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Xbox One in Japan hits a new low, selling just 100 units in one week

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 10:40 pm

Microsoft just can't catch a break while promoting the Xbox One in Japan, selling just 100 units from June 8 to June 14, according to 4Gamer. The PlayStation 4 sold 10,822 units - and the aging PlayStation 3 managed to rack up 2,633 sales during the same hellish week for Microsoft.

 

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It's not a surprise that Japanese gamers prefer hardware from Sony and Nintendo - and Microsoft knew it'd be a major fight to sell the Xbox One in Japan - but this is a new all-time low for Microsoft. However, the original Xbox and Xbox 360 didn't struggle this much in Japan, where a tech and gaming savvy population loves embracing new technologies.

 

Late last year, Xbox boss Phil Spencer noted that Japan isn't an easy market for the company's consoles, but vowed to try to "conquer Japan." Well, keep trying Microsoft...

Want to use Cortana on the Xbox One? You'll need a Kinect

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 5:45 pm

If you're looking forward to using the Cortana intelligent personal assistant on the Xbox One, it looks like you'll need a Kinect unit. Cortana integration is expected with a new Xbox One dashboard update sometime in 2015, which is scheduled for some time in the fall.

 

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At the end of this teaser trailer, the following small print is displayed: "Kinect required for Cortana speech recognition."

 

 

Even though Cortana responds to voice commands, it's curious since Microsoft didn't spend much time promoting the Kinect during E3. In addition, the Xbox One and Kinect were unbundled in 2014, which allowed Microsoft to cut Xbox One prices.

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Want retro game consoles and games? GameStop has you covered!

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 23, 2015 8:35 am

Want a retro gaming console and some video games? GameStop is now offering a blast from the past, selling retro products both online and in retail stores.

 

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The store now offers the following retro consoles: Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Sega Gensis, Sega Dreamcast, and the Sony PlayStation. All games are pre-owned, so you can purchase directly from GameStop, or check out what Ebay has to offer.

 

GameStop announced its intentions in April, and has worked to build up inventory in case gamers showed interest. However, if you want to visit a local GameStop store to purchase a console or games, you should call them to verify they have the inventory first.

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Nintendo thinking of opportunities away from just gaming consoles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 22, 2015 3:30 am

Nintendo is best known as a gaming company with a focus on video game consoles and handhelds, but company officials want to embrace new technologies. It looks like Nintendo wants to help create a gaming ecosystem that combines gaming hardware, video games and the gaming community - and everything is on the table.

 

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"We're a development-driven company," said Charlie Scibetta, senior director of corporate communications at Nintendo, in a statement to Forbes. "With the people that make the games back at NCL and our localization staff here, they're always thinking, 'Is this fun to play or not?' They're not thinking about increasing market share, trying to branch into new areas of entertainment. It really comes back to, 'Is this a fun experience?' If everything goes through that filter, then we think we're going to stay on the right course."

 

Nintendo has spoken publicly about its desire to focus more on mobile gaming opportunities, with at least five mobile game titles expected by March 2017.

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Sony official is a bit skeptical of Xbox One's backward compatibility

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 21, 2015 11:30 pm

Microsoft's announcement that the Xbox One would be backward compatible to support Xbox 360 games was quite a surprise. Of course, Sony has said PlayStation 4 gamers shouldn't expect backward compatibility - and displayed a bit of skepticism regarding Microsoft's claims.

 

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"I didn't think it was possible. There must be lots of engineering effort," said Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Worldwide Studios, in a statement to Eurogamer. "They talked about 100 games, but what kind of games will be included? Is it smaller games or big games? We don't know."

 

Expect a proper backward compatibility launch for the Xbox One before the end of the year. Xbox gamers have the chance to vote on which titles they would like to play on the Xbox One, with Microsoft looking at each game individually.

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Microsoft: Kinect isn't dead, with support continuing!

