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Rosetta Stone app coming to Xbox One

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The well-known language learning software Rosetta Stone has announced that its app is coming to the Xbox One

The company website states;

Rosetta Stone’s new application teaches English and Spanish by way of immersive simulation. Virtual travel experiences teach you the vocabulary and grammar necessary for real-world interactions. So before you book a flight to a foreign destination, grab your controller. You’ll explore several locations in the Discovery Zone and chat with the characters you find there. In the Training Zone, you’ll solidify the concepts you encountered with study recommendations, cultural tips, phrase books, and of course, more games! Keep track of your achievements, and keep practicing until you get a perfect score. With Rosetta Stone’s proven technology-based immersion method in a video-game interface, who knew language learning could be so fun.

So at the moment Spanish is the way forward but I’m guessing if the application is successful then more languages will be added. Who knows this could mean the end to all subtitles in games like Battlefield and Call of Duty.

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UPLOAD Studio update comes to Xbox One

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Major Nelson has announced on his blog that a new update to the UPLOAD Studio is being pushed out to all users on Xbox One. The update containing a whole host of new functions and features is aimed at improving the existing tool and has been compiled together from the feedback and requests of its community.

Some of the main changes that are included are the use of text overlays and voice overs. The ability to upload videos that contain up to 15 segments with a total running time of 30 minutes. Title cards, new effects, splash screens, intro’s and transition effects have also been added giving you everything you need to make your videos look professional.

If just the thought of this frightens you, then you will be pleased to know that also included in this update is a whole host of templates that can assist you in making your clips look just as good as the pro’s. The developers have even gone to the bother of creating certain templates for certain games.

Saving the best to last, the most interesting feature that has been added is the virtual green screen effect. All users that have a kinect system now have a virtual green screen. This allows us to take a shot of ourselves, remove the background and then drop us into our videos and clips.

Expect to see this free update appear over the next couple of days to all machines that have the UPLOAD Studio installed, but in the meantime if you want more information check out the video below where Major Nelson talks us through the changes.

I’m now off to take full advantage of this update and next time you see me I will be exploring Mars with my Hunter in Destiny.

 

 

ESL releases ESL App on Xbox One

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ESL is the world’s largest independent eSports brand and today they announced the release of its new app on Xbox One. The ESP app enables competitive console players – initially from Europe and North America – to connect directly through Xbox Live. Launching today, the application will allow gamers to compete across an expansive list of game titles in a variety of ESL cups and tournaments. With matchmaking acting as the core feature, the ESL app on Xbox One eliminates the need for extra devices and browser windows, thereby streamlining the gaming experience for users.

ESL stands for the best eSports experience in the world and our goal is to deliver that experience on all platforms. By launching our own app, we want to bring that unique experience to the Xbox One and its lineup of multiplayer games. The app will allow players of all skill levels to easily participate in our tournaments. This is just the start for us – we are working hard to bring major eSports tournaments to consoles and integrate them flawlessly into our app so everyone can get involved.

said Marcel Menge, Managing Director at Turtle eSports Technology.

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The ESL Xbox One app allows gamers to:

  • Find, sign up and submit results for ESL matches and cups
  • Track their individual progress in past and current ESL competitions
  • View and contact teammates and opponents via their gamertags
  • Read the latest eSports news right here on ESLGaming.com

At Xbox, we’re dedicated to providing gamers with the experiences they ask for and we know competitive gaming is a growing category.  With the addition of the ESL app on Xbox One, we can deliver a wide range of tournaments for some of the best games on the platform all with the functionality our community craves.

said Larry Hyrb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson.

The main feature of the application is to enable users to find, sign up and submit results for ESL cups and matches on Xbox itself. An extension of this allows the gamer to stay on top of the competition and track his/her progress within both past and present ESL competitions.

For more information on ESL you can head over to their website here.

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Vine App Available on Xbox One

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As of literally this minute, yes – this minute Vine fans you can entertain yourself with hours of the short, looping videos thanks to the Vine app on Xbox One. Available to quite a few Xbox Live locales, Vine should be available on the marketplace if you just “bing” it or check out the store.

