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Microsoft reportedly launching subsidized Xbox 360 bundle next week for $99 with a two-year subscription

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Microsoft has long been pushing to get the Xbox 360 into as many living rooms as possible, and it looks like it could now be about to attempt a new tactic to further expand its reach. According to The Verge’s sources, the company will launch a new bundle next week that will include both a 4GB Xbox 360 console and a Kinect sensor for just $99 — the only catch being that you’ll also have to sign a two-year contract at a rate of $15 a month. That will give you access to the Xbox Live Gold service, and potentially some additional streaming content, as well as a two-year warranty (there’s also naturally an early termination fee for those that break the contract). From the sound of things, though, the new offering could be getting something of a soft launch — the only outlet mentioned for the bundle so far is the rather limited number of Microsoft Stores in the US.

Microsoft reportedly launching subsidized Xbox 360 bundle next week for $99 with a two-year subscription originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 May 2012 11:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Celebration Pack Xbox 360 drapes itself in Union Jack, sings Rule Britannia

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

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If the Queen’s Jubilee and 2012 Olympics pride have overcome your sense of subtlety, Microsoft has a special game console for you. The Celebration Pack Xbox 360 is a plain-jane 4GB Kinect bundle underneath, but it slathers the console, the wireless gamepad and the Kinect sensor in a tattered Union Jack to remind everyone you’re not from Canada. Gamers also get copies of Kinect Adventures and Kinect Sports to help them train for the 500-meter relay. Showing your patriotism with an Xbox will cost you £250 ($406) when the console is ready on May 25, while Microsoft will gladly sell you a just-as-British Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 for £30 ($49).

Celebration Pack Xbox 360 drapes itself in Union Jack, sings Rule Britannia originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 01 May 2012 17:38:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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CryENGINE 3 gives us a glimpse at the future of gaming [video]

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Devices like Apple’s iPad have shown the world that huge advances have been made in mobile gaming over the past few years. Featuring the Apple A5X processor with quad-core graphics, the third-generation iPad takes mobile video games to new heights on iOS devices, but technology blogs and the media tend to get a bit carried away in terms of comparisons between console gaming and mobile gaming. Gameplay itself paints an obvious picture, and the numbers do as well; Microsoft’s 10-year-old Xbox 360 console features floating-point performance of 240 Gflops and 500 million triangles while Apple’s brand new iPad is rated at a maximum of 7.2 Gflops and 35 million triangles.

The next-generation Xbox and PlayStation consoles currently being developed by Microsoft and Sony will make the disparity between these two classes of gaming even more vast, adding more fluid animation support and a number of additional enhancements that will make video games more realistic than ever. But even when confined to the capabilities present in today’s home consoles, new video game engines show us just how amazing gaming will be moving forward.

Ctytek, the lab behind the popular Crysis franchise, recently released the CryENGINE 3 SDK 3.4.0 DX11 update for developers as well as with a quick reel to highlight some of the engine’s capabilities. Along with companies like Epic Games, Crytek continues to push the envelope while enabling other developers to do the same, and this latest release will set the bar even higher. Crytek’s video trailer follows below.

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Amazon Instant Video app for the PS3 brings both Prime subscriptions and VOD along

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
Amazon Instant Video app for the PS3 brings both Prime subscriptions and VOD along

While Amazon has continued to grow both its video on-demand and all you can eat Prime Instant Video services content-wise, playback on the TV is still limited to relatively few devices. You can add a major one to the list however, since the app has just started popping up on the PlayStation 3, as pointed out above by Joystiq. While the Xbox 360 has always supported the downloadable files brought over from PCs since the days of Unbox, other than a limited selection of Blu-ray Players and HDTVs, the PS3 is immediately the service’s most widely available connected TV platform. If you’re looking for it, it should pop up right below competitor Netflix under the video services tab the next time you power on your console.

Amazon Instant Video app for the PS3 brings both Prime subscriptions and VOD along originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 03 Apr 2012 13:17:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft moves logistics center out of Germany, blames Motorola patent battle

Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Microsoft moves logistics center out of Germany, blames Motorola patent battleIt may be a mere thorn in the foot of a giant like Microsoft, but the ongoing H.264 licensing dispute with Motorola is clearly starting to sting. German news outlet CIO reports that Redmond has shifted part of its European logistics operation from Germany to the Netherlands, affecting around 50 jobs at a contractor called Arvato. Although it might seem like a minor shuffle, CIO reports that Microsoft explicitly blames Motorola’s patent litigation for the decision, saying it was otherwise happy with Arvato’s services in warehousing Windows and Xbox 360 titles. If this represents the start of a new trend, those tasty Euros being earned by Mannheim lawyers could potentially be cancelled out by losses elsewhere in the German economy.

