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Microsoft rolls out Xbox One updates for SmartGlass, Media Player and more

Microsoft has got a head start on its roll-out of the September Xbox One system update that brings many new features and updates to the console. The latest firmware update, available now, adds a new media player app with improved media management, a new Party app, improvements to SmartGlass, and more. The Media Player will now play media from an …

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Stuart O'ConnorMicrosoft rolls out Xbox One updates for SmartGlass, Media Player and more
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Separate Xbox One Kinect rumoured to be launching in October

If you’re one of those Xbox One owners who picked the system up without a Kinect, you’ve probably been wondering if you’d ever be able to buy a standalone Kinect. Now Microsoft is reportedly going to be selling the Xbox One Kinect sensor from October 6. According to Windows Phone Central, which quotes unnamed sources, the peripheral will be available …

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Stuart O'ConnorSeparate Xbox One Kinect rumoured to be launching in October
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Savvy Microsoft wins Redditors hearts with… Reddit

Reddit is probably the biggest community and discussion site on the internet – and is packed with the most hardcore of hardcore gamers. So what was poor old Microsoft to do to persuade them that the Xbox One, which doesn’t enjoy the rest reputation there, isn’t all that bad? Turns out, give them Reddit. Xbox’s Larry Hryb, who is arguably …

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James O'MalleySavvy Microsoft wins Redditors hearts with… Reddit
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Goat Simulator is coming to Xbox One – here’s 5 other games that could be coming next.

Perhaps the biggest news to come out of Gamescom is that the Xbox One has bagged another major title. No, I’m not talking about Rise of the Tomb Raider, but Goat Simulator. The game was originally built for PC as a joke, and is a sandbox game in which you play a goat getting thrown around the environment – clocking …

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James O'MalleyGoat Simulator is coming to Xbox One – here’s 5 other games that could be coming next.
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State of the race: PS4 on 10 million, Xbox One on 5 million.

As the PS4 and Xbox One battle it out on the floor of the Gamescom show in Germany this week, the latest figures show a continuing lead for the PS4. Yesterday at the Sony press conference, the company boasted that it had sold 10 million PS4s since launch – and according to Extreme Tech this compares to an estimated 5 …

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James O'MalleyState of the race: PS4 on 10 million, Xbox One on 5 million.
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Microsoft announces TV streaming to devices on Xbox One and MKV support

Microsoft is at the Gamescom show in Germany which kicks off today and has announced numerous interesting updates and tweaks to the Xbox One operating system. Here’s how Microsoft describe the updates: New “Friends” section – The new Friends section has been available for a few early access Preview members and we’re expanding it to everyone enrolled in the Preview …

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James O'MalleyMicrosoft announces TV streaming to devices on Xbox One and MKV support
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Microsoft loses $400m on Xbox One

In news that will no doubt please Sony, Microsoft – which spent $2.1 billion producing and marketing the Xbox One – has reported a loss of $400 million (£238m) since launching the console in November last year. The Independent reports that the news comes from Microsoft’s annual earnings report for 2014, and shows the loss is directly from the increased …

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Stuart O'ConnorMicrosoft loses $400m on Xbox One
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Xbox One digital TV tuner coming in October

Xbox One owners in Europe will soon be able to ditch their separate digital set-top box, if they have one. Microsoft has announced that from October, the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The company says that the tuner will provide users with an over-the-air digital terrestrial TV experience through …

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Stuart O'ConnorXbox One digital TV tuner coming in October
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Major developer suggests Xbox One will still struggle with 1080p despite DX12

The forthcoming release of graphics engine DirectX 12 won’t help the Xbox One run at 1080p more easily – at least according to the Lead Engine Programmer working on The Witcher 3. One of the points of contention for the latest generation of consoles so far has been whether games are able to run at full 1080p HD resolution (and …

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James O'MalleyMajor developer suggests Xbox One will still struggle with 1080p despite DX12
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Is the PS4 outselling Xbox One by 3:1?

We’ve known for some time that the PS4 has had the edge in the console war so far – comfortably outselling the Xbox One in every comparison so far, but could it be heading towards taking a decisive lead? New figures suggest the console is outselling its rival by three PS4s for every one Xbox One sold. The analysis comes …

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James O'MalleyIs the PS4 outselling Xbox One by 3:1?