May 21, 2013 |
With Microsoft's new Xbox, the next time you yell at your TV it will actually be able to respond. The Xbox One, which the software giant unveiled Tuesday, is a next-generation console that aspires to be more than just a plaything. Not only will Xbox One let users to watch live TV, rent a movie, listen to music and play games, viewers can use their voice and gestures to control the device too. Want to change the channel? Just tell the Xbox One to turn on a baseball game on ESPN or to check out HBO or to launch an on-demand service such as Netflix . Users can also even video chat with friends and family via Skype.
May 21, 2013 |
Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg will executive produce an original "Halo" television series based on the popular video games. It will have exclusive interactive Xbox One content. The blockbuster game franchise inspired a 90-minute Web series, "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn," that put the video game's protagonist, Master Chief, at the center of the cinematic action. The fall release helped drive sales of the "Halo 4" game. The games have sold more than 50 million titles. Now, Spielberg will continue exploring the space marine's narrative in a live-action TV series based on "Halo's" universe.
April 24, 2013 |
Next time you're deep in a two-day stretch of nonstop, energy-drink-chugging, no-showers gaming and your tummy starts to rumble, you don't even have to get off the couch to order a pizza. Gamers and flat-out lazy people can now order a pizza from Pizza Hut using an XBox 360. The pizza chain and Microsoft launched a Pizza Hut app Tuesday that will allow users to order a pizza from their game consoles and have it delivered to their door. All you need to do is sync your XBox Live account with a Pizza Hut account.
December 30, 2012 |
Inside, the Family Fun Arcade is dark, even on a sunny day. In the back, there's a counter where you can get change, buy a can of soda for 75 cents and grab a bag of Doritos or a cellophane-covered brownie. The place is noisy, always noisy, not with the flashy whining arpeggios of slot machines or the squeals and songs common to a Chuck E. Cheese but the booms, beeps, blasts and hai-ya's particular to Street Fighter. Despite the name, Family Fun is not the typical kiddie-enticing arcade.
December 20, 2012 |
If you're like me and have a child who lives and breathes Minecraft, then you'll want to take note of the following important scheduling note: A documentary called "Minecraft: The Story of Mojang," which tells the story of the game and its creator, Markus "Notch" Persson, will stream Saturday at 5 p.m. Pacific time on Xbox Live . For those not familiar with Minecraft, in short, it's a virtual world created and distributed by Persson's...
November 27, 2012 |
The Xbox 360 not only outsold Nintendo 's new Wii U during Thanksgiving week, but also outsold the Wii U and the original Wii combined. Microsoft's video game console, which has been No. 1 in the U.S. since 2010, sold 750,000 units last week, the company said. Nintendo, by contrast, sold 400,000 Wii U's, a figure that was in part constrained by limited supply. The Japanese gaming giant also sold 300,000 units of the original Wii, which debuted in 2006. The Xbox 360 has climbed to the top of the sales charts and stayed there through a combination of must-have titles for hard-core gamers, such as the recently released "Halo 4," and digital entertainment options for a general audience, including streaming movies, television shows and music.
October 25, 2012
This week Microsoft is set to release an operating system for computers, tablets and smartphones that will put a vast amount of music at users' fingertips, free of charge - with the music industry's blessing. XBox Music, a service integrated into Windows 8, is just the latest in a series of music-related initiatives by the software giant, and its record hasn't been good (seen any Zune music players lately?). Nevertheless, XBox Music could be a turning point in the music industry's fitful adaptation to the broadband era. The new, advertiser-supported service will let users play songs on demand from an online jukebox, create customized webcasts based on the music of their favorite artists and buy MP3s from an online store stocked with an enormous selection of tracks - in short, a combination of Spotify, Pandora and Apple's iTunes.
October 15, 2012 |
After failing to gain traction in the digital music market with its Zune player and service, Microsoft Corp. hits the reset button with the launch of a new music offering for the Xbox 360 game console, and smartphones and computers running Microsoft's new Windows 8. Xbox Music debuts Tuesday on the game console, offering a combination of free music streaming, a subscription option that would allow users to download individual tracks or listen to...
September 18, 2012 |
In a significant bet that a technology company can compete with Hollywood to produce original video content, Microsoft Corp. has hired Nancy Tellem, the longtime entertainment president of the CBS network, to run a new production studio in Los Angeles. As entertainment and digital media president, Tellem will put together a team to develop series that will be available exclusively through Microsoft's Xbox platform. Microsoft has this year made Xbox its entertainment brand not only for the Xbox 360 video-game console but also for other connected digital devices like computers, tablets and smartphones.
September 7, 2012 |
Not even Batman and Spider-Man could pull the interactive entertainment industry out of its sales funk, as sales of video games and consoles fell 20% in August from a year earlier despite chart-topping titles featuring the two superheroes. Last month's sales were $515.6 million, compared with $647.2 million in 2011, according to a report from NPD Group Inc., a market research firm. Sales of console hardware such as Nintendo Co.'s Wii and Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 were hit hardest, registering a 39% drop, as consumers may have held back spending in anticipation of newer consoles on the horizon.