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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #75 on: May 23, 2013, 08:10:52 PM »
A sample of what the Xbox One game packaging will look like:


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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #76 on: May 24, 2013, 11:16:44 AM »

Gamestop tosses their 2-cents in via Gamestop President Tony Bartel:
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I figured that question would come up. Definitely Xbox has said that they do support the trade-in/resale games at retail and that they want to handle communication from this point forward on that. I think what is important to note is that all three of the consoles that have launched have now come back and they say, 'I realize the value of the buy-sell-trade model,' and they have built that into their new consoles moving forward. We anticipate that we are going to be able to leverage that, like we leverage it on the consoles today.

Digital content can be easily discovered. We will actually work with Microsoft and we will work with Sony as they come out with – I guess what you would call 'non-gaming entertainment properties.' We'll be selling those in our store.

There's lots of rumors out there. I, for one, am very interested in what they're going to say at E3.

Source: [Joystiq]

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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #77 on: May 24, 2013, 04:13:04 PM »
By the way MS....stop telling me I need to do 10 different things while I'm playing a game or watching tv...

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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #78 on: May 25, 2013, 06:28:58 AM »
Microsoft Patents Achievements for Watching Television

Look, we weren't going to report on this originally, because trust us we're as bored of reading half-baked, assumption-filled news posts about the Xbox One as you are. But the trouble is, we kinda have to report on this because it applies to achievements.

Last November Microsoft applied for a patent on an achievements system designed to reward viewers for watching television. That's right. Achievements for watching telly.

"Television viewing tends to be a passive experience for a viewer, without many opportunities for the viewer to engage or have interactive experiences with the presented content," says the application.

"To increase interactive viewing and encourage a user to watch one or more particular items of video content, awards and achievements may be tied to those items of video content."

"Additionally, by tying the awards and achievements to particular items of video or advertising content, viewers may be encouraged to increase their viewership of the content, thus increasing advertising opportunities."

While the specifics of how the system would work are not outlined in the description, the suggestion is that viewers would be offered achievements for watching an entire series, or a special televised event.

In addition to this, Microsoft also envisaged a way of incorporating Kinect into this madness, rewarding viewers for certain actions like holding up a specific product in front of the sensor during adverts.

It's worth pointing out that a patent filing doesn't necessarily mean Microsoft will pursue the system. But bearing in mind the company's focus for their next gen console (TV, TV, TV, TV, Sports, TV), then we'll let you come to your own conclusions.


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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #79 on: May 25, 2013, 06:57:08 AM »
Turtle Beach gets Microsoft stamp of approval to build Xbox One headsets

Microsoft's new Xbox comes with a console, controller and Kinect, but even if you pre-order One for yourself, you may choose to go elsewhere to pick up a matching headset. And, Turtle Beach will be one of the first next-gen headset providers, as it's just signed a license with Microsoft to build them for the One. Turtle Beach isn't sharing any more info on the forthcoming headsets, but we'll be telling you all about them when they're revealed at E3 in a few weeks. Oh, and before you go thinking that you can save yourself some cash by using your trusty Xbox 360 cans, remember that the One's controllers have a new proprietary port on them that's incompatible with your old gear. You were looking for an excuse to upgrade your over-ear gaming audio anyway, right?


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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #80 on: May 25, 2013, 09:45:04 AM »
Microsoft Patents Achievements for Watching Television

Look, we weren't going to report on this originally, because trust us we're as bored of reading half-baked, assumption-filled news posts about the Xbox One as you are. But the trouble is, we kinda have to report on this because it applies to achievements.

Last November Microsoft applied for a patent on an achievements system designed to reward viewers for watching television. That's right. Achievements for watching telly.

"Television viewing tends to be a passive experience for a viewer, without many opportunities for the viewer to engage or have interactive experiences with the presented content," says the application.

"To increase interactive viewing and encourage a user to watch one or more particular items of video content, awards and achievements may be tied to those items of video content."

"Additionally, by tying the awards and achievements to particular items of video or advertising content, viewers may be encouraged to increase their viewership of the content, thus increasing advertising opportunities."

While the specifics of how the system would work are not outlined in the description, the suggestion is that viewers would be offered achievements for watching an entire series, or a special televised event.

In addition to this, Microsoft also envisaged a way of incorporating Kinect into this madness, rewarding viewers for certain actions like holding up a specific product in front of the sensor during adverts.

