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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. This figure may well have been higher, however, were it not partly offset by a decline in Xbox hardware revenue. …

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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 media features. The original Xbox One was simply stretched too thin. It was bulky, relatively underpowered and weighed down by …

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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 the experts, the debate has rarely been played out in such stark terms across the two primary platform holders’ showcases. …

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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). That’s the same price the original Xbox One launched at (and the PS3, for that matter) but $100 more than both the PS4 and PS4 Pro launch prices. Speaking to …

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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 the industry as a whole – and publishers are keen to point this out to consumers. Bethesda was a key …

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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. Speaking on Giant Bomb‘s E3 livestream, as reported by Polygon, Phil Spencer said: Long term, I’m a big believer in the category. In …

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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 the year. And it’s popular IPs like this that will drive VR awareness and adoption among consumers, according to research …

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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. An upcoming update to Minecraft will introduce online multiplayer across PC, Xbox, mobile and Nintendo, but not PS4. The same is true of Rocket League, whose upcoming Nintendo Switch version …

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