Posts Tagged ‘xbox’

Why are Microsoft pushing Xbox Live to Android

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Since launch, Windows Phone has always had the games under the Xbox Live banner. So why release one of their own Xbox Live titles on Android?

The smart thing to do would be to build up an Xbox ecosystem over a number of mobile platforms which includes Windows Phone. Microsoft’s work with Unity to help the cross-platform development tool is probably the biggest signpost. By growing Xbox as a whole, but working with a middleware engine that allows fast cross-porting between Windows Phone, iOS, and Android, Microsoft can increase the reach of the gaming brand, and at the same time enhance the software catalogue on Windows Phone with the marquee names being released across the three ecosystems at the same time

More thoughts over on All About Windows Phone.

A Windows Phone DIY exercise to build the Xbox Portable

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

What happens when I take a Windows Phone, strip out as much software as possible, and focus on building a ‘portable Xbox’ console? All About Windows Phone has more…

If there’s been a flawed jewel in the crown of Windows Phone, it’s been the Xbox Live branding. Putting one of the most popular and successful gaming brands into a smartphone was a strong statement of intent all those years ago, but only now is it starting to deliver the quality and named titles that are expected. So what can you do with a standard Windows Phone to give it a bit of a gaming and multimedia twist and have something that feels unique, and focussed on fun?

That’s what I’m going to look at now. No SIM required (just a Wi-fi connection), and a basic Windows Phone handset. With the Lumia 520 costing less than a Nintendo 3DS, you could forget about treating this as a phone, and use it purely for entertainment.

Which is the goal here (and, in a subtle way, it’s a look at how close I can replicate the experience of my Zune HD on the modern ‘don’t call it Metro’ hardware from Microsoft).

What happened when @femfreq pointed out there were no female protagonists in the Xbox E3 presentation?

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Let’s just say that it wasn’t pretty, and it shows why the female reporters in the gaming world, unfortunately, need a really thick skin

Leveraging the Xbox One and Windows Phone

Monday, May 27th, 2013

I’ve been doing some idle speculating over on All About Windows Phone:

Almost everyone expects Microsoft to talk more about the integration between Windows Phone’s gaming features and the new Xbox One console at the upcoming E3 trade show in June. There is also a long-standing rumour that Microsoft are working on their own smartphone, the so-called Surface Phone. So what could these handset theoretically be used for?

How about giving every new Xbox One owner a Windows Phone handset?

Read more on AAWP.

The Next Microsoft is hired by Microsoft

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Last year Andrew Kim decided to re-imagine all of Microsoft’s branding as a project for his portfolio. The Next Microsoft went viral, and Kim had his calling card. Today he announced that he’s picked up a job… with Microsoft’s XBox team.

Yet again the knowledge of Zune is ignored

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

In all the talk of the Facebook phone, a few sites have suggested that a Zuckerberg phone would be as much a folly as the Zune project from Microsoft. Of course the Zune wasn’t a huge seller in the marketplace (but it has many supports, myself included) but I would argue it helped Microsoft in other areas that are just as important:

A long time ago, I sorted myself out with a Zune HD – the final iteration of the Zune Media Players boasted a touch screen, an innovative new interface, a dedicated PC environment for syncing and managing media that wasn’t Windows Media Player, a music store and all you can listen to subscription model that took in the Zune HD player, the PC, and the Xbox home console – looking back Zune brought in a huge amount of knowledge to Microsoft:

Redmond an education that many have missed. Perhaps knowledge is Facebook’s goal, and not sales? More thoughts over on Forbes.

Could Sony build the console while Microsoft build the software?

Monday, July 18th, 2011

It’s all rumour, conjecture, and fanboy thinking, but there’s a certain logic to Sony and Microsoft pairing up for console gaming. Kotaku brings together some ideas, links and speculates:

You could even look at that as another reason why Microsoft would be willing to cede the Xbox hardware business: Sony’s latest hardware experiments, like their tablets, run Google’s Android. It might be worth a few billion here and there to Microsoft to bring Sony more fully back into the fold. (See also: Nokia.)

This is likely to be #qtwtain ("questions to which the answer is no") but with rising development costs on console games, where the real money is, and the respective strengths of the two companies, there’s a certain logic to this. But then when has logic ever worked with Microsoft’s partners.

(See also: Nokia?)

Microsoft overtakes Nintendo in console sales

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

About 507,000 Xbox 360s shipped last month, making it not only the top selling game console but giving it a wide lead.

The third generation of N-Gage is arguably Xbox Live

Friday, June 24th, 2011

For all the taco puns and industry questions, there was a lot to like about Nokia’s N-Gage system, especially in the second "next generation gaming" iteration. It was just a little bit too early to market and never managed to get a foothold in the consciousness of the games in the world. Something like X-Box Live shows just how much of the basic structure Nokia got right – look at the Windows Team Blog talking about the new version of Xbox Live in Windows Phone 7.5 and you’ll see what I mean.

With Nokia set to bring multiple million users to Windows Phone, expect a lot of focus from the gaming sites (as opposed to the regular smartphone review sites) on the mobile version of Xbox Live – and someone in the depths of Finland finally noting down that this was what N-Gage was always going to be about.

Boris Johnson Facts, the Website

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

I really, truly wish this had been my idea, but still, I’m sure Boris Johnson Facts will make it’s way around the Uk and the rest of the world in the next few hours

  • Boris Johnson was responsible unleashing smallpox in America.
  • When someone asks Boris Johnson if he’s afraid of Jack Bauer, he replies “That picanniny?”
  • Boris Johnson knows where Madeleine McCann is.
  • Boris Johnson is really the person who dared L Ron Hubbard to invent Scientology.
  • Boris Johnson personally reviews all of Russell T Davies’ Doctor Who scripts.
  • Every time you say you don’t believe in fairies, Boris Johnson kills a little bit of Kylie Minogue.
  • Boris Johnson framed Angus Deayton.
  • Boris Johnson doesn’t understand right-click.
  • Boris Johnson doesn’t understand double-click, either.
  • Boris Johnson is in your London, mayoring your capital.
  • Boris Johnson secretly pays commuters to bring non-foldy bikes on rush hour trains.
  • Boris Johnson thinks Fox made the right decision about Firefly.
  • Boris Johnson puts the red LEDs in XBOX 360s.
  • Boris Johnson is allowed to carry more liquids on planes than you are.

Just a few of my favourites, the full list is over at