June console sales up 103 percent, PlayStation 4 in the lead by 476,000 units
After Microsoft provided internal figures that saw sales for the Xbox One double since dropping the Kinect and $100 off the price, NPD confirmed that the increase still wasn't enough to catch Sony's PlayStation 4. For the sixth month in a row, the PlayStation 4 claimed the top spot for console sales as the hardware market increased to $292.7 million.
Qplay video streaming app and device from TiVo to be shut down next Friday
TiVo's video service, Qplay, is due to be shut down on July 25. The company provides a media streaming TV adapter and mobile video app, and has only been running for six months. According to its blog, Qplay states that it is "not possible for [it] to keep developing and running the service. Users who have purchased a TV Adapter device can receive a refund upon request, if made prior to July 25 at 5PM PST.
Company says that sakes figures are up from May according to internal data
It seems that dropping the Kinect as a requirement for buying a new Xbox One is paying off for Microsoft. Posting on the Xbox Wire, an internal blog for Xbox news, Microsoft is boasting that sales of the new console have doubled since removing the sensor in June and reducing the price to $400. The increase could mean an gain in awareness and consumer desire for the console, which has lagged behind the PlayStation 4 in sales for months.
BlackBerry Messenger commences private beta on Windows Phone store
BlackBerry has put the BlackBerry Messenger app in the Windows Phone store, though it is not available to everyone. The listing, which follows the earlier BBM launch on iOS and Android, hints at a near-future release of the messaging app on the platform, though according to CNET, the app is being tested in a private beta ahead of its launch, with only whitelisted users able to install the app from the store.
Four games in one interface with Halo 2 receiving the full 'anniversary' treatment
During the Microsoft media briefing at E3, 343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross took to the stage to outline some details on the upcoming Halo: Master Chief Collection for Xbox One. The collection will be coming to consumers in time for the holidays, hitting the shelves on November 11. As was previously announced, the collection will include Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4.
No hardware announcements in Microsoft E3 press event
In the first E3 keynote since the launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft has opted to spend time promoting upcoming games for the console, instead of introducing new features, hardware, or accessories like it did last year. The company showcased a number of titles for the console at the event, including releases from the Halo, Assassin's Creed, and Call of Duty franchises, as it attempts to prove to the public it should buy the Xbox One instead of the PlayStation 4.
Microsoft Store starts selling Kinect-less Xbox One for $400
Microsoft has started to sell an Xbox One bundle without Kinect through the Microsoft Store, as the company continues to compete against its high-selling competitor, the Sony PlayStation 4. Announced last month, the console is being sold as a secondary package without the motion and voice-based sensor bar priced at $400, representing a saving of $100 off the original bundle's list price.
CD Projekt Red details items in three releases, sets February 2015 as official release
Word has come in from CD Projekt Red, giving The Witcher 3 a solid date for its 2015 release. The game, fully titled The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will be available February 24, 2015 in seven different languages with full voiceover, with an additional nine languages available in subtitles. The game is set to release for PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 in physical and digital formats on GOG.com.
PC drivers allow Xbox One controller use, $200 developer Kinect for Windows v2
Microsoft has announced today that they will be issuing a new set of drivers that allows people to use Xbox One controllers with their PCs. While not yet part of an official update in Windows, gamers are able to get their hands on the drivers now. The company also announced today that pre-orders are up for the new Kinect for Windows v2 sensor, which will ship to developers in July.
Twitter added to Xbox One, Microsoft reveals further 45 apps incoming
The latest update for the Xbox One, being made available to download globally this week, has introduced support for external hard drives among other features. The game console update comes at the same time as a second Microsoft announcement, revealing more than 45 new apps will be rolling out onto the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 before the end of this year.
Announcement includes data imports from older consoles, upgrade price
Minecraft is making its way to the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation Vita this August, according to a statement from Mojang today. The company detailed some of the differences from previous console generations, including a reduced cost for buyers of previous versions and ability to import saves to next-generation consoles. The company also announced that most downloadable content (DLC) and texture packs would be available in the new versions.
