Building on its success from last month, Microsoft has announced that the Xbox Onewas the number one selling console for November -- ending the PlayStation 4'salmost year-long top spot. As Redmond tells it, by way of NPD Group data, its latest console was the best selling in the United States and the United Kingdom for last month. That price cut and killer lineup of exclusive software undoubtedly factored in pretty heavily there. Console sales overall are up in a few different ways as well. NPD says that hardware unit-sales have increased by three percent over last November when the PS4 and Xbox One launched, and that compared to sales from the first 13 months of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, they're up by 80 percent.
Showtime delivered its library of live and on-demand streaming to the Xbox 360 back in July, and now its doing the same for Microsoft's latest console. Xbox One owners can now get in on the action too, as Homeland, Dexter, Californication and more are available via Showtime Anytime. As you might expect, the app plays nice with Kinect, allowing you to browse the line-up with voice and gesture controls rather than a controller or remote. It'll also let you pin whatever your current obsession is to your home screen for easy access. If you're paying for a cable subscription, access to Showtime Anytime on the console is available at no additional charge
The BBC iPlayer app has finally arrived on Xbox One a year after the console launched.
The iPlayer app has been available on PS4 since the system's release in November 2013, when the BBC confirmed that it was working on an Xbox One version. Available as a free download from Xbox Live, the on-demand TV and radio service is controllable with a pad, Kinect voice commands and SmartGlass.
As of October, programmes on most versions of iPlayer are available for up to 30 days after they air, compared to the service's original seven day catch-up window, which is still the only option on Xbox 360 and Wii.
The iPlayer app was released on PS3 in 2008 but didn't come to Xbox 360 until March 2012.
The delay was partly down to the BBC's refusal to place the app behind an Xbox Live Gold paywall due to its commitment to ensure its content is not provided commercially.
Microsoft dropped the Xbox Live Gold requirement for entertainment apps in June 2014.
Analyst claims Microsoft's lower price point gave it 53 per cent of the total spend, PS4 had 31 per cent
The Xbox One was the best-selling console on Black Friday, taking 53 per cent of the market on the biggest day for retail in the US.
According to the analyst firm Infoscout, which gathered its data from more than 180,000 receipts from major retailers, the PlayStation 4 had just 31 per cent of the Black Friday market spend. The Xbox One was also the top-selling console at both Walmart and Target, the two biggest electronics retailers in the US.
This will do down as a win for MIcrosoft, which has trailed Sony in terms of console sales ever since the new generation launched last year. In October, the company implemented a temporary $50 price cut for the holiday season, bringing the Xbox One's price below that of the PlayStation 4 for the first time.
Microsoft has since reported a significant increase in the Xbox One's performance, so this report is very much in line with recent trends. The PlayStation 4 is still far ahead in terms of overall sales, but EA CFO Blake Jorgensen recently said that its lead was narrowing all the time.
Infoscout's data put EA's Madden NFL 15 as the most popular game on Black Friday with an 8.4 per cent market share, just ahead of Activision's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare with 7.3 per cent. The toys-to-life concept also performed well, with Skylanders Trap Team and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes taking the third and fourth biggest slice of the total spend.
Microsoft Store Cyber Monday 2014 Deals LIVE!
The Microsoft Store Cyber Monday deals are locked and loaded folks! Xbox One and Xbox 360 Cyber Monday video game deal highlights include deals on console bundles, cheap games, and accessories. They are still running the popular $39.99 deal on Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, as well as discounting wireless controllers on both platforms. Forza Horizon 2 is slashed to $39.99 as well.
Free shipping on everything, but get digging early as the good deals will get wiped out quickly if Black Friday is any indication....
Check it out: Microsoft Store Cyber Monday
Xbox Console Deals:
Xbox One with Kinect Refurbished with 2 Games - $329.99 + Bonus Game!
Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle - $329.99 + Bonus Game!
Xbox One with Kinect Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle - $429.99 + Bonus Game!
Xbox 360 4GB and Peggle 2 Bundle - $129.99 + Bonus Game!
