According to IGN, the next version of the XBox will arrive on store shelves in late October or early November of 2013. The GPU will be based off of the AMD 6000 series. Given that, the graphics processing will be six times more powerful than the curent generation and 20 percent more powerful than the forthcoming Wii U. The –> Read more
Microsoft at its last CES keynote recently announced that it has sold over 66 million Xbox units and 18 million Kinect sensor units since its introduction. The intresting thing here io note is that, Microsoft sales of about 57million at the end of the last quarter. This means in this quarter alone it sold around 10 million Xbox units. This a pretty impressive job done by Microsoft.
Today at 10 AM Eastern time, Microsoft was set to unleash the flood gates and send out an update to the Xbox 360’s around the globe. Obviously that time has long since past and still no updates. Microsoft has been silent about the update besides Major Nelson saying it might happen this afternoon and be patient (from his Twitter). Microsoft was also set to launch a “Xbox Companion” app for their Windows Phones. It has yet to show up in the –> Read more
Reports are coming in from across the gaming industry that indicate 2013 for the next generation Xbox to debut. The sources are chip manufacturer and middleware firms, so the people actually producing the hardware and they obviously have their time tables for production. The reveal is said to take place at E3 2013, with a late 2013, holiday, launch. –> Read more
According to some reports the next major overhaul to the Xbox 360 is going out on Black Friday. The update will bring a host of new features to the gaming console and entirely new UI. More info after the break.
The UI design follows the direction that Windows Phone 7 and now Windows 8 have set forth, Metro. The update will include HBO, Verizon apps in the US and a BBC iPlayer in the UK. There is also talk of partners such as Comcast, Syfy, and Bravo. The update will also bring Microsoft’s search engine Bing to the console, which can be used to search across the entire library of games, music, music videos, TV, movies, and channels available on the console. –> Read more
Microsoft is said to be in talks with almost two dozen providers of music, sports, movies and TV shows in the US and Europe to bring more entertainment to the Xbox 360. There could even be an announcement as soon as next week on new services coming Xbox Live.
These new services would function much like the current ESPN service on Xbox Live. Customers must prove that they are existing customers to a cable company that supports ESPN3 in order for the ESPN channel to function on Xbox Live. Microsoft is supposedly in talks with Verizon, Comcast, HBO, Crackle, Bravo, Syfy and UK service Lovefilm. Sky TV is currently available to UK residents. –> Read more
According to an article on VentureBeat, the Xbox 360 Dashboard will receive a major overhaul of its user interface. This will be the biggest update since the upgrade from the original interface to the New Xbox Experience, which is the current interface.
The new experience will closely resemble the Windows Phone 7 interface and will switch from categories scrolling vertically to horizontally, making the standard controller browsing experience much faster. Other methods of navigation include using the Kinect motion controls or voice commands. Dean Takahashi, the author of the article, commented on the reason for the change,
“The faster navigation is important because Xbox 360 owners now spend about 40 percent of their time on TV and video when using the Xbox 360.”
Another new feature is the Beacon, which is a new way of sending game invites. Instead of an invite lasting for one gaming session, a user can use a Beacon and friends can join them anytime they are playing a –> Read more