The Xbox One isn't doing poorly. It's selling faster than the Xbox 360 was at this point in the generation. However, as soon as you compare it to the PS4's runaway sales, it looks much less impressive. In fact, the sales for Xbox One are dropping, as is the brand's revenue.
DirectX 12 is coming (in July!) and will bring significant benefits to PC games, as the API allows developers to get closer to the hardware. It also brings changes to how the Xbox One’s eSRAM is used – which could herald a performance increase in games on Microsoft’s admittedly weaker console. For whatever reasons, Microsoft’s mum on what sort of performance increase we might see in future games on the system. Why is that? According to Stardock’s Brad Wardell, it’s because people don’t really know yet.
Newzoo has a new comparison out for the year. Based on the financial years of 2013 and 2014, we can get a sense of which companies are leading the industry. While we talk about Sony, Microsoft, EA and everyone else who has big stands at E3 all the time, there are other players in this game who are raking in billions.
Last month we told you about Phil Harrison leaving Xbox. Microsoft still wasn't saying anything about it and there was a lot of speculation about where Xbox's other Phil would end up. Well, he won't be needing to update his LinkedIn profile to find a new job - he's making his own company and using Microsoft to help.
Despite my personal admiration for the operating system, Windows 8 hasn't been a massive winner for Microsoft. The adoption rate is still depressingly lower than they would've liked, but they're directly combating this issue with Windows 10. You'll have a full year to snag it for free, and that could be kicking off as early as July.
For many, Don Mattrick is the reason that the Xbox Brand lost favour with “core” gamers – and that could be true. Since he left to go helm the mobile ship, SS Zynga, Microsoft’s public image has turned around considerably. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that Mattrick was able to bring new fortunes to Zynga…which he’s now left too.
I don't have a Kinect. You would think as the only woman in the team, they would have sent me one as well as a variety of fitness or dancing games. However, my Xbox One came solely with the console and controller. I still have mixed feelings at the idea of a camera in my living room - some aspects of "living" shouldn't be seen by outsiders - but plenty of people swear by the power of the Kinect. However, for those who use it on PC, they may need to change their shopping patterns.
There’s a new market on the way. One that taps into lucrative emerging economies with games that feature bare-bone systems built on existing properties and I’m sorry I can’t see my screen properly right now as my eyes have been replaced with gigantic Dollar symbols. Borderlands is doing it, League of Legends is coining it and Halo is also getting ready to go east with a product that is all about online play and none of that Reclaimer story fluff. Of course, some people want to get in on that action. And of course Microsoft is none too happy about that.
Consistent updates have gradually made the Xbox One experience better and better every month, and Microsoft has done well to keep requested features slowly tricking onto the console. The April update, although not the most exciting one yet, was set to introduce some necessary updates to features such as party chat - but it's missing anything of substance at the moment.
It must be a daunting task to enter the console market, but no scarier than a time where Sony was kicking ass and taking names, even managing to sideline the prestigious Nintendo in many regards. Microsoft, however, took up the task with their very first Xbox – a console that aimed to radically change the console market with online and local-multiplayer gaming. Before that though, it was nothing more than a way to push Windows.
I don’t know which is more difficult: The mental trauma Lara Croft is enduring after her hellish escape from a supernaturally cursed island, or trying to get details about the upcoming Tomb Raider sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider. I’m pretty sure Crystal Dynamics and Microsoft are holding out for E3, but we haven’t even properly seen a game that is supposedly coming out this year. But hey, at least we know you’ll be able to stealth kill like a fish would.
No Man’s Sky has been hiding recently, but that doesn’t mean it’s fallen off the radar as one of this year’s most anticipated titles. The game is launching exclusively for PS4 first, with a PC release slated for a later time. An Xbox One launch, however, doesn’t seem to be in development – and it’s made Microsoft quite sad.
It's the time of year again when speculation flies about how long Microsoft will hold on to the Xbox brand. This isn't the first time rumors have swirled and it probably won't be the last. Is it a case of typical rumors or should we follow that "where there's smoke, there's fire" belief?
It’s not just Gears Of War that’s possibly getting a touch of the remastered treatment over at Microsoft. While their exclusives may have dwindled in the golden years of the Xbox 360, Microsoft still had some solid titles that were cranked out. Alan Wake for example, is a magnificent piece of tense storytelling and survival. A classic from developer Remedy Entertainment, it’s also a title that will most likely never ever see a sequel. But a remaster could be on the way.
The ease with which we are able to link credit cards to online accounts is a proper headache for parents not keeping a close enough eye on their children. It's not uncommon for massive bills to be racked up by ignorant (or deviously sly) children, leaving the parents to foot the bill. It's so common in fact that it's even happened to a Director of the World Bank - although he's looking to give Microsoft grief for it.