Microsoft to announce next-gen Xbox on May 21st

Microsoft to announce next-gen Xbox on May 21st

By on April 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM.

Microsoft to announce next-gen Xbox on May 21st

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.

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Microsoft Executive Resigns

Microsoft exec resigns after telling users to ‘deal with it’ regarding always-on Xbox controversy

By on April 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM.

Microsoft exec resigns after telling users to ‘deal with it’ regarding always-on Xbox controversy

The Microsoft (MSFT) executive who sparked controversy after making public statements regarding unannounced Microsoft products is no longer with the company. Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth made news last week when he publicly responded to concerns that the next-generation Xbox might require an always-on Internet connection to operate. Orth said he was confused by the concern and then told customers to “deal with it.” Now, according to unnamed sources speaking with video game industry blog GameInformer, Orth has voluntarily resigned. Microsoft has not confirmed Orth’s departure, however GameInformer states that a call to the company’s headquarters confirmed that he is no longer with the company.

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Xbox 720 Release Date

Microsoft said to unveil next-gen Xbox in May

By on April 8, 2013 at 10:30 AM.

Microsoft said to unveil next-gen Xbox in May

Microsoft (MSFT) reportedly has plans to unveil its next-generation Xbox video game console during a press conference in May. The new console was previously expected to be revealed during a special event in April but Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott now reports that the press conference has been pushed back to May 21st. The Verge then claimed to have independently confirmed the date in a follow-up report. Preliminary details are expected at the May 21st event and then a full unveiling will reportedly follow just a few weeks later at the E3 gaming conference in June. Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox is expected to launch ahead of the holidays this year.

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Xbox 720 Used Game Block

New leak suggests next-gen Xbox won’t play used games

By on March 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM.

New leak suggests next-gen Xbox won’t play used games

Following a number of reports claiming Microsoft’s (MSFT) next-generation video game console, codenamed “Durango,” will block users’ ability to play preowned games, a new report appears to back up those claims. In a series of purported screenshots from Microsoft’s Durango SDK published by Vgleaks.com, several earlier rumors regarding Microsoft’s next console appear to have been confirmed. Among them is the claim that game play from a disk will not be supported, and users will instead have to install games to the device’s hard drive in order to play. More →

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Xbox 360 Sales February 2013

Xbox 360 racks up 26th consecutive month as top console

By on March 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM.

Xbox 360 racks up 26th consecutive month as top console

Does Microsoft (MSFT) even need to launch a new Xbox? Despite Nintendo’s (NTDOY) recent release of its next-generation home video game console, the Xbox 360 racked up its twenty-sixth consecutive month as the top-selling console in February. U.S. sales totalled 302,000 units according to The NPD Group’s February data, placing the Xbox ahead of Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation 3 and both the Wii and Wii U. The Xbox 360 holds an estimated 41% share of the current-generation console market in the U.S.

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Microsoft Xbox 720 Sales

Microsoft’s next Xbox predicted to dominate next-gen consoles

By on March 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM.

Microsoft’s next Xbox predicted to dominate next-gen consoles

Microsoft (MSFT) is the only major vendor that hasn’t yet announced any details surrounding its new console, but some industry watchers are already convinced that the new Xbox will dominate the next generation of video game consoles. Among them is Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, who believes Microsoft is set to win the next console generation — and his reasoning has little to do with video games. More →

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Microsoft Xbox Entertainment

Microsoft now sees the Xbox as an ‘entertainment’ console that’s not limited to gaming

By on February 13, 2013 at 7:40 PM.

Microsoft now sees the Xbox as an ‘entertainment’ console that’s not limited to gaming

There’s no doubt that the Xbox 360 is one of the best things Microsoft (MSFT) has going for itself right now — not only has the popular console sold 76 million units, but it’s rapidly moved beyond the gaming sphere to become a well-rounded entertainment center thanks to popular content streaming apps for Netflix (NFLX) and Hulu. Per Engadget, Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business senior vice president Yusuf Mehdi told the D: Dive Into Media conference on Tuesday that Microsoft really doesn’t see the Xbox as a mere gaming console anymore and now views it as a comprehensive “entertainment console.” And what’s more, Mehdi said that this gives Microsoft a big long-run advantage over Sony’s (SNE) rival PlayStation console since it “isn’t as good of an entertainment console” as the Xbox. It will be very interesting to see how much Microsoft plays up the “entertainment console” aspect when it launches its Xbox 720 later this year and if the company plans to add any features to the device to improve its appeal as a living room hub.

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Xbox Criticism Apple TV

Xbox founder: Apple TV gaming could ‘simply kill PlayStation, Wii U and Xbox’

By on February 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM.

