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The return of Halo 4

Microsoft Studios is celebrating the return of the Master Chief with Halo 4. Nearly five years after Halo 3, Halo 4 is all prepared to set the stage for the best first-person shooter saga.

If you are obsessed with Halo, here’s a good news for you. Lately Halo 4 developer 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios revealed a $399 XBOX 360 console bundled with a number of features.

Available for pre-order and to be shipped in November, 2012, the custom-designed Halo 4 XBOX 360 comes packed with 320GB of onboard storage capacity. The Halo fans will be glad to know that the Halo 4 package incorporates a couple of colorful controllers, wired headset, and copy of Halo 4.

In addition to this, the buyers also get an “XBOX Live tokens for exclusive Halo 4 in-game and avatar marketplace downloadable content,” according to XBOX patriarch Major Nelson.

PS: The users can purchase Halo 4 controllers for $59 from November, 2012 onwards.

Microsoft® Update will let you control XBOX® with your iPhone®

Microsoft has released a significant update for its popular app, dubbed as My Xbox LIVE 1.5. This prime update brought along support to control your XBOX 360, right from your iPhone.
Main highlights of My Xbox LIVE app

The app will allow you to see all the latest console-related activities, browse and play any kind of media files, and even do fast forward or rewind accordingly.
How you can control XBOX 360 with iPhone

To use the app, it is utterly important to connect XBOX 360 and iPhone on the same Wi-Fi network. To know the Wi-Fi status, you can go into the settings of your iPhone and network settings on XBOX 360, respectively. After ensuring that both the devices are using the same network, again go to XBOX settings, open ‘Console Settings’, and then navigate to ‘XBOX Companion’. Just click on ‘Available’ and you are all set to control your XBOX 360 with your iPhone.
What else?

In addition, this latest update by Microsoft will also let the My Xbox LIVE app users to launch games as well as apps from the app directly on their iPhone.

Stream Paramount Pictures on XBOX® 360

Since 1912, Paramount Pictures has offered us some really memorable and major blockbusters in cinema and TV shows alike. Titanic, Gladiator, I Love Lucy, Star Trek… the list is never-ending. Undoubtedly, Paramount Pictures has crossed all the milestones in terms of excellence and offered to us classics. If you are a die-hard fan of Paramount Pictures and own a XBOX 360, then here is good news for you. Paramount Pictures and Microsoft have recently unveiled an

“This app offers users instant access to view any Paramount movies on their XBOX 360 console that they purchase from the Paramount Movies Website,” an XBOX Live spokesperson said. “The catalog of premium movies is continuing to grow as new titles are released from the studio,” the spokesperson further added. entertainment app that will allow the subscribers of XBOX Live Gold to stream Paramount movies right on their gaming console. You will be able to watch both rented and purchased Paramount movies in high-definition and standard formats.

Login to account and start enjoying movies and hit TV shows using your XBOX 360 console.


New apps to dash on XBOX® 360

Microsoft is going to release a handful of new applications to XBOX 360s in the U.S. and Canada. For beginners, those of you living Stateside will now have access to Manga Entertainment and MUZU.TV. Manga Entertainment provides access to free video content from its catalog, while MUZU.TV boasts of around 40,000 music videos from current and classic artists ready for users’ viewing pleasure.

FOXTEL app too updated

In addition to the aforementioned apps, the software giant announced an update to the Australia-only FOXTEL application with support for Microsoft’s Kinect. The Kinect support will enable the Oz folks to control this on demand TV app with hand gestures or by voice. So, what are you waiting for jump out of the couch and grab the remote to install the apps on your XBOX 360 now.

XBOX® 720 to come with 16-Core CPU

The latest rumors making rounds on the Internet indicate that the upcoming Microsoft console i.e. the XBOX 720 is going to come equipped with a 16-core IBM PowerPC chip that was reportedly found in some early development machines.

The finished version of the XBOX 720 is reported to come with a 16-core CPU, along with a GPU that will be equivalent in power to AMD Radeon HD 7000 GPU. At first instance, a 16-core CPU seems unlikely, but AMD did introduce a cutting edge 16-core Opteron chip in November last year. The chip was developed to be used in servers for applications that require a large number of threads, such as video encoding, and cloud computing. As for the PlayStation Orbis and XBOX 720, Sony and Microsoft deny that they will be exhibiting the consoles during this year’s E3. But, reports indicate that both the companies are racing toward that goal.

In its February edition, the XBOX World magazine published some bold claims about Microsoft’s upcoming game console. The magazine cited sources saying that the XBOX 720 will support a souped-up controller that touts an HD touch screen in addition to traditional analog sticks and buttons. The design will be similar to the Nintendo Wii U’s own tablet controller, though the Microsoft version is believed to be closer in size to Sony PlayStation Vita.

The Gunstringer Game: A Diabolic Lover Adds more Action

XBOX 360 Kinect players have a new platform to sharpen their shooting skills. Microsoft is offering them a new shooting range set in the legendary cowboy-style environment of the Wild West. When gunshots of Colt and Remington pistols roar, you know that you have entered the dangerous world of “The Gunstringer”. Twisted Pixel Games and Microsoft Studios have announced a new installment of add-on content for the popular The Gunstringer game, where this time you get to play as a diabolic soul.

