Will Microsoft’s TV Shows Attract Customers to Xbox One?

April 7, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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We knew Microsoft was working on a Halo show, but it looks like they have much bigger television goals in mind. Nancy Tellem is now in charge of the Xbox television studio, which has announced an eight-episode science fiction drama series called Humans.

In addition to Humans and Steven Spielberg’s Halo series, Microsoft also has plans for another Halo project produced by Ridley Scott and David Zucker, “Every Street United,” which is about street soccer, and two others we only have a few details on: “a tech-focused documentary series by award-winning producers Simon and Jonathan Chinn [and] the live event Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.”

At least some of these will be interactive in some way, to blur the line between games and TV.

Additionally, Tellem hinted that she sees an amazing amount of potential in Microsoft’s offerings, “whether it’s from a game like Fable or Age of Empire or Gears of War or Forza.”

A Forza video game? We don’t quite see it, but the others could certainly work.

Microsoft came under a lot of fire after the Xbox One reveal for being too focused on non-gaming media like television, but it seems as though they think TV will give them a new way to reach both fans and potential customers. What do you think?

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Xbox One Does Not Have a Second GPU

March 21, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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We aren’t entirely sure where the Xbox One dual GPU rumor started, but it seems to be the work of a dubious source known as “Mister X.” Whoever started it, however, it isn’t true. Albert Penello, who is in charge of planning for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Kinect, denied the rumors. In fact, he thought he’d already denied the existence of a second GPU, but in the wake of the DirectX 12 announcement, people started talking about it again.

He also mentioned that the Xbox One’s performance will consistently get better as time goes on, which echoes sentiments we’ve heard from other Microsoft representatives.

This should quiet the rumors, although we would be shocked if they stop entirely. Some people are already looking for new ways to claim the rumors as true, but for now, we’ll take Penello’s statement at face value. What do you think?

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DirectX 12 for Microsoft Platforms

March 20, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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Today, Microsoft announced DirectX 12, a new API that will work on all of Microsoft’s platforms, including the Xbox One. Game performance will be improved as a result, with new rendering features among other enhancements. It also cuts CPU utilization by half. This should definitely boost the Xbox One’s capabilities. Combine that with the promise of more games with 1080p resolutions, and things are looking good for Microsoft’s console.

It will be released sometime during 2015’s holiday season, however, so we’ve still got a while to wait.

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A VR Headset from Microsoft?

March 18, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

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By now we’ve all heard about the Oculus Rift, and we’re awaiting news from GDC about Sony’s VR project. Now, it seems we may have a third contender to consider.

The Wall Street Journal wrote a report claiming Microsoft has its own VR headset in development. Microsoft has filed patents related to virtual reality, and it’s believed the project is a fairly new one. Microsoft’s headset should work with the Xbox One and possibly the PC and Xbox 360, as well.

This is still a rumor, but we’ll keep you updated as we learn more. First the Oculus Rift, then Sony, and now Microsoft. Is virtual reality the future of gaming?

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Microsoft Remains Committed to the Xbox Brand

March 10, 2014 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment

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There have been some rumors going around that Microsoft has plans to drop the Xbox brand, along with some of its other brands, especially with Stephen Elop taking charge of Xbox. At SXSW however, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer officially refuted those claims.

According to Spencer, both CEO Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop are “extremely committed to Xbox.” He went on to remind fans that Xbox is one of their most popular brands, and that they have no intention of abandoning it. He even described the ongoing console war as a positive thing for the gaming industry overall.

It wouldn’t make sense for Microsoft to drop Xbox, and we never took much stock in the rumors, but nevertheless, it’s good to hear an official answer.

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Microsoft Introduces Its Own Siri—Cortana

March 3, 2014 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment

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When Windows Phone users get the upcoming 8.1 update, the Bing search feature will be replaced by a personal digital assistant similar to Apple’s Siri. Its name? Cortana.

Although this feature is named after the AI from the Halo series, Cortana doesn’t share her appearance, but instead appears as a circle, with speaking/thinking animations. On the other hand, there are rumors that the Halo voice actor for Cortana will provide the voice of this Cortana as well. You can customize how Cortana addresses you, whether you want it to use your name or call you by a nickname. You can also make sure it pronounces your name correctly.

Cortana will use a Notebook feature to store and access data, and you can choose to let it keep track of information from your emails, as well. It also will use data from services like Bing and Foursquare. In this way, it acts as a combination of Siri and Google Now.

Xbox One players are hopeful Cortana will be used in conjunction with the Kinect’s voice recognition features, and that it could be used to set up and navigate the console. While Microsoft hasn’t said anything about such a plan, this would fit with their goal of allowing players to connect all of their media with the Xbox One.