System update in June to include external storage support, real friend names feature
As was speculated on Monday due to a leak on Reddit, Xbox One's June update will include external storage support. According to Microsoft's Major Nelson, the Xbox One system will soon support up to two external hard drives (with 256GB of space or more) simultaneously, to be used to increase game storage capacity.
Image leak hints at external drive support in Xbox One update
An upcoming update to the Xbox One could enable support for external hard drives, according to an image posted by an anonymous developer on Reddit. The photograph of the update allegedly shows the storage of the game console with 585.9GB free and 24.9 percent used, far higher than the 500GB built-in drive is capable of, along with an on-screen notification stating "External Drive Ready." Microsoft has yet to reveal if it will be providing support for the feature at all.
Flagship of Microsoft's Xbox console may see complete release on Xbox One
Two pieces of Halo news have emerged; one confirmed by Microsoft, the other a rumor. Microsoft Games' 343 Industries today officially announced the next in its Halo series of games, Halo 5: Guardians. Designed for the Xbox One, the new title continues the second trilogy of Halo titles, started by Bungie in 2001 with Halo: Combat Evolved. Rumored is the HD re-release of previous Halo titles, encapsulating Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4.
Xbox Live Gold subscription will not be required to stream movies on Xbox consoles
Microsoft will allow users of its game consoles to watch video streaming services and use a number of other functions without paying for the Xbox Live Gold subscription, the company has announced. At the same time, it is also preparing to sell its Xbox One game console on its own, separate from the bundled Kinect sensor bar, in a bid to increase sales.
All platforms to open up in near future
Group video calls on Skype are now free for users on Windows desktops, OS X, and the Xbox One, according an announcement by the Microsoft-owned service. The company in fact says it intends to make group calls free across all platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and the Windows 8 "Metro" interface. A precise timetable hasn't been revealed.
IFTTT recipe app now available for Android devices
If This Then That (IFTTT), a recip-based automation app, is now available for Android devices as of today. Offering photo, call, notification, SMS, location and device settings specific to Android, users can use IFTTT to harness greater control over how one's mobile device's features interact with other another; an example of this would be automatic ringtone silencing when the user's phone connects to the office WiFi network. IFTTT is available for download from Google Play.
Xbox One continues to be outsold by PlayStation 4
Microsoft has sold more than five million Xbox One game consoles since its launch, the company has revealed. While Microsoft is celebrating the sales milestone, the game console is still far behind the leading PlayStation 4, with Sony reporting more than 7 million units sold worldwide in a blog post just one day before Microsoft's announcement.
Microsoft rolls out latest update for Xbox One console, adds friend notifications
Microsoft's Xbox One console has received another update, rolling out beginning today. Now including notifications for when friend players arrive online, users will be able to identify friends who are playing multiplayer games. The console's Kinect voice and motion detection has also been improved, reducing false positives on non-hand objects that trigger gesture commands. Other features in the update include improved GameDVR video quality, controller headset adapter firmware updates, silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand, and more.
Media client Plex to develop for use on Xbox One
Microsoft has given permission to Plex developers to create a version of the media client for Xbox One, in light of the recent announcement to support universal applications. Plex offers users the ability to organize movies, TV, music and photos for consumption on one's TV, and other devices. The developers have been granted membership into ID@Xbox.
Xbox One owners in Europe, Canada, US involved in invite-only preview
Microsoft hopes to make the Xbox One more useful for watching television and media, by outlining updates for the game console and SmartGlass. Changes to the way SmartGlass navigates around the console have been shown off, as well as upcoming changes which will give more viewing options to users on both sides of the Atlantic in the future.
Titanfall for previous generation Xbox 360 delayed yet again
Critically-acclaimed Xbox One title Titanfall's release date for the Xbox 360 is slipping again. Publisher EA today announced that the new ship date for the title is April 8 in the US and April 11 in Europe. This is the second ship date for the ostentibly-complete title in this calendar year, with the first pushing the date from March 11 to March 25 to "put the finishing touches" on the game. EA is hoping that the latest delay will make the game "even better."
