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What Microsoft might bring with its Xbox 720 reveal event

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After Sony firing the first shoot in the next, next gen wars Microsoft has yet to respond with its own event.

But rumors going around the internet say that we will soon see an event in either late March (around the time of GDC) or early April.
Microsoft has even recently acquired the domain name xboxevent.com leading to more speculation that an event is coming soon. So based on rumors and just what i know from seeing many of these events over the years, here’s my thoughts (and some wishful thinking) on what Microsoft might bring to the table…

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It will all open with what you would expect from any media event, a bunch of boring talk on how great Xbox 360 has been doing, how many systems they have sold world wide, how its been the number one system in north America for the last 27 months in a roll and how great Xbox live is doing. Then they will talk about how far the system has come, and how the kinect extended the life of the system. “But now is time for something new, and here it is” (then Poof we get to see a shiny new Xbox system) “introducing the Xbox infinity the next generation of Xbox”  Then they will show us the new controller with built in touch screen and give the system specs, witch will be just slightly better then the PS4.  “Xbox infinity will be fully backwards. compatible with all Xbox 360 and Xbox arcade games right out of the box and Xbox infinity will not block used games”. Then they will show us Kinect 2.0, (witch will be able to do a lot more exciting stuff, like project the action on your walls). “But we are not done yet introducing the Xbox surface gaming tablet” (witch they will probably reveal at GDC or sometime before hand) with the new Xbox surface you can play all your Xbox infinity games anywhere in your home (because both Nintendo and Sony are doing it so they have to as well).  Now let us show you what the Xbox infinity can do ….

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Next they will show us some next generation games that are in development, some tec demos and what the Kinect 2.0 and Xbox Surface can do.

Here is my best guess of what we might see based on rumors, what little info i have acquired and some wishful thinking. In no particular order….

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Project Gotham Racing (PGR) 5 (short teaser Video)

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Call of Duty: MW4 (Video and will be played live)

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Halo 5 (Logo)

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Gears of war 4 (Logo)

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Killer Instinct (short teaser Video)

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Forza 5 (video)

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Alan Wake 2 (Video)

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Battlefield 4 (video)
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Need for Speed (logo only)
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Watch Dogs (will be played live on the new Xbox)

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Destiny (Video and Exclusive content)

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A couple cheesy Kinect 2.0 games (Live play)

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Coming Holiday 2013, more info to come at E3 in June ….  Then on that Microsoft WINS !!!   LOL  Wishful thinking i know …..

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Get a FREE Dead Space 3 Demo Early Access Code

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If you missed the sign up for early access to the Dead Space 3 demo on Xbox LIVE, you are in luck i ended up with an extra code in my inbox. So if Green Circle Gaming’s Facebook page gets to 50 i will post the code on there, first come first serve..
So get all your friends to like us and Good luck…

Xbox 360 records the biggest week in Xbox history

Entering the seventh year of its lifecycle, Xbox 360 just closed the biggest sales week in the history of Xbox, selling more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday.

Microsoft’s retail partners are equally excited about our sales performance this holiday.

“We have seen tremendous excitement from customers for our hot holiday gaming offers,” said Chris Homeister, senior vice president and general manager of Home Entertainment at Best Buy. “Xbox 360 was among the best-sellers at Best Buy this Black Friday, and is a testament to the continued popularity of the gaming category this holiday.”

Sales highlights in the U.S. during the week of Black Friday include:

Xbox 360 sold more than 960,000 consoles in the U.S. alone, of which more than 800,000 were sold within a period of 24 hours – the biggest week of sales in Xbox history. (Source: Internal data)
More than 750,000 Kinect for Xbox 360 sensors were sold in the U.S. – standalone and bundled. (Source: Internal data)

Via: http://www.MajorNelson.com

Microsoft acquires VideoSurf

Microsoft announced this week the acquisition of “video discovery technology company” VideoSurf.
VideoSurf is a video discovery technology and how will it “enhance” Xbox Live?
“This holiday we will launch voice search across our entertainment partners on Xbox LIVE,”
Microsoft’s Alex Garden said in a press release. “Over time, as we integrate VideoSurf’s technology into our system, we are excited about the potential to have content tagged in real time to increase the speed and relevance of the search results.” VideoSurf’s back-end technology “‘sees’ frames inside videos,” an ability that Microsoft appears to want to couple with the integrated Bing voice search coming to Xbox 360.

