The Microsoft Xbox video game console is not being blocked from entering the U.S. after a trade panel decided that it does not violate a patent belonging to Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility. Earlier this week, the U.S. International Trade Commission decided that the Xbox does not infringe upon a patent that relates to two-way communication between the gaming system and related accessories such as controllers. This ends the case that was filed in November 2010.
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Microsoft Xbox One: New Kinect, Controller, Snap Mode, SmartGlass Compatibility, And Skype Integration
Microsoft announced the Xbox One console at their headquarters in Redmond, Washington today. The Xbox One has a new Kinect sensor that is going to launch later this year. There is an emphasis for Xbox One users to “have a relationship with your TV.” The Xbox One has 8GB of RAM, 8-core CPU, 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11N WiFi, and HDMI in/out.
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Microsoft has built several set-top boxes, but the company is not sure if they should launch the device. The set top boxes would provide access to the Xbox Live suite of applications, according to The Wall Street Journal. Supposedly the most recent iteration of the set top box allows Kinect-enabled gesture controls with a similar user interface as the new Xbox console being announced later this year. The new Xbox is supposed to arrive on May 21st.
Microsoft Corporation has pushed back the planned announcement for their new console until May. Rumored to be called the Xbox 720, The Verge said that sources at Microsoft informed them about the console’s delay. Microsoft was rumored to be working on an event that would take place later this month to unveil the new console. The new date for the event is expected to be May 21, 2013. The Xbox 720 will be in direct competition with the PlayStation 4, which was announced this past February.
A U.S. trade judge said that the Microsoft Xbox video game console is not violating patents belonging to Google through the acquisition of Motorola Mobility. U.S. International Trade Commission Judge David Shaw sided with Microsoft in this case, but his decision is subject to review by a six-member commission.
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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Microsoft Zune Pass users are being notified that the Mixview playback and channel playlist features will be discontinued today. The music video streaming service on the Zune desktop software is also being shut down. It appears that Microsoft is consolidating all of their streaming media services under the Xbox brand with the launch of Xbox Music. Users will no longer be able to send or receive messages through Zune Pass and Zune HD apps will be discontinued.