Exits Microsoft Xbox unit after 14 years, three console launches
Marc Whitten, the long-time chief product officer for Xbox at Microsoft, is leaving the company, the software giant has revealed. Whitten is departing to take on the same role of chief product officer at home audio device manufacturer Sonos, leaving Microsoft executive vice president Terry Myerson to temporarily take over the Xbox position while the company searches for a replacement.
Nokia rolls out Refocus app to all Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8
Nokia is making its Lytro-style Refocus app available to all Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices, as a free download via the Windows Phone Store. The app, which was initially released for Lumias with PureView, allows users to adjust the focal point of an image, after the photograph has been taken, with the resulting image shareable on social networks and stored on OneDrive.
Job posting hints at lightweight Xbox Live framework for mobile developers
Microsoft is planning to push for Xbox Live to be more cross-platform than it already is, by making it easier for developers to include in their apps, according to a rumor. The company is preparing to extend the Live platform to more games, with a recent job posting hinting that it will compete directly with Google Play Games and Apple's Game Center on mobile devices.
Xbox One's Titanfall Special Edition Bundle now available for pre-order
Multiplayer game Titanfall is now available for pre-order as part of a special edition console bundle, according to Xbox One's blog. Titanfall will utilize new patty and chat improvements that have been in development for Xbox One, as well as multiplayer alerts for matches while users are watching TV, and more. In light of the game's upcoming launch, Xbox and Titanfall's creators -- Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts -- have announced the Xbox One Titanfall Bundle, priced at $500. The bundle includes a digital download of Titanfall, an Xbox One console and Kinect sensor, a wireless controller, a chat headset, and a one month Xbox Live Gold membership. The pre-order has begun, with the bundle available officially March 11.
Sony shifts 5.3M PlayStation 4 consoles, beats recent Xbox sales figures
Sony has sold over 5.3 million PlayStation 4 game consoles globally as of February 8th, the company has revealed. The news comes just days before the company launches the console in its native Japan on February 22nd. In comparison, Microsoft's January financial results toward the end of January showed it sold 3.9 million competing Xbox One consoles and 3.5 million of the Xbox 360.
Xbox One update due February 11, adds battery life indicator
Microsoft's Xbox One is set to have an update released, addressing issues encountered by users since the console's launch. The update is due February 11th, featuring issue corrections regarding storage management, and the addition of a battery life indicator for the console's controller. Libraries will be split into two separate lists of 'My Games' and 'My Apps', as to simplify file searches. Also expected in the update is the added ability to use a USB keyboard with the console.
Rumor of Xbox One without disc drive denied, others still plausible
Microsoft is not working on a cut-price version of the Xbox One game console without a disc drive, a company executive has seemingly confirmed. When asked about rumors of a $399 Xbox One over Twitter, Microsoft Chief of Staff for Devices and Studios group Aaron Greenberg advised "No, you cannot believe everything you read on the Internet."
Microsoft offers $100 store credit towards an Xbox One for those who trade-in their PS3
Augmenting the launching of its Xbox One late last year, Microsoft is now promoting an offer of a $100 credit towards an Xbox One purchase upon trading in of a Sony Playstation 3. The promotion bring the Xbox One pricing down to $400, which is the same as newly-released Playstation 4. The trade-in offer is available through Microsoft's retail stores in the US, and applies to Playstation 3, as well as Xbox 360 S or Xbox 360 E.
Microsoft Xbox One versus Sony PS4
The next-generation console wars look to be played out between the Microsoft Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4, with Nintendo cast as a mere observer as its Wii U struggles to generate the same interest as the original Wii. Both the new consoles from Microsoft and Sony come armed to the teeth with x86-64 AMD octa-core CPUs and Radeon HD graphics. While the two look to be well matched on paper, there is always more to the story than meets the eye. Specification variations here, and software tweaks there help to differentiate the two consoles more than you might expect. So which is best, the Xbox One or the PS4? Read past the break to find out.