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Microsoft moves logistics center out of Germany, blames Motorola patent battle originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 02 Apr 2012 06:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Comcast deals blow to net neutrality, says own video service is exempt from bandwidth caps

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Cable network operator and Internet service provider Comcast reportedly confirmed earlier this week that it would give its own video streaming service a huge advantage over rival services like Netflix. Showing blatant disregard for net neutrality principles, Comcast said this week that its video streaming service Xfinity will be exempt from the 250GB bandwidth cap it foists on subscribers, Raw Story reports. Movies and TV shows streamed using rival services such as Netflix and Hulu will still apply toward users’ monthly bandwidth caps. Microsoft announced earlier this week that Comcast’s Xfinity service was launching on its popular Xbox 360 video game and home entertainment console, and heavy users on Comcast’s network now have a clear reason to choose Xfinity over any of the dozens of rival streaming services supported by the Xbox.

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Xbox Live update delivers Comcast’s VOD service, HBO Go and MLB.TV

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Microsoft has begun to roll out an update for its Xbox Live service that includes new on-demand content from Comcast, along with apps from HBO and MLB, GigaOM reported on Monday. The launch these services will give users the ability to search through a wide range of content directly from their game console. In October, Microsoft announced a number of new content partners that would deliver movies, television shows and other content to its popular Xbox 360 game console. The system had already received updates that included apps from Verizon, Epix, Vevo, Vudu and YouTube. The launch of HBO Go comes as little surprise. In February, the company’s co-president Eric Kessler told reporters that the Xbox HBO Go app would go live on April 1st, in time for the season premiere of “Game of Thrones.” Microsoft fans noted that the company always releases updates on Tuesdays, however, and it was unlikely for HBO to roll out an update the day of the premiere to avoid download complications.

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Xbox 360 Comcast, HBO and MLB.tv apps arrive today on consoles used more for video than games

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Microsoft has confirmed via multiple mainstream media outlets that today is the day for several more high-profile video apps to appear on its Xbox 360, namely Comcast Xfinity TV, HBO Go and MLB.tv. There’s not a lot of detail on the apps themselves, although the HBO Go and MLB.tv services are familiar due to their availability on other platforms, while we’ve already heard the Xfinity TV app will mirror the experience and content already seen on the PC. All three naturally include significant Kinect integration, and bring the total number of video apps (already including recent additions like Verizon FiOS and YouTube) available to 36. Interestingly, another stat Microsoft is focusing on is that the time spent using its consoles to watch online video is now over half, outpacing the time users are spending playing its games for the first time. Head of marketing and strategy for Xbox Yusuf Mehdi is quoted by the LA Times as saying usage is up 30 percent from a year ago. We’re not sure if that just reflects gamers powering through to (and possibly being disappointed by) the ending of Mass Effect 3, but we’ll be keeping any eye on our dashboards all the same.

Xbox 360 Comcast, HBO and MLB.tv apps arrive today on consoles used more for video than games originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Mar 2012 01:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Xbox 360′s Comcast Xfinity TV app in beta testing, won’t count against data caps when it launches

Friday, March 23rd, 2012
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We’re still waiting for the Comcast Xfinity TV app to appear on our Xbox 360 dashboards, but word is its beta tests have expanded to cover more Microsoft and Comcast employees, and it could launch as soon as the next week or so. In case you’re wonder exactly what its capabilities will be when it will arrives, a post over at AVSForum points out a support page that’s already live and details both the requirements for service and content available. Customers that have Xbox Live Gold and both internet and video services from Comcast will be able to log into the app with their ID and view video on-demand (no live TV) including free videos, national broadcasters and premium channels. That includes access to HBO Go (which will already have an app) and additional content from Max Go, as well as other premium stations — basically the same lineup currently available on the Xfinity website. Also notable is confirmation that the cross-provider content search Microsoft is so proud of will apply here, and that any video viewed through the app won’t count against those 250GB data caps Comcast has in place. Hit the link below for all the answers currently available, we’ll wait until its actually launched to try out the promised Kinect voice and gesture control features.

[Thanks, Tyler]

Xbox 360′s Comcast Xfinity TV app in beta testing, won’t count against data caps when it launches originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BBC iPlayer app finally launches for all UK Xbox 360s

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
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All of those Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 video apps Microsoft has been promising since last year’s dashboard update continue to slowly leak out, and the latest is the BBC iPlayer. Already long available on the Nintendo Wii and PlayStation 3, UK gamers finally have access to the catalog of titles on any major console they choose. The Xbox 360 supports HD streams and, of course, voice and gesture control courtesy of that little add-on, however unlike many of the services on Microsoft’s box, this one is available to all users with or without an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Platforms that are next up for iPlayer’s blessing? Sky AnyTime+ is confirmed for later this year while a Windows Phone 7 is reportedly being developed. Check after the break for a couple more shots of the interface, plus a video demo for users on the appropriate side of the pond.

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BBC iPlayer app finally launches for all UK Xbox 360s originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Mar 2012 05:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft: No new Xbox hardware this year

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Microsoft has confirmed that the successor to the Xbox 360 will not be announced at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo. “While we appreciate all the interest in our long-range plans for the future, we can confirm that there will be no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon,” the company said in a statement to Kotaku on Thursday. “For us, 2012 is all about Xbox 360-and it’s the best year ever for Xbox 360. The console is coming off its biggest year ever-a year in which Xbox outsold all other consoles worldwide.” The next-generation Xbox is rumored to be six times more powerful than the current Xbox 360. It has been reported that the console will be equipped with a GPU based on ATI’s Radeon HD 6670 and should offer support for 3D technology, 1080p HD output, multiple displays and DirectX 11. It is also possible that Microsoft’s next-generation system may use online downloads and swappable solid state cards rather than a traditional disc drive.

