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It appears an Australian retailer has published details of the Microsoft Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle, which could be announced in the near future. Retailing for around $650 for the Australian market, the bundle includes a black 500GB Xbox One unit, Kinect, Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The bundle without a Kinect will cost around $521 but include the same console and games.
Microsoft hopes its gaming bundles will help draw interest from gamers ahead of the 2014 Christmas holiday shopping season - an important time for the company desperate to try to catch up to the Sony PlayStation 4. The company recently announced its Halo: The Master Chief bundle, but it won't be available to U.S. gamers, however.
Microsoft India hyped the launch of the Xbox One in India last month, inviting media and those who have pre-ordered the console. The company signed up with Amazon India as en exclusive seller (for now) where they delivered Xbox One units to pre-ordered customers at the stroke of midnight on September 23.
However, ever since the launch of Xbox One console in India, the price of the unit has reduced within few weeks along with couple of freebies. When the console was launched, the cost was Rs. 39,990 ($652), while the units with Kinect version was priced for Rs. 45,990/- (US$ 750). This was accompanied with a Rs. 4,000 ($65) gift card.
Now, as a 'Diwali Dhamaka' offer, Amazon India is selling the Xbox One console for Rs. 35,990 ($587). Along with the console, FIFA 15 with DLC is pre-bundled and throwing in Rs. 3,000 ($49) Amazon India gift card. Xbox One consoles with Kinect are still priced for Rs. 45,990 ($750) - but is bundled with FIFA 15 with DLC and Dance Central Spotlight (also with DLC). Xbox One can be purchased from here.
It's been a while since Heroes had everyone rushing home for the latest episode, but after the first series ended, it lost most of its fizz. Well, Sony is set to break out onto the TV scene with PlayStation TV, and its first show, Powers, is looking like it could be a great first hit for the company's new venture. Check out the trailer below.
Sony's various entertainment divisions are producing content exclusive to their gaming platforms, in the hopes of building a Netflix-like library of content, but for PlayStation users. Powers is Sony's first show for the new platform on PlayStation, with the show being a TV adaption of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming's work on the comic of Powers.
It stars Sharlto Copley from District 9 and Elysium, and will air on the PlayStation Network in December.
Microsoft showed off its Halo: The Master Chief Collection white Xbox One game console bundle, which will be available in Brazil and other countries. Despite initial interest in the limited-time bundle, Microsoft currently has "no plans" to release it for U.S. consumers.
The bundle includes a white Xbox One console, one white controller, and a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection - which features versions of Halo 1 through Halo 4, including the Halo 5: Guardians beta.
If the Master Chief bundle proves popular among international gamers, then it would be foolish for Microsoft to skip the U.S. market. However, interested gamers will be able to purchase a white Xbox One later this month, in a $399 Sunset Overdrive bundle.
As it stands, the PlayStation 4 seems to be winning the 'next-gen' and now current-gen console war, with the Xbox One lagging behind. Microsoft obviously wants to change this, something that was pointed out in an interview with The Inner Circle Podcast, with the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer.
Spencer said during the interview: "I'll announce it here: I was told themes and background [pictures] are something that we are working on. And screenshots, I know people beat me up on screenshots". Spencer is aware that Xbox One gamers want to be able to personalize their dashboards, and do things that PC gamers can do easily, such as taking in-game screenshots without having to have the game have a built-in screenshot-taking feature.
He wasn't willing to tell the world when these new themes, backgrounds and screenshot-taking abilities would be appearing, but he did say "people should know that they're in development".
The lack of backwards compatibility between the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One isn't lost among Microsoft designers, and will be something that could lead to a solution later down the road.
"Back compat is always a hot topic at the turn of a generation, and I get why, especially on [Xbox 360] so many people bought so much digital content and it means that a lot of us, we're holding on to our 360s," said Phil Spencer, head of the Microsoft Xbox division, in a recent interview. "I get the question. I totally respect the question. There's nothing I can say about it right now, but I'll just say 'I hear you.' I definitely hear you and I'll continue to try to work to build something that can help people out."
The problem is probably less significant for Sony with its PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 owners - as the Japanese console dominates sales charts - and allows gamers to play older titles using PlayStation Now. The Wii U supports backwards compatibility but hasn't been as popular among hardcore gamers.
Microsoft has reportedly sold more than 100,000 Xbox One units during the game console's first week of availability in China. Media reports reveal Microsoft hopes to sell over 1 million Xbox One units within one year in China, helping build a following for the console which has struggled to keep up with the Sony PlayStation 4 worldwide.
To put it in perspective, the Xbox One launched in Japan and only managed to rack up 23,000 unit sales in the first week - as Microsoft again struggled to break the stranglehold Sony has on its home market - and sales elsewhere have lagged behind Sony.
The Xbox One launch was the first game console launch in China in 14 years, and it was difficult to gauge how interested consumers would be.
The Microsoft Xbox One has finally launched in China, following a 14-year ban that prevented consumers from legally purchasing gaming consoles in the country. The Xbox One is now available in 37 different Chinese cities and in 4,000 retail locations, with continued rollout expected in the coming months.
The console was originally expected to launch in China on September 23, but a short delay pushed the console's release a few days. The Chinese government enacted a game console ban in 2000, just one year before the launch of the original Xbox in 2001.
"I think the Xbox One launch in Chia is a milestone event," said Brian Blau, Gartner market research analyst. "It represents the opening of a new type of market for the Chinese consumer, and if others followed suit this could be the start of a new gaming revolution in China."
Well, it looks like Microsoft isn't having the success it wanted to in Japan with the recent launch of its Xbox One console. In its first four days on sale, there were 25,674 consoles sold.
Comparing this to the number of Xbox 360 consoles sold when it launched in 2005, which sold over 60,000 consoles in just two days. On its second week on sale, there were just 3,015 Xbox One consoles sold in Japan. Comparing this to the homegrown Sony PlayStation 3 and 4, the PS3 sold twice as many, while eight times as many PS4s were sold.
Ubisoft plans to bring its instructional guitar game Rocksmith 2014 to the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4, with the title available starting on November 4. Using each console's video capture and streaming, gamers can play along with chords displayed on the screen, and includes 1080p graphics support. The game reportedly can help someone learn how to play a guitar in 60 days, using a Real Tone USB Cable that gives guitar owners the ability to connect to their console.
The virtual guitar assistance program was already available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC - but a refresh to make use of hardware strength of newer consoles was expected. Any DLC songs downloaded for the Xbox 360 and PS3 can be carried over to the next-generation console counterpart, according to Ubisoft.