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State of Decay barred from sale in Australia over content concerns

State of Decay barred from sale in Australia over content concerns

Xbox 360 game State of Decay has been refused classification in Australia, with some of the title's content deemed unsuitable for release in the country. Jeff Strain, executive producer at studio Undead Labs, revealed the bad news in the company's forum, warning eager gamers that while the studio and Microsoft would do their collective best to secure a release, "it's going to take a bit" to achieve that.

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Xbox 360 LOVEFiLM Instant app gets Watchlist and new UI update

Xbox 360 LOVEFiLM Instant app gets Watchlist and new UI update

Xbox 360 owners subscribing to Amazon's LOVEFiLM on-demand movie service can now get the same enhanced Instant streaming system that their PS3 peers have been enjoying since May, as the Microsoft console gets the new entertainment update. The refresh brings support for the LOVEFiLM Watchlist - effectively a queue of titles the user wants to see - to the console, in addition to new and improved search functionality.

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Xbox One backtracks on game sharing and always-connected internet

Xbox One backtracks on game sharing and always-connected internet

As the Xbox One suffered a significant amount of negative feedback from those that, thus far, weren't happy with the machine's rules surrounding disk sharing and always-connected internet, Microsoft and the Xbox team have turned over a new leaf. This afternoon straight through Microsoft's own Xbox Wire portal, Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business, made it all clear. The Xbox One will not need the internet, nor will it have any limitations on buying, selling, lending, or gifting disks.

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Microsoft exec: Just get a 360 if Xbox One’s internet demands upset you

Microsoft exec: Just get a 360 if Xbox One’s internet demands upset you

Microsoft's demands for online connectivity for the Xbox One has divided opinion, and Xbox chief Don Mattrick probably isn't helping by arguing that those unhappy should just stick with an Xbox 360. The Interactive Entertainment Business head told GameTrailers that for those who lack reliable connectivity, there's still something they can play. "Fortunately, we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity" he pointed out, "it's called Xbox 360."

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New Xbox 360 console design official

New Xbox 360 console design official

The main focus of the Microsoft event will be the Xbox One, however that doesn't mean we aren't going to see anything related to the Xbox 360. In fact, Micrsoft kicked off the E3 2013 event with word of a new design for the 360 as well as an upgrade to the existing Gold setup. And nicely done, the updated Gold setup will bring free games starting in July.

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Xbox One gets trio of ‘cloud consoles’ for extra crunching Microsoft explains

Xbox One gets trio of ‘cloud consoles’ for extra crunching Microsoft explains

The 300,000-server-strong Xbox LIVE cloud for the new Xbox One will share processing duties with the console, Microsoft has detailed, responsible for "latency-insensitive computation" like filling in background detail or figuring out complex lighting effects. The split crunching had been broadly outlined before, but Microsoft shared some specifics with Ars Technica, including how the system would amount to roughly three virtual Xbox One consoles per the one in your living room, and what visual impact it would have for gamers without a persistent internet connection.

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