- 1:02 pm - Wed, Jul 24, 2013
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XBOX ONE TO ALLOW INDIES TO SELF-PUBLISH GAMES [UPDATED]
Update: Microsoft has confirmed that this is true and issued the following statement:
"Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox LIVE. This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox LIVE. We’ll have more details on the program and the timeline at gamescom in August."
Game Informer is reporting that Microsoft is changing their Indie publishing policies for the Xbox One and will allow Indies to self-publish their games. This is something that Indies have been able to do on the PlayStation 3 and will continue to do on PlayStation 4.
Along with this policy update, Indie developers will be able to set their own prices and release dates and Microsoft will adopt a new certification policy, certifying games within only 14 days.
It is also being reported that every Xbox One can be converted into a dev debug console. If true, this would make it even easier for Indies to create games for the system because more developers would have access to it.
Instead of having to get a custom console, Indie developers would simply install software that would convert the regular system into a debug one—giving more access to more people to develop content for the system.
(via Game Informer)
- 3:01 pm - Fri, Jun 14, 2013
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ANONYMOUS MICROSOFT ENGINEER MAKES SENSE OF XBOX ONE
An anonymous Microsoft Engineer of the Xbox One team has posted on Pastbin an explanation that details what Microsoft’s grand vision really is for the Xbox One; basically it’s to provide a more Steam-like experience on your Xbox One.
While it can’t be verified that the individual really is an engineer at Microsoft or if any of this is true, there are several points in the post that are quite enlightening so long as this isn’t yet another person on the internet F*ing with everyone.
Thanks to Arcchild for sending this in.
Read the complete post after the jump.
- 12:04 pm - Mon, May 20, 2013
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10 THINGS YOU CAN COUNT ON MICROSOFT NOT ANNOUNCING TOMORROW
Plenty of people have made predictions about what will be revealed at Microsoft’s event on May 21—always on connection, mandatory installs, super-hyper-Kinect, a new name—-and frankly we’re tired of hearing all the predictions.
So just for fun, we’ve put together a list of 10 ridiculous things you can count on Microsoft not revealing/announcing tomorrow:
- Xbox Infinity + Comcast = Xfinity!
The name speaks for itself but you can be sure that Microsoft won’t announce an Xbox that is also a Comcast cable box with DVR abilities built in. No way. That sounds like an AWFULly good idea.
- EA not working on any games for Next Xbox
With the recent announcement of EA giving up on the Wii U, wouldn’t it also make sense for them to decide not make games for the Next Xbox? It’s all part of their longterm strategy to stop pissing off gamers.
- New Xbox will be using Sony’s PS3 Cell Processor
In an effort to “one-up” the competition, Microsoft will use the PlayStation 3’s cell processor to offer PS3 backwards compatibility. Of course, it means the rumors were true, and the next Xbox wouldn’t be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games. Curses! The nerds were right!
- Microsoft and Pizza Hut Announce Bigger Partnership
Similar to the all-in-one breakfast maker that has been blowing up Pinterest, Microsoft unveils a new console capable of baking pizza and playing games! Red ring of death? More like red ring of yum!
- Next Xbox Goes Green
Tired of being known as an “energy vampire,” Microsoft’s new console is wired to run on positive feelings and emotions. Warning: console may abruptly shut off while playing any game starring Superman or involving Raccoon City.
- Microsoft Partners With Steam
We’ve heard plenty of rumors about “steam boxes” in development and Microsoft clears it up by announcing that the Next Xbox is really a steam box that will ship with Windows 8 as the OS and have Steam built right in.
- Exclusive Always Off Next Gen Technology
It was rumored for months about “Always On” but we got it wrong like a bad game of Telephone. The next Xbox will feature the most energy efficient power system ever by not even turning on.
- Next Gen Games = Kinect 1.21 Gigawatts!
With the Kinect, players were turned into the controllers. Why stop there? This next gen we’ll make the games too! Xbox Games will be user generated titles fueled by the imagination of gamers like the Dreamatorium. By turning the mirror onto ourselves surely there’s no way we’ll complain about poor graphics, missed deadlines and bad storylines.
- Microsoft Commits to Finding Whalers On The Moon
Where Sony used PS3s for cancer research, Microsoft has committed to using the Next Xbox to find the oft-rumored Whalers On The Moon.
- Pretty much everything in this video.
XBL image courtesy of the fantastically talented Cory Schmitz.
- 10:30 am - Fri, May 10, 2013
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SAY HELLO TO XBOX INFINITY (MAYBE)
Unofficial “official” sources, leaks, and friends who heard it from friends who heard it from a friend’s brother who heard it from his uncle who works as a janitor part time at Microsoft are confirming that the next Xbox will be called Infinity.
(And that has been your Microsoft rumor mill update for the day).
Just wait and we’ll find out for sure on May 21.
- 2:17 pm - Thu, Feb 7, 2013
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THE NEXT XBOX—WHAT CAN WE EXPECT?
Sony’s upcoming February 20 announcement, has led many to speculate that the PlayStation 4 will be revealed then. While, like many I’m curious, I’m actually more interested in what lies in store for Microsoft and their next Xbox and I’m sure we’ll see some of the same features announced for both new consoles.
To fuel the already copious amounts of speculation, I’ve compiled a list of new features that might make the cut in the final console. This list is based on some of the rumors we’ve heard, features I’d like to see, and good old fashion business sense:
- Look for always-on Skype in the next Xbox. This feature will allow Skype calls without an app and Skype will integrate into everyone’s profiles, possibly replacing chat with the Skype service.
- Your Xbox will be a TV tuner box. Using technologies gained with the purchase of R2 studios, the xbox will be able to act as a Media Center PC and broadcast live television and offer DVR functionality.
- Microsoft will roll out a new XBL Gold Service with the launch of the system. Will offer a free game every month similar to what Sony does with PlayStation Plus.
- Microsoft will also offer a second camera that can be purchased and setup in gaming room to offer another level of immersion similar to what we saw with Illumiroom.
- Legacy XBL members will receive a coupon for $$$ off the new system based on years of service with XBL. The coupons range from $5 to $100 off the new console
- Everything will be available via cloud. If you so choose, you’ll never have to buy physical media ever again.
- The next Xbox will be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 but not original Xbox games. Be prepared to see more original Xbox games via XBLA.
- Kinect v2.0 will be built into the console and have a wider range to accomodate smaller/more narrow spaces. Everyone will have a Kinect!
- The next Xbox will play Blu-ray discs but will also utilize proprietary/enhanced Blu-ray technology that allows the information to be accessed more quickly and will allow future expansion of Blu-ray disc technology to expand on disc storage, simliar to what Microsoft did with DVD.
- Second-hand games will be playable natively. However, Microsoft (and Sony for-that-matter) will extend to publishers the “option” of being able to lock out used games on systems and require players to buy an activation code to get the game working on a particular system. These codes will range from $15-$30 each.
- The next Xbox will include advanced interoperability with Windows 8 tablets and Windows phones. You can “beam” games from your tablet or phone to your Xbox and play them on your TV.
No one knows for sure what the next Xbox will be like but based on what little has been rumored/revealed, it’s a good chance that some of these features will be implemented in the new console.
Do you have any theories about the next Xbox? We’d love to hear them!
Images courtesy of the fantastically talented Cory Schmitz.