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May 13, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Microsoft to sell Kinect-less Xbox One for $100 less

Starting June 9, Microsoft will sell for $399.99 a version of Xbox One that will not include the Kinect voice-and-motion sensor

That’s $100 less than the price that Microsoft initially priced the Xbox One package — including Kinect — at launch, and puts it on par with Sony’s PlayStation 4, which has been outselling the Xbox One.

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April 28, 2014 at 6:17 AM

Microsoft unearths long-buried Atari “E.T.” game cartridges — part of Xbox TV series launch

It’s been an urban legend for decades: That in 1983, game company Atari buried thousands, if not millions, of its not-well-received, unsold “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial” game cartridges in Alamogordo, N.M.

Over the weekend, an excavation crew found out that the urban legend appears to be true.

Zak Penn, director of “Atari: Game Over” (working title), and Andrew Reinhard, archaeologist,  hold up Atari 2600 “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges excavated in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill on April 26. (Photo from Microsoft)

Zak Penn, director of “Atari: Game Over” (working title), and Andrew Reinhard, archaeologist, hold up Atari 2600 “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” game cartridges excavated in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill on April 26. (Photo from Microsoft)

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January 27, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Microsoft acquires “Gear of War” franchise from Epic Games

Microsoft Studios said today that it’s acquired the rights to the “Gears of War” franchise — including all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise — from Epic Games. Rod Fergusson, former Director of Production at Epic Games on the “Gears of War” franchise, will join Microsoft, while Black Tusk Studios in Vancouver, B.C., will…

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January 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Microsoft hires Ari Mark for Xbox Entertainment

Microsoft has hired Ari Mark, a former AMC programming director, as head of unscripted programming for Xbox Entertainment Studios, according to Deadline Hollywood. Mark has been vice president of development at AMC, director of development at Embassy Row and manager of original programming and development at the Sundance Channel, according to his LinkedIn profile. At AMC,…

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December 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Xbox Entertainment Studios producing original documentary series

It’s not only Netflix and Amazon.com that are getting into producing their own original programming.

Xbox Entertainment Studios, created in 2012, has slowly been getting into the game. It had announced its first first original program — “Halo, the Television Series,” produced by Steven Spielberg — in May.

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September 26, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Microsoft demonstrates cloud gaming service

At Microsoft’s annual company meeting today, executives reportedly demonstrated the cloud gaming streaming service  it’s been working on. The company apparently demonstrated “Halo 4″ being streamed to a Windows Phone and PC, according to The Verge. Microsoft has been emphasizing cloud services as part of its shift into a devices-and-services company, and the gaming arena is…

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