It’s sort of sad that Microsoft has to defend keeping around its most popular consumer product to Wall Street analysts, but apparently it does. Late last year, Normura analyst Rick Sherlund and Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen called on Microsoft to dump the Xbox because it was a persistent money loser for the firm. However, in his new manifesto sent out to Microsoft employees, CEO Satya Nadella spends a good chunk of time defending the Xbox’s place in Microsoft’s product line and explains why keeping it around is hugely important to the company’s future in consumer electronics. More →
Tennessee’s Bonnaroo is always one of the year’s very best music festivals and this year promises to be no different with a killer lineup that includes Elton John, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Lionel Richie, Jack White and many more. However, you won’t have to travel down to bluegrass country to watch all of the best shows this year because Microsoft is letting you stream the show right over your Xbox 360 or Xbox One if you’re an Xbox Live member. More →
Microsoft has devised a new clever way to convince customers to purchase a Surface tablet: the new Surface Pro 2 “Geek” bundle that packs some interesting additional extras including an Xbox controller and two downloadable game. The bundle’s pricing starts at $899 and it’s available exclusively at Microsoft’s online store, with users saving $104 on the free PC games part of the offer including War Thunder Mustang Advanced Pack and Farming Simulator 2013 – users won’t be able to choose any other titles though. More →
The critical consensus on the PlayStation 4 (including our own) has been positive so far, but how does the next-gen console fare when a group of design experts take a stab at reviewing it? Fast Company gave Teague, the design consultancy behind the original Xbox, a platform to share its thoughts on the PS4 from a design perspective. The results were decidedly mixed. More →
If you build it, they will troll. The only things certain in life are death, taxes and the fact that trolls will eventually find their way to every public forum on the Internet. Xbox Live in particular is known for its special brand of trolls that look to disrupt other gamers and spoil their fun, but Microsoft is taking new steps in its effort to rid its online video game community of as many trolls as possible. At the start of the month, Microsoft announced the beta launch of a new system “Xbox Enforcement United,” which allows gamers to flag trolls as inappropriate and alert Microsoft’s Xbox Live Policy and Enforcement Team.
After years of leaks, rumors and speculation, Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox will finally be unveiled on Tuesday during a press conference in Redmond, Washington. Recent reports suggest that the new “Xbox 720,” “Xbox Infinity” or whatever else it might be called will feature vastly improved specs such as an eight-core processor, 8GB of RAM, an 800MHz graphics processor, a 50GB 6x Blu-ray drive, gigabit ethernet connectivity and enhanced TV features. The new console may also require an always-on Internet connection to play games, though reports on that front have conflicted. We’ll know all there is to know shortly, however, and here’s how to watch all the action live from your computer, Xbox or smartphone: More →
We first saw Microsoft’s vision of the future of gaming last year when a patent filing revealed a potential Xbox 720 feature that projects images from a video game all over a room, extending the gaming experience beyond the TV screen. Our interest was piqued again when a video demo of “IllumiRoom” made the rounds earlier this week alongside rumors that the exciting new feature might be available on Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox. The feature would undoubtedly give the next Xbox an edge over rivals but unfortunately, Microsoft has confirmed that IllumiRoom won’t be included in its next-generation video game console at launch. More →
The next-generation Xbox is expected to include high-end hardware and a variety of software improvements when Microsoft announces the system next month. According to a new report from Polygon, the console will incorporate the controversial requirement that users will need an Internet connection to play some games, although the decision on whether a game will require a constant Internet will be decided by the game’s publisher. Polygon warns that Microsoft’s current guidelines can still change, however. More →
U.S. District Judge James Robart on Thursday determined that Google’s Motorola Mobility unit was not entitled to the $4 billion per year it sought from Microsoft for its standard-essential patents. Motorola was seeking royalties from Microsoft’s Xbox gaming system, which utilizes the company’s technology concerning video decoding wireless connectivity. Instead of the $4 billion per year Google had valued Motorola’s patents, the judge decided that the appropriate annual payment was closer to $1.8 million. More →
Even if PC sales continue tanking, Windows 8 could get a significant boost in adoption later this year just from eager gamers picking up the next-generation Xbox. Paul Thurrott of WindowsITPro reports that the next-generation Xbox will release in early November and will run on the “core” version of Windows 8 that “suggests a common apps platform or at least one that is similar to that used by Windows 8.” Thurrott speculates that Microsoft could use the common app development platform as a way to “open up this platform to enthusiast developers” and encourage more development of native Xbox apps. More →
In line with earlier rumors, Microsoft on Wednesday invited members of the press to an event next month for its next-generation Xbox gaming system. The new console is rumored to be equipped with an 1.6GHz 8-core AMD processor, 8GB of RAM, an 800MHz graphics processor, a Blu-ray Disc drive and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. The next-generation Xbox is expected to be released in time for the holiday season. Microsoft will announce the system at a press event on May 21st in Redmond, Washington at 10:00 a.m. PDT.