Xbox One Shipping on Nov. 22

Microsoft’s Xbox One will be available on Nov. 22, the very same day in 2005 that Xbox 360 was launched. “The culmination of many years of listening to you, our fans, developing innovative technology, and partnering with the best game and entertainment partners in the industry has brought us to this point. There is still […]

Microsoft Offering Xbox Music Service

Say goodbye to Zune and hello to Xbox Music. Microsoft is launching a new digital streaming service to compete head on with Apple’s iTunes, Amazon’s Cloud Player and the slew of other services blanketing the music scene such as Rdio, Pandora and Spotify. Current users of the Xbox in 15 markets worldwide, including the US […]

Microsoft calls Xbox 360 update the “Future of TV”

Microsoft this week will roll out a firmware update for the Xbox 360 Video game console which the company is calling the “Future of TV.”

According to the software giant, the updated firmware will usher in a “new era in entertainment” giving Xbox owners “A single box that ties together all the content you want, made easily accessible through a universal, natural, voice-directed search.”

Xbox turns ten today

Ten years ago today, November 15, 2011, Microsoft released the Xbox video game console in North America. It was Microsoft’s first foray into the gaming console market, and competed with Sony’s PlayStation 2, Sega’s Dreamcast, and Nintendo’s GameCube.

Since then, Microsoft has sold more than 24 million Xbox consoles, which were discontinued in late 2006, and more than 57 million second generation Xbox 360 consoles.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 first day sales top $400 million

First day sales of Activision Blizzard’s “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” video game topped $400 million in the United States and the United Kingdom. Citing Charttrack and retail customer sell-through information, Activision said more than 6.5 million units were sold in the first 24 hours of its release.

Microsoft acquires Skype

Microsoft and Skype confirmed today an agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion in cash from an investor group which includes the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. led by Silver Lake.

Upon approval by the boards both companies, Skype will become a new division of Microsoft. Tony Bates, the current Skype CEO, will run the division and will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Kinect sales top ten million

Microsoft announced this week that it has sold more than ten million Kinect for Xbox 360 units to retailers since its introduction last November.

Kinect for Xbox 360 is a peripheral device for the video game console that enables players to control one of seventeen Kinect ready games without having to use game controller. The add-on device sells for $150 or as part of several Xbox 360 bundles.

Kinect for Xbox 360 sales top a million units

Microsoft announced yesterday that it has sold 1 million Kinect for Xbox 360 units worldwide in 10 days and now expects to sell 5 million units by the end of the year. Kinect, launched in North America on November 4th, followed by Europe on Nov. 10, and will be released in Asia on the 18th and in Japan on the 20th.

Kinect for Xbox 360 is a peripheral device for the video game console that enables players to control one of seventeen Kinect ready games without having to use game controller.

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