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  • Ubisoft: Problems with Assassin’s Creed Unity Made Them Stronger

    Every cloud has a silver lining, even the blackest ones.

    Ubisoft is making another addition to the Assassins creed entry for 2015 and it’ll use the same engine that powered Unity.

    Unity as many know had major issues when it first launched, which CEO of Ubisoft Yves Guillemot explained:

    When you [build a new engine and tools], it's painful for all the group, and everything has to be recalibrated. And with [Unity], a few things were not perfect when the game was launched."

    Guillemot also added "steps are sometimes painful" but they will allow the team to improve the overall quality of the product. Yves was very confident that these problems were lessons learned last year, and that they will be able to take the once-revered series.

    He said "At launch, the game had suffered from frame rate issues and bugs which have had a strong resonance among the community. We are blessed to have such passionate and committed fans, and we will always strive to earn their trust and support. We took that situation very seriously, and our teams have been working relentlessly since launch and have provided constant and direct progress updates to our fans."

    The rumor is that the next arc will be taking place during Victoria London, and here’s hoping that it will be an awesome game.

     

  • Microsoft Forming a new Xbox Team

    Recently a post on Microsoft’s career site discovered by Paco from NeoGAF, revealed that Microsoft has formed a new development team within its Xbox division.

    This post was in search for a Senior Software Development Engineer, Stating that it was the team’s goal “to push the envelope of today’s and tomorrow’s technology".

    Of course "Joining this team comes with risks," the post read. "Most of what we work on is top-secret; you may not know what your new project is until you’ve accepted an offer. Not all of our ideas will fly. We will fail, and fail fast, on some projects. We will celebrate those failures because they are vital to making sure the right ideas take off in a big way."

    No one knows for sure what this new team will be working on, but the post does say that the willing applicants should be "passionate about the potential for Kinect to continue to revolutionize entertainment".

    Head of Xbox Phil Spencer assured the Kinect remained "an important part of [Microsoft's] vision", Even though Microsoft began offering a Kinect-less Xbox One in June 2014.

  • April’s NPD Report: TitanFall Still on Top and PS4 Outsell Xbox One

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    Let’s see what changed since March’s NPD report.

    The Xbox One has sold 115,000 units while the Sony didn’t reveal their sales numbers. However, it was confirmed that the PS4 did outsell the Xbox One. The following is an interesting bit of info from the report:

    "Life to date, sales of PS4 and Xbox One hardware have more than doubled the combined sales of facPS3 and 360 hardware through their first six months of sales. PS4 software combined with Xbox One software sales are up over 40 percent compared to sales of the PS3 and Xbox 360 through their first six months."

    The following list ranks the top 10 most sold games for May and like before Titanfall lead the pack.

    1. Titanfall (360, XBO, PC)
    2. Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, NWU, PC)
    3. NBA 2K14 (360, PS4, PS3, XBO, PC)
    4. Minecraft (360)
    5. LEGO The Hobbit (360, PS3, One, PS4, 3DS, NWU, PSV)
    6. The LEGO Movie Videogame (360, 3DS, PS3, NWU, XBO, PS4, PSV)
    7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes (360, PS3, NDS, 3DS, PS4, NWU, XBO, PSV, PC)
    8. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (PS4, 360, PS3, NWU, 3DS)
    9. Grand Theft Auto V (360, PS3)
    10. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (360, PS3, PS4, XBO, NWU, PC)

    Will the PS4 continue to lead over the Xbox One in sales remains to be seen. With Microsoft removing the Kinect from the Xbox One and now pricing it at $399 (same as the PS4) , the sales for the Xbox One are expected to rise sharply.

  • Xbox One Sells Out after UK Retailer Reduces Price to PS4’s Price

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    A UK based retail called Maplin had decided to reduce the price of the Xbox One to £349.99, the exact price of Sony’s PlayStation 4. This however was not anything official and Microsoft was in no way involved with this decision. This does still mark the first time both consoles had been given the same price tag.

    The current official price of the Xbox One in the UK is set to £399.99, that is after Microsoft reduced its price in the UK. This offer by the retailer did not however include the TitanFall bundle which is a separate promotion on its own, and only is applicable to stand alone consoles.

