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Atari E.T. excavation film kicks off Xbox documentary series in 2014

Atari E.T. excavation film kicks off Xbox documentary series in 2014

  Xbox Entertainment Studios announced earlier today that it will be debuting an original documentary series on Xbox in 2014. The series will be produced with Emmy-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s 30 Days and PBS American High) and two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man and Man on Wire) through their new multi-platform media company, Lightbox. The first film slated for the series focuses on the events that surrounded the video game burial of 1983 when the Atari [...]

Xbox countdown to 2014 sale starts, up to 90% off

Xbox countdown to 2014 sale starts, up to 90% off

Microsoft’s Major Nelson has announced a big sale on the Xbox, counting down to 2014. And yes, this does mean there will be a different sale every 24 hours. It kicks off today (17 of December) with a sale on Borderlands 2 DLC: Borderlands 2 - £12.49, 75% off (depending on region) Vault Hunter Upgrade 2 - £1.69, 50% off Psycho Pack - £3.37, 50% off Headhunter 1 Bloody Harvest - £1.19, 50% off Borderlands 2 Season Pass- £13.39, 33% off Terraria will go on [...]

Xbox “Games with Gold” for December will be Gears of War and Shoot Many Robots

Xbox “Games with Gold” for December will be Gears of War and Shoot Many Robots

In an update over on Major Nelson’s site, Larry Hryb revealed that December’s “Games with Gold” freebie for the Xbox 360 will be Gears of War and Shoot Many Robots. Gears of War 1 will be available starting Saturday, December 1 and will be available until December 15; while Shoot Many Robots will be available on December 16 up to the end of the month for Xbox Live Gold members. Yep, you read that right. This is the same Gears [...]

Original Xbox designers review the PS4, might not be what you’re expecting

Original Xbox designers review the PS4, might not be what you’re expecting

Teague, the company that designed the original Xbox have stepped up to review the PlayStation 4′s design and if you were expecting negativity and bashing oozing out of their every word, you might be in for a surprise. They complimented the outer design, stating that it looks good pretty much anyway you place it: “The console has a particularly clever two-faced design philosophy that we loved. When laid horizontal, the forward facing elements are subtle, allowing the console to disappear [...]

Xbox invites users to global launch events

Xbox invites users to global launch events

Xbox Wire has announced the latest details for the upcoming Xbox One launch event on Friday, Nov. 22. Touting a worldwide countdown, over 10,000 retail locations in 13 countries will be open at 12:01 am to welcome Xbox fans waiting to purchase their next-gen Xbox One system. Celebrations around the world will be showcased in a live broadcast airing on Spike TV, Xbox Live, and Xbox.com at 11 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Pacific Time. In addition, global launch events will be [...]

Former U.S. PlayStation Blog manager joins Xbox team

Former U.S. PlayStation Blog manager joins Xbox team

Jeff Rubenstein who is probably best known for managing the U.S. PlayStation Blog, has joined the Xbox Team; Major Nelson has revealed. Jeff will occasionally post on Major Nelson’s blog, but he’ll be focused on community-driven programs that Microsoft aren’t ready to announce yet. Jeff was asked to write a little blurb on himself, which is more of a statement: “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Xbox team at such an exciting time for the industry. During the interview [...]

Microsoft makes a loss of $2 billion on Xbox annually, says analyst

Microsoft makes a loss of $2 billion on Xbox annually, says analyst

According to Nomura analyst, Rick Sherlund, Microsoft loses $ 2 billion on the Xbox annually. He further alleges that these losses are masked by cash generated from royalties on patents from Android-based devices. If this is true, then the sum of the royalties has to be substantial. In Sherlund’s words: If we start with the overall traditional [Entertainment and Devices Division] business that actually loses money before corporate allocations and back out the nearly $2 billion 95 percent gross margin Android [...]

Xbox One SmartGlass app launches on iOS, Windows and Android devices on November 22

Xbox One SmartGlass app launches on iOS, Windows and Android devices on November 22

Microsoft has confirmed their companion app for Xbox One will release on the same day as the console – November 22. In a post on the on the Xbox News page, the Xbox Wire Staff mentioned the app will be available free Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices and will launch alongside the console. The Smartglass app will allow you to perform a multitude of functions, and some gameplay seems to be enhanced with the extra screen [...]

Xbox One demo kiosks arriving at GameStop “soon”

Xbox One demo kiosks arriving at GameStop “soon”

While the Xbox One demo tour is still going on, a large majority of people do not live close to the tour’s destinations. According to Larry Hyrb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, that will soon change. Responding to a query on Reddit as to whether Xbox One demo kiosks will make their way to GameStop locations, Hyrb revealed that they will be coming “soon”: “Soon” is what I was told late yesterday. That’s all I know right now. Recently, we reported that, [...]

DICE: Linux is one “killer” game app away from making an impact, like Halo for the Xbox

DICE: Linux is one “killer” game app away from making an impact, like Halo for the Xbox

DICE creative director Lars Gustavsson doesn’t underestimate the Linux OS. In an interview with Polygon, Gustavsson has said that Linux is just one “killer” game app away from making an impact in the industry, just like Halo did for the Xbox. We strongly want to get into Linux for a reason. It took Halo for the first Xbox to kick off and go crazy – usually, it takes one killer app or game and then people are more than willing [...]

