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Microsoft Quietly Killed Off The Xbox 360 2-Year Contract Plans, Claims It Was An Experiment

Tyler Lee March 14, 2014

Microsoft Quietly Killed Off The Xbox 360 2 Year Contract Plans, Claims It Was An ExperimentIn certain parts of the world, like the US, UK, and Australia, mobile devices are offered at a cheaper price, and sometimes even free, as long as the customer is willing to sign with the carrier for the next 1-2 years, depending on the contract. This ensures that the customer is locked into the service and any attempts to break the contract would result in a penalty.

Interestingly Microsoft attempted something similar with the Xbox 360 a couple of year ago. The company started offering its customers the option of paying $99 for the Xbox 360 along with the Kinect as long as gamers would sign up for an Xbox Live Gold subscription valued at $15 for the next two years. However it looks like Microsoft has not offered that option to Xbox One gamers, and has since revealed that the plan had been scrapped sometime back. (more…)

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    Microsoft Could Be Selling Your Xbox Live Information For Targeted Political Ads

    Tyler Lee March 8, 2014

    Microsoft Could Be Selling Your Xbox Live Information For Targeted Political AdsThe gaming industry is a huge one consisting of millions upon millions of players of different races, cultures, gender, preferences, age, location, and so on. In fact this is a pretty huge demographic that can be tapped into for all sorts of research, but at the same time it can also be used for political agendas, which is what Microsoft could be thinking of.

    According to a report from the Washington Post, they claim that Microsoft has been working with CPAC and are pushing the idea of possibly using Xbox Live gamertags and public information to help build a database in which it can be used to target political ads on your dashboard, Skype, and MSN. (more…)

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  • Microsoft Could Be Selling Your Xbox Live Information For Targeted Political Ads original content from Ubergizmo.

        



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    New Xbox 360 Chrome Controllers Revealed

    Tyler Lee February 11, 2014

    New Xbox 360 Chrome Controllers RevealedDespite the fact that the Xbox One is Microsoft’s latest console, we’re pretty sure there are still many gamers out there who are holding on to their Xbox 360 units, probably due to the large library of games that they might have amassed over the years, and also probably because the Xbox One is still pretty pricey at $499 and there aren’t too many games available for the platform just yet. However if you’re getting a little tired of your Xbox 360 and you want to spice things up a bit, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb has revealed that additional colors will be added to the Xbox 360 Special Edition Chrome Series of wireless controllers.

    The new colors will be a chrome black finish and a chrome purple finish, both of which look pretty stunning, although the thing with chrome is that it tends to attract a fair amount of fingerprints which is something to take into consideration if you were planning on getting your hands on the controller. The controllers will be priced at $54.99 each although they will be available at different retailers. If the black controller was something you had your eye on, you can expect to find it at Walmart and the Microsoft Store, while the purple controller will be available via Best Buy or the Microsoft Store, with both controllers expected to be available come March.

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    Xbox Reading App For Windows 8 Being Developed

    Adnan Farooqui February 10, 2014

    Xbox Reading App For Windows 8 Being Developed

    Microsoft has already released a couple of Xbox branded apps for Windows 8, look no further than Xbox Video and Xbox Music. It appears that the company now has its sights set on books, as a job posting has been discovered which hints at the possibility of an Xbox Reading app for Windows 8 being under development. Selected candidate for this new job would join the Music, Video and Reading (MVR) team that’s behind the two Xbox branded apps, and he or she will be tasked with creating a “groundbreaking interactive reading app on Windows, which incorporates books, magazines and comics.”
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    Annual Xbox Music Pass Nicks You A Free Lumia 520/Lumia 521

    Edwin Kee February 4, 2014

    Annual Xbox Music Pass Nicks You A Free Lumia 520/Lumia 521We know that we have put the jolly season of Christmas behind us for over a month already, but this does not mean that the spirit of generosity should be stamped out altogether! No sir, Microsoft certainly does not think along that line, and they have in fact introduced a mouthwatering proposal – by giving away a contract-free Nokia Lumia 520 or Nokia Lumia 521 for free as long as you decide to pick up a 12-month Xbox Music Pass. This will not be an ongoing offer indefinitely, since it is part of a limited time promotion. Hence, the usual disclaimers apply here – early bird gets the early worm and all that jazz.

