Many developers descending on the Game Developers Conference (GDC) are expected to come toting prototype videogames, movies and virtual-reality goggles—updates of offerings that ignited a short-lived technology craze in the early 1990s.  Three-dimensional simulations enabled by special eyewear are expected to be a key in the this week in San Francisco. While Microsoft is expected to unveil DirectX 12 a new report suggests the Redmond software giant may have something to unveil in the ’3-D’ space as well.  The Wall Street Journal reports: Microsoft has also developed 3-D virtual-reality devices, people familiar with the project say, and it has filed at least one patent for it so far. The software company has been developing the technology concurrently with a project known as “Fortaleza,” or “fortress” in Portuguese. The effort has been discussed as an attempt at creating a suite of experiences unique to Microsoft’s Xbox products, people who have been privy ...

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Xbox executive Yusuf Mehdi announced the Xbox One would be expanding to 26 new markets by September.  Thus far the Xbox has primarily been sold in 13 ‘launch countries.’   Sony has been aggressive with the PS4 available in 54 markets.  Microsoft states that they will share more information at the end April, so sometime after the the Build conference.  The 26 new countries are: Argentina Belgium Chile Colombia Czech Republic Denmark Finland Greece Hungary India Israel Japan Korea Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Russia Saudi Arabia Singapore Slovakia South Africa Sweden Switzerland Turkey UAE While Russia is listed as a new market, it is unclear if this includes the recently annexed Crimea.  I have reached out to Microsoft for comment. Source: Xbox Wire ...

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Undoubtedly Titanfall is the most highly anticipated game for the Xbox One.  In fact, in the short term, Microsoft’s success with the Xbox One  is dependent on the successful launch of Titanfall.  Microsoft hopes Titanfall will do for the Xbox One what Halo did for the previous consoles. Over the weekend Respawn lead engineer Richard Baker officially confirmed that Titanfall’s native resolution will be 792p on the Xbox One, or slightly higher than standard HD (high definition).  This shuts down rumors that Titanfall might have launched at 900p, or a resolution in between standard HD and Full HD [1080p]. “We’ve been experimenting with making [the resolution] higher and lower. One of the big tricks is how much ESRAM we’re going to use, so we’re thinking of not using hardware MSAA and instead using FXAA to make it so we don’t have to have this larger render target,” Baker stated. “We’re going to experiment. ...

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Sony has had a very successful launch of the PS4.  Early adopters of the PS4 have touted native full 1080p gaming as one of the many promises and early advantages of Sony’s new console. In a blog post last November Sony wrote in a blog post that Killzone Shadow fall features a “competitive multiplayer mode” that supports up to 24 players and “runs at native 1080p and 60 fps.” To put it nicely this isn’t quite true and gamers are furious. In single player mode, Killzone Shadow Fall runs at a full 1080p. In multiplayer mode, however, the native resolution drops significantly in order to bump the frame rate from 30 fps to near 60 fps. A brief explanation from CraveOnline: Killzone: Shadow Fall outputs at 1080p in single-player and multiplayer, but it isn’t native. It uses a unique processing method that blends 960 x 1080 images together. Therefore, the 1080p advertised on the ...

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A new report claims the Xbox One Twitch app will have 1280 x 720 streaming video compared to the PS4′s 960×540. This gives Xbox One the advantage of streaming high definition 720p video while the PS4 stream at a resolution slightly better than standard definition. Neowin reports: A Reddit post from user “rotj” links to a stats page for the Xbox One Twitch app, which recorded information from the stream of Microsoft’s own Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb. The stats show that the Xbox One Twitch update will stream live gameplay at a resolution of 1280×720 compared to 960×540 for the current PS4 version. In addition, the bitrate for the Xbox One is close to 2.7Mbps, compared to 1.7Mbps for the PS4. Both display at 30 FPS.  The Twitch app release will conincide with the highly anticipated launch of the FPS Titanfall. Source: Neowin ...

