A Korean Game Rating Board submission named 'Killer Instinct Classic 2' as an upcoming release for the Xbox One, suggesting that Microsoft is planning a port of the 1996 arcade game Killer Instinct 2
Seems like the next Killer Instinct game from its famous Arcade era days is getting now also ported to the next-gen Xbox One console.
Microsoft previously bundled a port of 1994's Killer Instinct with its Xbox One reboot issued last year. The retitled Killer Instinct Classic was available as a free bonus for players who purchased Killer Instinct's Ultra Edition and boxed Pin Ultimate Edition.
Developer Iron Galaxy Studios revealed earlier this month that Killer Instinct 2 star Maya will join Killer Instinct's playable roster this fall as part of its second season of content. Microsoft has not confirmed Killer Instinct Classic 2's existence or a release date, but given the publisher's previous release schedule for Killer Instinct content, the port could surface as part of a second-season bundle.
Of course this is just a rumor for now, but normally when something appears on a Game Rating Board it is really coming out.
Company begins taking exclusive pre-orders through JD.com's Mobile QQ and Weixin entry points
JD.com Inc., China's largest online direct sales company, began taking China pre-orders today for Microsoft Corporation's Xbox One gaming console.
We got a PR today from JD.com and Microsoft announcing their exclusive deal to sell pre-orders of the Xbox One ahead of its upcoming big launch next month in China.
As part of an agreement between the companies, JD.com will have the exclusive right to accept pre-orders for Xbox One in China from July 28-30 through JD.com 's Mobile QQ and Weixin entry points.
"Launching Xbox One sales in China through JD.com 's Weixin and Mobile QQ entry points underscores the strength of these platforms with young and sophisticated Chinese consumers," said Ms. Shuang Du, Vice President of JD.com in charge of the IT and Digital Business Unit. "Through our partnership with Tencent, Chinese consumers are increasingly able to enjoy the JD.com shopping experience directly on China's most popular mobile communications platforms. We will continue to focus on providing the most convenient channels for Chinese consumers to purchase authentic products through their mobile devices."
On July 31, the JD.com website and JD.com 's exhibition booth at the ChinaJoy Expo in Shanghai will also begin taking pre-orders.
The Xbox One will be the first gaming console available for purchase through authorized sales channels in China since 2000.
About JD.com, Inc.
JD.com, Inc. is the leading online direct sales company in China. The Company strives to offer consumers the best online shopping experience. Through its content-rich and user-friendly website www.jd.com and mobile applications, JD.com offers a wide selection of authentic products at competitive prices and deliver products in a speedy and reliable manner.
As of March 31, 2014, JD.com offered approximately 40.2 million SKUs across 13 categories of products. The Company believes it has the largest fulfillment infrastructure of any e-commerce company in China. JD.com operated 7 fulfillment centers and a total of 86 warehouses with an aggregate gross floor area of approximately 1.5 million square meters in 36 cities, and 1,620 delivery stations and 214 pickup stations in 495 cities across China, staffed by its own employees. The Company provided same-day delivery in 43 cities under its 211 program and next-day delivery in another 256 cities across China as of March 31, 2014.
Been deleted now, but the fallout from fanboys is still raging on various social networks
The official Xbox twitter page oddly tweeted out an image saying some huge third-party games are Xbox One exclusives. That’s kind of misleading.
Xbox Marketing Team has been making alot of mistakes recently, and the biggest one was Tweet this week, showing bunch of games that is not exclusive but saying under the picture that Xbox One has the best exclusives, making the image very misleading.
The tweet showed images of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Sunset Overdrive, Assassin's Creed Unity, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2 and Evolve. Out of the games listed, only three of them are Xbox One exclusives. If you want to get technical, only Sunset Overdrive is a real Xbox One exclusive. Forza Horizon 2 is getting an Xbox 360 version. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a remake that contains old Halo games. It's an Xbox One exclusive sure, but the older games were released for the Xbox and Xbox 360 too.
The official Xbox twitter page shouldn't have misled people into thinking all of these games are Xbox One exclusives. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is also coming to Xbox 360, PC, PS4 and PS3. Assassin's Creed Unity is coming to PC and PS4. As for Evolve, that game is coming out on PC and PS4 too.
It's worth mentioning many people saw this marketing blunder and Xbox deleted the original tweet. Kotaku managed to grab a screenshot of the original blunder. All in all, most of these games are not Xbox One exclusives. Activision, 2K and Ubisoft didn't sell all their games to be Xbox One exclusives.
The fallout from Tweet is still raging on various social networks, with rants from fanboys from both next-gen consoles, so in the end maybe Microsoft was smart making this mistake, they got alot of free press coverage over it, and tons of people talking about XB1!
