The Xbox Metro dashboard has brought lots of shiny new features to the console, but many gamers are troubled by the amount of advertising appearing on there. Never ones to sit on problem, members of the gaming community have come up with a way to block the ads being sent to your Xbox.
Editor's Pick To mark the 10th anniversary of Microsoft’s Xbox, VentureBeat’s lead games writer Dean Takahashi wrote an epic two-part story on the history of the video game console. The articles were a huge hit with VentureBeat readers, but we thought the depth and breadth of Dean’s reporting was worthy of a of a full book.
Microsoft has released its official Xbox Live app for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (iOS) devices.
Microsoft today announced it sold more than 960,000 Xbox 360 consoles in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday, making it the biggest sales week in Xbox history.
Christmas comes early for gamers on Verizon’s FiOS cable and Internet service. The company finally dished out plans for its previously announced Xbox 360 integration today, which includes an initial bundle of 26 live channels with Kinect voice and gesture support.
Microsoft’s next-generation Kinect device may be accurate enough to read your lips. It has also been stated that future Xbox consoles will ship with Kinect 2 built in.
Despite being the fastest selling consumer electronic device of all time , Microsoft’s Kinect gaming device has struggled to make an impact on the Japanese market during its first year on sale. Japanese sales to date have totaled only 114,000 units, according to figures reported by Andriasang. This represents less than a 10 per cent uptake on the device amongst the Japanese Xbox 360 user base.
For the better part of five years, I worked as Disney cast member. I spent day after day learning the biggest secrets of a company that protects fiercely and, as a result, I lost what Disney and its fan know as “the magic.” The extraordinary became mundane, and in a weird way, I began to step away. Who knew it would take a virtual trip back to reignite my love?
U.S. retail video game sales finally showed some life in October, when sales grew 1 percent from a year ago, according to market researcher NPD Group.
Battlefield 3, the modern combat game from Electronic Arts, sold more than 5 million units in its first week, the company has announced. At retail, the game has already generated more than $300 million in estimated revenue.
Microsoft said today that its Xbox 360 video game console was the best-selling console in the U.S. for the ninth consecutive month. That, and the good reception for Gears of War 3, an exclusive for the Xbox 360, helped push the company’s game revenues upward.
All eyes are on Zynga now as the social gaming company prepares to go public in an initial public offering. The social game maker has revealed some data about itself in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But Raptr, the social network for gamers, has been mining its own data on 10 million users for information about Zynga, and it is releasing it in a report today.
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Netflix today spun off its mail-order DVD business into a new service called Qwikster, which will include mail-order video game rentals. Given Netflix’s immense success with the movie business, you might expect the games rental business to fare just as well.
Microsoft will launch a major upgrade for its Xbox 360 dashboard (pictured above) this fall. The upgrade will mean users can browse content faster and can navigate faster via speech commands delivered through the Kinect motion-sensing system.
100 different channels and nothing on? Microsoft has just licensed semantic video discovery technology from Israeli startup Jinni to help you find the perfect movie.
Microsoft is rolling out a whole host of speech recognition features for its Windows Phone 7 devices and Kinect-enabled Xbox 360 consoles in a move to make the gaming experience more immersive. The new features are part of what the company refers to as the “natural user interface” (NUI).
Microsoft’s video game revenues grew 30 percent for the fourth fiscal quarter and generated a small profit for the period.
Microsoft on Wednesday announced that it will open 75 physical retail stores in the next two to three years. COO Kevin Turner made the announcement at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference.
PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable manufacturer Sony has started a $20 million program to fund independent developers making exclusive downloadable games for its consoles, the company announced on Wednesday.
Video game consoles have reached a point where they are so powerful that companies no longer need to focus on adding more horsepower to the devices, said game industry veteran and Harebrained Schemes founder Jordan Weisman.
How much will the Wii U cost? A hint might be found on EB Games Australia, which is pricing Nintendo’s next home console at $598 Australian dollars, or roughly $634 in US dollars.
Today Microsoft promised to transform TV advertising into an interactive experience, unveiling the highly anticipated ad platform for the Kinect called NUads. The platform uses the voice and gesture controls of Kinect for the Xbox 360, and will allow people to interact with television commercials as early as Spring 2012.
Nintendo’s next console, the Wii U, will not be significantly more powerful than the consoles in the current generation like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto said.
Apple today released details of its 2011 back to school promotion, which offers eligible buyers a $100 app store credit with the purchase of a Mac computer from Apple’s education store.
Microsoft announced today that it is releasing a beta development kit that will let software developers tap into the company’s Xbox 360 motion controller, the Kinect, and build apps that use it.