Microsoft has been buying up smaller companies since it nabbed the software that would become PowerPoint in 1987, but its most robust period of acquisition is undeniably the post-dot-com bubble years after Bill Gates handed Steve Ballmer the CEO position in January 2000. Between 2005 and 2008, the software giant snatched up more than 10 companies a year and set a company record in 2006 by buying a whopping 18. During Ballmer's 13-year tenure, Microsoft devoured 149 companies.
Microsoft plans to allow for more gamers to play the Xbox One at the same time than its predecessor.
The company has revealed on the Xbox One product page that the upcoming game console will allow for up to eight controllers to be active in-game. In comparison, the Xbox 360 supports up to four controllers at the same time.
Microsoft's decision to allow more controllers to be used during gameplay is an important one. With the new and improved Kinect, Microsoft is trying to get more gamers playing titles at the same time. By supporting more controllers, Microsoft can … Read more
Microsoft was already forced to roll back its November launch markets from 21 countries to 12. Now, the company has quietly restricted Kinect's highly promoted voice control feature to only five of those markets.
"Xbox voice commands will not be available in all markets on the product release date. Voice commands will be available at launch in US, UK, CA, FR, and DE," reads the final line, buried at the very bottom of the page, of Microsoft's new Xbox One promotional page.
That means that Austria, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, and Spain will … Read more
Microsoft may soon announce that the Xbox One will beat the PlayStation 4 out the door.
The company has yet to announce when the Xbox One will be available, but Microsoft may decide to launch the high-powered console on November 8, gaming site Kotaku reported on Monday, citing a person who has knowledge of Microsoft's plans.
The move would allow the Xbox One to sit on store shelves for one week before Sony launches its PlayStation 4 on November 15.
Sony announced earlier this month that its console would be available in November. Although Microsoft earlier this month announced several games would be available for the Xbox One, … Read more
Will Microsoft employees working on the Xbox One get a white version of the console?
A Reddit user on Monday posted an image of an Xbox One that the person says, can be ordered by Microsoft employees working on the Xbox team. The poster says that the image was obtained from a friend who "works on the Xbox team."
If the image is real, it shows the same Xbox One design that we've previously seen, but this model comes in white instead of the standard black. The controller would also available in white, but the Kinect would … Read more
Microsoft is teasing its Xbox One with a "look but don't touch" approach.
The gaming console is popping up at Microsoft Stores for potential buyers to ogle. But ogling is about all you can do since the gadget is locked up in a glass case like a museum piece. Even though you can't get your hands on the console, you can at least check out its various components in person.
Gamers who trade-in an Xbox 360 game can snag its Xbox One version for just $10, courtesy of Amazon.
A new promotion from the retail giant allows you to trade in certain Xbox 360 games, including Call of Duty: Ghosts, Need for Speed Rivals, Madden NFL 25, and NBA 2K14. After Amazon receives the game and ensures that it's in good condition, you can order the Xbox One version of the same title.
For giving up your Xbox 360 game, Amazon rewards you with both a bonus credit of $25 and a trade-in value of at least $25. All … Read more
After having to concede that the Xbox One would not be able to meet its original 21-market goal at launch, Microsoft is reiterating the point it announced in June: its next-gen console's games will not be region-locked.
That means fans stuck in the eight European countries that won't be seeing the Xbox One until sometime in 2014 have a workaround available if they want to get their hands on the console come November.
Reiterating that the delay Microsoft announced on Wednesday was due to voice support for various languages into the console's dashboard, Microsoft's director of … Read more
Microsoft has officially decided to close down its PC Marketplace.
The company announced the news late Thursday, saying that on August 22, it will shutter the PC Marketplace platform. The move comes in conjunction with Microsoft's announcement earlier this year that it will ditch its virtual currency, Microsoft Points, in favor of local currency in an upcoming Xbox system update.
It's worth noting that Microsoft has not killed Games for Windows Live. Titles that gamers have already purchased through the PC Marketplace will remain available after August 22. According to Microsoft, this move means only that gamers won'… Read more