Analyst: Microsoft Beat Out Sony on Black Friday

December 2, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft fared considerably better than Sony on Black Friday, according to data analysts InfoScout. The firm claims that Xbox One was the highest selling console during the period, comprising 31 percent of total hardware sales. The Xbox 360 also fared pretty well, grabbing a 30 percent share resulting in a joint Microsoft lead of 60 percent. Joint sales of the PS3 and PS4 amounted to 30 percent share in sales total, while sales of the Wii U and Wii combined was 7 percent.

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EA: PS4 and Xbox One Will Have Shorter Life Cycles

November 29, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

EA Studios executive vice president Patrick Soderlund predicts that the life cycle of the newest consoles from Sony and Microsoft will not be as long as the last console cycle (which has not ended yet) Soderlund says that he expects the PS4 and Xbox One console cycle to last for five to six years. Soderlund, who is in charge of EA's console and PC games development, also said that the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation "may have gone on a little bit longer than I would have wanted."

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Crazy Like a Fox or Just Plain Crazy: The Xbox One Punching Fix

November 26, 2013 - James Fudge

Is this next story officially the dumbest story of 2013? I don't know but it has to be in the running. Some users who bought Xbox One systems with failing disc drives say you can solve the problem by punching your console. Yes, you've read that correctly: people are so frustrated with the Xbox One that they have decided to, as Wally Cleaver liked to say (an obscure 1950's reference to the show Leave it to Beaver) "Give it the business."

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Report: Microsoft Banning Xbox One Users Over Videos and Skype Calls Containing Vulgar Language

November 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Reddit thread unearthed by Eurogamer, Microsoft has been banning Xbox One users who have been deemed to have used foul language in their chats via Skype and uploaded videos through Upload Studios. Dozens of users have also complained about the bans on the Xbox forums, according to Eurogamer.

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Microsoft Offers Free Digital Download to Consumers with Broken Xbox One Consoles

November 26, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Recognizing that some Xbox One owners might be a tad bit upset that they can't play their shiny new console while Microsoft makes right on failing disc drives in some systems, the company announced that it would provide digital downloads of at least one launch title per customer so they have something to play while they wait for a replacement console.

The games offered as part of this include like Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Zoo Tycoon.

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Poll Results: Will the Xbox One Suffer Hardware Failures?

November 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week we asked our readers, "Will the Xbox One Suffer Hardware Failures?" Around 436 votes were cast, with the majority of respondents voting giving Microsoft the benefit of the doubt.

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Small Number of Consumers Claim to Receive Xbox One with Faulty Disc Drives

November 25, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Over the weekend Kotaku continued to report on disc drive failures in Microsoft's new Xbox One console, according to the publication, it has received over 150 readers saying that they have bought an Xbox One with a faulty disc drive. In addition editors from websites Polygon, IGN, and GamesRadar have reported receiving one of these faulty units directly from Microsoft.

Microsoft has been pretty lukewarm in its response to the news:

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Some Xbox One Users Reporting Disc Drive Issues

November 22, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to several YouTube videos being made public today, frustrated Xbox One owners who have just purchased the shiny new console are having disc read errors. Several Xbox One buyers have reported disc drive issues, though just how widespread this issue is is unknown at this time.

In most of the videos, Xbox One owners pop in game discs only to find that the systems' drives don't work. Then, as documented by at least four different YouTube videos, there's a loud grinding noise that will make you wince.

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EA Acknowledges FIFA 14 Xbox One Bugs, Promises Update Today

November 22, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts has acknowledged several bugs that are plaguing the Xbox One version of FIFA 14, which it vows to adress with an update later today. The first is a bug where using a second controller to navigate the bootflow when FIFA 14 is loading will result in a game crash. Until the bug is fixed, EA recommends that players use the first controller to navigate the bootflow and then activate the second controller when at the main menu of the game.

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Sony Congratulates Microsoft on Xbox One Launch

November 22, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Just as Microsoft did last week when Sony launched the PS4, Sony has congratulated Microsoft on its launch of the Xbox One today. Sony's official PlayStation Twitter account offered the following congratulatory message to Microsoft and its Xbox team:

"Congrats, @Xbox @Microsoft! #NextGeneration #GreatnessAwaits"

Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida also sent a congratulatory tweet to Microsoft's Phil Spencer, Phil Harrison, Major Nelson and Albert Penello:

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Microsoft Takes Down Instructions for Downloading and Applying Xbox One Day-One Firmware Offline

November 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier today Microsoft offered instructions similar to Sony's (for the PS4) on how to download the Day One update for its Xbox One, put it on a USB drive and apply it offline. Then they removed it. The 20-step guide for downloading the latest Xbox One firmware to a USB stick was pulled after news about it got out, and Microsoft responded by saying that it was important that consumers log onto Xbox Live at least once when they get their shiny new console beginning tomorrow.