Xbox Live Gold going free this weekend

Xbox Live Gold going free this weekend

Larry Hyrb, or Major Nelson, revealed that Microsoft will be “unlocking” Xbox Live Gold in select regions. From October 4th to October 6th, Xbox Live users can play as much multiplayer as they can before they go into a gaming-related coma. Those regions are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, [...]

Microsoft reveals international dates for Xbox One tour

Microsoft reveals international dates for Xbox One tour

Microsoft recently revealed an Xbox One demo tour that will not only take place nationally, but internationally as well. The “Area One” tour will bring the Xbox One to several national and international cities, which you can see, as well as their respective dates, below: Philadelphia: October 3-6 Paris: October 10-13 Toronto: October 10-13 Chicago: October 17-20 Vienna: October 17-20 Atlanta: October 24-27 Dallas: October 31-November 3 Berlin: October 31-November 3 Phoenix: November 7-10 San Francisco: November 14-17 Dublin: November [...]

Microsoft reveals photos of first Xbox One consoles off assembly line

Microsoft reveals photos of first Xbox One consoles off assembly line

The Xbox One is in production for its Nov. 22 release, as evidenced by photos from Xbox Live’s Larry Hryb on Twitter. Hryb posted a image of the first Xbox One console and the first pallet of consoles to come off the assembly line. Earlier today, Microsoft revealed the console release date, which will be a week following the launch of the PlayStation 4. The Xbox One will cost $499. Source: Major Nelson on Twitter [1] [2]

Raptr CEO: Xbox has been “progressive and open” while PlayStation has been “very, very closed”

Raptr CEO: Xbox has been “progressive and open” while PlayStation has been “very, very closed”

Ex-professional gamer and the current CEO of Raptr, Dennis Fong, has said that Microsoft’s Xbox has been more “progressive and open in general.” Fong said that he’s met most of the key people behind Xbox Live and that Microsoft provides Raptr with direct data feeds that help to streamline the integration of Xbox Live information. For those who didn’t know, Raptr provides 18 million users with a cross-platform profile that compiles their Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Steam achievements and trophies into [...]

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop will lead Xbox division at Microsoft following acquisition

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop will lead Xbox division at Microsoft following acquisition

The hottest piece of news in technology sections of newspapers today is that of Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices & Services division. The $7.1 billion deal includes includes Nokia’s smartphone and mobile products wing. We’re told that following the acquisition, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop will join Microsoft to lead an “expanded devices team.” Currently, Julie Larson-Green (who replaced Don Mattick) is overseeing the Devices and Studio Engineering division, which is responsible for all hardware including Xbox. Once the transition is complete and Elop [...]

Xbox co-creator: “Ouya’s success can’t be determined yet”

Xbox co-creator: “Ouya’s success can’t be determined yet”

Ed Fries, one of the founders of the Xbox has said that detractors are in “no position to judge” whether or not the Android-based microconsole, Ouya, has failed yet. Fries is an adviser to Ouya, and has been defending the microconsole in a post on Venturebeat saying that the he had doubts about the Xbox and Halo when it first released because it was “too different.” This is essentially the same issue that now faces Ouya. The platform is being [...]

Xbox One Kinect is a “much more integral part of the platform”, says Microsoft

Xbox One Kinect is a “much more integral part of the platform”, says Microsoft

Many gamers have expressed their scepticism of the new Xbox One Kinect, as its predecessor was often used for poor quality games and gimmicky extras. Xbox UK marketing director Harvey Eagle spoke to TechRadar specifically about the Xbox One Kinect, and the enhanced experienced that it is set to bring. Stating that the original Kinect didn’t do enough to provide a “rich enough experience”, Eagle talked about the key features of the new model: With things like voice and gesture, [...]

Microsoft confirms that disc-based games can be played whilst being installed to the Xbox One

Microsoft confirms that disc-based games can be played whilst being installed to the Xbox One

A Microsoft representative recently spoke to Polygon to break the news that the Xbox One will allow users to player games whilst they’re being installed onto the console. The company has said that this will apply to disc-based games such as Grand Theft Auto V, which will require an 8GB install when it launches. All disc-based titles will require installation to the system’s hard drive. There has been no word on whether or not this also applies to games which [...]

Let’s Get Pixelated episode 14: Beauty and the Pester ball (Podcast)

Let’s Get Pixelated episode 14: Beauty and the Pester ball (Podcast)

Hello Pixel Nation and welcome to episode 14 of Let’s Get Pixelated: The Pixel Enemy podcast. It’s extra long and awesome! In this episode we: We begin the episode with a tribute to the late Ryan Davis. Next, we go “around the horn” and discuss: Tyler gets lost in the Final Fantasy XIV beta and talks The Walking Dead: 400 Days  Williams is going mobile with Max Payne for iOS. Espo talks: Ni No Kuni update, Remember Me, NCAA Football 14, Deus Ex: The Fall, and [...]

Console wars take a new turn as Sony fans sign petition to bring back controversial Xbox One features

Console wars take a new turn as Sony fans sign petition to bring back controversial Xbox One features

You’ve got to love trolls regardless of what their console preference is. This one really takes the cake. We recently reported on a Change.org petition launched by Microsoft fans who were unhappy with the company’s decision to reverse its controversial policies in light of all the backlash that it received. The petition demands a reconsideration of the company’s decision, and the return of the Xbox One that Microsoft showed off at E3. As I write this, the petition has attracted over [...]