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  • Blog Post: SFTW: UK studio introduces 'epic' online gaming experience

    Some blokes in the UK came up with a really cool way to spend your Friday, and if you’re a gamer then you should especially take note. Tomorrow, Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) is hosting a massive on-line alpha test of Age of Ascent , a new player vs. player game developed by...
  • Blog Post: Using robotics to train tomorrow's scientists

    Students from around the world are converging on Sydney now for the Imagine Cup finals . It will be the end of a process that started last October and involved multiple rounds of development and debugging until they have the perfect solution — or until development time expires, whichever comes...
  • Blog Post: Forza Motorsport 4 Porsche Expansion Pack

    Having once driven around the legendary Nurburgring in a Porsche 911 I will now be regularly recreating the experience with the launch of the Forza Motorsport 4 Porsche Expansion Pack this week. The Porsche Expansion Pack includes 30 incredible as well as 20 new Porsche-themed career events. Game...
  • Blog Post: What’s a Forza Motorsport zoetrope?

    It’s been a while since I posted a Forza video and it’s not even Friday – I couldn't wait that long for this video. The Forza Motorsport 5 team partnered with McLaren Automotive and legendary racing and stunt driver Tanner Foust to create a short film called “FilmSpeed.”It’s...
  • Blog Post: Forza Motorsport 5 is coming

    Around the launch of Forza Motorsport 4 I wrote a number of in depth posts about the work of the Turn 10 team. It may be time to revisit the crew to chat with them about Forza Motorsport 5 as it looks amazing. The level of detail has been cranked up a few more notches and the AI system has become more...
  • Blog Post: The difference between an off day and a day off

    The Xbox team are on a roll with their ads of late. Tweet
  • Blog Post: Xbox – 10 years of epic

    [my original imported Xbox] Ten years ago, I managed to smuggle a US Xbox in the UK. I bought a huge step up transformer to ensure it worked on the 240v supply and felt like I’d managed to grab the crown jewels from the castle. For a short while, I was a very popular chap. We hooked it up to...
  • Blog Post: See three cool new Kinect for Windows apps from nsquared

    It’s always inspiring to see the creative ways people use Kinect for Windows to improve everyday experiences. The Kinect for Windows Blog recently posted about three new examples from nsquared , an Australian company that has created a variety of innovative touch- and gesture-based experiences...
  • Blog Post: The Making of Forza Motorsport 4: Physics, Pirelli and Performance

    Another Friday, another Forza Motorsport video. As much as I like the videos showing the upcoming car packs (last week I highlighted the TopGear Car pack ), these "making of" videos are the ones I really enjoy. They give some real insight into the craftsmanship that has gone in to Forza Motorsport 4...
  • Blog Post: A Hardware Junkie’s Paradise

    This is a guest blog from Ryan Asdourian, Sr. Product Manager for Windows Last week I had a chance to travel down to CES in Las Vegas. It was a bit of a different feel since this is the first year Microsoft hasn’t had a booth. Luckily for me, this meant I had a bit more time to explore what...
  • Blog Post: Xbox 360 goes white

    There is something alluring about white technology – I can’t wait to see the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 in white for example. The world of Xbox got a splash of white this week with the announcement of the Xbox 360 Special Edition 4GB Kinect Family Bundle. The limited edition bundle includes...
  • Blog Post: Addicted to Wordament - don't try this at home

    I’ve been playing with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on a Samsung slate for a little over a week now. You may expect that Mail, People or Calendar would be consuming most of my time on the device but no, it’s Wordament that has me swiping like a crazy man on the touch screen. I’m...
  • Blog Post: Forza Horizon houses my dream garage

      Forza Horizon is here . Your favorite bands and cars in the same place. The latest behind the scenes video features BBC Radio DJ Rob da Bank talking about curation of the soundtrack with a festival inspiration. Talking of favorite cars, I’ll be turning the key on these...
  • Blog Post: July with Forza Motorsport

    What can I say, it’s Friday and Turn 10 Studios had a sweet July Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 4 . Now available on a Xbox 360 near you, featuring the 2011 McLaren #59 GT MP4-12C GT3. Tweet
  • Blog Post: Forza Horizon Xbox LIVE demo arrives October 9

    Download and play the Forza Horizon demo on October 9. Read more on the Forza blog where Brian Ekberg advises that if you download and play the “Forza Horizon” demo, and then purchase and play the full game online, you'll receive a specially designed 2013 SRT Viper GTS, in celebration of...
  • Blog Post: Just Press Play - Microsoft and Rochester Institute of Technology

    Interesting news from our Microsoft Research Connections (MSRC) team on a project with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Just Press Play explores the potential to weave gameplay in to academia and social activities. Game participants receive trading cards and an RFID badge to swipe at locations...
  • Blog Post: Sourcing the cars for Forza Motorsport 4

    It’s been a while since I posted anything about Forza Motorsport 4 but the latest video from the team at Turn 10 is too good not to share here. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts , the people behind Forza 4 are serious about attention to detail. This latest video shows how much work goes...
  • Blog Post: Forza August Playseat Car Pack

    Friday = Forza and they saved my bacon again this week as the post I had lined up for today got cancelled. The August Playseat Car Pack will be available for download via Xbox LIVE on Tuesday, August 7 for for 560 MS Points. It includes some epic motors – my 3 favorites from the pack are shown...
  • Blog Post: The Environment Art of Halo 4

    There has been much written about Halo 4 of late – and with good reason – it’s a truly worthy successor to earlier games in the franchise and had a whopping $220m opening day. One of my favorite stories detailed how 343 Industries used Windows Azure to help the online gaming scale to...
  • Blog Post: Forza Horizon - Behind the Scenes

    Forza Horizon is on the way soon, bringing a whole new driving experience. Oct 23rd can’t come soon enough. Check out the Forza Horizon page for more details on what's in the garage and features of the new game. Share Tweet
  • Blog Post: Halo Anniversary – create your own tribute video

    I’ll have my own tribute to Xbox this week but I can assure you it will not be quite as well produced as this Halo: Anniversary Tribute video. be sure to check out halolivingmonument.com where you can create your own video….here’s mine Tweet
  • Blog Post: Forza Horizon - Behind the Scenes Episode 3

    No explanation needed. We love Forza. Don't forget that the demo is now available for download
  • Blog Post: Xbox: The evolution of TV and entertainment

    [click to see full size infographic] I remember when a video recorder first arrived in our home – it was met with much excitement, despite the fact that it was about the size of a modern day microwave. It brought with it a new era of entertainment and even had a (wired) remote controller if...
  • Blog Post: A busy day for Microsoft at E3

    Well well, that was a busy morning at the Microsoft E3 Media Briefing . All of the news is available at Microsoft’s News Center and via the Xbox press site – and I have just some of the highlights below. A few notable stats before we get to the juice of this morning's announcements: ...
  • Blog Post: You are the controller

    Yesterday I talked about how sports are becoming more and more digital through our apparel – they’re also becoming more life life on Xbox thanks to Kinect. I downloaded the Kinect Sports: Season Two Demo last night and tried golf and tennis. While the tennis isn’t really my thing, the...
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