Microsoft is gearing up for the Xbox One’s June update, which will finally add long-awaited support for external hard drives. Other new features include the ability to associate real names with gamer profiles, new Xbox Live Gold membership benefits, and expanded support for the console’s TV features.
Microsoft continues to trail the PS4 in worldwide sales, and is introducing some major changes to the Xbox One that it hopes will narrow the gap. Starting in June, the company will launch a $399 version of the console without Kinect, expand Games with Gold, and decouple entertainment apps like Netflix from an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
Sony’s PlayStation 4 is kicking the Xbox One’s butt worldwide when it comes to overall sales, but Microsoft’s console finally regained some ground in the U.S. last month, with sales of both consoles nearly equal according to a new NPD report.
Sony announced impressive sales numbers for its PlayStation 4 console on Tuesday. The company reports that it sold over 4.2 million units as of the end of 2013, putting it well ahead of its primary rival, the Xbox One. It also sold more than 9.7 million games during the same period, including both retail and download purchases.
China’s State Council on Tuesday temporarily lifted the ban on the sale of foreign game consoles in the country. Preparations for an end to the nearly 14-year-old ban began last January, culminating in September with the creation of the Shanghai special economic zone to allow foreign companies to make and sell consoles in the region.
Microsoft announced Monday that more than 3 million Xbox One consoles had been sold as of the end of 2013, beating the expectations of many industry watchers. While no official data exists yet for rival PS4, analysts believe that Sony’s console still maintains a small lead in overall worldwide sales.
Developers have hacked Nintendo’s propriety wireless technology for the Wii U GamePad, allowing the hybrid controller and tablet to be used with other devices, such as PCs. While still in development, the breakthrough may give new life to Nintendo’s struggling console.
OpenEmu, the classic console emulator built from the ground-up for OS X, has finally launched after months of development and beta testing. The free software lets gamers play classic console games with a beautiful interface and powerful library manager.
Many gamers of a certain age are starting to revisit classic games from the 1980s and 1990s, and they want to play these games on the original hardware. French refurbisher Lëkki recognizes this trend and is now selling beautifully restored and repainted classic Nintendo consoles, including the Super Nintendo, Game Boy, and Nintendo 64. But these unique items don’t come cheap.
Microsoft announced early Wednesday that the company has sold over 2 million Xbox One consoles since it launched late last month. The total is a record for the Xbox, and only slightly trails sales of the Sony PlayStation 4.