Microsoft Wins Big in Motorola Patent Case

September 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A U.S. District Court jury in Seattle has awarded Microsoft $15 million in damages related to its long-running patent infringement lawsuit with Motorola. This signals the end of litigation (save the appeals process) in the long-running legal dispute over claims by Motorola that the Xbox 360 infringed on several of its patents related to video decoding and wi-fi technology.

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Jinni Chosen as Xbox Video Discovery Engine

September 6, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Jinni has inked a multi-year agreement with Microsoft to enhance entertainment discovery on Xbox video game and entertainment systems including the Xbox 360 and the upcoming Xbox One releasing in late November. Jinni is described by its creators as a "taste-and-mood based engine" that enables entertainment discovery using "content genetics" and an understanding of user preference analytics.

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PSA: Rainbow Six: Vegas and Magic 2013 for Free in Sept. on Xbox Live

August 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed the two free games Xbox Live Gold subscribers will get in September as part of the Games With Gold program. The Games With Gold Program hands out two free games each month - one in the first half of the month, and a second in the latter half of the month. The games are only available within those time frames, so if you don't get them when they are available then you miss out.

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Frontier Developments on Dynamic Achievements and Charity in Upcoming Zoo Tycoon

August 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Frontier Developments is fascinated with how Microsoft is changing the Achievements system for Xbox One games to be more dynamic and allow for new ways of rewarding players for completing milestones in games.

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Microsoft Rebrands Xbox Live Marketplace

August 30, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has renamed the "Xbox Live Marketplace" on Xbox.com to the "Xbox Games Store," putting the name in line with other marketplaces the company runs - like "Windows Phone Store." The Xbox Games Store is still located at marketplace.xbox.com (at least for now), and now groups titles by platform, with sections for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Mobile and Web games.

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Time Warner Cable App Available on Xbox Live

August 27, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

If you own an Xbox 360, have an Xbox Live Gold account, and happen to be a Time Warner Cable subscriber, then you'll be happy to hear that the official application for Microsoft's console is now available for download. The app allows Time Warner Cable subscribers to access live television programming via their Xbox 360. The app was announced in June by both companies.

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Steve Ballmer to Retire This Year

August 23, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within the next year, the company announced today. A special committee and Ballmer will help hand pick a successor. The committee is headed up by lead independent director John Thompson and includes chairman of the Board Bill Gates, chairman of the Audit Committee Chuck Noski and chairman of the Compensation Committee Steve Luczo.

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Games with Gold Promotion Offers Dead Rising 2 and Case Zero for Free

August 16, 2013 - James Fudge

Beginning today and continuing until August 31, Xbox Live Gold subscribers may download Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising: Case Zero for free. The new free game downloads are part of Microsoft's Games with Gold program, which gives away two free games a month.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 64

August 12, 2013 -

On this week's show we talk about the continued neglect of the Wii U by third-party developers, the right and wrong way to put together a crowd-funding campaign for a game, the latest news on the Xbox One, and the results of last week's poll on GamePolitics. Download Episode 64 now: SuperPAC Episode 64 (1 hour, 20 minutes) 74.3 MB.

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Federal Judge Sorts Expert Witness List in Motorola-Microsoft Patent Dispute

August 8, 2013 -

A federal judge in Seattle has swept through a list of experts that both Microsoft and Motorola want to testify in the continuation of their contentious court battle over a technology licensing dispute related to wireless technology used in the Xbox 360. The back and forth between Microsoft and Google subsidiary Motorola is about how much Microsoft should pay for essential technology on a reasonable and nondiscriminatory (RAND) basis.

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Meet the New Xbox Live Enforcer: You

August 2, 2013 -

Yesterday Microsoft took the wraps off two new initiatives for Xbox Live that - it hopes - will make it a better community to be in. One is called One is Enforcement United, which lets XBL subscribers weigh in on if particular content violates Microsoft’s terms of service. The second is Xbox Community Level, which lets players "gain levels" and earn prizes by making positive contributions to Xbox Live.

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Microsoft's Games with Gold Titles for August Revealed

July 31, 2013 -

According to this Eurogamer report, the next free games to be released on Xbox Live as part of Microsoft's Games with Gold Promotion will be the open-world future-leaning action game Crackdown, and the zombie survival game sequel Dead Rising 2.

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Google's Motorola Files Appeal of ITC Decision on Xbox 360 Exclusion Order

July 22, 2013 -

According to a tip sent over by Foss Patents, Google has appealed Motorola's loss to Microsoft in its ITC patent case which sought to have the sale of its Xbox 360 banned in the United States.

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Analyst: Streaming Won't Boost Next-Generation Sales

July 16, 2013 -

A new research report from ABI Research claims that new technologies like cloud-based streaming will not be a game changer for new consoles coming out this fall. In fact the research firm predicts that new console numbers will not be on par with the previous generation's retail sales number in the first five years. ABI Research says that the push to "market online video access in the new consoles is undermined by the availability of cheaper streaming devices from Roku, Netgear, WD, Apple and Seagate, among others."

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New Xbox Live Rewards Program Coming Sept. 1

July 11, 2013 -

According to an announcement on Microsoft's Xbox Live Rewards website, the incentive program for Xbox Live is going to be revamped in September. Most of the changes have to do with the program doling out MS Points. With MS Points going the way of the dinosaur soon in favor of real-world currency, this is not an unexpected announcement.

Microsoft encourages Xbox Live Rewards members to return to the website on September 1 for more details on the revamped program.

