Microsoft appears to be doing really well in the gaming console segment. The company has reported that over 484,000 units of their XBox console was sold during the month of September 2010. That makes Microsoft the number 1 player in the segment for the fourth month in a row. The sale numbers are also up […]
Microsoft appears to be doing really well in the gaming console segment. The company has reported that over 484,000 units of their XBox console was sold during the month of September 2010. That makes Microsoft the number 1 player in the segment for the fourth month in a row. The sale numbers are also up 37% compared to XBox 360 sales in September last year. The company has also announced that the sale of games have seen a terrific rise thanks to the launch of the new Halo : Reach. Microsoft apparently sold 3.3 million units of the game during the month of September.
The numbers are interesting on two counts. Firstly, Microsoft will be entering the holiday shopping season on the back of this impressive sale numbers over the past four months. Gaming consoles are one of the very hot selling commodities during this season and Microsoft should expect to do well. Secondly, the impressive sale numbers should also help the company in the sale of Windows Phone 7 handsets considering that the mobile platform is tightly integrated to XBox Live. Existing users should surely contemplate buying a Windows Phone 7 device.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) shares rose 1.23% in the market yesterday and are currently trading at $25.57 in the after-hours.
Microsoft and AT&T have announced a new partnership that will let users of XBox 360 use their gaming console as a secondary U-Verse Reverser. Basically, if you are an AT&T U-Verse subscriber and also own a Microsoft XBox 360, you can save up on multiple U-Verse receiver rentals by alternately using your XBox to stream TV.
Two points to note here. Firstly, you will need to be owning at least one receiver already which means that while you cannot use your XBox as the primary U-Verse receiver at home, you can use it to substitute for additional receivers if you need to set them up at more than one room. Secondly, not all XBox 360 models are compatible. You need to be owning a device that has an internal hard drive with storage space.
If you satisfy these prerequisites, then you are all set to go. The new ‘XBox 360 as a U-Verse Receiver‘ partnership is set to start rolling in from November 7.
Epic Games, the developer of the popular Unreal Engine gaming series, had recently announced the launched the imminent launch of Unreal Engine 3 on Apple iPad. As part of the announcement, the company’s vice president, Mark Rein said that the tablet form factor was very much part of the future gaming environment and that the day was not far off when you will have an XBox 360 in a tablet form factor. Rein said,
“Imagine a future Xbox 360 that is actually a tablet you carry around. It will have more power than 360 does today, with technology like Kinect built right in. Imagine walking into a bar with some friends, propping it up on the table and playing games like Dance Central or Kinect Adventures anywhere you go. Then when you get home that same device will use technology like AirPlay or wireless HDMI to connect to your big screen, you’ll pick up a wireless controller, or use your phone as controller to play games like Gears of War.”
Of course, this is not any indication of what is to come in the future. But given Epic Games’ experience in building games for the various platforms, Rein’s words are not entirely speculative either. What do you think?
If you are a regular viewer of Sky Player – the online TV service from Sky – on Microsoft XBox 360, you will soon be able to operate the service without a remote control using just gestures. ElectricPig reports that Microsoft’s upcoming camera-based motion controller technology could actually expand its functionality to be used as a gesture-based remote control system. That will mean users can make use of Sky Player’s integration with Microsoft Kinect to use gestures to play, rewind, fast-forward or pause television progams besides also using more gestures to change channels or pick on-demand content.
This is not completely surprising considering Microsoft’s Kinect patent that demonstrated the multiple use-cases of gesture controls. However, I wonder if it is actually making things more complex to the user. Regular remote controls solve the purpose way better than any Minority Report like gesture controls.
Well, after the mega opening last week that saw Bungie’s ‘Halo: Reach‘ garnering over $200 million in the first 24 hours of launch, one may have assumed that the new release would have easily been the most popular title on XBox Live last week. Apparently, not so. Microsoft has announced that it was Activision’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 that was the most popular download last week. Halo: Reach was actually number 2.
While that does sound a little strange, it looks like CoD’s top spot is already under trouble. Microsoft has also conceded that the new launch from Bungie is already the top downloaded game over the past 7 days which means that Halo: Reach could turn out to be the most popular title this week.
Not that all of this matters to the gamers who have been downloading and playing games like crazy.
Microsoft created a sensation last week with the launch of the new Halo Reach whose sale numbers topped $200 million inside the first 24 hours of release. If you are one of those who excitedly purchased the new game, you may have been disappointed to see this error message
“One or more players do not have an Xbox 360 Hard Drive. An Xbox 360 Hard Drive is required to play co-op on Xbox LIVE or system link”
Basically, the game fails to load in co-op mode when one of the users in the playing mode does not have a hard drive connected to their XBox 360 console. However, Microsoft has noted that this is a temporary issue that should be sorted out soon. The company has issued a statement that says the company is presently “working to resolve it“.
Hopefully, users affected by the issue can soon get back to co-op on their consoles.
Microsoft is on to something big with respect to the gaming segment with the launch of the new webcam based motion controller, Kinect. While they are at it, it looks like the company is building a lot of other interesting things as well. We have just got hold of what looks like the new XBox 360 dashboard interface that could be available to gamers pretty soon. As you can see from the video, the interface is more seamless and uncluttered though Microsoft has retained the existing look-and-feel.
This is of course just a minor improvement when you consider the bigger things that Microsoft is up to. But for gamers, this is definitely something to look forward to. There is no word on when exactly this new design is set to make it to the consoles, but there are indications that we may be seeing it before the end of this year. Possibly, along with the launch of Kinect in November.
If you are a subscriber of the AT&T U-Verse service, you could soon be able to watch television over the internet thanks to a new partnership that the company is supposed to be working on with Microsoft. Those of you following the XBox 360 space for long might have heard of rumors regarding a new IPTV service. Now according to reports on the Engadget, AT&T employees are presently testing the new XBox 360 IPTV service internally at this stage.
The report has also published screenshots of AT&T’s support documents from recent times. This corroborates recent statements from Microsoft that AT&T U-Verse customers could soon be seeing a MediaRoom functionality on their gaming consoles. Now though there is no official word on the upcoming functionality, sources are indicating that the new service is less than two months away from launch.
Check out a demo of the XBox 360 IPTV service in the video below.
Microsoft has announced a new special edition of the XBox 360 Wireless controller that comes with a transformable D-Pad that can be modified from a plus-design to a disc to suit the users’ game play. Quite evidently, the new design is targeted at users who love fighting games since this new design comes with a lot more accuracy and precision for directional as well as sweeping movements.
In addition to the transforming D-Pad, the new wireless controller also includes a play and charge cable to help you continue your game when the charge runs out. In any case, the charge is expected to hold on for 35 hours per charge. The wireless controller is based on a 2.4GHz wireless technology and can be accessible within a 30 foot range.
The new matte silver controller is now available for purchase on the XBox website for a price of $64.99. Check out the video from Major Nelson below
Those of you who got the Microsoft XBox 360 4GB version may have soon come to realize that the storage space is nothing to write home about. Compare the storage with the new version of XBox 360 that offers a huge 250GB storage space.
If you are one having second thoughts about retaining the 4GB model, and have a hundred odd bucks to spare, head over to the GameStop website and buy a 250GB internal hard drive for your XBox rightaway. This is a genuine part from Microsoft which GameStop, a third party retailer, has procured from the manufacturers. .
The price of the hard drive unit is $129.99 and apparently ships within 24 hours. But a caveat here – the unit is compatible exclusively with XBox 360 S consoles and presently ships only to American addresses.