Microsoft Changes Stance On Xbox One Policies

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Microsoft Changes Stance On Xbox One Policies

Microsoft has taken a lot of heat since the unveiling of the Xbox One for their DRM policies and internet requirements. While most potential buyers were up in arms about the idea that the system would handle things differently than the Xbox 360 currently does, Microsoft had a lot of really good points and features that they were trying to introduce. Due to community feedback (and outrage) today Microsoft has issued an update to their DRM, used game and internet connection policies.

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First Wave of Xbox LIVE Games For Windows 8 Announced

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First Wave of Xbox LIVE Games For Windows 8 Announced

Microsoft has made it clear that Xbox LIVE is now their cross-platform gaming environment, and now they’ve announced the first batch of games for Xbox LIVE coming to Windows 8.

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Microsoft Re-Affirms Comcast Xfinity TV Coming to Xbox 360

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Microsoft Re-Affirms Comcast Xfinity TV Coming to Xbox 360

One of the quieter items discussed at yesterdays 2012 CES Keynote delivered by Steve Ballmer, is that Microsoft re-affirmed their intentions to bring additional TV service providers to the Xbox 360 platform. Microsoft already has AT&T U-Verse and Verizon Fios (in the U.S) along with Telus and Telefonica on board providing TV content through the Xbox 360. Microsoft announced previously additional partners would be bringing service to the Xbox, including Comcast’s Xfinity TV service but to date there has been no movement on that front. Yesterday Microsoft said that Comcast’s Xfinity TV service “will soon be coming to Xbox 360”, which doesn’t really give us a timeline but at least reminds us all that it is coming. They also announced a partnership with News Corp. that will bring Fox News, Wall Street Journal, Fox and IGN content to the Xbox 360.

Hopefully we’ll get more information soon regarding the big WHEN, so we’ll keep you posted.

 

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Rumor: Microsoft Working on Xbox Live Service for Android and iOS

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Ok lets file this under massive rumor, there is no confirmation, release, leak, or any real information of any sort to support the idea that Microsoft is in the process of bringing Xbox Live Services to Android and iOS. The internet is buzzing about this idea due to a recent job posting from Microsoft, looking for a software development engineer to work with the Xbox LIVE team and contains the following:

“to bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS and other mobile platforms… Experience of Windows Phone, iOS or Android development is a big plus.”

Now don’t get all excited about this at all. Microsoft release its companion app for Xbox Live when Windows Phone 7 launched, and has subsequently released the app for iPhone. The app allows you to manage different aspects of your Xbox Live account, friends, status, and features. For Windows Phone it also allows you to play certain specific games on your mobile device. At this point only Android (and Blackberry) do not have Xbox Live companion apps, so this job posting could very well be to aid in the development and support of the companion app, and even possibly bring the companion app to Android. This is the most likely scenario and purpose of this job posting so do not,repeat DO NOT get excited about this.

That said it is very possible that Microsoft would want to bring its Xbox Live services to more connected devices than just the Windows Phone platform. With the market penetration of both iOS and Android, Microsoft certainly can not ignore their place in the mobile ecosystem. Microsoft has also been looking at ways to enhance its Live platform by integrating more features and functionality, so bringing one if it’s corner-stone services to more users is a very good business strategy. We certainly want to see this happen, and it could possibly happen with iOS devices in the near future. Android devices however would be a bit farther off, I can’t see Microsoft spending the amount of time and resources required to develop an Android app / platform that would be cross compliant with the different hardware and software configurations that are abound in the Android ecosystem. This is Android’s greatest feature and weakness and this is another example of where it could certainly hinder development for the platform.

As always we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for more information, but again, it’s just a rumor.

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