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Microsoft sells 5M Xbox One consoles, Sony hits 7M PlayStation 4 sales

04/18, 10:23am

Xbox One continues to be outsold by PlayStation 4

Microsoft has sold more than five million Xbox One game consoles since its launch, the company has revealed. While Microsoft is celebrating the sales milestone, the game console is still far behind the leading PlayStation 4, with Sony reporting more than 7 million units sold worldwide in a blog post just one day before Microsoft's announcement.

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Briefly: Xbox One system update, Shift's self-serve Twitter ad tool

04/14, 10:17pm

Microsoft rolls out latest update for Xbox One console, adds friend notifications

Microsoft's Xbox One console has received another update, rolling out beginning today. Now including notifications for when friend players arrive online, users will be able to identify friends who are playing multiplayer games. The console's Kinect voice and motion detection has also been improved, reducing false positives on non-hand objects that trigger gesture commands. Other features in the update include improved GameDVR video quality, controller headset adapter firmware updates, silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand, and more.

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Briefly: Plex for Xbox One, Sony releases unlocked Xperia Z1

04/06, 11:15pm

Media client Plex to develop for use on Xbox One

Microsoft has given permission to Plex developers to create a version of the media client for Xbox One, in light of the recent announcement to support universal applications. Plex offers users the ability to organize movies, TV, music and photos for consumption on one's TV, and other devices. The developers have been granted membership into ID@Xbox.

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Xbox Video update hits Xbox One this week, future updates previewed

04/01, 12:41pm

Xbox One owners in Europe, Canada, US involved in invite-only preview

Microsoft hopes to make the Xbox One more useful for watching television and media, by outlining updates for the game console and SmartGlass. Changes to the way SmartGlass navigates around the console have been shown off, as well as upcoming changes which will give more viewing options to users on both sides of the Atlantic in the future.

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Briefly: Titanfall Xbox 360 slips, Project Spark beta now open to all

03/19, 9:59am

Titanfall for previous generation Xbox 360 delayed yet again

Critically-acclaimed Xbox One title Titanfall's release date for the Xbox 360 is slipping again. Publisher EA today announced that the new ship date for the title is April 8 in the US and April 11 in Europe. This is the second ship date for the ostentibly-complete title in this calendar year, with the first pushing the date from March 11 to March 25 to "put the finishing touches" on the game. EA is hoping that the latest delay will make the game "even better."

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Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten leaves for Sonos position

03/18, 12:37pm

Exits Microsoft Xbox unit after 14 years, three console launches

Marc Whitten, the long-time chief product officer for Xbox at Microsoft, is leaving the company, the software giant has revealed. Whitten is departing to take on the same role of chief product officer at home audio device manufacturer Sonos, leaving Microsoft executive vice president Terry Myerson to temporarily take over the Xbox position while the company searches for a replacement.

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Briefly: Nokia Refocus for all Lumias, Sony leads console race in US

03/14, 6:54am

Nokia rolls out Refocus app to all Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8

Nokia is making its Lytro-style Refocus app available to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices, as a free download via the Windows Phone Store. The app, which was initially released for Lumias with PureView, allows users to adjust the focal point of an image, after the photograph has been taken, with the resulting image shareable on social networks and stored on OneDrive.

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Microsoft seeks expansion of Xbox Live on iOS, Android

03/03, 1:26pm

Job posting hints at lightweight Xbox Live framework for mobile developers

Microsoft is planning to push for Xbox Live to be more cross-platform than it already is, by making it easier for developers to include in their apps, according to a rumor. The company is preparing to extend the Live platform to more games, with a recent job posting hinting that it will compete directly with Google Play Games and Apple's Game Center on mobile devices.

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Briefly: Titanfall Special Edition Bundle, Roku deliberates US IPO

02/24, 2:20pm

Xbox One's Titanfall Special Edition Bundle now available for pre-order

Multiplayer game Titanfall is now available for pre-order as part of a special edition console bundle, according to Xbox One's blog. Titanfall will utilize new patty and chat improvements that have been in development for Xbox One, as well as multiplayer alerts for matches while users are watching TV, and more. In light of the game's upcoming launch, Xbox and Titanfall's creators -- Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts -- have announced the Xbox One Titanfall Bundle, priced at $500. The bundle includes a digital download of Titanfall, an Xbox One console and Kinect sensor, a wireless controller, a chat headset, and a one month Xbox Live Gold membership. The pre-order has begun, with the bundle available officially March 11.