It's worth pointing out that a patent filing doesn't necessarily mean Microsoft will pursue the system. But bearing in mind the company's focus for their next gen console (TV, TV, TV, TV, Sports, TV), then we'll let you come to your own conclusions.

Seriously?

0G Watched an episode of Eastenders
10G Watched an episode of Eastenders without contemplating Suicide
25G Switched Eastenders off and watched paint dry instead

10G Watched an episode of Firefly
100G Watched the entire series of Firefly
250G Watched the entire series of Firefly in one viewing
1000G Got Fox to re-instate Firefly

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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #82 on: May 28, 2013, 01:55:51 PM »
[Microsoft Assures Consumers, "Kinect Can Turn Off"]

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We are designing the new Kinect with simple, easy methods to customize privacy settings, provide clear notifications and meaningful privacy choices for how data will be used, stored and shared.

We know our customers want and expect strong privacy protections to be built into our products, devices and services, and for companies to be responsible stewards of their data. Microsoft has more than ten years of experience making privacy a top priority. Kinect for Xbox 360 was designed and built with strong privacy protections in place and the new Kinect will continue this commitment. We’ll share more details later.

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Re: Xbox One Discussion
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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #84 on: June 03, 2013, 03:12:39 PM »
Microsoft's E3 Slate Reportedly Leaked, Includes Fable IV, Halo 5

 Microsoft could be looking to make a whole bunch of potentially huge announcements at E3 2013 next week if a leaked screengrab of the platform-holder's schedule for the show turns out to be kosher.

Spotted by a forumite on NeoGAF, the image is of unknown origin, so could well be fake. But given that some of the listed games are real and have been formerly announced, it could equally be the real deal.

In the image, you'll see Forza Motorsport 5 and Quantum Break, which have previously been announced for Xbox One. There's also Halo: Spartan Assault, which we happen to know is an actual thing. Come back tomorrow for answers on that one.

Banjo-Kazooie, Halo 5, Dead Rising 3 and Fable IV also feature in the image, indicating that if the picture is real, Microsoft could be gearing up for a barnstorming E3 presser. Here's the list of games according to the NeoGAF post:

    Halo 5
    Killer Instinct
    Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty Land
    Forza Motorsport 5
    Quantum Break
    Halo: Spartan Assault
    Ryse
    Fable IV
    Crackdown 3
    Fortnite
    Dead Rising 3
    Call of Duty: Ghosts
    Battlefield 4
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
    Dying Light
    Prey 2
    Homefront 2
    Beyond Good & Evil 2
    Mirror's Edge 2
    Rainbow 6: Patriots
    Brother in Arms: Furious Four
    League of Legends

Of course, as nothing has been confirmed as yet, file this one under 'rumour'. All will be officially revealed at E3 in La La Land next week.



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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #85 on: June 06, 2013, 07:49:00 AM »
Rumour: Microsoft to sell Xbox One for cheap with Sky subscription
Manufacturer allegedly in talks with cable TV provider

Xbox One's claim to being your one-stop shop for all living room entertainment may be about to get a hefty boost. According to MCV, the company is in talks with Sky, the UK's biggest cable TV supplier, to sell the new Xbox with a cable TV subscription at an enormously reduced upfront cost.

MCV's insiders say the arrangement has yet to be finalised, and Microsoft itself has naturally declined to comment. There's plenty of supporting evidence for such a move, however. The two companies have a fruitful relationship - Microsoft created an Xbox 360 app for Sky in 2009, which was upgraded with Kinect support in 2011. "We enjoy a long track-record of innovating with Microsoft on the Xbox platform and will explore any future opportunities offered by Xbox One," a Sky representative told Pocket-lint last month.

Microsoft has already experimented with selling the Xbox 360 under a subscription model - following a "very positive" response, Microsoft Game Studios boss Phil Spencer observed that such schemes "should be part of our model, absolutely". Price points for Xbox One have yet to be confirmed, though a number of retailers have jumped that particular gun.

The console currently allows players to record and share gameplay footage instantly and, if desired, automatically. Speaking to Business Insider, Microsoft's corporate vice-president of hardware Todd Holmadahl recently confirmed that the manufacturer wants to enable TV recording and playback, too.

What do you think? I'd probably buy an Xbox One in place of a Sky box, given the option.


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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #86 on: June 06, 2013, 08:42:52 PM »
Then This Happened...

