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Xbox One sells more than 2 million units in the first 18 days; Sold out at most major retailers

Since its launch 18 days ago, Xbox One is proving to be the must-have gift this holiday season, with more than 2 million consoles sold through to consumers worldwide, averaging over 111,111 units sold per day – a record-setting pace for Xbox. The millions of fans around the world who have purchased Xbox One have shown incredible engagement with the all-in-one games and entertainment system, spending more than 83 million hours in games, TV and apps on Xbox One since the system launched on Nov. 22.

“We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing for Xbox. “We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers. We’re also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date.”

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Posted by plates55 - December 13, 2013 at 5:01 pm

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Next Xbox To Arrive in 2013 With Six Times As Much Power As Xbox 360 [REPORT

It’s certainly no secret that Microsoft is hard at work developing a successor to its Xbox 360 games console. With Sony’s PlayStation 3 still in the middle of its life cycle and Nintendo already having announced its upcoming Wii-U, Microsoft is planning its next move deep in a bunker in Redmond.

 

We’ve heard rumors of what the next Xbox could be for some time now, with various suggestions for names and features being bandied around, but there are precious few hard facts known about what Microsoft will do with the third generation Xbox.

The latest news coming out of IGN’s sources is that the new machine will go into production during October or November of this year, with developers getting machines to work with some time in August. The timescale fits, with developers not needing finished hardware but rather just a PC with the same specs and a development kit.

IGN’s sources also suggest that the machine could go on sale towards the end of next year, 2013, which does tie in with some other reports that have been floating around the internet over the last six months.

Hardware-wise the new machine is expected to pack a punch that will see it being six times more powerful with regards to graphics performance, thanks mainly to a Radeon HD6000 graphics chip. The extra horsepower will also see the next Xbox be 20% more powerful than Nintendo’s already announced Wii-U machine. Which is definitely a lot when it comes to graphics performance.

No sources have yet come forward with an expected retail price, or in fact any other hard facts. Will the new Xbox be backward compatible with existing 360 games, and will it use Xbox LIVE as we know it? Just as importantly, will all our Gamertags and Achievements carry over to the new machine?

 

We’re equally as interested to see what method of content delivery will be used by the new machine. We wouldn’t be at all surprised to see Microsoft move away from a disc-based system and use Xbox LIVE as a method of offering games, though the lack of fast broadband may hinder that approach.

That said, it hasn’t stopped Valve’s Steam from taking over the PC gaming world, has it?

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Posted by plates55 - January 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

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New Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Goes Live Tomorrow, Here’s What To Expect!

If you’re an Xbox 360 owner then you’re probably acutely aware that Microsoft
has a brand new, completely revamped version of the Dashboard is on the way. Being the main interface into
everything that goes on inside an Xbox 360, the Dashboard is an integral part of
the experience, and this upcoming update is the biggest change it has undergone
in quite some time.

 

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Testers have been using the new Dashboard for a few weeks now,
but tomorrow, December 6th is when everyone else can get their hands on it.
Expect your machine to inform you of an update when signed into Xbox LIVE once
the new Dash has been made available. Microsoft has not given a
specific time that the new Dashboard will go live, other than to say it will
happen on the 6th. Patience, apparently, is a virtue.

So what can you expect to see from the new Dashboard tomorrow? If you’re in
the United States especially, your Xbox 360 could well become your entertainment
box of choice, with video services being the biggest change beyond the
new Windows Phone 7-inspired interface.

Microsoft clearly believes that the future is very much a ‘one box’ affair,
with one machine under our TVs playing host to our gaming and video-watching experience.

We think you’re going to use one device for movies, music and games in the
future,” said Ross Honey, general manager of Xbox Live entertainment and
advertising, in an interview.  “We want to make the content accessible and
enhance the actual experience. We think you will will want to watch it on Xbox
as it is more social and more personal.

New streaming video and ‘Video on Demand’ services will be made available via
the new update as part of Microsoft’s vision of making its Xbox 360 that one,
irreplaceable box under our big screen televisions. There will be a total of 40
entertainment services which would accompany the new Dashboard update, which is a screamer in a tech junkie’s
dictionary. Some of the services are as follows:

4 on Demand (C4) in the U.K.; ABC iView (Australian Broadcasting Corp.);
AlloCiné. France (AlloCiné); Germany (Filmstarts); Spain (Sensacine); United
Kingdom (Screenrush); Astral Media’s Disney XD (Astral Media) in Canada;
Blinkbox in the U.K.; Crackle (Sony Pictures) in  Australia, Canada, U.K. and
the U.S.; Dailymotion in 32 countries; Demand 5 (Five) in the U.K.; iHeartRadio
(Clear Channel) in the U.S.; Mediathek/ZDF (ZDF) in Germany; MSN om Canada,
France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and the U.K…

The full list is however, a huge one, so we would suggest you jump over to
the source link to see what is being offered in your country
and what isn’t.

More Video on Demand services will be added to the roster in 2012,
so hang in tight, Microsoft is doing their best to push out entertaining content
to all Xbox 360 owners out in the wild.

The new Dashboard will also feature Bing integration, allowing owners of the
Xbox Kinect accessory to search the entire Xbox LIVE market of
games, movies and music using the power of their voice. It is an interesting
take on the hands-free approach to gaming that is currently the ‘in’ thing for
Microsoft, and could perhaps be a similar thing to what Apple is reportedly working on with its Apple TV and Siri.

The Xbox 360 has come a long way since its initial release back in 2005.
Then, the console was simply there to play games on, but as the years have past Microsoft has
turned it into a media consumption machine that could become the heart of many
people’s home entertainment experience.

Last but not the least, the Xbox Companion app for Windows Phone 7.x will go live tomorrow
in the Marketplace. The aim of the app is downright simple; to give users
complete control over their Xbox 360 right from the comfort of their smartphone.
The app will allow users to search for content right from their smartphone, and
once they’ve chosen what they want, they can just select and watch it on their
big screen TV, all cable free. The price? Absolutely free, after all, Microsoft
has to keep those diehard gamers happy somehow don’t they?

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Posted by plates55 - December 5, 2011 at 8:23 pm

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