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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.

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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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Skype on Xbox One Updated

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Skype on Xbox One has now had an update to improve some of the features available. A full run down of the update was listed on the Skype Blog and includes:

Improved Chat: We know that many of our users jump between using Skype on their PC to their phone and now to their living room. So we’ve been focused on enhancing this experience, keeping conversations in sync and reducing the number of missed messages to make your chat experience even better. Improved chat is now synchronized and comes with push notifications, alerting you when a new message arrives, and providing a longer chat history – up to 1,000 messages, rather than just the past 7 days.

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Emoticons: As you might have seen earlier today, Skype chat now has new “hidden heroes” emoticons based on characters from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier to convey even more action-packed emotion with your Skype friends. These limited-edition emoticons will also be coming to Skype for Xbox One.

Contact Filtering: With this update, you’ll have the ability to filter your contacts by who is online, so you won’t have to scroll through your entire contacts list to find someone to chat with.

First Time Tutorial: If you’re new to Skype for Xbox One, never fear! We’ve created a tutorial for first time users to make learning the ins and outs of video calling and chatting in your living room easier than ever.

Swatting Bugs: In the past few months, we’ve been listening to your feedback and working hard to fix some of the issues our users have been experiencing. So keep telling us what you’re finding, and we’ll keep improving the experience to make Skype for Xbox One the best it can be.

Via: Skype

Five Exciting New Features for Skype on Xbox One

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Skype on Xbox One is rather a large part of the functionality of its social features. Since every Xbox One will come with a Kinect capable of seeing and hearing you, there really is no reason you should be put off getting more Skype-wise for the next generation of Xbox.

Microsoft has run down the top 5 features they think you should know in the run up to launch on Novemeber 22nd 2013. Oh, remember how Skype was introduced on Xbox One at E3 this year – group video chat is no longer a part of Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions, but now a 6 month free trial as detailed below.

No. 5: Notifications

Now you’ll never miss a chance to connect with the people who matter thanks to notifications that pop up when you receive calls and messages, whether you’re playing a game like Forza Motorsport 5, watching live TV, or doing Xbox Fitness.

No. 4: Wide View Camera with Auto Zoom and Pan

With Kinect’s new wide view lens and auto zoom functionality, the days of crowding everyone around the computer are long gone. With Skype for Xbox One, you can fit the whole family comfortably and easily into the frame so no one gets left out. And with auto zoom, the Kinect camera instantly focuses on the callers in the frame and will pan and zoom automatically to make your video calling experience even better.

No. 3: Multitasking with Snap-Able Apps

Snap makes it easy to use two experiences side-by-side. With Snap-optimized apps working alongside Skype for Xbox One, you’ll be able to multitask while you’re on a call, so you can do things like check sports scores in with Internet Explorer or watch Star Trek Into Darkness (available to own now on Xbox Video) while video chatting with your friends.

No. 2: Video Quality

For all your one-on-one chats, Skype will deliver video quality that’s sharper than ever, with 1080p HD video calling1. This means you and the people you’re calling will be crystal clear, making your everyday moments even more memorable.

No. 1: Free Group Video Calling and 100 Worldwide Minutes!

Microsoft are offering Group Video Calling and up to 100 worldwide minutes per month for calls to mobiles and landlines in over 50 countries – free for six months with an Xbox Live Gold membership on Xbox One. Free Skype minutes mean you can order a pizza from the place down the street or chat with a friend around the world all from your Xbox One.

Via Skype Blog

Cross-Platform Chat for Xbox One and Xbox 360 May Not Be Possible

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Did it ever cross your mind that maybe chatting to friends on an Xbox 360 whilst you are using an Xbox One might never be possible? Keep in mind that the original Xbox and Xbox 360 also didn’t share the features of Xbox LIVE before a “rant-off” is on your mind.

Major Nelson addressed the question via Reddit:

…based on what I know of the voice system, I would be surprised if this was possible. The Xbox One uses an all new wide bandwidth (read: better voice quality) CODEC, so I doubt they are compatible.

I originally thought that since Skype was powering all chat features for the new Xbox One and that the current Xbox 360 does not hook into that system might possibly be a reason. However the issue is CODEC’s. If you’re friends are not buying Xbox One’s for “whatever” reasons, best start saying your farewells come November.

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Skype Sex on Xbox One – What Will The LIVE Enforcement Team See?

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A question from a male (mid-twenties, so tempted to out his gamertag) friend on Xbox LIVE asked me about the limitations of Skyping with his female friends in the buff on the Xbox One console. The main concern was that whilst he is excited about 1080p voice controlled cyber-sex-mutual-masturbation-whatever-you-call-it on an HD screen with his overseas girlfriend (or potentially string of them), will the Xbox LIVE enforcement team take action on his account for such recreational non-gaming activities with his penis?

I felt I had to post this because when I actually tried to think of it, the enforcement action – not his Skyping! It actually made me wonder too if two adults naked on Skype on Xbox One is a breach of the Xbox One Terms of Use and would warrant an account ban. As such an account ban would also revoke all access to digitally downloaded titles associated with the account, DLC and whatever else is on offer tied to that account. Whilst cam to cam sexual activity is at play on PC’s, my only response was that I write about gaming news and reviews, I am not all that in-tune with Xbox LIVE’s Terms of Use for Xbox One, but that I would imagine if your account was reported then yes – the Xbox LIVE enforcement team might end up having a gawp at some still image or even video clip of what was taking place through the use of Kinect. Or, alternatively since the console has three operating systems, whatever is running Skype could operate completely differently and that since such activity is acceptable on Skype over a PC with both adults at play, what you perform on Skype on Xbox One could relate to Skype’s terms of use. It is a logical assumption that enforcement can not see what you have been doing on Skype unless you have been reported for it!

If you have been thinking the same question as both a fan of consoles and Skype – and now you want to combine the two – it’s worth knowing that under the Skype terms of use, Skype will keep your video messages and store all history for up to 90 days. Skype on the Xbox One will allow for group Skype video calls too, but my best advice would be that if you’re into masturbating over Skype and you have some privacy concerns with Xbox LIVE enforcement then keep it on a PC.

Thisisxbox.com has contacted Skype to ask what the deal is on masturbating on the Xbox One with Kinect. If a reply is given, we’ll post in due course.

New Microsoft Patent Backs Up Leaked Next-Gen Xbox Document

Last month, a hefty internal Microsoft Document had leaked online that outlined the organisation plans for the next-gen Xbox console. The two year old document that referred to the console as an Xbox 720 at the time detailed Blu-Ray, full 3D support, an “always-on” console state, support for DVR functionality to record tv shows, Kinect Augemented-Reality Glasses, and other technical specifications for its CPU processing. Continue reading New Microsoft Patent Backs Up Leaked Next-Gen Xbox Document

Skype to Power Next-Gen Xbox In-Game Voice Chat

Microsoft hasn’t officially announced details of the next generation Xbox console, nor any confirmations of its name which could be anything from Xbox 8, Xbox Infinity, Xbox 720 or totally something completely random, but this site would be a bit screwed if they didn’t at least call it an Xbox. What they have done, is confirm via a job posting for a Lead Program Manager is that Skype will power the next-gen console in-game voice chat features. Continue reading Skype to Power Next-Gen Xbox In-Game Voice Chat