Entries in 'Microsoft' (232)

Xbox hardware revenue down 29% after fall in Q4 sales

Xbox hardware revenue down 29% after fall in Q4 sales

Microsoft has released its Q4 earnings report for FY17, and its gaming revenue has increased three per cent year-on-year to hit $1.6bn, driven largely by Xbox software sales and services. 

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jul 21st 2017 at 11:54AM in News
Xbox One X

The X Factor is back - how the Xbox One X will re-establish the Microsoft's technical superiority

Consoles are usually creations of compromise. They have to hit a certain price point, not be too large (or too noisy), provide future-proofed technology, and often include a range of other ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jun 16th 2017 at 3:00PM in News
E3 show floor

E3 2017: Play time or story time?

Academic studies of video games have long pondered the relative merits of gameplay vs story, or ludology vs narratology as it’s often called. While we leave such critical musings to ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jun 16th 2017 at 11:00AM in News
Microsoft explains Xbox One X's £449 price

Microsoft explains Xbox One X's £449 price

There has been much debate about Microsoft's decision to price the Xbox One X at £449 ($499 in the US).

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 10:19AM in News

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Stand and deliver - how and why publishers make us wait after E3

E3 press conferences were once littered with titles that wouldn’t see retailers’ shelves for years. But there looks to be a new sense of immediacy spreading across these events and ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jun 16th 2017 at 10:00AM in News
Phil Spencer believes in VR, but says it's still not right for consoles

Phil Spencer believes in VR, but says it's still not right for consoles

The head of Xbox has again expressed his belief in the long-term prospects of VR, but also stressed that consoles aren't yet the ideal home for it.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 16th 2017 at 9:38AM in News
Fallout 4 VR

Doom, Fallout 4 and Skyrim VR will drive awareness, but Ubisoft still 'go-to VR publisher' - SuperData

Virtual reality was a major theme of Bethesda's E3 announcements this year, with titles such as Skyrim, Doom and Fallout 4 all receiving the VR treatment by the end of ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 15th 2017 at 2:36PM in News
Sony on Xbox One X power: Devs will work to the lowest common denominator

Sony on Xbox One X power: Devs will work to the lowest common denominator

PlayStation platform holder Sony has said that the Xbox One X's power advantage over PS4 Pro will likely not be as evident as some suspect.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 15th 2017 at 9:51AM in News

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Microsoft responds to PlayStation's crossplatform omission

Microsoft responds to PlayStation's crossplatform omission

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has bitten in what is almost approaching a war of words in the crossplatform multiplayer dispute.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 15th 2017 at 9:33AM in News
A Way Out

Indie GoneGone - where are all the indies at E3 2017?

EA's been marching to its own E3 drum for a couple of years now, but last weekend saw the publisher putting players at the heart of its event like never ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 14th 2017 at 12:35PM in News
Microsoft says selling more Xbox One S units than X next year has 'always been the plan'

Microsoft says selling more Xbox One S units than X next year has 'always been the plan'

Microsoft's E3 press conference may have been all about the power of Xbox One X (previously Project Scorpio) this year, but Xbox boss Phil Spencer still expects the company to ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 13th 2017 at 2:16PM in News
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Xbox One X price is 'an obvious weakness' - SuperData

Now that the dust has settled on Microsoft's Xbox One X reveal, it seems analysts are still uncertain about 

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 13th 2017 at 10:40AM in News

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Xbox Design Lab

Xbox Design Labs arrives in the UK

Microsoft's customisable controller service, Xbox Design Labs, has finally arrived in the UK, the platform holder announced on Twitter today. 

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 12th 2017 at 3:30PM in News
Minecraft

Microsoft 'would love' to have PS4 join Minecraft crossplay initiative

Last night Microsoft announced it was bringing crossplay functionality to Minecraft, allowing gamers to play together and use their DLC purchases and save files across a multitude of different platforms. No ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 12th 2017 at 2:50PM in News
Crackdown 3, Forza 7 and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds front Xbox lineup

Crackdown 3, Forza 7 and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds front Xbox lineup

A name and price for the Xbox One X and backwards compatibility with the original Xbox were far from the only announcements at Microsoft's E3 press conference last night.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 12th 2017 at 10:38AM in News
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Xbox One X will NOT reignite Xbox One sales in Europe - IHS

After years of being told the Xbox One has no exclusives, Microsoft went on a full frontal assault last night during its E3 press conference, showing a total of ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 12th 2017 at 10:30AM in News

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Microsoft adds original Xbox backwards compatibility to Xbox One

Microsoft adds original Xbox backwards compatibility to Xbox One

Xbox One's backwards compatibility credentials are getting a huge boost with the addition of original Xbox compatibility.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 12th 2017 at 10:11AM in News
Xbox One X

Project Scorpio unveiled as Xbox One X, priced at £449 in the UK

Project Scorpio finally has a name and a price. Meet the Xbox One X, which is launching worldwide on November 7th later this year for $499 in the US and ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 12th 2017 at 9:44AM in News
Anthem

Bioware's new IP Anthem looks like Mass Effect meets Destiny

Bioware has a brand-new IP named Anthem, and it looks to be a cross between Mass Effect's epic space opera and Destiny's sci-fi co-op play. 

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 12th 2017 at 12:22AM in News
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2m 'disengaged Xbox One owners' ripe for Scorpio, says Kantar Worldpanel

Project Scorpio is due to be unveiled tonight at Microsoft's E3 press conference, but while its specs point toward a 4K powerhouse targeted at the Microsoft super fan, there ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 11th 2017 at 3:00PM in News
Piers Harding Rolls

IHS predicts Project Scorpio price will be £429 in the UK

Project Scorpio will finally get its first public showing at tonight's Microsoft E3 press conference, and market research firm IHS Markit has predicted that Microsoft's new machine will cost ...

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 11th 2017 at 2:30PM in News
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Watch Microsoft's E3 presentation and Scorpio reveal right here

In just eight hours time, Microsoft will be unveiling its new Project Scorpio console to the worldwide games industry, and you can watch the action right here at MCV. 

Katharine  Byrne
by Katharine Byrne
on Jun 11th 2017 at 2:00PM in News
Data questions popularity of Xbox backwards compatibility

Data questions popularity of Xbox backwards compatibility

Backwards compatibility has always been a headline winner, but the extent to which it is actually used has always been a point of contention.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 8th 2017 at 9:59AM in News
E3 of the Dead: our pre-show analysis

E3 of the Dead: our pre-show analysis

The Los Angeles Convention Centre has always been a place of peril as well as profit. Attending is something of a survival course: high-pressure meetings, late-late-late-night networking, cross-floor appointment dashes ...

Seth Barton
by Seth Barton
on Jun 7th 2017 at 11:28AM in News
Sony talks PS4 vs Xbox: "Europe is fortress PlayStation"

Sony talks PS4 vs Xbox: "Europe is fortress PlayStation"

The PS4 has sold three times the amount of the Xbox One in Europe, according to Sony exec Jim Ryan.

Ben Parfitt
by Ben Parfitt
on Jun 6th 2017 at 10:14AM in News