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Microsoft considered an Xbox handheld ‘multiple times’
4 years ago

Microsoft considered an Xbox handheld ‘multiple times’

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It’s widely known that Microsoft at some point during its early days breaking into the games console business considered a handheld device to compete with Nintendo’s then-current Game Boy Advance …
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Opinion: Microsoft took back the indie crown from Sony at E3, and no one noticed
4 years ago

Opinion: Microsoft took back the indie crown from Sony at E3, and no one noticed

If you read XBLA Fans with any regularity — or even any irregularity, for that matter — then you’ve probably noticed something about us: we cover indie games. A lot. …
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Sony President states cross-platform play “could be easy” from a technical standpoint
4 years ago

Sony President states cross-platform play “could be easy” from a technical standpoint

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After Microsoft opened up the door for cross-platform play, Sony has been left to respond to whether they would be open to cross-platform play as well. One of the big …
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Sony responds to Microsoft’s invitation for cross-network multiplayer
4 years ago

Sony responds to Microsoft’s invitation for cross-network multiplayer

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On Monday, Microsoft’s Chris Charla issued “an open invitation for other networks to participate” in cross-network play, with Psyonix Inc.’s Rocket League being the first game to support the feature. …
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Microsoft may have sold about 19 million Xbox Ones to date
5 years ago

Microsoft may have sold about 19 million Xbox Ones to date

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Surmising that continually reporting on how Sony’s PlayStation 4 was eating the Xbox One’s lunch, Microsoft stopped publicly releasing hardware sales figures in October, choosing instead to focus on “engagement” …
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November was the best sales month yet for Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U
5 years ago

November was the best sales month yet for Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U

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November was the best month yet for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U hardware sales, according to the NPD Group as reported by GI.biz. The November report showed hardware …
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NPD: Xbox One outsold PS4 in April

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Xbox One April 2015 Sales

For one month at least, Microsoft got a break from being Sony’s punching bag in the console sales race. GamesBeat reports that NPD’s April sales numbers show the Xbox One outselling the PlayStation 4 last month for the first time since January.

“As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month,” Xbox marketing boss Mike Nichols told GamesBeat in response to the April figures. “Xbox One console sales in the U.S. increased 63 percent in April 2015 compared to April 2014, and Xbox Live comparisons showed the number of active global users [Xbox One and Xbox 360] grew 24 percent. We are grateful to our fans for their passion and support and are looking forward to sharing more on the best game lineup in Xbox history at E3.”

Last month’s sales results mean that Microsoft’s next-gen console has outsold Sony’s in the United States for half of the first four months of 2015. No doubt as a result of a temporary price cut, the Xbox One also dominated the hardware sales charts during the crucial retail months of November and December in 2014.

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Microsoft’s Phil Spencer praises Sony and Nintendo

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As the corporate VP of Microsoft Studios, Phil Spencer’s job is to help make Microsoft’s in-house projects the most killer-app software available for any platform. As such, he pays …
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Xbox Live monetization won’t include microtransactions

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Earlier this week, we reported on Microsoft’s plans to further monetize its already quite profitable Xbox LIVE service. At that time, it was anyone’s guess as to what that …
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