Xbox One Games from $14.99
Xbox 360 Games from $4.99
Accessories from $14.99, Controllers from $39.99
Save $10 on Xbox LIVE 12 Month Membership
Save $10 on 3 Month Xbox LIVE Membership
Get a Dell inspiron 20" 3043 for $299
Dell Inspiron 15" 5000 Signature Edition for $399
Dell 28" 4K Monitor + Surface Pro 3 Docking Station for $499 (Save $200)
Early Xbox One purchasers: Today might be your lucky day. A post on Major Nelson's blog explains that in celebration of the Xbox One's first year on the market, console owners will be "selected at random to receive a special gift from us." The blog post offers a full list of potential prizes, but highlights include theCall of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Sunset Overdriveconsole bundles and a one-year subscription to Xbox Live Gold. Free copies of Limbo, as seen in the above image tweeted by Xbox's Jeff Rubenstein, are also planned as a thank-you to Day One console adopters.
Luck won't be the driving factor for everything related to the anniversary, however. Fans 17 or older that have used their console for more than 10 hours, reside in one of the original 13 markets for Xbox One and made their purchase between November 22, 2013 - November 11, 2014 will receive The Year One Celebration box. The bundle contains a Year One-themed gamer picture, dashboard background, desktop image and free rentals of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods. Those living in the US and Canada will also get a sampler pack of Dragon Ball Z episodes.
Aside from free stuff, Xbox crunched a few community-wide statistics to see what Xbox One owners accomplished in their first year. The communal Gamerscore total earned on Xbox One has surpassed 11 billion, which was earned throughout two billion hours of play. The year's four most-earned achievements include Forza Motorsport 5's "Welcome to Forza Motorsport," Titanfall's "Build Yourself,"Destiny's "Ship Rite" and Call of Duty: Ghosts' "Spatial Awareness."
What a long, strange trip it's been. Microsoft's effort to document the excavation of all those fabled E.T. The Extraterrestrial game cartridges from a New Mexico landfill -- and Atari's downfall -- is finally watchable on Xbox Video. As Variety reports, you can check out Atari: Game Over on your Xbox One, Xbox 360 or even on the web and see where those carts came from before they hit eBay. Perhaps most notable is that it's one of Xbox Entertainment Studios' scant few projects to actually see the light of day, getting a release a few months removed from Redmond shuttering its original-TV-programming experiment. So there's that, too. Need a refresher on Atari's Spielberg-infused saga before turning on your flatscreen? We've got you covered.
After many, many promises, HBO Go is now available on Xbox One. The app is already available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but the Xbox One launch marks the first time the premium streaming service is accessible from a current-gen console. The app supports voice and gesture controls through Kinect, Microsoft says. As always, users will need to have a valid HBO subscription through their cable provider to watch shows, though that's likely change with the launch of the network's standalone streaming service next year.
U.S. retailer Walmart has revealed its Black Friday sales lineup, giving holiday shoppers time to prepare for a series of deep discounts later this month.
Starting on November 26 at 6 p.m., customers can pick up an Xbox One hardware bundle that includes a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and a $30 Walmart gift card for $329. The Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity Bundle is also up for grabs at $329, matching a deal Target announced earlier this week.
Walmart additionally offers Mario Kart 8, The Evil Within, and Destiny for $35 each, along with a $149.99 Nintendo 3DS XL bundle that includes a free copy ofNew Super Mario Bros. 2.
As we reported at the end of October, Microsoft made a move to gain a price advantage on Sony this holiday season, knocking $50 off the Xbox One and various bundles as of November 2. Xbox One bundles with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Assassin's Creed: Unity and Sunset Overdrive have been available for $349 without Kinect, which is $50 cheaper than a PlayStation 4 with no games. For cost conscious consumers, that's an offer that's hard to refuse and Microsoft noted today that it's already seen a big uptick in sales as a result.
"The response to this wave of blockbuster game releases and new bundles has been amazing, and sales have skyrocketed since the new price took effect on Nov. 2. Compared to the previous week, Xbox One sales in the US have more than tripled, which is exciting as more and more friends will be playing together this holiday," said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Marketing, Strategy and Business, Xbox. "As we head into the busy holiday season Xbox One led generation 8 console sales in the US for the past two weeks. Shortly, we will have sold in to retailers more than 10 million Xbox One consoles.
"Almost one year ago, I had the honor of shaking hands with hundreds of fans at our Xbox One launch in New York City. We have listened to your feedback and have worked hard to deliver hundreds of improvements to Xbox One, celebrated the launch of amazing new games, and sought ways to offer more value for you. As we reach this milestone, I remain awestruck by your passion for games and your support of Xbox One. Thank you for an incredible year."
Microsoft recently launched Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which has seengenerally favorable reviews. And with top-rated games like Sunset Overdrive bundled with cheaper hardware, Microsoft is hoping to gain an edge in holiday sales. It remains to be seen if the $349 price will be limited to a holiday promotion or if it will stick. If Microsoft wants to catch Sony in the console race, the latter may be the better choice.
