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Microsoft doesn’t have any intention of revealing Xbox One sales numbers, as the company has decided to keep those figures under lock and key (Microsoft last gave an update in November 2014, when it had sold a total of 10 million Xbox One consoles). On the other hand, Sony has been trumpeting its PlayStation 4 sales numbers whenever possible. Sony last gave us an update on the PlayStation 4 in early January, indicating that it had sold 35.9 million consoles since it was first launched in late 2013. Interestingly, Electronic Arts Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen filled in the blanks for us... Read more...
A father in Canada is relieved that Microsoft dismissed a bill his son had racked up for in-game charges on this Xbox system just before Christmas. Had Microsoft decided to let the charges stand, as it initially did (more on that in a moment), he would have owed his credit card company more than $8,200, a tremendous sum that all went towards a $60 video game.According to a local news report in Ottawa, his 17-year-old son used his credit card to make in-game purchases for one of the FIFA soccer games on his Xbox (it's not clear which FIFA title or whether it was for the Xbox 360 or Xbox One). The... Read more...
If you're a gamer who's planning to travel to Amsterdam in the future, there's a new hotel that's well worth checking out. Called "The Arcade", its name doesn't leave much to the imagination. This is a hotel that caters to gamers through and through, and the only reason we'd imagine a gamer wouldn't want to check in is because they want to make sure they don't spend their entire vacation at the hotel. For starters, each room in The Arcade hotel is kitted out with a classic console and a TV that it's best-suited for (in one shot, someone playing Duck Hunt for the NES on an old CRT TV can be seen).... Read more...
One of the best features on the Xbox One was just released this past fall as part of the New Xbox One Experience (NXOE). In addition to providing a Windows 10-based software platform and new community features, the NXOE also brought with it backwards compatible support for Xbox 360 games. Xbox One Backwards Compatibility debuted with a healthy 104 titles in November, and Microsoft increased that number by 16 in mid-December. Now, one month later, Microsoft is expanding the list by 10 with the following titles: The Witcher 2: Assassins of KingsSam & Max Save the WorldAegis WingCounter-Strike:... Read more...
The Xbox One bundles keep coming, the newest of which is a treat for Tom Clancy fans. It's the Xbox One Tom Clancy's The Division Bundle featuring a 1TB version of Microsoft's newest generation console, a newly updated wireless controller with 3.5mm headset jack, full game digital download of The Division, and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial. An HDMI cable is included in the box as well. This isn't a themed console like some of Microsoft's other Xbox One bundles, though in terms of extra incentives, those who pre-order this one in the U.S. are guaranteed early access to the upcoming closed beta launching... Read more...
If you’ve been sitting around, twiddling your thumbs waiting for Microsoft to release an Xbox One update to enable background music playback, you’re going to be waiting a lot longer. Background music playback has been an oft-requested feature by Xbox One gamers, and Microsoft has made its intentions known that it would like to appease gamers. In an interview last November, Mike Ybarra, who leads the New Xbox One Experience, had this to say about background music: It's on the backlog and Phil reminds me almost every day about it. The great thing about Windows 10 on Xbox One is that it really allows... Read more...
It what seems to be an increasing occurrence for gaming consoles (on both the Microsoft and Sony sides of the aisle), Microsoft experienced an extended Xbox Live outage yesterday that affected millions of gamers across the globe. The outage affected both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One game consoles, making it impossible for console owners to hit up their family multiplayer games or even perform simple tasks such as chats. While such service interruptions are annoying, we can’t really see it as a reason to get incredibly worked up about an outage that lasts for just a few hours. However, someone... Read more...
For anyone keeping score of the modern generation console wars, it appears that Sony winning the battle of sales against rival Microsoft, as has been the case since the beginning. What's interesting is not just that Sony's sold more PlayStation 4 consoles than Microsoft has of its Xbox One, but that the disparity might be as high as 100 percent. It takes a bit of jumping around the web to arrive at that conclusion. The assumption also requires a reliance on unofficial information, which is to say you should take all this with a few grains of salt (at least a pinch). And rounding our disclaimer... Read more...
After complaints surfaced that some backwards compatible Xbox 360 games weren't running properly on the Xbox One, software engineers at Microsoft got busy working on a system update, one that is now available. Early reports are that certain Xbox 360 games are running much better after applying the update. Microsoft's Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) stated in a Twitter post that the changes amounted to a "few behind the scenes bug fixes" and that no new features have been added this time around. He also confirmed that Microsoft didn't provide any release notes for this latest update, leaving Xbox One... Read more...
If you’ve found it hard to secure one of Microsoft’s swanky new Xbox Elite Wireless Controllers, you’re not alone. Microsoft launched the controller in late October and it has been a hot item all throughout the holiday shopping season. It’s been so popular in fact that many retailers have been unable to keep the Xbox Elite controller in stock. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that the supply situation will improve anytime soon. The controller, which is sold out at various online retailers — including Best Buy, Amazon, and Gamestop — might not be available in reasonable qualities until the end of... Read more...
I have a confession to make and it involves the Xbox One. There are two in my household -- one that sits upstairs in my son's room and another that resides in my living room. The one downstairs is mine and while I'd like to say I spend hours on the thing beating up foes and playing the latest titles, my use of the Xbox One is almost completely exclusive to streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu. What a waste, right? The sad truth is I've found it hard to find the time to play games, or at least justify the time when deadlines loom, projects around the house need attending, and so forth. If I were... Read more...
The silliest thing you could do this holiday season is pay full price for a barebones game console. Okay, maybe it's not the absolute silliest -- going door-to-door singing Halloween songs while dressed up like Santa Claus would rank somewhere up there -- but it's certainly unnecessary with Microsoft and Sony pushing so many promotions. One of the latest is a free Xbox One controller offer at Best Buy. For a limited time (and we don't know how long), Best Buy is offering a free limited edition Halo 5: Guardians wireless controller for the Xbox One when you purchase from a select batch of Xbox One... Read more...
Since launching its "New Xbox One Experience" in mid-November, Microsoft has seen some a great response. Perhaps not surprisingly, it's also found that one of the most-used features of the update is the Xbox 360 backwards compatibility. Despite there being a limited number of supported titles, it hasn't stopped players from logging more than 9 million hours to date. Fortunately for those who yearn for their favorite Xbox 360 game to be supported with this backwards compatibility, Microsoft seems to be working very hard to add support for as many games as it can, and as quickly as possible.... Read more...
Microsoft was quite ecstatic about the Xbox One’s October sales win; the first time in many months that it had overtaken the long-time sales champ: the PlayStation 4. However, Microsoft had some big league help during the month of October thanks to the release of Halo 5: Guardians. But it appears that Microsoft’s victory lap has been cut short. According to new numbers released by NPD, Sony’s PlayStation 4 snatched the sales crown back from Microsoft for the month of November. Not even Halo 5 could save the Xbox One this time around, and platform-exclusive Rise of The Tomb Raider was of no help... Read more...
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