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Briefly: Sony sells 5.3M PS4 consoles, Dropbox China block lifted

02/18, 6:53am

Sony shifts 5.3M PlayStation 4 consoles, beats recent Xbox sales figures

Sony has sold over 5.3 million PlayStation 4 game consoles globally as of February 8th, the company has revealed. The news comes just days before the company launches the console in its native Japan on February 22nd. In comparison, Microsoft's January financial results toward the end of January showed it sold 3.9 million competing Xbox One consoles and 3.5 million of the Xbox 360.

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Briefly: Upcoming Xbox One update, Mega adds PhotoSync

02/09, 11:15pm

Xbox One update due February 11, adds battery life indicator

Microsoft's Xbox One is set to have an update released, addressing issues encountered by users since the console's launch. The update is due February 11th, featuring issue corrections regarding storage management, and the addition of a battery life indicator for the console's controller. Libraries will be split into two separate lists of 'My Games' and 'My Apps', as to simplify file searches. Also expected in the update is the added ability to use a USB keyboard with the console.

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Microsoft executive denies plans for $399 Xbox One without Blu-ray

02/03, 10:46am

Rumor of Xbox One without disc drive denied, others still plausible

Microsoft is not working on a cut-price version of the Xbox One game console without a disc drive, a company executive has seemingly confirmed. When asked about rumors of a $399 Xbox One over Twitter, Microsoft Chief of Staff for Devices and Studios group Aaron Greenberg advised "No, you cannot believe everything you read on the Internet."

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Briefly: Microsoft's PS3 trade-in deal, Forgotify for Spotify

01/30, 12:52pm

Microsoft offers $100 store credit towards an Xbox One for those who trade-in their PS3

Augmenting the launching of its Xbox One late last year, Microsoft is now promoting an offer of a $100 credit towards an Xbox One purchase upon trading in of a Sony Playstation 3. The promotion bring the Xbox One pricing down to $400, which is the same as newly-released Playstation 4. The trade-in offer is available through Microsoft's retail stores in the US, and applies to Playstation 3, as well as Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E.

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Xbox One versus PS4

12/26, 4:36am

Microsoft Xbox One versus Sony PS4

The next-generation console wars look to be played out between the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4, with Nintendo cast as a mere observer as its Wii U struggles to generate the same interest as the original Wii. Both the new consoles from Microsoft and Sony come armed to the teeth with x86-64 AMD octa-core CPUs and Radeon HD graphics. While the two look to be well matched on paper, there is always more to the story than meets the eye. Specification variations here, and software tweaks there help to differentiate the two consoles more than you might expect. So which is best, the Xbox One or the PS4? Read past the break to find out.

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Microsoft to bring original programming to Xbox in first half of 2014

12/15, 8:15am

Live action Halo, soccer reality show, more coming to Xbox Live

Microsoft's Xbox Live service will receive a new wave of original content in the first half of 2014, it has been revealed. Microsoft digital media head Nancy Tellem told Variety that a range of new programs will debut on the Xbox platform in either the first or second quarter of 2014. Among the content soon to hit Microsoft's gaming devices is a live-action "Halo" project, produced by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.

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Full review: Microsoft Xbox One

12/15, 3:48am

Microsoft Xbox One aims to be your all-in-one entertainment box

The Microsoft vision moving forward is that the software giant is to evolve into a fully-fledged devices and services company. The Xbox One is perfect illustration of that vision as it is a device that delivers a wide range of Microsoft and other services. Microsoft services channelled through the Xbox One include Xbox Music, Xbox Video, SkyDrive, Skype and Xbox Live. It also does gaming. In fact, according to Microsoft, the Xbox One is the only device that you really need for your living room as it will also integrate your Pay TV service into the Xbox One interface. So is the Xbox One truly the one device to rule them all? Read on in our full review of the Microsoft Xbox One.

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Xbox One tops one million sales in 24 hours

11/23, 6:28pm

Console war kicks off anew as Xbox matches Sony

Microsoft's Xbox One game console has sold more than one million units in the first 24 hours since its release. Microsoft announced the sales milestone on Saturday, confirming to Reuters that its new console was off to a fast sales start. The launch of the Xbox One signals the real commencement of the next generation of the "console wars," with Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo now all having released their home console entries.

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First look: Microsoft Xbox One

11/22, 6:16am

Microsoft Xbox One delivers a slick, engaging user experience

The console wars have begun in earnest with the launch of the Microsoft Xbox One. The new console promises to be a one-stop shop for all of your entertainment needs, from gaming and socializing, through to watching Blu-ray discs, TV and streaming entertainment apps. In this first look at the Microsoft Xbox One, we take a quick look at its user interface and its gaming chops. Microsoft may have had its hiccups ahead of the launch of the Xbox One, but all of that will quickly be forgotten now that it is in the hands of consumers. So how is shaping up so far?

