This week, Microsoft is updating its Xbox One with a user interface and backwards compibility functionality, and has recently launched its new Elite range.
MCV sits down with UK marketing boss Harvey Eagle to talk about these additions to the Xbox One, and what the firm's expectations are for this Q4.
We also examine Black Friday in numbers to see how many consumers are interested in the retail event and what they will be spending.
EA and DICE also talk to us about the upcoming Star Wars blockbuster, Battlefront. And Viz Media and Bulldog Licensing about the next big Japanese game in the west – Yokai Watch.
This issue also includes the 12 Games of Christmas supplements, which features the hottest games this Q4 and their merchandise
Below are the full contents of this week's issue. You can read it digitally here.
- COVER: Retail banks on blockbusters as sales stumble
- COVER: Over 40 indies braced for first London games market
- NEWS: Take-Two – 'GTA Online success won't change our strategy'
- NEWS: Microsoft sees Xbox One controller sales spike in 2015
- NEWS: Excalibur cuts back on sims and eyes console business
- NEWS: Digital Spy editor Reynolds joins Hello Games
- FEATURE: As a new UI and backwards compibility hit Xbox One, we speak to UK marketing boss Harvey Eagle about the console's relaunch, and why it is going to be a best-seller this Christmas
- DATA: Black Friday – what should you expect? MCV has teamed up with GameTrack to find out what consumers really think about Black Friday
- INDIE INTERVIEW: How video games can save the world – Moritz Zumbhul of Blindflug Games talks cover nuclear war and the migrant crisis, and why games have a responsibility to address these important issues
- THE BIG GAME: 'This is the game you are looking for' – MCV talks to EA and DICE to ease the wait for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- INTERVIEW: Yo-Kai Watch has proven hugely popular in Japan, and now it's headed to the UK. Viz Media and Bulldog Licensing tells MCV how it can repeat the success of Pokmon here
- INTERVIEW: 'There's a reason we're not calling it Homefront 2' – Deep Silver Dambuster's CJ Kerschner on bringing the Homefront franchise back from the dead
- SHELF LIFE: Daniel Grossett of Croydon's Playnation Games on why his Call of Duty pre-orders were up year-on-year, why he's not worried about falling console sales and the beneifts of selling other products than games
- APPOINTMENTS: Xbox UK bolsters games marketing team
- MARGIN MAKER: Fallout 4 is out and proving very popular – we round up the best merchandise based on the apocalyptic franchise
- INTERNATIONAL: Uruguay is quietly blossoming into a ripe games market, despite its small size. MCV reports