The Xbox Wire posted the availability earlier today:

“This is the first Vine viewing experience built specifically for the TV, giving you access to funny, quirky, artistic, creative Vines directly in your living room. Now you can watch and explore the world of short, looping videos, and Xbox One makes them easy to enjoy using Kinect voice or gesture control to play, pause and search through the next or previous Vine. You can watch popular Vines, explore channels like Art, Music & Dance, and Comedy, view playlists, and more. In addition, the app can be snapped next to your games, TV or other entertainment apps, making it possible to watch Vines alongside your favorite games or whatever you’re watching.”

Check out the Vine experience today by visiting the Xbox Store and downloading Vine onto your Xbox One.

MLG app for Xbox One

Just in time for the MLG Championship broadcast live from Anaheim, CA, June 20-22, Major League Gaming (MLG) today released the MLG app for Xbox One, the video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Following the success of the MLG app for Xbox 360, Xbox Live members can now watch all of MLG.tv’s professionally-produced, premium, competitive gaming content on both consoles.

In addition to the action packed MLG Championship this weekend starting Friday, June 20 at 2:30pm PT, MLG’s popular programming includes the MLG news show “eSports Report,” the world’s best players, teams and leagues and premier competitions.

“We’re excited to deliver the extensive line up of MLG.tv programming to gaming fans on Xbox Live and to entertain the passionate audience on both Xbox One and Xbox 360,” said Sundance DiGiovanni, MLG CEO and co-founder. “MLG showcases the best in competitive gaming and we will continue to release new competitive content and introduce new streamers via the MLG.tv platform in the coming months.”

“MLG brings something unique to gamers and gaming fans around the world, the opportunity to compete and spectate on one of the world’s largest gaming stages,” said Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President, Xbox. “When MLG launched on Xbox 360, we brought its popular content to the big screen for the first time and we’re excited to expand on that vision with the launch on Xbox One. Xbox fans around the world can now experience the upcoming MLG Championship and other premier events on Xbox One or Xbox 360, showcasing the best gamers from around the world.”

MLG Championship and Broadcast Schedule:
Fans can tune in this weekend for the MLG Championship live from the Anaheim Convention Center. The 66th MLG event will feature over 1000 of the world’s best gamers competing for $150,000 in prizes in front of a LIVE audience of thousands of spectators and millions more will watch via MLG.tv. The three day event will feature Call of Duty: Ghosts; a high-stakes StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm tournament; the return of Super Smash Bros. Melee for the first time since 2006, and the debut of Killer Instinct and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

The action will be broadcast LIVE beginning Friday, June 20 at 2:30pm PT

Skype Group Video Calling To Remain Free on Xbox One

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During E3 2013 last year it was announced that Skype Group Video Calling would be free for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers on Xbox One. You can imagine that there was some confusion when later down the line around the launch of Xbox One in November 2013 that this was reduced to a six-month promotion only; it is has been announced now that this great feature for multiple video chat is to remain free on Xbox One.

Skype quoted:

Skype is proud that, since our beginning, we’ve created opportunities for people to communicate freely and easily, no matter where they are; from keeping in touch with remote family members or calling home when traveling to chatting daily with your close circles of friends. While Skype is known for one to one video calling, we know it’s also essential to connect with the groups of people who matter most, whether friends, family or colleagues. For the last few years, we’ve offered group video calling to Premium users on Windows desktop and Mac and more recently Xbox One. Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re making group video calling free – for all users on these platforms. And, in the future, we’ll be enabling group video calling for all our users across more platforms – at no cost.

This is promising news especially for Xbox One users who do not have the luxury of UNO and Xbox LIVE Vision cam to see more than one person through video discussions as per Xbox 360 users* Out of interest if you are yet to purchase an Xbox One, Skype uses the new Kinect camera to send Skype video calls in full 1080p HD resolution. Because Kinect on Xbox One has a wide-angle field of view, everyone can sit and chat comfortably. Skype and Xbox One work together seamlessly so that you don’t have to lift a finger to make or receive a call. Just say: “Xbox Skype” followed by their name and Skype will do the rest

Thanks: Skype Blog

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Youtube App on Xbox One Update for DVR Clips Rolling Out

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Finally, Xbox One gamers will soon be able to share those precious, special or down right embarrassing gaming moments captured from your console to your Youtube Channel. Xbox Wire has confirmed that an update to the Youtube App on Xbox One will start to roll-out from tomorrow, April 8th.

