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December 11, 2013 at 8:51 AM
Last week, Microsoft said Xbox One sales were breaking records and that the console was sold out at most retailers. But it didn’t provide a sales figure.
Now it has.
December 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM
It’s sold out.
But Microsoft won’t say how many Xbox One consoles it’s actually sold so far.
Microsoft did say that it had sold more than a million of the consoles less than 24 hours of its launch on Nov. 22. But it hasn’t released an updated sales figure since then.
November 26, 2013 at 2:10 PM
Microsoft may have sold a million Xbox One consoles within the first 24 hours of launch last Friday, but a number of them also had faulty disc drives.
A number of users have said on an Xbox One support forum that they hear a clicking or crunching sound when they insert discs into the consoles and that the consoles won’t read the discs.
(Some users are apparently finding that a DIY fix — turning the console upside down and hitting it — is working for them. Not that we’re recommending it.)
November 22, 2013 at 5:17 PM
November 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM
A couple of quick items this afternoon:
The Xbox One, which will hit store shelves Friday, will feature more natural voice-search capabilities, thanks to the combination of Bing search and Kinect voice- and motion-sensing technologies.
September 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM
Microsoft said today that it will launch the Xbox One on Nov. 22 in 13 countries.
Those 13 countries are the U.S., Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and UK. More markets will be added in 2014, according to Microsoft.
The Xbox One is the long-awaited follow-up to the number-one selling Xbox 360. The Nov. 22 launch date comes exactly 8 years after the Xbox 360 was launched in the U.S. and Canada.
Since Microsoft first announced the Xbox One, it’s revised a number of its initial plans. Originally it had planned to launch in 21 countries but cut that number to 13 after saying the original plan was too aggressive a goal in order to ensure that customers get the best experience at launch. The company also said, in reversals of its original policies, that it would not require the Kinect motion- and voice-sensor to be always on and connected in order for the Xbox One to function, nor would it require that the Xbox One be regularly connected to the Internet.
August 14, 2013 at 11:47 AM
When Microsoft announced the Xbox One at the E3 gaming conference in June, it said it would be launching in 21 countries.
Now, the company has cut that number to 13.
June 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM
After Microsoft received a flood of criticism for its Xbox One policies — including requiring that Xbox One consoles have an Internet connection to check in at least once a day with Microsoft servers, and placing limits on the use, sharing and trading of used games — it has reversed course.
In a blog post, Don Mattrick, Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment President, writes:
* An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
* Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.
June 14, 2013 at 6:25 PM
Now, another group has voiced its frustration with the requirement: Military service members.
For service members serving overseas, where Internet connection can be spotty or simply unavailable, the requirement basically means they can’t use the Xbox One, according to a report in Army Times headlined “New Xbox ‘a sin against all service members.’”
“Microsoft has single handedly alienated the entire military,” The Army Times quotes naval aviator Jay Johnson as saying.
Microsoft is requiring that all Xbox One consoles be connected to the Internet at least once every 24 hours. (Though users can play games offline with it, they won’t be able to do so for more than 24 hours at a time.)
The reason for the requirement, Microsoft said, was to ensure that Xbox One works optimally, including verifying if system, app or game updates are needed, and seeing if users have bought new games, or resold, traded or given away old ones (presumably to cut down on piracy).
For those who can’t meet the Internet connection requirement, Microsoft has suggested that they buy, instead, an Xbox 360 (which launched eight years ago)
June 10, 2013 at 2:46 PM
The price includes the Xbox One console (which has a 500GB hard drive, Blu-ray player and built-in Wi-Fi), the new Kinect, an Xbox One Wireless Controller and a 14-day free trial of Xbox Live Gold for new members.
Here’s a roundup of the news coming out of the event:
My Seattle Times colleague, Brier Dudley, writes about Microsoft’s press event this morning, in which the company also disclosed the roster of games that will be available when the Xbox One launches.
Here’s The Verge talking about how digital purchases on Xbox One will use real currency instead of Microsoft Points.
Here’s Engadget’s roundup of details on Xbox One hardware, software services and games.
Xbox One is Microsoft’s long-awaited successor to its Xbox 360 gaming console. It marks another step in the company’s goal of making the Xbox a living room entertainment center, not just a gaming console, and also another step forward in Microsoft’s evolution into a devices-and-services company.