    For now Sony is definitely in the lead with reports of twice as many PS4s being sold worldwide when compared to the Xbox One. But interestingly enough all the Xbox One’s were soon sold out after this price cut from Maplin which means the demand is definitely there. It is just the price that is making the biggest difference in the two consoles right now.

    As it stands, Sony has confirmed it has sold over 6 million PS4s worldwide, while there is no official report on that from Microsoft. All that has been revealed is that they have “shipped” 3 million Xbox One systems up to now, which basically mean nothing in terms of units sold.

  • Microsoft Wants Console Fanboys to Stop Hating

    Well they necessarily didn’t target say it like that but the message was clearly for those fanboys that keep spreading the hate online. No matter which console you prefer, the recent sales shows that they are both doing exceedingly well. Although the reveal of the sales number, or more likely the lack for Sony’s US sales stats for the PS4, was the reason for this round of rage wars between the fanboys.

    Microsoft has come out and said that they believe this sort of petty behavior “infects gaming” and should stop, for good! Larry Hryb, more famously known as Major Nelson, mentioned on Reddit that everyone should be glad about the overall rise in the console industry instead on bickering about who is on top.

    "Both new platforms are off to a great start. We all should be celebrating a healthy, vibrant industry. Sony has done a good job and they should be commended. The hate that infects gaming in the online space needs to go away. Sony will sell a ton. We will sell a ton. The industry is doing well...and consumers have choice."

    I totally agree as do most people. Since I am trying to be neutral here too, I would like to highlight an author’s opinion I recently read on a gaming news site regarding Major Nelson’s comments about this issue. He suspected a little “downplaying” going on. He postulated that if the sales numbers would have been the other way around, that is Xbox One at 4.2 million and PS4 at 3 million sold worldwide, would he have come forward and said the same thing?

  • Microsoft Paying YouTubers to Portray Xbox One in a Positive Light

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    This is a huge bit of new and has been blowing up all over the internet! If you haven’t heard about it then you might want to hear about this! It seems that Microsoft has been offering some extra money to those who make positive youtube videos about the Xbox One and its games.

    This promotional offer was supposedly given to Machinima video partners till 16th January 2014. The videos that qualify for this promotion should contain at least 30 seconds of footage mentioning the Xbox One and then contain the tag “XB1M13”.

    The news went viral when a copy of the full legal agreement  was leaked on the website Ars Technica, which showed that in order to qualify the video could not contain ‘anything negative or disparaging about Machinima, Xbox One, or any of its games’.

    The creators could be neutral and still qualify but in no way were they allowed to talk about the deal to anyone. If everything was done accordingly then the creators would earn extra $3 per thousand views, up to the first 1.25 million video views. So if you did manage to get the most number of views then you could earn about

    If all that was in order they got an extra $3 per thousand views, up to the first 1.25 million video views. Assuming you got the maximum number of views that’s around $3768 per video!  As of now there is no official word from Microsoft regarding this, but this story seems to be quite legit if you check out all the info here at NeoGAF. Even Angry Joe, a big youtube game reviewer, has confirmed it in a tweet.

    Considering it as real, this act is definitely against the law. As can be seen from this link -  UK Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP)  and I highlight the following rules - Rules 2.3 (Marketing communications must not falsely claim or imply that the marketer is acting as a consumer) and 2.4 (Marketers and publishers must make clear that advertorials are marketing communications) seem particularly relevant.

  • XBOX ONE PARTY CHAT IMPROVEMENTS COMING SOON

    xbox-one-chat-headset-unboxingThe party system seems to be creating an issue for Xbox One users. The flawed system will soon see an overhaul, but Microsoft has yet to confirm when these improvements will be rolled out, according to Larry Hryb aka Major Nelson (Xbox Live director of programming).

    To one of the complaints regarding the party chat, the missing guide overlay seen in Xbox 360, he responded with "I had a meeting today about much of this and I can say that things will get better. I can't offer a timeline of a list of what till be addressed first, but we are aware of the issue and things will get better."