Xbox 360 Dashboard update coming December 6th

While many of you have been involved in the Xbox LIVE Preview Program and have been busy getting an early look at the next Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE features, I wanted to let you know that the official release for the update for all Xbox LIVE members will be Tuesday, December 6th.  In this update, free to all console owners,  you will see:

  • New personal and social features including Cloud Storage for Game Saves and LIVE Profile
  • Beacons and Facebook Sharing
  • Enhanced Family Settings
  • Integrated voice and gesture controls across the dashboard and in apps
  • Bing voice search (Available this year in the US, UK and CA)

In addition to all these great dashboard features, starting on December 6th and continuing on an ongoing basis through the holiday months, a wealth of new content will be coming to Xbox 360. New, customized applications for television, movies, internet videos, sports and music will begin rolling out from world-leading providers in more than 20 countries.

Source: http://www.majornelson.com

Halo Waypoint Update Coming adding multiplayer GPS game to WP7

If the Kinect reveal for Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary wasn’t enough, 343 Industries also targeted fans with some new Halo Waypoint functionality at this weekend’s Comic Con. The downloadable app is getting real-time GPS tracking of multiplayer games via a new service called “Atlas.” Yes, seriously — while you’re playing a multiplayer game of Halo: Reach, you can use Waypoint’s GPS feature via Windows Phone 7 or the web (and other “mobiles,” we’re told) to watch troop movements from above.

The updated version of Waypoint also adds the ability to send challenges to friends, similar to the weekly ones set originally via Bungie and now via 343 Industries within Reach multiplayer. 343 reps explained that you’ll earn in-game credits for completing these challenges based on the difficulty of said tasks, but didn’t dive too deeply into how it will all work exactly.

We’ll find out soon enough, as the update to Waypoint launches alongside Halo Anniversary on November 15.

Source: Joystiq.com

Apple founder Steve Jobs passes away at 56

Sadly, one of the greats of our time and a revolutionary of this technological world, Steve Jobs has passed away today. Apple sent out the following press release to confirm what the public was not looking forward to hearing:

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.

Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.

His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs. Here at Green Circle Gaming, we will remember your contributions for a very long time to come. Thank you for the foundation that you laid before us, and to the bright future that is still ahead because of your work.

Rumor: Is Microsoft going to announce Xbox 720 soon ?

Some of you may have seen the TV spots for the new movie called “Real Steel”. Well while watching the trailer a few eagle eyed people spotted a logo for the Xbox 720, a yet to be announced system. I know what most people are thinking, “Well the movie is set in the future”. While that may be true the other logos are still relevant today and it seems a bit odd to have an Xbox 720 logo there to advertise a product that hasn’t even been formally announced yet.

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Xbox 360 Goes 1080p

    According to an official release by Microsoft at its Tokyo Game Show 2006 press briefing, the Xbox 360 will be able to support 1080p games and videos. According to the press release, the fall update will usher in the upgraded resolution capability.
    The fall software update, scheduled for release later this year, will allow all Xbox 360 consoles around the world to output game and movie content in 1080p resolution.
    According to representatives from Microsoft, the update will allow for all existing X360 titles to be upscaled to 1080p. The Xbox 360 HD-DVD player will not be required for 1080p playback, since the update will be available through Xbox Live. However, those who purchase the player when it releases will get an installation disc with the update on it.
    Which games will be released in the future that will support the higher resolution is still unannounced. We were told by Microsoft’s PR company, “As with all Xbox 360 games, we’ve leave it up to the discretion of the developer to decide how best they’d like their games to be delivered to consumers.
    1080p is a visual upgrade over the Xbox 360’s current maximum resolution output of 1080i, or 1920 by 1080 interlaced. We’ll update as more details become available.

XBL Arcade PAC-MAN World Championship

    Today at TGS With the creator of PAC-MAN, Toru Iwatani, onstage with him, Peter Moore announced that Microsoft and NAMCO BANDAI Games will host the first PAC-MAN World Championship in early 2007. The top 10 Xbox Live Arcade PAC-MAN players in the world will compete for the title of World Champ in New York City. More details, including how to qualify for the championship, will be made available in the coming months.
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