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News: Xbox Entertainment Studios Is No More

Xbox Entertainment Studios Is No More

It could've been good, it could've been great

A couple months ago we reported on job cuts and a potential buyout of the Xbox Entertainment Studios division of Microsoft by Warner Brothers. This division is responsible for the oversight of various upcoming pieces of digital entertainment like Halo: Nightfall, a Halo television series produced by...

News: Could Rumoured Microsoft Smartwatch Work with Xbox One?

Could Rumoured Microsoft Smartwatch Work with Xbox One?

We shall soon see, apparently...

Microsoft are apparently incredibly close to unveiling a new smartwatch that will more closely resemble a fitness band than a standard timepiece, sources are claiming. There's very little known about the device as yet, but Forbes and other sources are claiming that the new toy will work with "multiple devices." We'd...

News: Microsoft Shows Illumiroom 2.0 - "RoomAlive"

Microsoft Shows Illumiroom 2.0 - "RoomAlive"

Makes holodecks a step closer to reality!

The last time we heard about Illumiroom, Microsoft's augmented reality projector technology, it was unfortunately deemed too expensive for commercial use. Now, the boffins at Microsoft's research division are back with a refined 2.0 prototype of Illumiroom, called "RoomAlive". Using pro-cam units consisting...

News: Hackers Charged for Breaching Microsoft

Hackers Charged for Breaching Microsoft

Getting ready to do some time...

Four hackers have been arrested and charged for breaching Microsoft, Valve and even the US military. According to the US Department of Justice, the hackers attacked and breached the secure computer systems of Microsoft, Valve, Epic Games and Zombie Studios. Once inside, the hackers stole code for Call of Duty:...

News: Microsoft Delays Xbox One Launch in China to "End of This Year"

Microsoft Delays Xbox One Launch in China to "End of This Year"

Last-minute bad news

Gamers in China hoping to pick up an Xbox One this month will now have to wait even longer. Microsoft has confirmed that “despite strong and steady progress, we are going to need more a bit more time to deliver the best experiences possible for our fans in China.” The console was slated to release on Sept 23rd but is now...

News: Spencer: Microsoft's Buyout of Mojang Won't Affect YouTubers

Spencer: Microsoft's Buyout of Mojang Won't Affect YouTubers

Build 'em high!

Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer has laid to rest concerns that Microsoft's acquisition of Minecraft developer Mojang will affect people who publish YouTube videos of the game for fun or profit. The concerns quickly came to light once the deal announcement was made, with prominent YouTubers making it clear that they were concerned that...

TGS 2014: D4 Arrives on Xbox One This Friday

D4 Arrives on Xbox One This Friday

Surprise announcement

Well this one sort of came out of nowhere. D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die — the next game from Deadly Premonition creator Hidetaka "Swery65" Suehiro — is coming exclusively to Xbox One this Friday, September 19th as a digital download for $14.99. Microsoft made the announcement at TGS and confirmed the game's episodic...

News: 343 Industries is Thinking of Remastering Halo Reach and ODST for Xbox One

343 Industries is Thinking of Remastering Halo Reach and ODST for Xbox One

Not out of the question

The Halo: Master Chief Collection is less than two months away from release and many of us agree that having updated versions of Halo's 1 through 4 in one compilation is one of the best deals ever in gaming. But what about those other Halo games? Why wasn't Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach included in the set, and is it possible...

News: Microsoft Issues Xbox Live Sign-in and Multiplayer Service Alert Over Weekend

Microsoft Issues Xbox Live Sign-in and Multiplayer Service Alert Over Weekend

Hopefully resolved

Over the weeked, Microsoft issued a service alert when Xbox One and mobile users were experiencing issues signing into Xbox Live, while 360 users were having trouble “Joining other Xbox Live members in online games." Though it appears the Xbox One sign-in issues have been addressed, 360 owners continue to have problems with...

