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Microsoft accepting beta testers now for new Metro style Xbox LIVE dashboard

Microsoft accepting beta testers now for new Metro style Xbox LIVE dashboard

Back in September, a leak revealed that Microsoft's revamped Xbox LIVE dashboard would launch on November 15 with beta testing starting sometime in October. Things seem to be falling in line with speculation as Microsoft has announced today that it is now accepting sign ups from users interested in beta testing the new interface.

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NBA JAM On Fire Edition out now, Unlockable Characters revealed!

NBA JAM On Fire Edition out now, Unlockable Characters revealed!

If you're a fan of the greatest basketball video game in the history of the world, NBA JAM, you know that there's some undeniably awesome unlockable characters in every single edition. What we've got here this week (available starting this week, that is,) is the newest NBA JAM game entitled On Fire Edition - and with it comes some of the strangest new oddball basketball players you've ever seen!

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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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Xbox LIVE could get Comcast, Verizon TV next week

Xbox LIVE could get Comcast, Verizon TV next week

Microsoft has reportedly been in talks with almost two dozen content providers to source music, sports, movies, and TV shows for expanding its Xbox LIVE streaming service. Early last week, there were reports that the company was considering partnerships with Comcast and Verizon to bring traditional cable TV to the Xbox 360 console, and now a source has revealed that the service could start as soon as next week.

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Xbox Dashboard to launch November 15 tips PayPal leak

Xbox Dashboard to launch November 15 tips PayPal leak

Microsoft's Xbox Dashboard upgrade has been tipped to roll out on November 15, with a leaked internal PayPal email supposedly confirming the third-gen interface's full launch. Although Microsoft expects to begin a trial of the updated Dashboard in October, the email shared with Kotaku suggests users not part of that beta won't have long to wait until they too can have it.

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Microsoft considering Xbox TV partnerships with Comcast, Verizon

Microsoft considering Xbox TV partnerships with Comcast, Verizon

Microsoft is reportedly in talks with Comcast and Verizon for partnerships to stream traditional cable TV directly through the Xbox 360 console. The upcoming service was originally thought to be a threat to other video streaming services such as Netflix as well as to cable TV, but now it looks like Microsoft will be seeking cable TV as allies instead.

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Microsoft talks Xbox LIVE on Windows 8

Microsoft talks Xbox LIVE on Windows 8

Microsoft has been talking more about its plans to integrate Xbox LIVE into Windows 8, pulling together its PC and gaming divisions as well as streaming entertainment. Spokesperson Major Nelson confirmed to developers at BUILD this week that they would be able to create Windows 8 specific titles that hook into the same Xbox LIVE systems as their Xbox 360 counterparts.

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Microsoft Fast Async will usher in Xbox Live three screen gaming

Microsoft Fast Async will usher in Xbox Live three screen gaming

It would be cool if games that are on the Xbox 360 console that were also available for mobiles and computers could be played with multiple users all on different devices. The new feature that will enable three screen gaming is called Fast Async. Microsoft didn't offer up all the details when it was unveiled this week, but we do know some about the service. Fast Async will be implemented by Xbox Live developers that are creating turn-by-turn games like Scrabble and chess clones.

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Windows Phone Getting New Xbox LIVE Features And Games

Windows Phone Getting New Xbox LIVE Features And Games

Microsoft today previewed several new Xbox LIVE features and game titles that will be coming to the Windows Phone 7 platform this fall. The announcement was made during the Gamescom conference in Germany, where Sony also made some interesting announcements for its PSP and PS3. The tight integration of the Xbox LIVE gaming ecosystem could help Microsoft differentiate its Windows Phone 7 Mango platform from rivals Android and iOS.

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Xbox 360 Media Remote and Bluetooth Wireless Headset Announced

Xbox 360 Media Remote and Bluetooth Wireless Headset Announced

It's time for some more Xbox bits and pieces! Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson, aka Larry Hyrb has a personal message for you in the video below, showing off the headset side of this equation, letting you know that the "Xbox 360 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth" will be available November 2011, just in time for the holidays, and it'll be US ERP (estimated retail price) at $59.99. This device, says Hyrb, will go on to replace the current Xbox 360 Wireless Headset, but whether or not that means the original headset will cease to work / degrade / explode into flames in November is still yet to be seen.

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Xbox 360 Avatar Kinect hits Xbox LIVE Marketplace [Video]

Xbox 360 Avatar Kinect hits Xbox LIVE Marketplace [Video]

Microsoft's Avatar Kinect, unveiled at CES 2011 earlier this year, has landed in the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for download. A free app, Avatar Kinect allows you to control your Xbox avatar using the motion-sensing Kinect controller for Xbox 360, with facial expressions and movements all mimicked on-screen.

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Microsoft Tablets, Phones, PCs, and TVs To Ditch Windows For Single Ecosystem?

Microsoft Tablets, Phones, PCs, and TVs To Ditch Windows For Single Ecosystem?

Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) hinted at ambitious plans for the company at uniting its various platforms for smartphones, tablets, and the Xbox into one single ecosystem. In recent months, the company has been streamlining at least the visual interface across its platforms, using the Metro UI styling from its Windows Phones for its Windows 8 and even the Xbox Live. New revelations now suggest that the company may completely ditch Windows for a new single platform by 2015.

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