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Xbox One-specific SmartGlass app launches in advance of console

11/19, 9:46pm

App interfaces with console rather than Microsoft server, limiting latency

Preceding the Xbox One console release, Microsoft has rolled out a new SmartGlass app for iOS. Simply titled "Xbox One SmartGlass," the new app will carry the same basic features as the current version for the Xbox 360. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of multiplayer matchmaking from their mobile device on the new console, or tap a Help button to get contextually-aware assistance during a game.

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AMD x86 chip share on rise thanks to PS4, Xbox One

11/13, 6:35am

AMD gains market share on back of PS4, Xbox One product ramps

AMD has seen its market share of the x86 chip market rise at the expense Intel largely thanks to the product ramps of the forthcoming Sony PS4 and the Xbox One. Highlighting that its strategy of shifting into non-PC x86 is reaping dividends, AMDs market share in Q3 rose from 16.1 percent to 19.3 percent. By comparison, Intel's x86 market share slipped from 83.3 percent in the same quarter last year to 80.2 percent, while the overall x86 market also declined.

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Xbox One pre-orders show up weeks ahead of launch

11/09, 3:25pm

Lucky Xbox lovers get first crack at next-gen systems

A number of Xbox fans report that they have received the next-generation Xbox One console weeks before the new console's scheduled release date. At least one Twitter user, going by the handle @Moonlightswami, reports having received his pre-ordered Xbox One console, and others are said to have also received their units ahead of the November 22 launch. Reportedly, the cause of the early deliveries is the faulty – or fortuitous – pre-order system of Target, which has delivered a number of consoles ahead of time, leading to some showing up on eBay.

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Briefly: Steam Halloween sale, Halo spinoff Spartan Ops coming to Xbox

10/29, 6:24pm

Steam Halloween sale offers up to 75 percent off 195 titles

Digital game purveyor Steam has unveiled its Halloween 2013 sale, where users can "save big on creepy titles." Some notable OS X and Windows cross-platform "Steamplay" titles at 75 percent off are the survival shooter two-pack Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2; classic horror title The 7th Guest; hybrid brawler and real-time strategy rock adventure Brutal Legend; tower defense/shooter game Dungeon Defenders, and the collector pack of the Penumbra adventure series. All told, 195 Windows-compatible games are on sale. The sale runs through November 1.

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Microsoft showcases Kinect voice commands, multitasking of Xbox One

10/28, 7:16am

Apps can be snapped to side of screen by verbal commands

Microsoft has shown off how its Xbox One game console will work for multitasking between games and apps. A short video demonstrating quick switching and actions by voice commands through Kinect also shows how game players will be able to use multiple apps at the same time, as well as sharing content with other users.

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Xbox One to run Windows 8 apps, claims Dell website

10/21, 7:58am

Xbox One page mentions possible cross-platform apps

Microsoft may allow apps made for Windows 8 to run on the Xbox One after launch, according to one manufacturer. Dell's online store makes the claim that the upcoming Microsoft game console will be able to run the apps created for the desktop operating system, something that Microsoft has yet to publicly confirm itself.

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Briefly: Free Netflix UK for Nokia purchases, Xbox One Friends app

10/14, 5:07pm

Nokia offers free Netflix to Vodafone UK Lumia customers

Nokia is offering a free subscription to Netflix to customers buying certain Lumia devices on Vodafone in the United Kingdom. Originally reported by the Financial Times and later confirmed on the Vodafone website, the purchase of the Lumia 625 or Lumia 925 will provide six months of Netflix, while the Lumia 1020 includes a free full year subscription to the video streaming service.

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Briefly: Pen.Up for Galaxy Note 3, Xbox One launch day firmware update

10/02, 8:06am

Samsung launches free Pen.Up drawing app for Galaxy Note 3, II

Samsung has introduced a new drawing app with social sharing made for the Galaxy Note 3. Pen.Up is billed as a "community" for Note users to view S Pen drawings by other users, along with the option to submit their own to the gallery for community viewing. Preloaded onto the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung is also making it available as a free download to Galaxy Note II users through Google Play.

