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Win 10 Courts Gamers

JAN. 23, 2015 • Microsoft Corp. unveiled a slew of features this week geared specifically for PC gamers at its Windows 10 press conference. First off, the company chose for the first time to offer the operating system as a free upgrade to all existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 owners for one year. Next, […]

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$399 Xbox One w/o Kinect

MAY 13, 2014 • Starting June 9 during this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Microsoft Corp. will distribute a new $399 Xbox One SKU without a Kinect motion and sound input peripheral included in the box. The SKU will be available in all current Xbox One markets, although pricing outside North America has yet […]

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Xbox Unit Gets New Chief

APRIL 1, 2014 • As part of an executive suite reshuffling at Microsoft Corp. new chief executive Satya Nadella has promoted Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer to lead the entire Xbox operation. The appointment also represents a restructuring within the unit with Spencer in charge of the Xbox Platform team, Microsoft Studios, Xbox Live, Xbox […]

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GAME’s Xbox Concept Store

JULY 22, 2013 • At the end of June research firm GfK Chart-Track reported that the Xbox 360 had overtaken the Nintendo Wii as the United Kingdom’s best selling console at 8.4 million units. Now retailer GAME has opened an exclusive Xbox concept store in the Shoreditch district of London. The location is close to […]

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XBL Real Money Beta Worries

JULY 10, 2013 • Microsoft Corp.’s beta test in the United Kingdom of the new real money transaction system for Xbox Live is raising some consumer alarms. Users in the test are reporting that games converted from Microsoft Points to real money are costing more.  The point values are being converted into pounds in real […]

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Microsoft Launches TV Studio

SEPT. 18, 2012 • To date, Microsoft Entertainment has sourced most of its non-game content for Xbox Live from broadcast media sources. That’s changing though as the company has announced the launch of its own production studio in Los Angeles. Tapped to lead the new facility is Nancy Tellem, who was president of the CBS […]

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Xbox Goes Subscription

MAY 2, 2012 ● Microsoft is introducing a new Xbox 360 business model that takes after mobile phone contracts. The company is now offering a 4GB 360 console with Kinect for $99. Consumers who take advantage of the deal agree to subscribe to Xbox Live for two years at $15 a month ($360). The same bundle […]

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XBL Adds AAA TV Content

MARCH 27, 2012 ● Xbox Live Gold members now have access to three new major content providers: HBO’s GO on demand service that can deliver the cable channel’s entire catalog, MLB.TV (Major League Baseball), and Comcast’s Xfinity on-demand content service. Impact: In the new DFC Intelligence report Consoles as Entertainment Hubs, we noted that in […]

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No More XBL Auto Renew

NOV. 11, 2011 • After years of lobbying by consumers, Microsoft Entertainment used a dashboard update to enable a new option to disable automatic renewal to Xbox Live. The previous policy of forcing automatic account renewal was seen as an account retention measure. Impact: These automatic renewals, where a credit card is charged until a consumer […]

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EA Sports Season Tix

AUG. 2, 2011 • Starting with Madden NFL 12, Electronic Arts is making available the EA Sports Season Ticket for $24.99 a year.  The biggest attraction is that it provides PSN and Xbox Live users the opportunity to play upcoming EA Sports titles three days prior to the official retail lease via a digital download of […]

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