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    Kinect Guards The Korean Border

    Adnan Farooqui February 3, 2014

    Kinect Guards The Korean Border

    The Kinect peripheral for Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console is capable of accomplishing a lot of tasks, motion sensing being a major task in itself. This technology has been leveraged by Jae Kwan Ko, a self-taught coder who has set up a surveillance system based on Kinect at the demilitarized zone or DMZ between the borders of North and South Korea.

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    Man Braves Fire To Save Xbox Console

    Edwin Kee January 27, 2014

    man-saves-xbox-from-fireNormally, whenever a house or place is on fire, the first thing which we are all supposed to do is to run out from there without taking into consideration any of our personal belongings that are left within. It makes perfect sense – material items can always be purchased or replaced, but can you really bring someone back from the dead, or to raise yourself from the nether world? Hence, hat’s off to the courageous firefighters all over the world who have to brave scorching and dangerous situations every single day at work. A man in Kansas, however, displayed a different kind of bravado as he actually took the risk of running into his burning house just to rescue his Xbox console.

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    Windows Phone 8.1 May Bring Revamped Xbox Games Hub

    Adnan Farooqui January 26, 2014

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    It has been quite a while since Microsoft released a major update for the Xbox Games Hub on its Windows Phone devices, but it appears that this might happen with the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update. This major platform update is expected to bring a revamped Xbox Games Hub, along with all of the new features and improvements it is rumored to. Purported UI of this revamped games hub has been leaked on the internet.

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    Xbox’s Marc Whitten “Not Sweating” Over Steam Machines

    Tyler Lee January 11, 2014

    Xboxs Marc Whitten Not Sweating Over Steam MachinesA few days ago we reported that Gabe Newell did not seem overly impressed with Microsoft’s Xbox One sales figures, which was actually pretty impressive at 3 million units to date. Newell’s logic was that Steam had over 65 million users, so what’s 3 million, right? By that logic, it would seem that companies like Microsoft and Sony would have plenty to worry about, but as it turns out Xbox Chief Product Officer, Marc Whitten, does not seem overly concerned himself either. Speaking with Engadget during CES 2014, Whitten stated that he believed there was space for more than one console in the market, and that he was “not sweating” about it, although Whitten did admit that he wasn’t too sure what to make of Valve’s Steam Machines just yet.

    According to Whitten, “I’m not knocking it or whatever. I continue to think that PC gaming – the sort of uber configuration and I can change everything and I can mod – that’s an important thing and there’s a lot of people that wanna do that.” However when it comes to the living room, Whitten believes the priorities of gamers change and they just want to launch into a game straight away.“When you get into that living room environment, you don’t want to spend any of your brain cells doing anything but being entertained.” It is true that PC gaming does differ compared to console gaming, but with Steam Machines coming in 13 different options and an entire library of games, we guess we will have to wait and see how well it fares against traditional consoles.

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    Shoot Many Robots Free On Xbox 360 Through Games With Gold

    Daniel Perez December 16, 2013

    Shoot Many Robots Free On Xbox 360 Through Games With Gold

    Prior to the start of December, Microsoft announced it would be making two games in its catalog available for free through the company’s Games with Gold program for Xbox 360 owners who are also Xbox Live Gold members. The first half of the month would be dedicated to giving Xbox 360 players Gears of War, a third-person shooter that was released seven years ago which we’re sure you probably played some point in time if you own the console. The second half of the month would feature Ubisoft’s Shoot Many Robots, and as you can probably see from today’s date, the game will be free starting today up until the end of the year. (more…)

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  • Shoot Many Robots Free On Xbox 360 Through Games With Gold original content from Ubergizmo.