Friday, March 13

Microsoft celebrates Pi Day on March 14

Tomorrow is Pi Day. Pi Day is celebrated around the world every year on 3/14, this year however is especially epic because Pi Day falls on 3.14.15. This number sequence corresponds with the first few numbers of Pi, 3.1415. 
In celebration of this extra special day we’re doing a few things to help you celebrate with your fellow Pi enthusiasts!
1. New Digital Gift Cards with the Pi Day theme.

2. Purchase an Xbox Music Pass for $31.41.

Microsoft sells 12 months of access to its streaming and download music service for $99.90, so this price reduction is over 66% less than its normal price. Microsoft says this discount can be used by people who are renewing their subscriptions as well as those folks getting new ones, so those of you who already have an Xbox Music Pass subscription can benefit as well.
3. Train your brain with Einstein Brain Trainer HD for Windows and Windows Phone.

 Did you know that March 14 is also Albert Einstein’s birthday? Now you can train like a true math-lete with Einstein Brain Trainer HD which offers 30 exercises for brain activation. This is a brand new app for Windows Phone and is already available in the Windows Store. Now for a limited time you can purchase these apps at 50% off!

Tuesday, January 27

Xbox One Controller Firmware Update Rolls Out To Preview Members

Starting today, members of the Xbox Preview Program are able to update their controllers to the latest preview build. The latest firmware update, which pushes the software to version 1.2.2236.0, adds several improvements to the Xbox One's controller functionality.

The update fixes a problem reported by some users who were suffering from intermittent controller disconnections. There is an update for the less patient among us, too, with Microsoft bringing down the amount of time the controller takes to connect to the console from 5 or 6 seconds to just 2. I am not a patient man, so this sounds just terrific. Want to know how you can update your controller? Check out the instructions below.

To update your controller firmware:
  • Connect a controller to your Xbox One with a USB cable.  Keep any headsets connected to the controller.
  • Connect to Xbox Live.
  • Press the Menu
  • Go to Settings > Devices & accessories.  Select the controller.
    • If you have multiple controllers attached, you can select Buzz – which will cause the selected controller to vibrate.
  • Then select Update to download the new firmware to the controller attached via the USB cable, and the screen will show the Updating controller … progress screen
  • When you see the Controller updated screen, press ‘B’ to go back to the Devices & accessories main page
  • Reselect the controller, the Firmware version, should now be: 1.2.2236.0
[Source: Major Nelson]

Wednesday, January 21

Windows 10 Is Amazing: Announcements Microsoft Made Today

At Microsoft's Windows 10 press conference this morning, head of Xbox Phil 
Spencer dropped some surprising news . With Windows 10, users will be able to 
stream Xbox One games to any Windows 10 device in their household.

Windows 10 comes with an Xbox app and Xbox Live integration, so the 
transition between them is seamless. Spencer even assured that "many Xbox 
One accessories" will work with Windows 10, although he didn't get into 
specifics for which one.

As additional boosts to the world of PC gaming with Windows 10, Microsoft 

  • Xbox Live and multiplayer across devices. Xbox Live is social, interactive, and seamlessly integrated directly into Windows 10, bringing gamers the experiences they love across devices, like multiplayer gaming on Windows 10 against players on an Xbox One, and messaging and chat with friends. And developers will get full access to the Xbox Live API, making it easier to create more powerful gaming scenarios across devices.

  • DirectX 12. We’ve enhanced our graphics technology to squeeze every ounce of performance out of your supported hardware and open up a new wave of innovation for high-end graphics. Delivering greater complexity and detail on your current PC, games authored or updated for DirectX 12 are able to run faster and have richer visuals. And this technology is already in the hands of developers today. The engines used to power hundreds of games are implementing DirectX 12, including Unreal Engine 4 from Epic and, as we announced today, Unity.

  • Game DVR. On Xbox One, one of the most popular features used by gamers is Game DVR, which gives simple access to recording, editing, and sharing out your most epic gaming moments. It’s not easy or consistent to do that for PC games today. We’re bringing this beloved feature to Windows 10, now accessible by simply pressing Windows+G. With the games you love playing – whether on Xbox Live, Steam, or other services – you can record, edit, and share game clips with all your social networks.

  • Fable Legends. Today we announced that we are bringing Fable Legends to Windows 10 PCs, day-and-date with the Xbox One version in 2015.  This means Fable fans running Windows 10 will be able to play against their fellow gamers on Xbox One. It’s the same game, in the same world, on the same map. Fable Legends is just the first of the major game franchises from Microsoft Studios coming to Windows 10 and we will have more to share in the coming months.