This is honestly why it sucks to be an early adopter of anything, even a semi early adopter. Microsoft has announced they are once again dropping the price of the Xbox One console bundles to the lowest it has ever been: $299. It started out at almost $500 when it first came out and periodically dropping $50 bucks at a time.
This most recent price drop to $299 actually puts the Xbox One $50 cheaper than the PS4. This could also be Microsoft’s attempt to overtake its competitor in the only way it can (since it has a lack of new and exclusive games and comparable hardware.)
Microsoft’s price drop timing is also interesting as it is just two weeks before E3, the biggest gaming convention of the year. Based on several anonymous sources, it is heavily rumored that Microsoft will reveal a new, more powerful Xbox One model as well as a more compact version of the current Xbox One.
After the recent launch of next-gen console, the Xbox One, one problem became unfortunately apparent. Some Xbox One owners found they had received a defective console. While this elicited a ton of backlash and anger, Microsoft is attempting to fix the problem. According to emails from Xbox support representatives, owners with defective consoles are being offered a free game for the inconvenience.
According to an email from Xbox customer care forwarded to Polygon, the company will let Xbox One owners with a faulty console choose from one of four titles: Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome or Zoo Tycoon. The titles are offered as a downloadable game so that the owners will be able to play the game.
“While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game,” a statement from Microsoft said. “We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios.”
Regarding the faulty optical drive issue, Microsoft says that it is “affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers.”
“Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare” has gotten an official release date from EA’s PopCap Games. The game will be hitting Xbox One and Xbox 360 beginning February 18th, 2014 in North America and February 20, 2014 in Europe. The new release is an action-packed third-person multiplayer shooter that puts players in the shoes—or roots—of their favorite characters from the popular “Plants vs. Zombies” franchise.
Brian Lindley, producer on “Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare,” said,
“Gamers across the world have fallen in love with the Plants vs. Zombies characters and now they’ll get to see them in an entirely new light. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare give the series’ fans and shooter players a fun, new experience that they’ll both enjoy as they blast, chomp and laugh their way through co-op and head-to-head online action.”
“Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare” is powered by the Frostbite 3 engine and features more than 10 maps and three distinct modes including two 12v12 competitive multiplayer modes called “Garden & Graveyards” and “Team Vanquish,” and a four-player co-operative mode called “Garden Ops.” In “Garden & Graveyards,” plants must defend their garden bases from zombies attempting to turn them into spooky graveyards. Players can also square off in “Team Vanquish” as they try to send the other team to the compost pile. For gamers that just want to have a fun time with their friends, they can work together in “Garden Ops” battling off waves of zombies on the attack.
On the next-gen console, the Xbox One, the game features two extra modes including local cooperative split screen and “Boss Mode.” With split screen, players can team up with a friend on the couch to fight against an endless horde of zombies. In “Boss Mode,” gamers can utilize their Kinect or a SmartGlass device in any of the other gameplay modes to support their teams. Players have a top-down view of the battlefield and can help out their teammates with intel, health drops, revive stations and explosive artillery strikes.
A PC version will be available at a later date.
Activision has officially announced that “Call of Duty: Ghosts” is the most played game on the next-gen consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4. They also announced that it is the top selling Xbox One and PlayStation 4 title at leading North American retailers.
According to the press release:
The next generation of game consoles is here, and Call of Duty®: Ghosts is the must have game. Activision’s blockbuster title is the #1 most played Xbox One multiplayer game worldwide, according to Microsoft, while becoming the #1 top-selling Xbox One title in retail sales in North America at retailers Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Wal-Mart. In standalone Xbox One software retail sales*, the game also is #1 in the United Kingdom, according to GfK Charttrack. Additionally, Call of Duty: Ghosts is the #1 most played PlayStation® 4 game, according to Sony Computer Entertainment America, and continues to be the #1 top-selling PS4 title in retail sales in North America at Best Buy, GameStop, Target and Wal-Mart.
So far more than 1 billion multiplayer matches of Call of Duty: Ghosts already have been played across all versions. Ghosts’ players have Prestiged more than 2.2 million times, earning over 3.3 trillion Experience Points (XP), according to internal gameplay statistics.
Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc, said,
“Around the globe, Call of Duty: Ghosts is leading the next generation. It’s the #1 selling title at key retailers and it’s also the most played game on Xbox One and PS4 globally. As we’ve said before, we’ve got the best community of fans in the world, and we’re thrilled they’re coming with us to the next generation.”