“Game DVR and Upload are among the most used apps on Xbox One. We know how important it is to be able to easily watch and share video clips, and starting tomorrow we’re rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One that integrates Game DVR and Upload with YouTube**, making it easier than ever to capture and share game clips with the world.

Now, use Game DVR to capture epic gaming moments, edit them in Upload Studio, and, with the simple click of a button inside the YouTube app (look for My Uploads – *Gold required), share them instantly to your YouTube channel. The updated YouTube experience also allows you to watch YouTube videos in Snap Mode, add individual YouTube videos to your Pins, earn Media Achievements, and add your YouTube channels to OneGuide for instant access to YouTube videos right next to your favorite TV listings or App Channels.”

So, if you’re not overkeen on the whole TWITCH experience at least the familiar Youtube service may be more to your liking from tomorrow.

New OneGuide Features for Select Global Xbox One Users

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OneGuide and SmartGlass Updates in More Markets

SmartGlass has been updated recently in the UK to allow for easier navigation and a better experience in searching for Friends, Recent Players and even the ability to Snap an App to Xbox One using SmartGlass on any enabled device. Even more exciting is that new features have been announced for OneGuide that will launch later this year, but available right now to some by invite only!

Here’s what Xbox Wire churned out earlier:

So in addition what you can do today, we also want to explore some new ideas. That’s why we’re making a range of new features available to select Xbox Live members by invite only in the U.S., Europe, and Canada. Designed to improve the TV experience on Xbox One, the features bring elements of OneGuide to new markets, and they add OneGuide and universal remote control to Xbox SmartGlass.

Those select Xbox Live members will see:

  • An enhanced TV watching experience (that’s already available in the U.S.), which sees TV listings added to OneGuide, alongside Favorites and App Channels. This will work for people in Europe and Canada who have their TV connected to Xbox One via HDMI-in.
  • More control over Xbox One, their TV, and set-top box, including setting new recordings and watching recorded content from their DVR, all from a tablet or smart phone. Xbox SmartGlass also adds a cool new feature to show the most recently-watched channels.
  • New Kinect voice commands in Europe and Canada (already available in the U.S.) which let you control your set-top box and other AV equipment.

These features will be available to select Xbox Live members and will launch officially for everyone later this year.

Xbox One Gameplay Streaming ‘Months away’

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Earlier in the week @TwitchTVSupport advised us that Xbox One streaming could still be months away and that it was Microsoft withholding the date, not Twitch themselves;

This is hugely disappointing for a large number of Xbox One gamers and broadcasters who want to get rolling with their new channels/streams. No one is entirely sure what the delay is. It could be a deliberately planned course of action to force more users into using the fun yet limited features of Microsoft’s own Upload Studio or it could be they are trying to ensure the same problems that Sony faced with users broadcasting themselves having sex in the augmented reality demo The Playroom, don’t happen again.

In the mean time Xbox One users can still download the Twitch.TV App and watch other broadcasts from PS4 and PC players alike. That’s one thing we do have over the PS4 owners, their app only allows them to watch streams from other PS4 broadcasters. *Yawn*

Microsoft Detail First Wave of TV & Entertainment Apps On Xbox One

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Microsoft says that “entertainment has always been important for Xbox fans” so has today unveiled the very first wave of some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment coming to Xbox One in the 13 launch markets between 22nd November and spring 2014. Specifically In the UK, entertainment partners are as follows:

  • 4oD
  • Amazon\LOVEFiLM
  • blinkbox
  • Crackle
  • Demand 5
  • Eurosport
  • Machinima
  • MUZU TV
  • Netflix
  • NOW TV
  • TED
  • Twitch
  • Wuaki.tv

The full list of global apps can be found here: http://news.xbox.com/2013/11/xbox-one-partners-unveiled

This list is just the first wave of partners coming to Xbox One and brand new entertainment apps will launch every month for Xbox LIVE Gold Subscribers. In addition to the entertainment apps coming from partners, in every market Xbox One will also feature:

  • Xbox Fitness
  • Xbox Video
  • Xbox Music
  • Internet Explorer
  • Skype
  • SkyDrive
  • Upload

With games, multiplayer gaming, live TV and the best entertainment apps, Xbox One is the most complete entertainment system.