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$99 Xbox 360 and Kinect with two-year subscription tipped

$99 Xbox 360 and Kinect with two-year subscription tipped

What if you took the classic cellphone business model and applied it to consoles? Did your mind just explode? Microsoft is certainly hoping it will. The Verge reports that Microsoft will be offering a $99 Xbox 360 and Kinect as part of a two-year subscription starting from next week. The $99 upfront cost would net you the hardware, and you would continue to pay a $15 monthly subscription over the course of two years.

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Halo 4 Web series will premiere in the fall

Halo 4 Web series will premiere in the fall

Microsoft may have bungled the opportunity it had to turn Halo into a multi million-dollar theatrical movie success, but the highly successful Xbox shooter franchise will be getting transformed into a live-action masterpiece nevertheless. Microsoft will be debuting a Web-based TV series in the hopes of achieving two goals - strike up as much publicity for Halo 4 as possible, and wrangle in new fans who haven't necessarily played a Halo game yet.

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Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Barely was the e-ink dry on Microsoft and Barnes & Noble's $300m NOOK agreement when pundits were questioning the wisdom of adding Amazon to the software company's existing roster of big-name rivals. Microsoft is already under attack in mobile and computing, so the commentary went; throwing one of the biggest retailers around into the mixture was at best foolish and at worst evidence of Microsoft spreading itself thin when it needs to be extra lavish with its strokes. That analysis is wrong, though. Make no mistake: Apple, not Amazon, is in Microsoft's sights today.

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Kinect Joy Ride sequel won’t require Kinect

Kinect Joy Ride sequel won’t require Kinect

There will be a sequel to the Kinect launch title Kinect Joy Ride, but get this - it won't be a Kinect game. Perhaps Microsoft realized that gamers don't really want to play a racing game where you can't press a button to accelerate or brake, and you have no precise control over how you turn or move. But apparently they did like the look and style of Kinect Joy Ride nevertheless. This is a curious story, for sure.

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New Mass Effect 3 multiplayer event reminds PS3 players of injustice

New Mass Effect 3 multiplayer event reminds PS3 players of injustice

A new Mass Effect 3 multiplayer event has just been announced, and in the wake of the tension that has been struck over the fact that Sony for some reason has blocked such events on the PS3, it's drawing a heated reaction. The new event is called Operation Exorcist. It tasks players with killing no fewer than one million Cerberus Phantom creatures. If they complete the challenge, they win a Victory pack.

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Microsoft ropes in more ad partners for Xbox TV apps

Microsoft ropes in more ad partners for Xbox TV apps

If you aren't content with the ads that currently take over your TV screen when using video apps on your Xbox 360, here's some news for you. No, the ads aren't going away; they're just going to expand a little bit. A bunch of new advertisers have come on board, hoping to their brand message across to their own fair share of the 40 million active Xbox Live members.

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Federal government, military can break into Xbox Live, PSN, etc

Federal government, military can break into Xbox Live, PSN, etc

In an ever unfolding example of how individual privacy is losing its value in the United States, it has been revealed that some agencies within the government have the authority and the technology to access data from users on online gaming networks. The act of eavesdropping on your online gaming account is being compared to tracking e-mails and telephone calls, which federal agencies already have the authority to do.

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Microsoft Xbox Live “Entertainment” features to be free this weekend

Microsoft Xbox Live “Entertainment” features to be free this weekend

Microsoft is giving its non-paying Xbox Live customers another one of its Xbox Live Gold preview weekends from April 19 to April 23, but unlike in the past, this one won't give users the ability to participate in online games. The only premium features that are being unlocked are things like Netflix, Vudu, and Crackle - the online entertainment features. This is so that Microsoft can start getting people who don't even play online games to upgrade to the Gold level.

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Wedbush Securities report: gamers want physical media

Wedbush Securities report: gamers want physical media

A new report suggests that gamers aren't shifting into a digital distribution model as quickly and massively as people in the industry might think. The report, from Wedbush Securities, looks at the world of downloadable games as more of a complement, not a substitute, to the long-running tradition of going out to the store and picking up a box. People just aren't ready to give up their packed bookshelves.

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