We can’t be sure that Microsoft is going to keep the name Cortana for the finished product, although that would certainly be cool. We’ll let you know as soon as we learn more. In the meantime, check out some of these shots of Cortana in action, including the line, “I’m absorbing the entire internet. Won’t take long now,” which suggests a sense of humor and playfulness behind this feature.

Thanks, The Verge.

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Aaron Greenberg Denies Rumors Xbox Being Sold to Amazon

February 16, 2014 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment

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We’ve heard some strange rumors lately, including a theory that Microsoft plans to sell its entire Xbox division to Amazon. Amazon recently bought Double Helix Games, so the thought of them entering the gaming industry makes sense, but this would still be an unexpected move.

Well, when asked by a Twitter user, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg addressed the claims, describing them as “ridiculous” and expressing his disbelief that people would give the rumor credence.

You would think that would put an end to it, but of course, some people just think he’s lying. We’ll keep you updated if anything more comes of this rumor.

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Controversy Over Halo Rumors

February 14, 2014 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment

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We’ve shared rumors about a Halo 2 remake and Halo 5 before, but this newest incident is more interesting than most.

Yesterday, Gamezone posted part of an interview they had with Steve Downes, the voice actor for the Master Chief in Halo. Specifically, they posted the part in which they asked Downes about Halo 5. He said, “I think you may be ahead of yourself on Halo 5. I wouldn’t expect anything until 2015. What you can look forward to this year is an anniversary edition of Halo 2.”

As you can imagine, the story spread quickly.

Well, Microsoft contacted Gamezone and told them that what Downes actually said was, “I think you’re ahead of yourself on H5. I have read some things on line that you can look forward to a H2 anniversary edition maybe this year, but I have no official information one way or the other.”

According to Gamezone, they still have the email from Downes that proves their original post was accurate. He has since sent them a new email saying that he didn’t mean to cause confusion, because he has no official knowledge of a Halo 2 remake.

The only specific detail Microsoft will give is that a new Halo game will come in 2014.

Something like this could go either way. Downes might have accidentally leaked major Halo news, and he and Microsoft are now trying to cover for it, or he might have misspoke and unintentionally caused all of this confusion. So, what can we expect to see from the Halo series in 2014—a Halo 2 Anniversary Edition, about which we’ve heard many rumors? Halo 5, which is what many people thought the next Halo game would be? Both? Neither? Let us know your thoughts and predictions, and we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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Microsoft Denies Some Rumors, Teases Others

February 3, 2014 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment

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Last week, we told you about the anonymous user who posted a ton of rumors about the Xbox One. These supposed leaks caused a flurry of speculation and excitement, particularly when we got word that Microsoft was pursuing legal action against the person responsible.

Now, at last, we’ve gotten their official word on the rumors…sort of.

One of the “leaks” claimed Microsoft was working on a new model of the Xbox One that would lack a disc drive and would be $100 cheaper. According to the rumor, it could be available as quickly as October. Fans asked Xbox chief Aaron Greenberg if it was true, and he said, “No, you cannot believe everything you read on the Internet” (via Twitter).

Since other sources indicated Microsoft at least tested such a model, we aren’t sure if Greenberg is honestly denying the existence of the console, or if his “no” was in response to just a part of the question—such as the release date. However, even if he gave a clear-cut answer, we suspect the rumors would continue anyway.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer also answered Twitter questions about the rumors. He called them “news,” which could give them credibility, but on the other hand, he included the quotation marks, so we aren’t positive it wasn’t sarcasm. He also side-stepped a question about the rumored Halo 2 remake by saying he “can’t always answer as we need news at events. Halo 2 is a good game…”

Since he didn’t outright deny the Halo 2 remake, we’re hopeful it’s a reality. On the other hand if Microsoft denied every false rumor, not commenting on a rumor would be as good as a confirmation.

As always, we’ll keep you updated if anything new comes to light.

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Microsoft Seeks Legal Action Against Person Behind Rumors

January 31, 2014 by Cheats.co Staff - Leave a comment

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Yesterday we brought you the story about the NeoGAF user who revealed a series of rumors about the Xbox One. These rumors included a possibly-cancelled Titanfall bundle, a white Xbox One, an Xbox One model without a disc drive, release dates for several games, and more. Well, according to Kotaku, Microsoft intends to take legal action against the person who posted the rumors.

Microsoft’s strong reaction lends some validity to the rumors, but we aren’t convinced just yet. They could be just as concerned about widespread false rumors as about legitimate leaks. We’ll keep our eyes on the situation and report any new developments as they occur.

Microsoft’s initial task is to actually identify who the currently anonymous leaker is… so let’s see how they get on with that first.

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