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Some Audio Features Missing or in Beta on Xbox One at Launch

November 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The Xbox One will ship without some audio features, and some still in "beta," according to multiple sources (as reported by Polygon). The Xbox One will ship without support for Dolby encoding, according to what Microsoft director of product planning Albert Penello posted on a NeoGAF thread today.

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Black Friday Console Wars Continue in Part Two of South Park's 'A Song of Ass and Fire'

November 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Part two of South Park's "A Song of Ass and Fire" aired last night, continuing the storyline about Black Friday and Xbox One v. PS4 fanboy wars. Cartman's Xbox One crew goes head-to-head with Kenny's small group of PS4 fanboys in an epic Black Friday battle at the South Park Mall. All of the boys in this week's episode are dressed as they will be in Obsidian Entertainment's RPG, South Park: The Stick of Truth - due out in March 2014.

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Poll: Will the Xbox One Suffer Hardware Failures?

November 21, 2013 - Andrew Eisen

When the Xbox 360 launched in 2005, the hardware was plagued with a bunch of console crippling issues, one of which being the famous Red Ring of Death, an LED indication that your game machine is now a giant brick.  Some estimates put the failure rate of the 360 as high as 54%.  Whatever the actual number was, it was so bad that Microsoft ex

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Microsoft Spent $100 Million in R&D for Xbox One Controller

November 21, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this GamesBeat report, the new controller for Microsoft's soon-to-be-released Xbox One console cost the company $100 million to research and develop. While consumers may not see much of a difference between the gamepad that comes with the Xbox One and the one they are currently using with the Xbox 360, the company spent a lot of money looking at new features - many of which did not make it into the final gamepad design.

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White Xbox One Auction Generates $11,300 for Wounded Warrior Project

November 19, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

The eBay charity auction of a limited edition white Xbox One has generated $11,300 for the Wounded Warrior Project charity, according to CVG. The special edition console is being given out to Microsoft employees when the Xbox One launches later this week in 21 markets including the United States. The auction on eBay began at $1, but by Nov.

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Report: Apple in Buyout Talks With Kinect Creator

November 18, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to two separate reports, Apple is in discussions with the makers of the Kinect motion sensing technology to buy the company out. According to reports on AllThingsD and Calcalist, Apple is in serious talks to buy out Israel-based PrimeSense for $345 million.

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Microsoft Congratulates Sony on PS4 Launch

November 15, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Whoever wins the first round of this new console cycle war, individuals at Microsoft are showing that they can be cordial and decent. Today via its official Xbox Twitter account Microsoft offered Sony congratulations on lunching its PlayStation 4 console. Several Microsoft executives involved with the Xbox One also extended their own personal messages congratulating Sony.

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Microsoft and the ESA Host High-End Xbox One Party for D.C.'s Elite

November 15, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

While we don't have any specifics on what went on at this swank press event for the Xbox One, it sounds exciting. Apparently - according to 69 party photos posted on Revamp, the Entertainment Software Association and Microsoft put on a swank reveal party for the Xbox One in Washington D.C. The catered event at the W Washington, D.C. hotel was attended by members of Congress and Obama administration officials, according to the site.

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South Park Pokes Fun at Black Friday, Next-Gen Console Wars

November 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

This week's episode of South Park pokes a lot of fun at Black Friday holiday sales, Game of Thrones, the frenzied behavior of deal-seeking mobs, and the foolishness of console wars. In the episode Cartman, Stan, and the gang set out to create a plan to get the Xbox One on Black Friday for cheap, but in the midst of preparing for the battle at the South Park Mall, a contingent of the kids balk at getting an Xbox One, instead opting to split off and fight against Cartman's faction because they think PS4 is better.

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PS4 Beating Out Xbox One in 'Purchase Intent'

November 14, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Data released today from a September consumer survey reveals Sony's PlayStation 4 (releasing today in North America) comfortably leading Xbox One (releasing next Friday) when it came to purchase intent. Interpret found that PS4 purchase interest beat out the Xbox One across the board.

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Oculus: Next-Gen Consoles Too Limited for Oculus Rift

November 13, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

In a recent interview on TechRadar, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey says that console systems - both current and next-generation are too limited to work with the company's Oculus Rift virtual reality headset technology. Luckey goes on to say that the biggest problem with consoles is that their level of hardware power remains unchanged for many years, whereas PC systems are constantly upgraded and evolving.

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Analyst: PS4 Will 'Comfortably Outsell Xbox One Over the Next Four Years

November 12, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

According to research firm IHS, Sony's PlayStation 4 will "comfortably" outsell the Xbox One over the next four years. IHS head of games research Piers Harding-Rolls forecasts that, while both systems will be "neck and neck in terms of sales during the launch period, Sony's system will pull ahead significantly by the end of 2017. Harding-Rolls predicts 2.4 million PS4 unit sales by the end of 2013, and 2.2 million Xbox One sales.

