Microsoft has given Xbox head Phil Spencer a vote of confidence, promoting him to executive vice president of gaming. In return, Spencer will be expected to solve the company’s immediate problem: The Xbox One doesn’t have enough big-name exclusives. As we tumble into the mass-consumer era of this console generation, the Xbox One is far behind the PlayStation 4 in terms of global install base. Microsoft refuses to release hardware sales numbers, but analysts we spoke to estimate the Xbox One at around 35 million, compared to the PlayStation 4 at more than 73 million. That yawning 2-to-1 disparity is unlikely to get better this year. A look at the two companies’ 2018 exclusives roster makes for grim reading, at least for Xbox fans. This year, the PlayStation 4 will offer up The Last of Us Part 2, Spider-Man, God of War, Dreams, and Detroit: Become Human as major releases from highly credible studios. Sony has also been busy locking down third-party deals for games … [Read more...] about The Xbox One has a serious exclusive games problem
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Few properties in existence today can rival the notoriety of those owned by Nintendo, but Star Wars is unquestionably one of them. Impressing many a critic upon its release in 1998, Rogue Squadron is still believed to be one of the better playable takes on George Lucas’ original film trilogy. Featuring a number of unlockable ships and ample locales inspired by the classic movies, this N64 console exclusive has secured itself place in history as one of the best Star Wars titles to ever launch on Nintendo hardware.With Electronic Arts currently sitting pretty with the license to Star Wars games, and the gaming branch for LucasArts laid to rest, the odds aren’t great for fans. Still, it’s nice to dream about returning to Hoth to trip up some AT-AT Walkers and send them tumbling into a pile of 64-bit snow.As one of the few Mature titles to ever be published by Nintendo, Conker’s Bad Fur Day quickly reached cult classic status upon its release near the end … [Read more...] about 10 Unlikely Games We Want on a Nintendo 64 Classic
In past console generations, console makers like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have allowed gamers to transition into the next-gen while still providing all the functionality necessary to play current or past-gen games. With the introduction of the Xbox One and the PS4, however, that feature, called backwards compatibility, is no more.Both console makers had their reasons for not including backwards compatibility in their consoles, but each hopes that will be a small price to pay once gamers get their hand on next-gen titles. Nevertheless, many gamers are still disappointed by the lack of backwards compatibility, and have voiced their displeasure to both Microsoft and Sony.To further examine the issue, GameSpot posed the question of backwards compatibility to Microsoft Senior Director Albert Penello, who responded by saying the feature might not be completely lost on the Xbox One. Microsoft’s new Azure Cloud service offers myriad possibilities when it comes to the Xbox One, and … [Read more...] about Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Could Be Possible Thanks to Azure Cloud
True to analysts' predictions, the gaming industry was not able to lure consumers in increasing numbers to retail in October. As detailed in The NPD Group's US retail sales report yesterday, industry sales were down a cringe-inducing 19 percent from October 2008 to $1.07 billion. Hardware took a particular thumping, dipping 23 percent to $381 million, while software slipped a greater-than-expected 18 percent to $573 million. According to a pair of analysts, October sales indicate that casual gamers are largely at fault for the continued decline in industry sales. As noted by Electronic Entertainment Design and Research's Jesse Divnich, casual gamers haven't returned to buy more gaming goods this year. Further, he believes this group will continue to stay away until the arrival of new hardware from platform manufacturers, such as Microsoft's Project Natal or a new DS from Nintendo. "The lack of sales continues to be driven down by non-traditional and casual gamers who have … [Read more...] about Casual bubble deflating game industry – Analysts
As an Ecologist by profession, I’m always fascinated by the idea of how I can lessen the negative impacts of my lifestyle on the environment with little to no effort on my part. Simple alterations in habits or consumer options for my hobbies, without affecting the core of those habits and hobbies I love so much, can over time add up to a lower carbon footprint – allowing me to enjoy the same lifestyle and feel even better about it.As Internet speed and efficiency continues to improve, and hardware improves alongside it, we’re seeing digital stores on consoles receive more widespread use. We’ve already seen digital gaming open up a whole new wealth of opportunities and markets for the PC platform. Independent games have soared in popularity over the last half-decade, spurred on by the relative ease of online game distribution compared to physical game distribution.Larger titles that are still a long way from being considered "Triple A", a market that was feared … [Read more...] about Digital or physical? The case for the environmental impact of our gaming
The NPD Group released its industry sales figures for March 2014 earlier this month and the results showed another victory for Sony's PlayStation 4. It was yet again the top-selling console in the United States, outperforming the Xbox One, which shifted 311,000 units during the period.This news was surprising to some, myself included, because Microsoft made aggressive moves during the month to sell more consoles. The company launched a system-seller game, Titanfall on March 11, and even released a special Titanfall Xbox One bundle that was almost immediately marked down to $450 by many retailers, Microsoft included.At that lower price point and with a bundled game, shoppers still sided with the PS4, which begs the question: How can Microsoft turn things around? Or do the results of one month--very early on in the platform's lifecycle--not really mean much in the wider picture? To help us get a better understanding of the state of the Xbox One, we spoke with a handful of industry … [Read more...] about How Can The Xbox One Catch Up To The PS4?