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Poll: PS4 tops Xbox One for gamers' holiday choice

09/29, 3:00pm

Sony's next console takes top spot on gamer wish lists

Sony could have a winner on its hands, according to a new poll from Reuters/Ipsos showing that the PlayStation 4 has a considerable lead when it comes to gamers' intended purchases. The new poll results come ahead of the launch of both consoles in time for the holiday season, and its results would indicate a bright future for Sony's next-generation offering. Just over one-in-four respondents said that they were likely to purchase a PS4 when it becomes available later this year.

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Briefly: Valve sets launch timer, Microsoft Xbox One vertical warning

09/20, 2:19pm

Valve teases possible Steam Box launch with countdown timer

Valve Software is hinting at a new launch for helping gamers play in the living room. A countdown timer that will end on Monday could potentially be the launch of the rumored Steam Box, a Linux-based game console that founder and game developer Gabe Newell strongly hinted at during a presentation at the New Orleans LinuxCon earlier this week.

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SmartGlass for Xbox One supports 16 devices, slashes latency

09/06, 2:38pm

Mobile apps optimized for new console

Microsoft is currently previewing a SmartGlass app optimized for the Xbox One. It will carry the same basic features as the current version for the Xbox 360, however the next-generation console will support up to 16 SmartGlass devices with a significant reduction in latency. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of multiplayer matchmaking from their mobile device, or tap a Help button to get contextually aware assistance during a game.

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Microsoft to break even on Xbox One consoles, give cash Live rewards

09/06, 12:24pm

Company welcomes holiday walk-ins

Microsoft executives have shed light on the business strategy surrounding the Xbox One, which will be sold at cost or with a small profit margin as soon as it arrives on store shelves. The company also intends to improve inventory management as the holidays approach, stocking shelves with enough consoles to support last-minute walk-ins on launch day, while the Xbox Live Rewards program has been refreshed with cash payouts and other incentives.

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Microsoft Executive: Xbox 360 will be supported for three more years

09/04, 9:56pm

Xbox marketing officer claims 100 games slated for release for the 360

At the same event that saw news of the Xbox One production unit CPU running faster than previously known, Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi noted that the Xbox 360 was going to remain viable and supported by Microsoft for three more years. The long life and promised support for the console was attributed to it being "incredibly profitable now in the tail" given its long life, wide support, and large game library.

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Xbox One launch date set for November 22 in 13 countries

09/04, 1:52pm

Xbox One launch between PlayStation 4 launch dates in US versus UK

Microsoft today announced that the next iteration of the Xbox console, the Xbox One, will be available in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the US on November 22. While the list of launch countries has been pared somewhat from what was originally announced, the company notes that "many more markets will follow in 2014."

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Xbox One production models see eight-core CPU speed boost to 1.75Ghz

09/03, 7:36pm

Faster console revealed by head of Xbox marketing at conference

According to Xbox chief marketing officer Yusuf Mehdi, the production Xbox One units will have not just a boosted graphic processing unit (GPU) frequency, but a faster CPU as well. The new console, now in "full production" boasts a 1.75GHz eight-core CPU, versus the previously announced 1.6Ghz.

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Briefly: Xbox One supports 8 controllers, no external drives at launch

09/03, 12:42pm

New Xbox supports eight controllers

Microsoft has confirmed that its upcoming Xbox One console will support simultaneous input from up to eight controllers. The move effectively doubles the potential player count, as the Xbox 360 is only configured to handle four controllers in any game, though game developers have yet to demonstrate how they might include so many players in a game experience geared for a single display.

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Skype working on 3D calls, shows Xbox One voice chat codec quality

08/29, 3:22pm

Possible Skype on PlayStation 4 not ruled out by Skype VP

Engineers at Skype have been working on 3D video calls, though it is unlikely to offer it to users for some time. The future video technology is revealed at the same time as Microsoft shows how Skype's audio codec is being employed in the Xbox One game console to provide higher-quality voice chat, when compared to the Xbox 360.

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Xbox team to score exclusive white and silver Xbox One

08/26, 7:35am

Microsoft creates ultra limited edition Xbox One for IBE team

Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business team members will have access to a special edition white and silver Xbox One and as 'Thank you' for their efforts. The ultra limited edition console carries special "I MADE THIS" etching on the front panel with a reference to "LAUNCH TEAM" also present. In addition to the unique console and custom controller, staff will also receive a Kinect 2 sensor, 12 months of Xbox Live, all first-party game titles and a special Achievement all on the launch day.

