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  • Amazon Instant Video Comes to Xbox 360

    Amazon Instant Video Comes to Xbox 360

    Amazon just announced that its Instant Video service is now available on Microsoft’s Xbox 360. With the Amazon Instant Video app for Xbox Live Gold subscribers, Xbox users can now access the roughly 120,000 movies and TV episodes available for renting and purchasing on Amazon’s streaming video service. The app also offers access to the more limited Prime Instant video selection… Read More

  • When It Comes To Media Devices, Being First Never Means Being Best

    When It Comes To Media Devices, Being First Never Means Being Best

    Our good buddy Farhad Manjoo writes over at Slate that he believes Microsoft has already beaten Apple at the living room game. Why buy an Apple TV – either in its current form or in some sort of Siri-powered large-screen LCD form (which we’ll call ATV) – when your Xbox 360 does everything you want it to right now. Sadly, he’s wrong. While Microsoft has improved… Read More

  • Overview: Japan’s Video Game Market In 2011 (Sales, Hardware, Software)

    Overview: Japan’s Video Game Market In 2011 (Sales, Hardware, Software)

    Japan’s video game industry is the world’s second biggest (after the US), but it’s on a downward streak for the fifth consecutive year. Based on sales, the country’s video game industry has contracted by as much as 8% year-on-year, Japan’s biggest gaming magazine Famitsu is reporting [JP]. Between December 27, 2010 and December 25, 2011, Japanese game… Read More

  • Microsoft Kinectimals Appears On The iPhone, As Cute As Can Be

    Microsoft Kinectimals Appears On The iPhone, As Cute As Can Be

    Microsoft has ported Kinectimals, the Xbox 360 game that involves the care and feeding of dangerous animals in the wild, to the iPhone, suggesting that (at least in the short term) even Microsoft sees the value of releasing on iOS. The $2.99 game recreates the Xbox version fairly faithfully but without the Kinect motion controls. Interestingly, the app also allows you to “unlock”… Read More

  • Xbox 360-controlling “Xbox Companion” App Now Available For Windows Phone 7

    Xbox 360-controlling “Xbox Companion” App Now Available For Windows Phone 7

    Microsoft’s wonderfully shiny new Xbox 360 dashboard is now available to most, and, while it’s a bit of a letdown in some ways (more on that later, probably), it has plenty of very, very cool new features. Cloud storage for game saves! New Netflix! HBOGO (Eventually!) One of the niftier features, however, is being saved solely for those rockin’ Windows Phone 7 phones. Called… Read More

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    The Xbox Metro Update Nudges Microsoft’s Console Closer To Set-top Hegemony

    The upcoming Metro update to Microsoft’s Xbox, shipping tonight and arriving on your console some time this week, pushes Microsoft’s gaming product away from the traditional run-and-gun of gaming consoles and into a new realm: that of the home media center. While the Xbox existed as a media center before, allowing you to download video and music content and stream content from… Read More

  • Xbox 360 Still Selling Like Console-Shaped Hotcakes

    Xbox 360 Still Selling Like Console-Shaped Hotcakes

    Microsoft just posted some impressive sales stats: this week they sold 980,000 Xbox 360 consoles and 750,000 Kinect sensors, both “standalone and bundled.” The sales week is probably due in part to the perfect storm of titles hitting the platform, including Skyrim, as well as Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. Read More

  • With Its $100M Acquisition Of VideoSurf, Microsoft’s Video Search Now Has Big Potential

    With Its $100M Acquisition Of VideoSurf, Microsoft’s Video Search Now Has Big Potential

    Yesterday morning, we reported that Microsoft had acquired Israeli video startup, VideoSurf, for approximately $70 million. The deal indeed has been greenlighted, as Microsoft confirmed in its blog post yesterday. However, at the time, the price of the acquisition was unclear; several sources (who wished to remain anonymous) pegged the number at $70 million. But, today we’ve heard from… Read More

  • Microsoft Doubles Down On Media, Reveals New Xbox Content Partners

    Microsoft Doubles Down On Media, Reveals New Xbox Content Partners

    You already know about Verizon bringing live TV to the Xbox 360, but it turns out that was just the tip of Microsoft’s great big television-related iceberg. In an effort to transform the television experience, Microsoft has struck deals with nearly 40 entertainment providers to start injecting more media into their gaming platform. Read More

  • Verizon And Microsoft Partner Up For Live TV On The Xbox 360

    Verizon And Microsoft Partner Up For Live TV On The Xbox 360

    Good news, FiOS fans! Verizon and Microsoft have announced today that they have struck an agreement to bring live HD television channels to your Xbox 360 without any additional hardware. Now, don’t expect to get Verizon’s full channel lineup on your console just yet — according to their just-released statement, Verizon will only be bringing “a selection of popular live… Read More

  • Microsoft Unveils Mango’s New Games Hub Features And Xbox Live Titles

    Microsoft Unveils Mango’s New Games Hub Features And Xbox Live Titles

    Windows Phone Mango is already primed and ready to compete with iOS and Android, but that doesn’t mean Microsoft is resting on its laurels. Quite the opposite actually. As anticipation builds, Microsoft continues to add features to make this platform even better than what was expected. Today, the company added a handful of new features to the Games Hub, along with the announcement of 14… Read More

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