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Ballmer Confirms Both Allard and Bach Are Leaving Microsoft 300°
May 25, 2010 // 7:54 pm - Microsoft has confirmed to Kotaku (linked above) that both Robbie Bach, the current head of all things entertainment for Microsoft, and J. Allard one of the top men behind the Xbox and Xbox 360, are leaving Microsoft.

In a memo this morning to Microsoft employees obtained by Kotaku, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that the two were "retiring" from the company.

Ballmer says that after 22 years with Microsoft, Bach, the president, of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division, is leaving Microsoft on a high note.

To quote: "This...

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Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Anti-piracy Update (KB971033) 1000°
February 24, 2010 // 10:12 pm - When you are installing updates over the next week or so be aware that Microsoft has finally released their anti-piracy update (KB971033) which can cause issues for many Windows 7 users, even those who got their copy of Windows 7 legitimately.

To quote: "For those of you who have a pirated copy of Windows 7 or have bought your computer from Dell, Best Buy or Gateway where Windows 7 was pre-installed you may want to stay away from this update.

While it isn't supposed to make your operating system unusable, it will keep asking you to pay for it and will also make your...

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Microsoft: There is No Need to Launch a New XBox 360 Console 550°
January 13, 2010 // 1:00 pm - Xbox Product Management Senior Director David Hufford believes that Natal will give new life to the Xbox 360, and that there is no need to launch a new console.

To quote from a recent interview with Guardian.co.uk: "I think it's important to say that the Xbox 360 is the console of the long future for us.

There is no need to launch a new console, because we're able to give this console new life either with software upgrades or hardware upgrades like Project Natal," said David...

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Microsoft Drops Internal Natal Chip, Opts for Software Solution 250°
January 7, 2010 // 11:44 pm - Today GamesIndustry.biz (linked above) reports that Microsoft is opting for an XBox 360 software solution after dropping the internal hardware chip in Natal in an effort to reduce costs of the device.

The load previously handled by the chip now falls on one of the main three Xenon processors, but while taking a "percentage" of performance away from the system, most games don't use up 100 per cent of the available processing power anyway.

To quote: "Microsoft has dropped a chip from its forthcoming Natal motion control system as the platform holder eyes accessible price...

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Video: Microsoft Announces XBox 360 Game Room at CES 2010 250°
January 6, 2010 // 11:11 pm - Microsoft's Robbie Bach did a CES 2010 interview today, and while most of it is just a general conversation if you skip to 11:50 in the video he mentions "XBox Game Room" which sounds like it will be a one stop shop for retro games as first rumored.

Below is the official Fact Sheet information regarding the 'Game Room' which has now been made available:

Game Features:

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Microsoft Begins Banning Homebrew XBox 360s from LIVE 500°
December 26, 2009 // 12:51 am - The inevitable has happened according to a multi-page thread on XBox-Scene (linked above), it appears Microsoft is now beginning to ban homebrew XBox 360 consoles running freeBOOT or XBReboot from XBox LIVE.

This move comes just under two months from their last XBL ban wave,...

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Microsoft Announces a Limited Edition XBox 360 NXE Bundle 100°
November 24, 2009 // 9:43 pm - Today Microsoft has announced news of a new Limited Edition XBox 360 NXE Bundle, which gives you everything you need to connect to XBox LIVE.

It will be available for around €79,99 and offer access to Facebook, Twitter and Zune video with instant streaming HD movies on Xbox LIVE.

The NXE bundle includes the following four accessories:

• 3 Months Gold Membership - Experience three months of pure gold! Your Xbox LIVE® Gold membership lets you connect and play with friends around the world and watch Blockbuster HD movies. Plus, with your Gold membership...

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Microsoft Job Listing Hints at Next-Gen Halo for XBox 360 50°
November 11, 2009 // 9:57 pm - Microsoft's internal Halo studio, 343 Industries, is working a new Halo game.

And not just another Halo game, a Halo game for the "next generation Xbox platform" – hopefully Microsoft doesn't consider a Natal-enabled Xbox 360 to be a next-gen platform.

To quote: A job listing on Gamasutra.com reveals that a level designer with at least one AAA game under their belt and a great amount of Halo knowledge can find a new home in the company's Redmond WA facilities where they...

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