect was first released in late 2010, Microsoft took a very tough stance to hackers (as they have previously with Xbox hacking). But soon after, all kinds of cool little hacks and demos started appearing online showing just how much potential the Kinect accessory had. Shortly after, Microsoft changed their tune, instead taking a neutral approach to the hacks and hackers, promising no legal battles. And now it gets better, with official confirmation via Microsoft themselves that the talented bunch of Kinect hackers will soon have a legitimate SDK to bring their apps to life and the public in a much easier fashion.

The new SDK will be released this March and initially as a non-commercial endeavor only. But Microsoft has promised that commercial creations will be able to flourish at a later date.

With Sony (oh darn, cat’s out of the bag) currently going sue happy on some very prominent and helpful PS3 hackers, we’d say Microsoft is taking the far better road by embracing the Kinect hacker community and actually…you know…listening to the Xbox/Kinect userbase. We expect some very unique and very worthwhile things to come forth for the Xbox/Kinect platform in the near future.

**Note to Sony: This is how you get people interested in your products.

#CES2011 — Microsoft Keynote Wrap-up

  • January 5, 2011 10:50 pm

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Tonight’s Microsoft Keynote was full of excitement,
surprise, and lots of Steve Ballmer. The 5,000-person capacity was
certainly tested as people piled into the gigantic room housing the
event for well over an hour. But once everyone got settled, it was
certainly something to behold. You can see live blogs and live
streams over and over, but being here in person is just…different.
With that said, Microsoft had quite a night of announcements. Hop
on past the break to get the full rundown..