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Julie Larson-Green to Lead Xbox Division and More

July 11, 2013 -

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer detailed a sweeping restructuring plan in an internal email to employees. In the memo Ballmer said that Microsoft will be organized by function within four groups: OS, Apps, Cloud and Devices.

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Report: Xbox 360 Dashboard Beta Raises Game Prices

July 10, 2013 -

Update: Microsoft tells Kotaku that UK dashboard beta testers will receive refunds for any money lost related to the exchange of MS Points into real cash. Microsoft calls the pricing changes an "error."

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FEZ Finally Getting a Patch

July 5, 2013 -

Polytron's Phil Fish announced via Twitter recently that he will finally patch a long standing bug on his Xbox Live Arcade title FEZ. Last week it came to light that - earlier in the year - Microsoft had ditched its policy of charging developer tens of thousands of dollars to do title updates beyond the one free title update they would get after publishing a game on XBLA. Fish lashed out last week at Microsoft because that same policy kept him from providing fans with a fix for a nasty bug. Now all that seems to be water under the bridge.

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Next-Gen Console Pricing Comparable to Past Systems

July 2, 2013 -

An interesting report from Ars Technica compares the pricing of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 with consoles released in America all the way back to 1977 with the release of the Atari 2600. At E3 Sony announced that the PS4 would retail for $399, while Microsoft announced that the Xbox One would cost $499.

Major Nelson: Sorry People Are Disappointed in First Games for Gold Offering in July

July 1, 2013 -

Speaking to the Reddit community, Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb said that he was sorry that fans were disappointed that the first free game for July in Microsoft's Games for Gold program was Defense Grid. Fans expected to receive Halo 3 or Assassin's Creed 2 - which were announced as games being given away free as part of the program during E3.

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Report: Don Mattrick Leaving Microsoft for Zynga

July 1, 2013 -

Update #2: It looks like no one will replace Mattrick, according to a memo obtained by Kotaku attributed to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Instead of replacing Mattrick, all of Mattrick's subordinates in the division will now report directly to Ballmer.

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PSA: Defense Grid: The Awakening Free on Xbox Live for Gold Subscribers

July 1, 2013 -

Larry Hryb announced via his blog this morning that Defense Grid: The Awakening will be given away for free this month as part of Microsoft's “Games With Gold” program. Beginning today until July 15 Xbox Live Gold subscribers can download the game for free to their Xbox 360's. The Games for Gold program will give away two free games a month until the launch of the Xbox One. Other upcoming games include Assassin's creed 2 and Halo 3.

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Fez Creator Slams Microsoft

June 28, 2013 -

Fez creator Phil Fish has criticized former co-publishing partner Microsoft for doing what he considers "nothing" to help sell his game on Xbox Live Arcade. Fish took to Twitter yesterday to complain about Microsoft's lack of support for him and his game and gave no quarter in his harsh criticism:

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Report: Microsoft No Longer Charging Developers for Patching Their Xbox 360 Games

June 27, 2013 -

Microsoft is no longer charging developers and publishers a fee for updates according to multiple sources speaking to Eurogamer. Apparently, Microsoft made the change to its policy on updates earlier in the year. Prior to that change any updates after the one free update publishers were entitled to cost developers "tens of thousands of dollars."

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Microsoft to Spend $700 Million on Data Centers in Iowa

June 24, 2013 -

Microsoft will spend $700 million on a new data center in West Des Moines, Iowa - according to the Des Moines Register. The data center is the result of a deal with the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board, which has approved through the state $20 million in tax credits for the computing giant for what has been named ‘Project Mountain’.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 57

June 24, 2013 -

In Episode 57 of the Super Podcast Action Committee, hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight talk about several GamePolitics polls, Microsoft's decision to pull a 180 on its various Xbox One policies, Cliff Bleszinski's public comments about the whole thing, and a whole lot more. Download Episode 57 now: SuperPAC Episode 57 (1 hour, 16 minutes) 69.5 MB.

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Skulls of the Shogun Developer Laments Exclusivity Deal with Microsoft, Glad It's Over

June 21, 2013 -

Borut Pfeifer and developer 17-bit Studios signed an exclusivity deal with Microsoft for its game Skulls of the Shogun. The game was released in January on Surface, Windows Phone and Xbox Live Arcade in January. Now that that window of exclusivity is almost over, Borut Pfeifer is relieved.

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PSA: Free Xbox Live Games Delivered on the 1st and 16th of Every Month

June 21, 2013 -

The official Xbox Live website reveals that on the 1st and 16th of every month Xbox Live gold subscribers can expect a new game. While Microsoft has not said why it suddenly started handing out free games to Gold members, some believe it is the company's way of competing with Sony's PlayStation Plus subscription model which hands out freebies every month. Whatever the reason for these free giveaways, it's tough to badmouth a promotion where people get full free games - even if they are slightly dated...

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 56

June 17, 2013 -

If you missed our live broadcast on Saturday, we have an audio file of the live show available for you to download right now. During the (over) three hour live show Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discussed all the interesting things that came out of the Electronic Entertainment Expo last week - with an emphasis on the top three console makers - Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. They also answered questions and responded to comments from the live audience and read listener email. It was a good time had by all!

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Why Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! Will Not be on Xbox Platforms

June 14, 2013 -

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! won't come out on Xbox 360 or Xbox One according to Oddworld Inhabitants boss Lorne Lanning. Lanning used to be a big fan of the Xbox platform - back in 2001 he helped launch the first Xbox with the exclusive Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee - but Microsoft's new policies rub him the wrong way. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! will be coming to PlayStation 3, PS Vita, PlayStation 4, Wii U, PC, Mac and Linux.

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