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.
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.
Announcing YouTube App Coming to Xbox One at Launch
Whether you use YouTube to find cleverly hidden easter eggs in your favorite games, watch and listen to your favorite music, or teach yourself how to roast the perfect chicken, there’s no denying that the much-loved streaming video service has left an indelible mark on the online media landscape. It’s forever changed the way people consume video, which is precisely why we couldn’t be happier to announce that a dedicated YouTube app is officially coming to Xbox One.
We know how much you love having millions of videos available to watch instantly from your Xbox 360, PC or mobile device, so we’ve been hard at work ensuring you’ll be able to view the same great content from the comfort of your living room thanks to the YouTube app on Xbox One.
Best of all, the power of the Xbox One allows you to enjoy the same great YouTube experience you’ve already come to know and love. You’ll be able to stream videos in all of their 1080p glory (Slip and Slide LAUNCH RAMP anyone?), catch the latest videos from your subscriptions like Polaris, or see trending videos from a wide range of categories including Gaming.
Xbox and Variety team up to Honor Jimmy Kimmel at “Power of Comedy”
Over the weekend, we joined forces with Variety to honor Jimmy Kimmel at its fourth annual “Power of Comedy” event. The gala brought together some of Hollywood’s most talented (and funniest!) comedians like Aziz Ansari, Paul Scheer, Adam Pally and Joel McHale to benefit The Noreen Fraser Foundation—a non-profit organization on a mission to support groundbreaking women’s cancer research and raise awareness of the importance of early detection efforts. Xbox One was the presenting sponsor of the evening and was integrated throughout the show beginning with “Ryse: Son of Rome” soldiers and “Dead Rising 3” zombies on the green carpet. Gaming systems were set up in the green room with two of the hottest Xbox One titles, “Forza Motorsport 5” and “Madden 25,” and Xbox One screens introduced each of the presenters on stage. Comedian celebrities signed an Xbox One which was then auctioned off during the show to benefit the foundation. We haven’t seen the last of these iconic Xbox characters as they are set to converge on Times Square in New York City during our Xbox One launch celebration on Thursday, Nov. 21. See below for some additional photos from the event.
Watch the Xbox One Launch Festivities Live
As we announced last week, we’re celebrating this Friday’s launch of the Xbox One by throwing massive events for fans in dozens of cities across the world, including London, Sydney, Paris and Toronto among many others. While we look forward to seeing thousands of passionate Xbox fans at these midnight launches, we realize that not everyone can make it out to join in on the fun. With that in mind, we’ve decided to bring the biggest celebration of all, the Xbox One Countdown To Launch show, directly to you live beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT on Thursday Nov. 21.
Popular Science Honors Kinect for Xbox One with 2013 “Best of What’s New” Award
We’re humbled (and thrilled) that Xbox One has been recognized for another top industry award—this time by Popular Science as a winner of their annual “Best of What’s New” awards for our new and improved Kinect for Xbox One!
Each year, editors at Popular Science look for the 100 innovations that are reshaping the future by making our world better and more efficient. We’re excited that Kinect for Xbox One was called out in the entertainment category for its more powerful camera and ability to map skeletal and muscular movement, estimate heart rate and track emotions.
“For more than a quarter century, Popular Science has devoted its December issue to the year’s most remarkable innovations. The Best of What’s New Awards is our magazine’s top honor, and the 100 awardees are selected from a pool of thousands,” said Cliff Ransom, Executive editor, “and each winner is handpicked and revolutionary in its own way. Whether they’re poised to change the world or simplify your living room, the Best of What’s New awardees challenge us to see the future in a new light.”