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Microsoft Announces XBox SmartGlass for Tablets, Phones at E3

Microsoft(LOS ANGELES) -- Microsoft’s XBox is jumping into this year’s big gaming shift, using touch screen devices to interact with and control media through your game console and then display content on your TV, Windows 8 PC or portable device. The announcement was made Monday in advance of E3, the giant Electronic Entertainment Expo.

But don’t expect to pick up an Xbox-branded tablet controller for the experience…yet. The new functionality, dubbed “XBox SmartGlass,” is being touted as an app for existing smartphones and tablets.  This is in sharp contrast to Nintendo’s move forward this week, reintroducing its new gamepad controller, which will feature a touch screen display right in the center of the device.

XBox also plans to use the app to foray into Web browsing on your television, hoping that touch screens can make for a smooth and enjoyable navigation experience.

Many were hoping to see the announcement of an XBox 360 successor at E3 this year, but as the machine is currently the No. 1-selling console worldwide, Microsoft seems in no hurry to usher in a 720. Instead we’ve seen tweaks to Microsoft’s Kinect motion-sensing system, as well as user interface and now apps, improving and adding to the existing experience. No word on when the apps will begin to roll out just yet.

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Xbox 360 for Only $99?

Microsoft(NEW YORK) -- Microsoft’s rumored Xbox 360 for only $99 has just become real. Naturally though, with a drastic price reduction there are a few catches.

For $99, you’ll get a 4GB console along with the Kinect motion-capture sensor. The catch is you also have to agree to a two-year, $15-per-month Xbox Live Gold Contract. Similar to a cellphone contract, if you decide to opt out early, termination fees will run you anywhere from $12 to $250, depending on how much time is left on your contract.

After two years, this “deal” will cost almost $460, compared to the regular purchase price of just $299 for the bundle and two years of Xbox Live at $59.99.

Consumers who don’t have the cash on hand for the $299 bundle might be enticed by this offer, but in the long run, it’s not as cost-effective.

For now, this “promotion offer” is only available at Microsoft’s official retail stores.  It’s unclear if the software giant will expend this experiment into its online store or other electronic retailers.

Trying to capitalize on the same strategy used by cellphone carriers, Microsoft hopes this new promotion will entice consumers.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Kinect Sensor Boosts Microsoft to Record $19.95-Billion Revenue

Photo Courtesy - Microsoft(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Microsoft sold eight million units of its Kinect gaming device, the $150 Xbox accessory that allows for remote-less gameplay.  The company estimated that it would sell five million of the devices, but just 60 days after its release, Kinect sales exceeded Microsoft's goal by three million.

“We are enthusiastic about the consumer response to our holiday lineup of products, including the launch of Kinect. The eight million units of Kinect sensors sold in just 60 days far exceeded our expectations,” Peter Klein, the Microsoft chief financial officer said in a statement Thursday.

The technology giant reported record revenues and earnings per share while disclosing the financial results from its fiscal second quarter.  Microsoft says that its $19.95 billion in revenue and $0.77 per share were driven mainly by the 55 percent growth in the Entertainment & Devices Division.  Microsoft credits the Kinect sensor for the upsurge in Xbox 360 console and game sales as well as Xbox Live subscriptions.

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