Source: [Kotaku]

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Seeking perhaps to head off criticisms that it had been vague (at best) and incompetent (at worst) in its messaging of core Xbox One services at the console's reveal last month, Microsoft today unleashed a flood of news, detailing the specifics of how the machine handles things like internet connectivity and used game sales.

The news was almost all bad.

Here's a recap:

  • The console must connect to the internet once every 24 hours in order for you to play games. For many people, from military personnel to students, that's an inconvenience, maybe even an impossibility. Never mind what happens to everybody's console if Microsoft's servers ever come down.
  • The Xbox One will allow the sale of used games, at "participating retailers", but only if the publisher allows it. Publishers being the very people opposed most fiercely to used video game sales.
  • There are restrictions on how you can "give" and "loan" your games away. What's more, lending won't be available at launch, with Microsoft still "exploring the possibilities with our partners".
Even some of the "good" news is really just "not as bad news". Or "an avoidance of bad news".
  • Responding to fears over privacy issues surrounding the "always plugged-in" Kinect, Microsoft says you can turn the Kinect off.

Leaving the sole piece of "oh, OK, that's pretty cool news" to be:
  • You can have up to ten people in your Xbox One "family", and can share all your content among them, regardless of which console they're using.

Making matters worse is that while some of the information provided is vague and confusing, the company is refusing to clarify, saying the news details "everything we can share today", and that "We look forward to sharing more details in the months ahead". If Microsoft can't answer now, it creates the impression it doesn't know now.

While it's hard to fathom why Microsoft would walk into the fire like this, only a few days out from the biggest video game trade show of the year (E3), the timing and nature of the info dump may actually be the very reason.

Could Microsoft be taking its lumps now, among the video gaming hardcore and away from the international spotlight of E3? Leaving their presentations next week to be about the things that might actually sell the console, like games? Let those have the last marketing laugh?

You'd have to hope so. Otherwise the Xbox One is going to have a very steep hill to climb to win over a market growing increasingly dismayed at its core services and "features".


Note: It's important to remember that, while Microsoft is catching all the heat today, Sony has likewise been vague about many of these same issues, and it remains to be seen whether the PlayStation 4 will share any similar restrictions or policies.

UPDATE: How Games Licensing Works on Xbox One
Via: [Xbox News]

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With our modern architecture, Xbox One games will load more quickly, will be always accessible from the cloud, and there is no physical limit to the size or scope of the content provided.

Here are our platform policies and capabilities for game licensing – all of which will be made available when Xbox One launches later this year:

 •Buy the way you want—disc or digital—on the same day: You’ll be able to buy disc-based games at traditional retailers or online through Xbox Live, on day of release. Discs will continue to be a great way to install your games quickly.

•Access your entire games library from any Xbox One—no discs required: After signing in and installing, you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud.  So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games.

•Share access to your games with everyone inside your home: Your friends and family, your guests and acquaintances get unlimited access to all of your games.  Anyone can play your games on your console--regardless of whether you are logged in or their relationship to you.

•Give your family access to your entire games library anytime, anywhere: Xbox One will enable new forms of access for families. Up to ten members of your family can log in and play from your shared games library on any Xbox One. Just like today, a family member can play your copy of Forza Motorsport at a friend’s house. Only now, they will see not just Forza, but all of your shared games.  You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.

•Trade-in and resell your disc-based games: Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit. We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers.  Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.

•Give your games to friends: Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.

In our role as a game publisher, Microsoft Studios will enable you to give your games to friends or trade in your Xbox One games at participating retailers. Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers.  Microsoft does not receive any compensation as part of this. In addition, third party publishers can enable you to give games to friends. Loaning or renting games won’t be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners.

As we move into this new generation of games and entertainment, from time to time, Microsoft may change its policies, terms, products and services to reflect modifications and improvements to our services, feedback from customers and our business partners or changes in our business priorities and business models or for other reasons.  We may also cease to offer certain services or products for similar reasons.

In the months ahead, we will continue to listen to your feedback as we meet with our partners in the ecosystem to bring additional detail about our policies.

We are excited about this new generation of games and entertainment and look forward to sharing more news with our fans.

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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #87 on: June 07, 2013, 02:31:18 AM »
It just gets worse and worse!


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Re: Xbox One Discussion
« Reply #88 on: June 07, 2013, 02:41:53 AM »


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