Xbox One Sells More Than 2 Million Units in the First 18 days; Sold Out at Most Major Retailers
Since its launch 18 days ago, Xbox One is proving to be the must-have gift this holiday season with more than 2 million consoles sold through to consumers worldwide, averaging over 111,111 units sold per day – a record-setting pace for Xbox. Millions of fans around the world who have purchased Xbox One have shown incredible engagement with the all-in-one games and entertainment system, spending over 83 million hours in games, TV, and apps on Xbox One since the system launched on Nov. 22.
Metal Gear Solid V Q&A with Hideo Kojima
"Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes" will launch in Spring 2014 as a prologue to the events leading into "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain" and both are coming to Xbox One. Check out the Xbox Wire exclusive interview below with Hideo Kojima, legendary creator of the “Metal Gear Solid” franchise and Director of Kojima Productions, about these two amazing new games. Be sure to stay tuned to Xbox Wire for more exclusive interviews with the developers behind some of the biggest games coming out on Xbox.
Halo: Spartan Assault Comes to Xbox One on Dec. 24
When it released on Windows 8 devices and Windows Phone 8 earlier this year, “Halo: Spartan Assault” was greeted by Halo fans with open arms. The twin stick shooter was lauded by critics and players alike for presenting a game that looked and sounded just as great as the Halo games of old while providing a top-down experience that had never been seen in the series. In fact, the only thing that was missing was the ability to play the game on your console. That all changes on December 24 when a new and improved “Halo: Spartan Assault” comes to Xbox One via a digital download priced at $14.99. Not only will the game look gorgeous on the Xbox One thanks to its native 1080p resolution and smooth 60 fps frame rate, it will also feature a brand-new cooperative mode, new weapons, and the inclusion of the “Operation Hydra” add-on.
Xbox Blockbusters Win Big at VGX 2013
Tonight at VGX 2013, the next generation of Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards, the best games of 2013 - and of the future - were celebrated. Twelve awards were given to games that are available on Xbox platforms, showcasing why Xbox remains the best place to play games. Winners include "Titanfall," "Grand Theft Auto V," "BioShock: Infinite," "Forza Motorsport 5" and many, many more. Congratulations to all of the developers and publishers that won awards tonight, and thank you for another year of awesome games.
Quantum Break Debuts New Trailer at VGX 2013
Tonight at VGX 2013, the next generation of Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards, Microsoft and Remedy Entertainment revealed a brand-new trailer for the Xbox One exclusive “Quantum Break,” giving fans a glimpse at all-new gameplay footage and the creative vision behind one of 2014’s most anticipated blockbusters. Narrated by Creative Director Sam Lake, the “Quantum Break” trailer provides a first-look at the game’s narrative and gameplay. Three new characters are introduced in the trailer: playable heroes Jack Joyce and Beth Wilder, and antagonist Paul Serene, all of whom have the power to manipulate time.
Developers Sign On to ID@Xbox
One of the reasons I was excited to join Microsoft three years ago was because I wanted to see a console launch from the inside, and as a hardcore fan of video games, it was a pretty amazing thing to see happen!
All of the launch events were spectacular, but what stuck with me the most was the afternoon when a huge number of Xbox staff crowded into the Lobby of Studio A to watch Xbox Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten put his badge on a card reader to officially sign off on the final Xbox One software update before launch. Seeing the faces of everyone who worked on Xbox One light up was amazing. Over the last year the team has been focused, direct, and driven. But after that check in, it was just an amazing transformation.
Project Spark Global Beta Begins Today on Windows 8.1
Microsoft and Team Dakota have begun inviting fans and creators who have registered on http://projectspark.com to participate in shaping one of the most anticipated games of 2014 with the “Project Spark” Beta Program exclusively on Windows 8.1. Since “Project Spark” was announced at E3 in June, hundreds of thousands of fans have signed up for the closed beta, which has begun rolling out today. Starting exclusively on Windows 8.1 and available to fans on Xbox One early next calendar year, registered beta participants are welcomed to a dynamic community where players create and creators play. The beta for both platforms will continue until the product launch next year. “Project Spark” is an endless adventure where everything is customizable. Jump into an open world sandbox where players can create their own games, movies, stories and more and then share them with family, friends, and the world.