Xbox One: Billions of Zombies Killed, Millions of Miles Driven, Enemies Defeated and Combos Created
Designed to be the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox One is delivering on this promise already with people spending over 50 million hours in games and entertainment on Xbox One in the last eleven days. Due to unprecedented demand, Xbox One is sold out at major retailers, with the Xbox team and retailers working around the clock to re-stock. “We are humbled and gratified by the overwhelming response from our fans to the launch of Xbox One. Eleven days in we are seeing record breaking sales and are selling every Xbox One we can make. Demand is far exceeding supply in the 13 countries we’ve launched and we are sold out at retailers around the world. We are seeing incredible usage from our engaged fans who have purchased Xbox One with more than 50 million hours spent on Xbox One games and entertainment,” said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, Xbox.
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.
Don’t Miss Any of Our Exclusive Xbox One Launch Coverage
Last week, Microsoft celebrated the worldwide launch of Xbox One. In countries all around the globe, concerts featuring the hottest musical talent, like Macklemore, deadmau5 and Skin were held for crowds of fans eager to purchase an Xbox One. Major cities, including New York City and London, were also swept up in the Xbox One festivities. Times Square was overrun by zombies from “Dead Rising 3”, exotic race cars from “Forza Motorsport 5” and Roman soldiers from “Ryse: Son of Rome,” while London’s Leicester Square officially became Xbox One Square for the night.
The Complete List of Kinect Gesture and Voice Commands For Your Referencing Pleasure
The Xbox One has a ton of great new features (yay for Snap!) but the most groundbreaking is the wide range of gestures and voice commands you can use with Kinect to control your console without actually using a controller. There are dozens of commands for everything from firing up the Xbox One itself to calling your parents via Skype, but it’s easy to lose track of what does what with all of the choices at hand. To that end, we’ve decided to put together a few handy-dandy reference sheets that’ll ensure you never forget how to record your finest gaming moments or easily use a QR code. Enjoy!
Inside The Amazon Instant Video Experience On Xbox One
Xbox One launches today and we’re happy to announce that Amazon Instant Video will be available from the moment you fire it up for the first time! Xbox One owners with an Xbox LIVE Gold subscription will find the same level of high quality service they’ve come to expect from Amazon Instant Video, with smooth 1080p streaming and a wide selection of movies and TV shows. You’ll be able to watch streaming exclusives such as Amazon Originals like “Alpha House” and “Betas,” as well as other popular shows including “Grimm,” “Suits,” “Justified,” “Tosh.0” and many more.
Xbox One Launches in North America (Updated 7:30 a.m. PT)
Xbox One has arrived in New York City. In the hours preceding its debut in the United States, Xbox organized a host of festivities to celebrate the launch of its new generation console. Hundreds of consoles were delivered by armored trucks and a procession of Roman soldiers from "Ryse: Son of Rome," zombies from "Dead Rising 3" and exotic race cars from "Forza Motorsport 5" coursed through the city towards the ultimate launch party, headlined by celebrity performers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, at the Best Buy Theater in Time Square.