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Konami has recently published their plans for their next major release, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes on next generation consoles. MGS5 will run at a native 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second on the Sony PS4 but just 720p at 60 fps on Microsoft’s Xbox One. This is not the first time where a major game developer opts for a lower resolution gameplay, we have seen similar actions from Battlefield, Call of Duty, etc. Microsoft on its part always declined to accept that Xbox One is under powered when compared to PS4. Microsoft have their own example like Forza which runs 1080p on Xbox One. Current Gen / Next Gen Comparison Chart  for MGS5(resolution, frame) PlayStation®3 PlayStation®4 Xbox 360® Xbox One resolution 720P (Scaling internally) 1080P 720P (Scaling internally) 720P frame 30fps 60fps 30fps 60fps Microsoft’s comments on lack of 1080p on several games in Xbox One, “I think the ...

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NPD research firm released their data on gaming industry sales yesterday. Microsoft has got both good and bad news from these numbers. Good news is that, January NPD Group figures revealed Xbox(Xbox One+Xbox 360) sold the most games across all console platforms in January with 2.27 million units sold, making up 47 percent of software market share. During the month of January, Xbox* held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list in the U.S.: “Battlefield 4,” “Call of Duty: Ghosts” (Xbox 360 and Xbox One), “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Minecraft.” Gamers love Xbox and our community has never been more vibrant on the industry-leading Xbox Live service. Since launch, over 2.6 billion global Gamerscore has been achieved, 165 million global achievements have been unlocked and 130 million global Game DVR clips have been uploaded. On the negative side, Sony’s PS4 outsold Xbox One by ...

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Microsoft is now running a great deal for old generation console owners. They can now trade-in their old consoles including Sony PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox 360S, etc, at Microsoft to store receive $100 Store credit on buying Xbox One. To be eligible for trade in, product must power on and be in fully functional, working condition without broken/missing components, cracked display/housing or liquid damage, cannot be password protected, and include original chargers/accessories. Trade up and get your hands on the new Xbox One Welcome to a new generation of games and entertainment. Where games push the boundaries of realism. And television obeys your every command. Where listening to music while playing a game is a snap. And you can jump from TV to movies to music to a game in an instant. Where your experience is custom tailored to you. And the entertainment you love is all in one place. ...

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  NPD today released their latest game console sales numbers in the US for December. Microsoft’s Xbox One emerged as the No.1 selling console in the US market. Microsoft sold 908,000 units in December. Also, Xbox 360 continued to see sales with 643,000 units sold in December, putting it in the No.3 spot overall. Together, Xbox One and Xbox 360 held 46 percent of the hardware market share in the U.S. and showed a 10 percent year over year growth from December 2012. December 2013 NPD highlights include: Total combined retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in December reached $1.39 billion, 50 percent of the combined software, hardware and accessories spend in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, December 2013). During the month of December, Xbox One held six of the top 10 spots on the new generation console game title list: “Battlefield 4,” “Forza Motorsport 5,” “Dead Rising 3,” ...

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Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Sony announced they had sold a record 4.2 Million PS4 consoles.  The data was from launch, November 15, 2013 to December 31, 2013.  Sony choose a staggered launch and the PS4 was available in 53 countries by the end of the year.  Reports from analysts predicted Sony would sell 5 million units by Spring 2014 and they seem on pace to do this. “The momentum of the PS4 system keeps getting stronger and we couldn’t be more thrilled gamers worldwide are enjoying the incredibly immersive gaming experiences along with deep social capabilities and entertainment provided by our network,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “After a remarkable launch, we look forward to bringing even more exciting content and continuing to explore the power of the PS4 system by adding new features and services, including PlayStation Now, in ...

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“SugarDVD CEO says Xbox One is a gateway for porn of the future” – This was the title I chose for this post and later changed it to avoid unnecessary brand damage for Xbox One. The title would have been weird, but that is exactly what SugarDVD CEO told in an interview. “Simply put, the Xbox One is a gateway for porn of the future,” SugarDVD CEO Jax Smith said, no doubt to the delight of Microsoft execs. “The PS4 is pretty, but Xbox One allows for more seamless integration and a more interactive experience.” Coming to our current title, according to their latest stats from SugarDVD, Three times as many people have signed up to use the SugarDVD app for PS4 than for Xbox One. It may be due to the fact that more PS4 units were sold than Xbox One worldwide. According to VGChartz.com, 3.4 million PS4s and ...

