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Micorosft reportedly ditching Microsoft Points in favor of real currency

Micorosft reportedly ditching Microsoft Points in favor of real currency

If you still can't figure how much that Zune download or Call of Duty map pack costs in actual US currency, there might be some hope for you. It's being reported that Microsoft wants to nix its Microsoft Points platform and will start showing prices in local currency for digital content. That's right; the days of consulting a calculator to figure out how much digital money you have might soon be coming to an end.


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Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Microsoft Canada starts Developer Movement, shows USA how to do it

Though as a graphic designer by training, I'm not exactly keen on promoting contests to produce results in workers, it does seem like a pretty awesome idea here as Microsoft tries to push developers to make awesome apps for their platforms (including but not limited to Xbox360 and Windows Phone) up in Canada. What you've got here is a "Join the Developer Movement" contest in which Microsoft judges your developed apps as "quality", and depending on how many you've got made until May 20th, you get rewards galore! Not only that, the first 200 people who register for the Developer Movement have the chance to get their AppHub account waived entirely!

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Xbox 360 TV expanded experience made official

Xbox 360 TV expanded experience made official

The folks at Microsoft have announced plans today to expand their Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE functionality to include a slew of new services, partners, and functionality. More than 20 countries are involved in the rolling out of this expansion, partners ranging from HBO to Verizon to the BBC to Televisa, everyone's in on it! There's a unified dashboard for Xbox LIVE, Comcast Xfinity integration, 26 new channels of live TV in the USA, further Bing search integration with voice-powered search, "more entertainment options" including Zone marketplace expansion with Xbox LIVE and Kinect, a handful of new apps, sharing, and music discovery. Is it time everyone jumped aboard this Xbox 360 as entertainment station train? Quite possibly yes!

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Nyko Zoom lets you play Kinect in smaller spaces

Nyko Zoom lets you play Kinect in smaller spaces

Game peripherals maker Nyko launched a new device today called the Zoom that's meant to be an add-on to Microsoft's Kinect. Anyone who's played a Kinect game, knows that it requires a large space, which not everyone has. But not to worry for those of you living in dorms or inhabiting other confined spaces, the Nyko Zoom reduces the space requirement by 40 percent.

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dreamGEAR TriMount holds all your game console sensors

dreamGEAR TriMount holds all your game console sensors

There are many gamers out there that are not one console sorts. These folks have all three major consoles and the big accessories that go with them and use them all frequently. With frequent use having to dig out the sensor bar for the Wii and move the Kinect off the TV to play it can get old quickly. A company called dreamGEAR has a new holder that is made just for the people with all three major game consoles called the TriMount.

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Nyko Zoom play range reduction lens for Kinect is great for smaller rooms

Nyko Zoom play range reduction lens for Kinect is great for smaller rooms

Last Christmas my kids really wanted to get the Kinect for the Xbox 360 and that Kinectimals game. I realized right away that the way the room was arranged where we kept the gaming system there wasn’t enough room for us to get back far enough from the TV for the Kinect to work ideally without rearranging furniture. That meant the Kinect wasn’t very accurate and just didn’t work so it has sat unused all these months.

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Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel debuts at E3 2011

Xbox 360 Wireless Speed Wheel debuts at E3 2011

I have mentioned before that we have all three of the major game consoles in my house. We tend to play the PS3 more than anything else. The big reason for that is that we like driving and racing games around here and on the PS3 I have the Logitech G27 and a racing seat that makes Gran Turismo 5 some of the most realistic racing action to be had anywhere. I have wished on more than one occasion that Logitech would make the G27 work on the Xbox 360.

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Xbox 360 to come in limited edition Gears of War 3 flavor on September 20

Xbox 360 to come in limited edition Gears of War 3 flavor on September 20

I would wager that today the vast majority of the gamers out there that want an Xbox 360 have one with the length of time the console has now been on the market. There are still those gamers out there rocking the old fat Xbox 360 or sitting on one that has died for one reason or another that might want to upgrade. If you are in the market for a new Xbox 360 a special and very cool looking Gears of War limited edition console will be coming on September 20 for $399.

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