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New Head Of Xbox Considered Selling The Business

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New Head Of Xbox Considered Selling The Business

A months ago during the search for a new Microsoft CEO, former Nokia head and candidate Stephen Elop made headlines throughout the tech world by saying that he would consider selling healthy businesses that weren’t central to his strategy if he were put in charge –  most notably Bing and Xbox. Satya Nadella ended up with the job instead, and Elop has now been made been head of company’s devices and studios division, which, somewhat ironically, includes the Xbox.

The transition is detailed in an internal memo acquired by Tech Crunch, where current head Julia Larson-Green announces she will be leaving to lead the My Life and Work Group. Larson-Green took over for Don Mattrick, who left the company for ailing social gaming giant Zynga in July.

“I’m very proud of what we have accomplished during such a short timeframe.  We launched Xbox One, Surface 2 & Pro 2, blockbuster games like Forza and Ryse, a brand new Xbox Music and Video service, PPI, and some amazing unannounced innovations just to name a few – incredibly impressive!” she writes in the memo.

I don’t think that Elop’s public comments will be the last time the idea of selling Xbox off comes up at Microsoft. In a certain sense, the decision of what to do with that brand sits close to some the most basic decisions of what to do with Microsoft as a whole. Does the leadership continue its attempts to face the consumer with phones, tablets, game consoles and other angles into the profitable worlds of devices and entertainment? Or does it cede those categories to more established companies and pull back a little bit, instead focusing on its profitable enterprise products?

For right now, I imagine we’ll see Microsoft stick to its guns with products like the Xbox, despite recent leadership changes. The One is selling exceptionally well right now, even if it is trailing the PS4. Xbox is a shot at the living room prize — the unified experience of TV, streaming, games, social media, Skype, and whatever else the company can imagine. That’s been the brand’s goal more or less since it was established, and this generation is the first time it may actually have a chance of being realized. and if Microsoft does indeed want to push forward with consumer-facing devices, the Xbox brand is one of the few facets of its business widely associated with fun, and that alone may make it worth hanging on to.

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Pinball FX 2 Tables Will Transfer to Xbox One After All

Source: IGN

Zen Studios is delaying the release of Pinball FX 2 on Xbox One to implement the functionality that lets players transfer their Xbox 360 tables onto Microsoft's new platform for free. The announcement came courtesy of the Zen Studios blog, where the company said that it's been working with Microsoft to make table transfers to Xbox One a reality for Pinball FX 2. Originally, this import option wasn't going to be available. The new table transfer functionality wi ...
Source: IGN   Full article at: IGN 8 hours ago, 12:36pm CDT


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Pinball FX2 on Xbox One will let you import tables after all

Source: Eurogamer

Contrary to earlier reports, Pinball FX2 on Xbox One will allow users to import tables from the Xbox 360 game into this latest 1080p, 60fps version."Any available table on Xbox One that was previously purchased for Xbox 360 can be imported to the new version free of charge," developer Zen noted on Xbox Live head honcho Major Nelson's blog.The downside to this oft asked for feature is that Pinball FX2 ...
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Here’s one more way the PS4 is better than the Xbox One

Source: BGR

PlayStation 4 owners who also happen to love watching 3D content should know that Sony has just updated its new console to support 3D Blu-ray playback, the company revealed in ...
Source: BGR   Full article at: BGR 1 day ago, 1:40pm CDT

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Creative SB Inferno headset courts desktop, mobile and PS4 gamers

Source: Tech Radar

The Creative SB Inferno gaming headset has been officially launched in the UK and it's looking to cater for pretty much any type of gamer.With PC, Mac, mobile and PS4 gamers all on its radar, the SB Inferno has almost every avenue covered - that is except for Xbox One, which has been left out of the supporting cast.It features a detachable, noise cancelling microphone, in-line volume control, powerful audio playback for games, music and movies thanks to 40mm full ...
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You can now watch Blu-ray 3D movies on your PlayStation 4

Source: Engadget

Before the newest, shiniest consoles launched late last year, it was the Xbox One that was touted as the complete multimedia machine. It's slightly ironic, then, that Sony's beaten Microsoft to the punch in adding Blu-ray 3D support to ...
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Killer Instinct Classic 2 outed on Korean ratings board

Source: Eurogamer

A listing for Killer Instinct Classic 2 on Xbox One has appeared on a Korean ratings board (via NeoGAF).This makes sense as a port of the original Killer Instinct was packaged in as a bonus with the Xbox One Killer Instinct remake's Ultra Edition.As such, it's presumed this port of the 1996 fighting game will come with a bundle of its successor's second season. We've reached out to Microsoft fo ...
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