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News from the Xbox One camp has been incredibly exciting over the past week. The second place gaming console (behind Sony’s PlayStation 4 for this generation) has gained the ability to play Xbox 360 games natively, stream both Xbox One and Xbox 360 games to a a Windows 10 PC, and has even gained an epicly cool customizable controller (albeit one that costs $150). And we can’t forget that Microsoft has introduced a new 1TB Xbox One SKU for $399 while dropping the “old” 500GB console permanently to $350. If that wasn’t enough, Microsoft is running a new promotion next week that will give anyone that... Read more...
Just days after Microsoft announced that Windows 10 supports Xbox One streaming, word is coming that Windows 10 also supports Xbox 360 game streaming via the Xbox One. That follows Microsoft’s announcement that that the Xbox One is receiving backwards compatibility with the Xbox 360. As we mentioned earlier, Microsoft has an impressive UI revamp in the works for the Xbox One. It will come out toward the end of this year, likely around the Windows 10 launch, at which point you’ll have access to the Xbox 360 game streaming functionality. The holiday season is shaping up to be a big one for Microsoft’s... Read more...
Did Microsoft just win E3 before Sony even takes the stage? That might be overstating things just a tad, but this is pretty big news for the console gaming community — Microsoft just announced that the Xbox One will be able to natively play Xbox 360 titles later this year. Be still, my heart! Better yet, gamers won’t have to spend one red cent to have access to their catalog of Xbox 360 games on an Xbox One console. If you previously purchased an Xbox 360 title from the Xbox Marketplace, the game will automatically be made available for you to download for free to your Xbox One. The alternative... Read more...
Father's Day is just around the corner, and if pops is a gamer, Best Buy has an offer that you might find is too good to refuse. It involves wiping the dust off your PlayStation 3 Slim or Xbox 360 250GB console, grabbing the power cable, and making sure it fires up. If so, you can trade in either of those consoles and receive $175 towards an Xbox One console. That slashes the price of an Xbox One in half, provided you're opting for a 500GB model. For example, Best Buy currently sells a special white edition of the Xbox One with 500GB hard drive and Halo: The Master Chief Collection... Read more...
Wipe that frown upside down, Xbox 360 owners. Just because much of the focus today in the console category is placed on the Xbox One, that doesn't Microsoft has forgotten about you. In fact, if you're holding firm onto your Xbox 360, Microsoft is getting ready to throw you a bone with support for 2TB hard drives.This is the result of expanding Microsoft's Preview Program to the Xbox 360. Similar to how it works for Xbox One owners, select members will be able to sign up directly from their Xbox 360 and once registered, will get the jump on the general public when it comes to system updates and/or... Read more...
Microsoft is fully focused on its Xbox One game console and accompanying second generation Kinect motion control sensor. And what about the original Kinect for the Xbox 360? Well, to (loosely) paraphrase Microsoft: "Ain't nobody got time for that!" While Microsoft is super proud of its original Kinect and the path it paved, it's time to move on, hence the company's decision to stop selling the original Kinect in 2015. "The original Kinect for Windows sensor was a milestone achievement in the world of natural human computing. It allowed developers to create solutions that... Read more...
For many game developers, simply striking it rich on a single platform is a lifelong dream. But for Minecraft, one platform just isn't enough. In a world where fads come and go, and the time that gamers spend can shift from one title to another almost overnight, this particular game has remained atop the most-played list for an atypically long while. So long in fact, that it'll soon be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita. In a tongue-in-cheek advertisement, Minecraft says that a "slightly improved" version will hit those three platforms "soon." The Xbox One edition will land... Read more...
The latest data from NPD is in and it shows a significant jump in Xbox One's relative sales position versus PS4. In January, reports indicated that the PS4 had been outsold by the PS4 nearly 2:1, but February closed that gap with the Xbox One moving an estimated 258,000 units against the PS4's 286,000 units. Year-on-year hardware sales increased 60% over 2013, but software sales still fell 11% over the same time period. The NPD, however, is upbeat despite the decline in game sales. Because these consoles are at the beginning of their life cycles, they must generate insane attach rates to actually... Read more...
So you've decided to stick with your Xbox 360 console rather than make the jump to Microsoft's recently released Xbox One or Sony's PlayStation 4, is that it? There's no shame in that, and some would say it's even fiscally responsible. Of course, that begs the question of what else you could spend your saved money on, and one option is to stock up on some titles you may have missed when they first came out. Microsoft's "Countdown to 2014 Deals" promotion starts today with a select group of downloadable content wielding hefty discounts. Headlining the group of virtual goods is Borderlands 2, which... Read more...
Bungie's Destiny is a new FPS/RPG hybrid set in the distant future, in the aftermath of an apocalyptic series of events that reshaped human civilization and destroyed an empire that spanned the solar system. The company has kept much of its development under wraps, sketching out tidbits of information on the various character classes and enemies, but generally keeping everything close to the chest. Now, the company has released new gameplay footage -- and declared that PS4 and PS3 owners will be the first to beta test the title. Bungie has previously said that Destiny will be a living world, meaning... Read more...
Microsoft earned a bit of bragging rights as we head into a new era of console gaming. As far as the previous generation goes, the company's Xbox 360 maintained its position as the best selling home console (not including handhelds) in the U.S. in 2013 by selling 166,000 units, according to the latest data from NPD. Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in October (hardware, software, and accessories) reached $283 million, the most for any console in the U.S. That's not a bad way to end things as Microsoft looks ahead to its Xbox One launch next Friday. As for the industry as a whole, sales... Read more...
Crime might not pay -- but video games about crime certainly do, particularly when they're the follow-up to one of the biggest franchises in gaming. Grand Theft Auto V -- easily one of the biggest titles left for the Xbox 360 and PS3 -- went on sale today and cleared $800M in revenue in just 24 hours. That's not just a record for Grand Theft Auto, it's a record for Take Two, and possibly for the entire gaming industry. Last year, Activision touted Call of Duty Black Ops II as raking in a record $500M in revenue, but this has blown way past that. Reviews of the game are excellent, with an average... Read more...
It's common knowledge that game console and game sales have been in a serious slump this year. According to conventional wisdom, this is part of the console refresh cycle -- sales of older hardware falls off as customers await new products, even when manufacturers are publicly committed to long life cycles for current generation hardware. Makes sense, right? Right. But a new comparison between long-term hardware sales for Sony and Nintendo products makes it clear that the recent decline in shipments isn't a new development -- it's been building for a long time. Take a look at Sony and Nintendo's... Read more...
The Xbox One looks on paper to be a worthy successor to the Xbox 360, though some may find the console cost prohibitive with a starting price tag of $500. That's especially true if you just dropped a chunk a change on an Xbox 360 bundle. That's fine, you don't need to rush out and buy an Xbox One on day of release if you don't want to, though in three years, you'll have extra incentive to upgrade. Microsoft said it will stop supporting the Xbox 360 beyond 2016. In other words, no more security updates or compatibility patches, which means you're a sitting duck if you continue to use the console... Read more...
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