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Inside Microsoft's Model Shop: Prototyping The Future

It’s a beautiful day in Redmond…and that’s odd. Seattle is widely renowned as the rain capital of the US, with 266 out of the 365 days of the year bringing cloudy skies. But not today: it’s a postcard. But despite the conditions, the residents of Studio B on Microsoft’s sprawling Redmond campus couldn’t care less about the weather: they’re busy inside; printing, sculpting, moulding and lasering all the new products Microsoft is about to release. This is the Model Shop.


Microsoft, Please Don't Give Up On The Future

It wasn’t long ago that Microsoft started a bold charge into future. A new touch-friendly operating system, a transforming, first party tablet-computer, a game console designed not just to play games but to take over your TV. But now, Microsoft is in full retreat, and we’re at risk of losing all the great stuff that it risked so much to accomplish.


Microsoft Just Won't Stop Making The Xbox One Worse

The Xbox One is a fine machine — great even — but it’s nothing compared to what it was supposed to be. Reluctant backtrack after reluctant backtrack has left us a box that does a shadow of what it might have done. And with a new Kinect-free Xbox One bundle, Microsoft is fully burying those dreams and all but spitting on the grave.


The Xbox One Will Be Available Without Kinect For $499 In Australia

In addition to bringing Netflix and streaming apps out from the Xbox Live paywall, Microsoft will also be offering a new Xbox One bundle that does not include the Kinect, for just $499 starting June 9.


The Xbox One Dashboard, Beautified

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could customise the Xbox One with this much ease? Unfortunately, this video mockup byPrimeGhost Gaming isn’t real — it’s just a concept. But if the Xbox One does ever implement something like themes, I hope it takes some cues from this.


I Can't Tell The Difference Between This Racing Game And Real Life

Forza 5, Driveclub and Gran Turismo are all after absolute realism when it comes to simulated racing, but when it comes to graphics, the best work being done in racing games comes out of Project Cars. So much so that I can’t tell the difference between the game and real life.


Microsoft's 12 New Original Shows For Xbox, Ranked

Microsoft is going to take its TV seriously. That’s been clear ever since it established its own internal studio and dropped the bombshell that it was working on a live-action Halo series produced by none other than Steven Spielberg. Now, Microsoft is spilling the beans on the rest of its Xbox TV launch line-up, and the turn out isn’t half bad.


Windows Could Soon Have A Native Gaming Client

The appointment of Phil Spencer as Head of Xbox has serious(ly good) implications for Microsoft’s gaming side. But when put together with other recent news and quotes, it becomes clear that Microsoft doesn’t see gaming as an Xbox-only activity anymore, and will be treating it as more of an afterthought in their next operating system.


Microsoft Has Six Original TV Series In Production

Amazon and Netflix are doing it in style, Yahoo’s clamouring to join in, and now Microsoft apparently has at least six original series in production too. Bloomberg reports that Xbox’s TV studio, which is headed by ex-CBS exec Nancy Tellem, is working hard.


Adorable Five-Year-Old Discovers Bonehead Xbox Vulnerability

Five-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel’s parents didn’t want him getting into the grown-up games on the family’s Xbox, so they put the gory stuff behind a password. But Kristoffer’s an inquisitive little guy, and he blew right past the parental safeguard — and discovered a pretty silly Xbox security flaw in the process.