Live action Halo, soccer reality show, more coming to Xbox Live
Microsoft's Xbox Live service will receive a new wave of original content in the first half of 2014, it has been revealed. Microsoft digital media head Nancy Tellem told Variety that a range of new programs will debut on the Xbox platform in either the first or second quarter of 2014. Among the content soon to hit Microsoft's gaming devices is a live-action "Halo" project, produced by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg.
Microsoft Xbox One aims to be your all-in-one entertainment box
The Microsoft vision moving forward is that the software giant is to evolve into a fully-fledged devices and services company. The Xbox One is perfect illustration of that vision as it is a device that delivers a wide range of Microsoft and other services. Microsoft services channelled through the Xbox One include Xbox Music, Xbox Video, SkyDrive, Skype and Xbox Live. It also does gaming. In fact, according to Microsoft, the Xbox One is the only device that you really need for your living room as it will also integrate your Pay TV service into the Xbox One interface. So is the Xbox One truly the one device to rule them all? Read on in our full review of the Microsoft Xbox One.
Console war kicks off anew as Xbox matches Sony
Microsoft's Xbox One game console has sold more than one million units in the first 24 hours since its release. Microsoft announced the sales milestone on Saturday, confirming to Reuters that its new console was off to a fast sales start. The launch of the Xbox One signals the real commencement of the next generation of the "console wars," with Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo now all having released their home console entries.
Microsoft Xbox One delivers a slick, engaging user experience
The console wars have begun in earnest with the launch of the Microsoft Xbox One. The new console promises to be a one-stop shop for all of your entertainment needs, from gaming and socializing, through to watching Blu-ray discs, TV and streaming entertainment apps. In this first look at the Microsoft Xbox One, we take a quick look at its user interface and its gaming chops. Microsoft may have had its hiccups ahead of the launch of the Xbox One, but all of that will quickly be forgotten now that it is in the hands of consumers. So how is shaping up so far?
App interfaces with console rather than Microsoft server, limiting latency
Preceding the Xbox One console release, Microsoft has rolled out a new SmartGlass app for iOS. Simply titled "Xbox One SmartGlass," the new app will carry the same basic features as the current version for the Xbox 360. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of multiplayer matchmaking from their mobile device on the new console, or tap a Help button to get contextually-aware assistance during a game.
AMD gains market share on back of PS4, Xbox One product ramps
AMD has seen its market share of the x86 chip market rise at the expense Intel largely thanks to the product ramps of the forthcoming Sony PS4 and the Xbox One. Highlighting that its strategy of shifting into non-PC x86 is reaping dividends, AMDs market share in Q3 rose from 16.1 percent to 19.3 percent. By comparison, Intel's x86 market share slipped from 83.3 percent in the same quarter last year to 80.2 percent, while the overall x86 market also declined.
Lucky Xbox lovers get first crack at next-gen systems
A number of Xbox fans report that they have received the next-generation Xbox One console weeks before the new console's scheduled release date. At least one Twitter user, going by the handle @Moonlightswami, reports having received his pre-ordered Xbox One console, and others are said to have also received their units ahead of the November 22 launch. Reportedly, the cause of the early deliveries is the faulty – or fortuitous – pre-order system of Target, which has delivered a number of consoles ahead of time, leading to some showing up on eBay.
Steam Halloween sale offers up to 75 percent off 195 titles
Digital game purveyor Steam has unveiled its Halloween 2013 sale, where users can "save big on creepy titles." Some notable OS X and Windows cross-platform "Steamplay" titles at 75 percent off are the survival shooter two-pack Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2; classic horror title The 7th Guest; hybrid brawler and real-time strategy rock adventure Brutal Legend; tower defense/shooter game Dungeon Defenders, and the collector pack of the Penumbra adventure series. All told, 195 Windows-compatible games are on sale. The sale runs through November 1.
