Microsoft Project Spark beta is open for the resigration for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, as well as Windows 8.
“Project Spark is an open-world digital canvas that enables anyone to build, play, and share whatever they can imagine. It’s a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories, and games. Share all of your creations to a dynamic community, and play what the community makes. Project Spark brings creation to life and presents endless opportunities for play,” Microsoft stated.
Watch the Microsoft demostration video of Project Spark during its E3 press conference:
Head over to joinprojectspark.com to sign up for the beta program.
Microsoft has also rolled out an update to the Xbox Video app for Windows 8 and Windows RT.
The update adds a new feature that allows you to see progress while watching a TV episode and also showcase a highlight of the next episode to watch. Users can also access search from within the app, thanks to the new in-app search feature.
For those not aware, “Xbox Video app brings you the latest HD movies and TV shows on your Windows 8/Windows RT device and makes it easy to watch what you love wherever you are. Rent and buy new blockbuster movies and favorite classics, or catch up on last night’s episodes of the hottest TV shows. Xbox Video also brings you instant-on HD to get you watching right away. Plus, explore your video collection and play your own videos.”
You grab the app via the Windows Store.
Microsoft is also launching next week, a web-based version of Xbox Music, currently available on Windows 8, Xbox and Windows Phone.
The web version of Xbox Music will be available at music.xbox.com, and work much like Spotify does on the web, allowing you to steam music through your web browser as well as managing playlists.
“Microsoft has already started updating its Xbox Music pages in preparation, noting on some, that it’s “now available on the web”,” sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox Music plans have revealed.
Alongside the web version, Microsoft is also “refreshing its Xbox Music app for Windows 8.1, that includes a two panel interface that improves discoverability and quick access to collections of songs,” revealed.
The app will also support music files from SD cards, and improve Play To support for songs outside of the Xbox Music catalogue.
Update 06/28: Microsoft with Time Warner Cable bring the TWC TV app to Xbox 360. Available later this summer, using “the app Time Warner Cable subscribers with an Xbox Live Gold membership will be able to watch up to 300 live TV channels right from their Xbox 360,” Micosoft stated.
And unlike any other platform, “you’ll be able to control your entertainment using your voice via Kinect for Xbox 360.”
When the TWC TV app becomes available, you’ll be able to download it from the Xbox Live Marketplace.
Earlier today at the BUILD Conference in San Francisco we announced a new collaboration with Unity Technology.
The headline is that developers who build games published by Microsoft Studios now have access to Unity tools for Xbox 360 and Xbox One free of charge and can create interactive 3D and 2D experiences. “Unity will develop tools for Xbox One, including support for features like multiplayer matchmaking, SmartGlass, enhanced Kinect gestures and recognition, and the power of the cloud,” Microsoft’s Steven Guggenheime stated.
You can also download free Xbox One shirt for your Xbox 360 Avatar.