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This year’s Black Friday pleasantly surprised retailers when sales grew far more than expected. The biggest areas of growth were electronics and video games. One of the biggest winners this year appears to have been Microsoft. No doubt propelled by the release of several highly anticipated games, including The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, and a number of new Kinect titles, the …
Everyone knows that when conversing with people online, the veil of anonymity can make people say all sorts of things they wouldn’t utter in real life. Blogs, news sites, and other online mediums have been dealing with this problem for years within the comment sections and forums on a website. This extends to the realm of video games, when playing …
Today’s edition of the daily top videos article has mostly tech-related stuff, but it also has Netflix apologizing for the way it’s handled its recent pricing and plan restructuring. Of course the apology was accompanied by yet another controversial move. There is also plenty of media industry drama, for those of you who have been following the AOL/TechCrunch plot. Let’s …
In June, Microsoft announced it would be bringing Bing search to the Xbox this year, though the announcement was exactly for the full Bing search engine. Frank Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft talked a bit more about it today in a blog post, sharing a video with BIng for Xbox in action. I’m having trouble getting …
Microsoft reported record fourth-quarter revenue for its Fiscal Year Q4 at $17.37 billion for the quarter, up 8% from the same quarter last year. “Throughout fiscal 2011, we delivered to market a strong lineup of products and services which translated into double-digit revenue growth, and operating margin expansion,” said Microsoft CFO Peter Klein. “Our platform and cloud investments position us …
At the recently completed E3 gaming conference, it was Nintendo that focused on new hardware. They announced their Wii U next-gen console that will boast full HD capabilities, a super fast processor and a touch-screen controller. Microsoft’s keynote at the event focused on the Kinect and on upcoming game titles, with no mention of any successor to the their top-selling …
This week, Microsoft announced it would be bringing Bing search to the Xbox later this year- kind of. I say kind of, because it’s not the full Bing search engine. There are already a lot of wheels in motion, which could significantly boost Bing’s share of the search market. The Facebook integration recently launched (and now being advertised on television) …
The recent legacy of the Sony Playstation and its related troubles have been well documented — and discussed — here. The once-open system has now sunken into a quagmire of a failed network and heavy-handed legal tactics, all in an effort to apparently prevent piracy. Meanwhile, the Xbox culture continues to roll on, unimpeded, red ring of death be damned. …
For those of you who would like an additional method of purchasing on your Xbox Live account, Microsoft has apparently heard your calling, and will address your needs when the next XBL update occurs. Currently, the next update is scheduled for the 19th of May. Currently, XBL subscribers use personal credit cards to buy points, which, in turn allows them …
Microsoft has released its report on third-quarter earnings today, and they show record results. Q3 revenue is reported at $16.43 for the quarter which ended on March 31st. This is a 13% increase year-over-year. More results: Operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.71 billion, $5.23 billion, and $0.61 per share, which represented increases …
Microsoft made a slew of announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). More on that here. The company also revealed a bunch of numbers for 2010 that you might find interesting.
So, let’s get right to them:
– 8 million: Number of Kinects sold in first 60 days
– 50 million: Xbox 360s sold to date
– 30 million: Number of Xbox LIVE members
Microsoft announced some new leadership promotions today. The company promoted Kurt DelBene to president of the Microsoft Office Division, Andy Lees to president of the Mobile Communications Business, and Don Mattrick to president of the Interactive Entertainment Business.
It turns out Microsoft’s Kinect, the Xbox add-on that lets users play games without controllers, is not just entertainment for users, but an interesting advertising platform for businesses. Microsoft revealed some campaigns from Chevorlet, Sprint and T-Mobile, which will launch with Kinect on November 4.
Microsoft announced its first wave of games for Windows Phone 7. These will be available at launch or shortly after, the company said.
Microsoft revealed the first 50 titles, some of which gamers will recognize, and others that are completely new. The company also said the games will be "closely linked" with Xbox Live.
Microsoft announced today that the Kinect for Xbox 360 will include Kinect Sensor and the video game "Kinect Adventures," and that it will retail for $149.99 when it launches November 4 in North America. The Kinect Sensor will work with all Xbox 360 consoles (of which 40 million have been sold, according to the company).
Microsoft has unveiled Kinect, a controller-free gaming device for Xbox 360, previously code-named Project Natal.
While rumors about making people pay to use Hulu have been circulating for what feels like forever, a subscription service may, for better or worse, finally materialize this summer. New rumors put it a "month or two" out, and indicate that Xbox and iPad compatibility are also on the way.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s keynote last night was one of the most anticipated events of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It was expected that he would unveil a device to compete with a supposedly upcoming tablet from Apple, but people anticipating such news were met with the unveiling of a different device – the HP Windows 7 slate device, which apparently doesn’t live up to some of the tech crowd’s expectations.