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Numbers released by NPD show Sony sold more consoles than Microsoft for the month of November.  The PS4 did have an have an extra week on shelves, debuting on Nov. 15 compared to Nov. 22 for the Xbox One.  Approximately 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the U.S. in the console’s first nine days, making it the fastest selling console on the market in the U.S. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of more than 101,000 consoles per day, “significantly outpacing the nearest competitor.” November 2013 NPD highlights include: Total retail spend on the Xbox platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360) in November (hardware, software and accessories) reached $1.21 billion, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group). During the month of November, Xbox (Xbox One and Xbox 360) held five of the top 10 spots on the console game title list (Source: NPD Group). During ...

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Microsoft is still remaining quiet on Xbox One sales, however, numbers released from NPD show the Xbox One winning the first sales round in Australia. In fact Microsoft’s Xbox One has been crowned the fastest-selling video game console to date in Australia, as its key rival, Sony, struggled to fulfil pre-orders for the PlayStation 4. Market research firm NPD Group said a total of 65,917 Xbox One consoles were sold in its first three days on sale in Australia, more than doubling the ­previous launch record for the ­Nintendo Wii in 2006, and beating out previous records for number of consoles sold in a week. Australia was among the 13 launch countries for the Xbox One.  Sony launched the PS4 a week after the Xbox One’s availability in Australia.  The Japanese entertainment giant said 700,000 units had been sold in Europe and Australia.  The company would not break out local sales, but industry ...

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While Sony is bragging about selling over 2.1 million PS4s, Microsoft has decided to remain silent and we will likely have to wait until NPD releases their numbers for last month. “We are humbled and gratified by the overwhelming response from our fans to the launch of Xbox One. Eleven days in we are seeing record breaking sales and are selling every Xbox One we can make. Demand is far exceeding supply in the 13 countries we’ve launched and we are sold out at retailers around the world. We are seeing incredible usage from our engaged fans who have purchased Xbox One with more than 50 million hours spent on Xbox One games and entertainment,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, Xbox. However, Microsoft has released some fun statistics surrounding game play on the Xbox One: Over 3 billion zombies killed in “Dead Rising 3” Over ...

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The limited availability of the PS4 in North America helped the Xbox dominate console sales over Black Friday.   Market Research Firm InfoScout collected over 83,000 receipts from 3,000 people who shopped at Walmart and Target on Black Friday.  Analysis of that date shows the Xbox One with 31% of console sales, the Xbox 360 with 30% of sales, PS4 & PS3 with 15% each, and the Wii & Wii U with a combined 7%. These numbers may be an early indication of how the Christmas shopping season may go.  Walmart offered the Xbox 360 for $99, and in these tough economic times I think that’s of great value to families. Infoscout also released some quotes of what they were hearing from consumers: PlayStation 4 “Too much hype when Sony doesn’t produce enough” “Expensive. Games are expensive.” “It’s too high tech none if the older ps games will work with it ...

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Please see our previous coverage of hardware problems on the PlayStation 4: More PS4 Users Experience Hardware Issues 360 1-star Reviews On Amazon Climbing/ and Cheaper PS4 Experiencing Hardware Issues Already It seems the Xbox One is not without it’s share of hardware problems either.  A number of users are reporting having faulty disk drives and hearing a “grinding/clicking noise.”  Some users have reported that their device will not turn. One user received a device that had been physically damaged.  Right now these appear to be somewhat isolated events, but only time will tell as to how widespread these events are.  There may be more information by Monday if more users report having problems with their consoles. We will keep an eye on this, just as we have been doing with the PS4 and report back when we have more information. Microsoft has released the following statement: “We know that with ...

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