Good news for Xbox One: a combination of lower prices (through a mix of new SKUs, bundles, and "temporary" price cuts), updated software and newly released exclusives likeSunset Overdrive and Halo Master Chief Collectionhave sales on the upswing. According to VP of Marketing Yusuf Mehdi, based on internal data the Xbox One led "generation 8" sales in the US for the last two weeks, as sales more than tripled once the new $349 pricerolled out. Of course, as good as sales seemingly are, Microsoft isn't giving detailed sold-to-customer numbers like the ones we've seen from Sony, only announcing that it will soon hit 10 million Xbox One consoles sold to retailers. For reference, in August Sony claimed it's already put 10 million PS4s in gamer's hands. Ever since the Xbox One was originally announced Microsoft has made a number of changes to its initial approach to win back gamers, but hasn't been able to catch Sony's PS4 yet. So let us know, have you seen enough to consider going Xbox this holiday season?
It's happening. The Microsoft Store's initial list of Black Friday deals is live, featuring Xbox One and 360 consoles and video games on sale starting November 27 at 12AM ET.
During the sale, you can grab the following Xbox bundles at as-yet-undisclosed discounts: the Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unity bundle with Kinect (currently $450), the limited edition Xbox One Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle without Kinect (currently $450), or a Kinect-less Xbox One Assassin's Creed: Unitybundle (currently $350).
Xbox One games that will be on sale include Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2, Watch Dogs, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition. For Xbox 360, you should be able to snag Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Sniper Elite 3 and Thief, among others on sale.
If any of these items were on your holiday wish list, maybe hold out a little while longer to see how much these bells can jingle.
Target has posted a preview of its Black Friday deal lineup, giving an early look at many of the cheap games and bundles available to shoppers later this month.
Starting on November 28, customers can pick up an Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle for $329.99, which includes a bonus $50 gift card. Other featured Black Friday deals include a Yoshi's New Island-bundled Nintendo 2DS for $99.99,The Evil Within and Shadow of Mordor for $25 each, and Skylanders Trap Teamand Disney Infinity 2.0 Starter Packs for $39.99 apiece.
Xbox One's November update has begun "rolling out," according to a recent post from Major Nelson. As was previously announced, this update will allow users to customize the background image for each account's dashboard on their console. Profiles can also be updated with locations and bios, as well as up to six game clips or achievements that users would most like to show the world. Speaking of showing the world gaming-related feats, game clips can now be sent to a linked Twitter account, which is listed under the console's share options once it's tied to your Xbox profile.
Regarding marketplace tweaks, this update moves all of the store page's navigation options to the left side of the screen. Changes to the highlighted games section meant to make browsing each category easier are also present. SmartGlass users should notice that Apps have been given their own section in the store, and that Games With Gold and Deals With Gold content can be browsed separately.
As for TV options, those living in the US, Canada and UK should see a Trending tab in OneGuide, which lists the 20 shows that are most popular with the general Xbox audience. Those in the US can browse similar popularity data based on Twitter, as well as browse tweets related to specific shows via the MiniGuide.
You can spot these additions in action by watching Major Nelson's video tour that's waiting for you after the break, or you can scrounge through the bulletpoint list to learn about the update's more minor additions.
There are alreadyplenty of ways to keep an eye on your abode from afar, so any new home monitoring product better have a fresh approach if it wants to stand out from the competition. For start-up Form Devices, the goal wasn't to create an elaborate, connected home security system that did more than existing products, but to make something simple, affordable and user-friendly. And, it must've done something right with its Point home monitoring device, which cruised past its $50,000 Kickstarter goal just two days after the campaign went live, and is now participating in our Insert Coin competition at Engadget Expand. The plain white, palm-sized puck hosts sound, humidity, temperature, air quality and particle sensors, but no camera. This was a very intentional omission, not just because Point is supposed to be small and inconspicuous, but so users have peace of mind that nobody will ever be watching them.
Some amazing maths here from Reddit, showing that, if you can get organised, you can more or less save the price of a game by shipping a US Xbox One over the pond. As pointed out by one of the commentators, who claims to be in marketing, "Price is what a buyer will tolerate paying".