Overall, shipments of both of its Xbox consoles added up to 11.7 million in 2014; last year, during which Microsoft only shipped Xbox 360s, it sent 9.9 million units of hardware to retail.
The company shipped 1.1 million units of Xbox hardware (including both the X360 & XB1) to retailers during the quarter, a modest year-on-year gain of just 100,000 units despite having a new system!
The fiscal-year-end results for Microsoft is finally out, but sadly we don't know how well or how badly their new flagship Xbox One console is doing, as they decided to combine the 'shipped numbers' for both generations of consoles, so it hides how well or bad XB1 is doing.
Today, Microsoft released its fourth quarter 2014 and full-year 2014 results for the period ending June 30th, 2014. The company overall saw revenues of $86.8 billion for 2014, a notable increase from last year's $77.8 billion.
Microsoft overall saw still-gigantic profits (operating income) of $27.76 billion for the year, up from 2013's $26.76 billion. For the fourth quarter, it saw operating income of $6.4 billion, up from $6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013 -- this despite some significant setbacks, including a $692 million loss associated with its new phone business, acquired from Nokia. Growth of cloud services and Windows revenues more than offset that, however.
Following an internal re-organization, its newly christened Computing and Gaming Hardware division, which contains both the Xbox and Surface tablet hardware, saw quarterly revenue of $1.4 billion, a slight increase from $1.1 billion in the same quarter of 2013, and $9.6 billion for the year, a leap from $6.4 billion the year prior.
The company shipped 1.1 million units of Xbox hardware (including both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One) to retailers during the quarter, a modest year-on-year gain of just 100,000 units despite having a new system on the market.
Overall, shipments of both of its Xbox consoles added up to 11.7 million in 2014; last year, during which Microsoft only shipped Xbox 360s, it sent 9.9 million units of hardware to retail. The Xbox One was on sale for more than half of the fiscal year, having launched on November 22 in North America, parts of Europe, and elsewhere.
Xbox hardware revenue for the quarter grew by $104 million, which the company mostly chalks up to the higher price of the Xbox One. As promised, Microsoft used the quarter to draw down existing inventory of Xbox systems, it said. The company didn't provide any information on the performance of its first-party games or Xbox Live business.
So what you think of Microsoft results, and their trick of 'combining' the results of both consoles in their year-end figures?
Xbox One gets off the ropes with a motivational quote from Rocky
Xbox One apparently sees itself as the console for the ultimate underdog — Rocky Balboa — in a 30-second YouTube spot it put out Monday.
Xbox One may have been loosing the last few rounds in the next-gen console war with Sony, but it seems their marketing dept. thinks they are like Rocky and will be WINNERS in the end, as next few rounds will be packed with the best games coming out this holiday.
While "Xbox One: Best Games" probably was conceived, created and approved well before last week, it airs at a time when the console is figuratively on the ropes. Despite a hot holiday start, Xbox One has been outsold by its PlayStation 4 rival in North America for the past six months, according to the market research firm NPD.
Further, Microsoft just announced the largest round of layoffs in company history, with the closure of the ambitious Xbox One Entertainment division - after little more than a year in operation - among the dismissals.
So, here's Rocky Balboa to rally the troops. The quote comes from this scene in 2006's Rocky Balboa, in which the boxer's son tries to talk him out of fighting a much younger Mason "The Line" Dixon.
Polygon reached out to Microsoft on the off-chance there was some subtext to this particular advertisement. We received the following statement from a spokesperson:
The ad campaign highlights the games coming to Xbox One this holiday - the largest and most critically-acclaimed lineup of games for Holiday 2014 honored at this year's E3. Xbox One is the only place to play the best exclusives and all of the biggest blockbusters of the year. The ad pays tribute to the competitive spirit of gamers and celebrates how gamers rise to the challenge in a game. We're excited about the amazing games coming to Xbox One this year and look forward to playing with Xbox fans around the world.
Of the games shown, Xbox One-exclusive Sunset Overdrive launches Oct. 28. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a high-definition anthology of the first four games in the series, arriving Nov. 11. Assassin's Creed Unity launches Oct. 28 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches Nov. 4, and both will also be available on PlayStation.
So after viewing the ad below, what you think of Microsoft using Rocky's voice to promote their great line-up of games?
Plus Mobile purchases and More 'social' Friends features
Microsoft has announced what will be coming to the Xbox One this August, including 3D support for Blu Rays, remote purchasing of content on Xbox.com and Smartglass.
When the next round of dashboard updates roll in for your Xbox One console in August, you will be glad to know finally 'low battery' for the controller will work, along with playing your 3D Blu-Ray movie discs, and if you have friends on will see what they are doing in nice new social column.
