With the PS4 and Xbox One launching over the next couple of weeks, I've been asking my fellow editors whether they're getting one, and if so, which one? Many currently have a PS3 or Xbox 360 -- or both -- so they're in the game, so to speak, and would be candidates for a new system. However, the answer I'm getting more often than not is "neither." Most seem to have have adopted a fairly cynical attitude toward next-gen consoles and as such, are taking a wait-and-see approach and won't be hopping on … Read more
Those of you eyeing the Xbox One can get a 12-minute tour of what awaits you.
Posted by Microsoft on Friday, the online demo follows Xbox marketing chief Yusuf Mehdi and Xbox VP Marc Whitten as they sign into an Xbox One, see their personalized content, move around the console's Dashboard, issue voice commands, play games, switch among open screens, call someone via Skype, and watch live TV.
Presenting a demo of two people actually using the Xbox One is a great way to show off the new features and teach people how to use them.
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Microsoft's Xbox One will have very little functionality out of the box when it launches later this month.
Speaking to Engadget in an interview published on Friday, Microsoft's senior director of product management, Albert Penello, said that owners of the Xbox One "will be able to do very little without taking the day one update." When pressed on what users could do with the Xbox One before the update is added to the console, Penello said "nothing."
That Microsoft is requiring Xbox One buyers to download the day one update is no surprise. The … Read more
Stephen Elop has major plans in store for Microsoft if he's appointed chief executive, according to a new report.
Elop, who is resigning as Nokia's CEO and will head a new devices-focused division at Microsoft when Nokia's Devices operation is finally sold off to Microsoft, could decide to sell off the software company's Xbox division if he becomes CEO, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of his thinking. Elop would also consider ending Microsoft's Bing search engine.
According to Bloomberg's sources, Elop would want to shrink Microsoft's business, … Read more
The Xbox One is ready to be the hub of your living room.
That's been the pitch since Day 1 for Microsoft's next-gen console, but it wasn't until this Wednesday that the CNET crew had a chance to check out many of the Xbox One's home entertainment features in person.
We already knew that the Xbox One would include Blu-ray playback, the TV overlay functionality called OneGuide, and built-in support for voice and motion control through the included Kinect. But many of the specifics have been hard to come by, especially regarding the challenges of integrated TV.… Read more
Watch Dogs may look so good on the PlayStation 4 that even Microsoft decided to showcase the game on its competitor's hardware.
That or someone made a colossal mistake when uploading gameplay footage of the upcoming Ubisoft stealth action title. Watchful viewers of the months-old video -- uploaded to Microsoft's official Xbox YouTube account -- noticed only recently a slight discrepancy in the footage wherein a button prompt, visible for only a second, indicated a circle as an option. The only problem is that the circle is a PlayStation button, whereas the Xbox One uses a red "… Read more
As Microsoft's board hunts for a new chief executive officer, one of the tech giant's co-founders is throwing in his two cents on what that successor should do with the company: break it up.
The chief investment officer for co-founder Paul Allen said Microsoft should consider spinning off some of its businesses, according to the Financial Times. Paul Ghaffari manages Allen's $15 billion fortune and was speaking on behalf of Allen during the Financial Times Investment Management Summit on Tuesday.
Ghaffari said that consumer businesses, like search advertising and Xbox, are a distraction to Microsoft's success. … Read more
Video chat services can be a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family members. Services like Skype can be accessed from a variety of screens -- such as your computer, smartphone, or tablet -- and are relatively easy to use.
Initiating a video chat from a laptop or tablet is great for one-on-one conversations, but it's a little ridiculous when the entire family is forced to crowd around a small screen. Luckily, there is a rather simple solution.
Here's how you can get Skype and other video chat services on your TV:Skype Skype is … Read more
A larger-than-life Xbox One appeared in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday.
Just how big? Well, it's hard to tell without knowing the height of the people in the below photo posted by the Xbox One in Canada blog, but if we assume them to be of average size, we'd say this Xbox One stands between 8 and 10 feet high.
It's been assembled in Vancouver as part of a campaign called One Source. Apparently, Canadian gamers can "pledge" their gamertags to "unlock" the Xbox. … Read more
The latest "Super Mario" or "Zelda" title may never end up on a smartphone or a tablet, but that doesn't mean Nintendo isn't thinking about ways to extend its presence to mobile devices.
"We're constantly thinking about how to leverage mobile as a marketing vehicle," Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime said on Tuesday during a meeting with CNET editors. "How do I give little tastes of content, little experiences that then drive the consumer back to my hardware environment?"
Despite the tease of bringing "experiences" to mobile devices, … Read more