UK Xbox One - £329.99
US Xbox One - $349.99 (£218.71)
Amazon Expedited shipping to UK - $6.99 (£4.40) Rates here+ $2.99 per lb ($38.87/£24.29) thanks to/u/randomstranger454 for the catch
VAT @ 20% of order - £43.74
UK power lead - £2.99
US Xbox total - £294.12 SAVING - £35.87
Adding Xbox to basket gives a total of £307.38, but they seem to be overestimating import fees
Still cheaper though.
No duty liable on console - see here
We are really getting shafted over here
An Xbox One Slim could already be in the pipeline at Microsoft, a new report claims. Eurogamer reckons that AMD has developed a smaller, cooler and – crucially – cheaper version of the CPU at the heart of Xbox One. The new chip is based on 20nm as opposed to 28nm tech, meaning more processors can fit onto a silicon wafer, thus reducing cost.
The Xbox One CPU is one of the device’s more expensive components, costing an estimated $50 a piece.
In using a smaller chip Microsoft would, if it desired, be able to reduce the size, manufacturing costs and shipping costs of its console.
However, factors that could dissuade Microsoft from making the switch include the costs of manufacturing new chips and the low yields. There’s also the complication that a lot of 20nm manufacturers are currently employed building Apple’s A8 and A8X chips and that Nvidia is allegedly already waiting in line to get the ball rolling on its next generation of 20nm graphics cards.
The site goes on to speculate that it’s “almost certain” AMD will be doing exactly the same thing for Sony as it is for Microsoft and that a PS4 Slim “is just as inevitable as a downscaled, cheaper Xbox One”.
In June last year, GfK Chart-Track announced that the Xbox 360 had overtaken Nintendo’s Wii to become the UK’s best-selling home console for that generation.
With almost nine million units sold, the machine is second only to the monolithic PS2 in terms of home console sales in the UK.
Launched back in December 2005, the 360 enjoyed eight years launching blockbuster franchises such as Gears of War, Forza and Crackdown before its successor, the Xbox One, hit UK shelves in November 2013.
But with the new machine selling rapidly, is there any life left in the Xbox 360?
Lee Williams, Xbox 360 product manager at Microsoft, tells MCV that, while the One may be fresh hardware, the 360’s established catalogue of games and lower price still makes it an ideal purchase for many first-time console buyers.
“With exciting new bundles and the largest library of games, the Xbox 360 offers consumers a great value entry into gaming,” he says. “We’re still seeing strong demand for the UK’s best-ever-selling home console, and with further investment including the introduction of a 500GB SKU, we are committed to supporting Xbox 360 for the foreseeable future.”
Williams adds that the Xbox 360 is particularly growing in popularity among families and younger children, thanks to the wide selection of kid-friendly games that have built up over the last near-decade – and continue to launch on the console.
“Since Xbox One’s launch in November 2013, we’ve seen demand for Xbox 360 amongst parents of younger children grow,” he reveals. “This has been supported by sales of software titles such as Minecraft and FIFA, whose low PEGI rating makes them ideal for ‘new-to-console’ buyers and younger audiences. Plus, with the huge library of Arcade games in the Xbox Store, there’s a game to suit every age and taste.”
While the Xbox One may be understandably occupying the bulk of Microsoft’s advertising efforts at the moment, the firm is also making the most of this new opportunity among families, releasing a range of offers and new SKUs tilted towards children who may not be ready for the step up to next-gen.
“Where it makes sense, we tailor our bundles and marketing to ensure we offer the best value and relevant content for our customers,” says Williams. “An example of this is our upcoming Xbox 360 Blue Special Edition – the console comes with two free games, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Toy Soldiers. This PEGI 12-rated bundle makes it perfect for parents looking to gift an Xbox 360 to their teenagers this Christmas, where PEGI 18-rated titles wouldn’t be suitable.
x360ce SVN r948 is compiled. Xbox 360 Controller Emulator (a wrapper library that translates the xinput calls to directinput calls) which allows your controller (GamePad, Joystick, Wheel, ...) to function like an Xbox 360 controller on a Windows PC. For example it allows you to play Grand Theft Auto (GTA) game with Logitech wheel.
x360ce SVN Changelog:
x360ce_GetAlternativeNames.sql procedure included into project.
Web service fixed. Auto-calculated columns Vendor ID and Product ID added to database.
Main page update
Main page update
Controller statistics stored procedure added.
Controllers in database (Monthly) chart added to home page. http://www.x360ce.com/default.aspx
Main page update
Main page updated
add x360ce.Engine.XmlSerializers.dll to ignore
Linear setting updates on database and project. XInput library embedded resources update. Unnecessary x360ce.Master project removed. "How To Build" Instructions updated.
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