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Turns out Xbox One sales were less than half of the PS4’s, says Microsoft itself

Though who’s really surprised at this one. In 2016 Microsoft stopped reporting sales figures of the Xbox One, but recent documents from the company have confirmed how little the console sold compared to the PS4. If you remember the early days of the Xbox One, they were a bit of a disaster due to some poor early decisions (that were admittedly quite quickly backtracked), and three years after its release in 2016 Microsoft stopped reporting sales figures. But now as reported by The Verge, in some documents filed to Brazil’s national competition regulator, Microsoft has admitted Xbox One sales figures…

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Family Plan currently in testing for Xbox Game Pass

Share your account with up to four people. Microsoft is expanding its Xbox Game Pass subscription service by offering a family plan. The option is currently in testing in Colombia, and Ireland, and Xbox Insiders can preview this plan which allows you to share Game Pass games with up to four others across the cloud, PC, and Xbox. All parties will have unique access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate games, content, and benefits. To participate in the preview, you need to purchase the Xbox Game Pass – Insider Preview Game Pass plan in the Microsoft Store. There are a few…

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Microsoft defend Activision-Blizzard buyout by saying the company don’t make any “must have” games

Microsoft have justified their $68.7 billion ($56 billion) purchase of Call Of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard by telling regulators that the company doesn’t produce “must have” games. If that’s making you ask why they’d stump up more than any other tech buyout in history for the privilege of owning a company that doesn’t have any killer apps in its stables, then you can line up right behind me, bosmang. Read more

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Xbox “encouraged the console wars” for some healthy competition, says former exec

The late 2000s was full of red rings of death and pointless arguments. The console wars hit their peak during the PS3 and Xbox 360 era, and a former Xbox executive has recently explained why the company encouraged it. Those of us who lived through the PS3 and Xbox 360 era of pointlessly arguing which console was better know that discussions could sometimes get unnecessarily heated. But former Xbox executive Peter Moore, who helped oversee the company in that era, recently touched on how he “encouraged the console wars,” as a way to elicit some healthy competition in his team…

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Grounded gets a release date along with a final major update

Testing is coming to an end. Obsidian Entertainment has set a release date for Grounded, its backyard survival-adventure game. In June, the studio said the game would see a release in September, and now we know exactly when it will land: September 27. The game is currently in testing with update 0.14, and those who are flighting the game should know the update is notably lighter than previous releases. It is also the final major update for Game Preview before the 1.0 Release in September. If you would like to get in on the Public Test through Xbox or Steam,…

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Calico and Saints Row 2 are just two titles coming to Xbox Games with Gold in August

You have four in total, as usual. Microsoft has announced the August Xbox Games with Gold lineup. The games for August are Calico, ScourgeBringer, Saints Row 2, and Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine. All four games are available to Xbox Live Gold members and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers at no charge. Available August 1-31 is Peachy Keen Games’ Calico, a sim game where it’s up to you to rebuild the town’s cat cafe. Create your character, decorate the place for cats and humans, and fill it with cute kitties. You can also use magic potions and even ride a…

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Obsidian’s survival game Grounded is getting its own animated series

Grounded joins the list of games being adapted for film and TV. Obsidian Entertainment’s backyard survival adventure game Grounded will get its own animated series. As reported by Deadline, the game is being adapted by Star Wars: Clone Wars writer Brent Friedman. Friedman, who also wrote on Star Trek: Enterprise, will work on the story with Brien Goodrich, who worked on the Halo videogame and is attached to direct the show. The series will be produced in association with Waterproof Studios/SC Productions, Kinetic Media, and Bardel Entertainment. “We couldn’t be more excited about diving into the whimsical universe of Grounded….

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EA blamed Halo Infinite for Battlefield 2042’s poor performance – but six months later, the tables have turned

Battlefield 2042’s struggles are far from over, but at least it can claim victory over one particular battle. When Battlefield 2042 launched in November last year, it seemed like EA was ready to blame any number of outside factors on the game’s sorry technical state, and its subsequent poor reception. The publisher cited all the usual Covid-related disruptions, even if it seemed like DICE was hit harder than most. But one particular theory posited by EA executives – according to a report from February – was that the surprise launch of Halo Infinite just four days earlier put Battlefield 2042…

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Mega Events Company Won’t Let E3 Die, Promises ‘Return To Form’ In 2023

Like the video game with three endings, or the final boss fight that never ends, E3 refuses to die. Now the video game events world is doubling-down on it. ReedPop—organizers of PAX, New York Comic Con, and Star Wars Celebration—announced Thursday it will take over planning the annual summer gaming showcase, and relaunch it with a “return to form” in 2023. That move raises the stakes of an impending showdown with rival event Summer Game Fest held by Game Awards host Geoff Keighley. E3’s new planners are pitching “exclusive access to the future of gaming” at the overhauled event, and…

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New Xbox Games Pass July additions revealed – some fan favourites return

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Three Yakuza titles are among the games coming to Game Pass in the first half of July. Another month, another sweet selection of new games coming to Xbox Game Pass. This time around, fans of the Yakuza series are due for a massive airdrop of titles that cover early events in the series, while lesser known games like PowerWash Simulator and Last Call BBS offer a fresh experience for subscribers. For those not already on board, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate…

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Blizzard acquire Spellbreak studio to focus on World Of Warcraft expansions

Blizzard is buying the development studio responsible for magical battle royale Spellbreak, Proletariat, and moving their staff over to work on World Of Warcraft. The purveyors of all things Azeroth confirmed the buyout in a statement to VentureBeat. News of the acquisition comes just a day after Spellbreak’s imminent demise was revealed by Proletariat on the game’s website. Read more

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Total War: Three Kingdoms and FIFA 22 lead June’s new Xbox Game Pass games

I don’t buy every iteration of FIFA, but I do want to give each entry a whirl to see how it has rebalanced the balls, tweaked the kicks, and polished the grass. Xbox Game Pass now helps me in my tests by, eventually, adding each iteration, and FIFA 22 is now available through the subscription service as part of June’s haul of new games. Also added this past week: the Shadowrun Trilogy, Total War: Three Kingdoms, Naraka: Bladepoint. And Far Cry 5 will arrive on July 1st. Read more

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Sony’s Skipping Gamescom 2022, So Forget About Any God Of War Ragnarök News

One of the largest video game brands in the world, PlayStation, has confirmed that it will not be a part of the annual Gamescom 2022 trade show, nor will it have any big news or announcements to share during the Opening Night Live event hosted by video game pope, Geoff Keighley. It joins other companies skipping the show this year as the video game industry continues to reckon with the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. Yesterday, Sony quietly confirmed its decision to not attend Gamescom 2022 via a statement given to Games Wirtschaft, a video game news site in Germany. In the…

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Total War: Three Kingdoms, Naraka: Bladepoint, Far Cry 5, more coming to Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Touch Controls were added to 10 more games. Microsoft has announced the next round of games coming to Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass in June. Landing today are Shadowrun Trilogy for cloud and console and Total War: Three Kingdoms for PC. The Shadowrun Trilogy includes three tactical RPG titles that take place in a dystopian cyberpunk future where magic has re-awakened and has brought creatures of high fantasy back to life. Initially created as a tabletop RPG over 30 years ago, the trilogy is a cult classic. Total War: Three Kingdoms recreates a conflict across ancient China…