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It looks as though Microsoft is getting a second wind in the console sales race thanks to the arrival of the Xbox One S. The Xbox One has outsold the PlayStation 4 for the past four months, reversing a trend that has seen Sony dominating the sales race for the past three years. Microsoft chalked up another victory during Black Friday, once again edging out the rival PlayStation 4. These figures come courtesy of Adobe’s annual market-tracking data, which pegged the Xbox One as the fifth best-selling electronics product in the U.S. during Black Friday. It was outpaced by the Apple iPad, Samsung 4K... Read more...
The Xbox One has been on a sales tear lately with Microsoft bragging earlier this month that its game console had outsold the PlayStation 4 for the fourth consecutive month in the United States, based on tracking data by The NPD Group. Things are not slowing down, either. As Black Friday sales morph into Cyber Monday, Microsoft noted "strong demand" for its console. "There was strong demand for Xbox hardware, accessories, games, and Xbox Live engagement on Black Friday, based on initial results, with a strong start to the holiday season," said Mike Nichols, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Marketing.... Read more...
Oculus Rift owners who also have an Xbox One console will pretty soon be able to stream their Xbox One games to their VR headset connected to a Windows 10 PC. It is an expansion of the ability to stream Xbox One games to Windows 10, a feature that rolled out to the masses with the Anniversary Update, and it also underscores the ongoing partnership between Microsoft and Oculus. "At Xbox, we’re continuously exploring new ways for you to get the most out of your gaming experiences by providing the choice to play how you want, where you want and with whomever you want. With the launch of Windows 10... Read more...
Microsoft is feeling pretty good about its gaming console business, and with good reason. The company announced today that the Xbox One has outsold the PlayStation 4 for the fourth consecutive month in the United States according to The NPD Group. Microsoft has never had such a lengthy string of victories over the PlayStation 4 since both consoles debuted three years ago. When we reported on the Xbox One’s third consecutive sales victory last month, we reckoned that sales of the newly launched PlayStation 4 Slim would reverse the losing streak for Sony. However, Microsoft has still been able to... Read more...
One of the great things about modern consoles like the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is that they are continually updated and granted new features through software. The Xbox One is a much more capable console today than it was when it first launched in late 2013, and it’s gaining even more features today with the release of the Holiday Update. The Xbox One Holiday Update is aimed at making the console experience even more “social” in an attempt to “unite gamers across devices, giving you access to more people to play with that share your interests and more choice in how you play.” The Holiday Update... Read more...
Microsoft has been hinting at consolidating its Xbox Preview Program and Windows Insider Program for quite some time. After all, the Xbox One shares a codebase with Windows 10, and as Windows Chief Terry Myerson stated in March, “It doesn’t make sense for these to be separate.” Today, Microsoft is taking the first step towards harmonizing its public software testing regimen by renaming the Xbox Preview Program to the Xbox Insider Program. “Since the program launched in February 2014, your feature requests, ideas, and millions of votes have helped shape and improve your Xbox experience for... Read more...
When the concept of downloadable content for games first hit us, people en masse were enraged at the fact that companies couldn't just sell us a complete game from the get-go. Fast-forward to today, and DLC is a much more accepted, but that doesn't mean the underlying issues no longer exist. For the most part, many gamers today seem fine with purchasing DLC as long as it feels like it provides real value. If a game is a mere 8 hours long and has $40 worth of DLC to extend that, no one is going to be pleased outside of the game's most intense fans. But when happens when DLC for an otherwise multi-platform... Read more...
If you are in the market for a brand new Xbox One S gaming console, Microsoft is looking to make an offer that you can’t refuse. The Xbox One S is currently available for as low as $299 for bundles with the 500GB hard drive, but now the company is throwing in an additional free game if you purchase a brand new console. Microsoft is running the promotion from November 4th through November 12th via the Microsoft Store and its participating retail partners (Amazon, Target, GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart). The promotion is available for new Xbox One or Xbox One S consoles. So if you were to purchase a... Read more...
Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Maybe you're a New England Patriots fan (like this editor), in which case your favorite football team is on a bye week. Well, Microsoft has your back—the Forza Horizon 3 demo for Windows 10 is finally available to download for free from the Windows Store, provided you have the requisite hardware to get behind the wheel. The minimum system requirements call for an Intel Core i5-3570 processor clocked at 3.4GHz, 8GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti or AMD Radeon R7 250X graphics card with 2GB of memory, and Windows 10. Microsoft recommends bumping... Read more...
When Microsoft announced its Xbox One Scorpio this past summer, it was assumed that it would bring a major VR focus with it when it comes out next year. However, according to Xbox chief Phil Spencer, we all need to readjust that thinking, as VR support is simply not planned at this particular moment. Sony just released its own VR solution, PS VR That notion might seem a bit bizarre on account of the fact that even the original PlayStation 4 - at about a third of Scorpio's total graphics performance - supports VR. However, Spencer has a reason: VR content just isn't there yet. That doesn't mean... Read more...
Since the time Microsoft began releasing games en masse to its Windows Store, one glaring omission of the marketplace became clear: offline mode. While the problem isn't as pronounced today as it once was, finding yourself offline due to an issue outside of your control can be downright frustrating when it prevents a game from being played - especially a game that will help keep your mind off of the fact that you have no internet. That shouldn't be a problem any longer with games played through the Windows Store. We learned about the addition of Offline Mode through Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb, someone... Read more...
ASUS has a new gaming monitor, the VG245H, and unlike most other monitors out there, this one isn't solely aimed at PC gamers. In truth, you could say that about any monitor with an HDMI port, though in this case, ASUS is clearly marketing the VG245H as an option for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners first and PC players second. Heck, even gamers getting their kicks through a set-top box are welcome to join. Therein lies the big pitch from ASUS, The VG245H has a pair of low input lag HDMI ports, so ASUS reckons you can connect a media player to one and a game console to another, "ASUS VG245H features... Read more...
When it comes to worldwide console sales, the PlayStation 4 holds a commanding lead over the Xbox One. Both consoles were released around the same time in late 2013, but the PlayStation 4 quickly lurched ahead with a sales lead and now has outsold the Xbox One roughly 2:1 since launch. However, perhaps Microsoft is a late bloomer as the Xbox One has been showing some muscle in the past few months versus the PlayStation 4. While we’ve seen the Xbox One beat the PlayStation 4 in a single month on a number of occasions, the former was able to topple the latter in July and in August. And according... Read more...
Following months of intense anticipation, Destiny players can finally geek it up with the game's newest expansion: Rise of Iron. While it's been said that RoI is not quite as large as The Taken King was, players shouldn't be at a loss of things to do for quite a while. If you pushed hard to hit a Light Level of 335 prior to the launch of Rise of Iron, prepare to weep as it's now unimpressive. As of today, the maximum Light Level becomes 385, and as soon as Bungie decides to release the Heroic version of the new raid, it'll jump to 400. Speaking of raid, because no one is going to be an appropriate... Read more...
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