Category Archives: Xbox One

Xbox One Reveal Broke Online Streaming Records

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Xbox has revealed that last weeks Xbox One reveal via live stream was a huge hit, so much so that it was more popular than events such as the 2010 World Cup, Royal Wedding in 2011, and 2012 election night.” As well as announcing the record-setting viewing figures, the Xbox Wire has additionally acknowledged viewers reactions – “we know there are unanswered questions and a desire for more information on Xbox One. We have many exciting weeks ahead where we will provide more information”

Quoted by Xbox Wire:

The Xbox team has been working for years for this big day, with great anticipation for fan’s reaction to our big reveal. The Xbox Reveal event drove record-breaking viewership – with over 8.45 million people watching the Xbox Reveal event in the first 24 hours, rivaling one of the top-most concurrent streamed events of all time.

On Xbox.com, we nearly tripled our previous concurrency record – with almost three times as many people watching the livestream at the same time, versus any other major event in Xbox.com history. According to our friends at Akamai, our streaming partner, the Xbox Reveal event was among the most watched live broadcasts delivered by Akamai in their history, nearly doubling peak traffic records and eclipsing concurrent viewership high-water marks set by events such as the 2010 World Cup, Royal Wedding in 2011, and 2012 election night.

The Xbox One from Microsoft has yet to have its pricing and release date revealed which is expected during the E3 conference in the coming weeks. As soon as more information is revealed, expect to read here on thisisxbox.com.

Via Xbox Wire

Xbox One – Zumba Fitness World Party

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Majesco Entertainment has announced today that it will be publishing Zumba Fitness World Party later this year on Xbox One. The franchise that has sold more than nine-million units will also be available on Xbox 360 Kinect from October this year. Get ready to immerse yourself in the movement and music of exotic global destinations in this culturally-rich fitness experience that brings the corners of the Earth into your living room!

Jesse Sutton, chief executive officer for Majesco Entertainment: “World Party’s next gen debut features an exciting new aesthetic that complements the game’s theme and brings the player around the world in an immersive exploration of movement, music and culture…”

The world is your dance floor in Zumba Fitness World Party. The engaging interactive game takes you on a cultural joyride around the world as you burn up to 1,000 calories per hour with more than 40 high-energy new routines and an unparalleled international soundtrack featuring Lady Gaga, Pitbull and Daddy Yankee. Learn to love your workout with this fun, freeing fitness journey that expands your horizons with an abundance of new and returning features, including:

  • 40+ fresh songs including chart-topping hits, new Zumba originals, and eclectic tracks from regional musicians. Full soundtrack to be announced.
  • A new visual presentation complements your travel to exotic worldwide locations with an extraordinary cast of 14 celebrity Zumba instructors including: Beto, Gina Grant, Kass Martin, Melissa Chiz, Heidy Torres and Loretta Bates.
  • 30+ cultural dance styles, from Cumbia to Swing to Hip-Hop and Bollywood plus new additions like Blues, Capoeira and Girly Funk.
  • The New World Dance Tour mode unlocks songs from each region in a progressive trip around the world realized through on location videos.
  • Streamlined Progress Tracker Plus tallies all your stats: technique score, calories burned, achievements earned, fitness goals met, and more.
  • 45 new classes of varying lengths cater to your schedule while the Custom Playlist feature enables you to choose your favorite music and routines.
  • Low, medium, and high intensity routines tiered for all skill levels plus an expanded Learn the Steps mode with eight tutorial modules.
  • Two-player support on Xbox One and Kinect for Xbox 360 .
  • Unlock behind-the-scenes videos, artist interviews and souvenirs to stay motivated as you play.

Developed by Zoë Mode, Zumba Fitness World Party is expected to launch this October on Kinect for Xbox 360 and later this year on Xbox One. The game will debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this June in Los Angeles where media will have the chance to see and play the game for the first time.

Xbox One – Mad Catz Developing Next Generation Accessories

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Mad Catz has announced today that it has started working with Microsoft on the development of next generation accessories for the Xbox One. Whilst not confirming which accessories, but headsets and controllers are the most obvious assumptions.