News: No Need to Worry, Microsoft Will Replace Your Noisy Xbox One

No Need to Worry, Microsoft Will Replace Your Noisy Xbox One

Play it loud

Is your Xbox One making a lot of noise? Particularly a loud whirring sound each time you're on the dashboard? If so, Microsoft has pledged to replace the unit for a new one. Most likely spurred by the Xbox One now available in 29 new countries, an Xbox Support forum thread has gained enough entries from concerned console owners about...

News: Minecraft Won't Become Xbox Exclusive If Buyout Is Completed, Claim Sources

Minecraft Won't Become Xbox Exclusive If Buyout Is Completed, Claim Sources

No blocks coming

Yesterday we learned that Microsoft may be looking to buy Minecraft creator Mojang AB in a $2 billion dollar deal. Instantly, that gave owners of Minecraft on non-Xbox platforms reason to worry. Would Microsoft do something as heinous as ripping the PlayStation versions of the game from sale, or stop providing support for gamers...

Rumour: Microsoft To Purchase Minecraft Maker Mojang AB in $2 Billion Deal

Microsoft To Purchase Minecraft Maker Mojang AB in $2 Billion Deal

There are no words

This is a big one, and no mistake. The usually-reliable Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft are in the advanced stages of talks to purchase Minecraft maker Mojang AB, in a deal said to be worth two billion dollars. Neither company would speak to the Journal regarding the rumour, but the publication is reporting that...

News: Xbox Parody 'Destiny Fragrance' Campaign in Adblock Workaround

Xbox Parody 'Destiny Fragrance' Campaign in Adblock Workaround

Advert blocked? Make a fake one!

Microsoft has launched a parody marketing campaign for Destiny to get around an apparent block on running adverts for the game. Launched by Xbox UK across its social media platforms, the spoof comes in the form a website promoting a bottle of "Destiny Fragrance" with the slogan "The new fragrance by Xbox". Upon...

News: Deals With Gold and Xbox Binge Watch & Play Sale Combine for a Massive List of Savings

Deals With Gold and Xbox Binge Watch & Play Sale Combine for a Massive List of Savings

Over 30 Xbox 360 games currently on sale

Not only are this week's Deals With Gold offers now in full effect, but the Xbox Binge Watch & Play Sale has also begun, making for one heck of a lengthy list of price cuts. Unfortunately, it's not all good news, as the markdowns are predominately for Xbox 360 content, leaving Xbox One owners to choose...

News: Microsoft, Warner Bros, And What The Future May Hold For Xbox Entertainment Studios

Microsoft, Warner Bros, And What The Future May Hold For Xbox Entertainment Studios

Never say it's over!

Earlier this year it was announced by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella - and corporate vice president Phil Spencer - that Santa Monica based Xbox Entertainment Studios (XES), a division of the company founded with the goal of bringing television-like content to Xbox users, would be closed after company wide layoffs and lower than...

News: Microsoft Grants Indie Developers Free Access to Unity Engine

Microsoft Grants Indie Developers Free Access to Unity Engine

More tools at your disposal

Independent developers who sign up to ID@Xbox with an Xbox One dev kit will now have access to the Unity engine for no additional charge, confirmed the Unity blog. Existing Unity Pro users will have Xbox One support added to their license immediately. Unity Free users will receive a limited Unity Pro license that will...

News: The August Xbox One Update is Finally Rolling Out

The August Xbox One Update is Finally Rolling Out

Improved activity feed, 3D Blu-ray support, and loads more

It's taken a bit longer than expected, but the latest monthly system update for Xbox One has begun rolling out to users today. We already gave you a rundown on what's new, but because we know clicking on links is hard work, we're going to provide all the details for you here — again. The...

Gamescom 2014: Killer Instinct Returns For a Second Season on Oct 15th

Killer Instinct Returns For a Second Season on Oct 15th

New fighters, modes, and more

Killer Instinct: Season 2 is coming back to Xbox One this October 15 with a new roster of fighters, game modes, and a revamped interface. Just like the first game, season two is a free-to-play game that comes with fighters TJ Combo and Maya. Fans can purchase additional characters for $4.99 each or buy either The Combo...