    Although this isn’t by any means an exact description of how these issues would be resolved, he did however get a across a message of hope. For now Xbox One users have faced several issues with the party chat which include - not knowing how to send invites, connecting to party chat, and not being able to join multiplayer games while in a party.

    Other than party chat, Xbox One users have been plagued with a few other issues. These include not being able to see how much battery is left in the controller, or how much space is left in the console’s hard drive. To get to know about these and any other issues gamers are facing Microsoft has opened up a Xbox Feedback website. So if you are facing any issues at all, don’t hesitate to drop by and get your opinion heard.

  • XBOX ONE TOPS PLAYSTATION 4 SALES ON BLACK FRIDAY

    Xbox-One_2584436bSo it seems that the Xbox One has beaten the sale’s numbers for the PlayStation 4 during Black Friday. The data was supposedly collected from 102,000 tracked receipts from most major North American retailers like Target, Wal-Mart, and Best Buy.

    Supposedly the Xbox One sales accounted for 31% of all console sales. Xbox 360 followed suite at 30%, while the PS4 and PS4 combined represented only 15% of sales. As for comparison purposes, the Wii U contributed 6% while the original Wii made up only 1%

    Well despite what may seem lower sale numbers over Black Friday, Sony has reported a total of 2.1 million units sold worldwide. This means that they just doubled their day one sales of 1 million units. The main reason for the jump being that the PS4 was finally released in the UK on the 29th of November. Microsoft has yet to announce their worldwide sales numbers, although according to them they are having a hard time meeting demands.

  • XBOX ONE ALLOWS PICTURE IN PICTURE COMMENTARY

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    As we get closer to the November launch dates of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the feature war keeps getting hotter. Seems there has been an update in one of the features that was believed to be finalized for both consoles; as you guessed from the title, I am talking about the gameplay recording feature.

    Initially it was said theat the Xbox One would buffer 5 minutes of recording that that would also be the maximum length of a shared video. Sony then came out to confirm that the PS4 would buffer 15 minutes of recording with no specific limit to the max length of a given clip.

    At the recent Eurogamer Expo Microsoft executive vice president Phill Harrison mentioned that users may record “as much or as little as they want”. However gamers will be able to add-on separately recorded commentary to the clips which would be done using the Kinect camera and displayed as picture-picture in the final video.

    However if you were getting excited by what Phill Harrison said, “as much as they want or as little as they want”, and wondering that the max length of the videos will be much longer than 5 minutes then don’t be. This is what Microsoft confirmed with Game Informer recently.

    "We can confirm the recording buffer in Game DVR is 5 minutes, which we feel is optimized to take advantage of high-quality production features and advanced social mechanics in Xbox One."

    Basically regardless of how you capture a video, whether from pressing the record button OR from buffer, the max length of clip will always be capped at 5 minutes. Well at least the picture-in-picture commentary is pretty cool. Wonder if and how Sony will react to this. OX

  • XBOX ONE - KINECT TO MAKE YOU FIT

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    Well it seems that the reason why kinect is being added (or so it seems) is to get us all healthy and in shape again. That is why till December 2014, everyone who grabs an Xbox One will get a free access to something called Xbox Fitness.

    Xbox Fitness basically is a collection of videos that consumers can follow to stay in shape or get in shape while the Kinect sensor detects the vital signals for useful data. I am assuming things such as heartbeat and hopefully correct posture during exercises.

    These videos seem to be pre-existing fitness productions and from a host of celebrity fitness coaches with the added advantage of being integrated with the Kinect sensor which can supposedly “track the quality of your performance by measuring your balance, tempo and form.”

    Well you might wonder how effective it is considering this is not something tailor made for the console like the Wii Fit. However, we can’t really argue considering it is free, at least till December 2014 (1 yaer free membership so to say).

    Mind you, after this period one would need a "paid Xbox Fitness Pass subscription and an Xbox Live Gold membership" to access these videos. Subscription over a paid subscription does sound lame but hey, if you are into these fitness videos this could be more convenient and cheaper than the usual methods of getting you hand on them. Guess we got to wait to find out.

    Check out the trailer here - http://youtu.be/90vnJ_cNKf0

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