Following the official reveal of Xbox One, the stock market saw a major video game producer surge ahead financially, but it wasn’t Microsoft. Despite the PlayStation 4 reveal resulting in a 2% decrease in stock value, Sony saw a 9.25% increase in stock when their biggest direct competitor countered with the Xbox One. Were investors left unimpressed by Microsoft’s reveal, or is there another reason for Sony’s impressive stock jump?
The most controversial rumor leading up to the announcement of Xbox One was a report that Microsoft’s next gen console will either block used games or require some sort of activation fee in order to play them on any console other than the one they were originally installed to. Already there’s been quite a lot of confusion, as an initial report ‘confirmed’ this, while Xbox support claimed it was just some kind of typo and the word ‘fee’ was supposed to say ‘free.’ According to the most recent report, Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison has confirmed the second owner fee, and it’s full price.
Microsoft has just wrapped up the official reveal of Xbox One. This press conference focused primarily on innovation and features, while more games are promised at Microsoft’s E3 press conference. While we wait, we’ve got the complete list of every game that’s 100% confirmed for the console after the jump.
Update: More Games To Be Included Throughout The Day
With the launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft is entering into a partnership with the National Football League to create a better football-watching experience. Microsoft is promising a “game-changing” experience fueled by exclusive content. With the combination of Kinect and SmartGlass, you’ll be able to get live stat updates from all your favorite teams, players, and fantasy football players. Microsoft and the NFL are aiming to bring the stadium experience to the living room.
Developer Remedy Entertainment (Alan Wake, Max Payne) is bringing a game entitled “Quantum Break” to Xbox One. The first trailer for the game was a mixture of live action scenes depicting a woman and her daughter and in-game cutscenes. Additionally, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One is slated to receive fifteen exclusive titles in its first year, including eight new IPs.
As expected, the Xbox One will come bundled with a new and improved version of Kinect. This new version of Kinect promises to make controlling the console extremely easy and lag free. Microsoft is aiming to make switching between Xbox services as simple and fast as changing channels on the television. Additionally, the new Kinect is designed to be much more sensitive and advanced than its predecessor.
The Xbox One has just been announced, and it has never been easier to control your console or switch between services. With the simple voice command of “Xbox on,” your console will turn itself on. Voice commands and hand gestures can be used to switch between various services like games, TV shows, and movies. As an example, it was shown that by spreading your hands and making the motion of “grabbing the screen” in the air, the current service can be minimized, bringing you back to the home screen. This can also be accomplished with the voice command “Xbox go Home.”
Video game violence and its potential link to actual violence has become one of the hottest topics in our culture. Any time a tragic incident like the Sandy Hook shooting occurs, we see many politicians pointing a finger at the entertainment industry. For an interesting change of pace, today we have the issue discussed from the point of view of someone who used to make violent video games for a living, but has now turned his back on that style.
Details have been a little scarce since Batman Arkham Origins was announced, but today we’ve got a heaping helping of new information. From plot details to new gameplay mechanics, you can catch your first good roundup of Origins information after the jump.
The upcoming release of Batman Arkham Origins on consoles may be drawing a lot of attention, but let’s not forget about its little brother. Accompanying Origins is the Metroid-style 2.5D Blackgate on the Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita. As it turns out, we can likely expect some unique differences between these two versions.
Konami recently announced that a new Metal Gear Solid bundle was slated for a June release on PlayStation 3. Containing all main series Metal Gear and Metal Gear Solid entries, as well as Peace Walker and some extras, Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection is the perfect price for any fan of Hideo Kojima’s legendary franchise. Konami has not yet released the specific price or release date, but an Amazon listing suggests a similar release window and a lower price than what Japan will see.
Batman Arkham Origins, the prequel to the highly successful Arkham franchise, is set to release world wide on October 25. The hype train is now officially rolling, as the first teaser trailer for the game has been released. You can catch the teaser after the jump, and the full trailer will be available for your viewing pleasure on May 20.