Microsoft announced that it will open its Zune video service to the Xbox LIVE this Fall. Microsoft also unvieled its newest portable media player, the Zune HD. Designed to compete with the popular iPod Touch, the Zune HD combines built-in an mp3 and video players, an HD radio receiver, HD video output, an OLED touch screen, Wi-Fi and an internet browser.More details:
More money spent on gas and groceries means less for luxuries. In the past that meant more people going to the movies and picking up used musical instruments. Now, Microsoft wants to be an entertainment outlet, serving games, videos, and oh yes, advertising.
Onlookers have to wonder whether Microsoft will succeed in its attempted takeover of Yahoo. There are also the market shares of Vista and Internet Explorer to consider. Still, the latest news involves game consoles, and on that front, Electronic Arts predicts that the Playstation 3, and not Microsoft’s Xbox 360, will win in 2008.
Market research firm NPD is reporting that U.S. sales of video game hardware and software increased 73 percent in October.
Total sales reached $1.1 billion, compared with $643 million a year earlier. The Nintendo Wii console moved back into the top spot as the best selling console. Nintendo sold 519,000 Wiis, Microsoft sold 366,000 Xbox 360 consoles and Sony sold 121,000 of its PlayStation 3 consoles.
There are a lot of fingers in this pie – or, more accurately, this gas tank – but Primedia Automotive, which “consists of more than 58 Web sites for its automotive enthusiast titles,” has launched a new “Ride of the Month” contest that should draw in hundreds (or thousands) of car buffs, a number of advertisers, and Microsoft itself.
Yahoo is attempting to capture the attention of baseball fans with their new version of Yahoo Sports for TV service. The new version offers fantasy baseball on Windows Media Center.
Users with Media Center PCs or Media Center Extenders such as the Xbox 360 video game can now receive updates on their fantasy baseball team while watching live games.
Don Dodge wrote a couple of great articles recently titled “Why Startups Innovate While Big Companies Incrementally Improve” and “What do the PC, Mac and Xbox All Have In Common“.
Phil Waligora, who works at Microsoft, is watching Steve Jobs’ keynote (I’m not, but am trying to check in here and there) and calls me out, wondering if I’ll say the just announced AppleTV is innovative.
Microsoft has announced plans to offer up video content to Xbox users in standard and high definition formats beginning November 22, the one-year anniversary of the Xbox 360 launch. This move makes the Xbox 360 the first gaming console to offer television and movie content as a direct download to users.
There’s a lot of grandstanding going on in the game console industry. Nintendo brags about its history of innovation; Microsoft is smug about its lead over the competition; and Sony says its rep alone will carry PS3. But Sony may be surprised to learn its chief rivals are holding hands and shouting things like “thief!” and “loser!”
It’s been five months since the Xbox 360 landed in short supply just in time Christmas. Many of those who scrambled to get their hands on one, paying thousands on eBay to ensure a Yuletide joy-in-the-box, probably never dreamed they’d be on their fourth console by May.
Faced with one of the highest obesity rates in the country, West Virginia has launched a program to place a physically active video game in over 750 public schools. No word yet as to whether state buffet restaurants will be forced to put them in their lobbies (I’m talkin’ to you, Barboursville!).
Just like any other big tech convention, cool announcements always float out that make everyone giddy like children and this is no exception. DirectTV announced they would be pairing up with software goliath Microsoft to put the digital television service in the Xbox 360.
Those who picked up the Xbox 360 just after midnight on its launch date may be surprised to know Microsoft has convergence with Windows Live planned for Xbox Live.
Now that the smells of late night pizza and beer Xbox 360 gaming have been replaced with the aroma of roasting turkeys, it’s a good time to recount Bill Gates comments pre-launch about the future of the platform.
In a brilliant (albeit wacky) idea, the first two innings of an actual minor league baseball game will be played on an Xbox, with the third inning picking up where the virtual game left off.
This may be a defining moment of the gamer generation. Ever since Pong made its way onto our black and white twisty knobbed TVs (yes, kids, there was a time such as this-it came right after the auto-correcting typewriter-type what?)ahem, ever since Pong, Generation X led a mind-entrancing march to the synthesized rhythm of plunk plunk dink bizzow-dooht. When our younger brothers and sisters were born, we handed them a controller to pass the baton of Mario ecstasy.
Upgrading to a next generation game console is looking to be an expensive endeavor, working not unlike a tax on the non-industrious. With Microsoft leveraging a supply and demand advantage for the holiday season and Sony just trying to pay for its state-of-the-art-ness, Nintendo’s Revolution may turn out to be a cost-effective compromise.
Everyone knows Microsoft will kick out its new X-Box in May 13, which is just a few days away. It’s going to be a hip offering and MTV will broadcast the event. New games will be available with a better graphics, sound, etc. But now Samsung will help them out just a little with its new HDTV offerings.