The new add-on content is titled as “El Diablo’s ‘Merican Adventure”, where Twisted Pixel Games has promised a lot of action. The fearful sheriff of the original title is now replaced by El Diablo, a ghastly soul, who is in search of true love. This paradoxical situation is complemented by gun throttling action filled with plenty of angry bandits and devious gunmen to shoot at.

El Diablo’s ‘Merican Adventure is available on XBOX Live for 240 Microsoft Points. So, put on that cowboy hat and enjoy shooting at the wicked scoundrels without any regret and remorse. Enjoy the video about the sinister El Diablo, who is all set to raise hell in the American Old West of The Gunstringer.

XBOX® 360 Continues to Rule: The Best-Selling Console in February

XBOX 360 users now have another reason to boast about their favorite console. XBOX 360 has maintained its top selling title for yet another month. It’s the 14th consecutive month of unprecedented reign of XBOX 360 as the best-selling gaming console in the United States. Microsoft has announced that around 426,000 units of XBOX 360 were sold in the month of February, leaving other console competitors far behind.

NPD Group, a leading provider of market research information, reported that XBOX 360 has 42 percent of the sale of current-generation consoles. Microsoft has reached $383 million in the total retail spending on the XBOX platform in the U.S. “The best-selling hardware platform for the month was XBOX 360 for the seventh month in a row. While most hardware platforms posted declines versus last year, all current-generation platforms improved sales over January 2012 by more than 50 percent,” said Anita Frazier, analyst, NPD Group.

It seems that Microsoft will be adding few more features to XBOX 360 to continue its supremacy. So, if you are planning to buy a gaming console, XBOX 360 does offer you enough reasons to go with it. Enjoy the video below about the most popular gaming console.

Robots to play XBOX® 360 Kinect Games at FIRST® Robotics Competition

Video games are now no longer exclusive to humans only. Robots are also all set to make their mark and are joining in at the one of a kind video game contest at the FIRST Robotics Competition.

The FIRST Robotics Competition will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. More than 60 robotics team will be participating in this unique competition, where they will be using XBOX 360 Kinect controllers to compete in “Rebound Rumble” format. During the first day of the event, the alliance team members will avail of the option to supplement their robots’ autonomous routines to gain better control. The first 15 seconds will be vital to the players as the intricate combination of XBOX 360 Kinect and the alliance robot will form a Hybrid. Here, the driver will be able to gain control over a series of motion. After 15 seconds, the usual controls will be resumed where the alliance driver will be able to help the team. “(The) technology has so much potential uses beyond the living room. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what (the teams) do with it with (their) robots at the FIRST Robotics Competition,” said Alex Kipman, GM, Hardware Incubation for XBOX, Microsoft.

The Robotics Competition will take place from March 16 to March 18, 2012. To understand the concept in a better way, watch the video below.

SSX: Snow is not the Limit!

EA Canada brings the ultimate extreme skiing game that is going to pump up the adrenaline on your XBOX 360. Skiing could have never been better in the real or virtual world when you slide on the snow of SSX world. Yeah! SSX is undoubtedly the best skiing game ever with a deserving medal of Extreme Sports genre.

The game combines all the extreme topographies of snowscape for you to not only awe in sublimity but also to gear up your skis and goggles to race against all forms of treacherous mountain ranges. You can ski on the holy peaks of Himalayas to the dreadful slopes of Antarctica. When you ski down the pits of icy descents, only survival instincts will prevail over your racing ambitions.

You can intensify the entire thrill with death-defying stunts. The icy world of SSX grants you to trick gravity and defy the laws of physics like performing the notorious 1260° Double McTwist in 200 feet above the ground.

SSX has included a list of favorite characters selected by fans like Elise, Kaori, and Mac. You can select any of the characters to participate in the constant global competition where you can compete against other online players, any time. You can always move your Leaderboards ahead, as you constantly defeat your friend’s scores.

So, enter the world of extreme skiing and keep exploring the sublime icy ranges of Mother Nature. Only SSX can take you to that snowy ride where your mind could only wonder.

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Developer: EA Canada

Platform: Xbox 360

Genre: Extreme Sports

Harms Way — Action-packed race on your XBOX®

Harms Way is a thrilling racing game developed for XBOX 360 gaming console. The game title first appeared in the Unlock XBOX contest held in 2010, went on to secure its place among top three finalists, and has remained one of the favorites over the time.

In the gameplay, you would have to start as a driver or sharpshooter and select from one of the three tracks. The background setup is similar to a deserted area, which immediately seems to caution the player about the dangers lying ahead. There are three laps to finish. As a driver, you would have to choose a vehicle from the four different ones — Buggy, Pickup, Truck, and Bus. Each of these vehicles has a different combination of speed, built-strength, and handling. The more you drift, the more nitrous you earn. Similarly, you would have to do barrel roll with your vehicle to earn shields. You can also rebound the gunfire by drift or barrel roll. There are shortcuts along the tracks that you may look for.

As a sharpshooter, you can choose from four weapons — Sniper rifle, Burst Shot, Air Strike, and Missile Launcher. You would have to take on the vehicles, shoot them, and cause maximum damage. An accurate hit on the windshield would eliminate an opponent and earn you 5000 points. Explore this exciting game and show your adventurous skills.

To download the game, visit the XBOX Live Marketplace.

Rating: T
Genre: Action and Racing
Price: Free
Platform: XBOX 360
Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
Developer: Bongfish GmbH

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