Category Archives: Xbox

Microsoft reveals what happened to IllumiRoom

Exactly what’s happened to IllumiRoom? Microsoft operations manager Eric Neustadter, when speaking with Larry Hryb Major Nelson, revealed that IllumiRoom was just a tech demo.

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“We said when IllumiRoom came out, it was a tech demo. It was never announced as a product, or something you’d be able to buy,” said Neustadter when talking about IllumiRoom. “People got really excited about it, because it was really cool, but it was just a ‘hey, let’s see if we can do this and figure out what to do with it.’” Continue reading

Microsoft knew about DirectX 12 when designing the Xbox One

Phil Spencer head of Xbox has revealed that Microsoft knew about DirectX 12 when designing the Xbox One.

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“On the DX12 question, I was asked early on by people if DX12 is gonna dramatically change the graphics capabilities of Xbox One and I said it wouldn’t,” said Spencer back in November. Continue reading

Phil Spencer wants Xbox One to be the best way to play games on TV; promises PC gamers more

Could you imagine playing previous generation games like Blinx and Deus Ex: Human Revolution on Xbox One?

Microsoft head of Xbox Phil Spencer revealed that he liked the idea of being able to play previous gen Xbox games on Xbox One, however he did go on to say that they don’t have anything to announce at this time in regards to that happening.xbox app windows 10 300x168 Phil Spencer wants Xbox One to be the best way to play games on TV; promises PC gamers more

Spencer also, in the shadow of announcing the Xbox App, answered a fans question about them “killing” the Xbox brand with the applications announcement. Spencer replied by saying, “I want Xbox One to be the best way to play games on my TV and as an XBL member I want access to all my games and friends.”

It’s interesting because Microsoft previously had Games for Windows, a platform which was linked to Xbox Live. Now, there’s an apparent uproar because Microsoft has combined both PC and console gaming into one. Continue reading

DirectX 12: allowing developers to create “amazing scenes on screens.”

At the live Windows 10 event, Microsoft detailed DirectX 12 API.

DirectX12 670x437 300x195 DirectX 12: allowing developers to create “amazing scenes on screens.”DirectX 12 is said to give more control to developers, with more complexity and better frame rate performance in comparison to its predecessor DirectX 11, said Microsoft’s Phil Spencer.

Spencer also stated that DirectX 12 is said to cut the power consumption in half, allowing developers to create “amazing scenes on screens.” He also added that DirectX 12 enables more mobile devices to run “high-end” mobile games.

Spencer also mentioned that Unreal Engine 4 and Unity already support DirectX 12, and that developers are already developing with it.

Xbox becomes apart of Windows 10; Microsoft introduces streaming on PCs and tablets

Microsoft head Phil Spencer revealed that the upcoming Windows 10 operating system will support Xbox One game streaming.

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“Wouldn’t it be great if we could play those games [Xbox One games] anywhere in the house?” Spencer said inspiring intrigue.

The Xbox App will allow for streaming Xbox One games on both PCs and tablets, however no word was giving for Windows Phones, a platform in which Microsoft is also heavily invested. Continue reading

Xbox One returns to $349 with new promotion

Microsoft today announced that, starting January 16, the Xbox One will be returning to the holiday price of $349 via a brand new promotion. 

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“Building off a record-setting holiday, we are excited to announce a new promotion in which fans in the U.S. can buy an Xbox One at a special price of $349, starting tomorrow, January 16, from their preferred retailer,” said Xbox president of marketing Mike Nichols. Continue reading

Forza Motorsport 6 announced

Turn 10 is back at it, again. Microsoft have announced the next installment in the Forza Motorsport series, which will launch exclusively on Xbox One, Forza Motorsport 6.

The news came alongside the announcement of the worldwide debut of the all-new Ford GT, which will serve as the cover car for Forza Motorsport 6.

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“Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, Forza Motorsport 6 will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date, offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers,” saidcreative director Dan Greenawalt. “We’re excited to unveil gameplay at E3 in June.” Continue reading

Halo 5: Guardians Beta is “impressive”

Shooters have now changed, they’re faster in pace and less, atleast from a traditional standpoint, tactical. However, it’s the most fundamentally sound games that push the envelope.

With that being said, recently, Microsoft in conjunction with developer 343 Industries released the multiplayer beta for the highly anticipated Halo 5: Guardians and I must honestly say I am impressed.

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It’s not so much that Guardians is new. It is that it’s actually fundamentally sound. And, now, I know 343 Industries will be fine tuning a number of things but, from the beta itself, you can tell it is going to be something special.

Growing up, Halo represented innovation in the medium, from online, etc. It’s something that a number of shooters haven’t been able to do, expect for probably the original Modern Warfare in recent memory. Anyway, though I can’t really see the innovation from the beta, I do believe, once again, that Guardians’ multiplayer will be something fundamentally special.

Guardians features an impressive pace and speed but also runs congruent–thanks in part to the 60 fps. Every shot echos with a rattling impact with just the right about of punch, and the audio is simply, at this phase in its development, fantastic. Honestly, if all betas released like this one gamers would just only play the beta.

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I wasn’t expecting to have so much fun playing a beta. It’s honestly a needed surprise  playing something like this because the repetitiveness of the shooting genre was starting to show. All that being said, I’m now really excited for what 343 will be doing with Halo 5: Guardians.

REMINDER: Last Chance to get Xbox One at $349

All good things must come to an end. 15451559289 153b8fd7a1 z REMINDER: Last Chance to get Xbox One at $349 Those of you who are waiting to purchase an Xbox One at the discounted price of $349, Microsoft has reminded us that it will be ending the sale this Saturday, Jan. 3. 

The limited-time promotional offer–which is valid in the United States only–applies to any Xbox One console. The price cut also applies to special edition bundles, including those that include Assassin’s Creed Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Sunset Overdrive.

343 adding ODST to Halo: The Master Chief Collection

In an effort to make good its the troubled launch, 343 Industries have announced that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be getting Halo 3: ODST free of charge.

“This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world,” said Bonnie Ross head of 343 Industries.

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“We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues. As a token of our appreciation and to thank fans for the continued support and understanding, we will be offering the following items…” Continue reading