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The Game: Gears of War Review

The game - Gears of War

The game: Gears of War was released at the close of the first year of the Microsoft’s gaming console – the Xbox 360. It was really an important moment for the Xbox. The game was heavily dependent on the strategy of forcing one to take cover from the enemies and shoot when you get a chance to do so.

Xbox Live invading Windows 8 next year

Microsoft announced of integrating Windows 8 with Xbox Live. With this, the Xbox will become pervasive media service on console, mobile as well as on PC. People can experience Xbox Live gaming platform on their PC with Windows 8 operating system.

Windows 8 is set to release next year.

Mike Delman, marketing chief of Microsoft interactive entertainment, said in an interview to Seattle Times that Xbox Live will be “built into the PC”. He added that the online service of the game will be “the pervasive media service across devices.”

The software giant is offering the gaming platform on Windows 8 as a group of services that also includes online media like movies and music streaming.

The company earlier believed to bring the Xbox Live on Windows Phone 7 smartphone operating system but the comments of Mike Delman in the interview confirms that it will also be pushed out to PC beginning with Windows 8.

According to Delman, the trend of the gaming industry was for consumers to navigate the game through multiple devices.

Delman said further that Xbox Live on Windows 8 will also allow gamers to purchase content from any location just like customers of Apple can do with their devices.

He said, “There will be a lot of similarities in design and service philosophy. Whether it’s us or Apple or anybody else, people want to be able to navigate through multiple devices in a certain ecosystem very seamlessly so we’re committed to that”

Keep commenting below while we all wait for Windows 8 to launch next year.

YouTube, Bing added to Xbox 360 Dashboard

In November 2008 all the owners of Xbox had a new experience. “New Xbox Experience” (NXE) was introduced to all of them which changed the dashboard of the console drastically with the integration of completely new interface and many new features.

At the E3 conference this year Microsoft announced another new Xbox dashboard, thinking it to be an exciting announcement. The worst part of the announcement was that the new dashboard is not much different than what was given to console owners in 2008.

Many features offered in the new dashboard of Xbox is seen in the 2008 dashboard. Newly added is the Bing search and menu scroll can be switched from vertical to horizontal. Now, the Xbox can be treated like a new dog, said Microsoft referring to an animate object.

Microsoft also announced its partnership with YouTube. Now Xbox owners can few their favorite YouTube videos from the dashboard. Voice search has also been added using Bing Search. Suppose user want to search “Bing Search Lego”. Now they just have to say the three words and list of Lego games will be displayed with the help of Bing search engine.

A YouTube demo video of Bing on Xbox 360 is below. Enjoy watching. Meanwhile we bring for you more news coverage of Electronics Entertainment Expo. More brand new games are still to be revealed by gaming publishers. Keep commenting on the latest development at E3.

Glimpse of ‘Halo 4’ and ‘PS Vita’ At E3

Today the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), annual video game expo and conference, kick started in Los Angeles and the show will continue for three-day. The show is an important event for the gaming industry and this time Microsoft Corp, Nintendo Co. Ltd. and Sony Corp. are expected to dominate it with their new gadgets and games.

On Monday, ahead of the event, Microsoft showed a glimpse of its “Halo 4” in a pre-expo press. The game is a new interface for Xbox 360 and second wave of Kinect games. In the preview of the game, a damaged space ship was shown. Halo 4 is set to be released in 2012’s holiday season.

Sony unveiled the PlayStation Vita, the NextGen portable gaming device, which is a response to Apple’s iPod touch and iPhone. PlayStation Vita will go on sale later in 2012.

It is learned that PS Vita will be partnering only with AT&T in the U.S. and it will allow access to the 3G Internet along with Wi-Fi hotspots. According to sources, it will cost $249 for the Wi-Fi model and for a model with AT&T 3G access it will be price tagged at $299.

Sony also offered a demo of 3D game titles such as Resistance 3 and Uncharted: Drake’s Deception. The company also shared the information of offering a new 24-inch 3D PS-branded display which will facilitate two gamers to see different 3D images simultaneously and not to split the screen.