Activity feed updates: We're adding new ways for you to interact with friends in the activity feed. The interface will change to a single column scrolling list that is longer and includes more content. We'll add the ability to post text to your feed, and to "like" and comment on feed items. You can share game clips and anything else in the feed with friends either publically (to your activity feed) or privately (as an attachment to a message).You'll also be notified when anyone likes, comments on or shares your items. Each user will get a personal feed on their profile, so you can see what specific friends have been up to. And, with SmartGlass, you can see what your friends have shared to their activity feed and "like" specific posts (additional activity feed support coming in future SmartGlass updates).
Expanded Friends area on Home: Right from Home, see what's going on with your friends. Stay up-to-date with their current activity, the top trending games your friends are playing, and a leaderboard to see who has been working the hardest on their Gamerscore. We're doing an extended preview on this, rolling it into the early access preview this month to a subset of our preview audience so we can refine it until it's ready for the entire Xbox One market.
Mobile purchase: One of the most requested features on Xbox Feedback. Using Xbox SmartGlass or on Xbox.com, you can remotely purchase games and Add-on content. No more waiting to begin downloading when you get home - if your console is set to automatically take updates, your console will begin downloading your purchase.
Low battery notification: You asked for it, now a notification will pop up when your controller battery is getting low.
Disable notifications during video: Adding the ability to turn off notifications based feedback we heard from you.
Enabling 3D Blu-ray: An update to the Blu-ray player app will enable 3D Blu-ray functionality on Xbox One.
OneGuide in Brazil, Mexico, Austria and Ireland: Live TV listings can be configured for four new countries as part of this month's Preview program. And now there is an OneGuide Issue Reporter available under the TV & OneGuide settings, Troubleshooting section.
Last seen time in Friends list: Direct from Xbox Feedback, the friends list will now show how long it's been since a friend has been online. For example, "Last seen 20m ago: Forza Motorsport 5."
At San Diego Comic Con 2014 Next Week - July 24th - 27th
Microsoft is going to be bringing 21 limited edition Xbox One consoles to San Diego Comic Con 2014 taking place next week, featuring current and upcoming games, and some of the Xbox partners.
Microsoft is trying to pull in some Xbox fans to the next Comic-Con by releasing limited edition consoles there, a whole lot of 21 different looks for their Xbox One console.
The consoles feature exclusive titles like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, and Forza Horizon 2. Third-party games also get the spotlight, with representation from Dragon Age: Inquistion, Disney Infinity, Skylanders, Evolve, and a truly gruesome looking The Evil Within deco.
In order to win, you need head over to the Xbox Gaming Lounge in the Manchester Grand Hyatt Seaport Ballroom, take a photo of your favorite, follow Xbox on Twitter, and tweet a picture with two hashtags (#XboxOne and #XboxSweeps).
Here is picture of them all below, and don't worry if you can't make it to San Diego next week, see the links below for more info.
If you had chance to win or buy one, which one would be your selection of choice?
The Xbox European operation, is reported going to see reductions amounting to 75% of total staff
Following yesterday’s announcement signaling the start of 18,000 layoffs including the closure of Xbox Entertainment Studios, it has emerged that the European Xbox operation is headed for large cuts!
Microsoft new CEO is busy swinging his chopping axe, and we already reported on the fact Xbox Entertainment Studios is closing, which will cause an end to original Xbox TV-style programming, but now we get a report that Xbox Europe is being heavily reduced, with over 75% of staff losing their jobs, and remaining 25% having to fight among themselves to keep their the jobs that are still left.
A source told MCV last night that as many as 75 per cent of full time Xbox EMEA roles in Reading were being cut - with staff having to reapply for the remaining 25 per cent of roles. The UK Xbox team has also been reduced slightly by 10 per cent and all contractor roles have also been cut. However, Xbox did not confirm or deny these numbers when contacted by MCV.
Microsoft says the reductions will not impact the launch of Xbox One in 13 European Countries this September.
"We eliminated a number of EMEA roles in the UK to gain efficiencies," said a Microsoft spokesperson to MCV.
"We remain very committed to the market and will continue to support our local development teams. We believe that the UK has exceptional games industry talent and we'll continue to focus on game creation in the through Microsoft Studios like Rare, Lionhead Studios, Lift London and Soho Productions. Also, Europe continues to be an important market for Xbox, and we're excited to launch Xbox One to fans in 13 mainland European markets in September."
Microsoft claims this will not hurt Xbox in Europe, but clearly something is wrong with Microsoft and their new Xbox One console with more and more trouble signs appearing everyday.
Current TV projects for Xbox in progress will be finished, then the studio will be shutdown
Microsoft will shut down the Xbox Entertainment Studios, ending an ambitious foray into original video programming.