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Analyst: A Third of Games Sales for Consoles Will Be Digital

November 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Research firm IHS forecasts is suggesting that 34 percent of the money consumers spend on software for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will be done in the digital space by 2017.

"A key driver for this digital transition will be publisher ambition to release most games digitally at the same time as boxed versions at retail outlets," said the report prepared by Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 76

November 11, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A day late and a dollar short would be the best way to describe Episode 76. It was recorded a few days after Extra Life (which admittedly messed with our scheduling and mental stability in the early part of the week). Add to that some technical difficulties with editing the show and you have an episode that is a week late. Nevertheless the topics we talk about on the show are timeless enough that you'll still enjoy it.

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Report: If Stephen Elop Were CEO of Microsoft He'd Consider Shutting Down Xbox, Bing

November 8, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from Bloomberg reveals that one of the candidates to replace former CEO Steve Ballmer wouldn't think twice about making major changes to the company if necessary - including shutting down major divisions to refocus the company like Bing and Xbox.

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Analyst: Microsoft Loses $2 Billion on Xbox Annually

November 8, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Nomura analyst Rick Sherlund says that Microsoft's losses on its Xbox business total $2 billion per year, but are masked or hidden by substantial cash generated from royalties on patents from Android-based devices.

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Microsoft Reveals Xbox One Launch Apps

November 8, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft has revealed the line-up of entertainment apps that will be available at launch for the Xbox One in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Microsoft's first-party services available at launch include  Xbox Fitness, Xbox Video, Xbox Music, Internet Explorer, Skype, SkyDrive and its Upload service. Third-party services like Netflix, Crackle, Twitch, Amazon Prime and more will also be available at launch.

A big list - divided by region - can be found below:

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GamesAid Auctions Rare White Xbox One for Charity

November 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

UK games charity GamesAid is auctioning off a special version of the Xbox One to raise much needed funds for future charitable work. The special console is very rare; it is white and was only given out to employees who worked on the console.

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ID@Xbox Members Get Unity for Xbox One for Free

November 5, 2013 - GamePolitics Staff

Microsoft announced today that developers signed up for the ID@Xbox program will get free access to the Unity game engine. The Xbox One add-on for Unity is planned for 2014.

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MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
NeenekoAh yes, because by building something nice they were just asking for people to come push them out. Consequences are protested all the time when other people are implementing them.04/17/2014 - 2:06pm
Matthew Wilsonok than they should not protest when the consequences of that choice occur.04/17/2014 - 1:06pm
NeenekoIf people want tall buildings, plenty of other cities with them. Part of freedom and markets is communities deciding what they do and do not want built in their collective space.04/17/2014 - 12:55pm
Sora-ChanI realize that they have ways getting around it, but one reason might be due to earthquakes.04/17/2014 - 4:42am
Matthew WilsonSF is a tech/ economic/ trade center it should be mostly tail building. this whole problem is because of the lack of tail buildings. How would having tail apartment buildings destroy SF? having tail buildings has not runed other cities around the US/world04/16/2014 - 10:51pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the issue is you can not build upwards anywhere in SF at the moment, and no you would not. You would bring prices to where they should have been before the market distortion. those prices are not economic or socially healthy.04/16/2014 - 10:46pm
ZippyDSMleeYou still wind up pushing people out of the non high rise aeras but tis least damage you can do all things considered.04/16/2014 - 10:26pm
ZippyDSMleeANd by mindlessly building upward you make it like every place else hurting property prices,ect,ect. You'll have to slowly segment the region into aeras where you will never build upward then alow some aeras to build upward.04/16/2014 - 10:25pm
Matthew WilsonSF have to build upwards they have natural growth limits. they can not grow outwards. ps growing outwards is terable just look at Orlando or Austin for that.04/16/2014 - 4:15pm
ZippyDSMleeIf they built upward then it would becoem like every other place making it worthless, if they don't build upward they will price people out making it worthless, what they need to do is a mix of things not just one exstreme or another.04/16/2014 - 4:00pm
Matthew Wilsonyou know the problem in SF was not the free market going wrong right? it was government distortion. by not allowing tall buildings to be build they limited supply. that is not free market.04/16/2014 - 3:48pm
ZippyDSMleeOh gaaa the free market is a lie as its currently leading them to no one living there becuse they can not afford it makign it worthless.04/16/2014 - 3:24pm
Matthew WilsonIf you have not read http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/04/introducing-steam-gauge-ars-reveals-steams-most-popular-games/ you should. It is a bit stats heavy, but worth the read.04/16/2014 - 2:04pm
Matthew Wilsonthe issue is when is doesn't work it can screw over millions in new york city's case. more often than not it is better to let the free market run its course without market distortion.04/16/2014 - 9:36am
NeenekoTrue, and overdone stagnation is a problem. It is a tricky balance. It does not help that when it does work, no one notices. Most people here have benifited from rent controls and not even realized it.04/16/2014 - 9:23am
 

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