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The Xbox maker will also kick off its Deals with ESO Gold and Games with Gold programs in June for Xbox One

The Xbox maker will also kick off its Deals with ESO Gold and Games with Gold programs in June for Xbox One.Some of the moves made by Microsoft today–namely, dropping the Gold requirement for entertainment apps like Netflix and offering an Xbox One without Kinect for $399–appear to be attempts to erase the advantages the PlayStation 4 currently has. If the Gold requirement remains in place, that would be one area the PS4 continues to have an edge, as free-to-play games (like DC Universe Online) and subscription-based MMOs (like The Elder Scrolls Online) don’t require a PlayStation Plus membership in order to be played.

For the time being, at least; Microsoft has “about six months” to consider changing its policies, as the game was recently delayed for consoles. The developer was in talks with Microsoft back in August to cut the extra fees for The Elder Scrolls Online, which won’t be enforced by Sony via PlayStation Plus for PS4. “So today, the announcement is about the entertainment applications being available to all Xbox Live members,” Spencer said. One of Microsoft’s big announcements today was the restructuring of Xbox Live Gold; the company will now allow Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners to use entertainment apps like Netflix and HBO Go without requiring a paid Xbox Live subscription.

As Microsoft’s Phil Spencer clarified to Joystiq today, the latest in a series of “Xbox One-80s” doesn’t apply to free-to-play and subscription-based online games.”It was really about going as fast as we could on the things that we completely controlled.” Microsoft also announced today that it will begin selling the Xbox One without Kinect in June, which led to some mixed reactions from Dance Central developer Harmonix. Bethesda’s latest MMORPG, ESO Power Leveling, will still require a Gold subscription on top of the developer’s own monthly fees.

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Your 2014 FIFA World Cup Group Guide

The start of 2014 FIFA World Cup is only a few weeks away and we at EA SPORTS are extremely excited to see the action unfold. Using data from Opta and in-game stats from FIFA 14 and EA SPORTS 2014 FIFA World Cup, we compiled information on all 32 teams taking part in the tournament.

Regardless if you are a hardcore sports fan or just a casual observer, these handy infographics have everything you need to understand the opposition and which players to watch out for in Brazil.

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Group A – Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon

Group B – Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia

Group C – Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan

Group D – Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy

Group E – Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras

Group F – Argentina, Bosnia i Herzegovina, Iran, Nigeria

Group G – Germany, Portugal, Ghana, United States

Group H – Belgium, Algeria, Russia, Korea Republic

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Fifa14mart:Greece World Cup Squad

The Greece manager, Fernando  Santos, announced his final 23-man squad on 19 May. The Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou who had transferred to start his Fulham career is in the list. Despite he made only one start for London club since January.

Fernando has faith in the 23-man squad and believes in Mitroglou, “ I was not 100% about some of the call-ups until a few weeks ago. Mitroglou was one of those cases. We watched the last 30 minutes of his game, and we paid a lot of attention. And we judged him to be ready…we are looking at playing ability and physical condition people who are safe choice.”

The coach opted for more experienced players like the 2004 European Championship winners Kostas Katsouranis and the captain Giorgos Karagounis. While three strikers Dimitris Papadopoulos of Atromitos, Stefanos Athanasiadis of PAOK and Nikolaos Karelis of Panathinaikos and the defenders Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Dimitris Siovas failed to make the squad. “ I was sorry not to include players that helps us in qualification. But the national team is above players and above the coach. We must use the safest choices.” said Santos.

The Greece Squad:

Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis, Panagiotis Glykos, Stefanos Kapino

Defenders: Vassilis Torosidis, Loukas Vyntra, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Kostas Manolas, Vangelis Moras, Jose Holebas, Georgios Tzavellas , Giannis Maniatis

Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis, Kostas Katsouranis, Giorgos Karagounis, Andreas Samaris, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Panagiotis Kone, Giannis Fetfatzidis, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos

Forwards: Georgios Samaras, Kostas Mitroglou, Fanis Gekas, Dimitris Salpingidis

They are in Group C along with Colombia , Japan and Ivory Coast.