We mentioned last week that the new CEO in charge of Microsoft would be making some of largest job cuts in their history in over 5 years, and there will be some core sections getting the axe in the Xbox division.
Well now we got the news and memo of the first axe chop by the new CEO, and it going to 'Xbox Originals' dept. with no more producing original TV shows to air on the Xbox system, as it seems the new CEO wants to focus on core 'game' business for Xbox division now.
The Santa Monica studio will be shuttered as Microsoft focuses on strengthening its core videogame business. The majority of the Xbox Entertainment's 200 employees work in southern California and Vancouver, though the company refuses today how many will lose their jobs. The cuts are part of Microsoft's company-wide restructuring announced on Thursday morning, which will see the elimination of up to 18,000 jobs in the next 12 months.
Chief Executive Satya Nadella signaled the change in a lengthy memo to Microsoft staff that expressed support for the Xbox and its importance to the company - but omitted any reference to original television programming.
"The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming," Nadella wrote a week ago. "We are fortunate to have Xbox in our family to go after this opportunity with unique and bold innovation. Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox."
Absent was any mention of Xbox Entertainment Studios, a division it created when it hired longtime CBS entertainment president Nancy Tellem in September 2012. Her mandate at the time was to make entertainment content that could only be found on the Xbox Live online platform.
Xbox Entertainment Studios fit with Microsoft's plan to dominate the living room through its game console. But the unit has struggled to deliver on its promise.
Sources paint a picture of a disorganized studio that struggled to close deals and lacked a fully fleshed-out business model. This inability to execute has turned off potential studio partners, they say, complicating the process of securing premium content.
The studio became a casualty of shifting corporate priorities that came with Microsoft's executive shuffle. Tellem had been hired by CEO Steve Ballmer, who less than a year later announced he would leave the company. Don Mattrick, who oversaw the Xbox division, similarly departed.
Microsoft has moved away from positioning the Xbox One as an all-in-one entertainment system - a message that appeared to alienate gamers who are the most likely first buyers of a new game system. At this year's E3 game industry trade show in Los Angeles, it was all about the games.
That raised questions about the fate of the Xbox Entertainment Studios, which merited nary a mention at the high-profile industry event. One of its first original shows, the soccer-themed reality show "Every Street United," debuted June 15 to little notice.
Xbox Entertainment Studios will gradually wind down, with the studio continuing work on projects that are currently in production, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
After the original news broke, Phil Spencer added his memo about the changes and the new focus on games for Xbox.
Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft Studios, issued a statement, confirming that the studio will close in the coming months. He said executives Tellem, Jordan Levin and other members of the team will remain to work on original programs that are already in production, such as the upcoming documentary series "Signal to Noise" whose first installment takes on the rise and fall of gaming icon Atari, and "Halo: Nightfall." The "Halo" television series will continue as planned.
"Xbox will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like ‘NFL on Xbox,' and we will continue to enhance our entertainment offering on console by
Today Microsoft announced that in June, sales of its Xbox One console 'more than doubled.' It did not release a concrete sales figure for the time period, disappointingly.
We are still waiting for official NPD breakdown of USA sales figures for month of June, which is key month to study it was when Microsoft pushed out the Kinect-Less Xbox One at only $399, in the meantime MS has released their own PR bragging it is 'Double then May'.
Over the past month, we've seen a strong spike in interest in our Xbox One console options, including the new $399 offering, and the amazing lineup of games announced during E3. Since the new Xbox One offering launched on June 9th, we've seen sales of Xbox One more than double* in the US, compared to sales in May, and solid growth in Xbox 360 sales.
We're excited to welcome so many fans to Xbox this summer and we can't wait for them to get their hands on the wide selection of new games available this year on Xbox One, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2, and Ori and the Blind Forest. Xbox One is the only place you can play these games along with creative independent titles and blockbusters such as Assassin's Creed Unity, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Destiny, Evolve, Grand Theft Auto V, and dozens more. We're honored that Xbox One was awarded with the best games line-up of 2014 by game critics at E3 and our fans have a lot of amazing new games to look forward to in the coming months.
Starting in August with the release of Madden NFL 15, new blockbuster hits will launch for Xbox One at an incredible pace throughout the fall, as we head into the holiday season. Gamers love the holidays and we are lining up incredible deals and special promotions to celebrate. The fun is just getting started and we can't wait to share more exciting news soon.
*- Internal data based on retail calendar and sold through numbers
Sadly for some reason Microsoft didn't quote actual figures which were last released, so we still have to wait for NPD info and Sony, to see if Xbox price-drop was enough to move it into #1 spot, or if it still selling badly even if MS is claiming 'more then double' for June.