“We are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming launch of the Xbox One and excited about the opportunity to develop a range of innovative products to support the platform.” said Darren Richardson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “The launch of the Xbox One adds a new revenue stream and the enhanced performance of the Xbox One opens up additional scope for innovation. Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued support of Microsoft’s console and entertainment business and is part of our long-term strategy to bring innovative products to passionate gamers.”

The Xbox One from Microsoft is expected to launch this holiday.

Xbox One Breaks Blockbuster 24 Year Pre-Order Records

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The Xbox One that the internet seems to love to hate right now has broken records at Blockbuster for being their most pre-ordered console in its 24-year history!

Blockbuster’s head of games James Morton stated:

We are delighted by the huge number of pre orders that we have received so far for the new Microsoft console … At Blockbuster, we have a fantastic array of adrenaline-fuelled console games for sale or rental. Our expert staff know gaming and they know consoles and these pre-orders are testament to our customers’ trust in us as a leading gaming retailer…

It comes as a bit of a surprise since haters of the console are screaming out for a Sony PS4, and Sony themselves haven’t even announced the requirements for the next-gen Sony console. It is looking more likely that publishers are pushing for both consoles to have DRM tools so that developers can rightfully receive profits from the re-sale of the software licence attached to used games.

Via MCV

Xbox One – Words With Friends Heading For New-Gen Console

Zynga’s popular Words With Friends which is also similar to the immensely addictive Windows Phone game AlphaJax (Tag: Jason of Duty – you might have shared a few words with me already!), has been outed as an Xbox One compatible game via the Xbox 360’s very own dashboard. Basically it’s a form of Scrabble.

If you head straight to the HOME channel section, in the top right should be an “Xbox One” image which links to a specialised area detailing the new console set for launch later this year. Flicking through the different sections will bring you to the WHAT IT DOES section (*insert DRM joke here*) and the slider image clearly shows Words With Friends.

If you just want to see it for yourself then check out the image below.

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I spotted it yesterday, but didn’t pay much attention, since Polygon has posted this as news – now so have we!

Xbox One Heading For a December 2013 Launch?

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Xbox One, the controversial new generation gaming/media centre from Microsoft could end up succeeding where the Philips CDi failed in that it does more than play games. Gamers the world over are crying out anti-consumer issues because of the focus of the recent reveal not primarily centred around games, doubled with the confusion over the used games market and DRM requirements it has left a bitter trail across the internet!

Recently, during a great Xbox Guide video demo for Wired as shown below, Microsoft Principal Development Manager of Live TV, Ashley Speicher, stated “the company is working hard on the console and that, when it’s going to be released in seven months, customers won’t even recognize it.” This possible slip of the tongue positions the launch window for Microsoft’s new Xbox One console for December 2013, and not November as per the assumption of many.

Microsoft had stated explicitly that the Xbox One reveal was to be in two stages, the first on May 21st was a hardware showcase only with the emphasis on gaming and other details surrounding the console to be announced during the E3 2013 event in the coming weeks.

Xbox One – Microsoft Disables Youtube Comments

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So it seems that sheep mentality strikes again with all the negativity surrounding Microsoft’s Xbox One conference when the new console was shown to the world on May 21st this year. Dubbed the “All-in-One” entertainment device because it can take control of your TV, deliver Skype multi-video support and a bigger emphasis on owning the living-room has pissed off a large number of gaming folk. Microsoft has since disable comments on the Youtube channel for Xbox One!

Comments referring to switching to Sony’s console side of the world, amongst other crap has re-surfaced and appears to be a familiar trait when Microsoft aims to do something less-traditional; who remembers the Kinect reveal? Same thing! Whilst thisisxbox.com fully supports the Xbox One console (as you’d expect from an Xbox news site) I can’t help but think that a lot of negativity is jumping on the band-wagon. With the current Xbox 360 supporting media apps, video, music and other streaming services it couldn’t have been a surprise that Microsoft intend to go bigger-and-better with their entertainment features for the new console. The use of cloud based services with the Xbox One require a brief check-in online every now and then should also aim to combat the ever-growing modding community and aid against piracy. Your console will not switch off or end your gaming sessions because your internet went down (unless it’s Multiplayer), it’s just suited to those gamers who “have” the internet, and if you can connect online to bitch on Youtube then it shouldn’t be an issue having your Xbox One console check-in online for you?

