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Xbox One System Update Brings Friends Notifications And More

13860588215_589a6510f8_oThe April update for the Xbox One should be rolling out to consoles right about now. This new update brings a few much requested features to the Microsoft console including notifications that show when your friends sign in to Xbox Live–so no more constantly checking the Friends app to see if people have come online. According to Major Nelson’s blog the full list of features included in the update is as follows:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.

The update should be available now or within the next few days as it rolls out to all regions.

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Phil Spencer Announced As New Head Of Xbox

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Since Don Mattrick left his position as head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, speculation has been rife over who would take his place. Today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Phil Spencer, most recently head of Microsoft Studios, will now head up the entire Xbox division that covers Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios. Spencer opened his statement about taking the job by talking about the community and saying “I am motivated to do what’s right for fans who’ve invested their time, hearts and money in the products we build.” With the Xbox One sales currently lagging behind the PS4 by a significant margin, will Spencer be the driving force behind reinvigorating the Xbox One?

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Xbox Offering $10,000 Grand Prize With Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship

KSR Flag_Paintover_ClimbingXbox is offering a $10,000 cash prize and a trip for two as the grand prize for the Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship. Players will compete in Bowling, Climbing, and Wake Racing events in the soon-to-be released Kinect Sports Rivals; and those who reach the top of their respective country’s leaderboards will be invited to a live, in-person finale round at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Players don’t have to wait for the game to be released to start their training, however, as the Kinect Sports Rivals Preseason is available to download now for Xbox One.

Kinect Sports Rivals World Championship begins on April 8th in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia and Brazil, and on April 11th in the U.K., France and Germany–and will require a copy of Kinect Sports Rivals released that day. You can register for the event right here.

 

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Microsoft OneNote Arrives for Mac and goes Free for All

main2-1024x611Microsoft has unveiled their OS X version of One Note…and they’ve made the whole thing free! The app first came to iOS and Android before even making hints at an OS X version–but the desktop version is finally here and available on all Mac computers. The new OneNote for Mac is available now in the App Store as a free download, and the Windows Edition, with its metro-inspired theme, just became free to download as well.

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Is March 27th the Day We Meet Microsoft Office for the iPad?

18kxnbis1oglljpgReports are streaming in that Microsoft is getting ready to release Office for the iPad as soon as March 27th. It’s no secret that Apple fans have been clamoring for a mobile version of  Microsoft’s productivity suite since the iPad was first introduced, with competitors (such as Apple’s own Pages and Google Docs) filling the gap quite nicely; but now it looks like Microsoft is giving it’s users what they’ve been asking for, with a media event (allegedly) scheduled to take place in San Francisco on March 17th to announce the new software. We’ll have more news as it becomes available, so stay tuned.

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Microsoft Updating Office for Mac in 2014

71Viaf5UWYL._AA1500_Could this be true? While Mac users have watched in envy as PC users receive update after update to Microsoft’s Office suite, news from the company seems to confirm that a big update is coming this year to Microsoft Office for Mac. The last major release, Office for Mac 2011, came in October 2010; meanwhile, the PC version has seen updates in the form of 2010 and 2013 with new metro-style interfaces. Hopefully,  this year we’ll see a new version or Mac users.

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Titanfall and Twitch Streaming Land On Xbox One Today

Titanfall - Angel CityThe wait is finally, blissfully over (as long as you live in North America anyway), as Titanfall drops on Xbox One and PC today. As you may have heard on the YourTechReport Sirius XM show, Mitchell and I were somewhat enamoured (read: completely freaking obsessed) with the beta for the free-running, massive-robot-piloting shooter. We may have referred to it as the most fun we’ve had in multiplayer and the best reason to own an Xbox One–and as an additional bonus, Twitch streaming hits the Xbox One today with the dedicated Twitch app, meaning you can show off your Titan destruction to your friends and the rest of the internet as it happens–unless, of course, you live outside of North America and are currently waiting for your pre-order with barely-contained jealousy…

Titanfall is available now for Xbox One and PC in North America and releases Friday, March 14th, in other territories. The Xbox 360 version releases on March 25th.

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Project Spark Global Beta Launches on Xbox One

Project-Spark-Festival-DLC-01-jpgProject Spark, Microsoft’s game building… game (wow that’s awkward to say) is available on Xbox One as a global beta. The beta will allow players to use Project Spark‘s developer-grade toolset to create their own custom worlds and adventures (the game also allows players to create a world on the Windows 8.1 version and then pick it up on the Xbox One).

Details for signing up for the beta are available after the jump, and the full game will be available later this year on Windows 8.1, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Click past the jump for the full PR.

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Prepare for Titanfall with the Limited Edition Xbox One Bundle

XboxOne_TitanfallBundle_US_ANL_RGBMitchell and I may have detailed our delight with the Titanfall beta on last weekend’s YourTechReport SiriusXM show; and so far, numerous critics have described the free-running mech-riding shooter as “a brave new vision of the future of multiplayer games,” “the first real next-gen shooter” and “the most addictive game ever.” Well, so far we need to say that the hype is completely true. Over the few days that the beta ran, I had more fun in a multiplayer game than I ever have before; and now Microsoft wants to make sure more people get to enjoy Titanfall with the release of the  Xbox One Titanfall Bundle. The bundle contains an Xbox One, headset, Kinect, wireless controller (standard edition), one month of Xbox Live gold, and of course, a digital download code for Titanfall itself.

The Xbox One Titanfall Bundle will be available March 11 for $499.99.

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10 Days of Ryse Discounts Before Mars’ Chosen DLC Drops

DLC2-Map-Pyramid-pngIn the lead up to the latest DLC for Ryse: Son of Rome, the Xbox Games Store will be offering ten days of discounts relating to the Xbox One launch title. From Feb 18 to Feb 24, the Games on Demand version of the game will be available at a discounted price of $39.99, and then on Feb 25-27, Major Nelson will announce new discounts before the Mars’ Chosen Pack DLC launches on Feb 28. The new DLC adds 5 new maps and a character skin, as well as a new co-op Survival Mode which you can only survive by constantly dispatching your foes.

The Mars’ Chosen pack is available for Xbox One on Feb 28th for $8.99 and is available as part of the Ryse: Son of Rome Season Pass.

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