Would you – or do you already – pay a sub for a console? Microsoft is banking on it, doubling down on its existing Xbox system: Yesterday the megacorp revealed Xbox All Access, a new sub service that basically combines the Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold subs with a sub for the actual device. It’s a bit like a phone contract: Pay your $22/$35 monthly fee for two years, get access to 100-odd games, and get your Xbox – which remains yours at the end of it all. “For no upfront cost and one low monthly price for 24 months^, Xbox All Access gets you a new Xbox One S or Xbox One X, access to more than 100 great games through Xbox Game Pass, and online multiplayer with Xbox Live Gold. That’s more than 100 all-you-can-play games—including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, plus more games added all the time— the fastest, most reliable gaming network and an Xbox One console.” Xbox One aficionados have … [Read more...] about Will you be paying for Xbox All Access, Microsoft’s latest Xbox sub?
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The future of video games is in the cloud according to the best and brightest among us. So it should come as no shock that Gamefly, the Netflix-like disc-rental company for video games founded back in 2002, is shutting down its streaming service by the end of this month as the technology transitions to EA’s Origin platform where players will be able to stream games under the Origin Access Premier program. This news follows on the heels of EA’s acquisition of Gamefly’s tech and Israeli services team back in May. It was believed then that EA purchased Gamefly’s streaming technology and its infrastructure in order to better compete with Sony’s existent service and planned services from rival companies. Founded back in 2002, Gamefly allows subscribers to rent games through the mail in a business model that is similar to what launched Netflix into the stratosphere when that company was founded back in 1997. Since discs were all the rage when Netflix debuted … [Read more...] about Gamefly Shutters Streaming Service, Tech Transitions to EA’s Origin Online
0 When I hear “games as a service” I think about subscriptions, MMOs, and things I’ve been doing for the past 20+ years of gaming. I’m not sure what Microsoft Studios head Matt Booty means by his use of the phrase. He also has a lot to say on game longevity and the nature of the business models / approach to Microsoft’s first-party strategy in June’s MCV issue. “There will always be single-player games with maybe 20 to 30 hours of gameplay, we love those kinds of games and there’s a place for those, but it’s also certainly the case with the focus on watching, streaming, broadcast and esports that it’s really important to think about the longevity of a game,” Booty explains. “It’s really difficult for anybody to think about making a large scale triple-A game these days without having in mind a content and service plan that goes one to two years into the future out of the gate.” “Games really have … [Read more...] about Microsoft Studios Head on Games as a Service & Longevity vs Traditional Games
No, no, no. Microsoft is not going to launch a mobile device powered by iOS or Android. You bet! Over the past few months/years Microsoft has released a bunch of apps for the iOS platform (and Android too). And they’re not stopping there as they continue launching new apps. Microsoft’s commitment to the iOS platform is very much evident from their recent acquisitions. Last December they acquired one of the most popular email app for iOS — Acompli. And in less than two months they rebranded it as Outlook for iOS. Read: Over 25 Email Apps (Free & Premium) For Your iPhone And iPad It was just a beginning. Later they acquired my favorite productivity app for iOS — the Sunrise Calendar (Hey, it’s not just a calendar but much more than that.). And then a few weeks back they acquired Wunderlist — again one of the most popular to-do list app. It’s clearly visible that Microsoft want to become the best mobile productivity apps maker. I have recently … [Read more...] about Over 21 Microsoft Apps For Your iPhone & iPad (And Android Too)
I have always wanted to list all the Microsoft products and services (just like I did Google’s). But Microsoft’s products are really diverse in nature and a good percentage of them are actually targeting companies and business users. Therefore I found it difficult to list all the products in an organized way. Microsoft’s products were mostly desktop applications until a few years ago. Now things have changed substantially and Microsoft has been launching a lot of standalone web and mobile apps for individual consumers. This is why I (finally) decided to list all the Microsoft products and services. Don’t Miss: Over 201 Google Products & Services You Probably Don’t Know Over 400 million Windows 10 devices. Over 1.2 billion Microsoft Office users. Over 400 million Outlook.com users. Over 3 billion Skype minutes a day. Over 669,000 Windows Store apps. That’s the stats of Microsoft. Credit: Microsoft by the Numbers Bing — A search engine by … [Read more...] about Over 61 Microsoft Products, Services, & Apps You (Probably) Don’t Know