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 19, 2015 8:05 pm

Microsoft had a lot to talk about during E3, but the Kinect peripheral was noticeably absent from discussions. Don't worry, however, as the company is "absolutely continuing to support Kinect," according to Xbox executive Aaron Greenberg, in a statement made to GameSpot.

 

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The company will support Kinect "where it makes sense," as there are a number of Xbox Kinect users - when the Xbox One launched in 2013, all bundles included a Kinect. Even though gamers can purchase the Xbox One without a Kinect, Microsoft simply cannot abandon its Kinect users.

 

"We really want Kinect to be a choice for customers. For me, I love it; I turn my Xbox One with Kinect; I use it for entertainment; I use it to do screenshots and all that. I like to be able to have my hands on the controller and use voice commands. But, frankly, a lot of people also want a better value and don't want to have to pay for it. So we're not going to force people to do that. We give people the choice."

GameStop applauds Microsoft for including backward compatibility

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 18, 2015 9:34 pm

Microsoft's decision to support backward compatibility for Xbox One gamers trying to play their Xbox 360 game consoles has earned praise from GameStop. In addition to supporting gamers, the decision could make for an easier transition from the Xbox 360 to Xbox One, according to a GameStop official.

 

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"Microsoft, at this E3, decided to introduce backward compatibility into their system. That's obviously something people are looking for," said Eric Bright, director of merchandising for GameStop, in a statement to GameSpot. "And GameStop will be ready, whether you're looking to purchase Xbox 360 games or trade yours in, we'll be there."

 

The new backward compatibility is available for Xbox Preview members, and will expand to more Xbox One gamers before the end of the year.

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Don't hold your breath for Sony PlayStation 4 backward compatibility

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 18, 2015 6:45 am

Microsoft recently announced that backward compatibility will allow Xbox One owners to play Xbox 360 game titles, and it was a unique offering. For Sony PlayStation 4 gamers, don't expect the same feature anytime soon so you can play your old PlayStation 3 games.

 

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"The backward compatibility news was interesting," said Shuhei Yoshida, head of worldwide studios at Sony Computers Entertainment, in a statement to Polygon. "The technology involved must be very challenging. I'm interested in seeing the list of titles."

 

Instead, paying PS4 gamers can use PlayStation Now to play older game titles - but native backward compatibility shouldn't be expected. However, Sony will continue developing and supporting new features for the PS4, as more gamers look to upgrade their consoles.

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Capcom says Street Fighter 5 won't come to Xbox

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 17, 2015 1:36 pm

Capcom confirms In an interview with GameSpot, a Capcom employee stated that Street Fighter V will not be released on Xbox - even though previous titles have been.

 

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Although fans were speculating an Xbox release, the representative stated: "the reality is that this is a real partnership [with Sony]. We are console exclusive for this franchise for this numbered run." Claiming its new buddy Sony is certainly a helpful one, the source from Capcom continued "We're not talking about how we're handling post-launch content, but I can say the relationship with Sony does open doors for things we haven't been able to do in the past."

 

Phil Spencer, Xbox Games executive, told GameSpot that these things sometimes happen, adding that "I'd love it if Xbox fans could play all the games, but business just makes some deals happen. It's all part of competition."that Street Fighter V will not be coming to Xbox, due to a sole Sony partnership

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Microsoft: Play your Xbox 360 game title on the Xbox One

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 15, 2015 7:25 pm

E3 2015 - In a rather unexpected move, Microsoft has decided to make it possible to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. The company will include the backward compatibility for at least 100 titles starting this Christmas, with additional support branching to other games later down the road.

 

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Those of you with digital Xbox 360 titles will simply find the game in your Xbox One library once Microsoft rolls out support. It's a clever move by Microsoft to try to woo gamers, many with large collections of Xbox 360 titles, to hopefully purchase an Xbox One sooner rather than later.

 

"If you've been waiting to move from your Xbox 360, now's the time," said Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox division.

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