Apps can be snapped to side of screen by verbal commands
Microsoft has shown off how its Xbox One game console will work for multitasking between games and apps. A short video demonstrating quick switching and actions by voice commands through Kinect also shows how game players will be able to use multiple apps at the same time, as well as sharing content with other users.
Xbox One page mentions possible cross-platform apps
Microsoft may allow apps made for Windows 8 to run on the Xbox One after launch, according to one manufacturer. Dell's online store makes the claim that the upcoming Microsoft game console will be able to run the apps created for the desktop operating system, something that Microsoft has yet to publicly confirm itself.
Nokia offers free Netflix to Vodafone UK Lumia customers
Nokia is offering a free subscription to Netflix to customers buying certain Lumia devices on Vodafone in the United Kingdom. Originally reported by the Financial Times and later confirmed on the Vodafone website, the purchase of the Lumia 625 or Lumia 925 will provide six months of Netflix, while the Lumia 1020 includes a free full year subscription to the video streaming service.
Samsung launches free Pen.Up drawing app for Galaxy Note 3, II
Samsung has introduced a new drawing app with social sharing made for the Galaxy Note 3. Pen.Up is billed as a "community" for Note users to view S Pen drawings by other users, along with the option to submit their own to the gallery for community viewing. Preloaded onto the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung is also making it available as a free download to Galaxy Note II users through Google Play.
Sony's next console takes top spot on gamer wish lists
Sony could have a winner on its hands, according to a new poll from Reuters/Ipsos showing that the PlayStation 4 has a considerable lead when it comes to gamers' intended purchases. The new poll results come ahead of the launch of both consoles in time for the holiday season, and its results would indicate a bright future for Sony's next-generation offering. Just over one-in-four respondents said that they were likely to purchase a PS4 when it becomes available later this year.
Valve teases possible Steam Box launch with countdown timer
Valve Software is hinting at a new launch for helping gamers play in the living room. A countdown timer that will end on Monday could potentially be the launch of the rumored Steam Box, a Linux-based game console that founder and game developer Gabe Newell strongly hinted at during a presentation at the New Orleans LinuxCon earlier this week.
Mobile apps optimized for new console
Microsoft is currently previewing a SmartGlass app optimized for the Xbox One. It will carry the same basic features as the current version for the Xbox 360, however the next-generation console will support up to 16 SmartGlass devices with a significant reduction in latency. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of multiplayer matchmaking from their mobile device, or tap a Help button to get contextually aware assistance during a game.
Company welcomes holiday walk-ins
Microsoft executives have shed light on the business strategy surrounding the Xbox One, which will be sold at cost or with a small profit margin as soon as it arrives on store shelves. The company also intends to improve inventory management as the holidays approach, stocking shelves with enough consoles to support last-minute walk-ins on launch day, while the Xbox Live Rewards program has been refreshed with cash payouts and other incentives.
Xbox marketing officer claims 100 games slated for release for the 360
At the same event that saw news of the Xbox One production unit CPU running faster than previously known, Xbox chief marketing and strategy officer Yusuf Mehdi noted that the Xbox 360 was going to remain viable and supported by Microsoft for three more years. The long life and promised support for the console was attributed to it being "incredibly profitable now in the tail" given its long life, wide support, and large game library.
Xbox One launch between PlayStation 4 launch dates in US versus UK
Microsoft today announced that the next iteration of the Xbox console, the Xbox One, will be available in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the US on November 22. While the list of launch countries has been pared somewhat from what was originally announced, the company notes that "many more markets will follow in 2014."
Faster console revealed by head of Xbox marketing at conference
According to Xbox chief marketing officer Yusuf Mehdi, the production Xbox One units will have not just a boosted graphic processing unit (GPU) frequency, but a faster CPU as well. The new console, now in "full production" boasts a 1.75GHz eight-core CPU, versus the previously announced 1.6Ghz.