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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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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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Xbox To Support Free-To-Play Games Soon

Xbox To Support Free-To-Play Games Soon

Microsoft may be getting ready to offer "free-to-play" games on its Xbox platform soon. These are games that are, well, free to play but rely on micro-transactions from in-game purchases of virtual items or premium upgrades. According to several sources familiar with the situation, developers are being contacted by Microsoft to discuss new entries into this type of format.

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Xbox LIVE TV and NUads for Kinect could save TV advertising

Xbox LIVE TV and NUads for Kinect could save TV advertising

Microsoft's NUads system for Kinect - combining interactive content with adverts - failed to cause waves when the company announced it earlier this week, perhaps because (unless you're Apple) it's a tough sell to make advertising sexy. Intended to encourage Xbox 360 users to actually pay attention to promos rather than tuning out until the real content arrives, NUads reacts to spoken and physical commands tracked by the Kinect sensor bar, pulling up more information on products, setting scheduling reminders for upcoming shows, and tweeting out anything that has particularly caught your eye. With a little work, though, it could be the entertainment industry's salvation.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation Map Pack To Hit Xbox LIVE Later This Month

Call of Duty: Black Ops Annihilation Map Pack To Hit Xbox LIVE Later This Month

Activision Blizzard announced today the third map expansion pack called Annihilation for its popular first-person shooter game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, that will bring new levels for multiplayer gameplay. This third map pack will hit Xbox Live later this month and follows the Escalation pack released in May and the First Strike pack released in February. Catch a preview of Annihilation after the cut.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – June 12, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – June 12, 2011

Last week's tech news was filled with developments from two major events---Apple's WWDC 2011 developer conference and the E3 2011 gaming conference. And so, in this week's video we're going over all the details on the Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and the iCloud. We also roundup all the E3 announcements from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. But since today is a big game day for my home team, the Dallas Mavericks, we'll just leave it at that. Go Mavs! Beat the Heat!

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