Wednesday , 23 July 2014

Xbox One and Xbox 360 Ship 1.1 Million Consoles Combined From April-June

Microsoft sold in a total of 1.1 million Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles during its fiscal fourth quarter (April 1 – June 30), the company announced today as part of its quarterly earnings report. As has been common with the sales numbers Microsoft has provided for its gaming consoles this year, it’s important to note that “sold in” refers to the number of consoles shipped to retailers. This is as opposed to the number of consoles actually sold through to consumers–a figure we haven’t been updated on since Microsoft announced 3 million Xbox One consoles had been sold to consumers as of December 31. The 1.1 million consoles shipped is a steep drop compared to the prior three months, when Microsoft shipped 2 million consoles (1.2 million of which were Xbox Ones). The company noted that it “drew down channel inventory” during this most recent quarter, referencing plans it announced in April to slow shipments in order to allow retailers to sell the consoles they already have on store shelves. Without providing any specific figures, Microsoft announced last week that Xbox One sales had “more than double[d]” in June (as compared with May) following the release of the $400 ... Read More »

The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 4 Review

Telltale Games has a hard time building up to its endings. Ending something isn’t easy, but this is a storytelling team that’s proved it knows how to stick the landing. Yet — like The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead’s first season — Episode 4 is an odd lull in a story that’s built phenomenal momentum until now. Amid the Ruins, like many of The Walking Dead’s point-and-click adventure game episodes, focuses on the calmer, quieter side of surviving the zombie apocalypse. Its bursts of unexpected violence force main character Clementine to make difficult decisions that leave her, a young orphan, responsible for the safety of the people she cares about. In Amid the Ruins, that ever-growing number of characters starts to dwindle. Continue reading… Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »

Here's How Microsoft's Consoles Sold This Quarter

Microsoft’s console revenue increased during the fourth quarter of the 2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2014, according to the company’s earnings report today. At the same time last year, Microsoft reported it had shipped 1 million console units, as opposed to 1.1 million at the end of the 2014 fiscal year. This 10 percent increase takes into account both Xbox 360 and Xbox One sales. Microsoft began selling the Xbox One without Kinect several weeks before the fiscal year ended –– the price cut may have contributed to a last minute boost in sales. The total revenue generated by Microsoft consoles was $104 million, which is a 14 percent increase since last year’s fourth quarter. Although some of this revenue came from other hardware, the bulk of it was from increased console sales, Microsoft said in the report. Continue reading… Source: IGN Xbox One Original post. Read More »

The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 4 Review

Telltale once again hits its typical fourth-episode slump, but we’re still hopeful for a strong season 2 finale. Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »

Podcast Beyond Episode 352: The Worst PSN Name Ever

What’s the worst PSN name ever? The Internet’s No. 1 PlayStation podcast begins the search! Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »

BF Hardline & Dragon Age 3 Delayed – IGN Daily Fix

Huge delays! Battlefield Hardline & Dragon Age Inquisition pushed back. Plus The Last of Us’s possible sequel, Crash Bandicoot is still on the radar & Halo: Nightfall gets casted. Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »

Here's How Much Money Game Developers Make

Gamasutra released the results for its annual Game Developer Salary Survey, revealing a two percent decrease in salary for U.S. based game developers from 2012 to 2013. The average game developer in the U.S. earned just over $83,000 USD in 2013, while Canadian and European based developers averaged a salary of $71,000 USD (up 9 percent from 2012) and $46,000 USD (no change), respectively. Those who hold business and management positions earned an average salary of over $101,000 USD in 2013 – the most of any discipline. Audio professionals and programmers followed closely behind, each earning average salaries of over $90,000 USD. Solo indie developers experienced a 49 percent drop in salary, while the average salary for developers belonging to indie teams shot up a staggering 161 percent. Continue reading… Source: IGN Xbox One Original post. Read More »

PopCap Launching 'New Peggle Game' Soon

A new Peggle game is in development, and may be close to release, according to Electronic Arts’ CEO. “A much-anticipated new Peggle game from PopCap is moving through a test period in preparation for launch,” Andrew Wilson said during an investor earnings call today. No other information was given during the call. PopCap Games released Peggle 2 last year for Xbox One, and earlier this year for Xbox 360, both of which were very well received. IGN said Peggle 2 not only met the high bar its predecessor set, but surpassed it, with a refined formula and a cheerful presentation. For more information about the upcoming Peggle game, stay tuned to IGN. Continue reading… Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »

PopCap Launching 'New Peggle Game' Soon

A new Peggle game is in development, and may be close to release, according to Electronic Arts’ CEO. “A much-anticipated new Peggle game from PopCap is moving through a test period in preparation for launch,” Andrew Wilson said during an investor earnings call today. No other information was given during the call. PopCap Games released Peggle 2 last year for Xbox One, and earlier this year for Xbox 360, both of which were very well received. IGN said Peggle 2 not only met the high bar its predecessor set, but surpassed it, with a refined formula and a cheerful presentation. For more information about the upcoming Peggle game, stay tuned to IGN. Continue reading… Source: IGN Xbox One Original post. Read More »

5 Things to Find in the Dark Souls 2 DLC – Crown of the Sunken King

Don’t miss these hidden bonfires, concealed caverns, and secret treasures. Source: IGN Xbox 360 Original post. Read More »