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The Xbox One, the first official video game console to launch in China in 14 years, has started its console life in the middle kingdom with a bang!
Originally, the Xbox One was to launch in China, in early September, but Microsoft delayed the launch until just before the big holiday break in China, and the gamble seems to have worked with a major push of sales of Xbox One consoles during their holiday week.
According to Chinese video games news site 17173, during an interview with the press, Shanghai Media Group vice-president Zhang Dazhong let slip that the Xbox One sold over 100,000 consoles. 17173 says that the number includes pre-sales from when the console first went on pre-order.
17173 reports that Zhang and Shanghai Media Group, the parent company of Microsoft's China partner BesTV, aims to sell over 1 million Xbox consoles in China by this time next year.
Since the news reports of consoles initial sales, Chinese news sites such as 17173 and Sina news have come out with headlines that speculate if the Chinese market is the saviour for the Xbox One in Asia. The console has been reportedly struggling in South Korea and Japan.
The Xbox One was released in China on Monday September 29, two days before China's week long "golden week holiday." On top of the news regarding the number of sales, Chinese news site iFeng.com is reporting that since the console's release, Microsoft is also offering post sales service for import Xbox Ones. This kind of warranty service is similar to what Apple offers to its customers in China.
Now the big question is will sales stay up over the next few weeks, or was it just due to large amount of pre-orders and the long holiday?
I'll be the first to admit it: I didn't expect it to happen. But now, Microsoft has proven me wrong.
The Xbox One is China's first official video game console in 14 years and, as of today, it is officially on sale. And the early line-ups in front of stores its looking like XB1 will be hot-seller
Xbox One is selling in China, and from signs of the first day of crowds it might just become a hot-seller over there, even tho due to import taxes and other middle men involved the pricing of Xbox One console is almost $600 usa at the prices that it launched at.
Originally slated for release last Tuesday, the console was delayed for six days. There was a launch party set up, but due to poor weather, the party was canceled. Microsoft also provided statements, saying that haven't been any new celebrations planned for the console's launch.
Despite the lack of official plans, the Xbox One's launch wasn't without fanfare. One of Microsoft's retail partners organised a midnight launch for eight of its retail outlets across China. Sure, it's not like a midnight release at a GameStop, but Sunning electronics had a store in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shenyang, Wuhan, and Chongqing open at midnight. That's pretty much the major Chinese cities.
Here is some photos of the various midnight launches, thanks to Kotaku along with a short video:
So what you think of the Chinese Xbox One launch so far, even at the high prices it seems to be popular so far, and how will Sony's PS4 survive next later on in the New Year, now that Microsoft was first to paint the China market with its many green T-Shirt's and lots of Black Boxes?
Xbox 360's with 500GB and FIFA 15 pack are incompatible with RGH
Seems Microsoft has released a new Corona motherboard layout that is using a smaller die and new traces and Nand setup, as such it is currently not possible to RGH (mod) these new Xbox 360 consoles!
Looks like Microsoft is still improving the Xbox 360 console, releasing yet another new model, and because it is new PCB layout with a smaller die chipset, it is sadly incompatible with the current RGH hacking setups, leaving those buying these new Xbox 360 consoles unable to mod them correctly.
"KonzolozZ over at team-xecuter.com has posted info about a new Xbox 360 Corona motherboard bundled as 500GB + Fifa 15 Pack which is incompatible with RGH. Various observations from the forum post: The CGPU is without IHS, and the type is: 4672991 D-A3;X888841-001. Featuring SKhynix or ST NAND Samsung K4J10324KG-HC14 NAND flash. These are the new 500 GB consoles, the MFR DATE 2014.08.14; LOT NO./DATE: 1436X. The NAND is readable and writeable, after writing ECC it gives 0010 secondary error. The post_out fix adapter doesn't fit."
But don't worry, Team-Xecuter says they will have one of these new models tomorrow, and 15432 is already looking at the new Nand dumps, so it might not be long before you be able to RGH these new boxes, all tho for sure you will need a new post_out fix adapter, and I guess this means CR4 will be delayed a bit more again by TX until these new Corona models are sorted out by everyone.
Newly launched system is selling just over 1,000 consoles a week
Things have gone from bad to worse in the intervening weeks, with the system selling just under 1,500 units in the week ending September 21, according to tracking firm Media Create.
If you thought the Xbox 360 was doing bad in Japan since Day One when it launched years ago, that is nothing compare to how bad Xbox One is doing, you are lucky to find even one person browsing the green Microsoft area of an Japanese store on a busy day!
Only 1,314 people bought a new Xbox One in Japan in the last week of reporting, a performance that follows just over 3,000 sales the week before. That puts the newly launched system well behind the Wii U and PS4, which continue to sell at least 7,000 systems a week in the country. Even the aging PS3 is outselling the Xbox One, with over 6,000 sales per week in the same time period.