Unfortunately, Kinect or as the new name suggest “Xbox Sensor” being a requirement for the console to operate is disappointing because if its usage is optional, then it’s requirement should reflect that. If the Xbox Sensor breaks then your fully working console will need you to buy an additional unit should you use it or not. Microsoft for the new generation seems to be aiming to have every console owner hooked to Skype. However, if you are only the type of gamer who wants to have a next-gen console for next-gen gaming…

…then why the long face?

Xbox One Will Not Function Without Kinect

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During the Xbox One unveiling recently, Microsoft gave us a few little snippets regarding the new Kinect sensor for Xbox One which it calls on the official media images an “Xbox Sensor” (so have they dropped the Kinect name permanently we wonder?). The Xbox Sensor will boast a full 1080p HD camera which is a massive improvement to the current VGA camera on the Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor, 30 FPS, Time of Flight technology and 1:1 tracking over a wider view to enable little or no lagging without needing so much available space!

The only ONE drawback is that should the new Xbox Sensor break, get trampled on, accidentally smashed or thrown in a rage – the Xbox One console will not function without it! UK marketing director for Xbox, Harvey Eagle confirmed the console cannot function without the motion tracking device at a London based event.

Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases, yes,” he said. When asked if Xbox One will accommodate people who perhaps play in their bedroom rather than their living room, Eagle responded: “Yes, absolutely. We use the living room almost as a moniker – that’s where we assume the best screen is in the house.

This requirement should mean that every single Xbox One user will be hooked up to Skype, will be able to participate in all games that are cam enabled, be tempted to buy any Kinect 2.0 games, hopefully it can send picture messages unlike the Xbox 360 Kinect – and my one and only all time dream would be that it recognised under-age gamers and blocked them from Call of Duty!

Via GGSGamer

Xbox One Game Cases Revealed Via Amazon

Although the Microsoft Xbox One console was shown to the world a mere few days ago, if you’ve been left wondering what the game cases will look like – then the likely assumption is that it should be like most other media in blu-ray casing?

Well, you might have guessed correctly as Amazon.de has full-on-case-leaked Forza Motorsport 5 for the Xbox One as shown below – and since you’re here, why not check out the Forza 5 Announcement Trailer above?

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Via AGB

Xbox One – Need for Speed Rivals from EA

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EA has today announced Need for Speed Rivals, an action/racing game created by an inspired new development team, using a powerful engine and delivering next-generation gameplay. Need for Speed Rivals is being developed by EA’s newest studio Ghost Games, in partnership with the expert racing team at Criterion Games.

The new ‘Rivals’ addition to the franchise is built on the Frostbite 3 game engine, and captures the adrenaline and intensity of the street’s ultimate rivalry between cops and racers in a stunning open road environment. Gamers’ can play as either a cop or racer, where each side of the law has its own set of high stakes challenges, rewards and consequences. As a racer, the goal is to become infamous for taking risks behind the wheel and capturing your most intense escapes on video for the world to see. The more cops players evade, the more Speed Points they collect, enabling them to unlock new cars and items. Keep raising the stakes race after race to become an ever-more valuable target to the cops – but risk losing it all if busted. As a cop, players work together as part of a team in pursuit of racers, earning prominence and rising in the ranks of the Police Force with every bust. Achieving higher ranks unlocks new police only cars and more powerful pursuit tech.

Ghost Games also announced today the long-awaited return of Ferrari to the Need for Speed franchise . For the first time in seven years, gamers can get behind the wheel of some of the most luxurious, desirable automobiles on the planet, including the F12berlinetta. At the heart of Need for Speed Rivals is AllDrive, an innovative new online feature that allows gamers to seamlessly transition from playing alone, to playing with friends, eliminating the line between single player and multiplayer. Players will have to keep one eye on their rearview mirror as friends will be able to enter and exit races on-the-fly, creating a world where no two events will ever be the same.

Need for Speed Rivals is coming to Xbox 360 on November 19th, 2013 and will also be released on Xbox One later this year.