Xbox at Game Developers Conference 2015
Next month, the annual Game Developers Conference returns to the Moscone Center in San Francisco – and as the games division for Microsoft, Xbox will be there in full force. With 16 sponsored sessions, a robust booth presence and two lounges, Xbox will showcase the latest and greatest games and announcements on game development for Windows 10 devices and Xbox One. During last month’s Windows 10 briefing, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer shared Microsoft’s vision for gaming across devices, with the announcement that the Xbox app for Windows 10 will include some of Xbox Live’s most popular features and some of the most beloved Xbox experiences. At GDC 2015, Xbox will share new tools and roadmaps with developers for creating games on Windows 10 devices. On March 4th at 11:00 PT, Spencer will host a presentation about developing games across the Microsoft ecosystem – from Windows 10 PCs, to Xbox One consoles. As the session will be open to GDC attendees only and seating is limited, it will be made available later that day on Xbox Live, YouTube, Channel 9, and here on Xbox Wire. That’s not all Xbox has going on at GDC 2015 – our talented developers and thought leaders will cover a wide range of topics across 16 sessions over the course of the conference, including developing games for Windows 10 and Xbox One, a closer look at DirectX 12, a deep dive on creating cross-device multiplayer experiences with Xbox Live, and more. Check out the GDC 2015 schedule for a full list of can’t-miss Xbox game developer sessions.
Sling TV, the New Live Internet TV Service, Launching on Xbox One with Exclusive Offer in the Coming Weeks
Our vision at Xbox is to bring your games and entertainment together. Important to that vision is our focus on partnering with television providers and content distributors to deliver rich, differentiated TV and video experiences. Today, we’re pleased to share the news of a relationship with the newly announced Sling TV, which is backed by DISH. Sling TV is an over-the-top, television service that will deliver live sports, lifestyle, family, news and information channels, Video-On-Demand (VOD) entertainment, and the best of Internet video for $20 per month. With Sling TV, there’s no commitment, contract, credit check, hardware installation, or hidden fees. Confirmed channels include ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Cartoon Network, and Disney Channel with more to come. And Xbox One will be the exclusive gaming console when it launches in the coming weeks. What’s more, as the first gaming console where Sling TV will be available, we’re excited to announce that all Xbox Live members will get an exclusive extended free trial for one month at launch. ”Xbox is onboard as the first gaming console where Sling TV will be available,” said Bassil El-Khatib, vice president of Sling TV. “We created the live Internet TV service for millennial consumers underserved by the pay-TV industry. One of the keys to reaching this audience is being on the devices they use, and we know millions of consumers are turning on their Xbox every day to access content they love.”
Xbox Entertainment Blitz: Pandora, Vevo, Telemundo and Bravo Among Others Launching This Week
At Xbox, we’re committed to bringing you the best experiences and as we look back on 2014, we joined forces with some of the top brands in entertainment and gaming to bring you new content on a regular basis. Twitch broadcasting, MLG and ESL Gaming came to Xbox One bringing competitive gaming to a new level. GoPro kicked action sports into high gear with the launch of its new channel on Xbox One. Our partners from MLB.TV, WWE and Team Stream from Bleacher Report brought non-stop action for sports fans. ReddX introduced a first of its kind reddit experience and Plex made Xbox One the first console where the app was available. P90X for Xbox Fitness brought heart-pounding custom routines just in time for the summer. Finally, TV and movie buffs welcomed the additions of Starz Play, MoviePlex Play, Encore Play and the highly anticipated HBO GO app that launched last month and Showtime Anytime last week. From the beginning, our vision for Xbox One has included offering gamers the ability to play the best games and seamlessly switch to the apps, movies and TV shows they love. As the year comes to a close, we’re excited to continue that vision with the addition of a new group of apps on Xbox One including Pandora, Vevo, Bravo and more. See below for more details on each new app joining the platform this week.
Catch Up on Your Favorite Award-Winning Series with Showtime Anytime, Now on Xbox One
Today, we’re launching Showtime Anytime on Xbox One. If you’re an Xbox Live member in the U.S., you can now access unlimited hours of programming, including current seasons of the highly buzzed-about series “Homeland” and “The Affair.” Subscribers can also watch the East and West Coast feeds live through the app. Showtime Anytime on Xbox One is available for free to all who subscribe to Showtime through participating television providers. You can also preview the Showtime Anytime service and watch select episodes of Showtime series for free on the console. The app is also available on Xbox 360. In addition to “Homeland” and “The Affair”, you can now watch current and past seasons of the network’s award-winning original series including “Shameless,” “Ray Donovan,” “Masters of Sex,” “Penny Dreadful,” “House of Lies,” “Californication,” “Dexter,” “Web Therapy,” “Episodes” and “Nurse Jackie” along with box office hits, hard-hitting sports, documentaries and specials. We’re bringing our full slate of special features, including resuming programs previously watched on your computers, mobile or other streaming media devices, and the “My List” feature, where you can access all of your saved programs. The app also supports voice and gesture controls using Kinect for Xbox One, so you can browse and watch your favorite Showtime programming without the use of a controller or remote. With our app on Xbox One, we’re introducing a new feature for Showtime Anytime on the television, making it easy to marathon view series or resume programs where they left off. Additionally, you can select your favorite Showtime series, movies or boxing matches and “pin” them to their Xbox One Home screen.
Xbox One Black Friday Deals: Consoles Starting at $329, Deals on Digital Games
As we approach the busiest shopping time of year, we want to ensure our fans are getting the best deals and savings on Xbox One this holiday season. Beginning on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 – 29, and Cyber Monday, online only Dec. 1, Xbox One consoles, including special edition bundles Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Unity Bundle and Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle, will be available* starting at $329, in the U.S. That’s $70 off the original console price. We’re also offering a number of amazing Xbox Live and digital game and video deals, including 40 percent off Forza Motorsport 5 and Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition, through the Xbox Store starting today. In addition to the limited time $70 off Xbox One promotion, several national retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Microsoft Retail Stores, Target, Toys R Us and Walmart will offer special Black Friday deals.