Microsoft and Pizza Hut have worked together on launching an Xbox Live app that lets users order pizza directly from the Xbox 360 console. The Xbox app shows Pizza Hut’s menu and lets users customize their toppings and sides. The order can be put together using Kinect motion controls, voice commands, and the Xbox controller. Users can also link their Xbox and PizzaHut.com accounts to save their order settings to make future orders faster and find deals at their local restaurants.
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The movie business is tough to penetrate unless you are associated with a major production studio. Instead of uploading their video on YouTube or distributing DVDs, the makers of the low-budget British comedy, Pulp, is going to put it on Xbox Live.
Nat Brown is a former Xbox engineer and co-founder that has blasted Microsoft for letting gamers down with “five years of failure.” Nat Brown was one of the leading engineers and came up with the name of the console. The Xbox has sold over 76 million units and Xbox Live has around 46 million paying subscribers.
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Motorola Mobility attempted to ban the Xbox 360 by claiming a patent violation. The International Trade Commission agreed that Microsoft was infringing on the patents, but Microsoft was claiming that Motorola wanted too much money to license the standards-essential patents so they fought the ban.
Microsoft built an Xbox 360 second screen app for Android called SmartGlass last month. The app allows you to control the Microsoft Xbox 360 console using the Android devices. Through the app you can navigate through the Dashboard, input text, and browse the web with zooming. The app required at least an 800 x 480 resolution device at the time, but now the app has been updated to support 7-inch tablet devices. You can download the app from Google Play now.
Microsoft Corporation sold over 750,000 Xbox consoles on Black Friday in the U.S. according to UberGizmo. This is not surprising to me because it seems like almost every retailer was offering some sort of deal on them. I even picked up an Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle from Meijers for $199 since it came with a $40 coupon for the grocery store. As a comparison, the Nintendo Wii U sold around 400,000 units.
Microsoft has unlocked an achievement for the game Halo 4. In terms of financials, Halo 4 can be considered the largest entertainment launch of the year since they hit $220 million in one day of sales. According to the Halo Waypoint blog, over one million people have already completed the single player campaign. This means that players spent 13.5 million hours of gameplay for the campaign and over 31.4 million hours were spent playing the game in the first 5 days. The most impressive number for the first 5 days: 4.5 billion kills.
The Microsoft Xbox Music service is expected to launch tomorrow on October 16th. Xbox Music users will be able to choose from 30 million songs. Xbox Music users will be able to stream free music and download tunes. Microsoft Xbox Music is rumored to compete against services like Spotify and Apple iTunes.