Microsoft has traditionally struggled for a foothold in the Japanese console market, and there's no reason to think Xbox One sales would pick up after launch without any new exclusive software. Still, even the Xbox 360 managed to sell over 12,000 units in Japan a month after its launch, and it managed to average roughly 4,000 Japanese sales per week through 2010. For the Xbox One to drop this close to triple-digit weekly sales so soon after its Japanese launch isn't just a slow start, it's an anemic one.
The Xbox One's Japanese sales troubles come despite Microsoft giving away six months of free Xbox Live Gold to early adopters in the country. That promotion might not be getting enough attention, though. "I haven't seen any Xbox One ads on television," Japanese correspondent Brian Ashcraft writes on Kotaku. "There are in-store displays, but nobody knows what the Xbox One is-and if they do, all they know is that the console is bombing in Japan.
Oh'well, we will soon see how the Chinese launch goes soon, they set the new date to be 09/29 for the big Xbox One launch over there!
Official website offering next-gen system for £330
A new discount on the Kinect-free version of Xbox One has made the console cheaper than the PlayStation 4 for the first time in the UK.
For the first time you can officially buy an Xbox One console in UK for less than the PlayStation 4 system, but really for months retailers have been selling the XB1 already with their own discounts and price cuts, so not really big news but now its official Microsoft Price Cut.
The company is now selling Xbox One for £330 on the official Microsoft Store, making it some £20 cheaper than the PS4's official RRP. Both consoles can be found online even cheaper, with some retailers offering discounts on bundles too. (Amazon, for example, is selling the white Xbox One + Sunset Overdrive bundle for £330)
The latest Xbox One price cut continues a protracted period of revision for Microsoft, with the Xbox One initially launching across the UK in November at £425. Just three months later, the price was cut to £399 as PlayStation 4 began to establish a dominant position in the west.
Then in May, Microsoft announced a baseline Xbox One console, with the Kinect peripheral removed, which sold for £349, matching the PlayStation 4 price.
So if you living in UK, will this official change, make you grab an Xbox One now since it is cheaper, or are you happy with your PS4?
Xbox One Preview participants instructed not to update due to factory-reset bug
Users who are currently participating in the Xbox One Preview, Microsoft has instructed participants to not install the most recent update due to an 'unforeseen bug' which factory-resets the entire co
Gamers love to be on leading edge of technology, as such alot of them are super-happy they been randomly selected by Microsoft to be 'preview'ing' the new Xbox One dashboard to be rolled out soon to everyone.
But this time, if you one of those lucky 'preview'ers' you going to wish you have not been selected now, as Microsoft is warning them all that if you 'update' past the 'preview' your XB1 console will be factory-reset, causing everything to be erased along with your games!
Those who are not participating in the Xbox One Preview do not have to worry, however if you are part of the preview and receive a 1900MB update, decline it. Declining the update will disconnect your Xbox One from Xbox LIVE, meaning you will not be able to play online.
Microsoft has said in an official statement:
Xbox Preview Participants,
Due to an unforeseen issue with our update system, if when powering on your Xbox One console you are asked to download a system update, please decline it. By declining the update you will go off-line and not be factory reset. Please leave your console powered on until further notice.
We've identified an issue that could cause a small sub-set of consoles enrolled in Public Preview to factory reset after downloading the latest system update (deleting all local hard drive content). Note that a factory reset does not impact profile settings or game saves (which are synced to our servers when you connect to Xbox Live), or content stored on an external hard drive. For now, please decline the system update until we can address this issue on our end.
Of course, preview users who wish to play online aren't going to be too happy about this bug.
Anyone here a 'preview'er' and if so are you unhappy about being forced offline while the Xbox team figures out this 'bug'?
Pushed from next Tuesday until the End of This Year!
Microsoft announced today they need more time to polish up the XB1 for the new China market, so the launch will be delayed until the end of the year, but launch event for Monday is still going ahead.
Come Tuesday next week, the Xbox One was going to be on sale finally in China, but just less then 48 hours before the big launch event, Microsoft has just announce that they will need to delay the launch of XB1 in China to give them more time to polish it up for release, but don't worry the launch event is still going ahead on Monday, and 100 lucky people will get a free Xbox One console.
"At Xbox, we pride ourselves on delivering first-rate gaming and entertainment experiences, and to allow us to deliver on that promise, we need to reschedule the launch of Xbox One," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to Polygon. "Working with our partner, BesTV, we look forward to launching in China by the end of this year."
Xbox's general manager for China promised that those who pre-ordered the console will be "the first to receive Xbox One, along with an added bonus." A launch event planned for Monday at Shanghai's Oriental Pearl Tower still will go forward as planned, as will the giveaway of 100 Xbox One consoles there.
