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March 2016 NPD: Ubisoft, Nintendo shake up sales chart with The Division, Zelda

Gamers aren’t spending more than they did last year, but that’s only because many of them already have the latest hardware from Microsoft and Sony. New video game products generated $964.1 million in sales at United States retailers in March, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. That is relatively flat from $968.4 million in […]

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PlayStation 4 outsells Xbox One in March

Sony’s console continues its sales streak. PlayStation 4 was the top-selling new gaming console at United States retailers last month, according to data from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group that Sony Interactive Entertainment provided to GamesBeat. PS4 has outsold the competition for 13 of the last 15 months. The Xbox One came out on top […]

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Microsoft on causing Oculus Rift delays: ‘This is false’

If you preordered the Oculus Rift headset, you might still be waiting for it — but that’s not because of the Xbox One controller. Microsoft has debunked allegations that it is responsible for the delays customers are experiencing with their Oculus Rift headset orders. Yesterday, a post on Reddit from someone claiming to have “insider” status at Oculus […]

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Xbox Live down as some multiplayer features fail to load

People are encountering problems communicating and getting into matches with their friends on Microsoft’s consoles. Xbox Live is down for some, according to complaints on social media. Most people who are running into errors are finding that they cannot start up a group chat session or send invites to friends. This is preventing Xbox One owners […]

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Microsoft: DirectX 12 has ‘the fastest adoption of any DirectX’ ever

Most developers are not hesitating to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest graphics programming interface. DirectX 12 is the latest entry in Microsoft’s bundle of APIs (application programming interfaces) for getting the most out of visuals on Windows 10, and it has seen faster adoption among developers than any previous DirectX, according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer. During […]

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Microsoft brings Universal Windows Platform apps to Xbox One

At its Build 2016 developer conference, Microsoft announced that developers can start bringing their Windows apps to the Xbox One. Last year at Build 2015, the company promised app makers would be able to bring their apps to the console, and now it is finally delivering. The functionality will come as part of the Anniversary […]

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Your Xbox One will turn into a devkit this summer with a Windows 10 update

Windows 10 is getting a big “Anniversary Update” this summer, and that’s going to transform your Xbox One. Microsoft’s gaming console will finally work as a development kit this summer following the major upgrade for the company’s operating system that powers all of its devices. During its Build developers conference in San Francisco today, the […]

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GameStop expects new PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and other hardware sales to drop 10% in 2016

GameStop doesn’t share Wall Street’s confidence about its outlook for fiscal 2016. The world’s largest gaming-focused retailer announced that it expects to earn somewhere between $3.90 and $4.05 per share this year. Analysts were expecting something closer to $4.09. GameStop’s core business of selling video games and consoles is the big reason the company isn’t […]

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Xbox Live’s Games With Gold for April impresses with Sunset Overdrive, Dead Space

Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox One are about to get four highly regarded hits in April. Microsoft announced its lineup for Games With Gold in April, which you will get access to if you subscribe to the Xbox Live Gold subscription for $60 per year or $10 a month. The company has taken to […]

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Digital gaming rakes in $6.2B in February thanks to PlayStation 4, Xbox One

People continue to spend more money on digital games. Consumers spent $6.2 billion on downloadable releases and microtransactions in free-to-play mobile and Web games last month, according to market-intelligence firm SuperData Research. That is up 10 percent year-over-year, and that growth came from console, PC, and mobile. The worldwide gaming market is worth $99.3 billion […]

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Microsoft knows you hate Universal Windows Platform’s framerate lock and a fix is coming

Microsoft is a huge corporation, but it is also one that has learned how to remain nimble in order to pivot when it does something people don’t like. The company told developers at the Game Developers conference last week that its mantra of “we’re listening to feedback”  applies to developers as well as gamers — and […]

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PlayStation 4 & Xbox One adopting Nintendo’s handheld update strategy makes sense to analysts

ANALYSIS: Your Xbox One is obsolete. Your PlayStation 4 is junk. But if these consoles are starting to feel old, Microsoft and Sony may step in to sell you the same thing all over again with something extra sprinkled on top. Analysts think it’s possible that Sony and Microsoft could start applying Nintendo’s iterative strategy for handhelds to […]

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Xbox Live’s new tournament tool makes Xbox One more attractive for esports developers

Microsoft wants developers to use Xbox Live to facilitate budding esports and pro-gamer scenes. The company announced today that it is incorporating a new tournaments feature geared toward developers into Xbox Live. Xbox product manager Jason Ronald took the stage at the Game Developers Conference today in San Francisco to detail how Microsoft is working […]

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Xbox One touts cross-network play with PC for indie games like Rocket League — and could add PS4

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners might get to play with or against each other in the future. Microsoft revealed today that it is enabling independent developers to open up cross-network game with its games. This not only means that users can play Xbox One and PC games together, but it opens up the possibility of […]

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Digital and physical gaming-data firms team up to give broader insight into the market

Game companies rarely want to share data about how their products perform, but two intelligence firms are partnering to help expose as much information as possible. SuperData Research is now working with GfK Entertainment to provide monthly sales charts that combine digital and physical data in markets across Europe. Gaming is a $99 billion business, […]

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Microsoft plans to show critics how Windows is an open platform at Build

Microsoft is fending off criticisms of its plan to unify its products and to raise the profile of its Windows Store, and the company is now planning to take that debate into its annual gathering of developers later this month. Xbox boss Phil Spencer responded to the ongoing criticism of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) […]

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Here’s how Fallout 4’s latest update affects Xbox One and PlayStation 4

Sometimes, as games grow older, they begin to change and grow hair in strange places … or I think that’s what my health teacher said — I wasn’t paying attention. Fallout 4’s 1.4 update is live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and you can download it by booting up your console right now, according […]

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February 2016 NPD: Far Cry, Fire Emblem, and Street Fighter fail to lift U.S. game spending

February had a lot of blockbuster game releases, but that wasn’t enough to match spending from last year. Consumers spent $842.5 million on new physical gaming products at United States retailers during the four-week period from January 31 through February 27, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. That’s down 12 percent from $960.3 million year-over-year. […]

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PlayStation 4 outsold Xbox One in February

Gamers continue to flock to the latest hardware offerings from Sony and Microsoft, but only one can dominate this generation. PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One once again at physical retailers in the United States in February, according to data from industry-tracking firm The NPD Group provided to GamesBeat by Sony Computer Entertainment America. This […]

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