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HBO GO teases vocal controls via Kinect, coming soon to Xbox 360 (video)

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

We knew it’d be arriving on April 1st, but now we’re actually longing for it. HBO has just released a half-minute teaser propping up the impending release of HBO GO on Xbox 360, and while it’s available on a plethora of other platforms, being able to verbally command HBO (through Kinect, of course) to play your favorite shows just takes the enticement up another level. Care to see for yourself? Tap that video just after the jump.

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HBO GO teases vocal controls via Kinect, coming soon to Xbox 360 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:56:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The iPad could be the future of gaming

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

With Friday’s release of the new iPad, Epic Games president Mike Capps has offered a huge amount of praise for Apple’s new tablet in the context of video games. “Apple is definitely building their devices as if they care a lot about ‘triple-A’ games,” said Capps, in an interview with Reuters. Only the highest-quality games are considered “triple-A” titles, most of which cost tens of millions of dollars to produce and are usually found on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Capps is trying to push console manufacturers to release more powerful devices in the hopes that they won’t be left behind. Read on for more.

With the simple addition of a Bluetooth controller for the iPad, Capps believes that Apple could challenge the Xbox and PlayStation platforms in the home console gaming market. “It is quite easy to imagine a world where an iPad is more powerful than a home console, where it wirelessly talks to your TV and wirelessly talks to your controller and becomes your new console,” he said.

The president of Electronic Arts’ Labels, Frank Gibeau, who oversees games such as “Battlefield 3″ and “Star Wars: The Old Republic,” echoed Capps’s comments and said the company is eyeing Apple’s moves closely. “When the iPad gets to the processing power that’s equal to an Xbox 360 and it connects to a television, that’s no big deal to us. We’ll put the game through the iPad and have it display through the television.” Gibeau said. EA has already released franchise titles such as “Dead Space” and “Mass Effect,” for the iPad. For publishers, “it used to be, oh hey, it’s just the Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft show, but that’s not the case anymore,” Gibeau said.

Crytek, the company behind the graphic intensive “Crysis 2″ for the PC and consoles, is also working on its first game for the iPad, which is due out in the spring. While the game is set to be puzzle-based, Crytek said it could one day bring more complex games to the device as well. “As more people come to these platforms, we have to follow our fans,” said Kristoffer Waardahl, a Crytek studio manager.

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Must See HDTV (March 5th – 11th)

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Big East Championship
One of the 3D early adopters and looking for something to watch? While there are many conference championships taking place in the run up to March Madness this week, ESPN 3D’s cameras are set to catch all the action at the Big East Championship, meaning several games each day, leading up to the final game Saturday night. Last year it was Kemba Walker and UCONN lighting up the stage on their way to an NCAA Championship, now we’ll see which team makes a run in 2012.
(All week, ESPN 3D)

Game of Thrones
Assuming you haven’t been forced at gunpoint into piracy, the first season of HBO’s acclaimed series finally comes home on Blu-ray this month. Whether you’re just reliving your trip to the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros or visiting for the first time, if fantasy , intrigue and drama is your thing, this should be a good fit. Winter is coming.
($34.99 on Amazon, March 6th)

Mass Effect 3
The final chapter of Bioware’s epic trilogy finally arrives on Xbox 360 and PS3 this week. If you haven’t caught on to the series blend of action and RPG elements yet it may be too late, but for fans this final battle to protect the universe should be yet another incredible battle. Now featuring multiplayer, if you see a sudden dropoff in post count over the next few days then this game is probably the reason why.
($59.99 on Amazon, March 6th)

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Must See HDTV (March 5th – 11th) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Mar 2012 18:31:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kinect for Media Center released, why not wave and shout at your HTPC?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Kinect hacks previously brought gesture and voice control to Boxee and XBMC, and now that the Kinect for Windows hardware has been released we’ve got a solution for Windows Media Center. The aptly named Kinect for Media Center brings all the normal playback controls (for WMC and add-ins like Netflix) to your fingertips and lips, at the cost of $6.99. While its control scheme seems to be fully featured there are unfortunately some limitations — it doesn’t work with the Xbox 360 Kinect due to Microsoft’s restrictions, and it also doesn’t work with WMC extenders. What is included are filters to keep your content from accidentally triggering the voice controls (something some of us have had problems with on the Xbox 360), and configurable settings for right or left hand dominance or sensitivity. You can check out a video demo of the beta version (compare to a demo we saw last year from the makers of the Amulet voice control remotes) embedded after the break, or head directly to the site to try it out yourself if you’re sure that finding the remote has simply become to much of a hassle.

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Kinect for Media Center released, why not wave and shout at your HTPC? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 15 Feb 2012 01:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Crackle and CinemaNow Are Now Available on Xbox Dashboard [Xbox]

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

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