Xbox founder: Apple TV gaming could ‘simply kill PlayStation, Wii U and Xbox’

The Xbox is one of the best things that Microsoft (MSFT) has going for it right now, but one of the console’s founding engineers thinks the company is in grave danger of getting its hide handed to it by Apple (AAPL)… again. Nat Brown, a former Microsoft engineer who worked at the company until 1999 and who was one of the founders of the Xbox project, has written a long post on his personal blog making the case that Microsoft has only been winning the console wars over the past couple of years because Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY) have been screwing up so badly. He also tears apart the company’s strategy for allowing independent game developers to create games for the platform, saying that the process for developing and distributing games on the console is far too cumbersome. More →

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Microsoft Xbox 360 Sales

Microsoft says Xbox 360 sales have surpassed 76 million units, Kinect sales top 24 million

By on February 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM.

Microsoft says Xbox 360 sales have surpassed 76 million units, Kinect sales top 24 million

Microsoft (MSFT) will launch its next-generation Xbox video game and home entertainment console ahead of the holidays this year, and the device will have big shoes to fill. Further solidifying its position among the best-selling consoles of all time, Microsoft’s director of programming for Xbox Live Larry Hryb announced on Twitter Monday evening that cumulative Xbox 360 console sales have surpassed 76 million units. Hryb also said Kinect sales have topped 24 million units and Xbox Live now hosts 46 million paying subscribers. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is currently the fourth best-selling home video game console of all time behind Nintendo’s (NTDOY) Wii at No.3, and Sony’s (SNE) PlayStation and PlayStation 2 consoles at No.2 and No.1, respectively.

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Microsoft Xbox 720 Specs

Next-gen Xbox may feature advanced multitasking and require Kinect to function

By on February 11, 2013 at 6:27 PM.

Next-gen Xbox may feature advanced multitasking and require Kinect to function

Rumors have been circulating about Microsoft’s (MSFT) next-generation Xbox for quite some time now. Earlier reports suggested that the console may require an always-on Internet connection that could block used games and others claimed it could even include Siri-like voice controls. According to a new report from Kotaku, the Xbox 720 will be capable of running multiple games and services at once by allowing users to “suspend” their current game and switch to a second one without losing their place in the first one. More →

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Xbox 360

Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox again said to launch ahead of 2013 holidays

By on November 30, 2012 at 8:25 AM.

Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox again said to launch ahead of 2013 holidays

More than a dozen reports to date have suggested Microsoft’s (MSFT) next-generation Xbox console will launch ahead of the holidays next year, and Bloomberg now becomes the latest publication to chime in. Citing multiple unnamed sources, Dina Bass and Ian King report that the new console will launch in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas shopping rushes. They also claim Microsoft hasn’t yet decided whether it will unveil the console at next year’s E3 gaming expo or at a dedicated press conference. Earlier reports stated that Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox will feature a quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, a Blu-ray disc drive, Kinect 2.0 and a redesigned controller, though no details surrounding the new console have been confirmed at this point.

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Xbox 720 Specs Rumor

Next-gen Xbox details emerge as Wii U launches and PlayStation 3 catches up in worldwide sales

By on November 19, 2012 at 12:30 PM.

Next-gen Xbox details emerge as Wii U launches and PlayStation 3 catches up in worldwide sales

Now that Nintendo’s (NTDOYWii U is available in North America, all eyes are turned to Microsoft (MSFT) to announce its Xbox 360 successor (code-named “Durango”) and to Sony (SNE) to reveal its PlayStation 4 (code-named “Orbis”). The two consoles are expected to launch in time for the holidays in 2013, but it’s also possible the next-generation Xbox could be delayed until 2014 due to chip production issues. According to CVG, the Xbox World magazine’s penultimate issue has eight pages worth of juicy “Durango” details. Rumored next-gen Xbox bits include a Blu-ray disc drive, Kinect 2.0, directional audio, TV output and input, an “innovative controller” and support for augmented reality glasses – details that corroborate those from a leaked document in June. More →

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Limited Edition Xbox

Microsoft thanks long-time Xbox Live subscribers by giving away free limited edition consoles

By on November 14, 2012 at 8:34 PM.

Microsoft thanks long-time Xbox Live subscribers by giving away free limited edition consoles

It is the tenth anniversary of Microsoft’s (MSFT) Xbox Live online gaming community and to celebrate the software giant is giving select subscribers a limited edition Xbox console for free. According to Larry Hryb, director of programming for Xbox Live, the company is giving away the console only to its most loyal subscribers, in other words, the ones who have been with the service for the longest number of years. The limited edition Xbox comes with in a special box and color scheme, and includes a custom controller and a “decade of entertainment” logo on the side.

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