Microsoft is unveiling its Xbox Video web service today, ahead of a planned app release for Windows Phone. The web version, available at video.xbox.com, provides the same access to TV shows and movies as the existing Xbox Video app for Windows 8.1, and is designed as a replacement for the company's Zune video service. It's similar in layout to the Xbox Music web version, and you can stream content straight in the browser using Microsoft's Silverlight plug-in. If you've already purchased content using the Windows 8.1 app or on an Xbox One then it's available immediately for streaming.
More than a hundred passengers aboard a Southwest flight in the US were greeted by Nintendo's moustachioed, suspender-wearing Mario character and given free HD video game systems Tuesday as part of a special collaboration between the two brands. Until December 22, passengers waiting to board their flight at airports like Dallas Love Field, Chicago (Midway), Denver, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and St. Louis will be able to pass the time playing a free round of "Super Mario 3D World," among other games.
Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have seen record-breaking releases with over a million sales on their respective launch days. Oh, sure, the Xbox has TV integration, accompanied with its voice commands, while the PS4 has a touchpad and motion-based interface. The ones that have been well-received are somewhat niche offerings – the Xbox's car racing simulator “Forza Motorsport 5,” for example, or the PS4's indie shoot-em-up “Resogun.” Until more quality games are released, next-gen console owners with mainstream tastes are basically playing with $500 Netflix (NFLX) machines.
When playing competitive video games online, it doesn't take long to hear a slew of curse words, slurs, and other offensive rabble-rousing, often from an annoying, precocious 12-year-old. Microsoft is cracking down on swearing gamers using its new Xbox One console and suspending users who upload videos with curse words. But videos shared through Upload Studio can also be heard by Microsoft, and the company isn't liking what it's hearing. "[W]e take Code of Conduct moderation via Upload Studio very seriously.
After tearing down both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4, research firm IHS concluded that the Xbox One costs $90 more to make than the PlayStation 4, at $471 versus $381. The custom processors found in both devices are among the most costly components, as they’re basically combinations of CPUs and GPUs. The Xbox One’s AMD processor costs $110, $10 more than a similar AMD processor in the PS4. Sony’s console has more expensive GDDR5 memory chips inside that cost $88, compared to the Xbox One’s cheaper DDR3 memory that retails for $60. The Xbox One also comes with a Kinect motion-sensing peripheral, which costs at least $75, while the PS4 doesn’t have an equivalent component. Despite costing $100
Microsoft is rewarding Xbox One buyers who encountered issues with the console right out of the box with a free game for their troubles, in addition to a replacement console. The news comes straight from Xbox customer care, which has notified some Xbox One owners via email that they can choose one of four titles including Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse: Son of Rome and Zoo Tycon to download for free on their Xbox One, Polygon reports. “While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game,” Microsoft said in a statement. “We will provide each of them with a free digital download of one of the launch
According to a notable British video game site MCV, the Xbox One sold 150,000 units during the first 48 hours of availability in the United Kingdom. This would be roughly double the sales volume that the Xbox 360 had over its first two days back in 2005. But what’s even more impressive is that MCV’s sources report that in less than a week after its debut, Xbox One is pulling even with the Wii U’s lifetime sales in the U.K., which just happens to be Europe’s most important video game market. Let that sink in: The Xbox One is already close to outselling the Wii U in the U.K. after just one week of availability even though the Wii U
The PlayStation 4 is fetching a higher price on eBay than at retail, while the Xbox One currently goes for less than in the shops, according to research firm Terapeak. Between its North American launch on November 15 and the Xbox One launch on November 22, the PlayStation 4 was sold on eBay for an average price of $425 in comparison to its retail price of $399, as reported by Kotaku. The most expensive purchase was for $14,600 on launch day, and the month preceding the PlayStation 4 launch resulted in an average sale price of $612, said TeraPeak.
Despite selling more than a million Xbox Ones in less than 24 hours after launch, Microsoft is not going to make money off its latest gaming console anytime soon, prompting some analysts to advise a spin-off for the Xbox division. Barron’s points us to note sent on Friday by Nomura Equity Research analyst Rick Sherlund to investors claiming that Microsoft stands to lose more than $1 billion this year from its Xbox venture, a number that looks slightly better than the initial $2 billion Xbox One loss forecast from the same research firm. Sherlund estimates that Microsoft will sell around 4.2 million Xbox One units, although the number may be too optimistic considering existing competition from the PlayStation 4 and early
Microsoft is offering faulty-Xbox owners a complimentary game. Some owners have complained of a loud grinding or knocking sound when discs are trying to be read by the faulty consoles. Microsoft is replacing the consoles, and faulty Xbox One owners will receive a free digital download copy of one of the launch titles published by Microsoft Studios. "While a replacement console is on its way, we want to ensure our advance exchange customers can stay in the game," says a Microsoft spokesperson.
The Xbox One's Upload Studio is designed to help you share your most exciting gameplay clips with friends. Microsoft has confirmed to The Verge that it is handing out temporary Xbox Live bans for select gamers found to be using "excessive" foul language in content created with Upload Studio. These reports have also led to some confusion about whether Microsoft monitors private Skype conversations for profanity. "To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor direct peer-to-peer communications like Skype chats and calls," a Microsoft spokesperson tells The Verge.
Microsoft’s Xbox One console launched in the US and some European markets on Friday, but some owners have been reporting disc drive issues. Microsoft is aware of the issue and says it’s "affecting a very small number of Xbox One customers" worldwide. "We're working directly with those affected to get a replacement console to them as soon as possible through our advance exchange program," says a Microsoft spokesperson. Similar to Sony’s PlayStation 4 "blue light of death" issue, the Xbox One problems appear to be limited to a small number of devices, although Microsoft isn’t providing any percentage failure rates yet.
Launched on November 22nd in 13 markets, the Xbox One has sold in more than one million consoles in less than 24 hours, setting a new record for Microsoft and matching Sony’s launch numbers for the PlayStation 4. In a post on the Xbox.com site, Microsoft announced that Xbox One day one sales surpassed Xbox 360 sales and that the console is sold out at most retailers. The Xbox One console is priced at $499.99, while the PlayStation 4 costs $399.99. In addition to providing sales numbers, Microsoft offered some gaming stats for the first 24 hours of game play. According to the company, over 60 million zombies have been killed in “Dead Rising 3,” over 3.6 million miles have been