"We are excited to bring game and entertainment innovation to China," said Yusuf Mehdi, the chief marketing officer for Xbox. "We have an ambitious vision and we're working hard with our partners to deliver Xbox One and great games and entertainment to China."
So there you have it, you will have to wait a bit longer if you in China to game on your Xbox One console, but after waiting 14 years for the video gaming console ban to be lifted, what is few more months then.
'NBA 2K15' is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game.
The developers of the interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series' latest installment.
Come October 7th, when NBA lands on the next-gen consoles, you will be able to slam dunk your way directly into the game, as it will take that Kinect that was forced onto you originally and put it to use to digitally map your face in full 3D right onto the players in game, that should really increase your fans on Twitch while you streaming your slum dunking skills to the world.
Don't worry PS4 fans will be able to do the same also, they can find a store nearby carrying the Dual-Eye camera for their console.
"It's all done using the processing power of the next-gen systems," said Jeff Thomas, vice president of sports development at "NBA 2K" developer Visual Concepts. "We've been talking about doing this for a number of years, but it really wasn't possible until we knew the processing power of the next-gen machines. It took some time to get it right."
The technology utilizes the stereoscopic cameras for Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One consoles to amass several angles of gamers' faces. It then renders photorealistic 3-D models on screen that can be tweaked and placed onto the bodies of virtual players in the game's career and online modes. The process requires a well-lit room and takes about three minutes.
"That doesn't sound like a lot of time," said Thomas. "But if you think of things in milliseconds like you do when you make games, with the computer processing power inside that box, three minutes is like an eternity. That just shows how much math and things are required to compute these points in 3-D space, then construct a model that looks like you."
The face mapping marks the latest effort by a game creator to add virtual representations of players in a game, following similar endeavors, like EA Sports crafting virtual athletes based on still images of players' faces, and developer Rare harnessing Microsoft's Kinect camera to fashion cartoony avatars for its motion-detecting title "Kinect Sports Rivals."
When demonstrated for The Associated Press with a PS4 camera and console, the process required two attempts to generate an accurate hairless model, which was then further detailed with skin textures, hair and eye color. The available modifications are based on Visual Concept's own library of facial features of actual NBA and Euroleague players.
"That means there can't be any more alien players," said Thomas. "You used to be able to pull and tug players' faces and create crazy noses and stuff. Because we're referencing real people, it only allows you to create human-looking players. I think that's a big deal. The combination of these techniques will give you a really solid-looking image of yourself."
For privacy-minded players who don't want their console capturing a map of their face or those without a PS4 or Kinect camera, Thomas said they'll still be able to create players from scratch using the game's customization system, as in past editions of the series. He also noted that while the system can scan female faces, the game - like the basketball league - doesn't include female bodies.
Thomas expects the proprietary technology to evolve in the future and is hopeful it will be implemented in other games from 2K Games, which also publishes the "NHL 2K" and "WWE 2K" series, as well as the "BioShock" and "Borderlands" first-person shooter franchises.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg," said Thomas. "I think in the future that every triple-A title is going to want to have some sort of tech like this. It's so much more engaging to actually look at yourself when you're playing a video game compared to some random character.
So what you think of this new next-gen virtually mapping of yourself right into the core gameplay action of the game itself?
Titanfall, Kinect Sports and Dead Rising 3 top-selling titles.
Xbox One Japanese launch figures are a little slow, infact Microsoft shifted just 23,562 units of the Xbox One since its launch in Japan on September 4.
We heard of the horror stories last week of the big Xbox One launch in Japan, where the store lineups were totally not there at all, and once open, the store was packed with more media, and green shirts, then actual buyers, but now we got actual launch figures in, and it is a horrible low 23,562 units since September 4th.
According Famitsu, the number one software title on the platform in the region was Titanfall with 22,416 units, Kinect Sports Rivals in second place with 14,191 and Dead Rising 3 with 7,330 boxes moved.
Xbox head Phil Spencer previously recognized that expanding in Japan will be a challenge for Microsoft and looks forward to revealing a "unique exclusive" from an "awesome" Japanese studio. Both the original Xbox and Xbox 360 struggled to gain traction in Japan. The Xbox 360 moved 1.6 million units as of February 26, while the original console sold 450,000 units as of November 2011.
Sony sold more than 300,000 units of the PlayStation 4 in Japan for the two-day period following its February 22 release. It's worth remembering, however, that Wii U sales were outpacing PS4 figures in the country earlier this year.
Sony recently announced PS4 sales passed the 10 million unit mark worldwide as of last month. The last word on Xbox One sales is that Microsoft's recorded 5 million units shifted to retailers.
So as except Microsoft is having a hard-time, maybe their secret FF deal will turn the tide overseas, but I doubt it.