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Xbox One launch cut to 13 countries from previous 21

08/14, 5:04pm

Change latest in Microsoft's frequent modifications to console pre-launch

In yet another modification to information promulgated at its debut, the Xbox One is now launching in fewer countries in November. The list of countries has been pruned to 13 countries, down eight from the previous 21. Cut from the November launch are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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Microsoft revises Xbox One again; Kinect peripheral not mandatory

08/12, 10:42pm

Kinect still bundled with console at launch, but can be disconnected

The Xbox One has seen some significant changes since its unveiling. The latest modification today, promulgated by Microsoft, reveals that while the device ships with the Kinect, the device is no longer required for the next-generation Xbox to function. Chief product officer Marc Whitten said in an interview today that "the console will still function if Kinect isn't plugged in, although you won't be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor," similar to the Kinect's functionality on the Xbox 360 now.

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Microsoft files for patent on head-mounted gaming display

08/02, 7:48am

Microsoft could be working on augmented reality glasses for Xbox One

Microsoft has filed for a patent for a head-mounted display. Made public this week, but filed in January this year, the patent outlines very specifically how a gamer could user a head-mounted display to interact with other gamers online. The device closely resembles a device in a leaked Xbox 720 document that surfaced in 2012 that included references to augmented reality glasses that could become a peripheral for what is now known as the Xbox One.

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Microsoft: every Xbox One can be used as a developer's kit

07/24, 5:54pm

New program eliminates expensive custom hardware for programmers

Microsoft Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten said today that each Xbox One console sold will be able to function as a developer debug unit, unlike the current model that requires a specialized console, costing upwards of thousands of dollars. The move will allow developers to enter Xbox One development at a lower price point, with self-publishing becoming a possibility for the first time on Xbox Live.

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Redux: Xbox 360 E

07/14, 6:28am

Xbox 360 E gives the 360 franchise a new lease of live

E3 2013 was most notable for the launch of the all-new Microsoft Xbox One, which is due in November this year. Microsoft then surprised gamers when it revealed an unexpected second redesign of the original Xbox console, the Xbox 360 E. Its obvious that the revamped Xbox 360 follows the design cues of the Xbox One, but has anything else changed with its arrival?

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Microsoft restores Xbox 360 DRM model, kills Xbox One features

06/19, 5:05pm

Daily mandatory Internet check-in, console game registration removed

Following a lambasting by the gaming press and the general public, Microsoft has elected to drop the 24-hour Internet check-in previously revealed at E3 last week. In a statement, Microsoft announced that the new change will allow users to "trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc-based games just like you do today -- there will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360."

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Xbox head calls Xbox 360 offline option for Xbox One complaints

06/12, 7:59am

Interview sees Don Mattrick calling Xbox 360 'offline device'

A Microsoft executive has suggested to gamers concerned about the Xbox One's online requirement to instead use the Xbox 360. Don Mattrick, head of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business made the comment in an interview ahead of the company's E3 keynote, and has seemingly done little to help the Xbox One's public relations efforts.

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Microsoft E3 keynote reveals Xbox One launches November, new Xbox 360

06/10, 4:55pm

Xbox Live Gold subscribers to get free games until end of 2013

Microsoft revealed launch details for its upcoming game console, as well as an update for its current version, at its E3 keynote event earlier today. Aside from outlining upcoming games, the Xbox One is now slated to appear on store shelves in November this year, the Xbox 360 has been redesigned, and current Xbox Live subscribers will also receive some extra benefits.

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Microsoft clarifies always-on, game licensing policies for Xbox One

06/06, 8:31pm

Xbox One must connect to Internet daily for offline games to function

Microsoft has clarified its stance on a number of controversial features of the upcoming Xbox One. The company confirmed that the game console will need a connection to the Internet every 24 hours in order to play games, as well as advising on used game sales, game rentals, and the privacy concerns for the improved Kinect sensor.

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Microsoft cloud servers to work on inessential Xbox One processing

05/24, 11:34am

Latency-insensitive computation work passed to the cloud from console

Microsoft will be using its new 300,000-server cloud system to help the Xbox One with game calculations. The cloud architecture will be performing "latency-insensitive computation" on behalf of the console, with it being used as an incentive for users to keep their game consoles connected to the Internet while they play games.

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Microsoft debuts Xbox One game console with TV, media focus

05/21, 1:42pm

Instant switching between apps, Kinect system, cloud services

Microsoft has revealed its latest iteration of its Xbox game console at a media event. The Xbox One, codenamed Durango during its development, is billed as an all-in-one system for the living room, with a greater focus on allowing users to watch live television and other media, along with heavier Kinect integration, Skype calling, and gaming improvements.

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