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Microsoft Plans to Win in Europe! 50°
August 7, 2008 // 9:33 pm - Even though the console war is a global "conflict," winning one of the three big regions - North America, Asia and Europe - could offer a console manufacturer company huge profits.

Microsoft and their Xbox 360 kind of lost hope with Asia and especially Japan, even though the recently released Tales of Vesperia has proven to be a huge success. However, since the battle is still on in Europe, Microsoft's David Gosen said that his company planned to win it!

The VP of strategic marketing said that the company was investing in creating better quality video games...

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Havok signs 'perpetual' licensing deal with Microsoft Game Studios 50°
August 7, 2008 // 1:16 am - Microsoft Game Studios and Havok have signed a perpetual licensing agreement for the latter's Physics, Animation and Behavior products, plus future products, to be used across all Microsoft internal studios and development partners worldwide.

Described as a 'unique deal', the agreement follows on from a long-running relationship between Microsoft and Havok. Havok has been used in several Microsoft triple A titles including Halo 3, Halo 2, Scene It? Lights Camera Action, and Age of Empires III. Microsoft has been licensing Havok products since 2001.

And a number of...

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Rumor: Microsoft Paid for Final Fantasy XIII PS3 Exclusivity Breach? 50°
August 7, 2008 // 1:12 am - There's apparently a big feature article in the upcoming issue of Japanese gaming mag Famitsu that talks Square Enix, Final Fantasy XIII and all that jazz.

While scans haven't hit the Internet yet, we've heard from several trusted insiders who have seen the yet-unreleased issue. It mentions that FFXIII is going to be out in Japan by next summer and in Europe/USA on both the Xbox 360 and the PS3 by the end of 2009 – which pretty much what we already know.

Here's the juicy bit: According to the Famitsu piece, Microsoft is footing the bill for Square Enix's FFXIII breach...

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Microsoft Details Xbox Live Community Games, Debuts this Fall 50°
July 22, 2008 // 11:11 pm - Make games. Make money. That's the motto of Microsoft's Xbox Live Community Games initiative, which will officially launch to consumers this fall, alongside the forthcoming dashboard update.

As the company's first foray into democratizing game development on a console, indy developers will be able create their own game using the XNA framework, then submit it to Microsoft for peer review.

If approved, you'll be able to set a price on your game, ranging from three suggested retail price points at 200 to 800 Microsoft Points. Developers will receive a 70% return...

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Microsoft Shows Off Themes in New Dashboard Interface 50°
July 17, 2008 // 2:19 am - Microsoft's community manager Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb has released a selection of new screenshots showing off custom themes in the redesigned dashboard interface, which is scheduled to hit the Xbox 360 later this fall as part of a free software update.

To quote from a related Shacknews article: "A few folks have asked about themes and the new Xbox experience," Hyrb wrote on his blog. "Specifically, how...

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Microsoft responds to Xbox 360 Elite Rumors 50°
July 8, 2008 // 10:20 pm - Microsoft has today responded to a number of misleading stories in the UK's mainstream press earlier this week regarding alleged 'red ring' problems with the Xbox 360 Elite console that have been experienced by numerous UK gamers.

Microsoft has now issued the following official response to these stories, which appeared in the Daily Mirror and the Daily Telegraph:...

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Microsoft Equipt: The Beginning of Next-Generation Microsoft 50°
July 6, 2008 // 2:05 am - When I was briefed on Microsoft Equipt a few days ago, I couldn't help but take this in context with Bill Gates' departure and reflect on the post-Gates Microsoft. For much of Microsoft's history, the company has been known primarily for two very successful products - Windows and Office.

Sometimes this connection has been less than positive. Back in 2000, I had a conversation with back then new Microsoft president Steve Ballmer and was fascinated that he believed that the market would eventually move to a subscription model. With Equipt, Microsoft takes its biggest step...

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Jerry Yang is out of choices and he wants Microsoft 50°
July 1, 2008 // 2:43 am - Just a few months ago, the blogosphere was exploding over the possibility of Microsoft and Yahoo joining up to become an online powerhouse. Would Steve Ballmer be able to pull the deal off? Would Jerry Yang bite?

We all anxiously waited for what could be. But after a lengthy deliberation, political jockeying, and pleas for help, Microsoft walked away after Jerry Yang did everything he could to kill the deal.

But the story didn't quite end there. Since then, Microsoft and Yahoo have gone back to the table twice. First, Microsoft entertained the possibility...

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