“Call of Duty: Ghosts” is also the 1 most played Xbox 360 multiplayer game, according to Microsoft.
The Xbox One launched just last week and Microsoft has officially announced the launch was the biggest one in Xbox history. More than one million consoles sold through worldwide in less than 24 hours – surpassing day one Xbox 360 sales and setting a new record.
Despite the success, the Xbox One has not yet outsold the Sony Playstation 4 which launched on November 15. The PS4 sold more than one million units in North America alone and it still has to hit Europe and Latin America on November 29.
Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy, Xbox, said,
“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world. Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”
The launch of the moderately anticipated Xbox One is just around the corner but several of the games that will be available that day have already been packaged and shipped to retailers. The gold titles include Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3 and Zoo Tycoon, according to Xbox Wire. Microsoft also posted a picture of crates containing the aforementioned Xbox One titles, with labels stating not to sell the games before November 22, which is the worldwide launch of the Xbox One. You can see the picture above.
The Xbox One is scheduled for release across North America, several European markets, Australia, and New Zealand on November 22, 2013 with later release in Japan and the remaining European markets in 2014.
Yesterday, it seemed like 90% of Xbox or PS3 gamers were playing “Call of Duty: Ghosts” which released yesterday. Including my boyfriend unsurprisingly. But it seems that the game has already done extremely well financially for Activision.
Activision has announced that it has sold more than $1 billion of “Ghosts” into retail. According to a press release from Activision, “Call of Duty: Ghosts” has moved to the #1 spot as the most played game on Xbox Live, according to Microsoft. Additionally, Activision confirmed that on the Xbox 360 video games and entertainment system from Microsoft, average player sessions for Ghosts have been longer than either Black Ops II or Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3, during the same time period.
Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, said,
“Call of Duty is by far the largest console franchise of this generation. More people have played Call of Duty this year than ever before, logging four billion hours of gameplay. And in the last 12 months, Call of Duty®: Black Ops II, including its digital content, generated more revenues than any other console game ever has in a single year. Although it is too early to assess sell-through for Call of Duty: Ghosts, it’s launching at a time when the franchise has never been more popular.”
Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, also added,
“Ghosts is an amazing game which ushers in the next generation of Call of Duty. The team at Infinity Ward has delivered yet another epic thrill ride in the campaign, and what I think is our best multiplayer game yet. This is the must have launch title for the next generation of consoles, and we expect Call of Duty: Ghosts to be the most successful launch title for the Xbox One and PS4 by a wide margin. In fact, according to GameStop, Call of Duty: Ghosts is their most pre-reserved next-gen title.”
“Games With Gold,” the Xbox Live program that gives Live players a new free game twice a month will remain longer than initially believed. The program will remain an “ongoing benefit” for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360.
This move is likely to combat the Playstation Plus program of a similar nature.
You can see the whole press release below:
Games with Gold: Now an Ongoing Benefit for Xbox Live Gold Members on Xbox 360!
Friday, Oct. 18, 12:01 a.m. PDT
By: Xbox Wire Staff
At E3 2013, we launched Games with Gold as a limited-time program to thank our Xbox Live Gold members. Within that short period of time, we’ve seen an overwhelming response, with more than 120 million hours played with Games with Gold titles. Today, as a part of the “Week of Xbox Live,” we’re excited to announce that we are making Games with Gold an ongoing benefit for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox 360.
Whether they are blockbuster AAA or popular arcade titles, Games with Gold continues to offer a diverse mix of games with two free Xbox 360 titles a month – yours to keep and at no additional cost. According to recent surveys, 97 percent of participating members have given their stamp of approval for Games with Gold, and we’re excited to continue bringing you great games every month as part of our ongoing commitment to providing great value on Xbox 360.
According to an Xbox Official, the new Xbox One DVR will automatically record gameplay as achievements are unlocked. The Xbox Australia Product Manager commented on YouTube that while Xbox One players have the option to forego recording gameplay, the DVR will automatically capture the moment when achievements are unlocked.
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The first five minutes of “BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode One” has come online. The DLC release will return you to Rapture in a story that finds Booker and Elizabeth on the eve of the underwater city’s fall from grace. Get a taste of Rapture in its full glory, almost entirely built from scratch in the “BioShock Infinite” engine.
“Burial at Sea” will be available for $15.00 on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC and is also included as part of the “BioShock Infinite Season Pass.” Game creator, Ken Levine, has stated the DLC will be released before the holiday season this year.
Watch the video below!