Xbox One voice commands not available in all regions at launch

By: Eddie Makuch [UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft issued a statement on the matter. Voice control will be available in 10 of the Xbox One’s 13 launch markets, though the specific “Xbox On” voice command will be available in only five regions. “Our vision is to bring conversational voice control and voice search to every country where we sell Xbox,” a Microsoft representative said. “At Xbox One launch, we will offer voice control in 10 of our 13 launch []

Xbox One to launch November 8? – Report

By: Dan Chiappini Microsoft’s Xbox One console may go on sale from November 8, according to a recently leaked retailer document, as reported by Kotaku . The information–an internal email for a conference call outlining midnight store activity for upcoming major software (both current and next generation) includes Battlefield 4 , Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag , and Call of Duty: Ghosts –was reportedly shared by staff at a marketing company responsible for advertising material and product placement at major US retailer []

Xbox One “changes everything” says Microsoft

By: Eddie Makuch The Xbox One “changes everything,” according to Microsoft. Microsoft Game Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer appeared on Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb’s latestpodcast  to discuss the next-generation platform and how it is shaping up. He said the next-generation console changes entertainment on such a profound level that it is hard to describe. “I have my Xbox One at home now, so I’m getting to use it,” Spencer said. “It’s hard to talk about all of the ways that this []

Microsoft reverses Xbox One indie publishing requirements

By: Eddie Makuch [UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft confirmed that independent developers will be able to self-publish titles on Xbox One and that every system can be usedto make games. More details about the program will be shared at Gamescom next month. “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development,” Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten said in a statement. “That every game and experience can take advantage []

Analyst: Xbox One may have 3x more launch units than PS4

By: Eddie Makuch The Xbox One may have 2-3x more launch units than the PlayStation 4 this holiday, according to Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian. In a note to investors today, he said this superior launch allocation would give Microsoft an initial advantage, but noted supply for both next-generation systems will likely be “constrained,” leading to potential shortages . His estimations are based on supply chain checks. Sebastian also said the tides are turning for Microsoft, following its dramatic policy reversal last month []

Xbox Live Gold subscribers get free Assassin’s Creed II later this month

By: Martin Gaston Assassin’s Creed II  will be the next free game offered as part of Microsoft’s Games With Gold promotion, Microsoft spokesperson Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb has confirmed. Xbox LiveGold subscribers will be able to download the game from July 16 until the end of the month. Microsoft earlier this week announced that XBLA tower-defence game Defense Grid: The Awakening would be the free game available between July 1 through July 15 . Microsoft announced the Games With Gold promotion during its E3 []

Xbox One Kinect will be able to redeem QR code

By: Martin Gaston Microsoft has said that the Xbox One will be able to redeem download codes via the Kinect’s ability to read QR codes. “To my reddit friends–yup–this works!” Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten wrote on Twitter last night  in response to a Reddit thread . Every Xbox One owner will be ableto scan QR codes if they wish, because the Xbox One’s Kinect is bundled in with every console sold and is required to be plugged into the console. Xbox 360’s []

Microsoft on what defines a next-gen gam

By: Eddie Makuch Microsoft has not been shy about using the term “next-gen” to describe its games and experiences for the Xbox One, but what exactly does it mean? Speaking with GameSpot, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said the term is multifaceted and at times difficult to convey. “I think it’s multiple things. Graphic fidelity is clearly going to be one of those…and I think graphic fidelity is always going to be at the top of what gamers think about,” Spencer said. “But []

Analyst: PS4 ‘clearly’ topped Xbox One at E

By: Eddie Makuch As E3 draws to a close soon, one analyst has claimed Sony has emerged in a better position than Microsoft, though the battle is far from ended. “Clearly, Sony is emerging from E3 on stronger footing, contrasting the PS4 against the more pricey Xbox One,” Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said in a note to investors June 16th. Sebastian pointed out that the PS4 is currently outselling the Xbox One on Amazon and GameStop, but said that if []

New Fable forums go live ahead of E3

By: Eddie Makuch Lionhead Studios today launched new Fable forums (via CVG ), one week before studio owner Microsoft is expected to announce new Xbox One games at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. Microsoft’s E3 2013 briefing takes placeMonday, June 10 . The company has pledged to release 15 Xbox One exclusives in the platform’s first year, eight of which are all-new franchises. “Join fans from across the globe to discuss all things Fable; from the latest news & announcements to guides, walkthroughs []