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Xbox One update coming February 11, brings storage management, battery indicator

Xbox One system update

The first significant Xbox One update is set for release on Tuesday, February 11th. Microsoft gave a few details on what gamers can expect from the new software, without going into too much detail on what all it entails. Here are three features you can look forward to on February 11th as an Xbox One owner:

  • The ability to see and manage your storage space. With this update, you will find it easy to find how much space your content takes up and better manage your content. You can also control your install lineup and more easily manage your download queue. We’ve separated My Games and My Apps into separate lists, so you can easily create separate queues for both. Now you can pick the order in which you want your content to load and we’ve added a boot progress indicator so you can better track updates while they load.
  • The battery power indicator is back! You can see it right on the home screen, so you can easily track how much battery life is left on your controller.
  • And, you will be able to use your USB keyboard with your Xbox One.

While we haven't been waiting with bated breath for USB keyboard support ourselves, we're sure there's many a gamer out there excited to see that update. For us, being able to view and manage storage is a big deal--especially for a console that prides itself on selling all titles on demand with a paltry 500 GB hard drive. Speaking of which, we're still waiting on the update that enables external USB storage.

After the February 11th update, there will be another one released on March 4th in anticipation for the release of Titanfall. That one will be focused on multiplayer matchmaking and the party system, making sure it's in top shape for the release of the big-name title. You can pre-order Titanfall now.


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SimCity comes to Mac on June 11, 1.2 million PC copies sold

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Electronic Arts, PC, Simulation

SimCity Mac

EA has announced this morning that SimCity will be coming to the Mac on June 11 by way of its Origin digital download service. While OS X users will have had to wait over two months since the release of SimCity for PC, they will have been spared all of the ridiculous drama that unfolded when the game launched and crushed EA servers, making it unplayable by those who paid for it for almost two weeks. Also of note, the Mac version was written entirely for OS X, so it's a native game.

Any Mac users looking forward to SimCity on OS X?

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Internet Explorer coming to Xbox 360, to be revealed at E3?

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: E3, Internet, Kinect, Microsoft, Rumors, Xbox 360

Internet Explorer for Xbox 360

Looks like Microsoft is finally ready to bring Internet Explorer to the Xbox 360 after many years on the market. It turns out that the company has been testing an Xbox-optimized version of Internet Explorer 9 that supports the Bing voice search feature that's currently available on the platform. As with most things that Microsoft builds for the Xbox 360 these days, IE will have deeply-integrated Kinect integration, allowing users to speak web pages into existence, and wave to navigate. No word yet on availability, but E3 is just a few weeks away, and we'd bet that we'll see it in all its glory there.

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Mandatory Xbox Live update coming Nov 1st

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox Live

Nov 1 2010 xbox live update

If you've been waiting for the Fall 2010 Xbox Live dashboard update to drop, tomorrow is the day, just in time for the launch of Kinect. This'll be a mandatory update, and anyone who refuses to get it will find themselves unable to connect to the service. According to the message Xbox Live users are receiving in their inboxes, the update will also add minor changes the Dashboard so that: "You will notice a change to the layout of the Xbox LIVE Dashboard, a new color scheme, and new fonts being used.

If you want a look at all the new features the update will bring to your Xbox 360, hit our video after the jump.

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Steam for Mac now publicly available!

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Konami, PC

Steam for Mac Valve

That’s right - you can now finally download Steam for Mac! In case you weren’t aware, Steam will basically do more for Mac gaming than anything any other company, including Apple, has ever done. Go ahead and get to downloading now. Oh, and if you’ve never tried Portal, there’s never been a better time to do it.


Mother’s Day Special Edition DS Lite Bundle

DS Lite BundleThis may be your last chance to get a gift for mom before the big day Sunday, so why not get her something you can borrow? Nintendo has released a Special Edition DS Lite that comes with the software Personal Trainer Cooking. Available in lime green, it also includes a floral pouch and has a price of $149.99. A DSi version is also available in Japan. We wonder who came up with the idea as no mother we know digs cooking all that much or lime green.

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JamParty Turns Controller Into Guitar

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Music

JamParty ScreenshotHeadliner

We know you cannot get enough of Rock Star/Guitar Hero, so here is a way to take it to the next level. JamParty allows you to play, compose and share with its Music Creation Software and your controller. There are multiple genres to play with and up to two players can participate. Play guitar, drums, or other instruments and be your own rock star. Zivix is also working on a digital guitar that will turn your electric into a gaming controller. There is some symmetry in that.

 

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The Beatles Come To Rock Band

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Music, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360

Beatles Rock Band

MTV Games and Harmonix have convinced Apple Corps, the Beatles’ music company, to put some of their tunes on Rock Band. Included in the deal will be:

  • The Beatles: Rock Band Software - Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii: $59.99.
  • The Beatles: Rock Band Standalone Guitars - Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii: $99.99.
  • The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii: $249.99.

You can visit the site, but the only info available is the date, so we suppose more information will trickle out eventually.

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Pillow Interface for NES PunchOut

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Fighting, Mods/Hacks, Nintendo

PunchOut Interface

If you dug the old NES game PunchOut, then you will surely like “kirton’s” interface. He took a foam filled bag with impact sensors then wired them to a PC game pad. This transfers the impact of the game through an NES emulator. The software also includes visual feedback as the sprite turns pink when hit and an LED indicator flashes. Eventually, he wants to include a strobe light to emulate character disorientation when punched. You can get all the details on Instructables.

 

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Nintendo Japan Lists 2007 Wii Releases

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Nintendo, Release Dates, Wii

Wii IGN is reporting that Nintendo of Japan has revealed the Wii lineup for the rest of 2007. Japanese Wii owners can breath a little sigh of relief – high profile titles Mario Galaxy, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption are slated for release in 2007. North American gamers will have to wait for confirmation on these titles, but a Japan release in 2007 would seem to be a good indication that the same games are on their way to the US as well, particularly Metroid. Nintendo, more than any other hardware manufacturer, relies heavily on their first party line up to carry the console, so getting 13 first party releases, albeit with non-games like Wii Health and Wii Music will help drive demand during the holiday season. Of course, this might be moot if Nintendo can’t increase their hardware supply as they have been promising. With third parties still seemingly adjusting to developing for the Wii, Nintendo is going to be the prime software supplier for 2007.

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