Microsoft is continuing its streak of regular updates with the release of the Xbox One April Update today. The update brings a number of minor improvements, including friend notifications, 50Hz Blu-ray output support, and the ability to initiate future updates on demand.
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.
Since the launch of the Xbox One last November, gamers have been anxiously waiting for Microsoft to add Twitch support to its latest console. Today, Twitch and Microsoft announced that the wait is nearly over, and that full Twitch integration is coming to the Xbox One as part of a system update on March 11th, just in time for the launch of Titanfall.
Microsoft this week is offering the Xbox One exclusive game Ryse: Son of Rome for $40 as a digital purchase, and studio manager Mike Ybarra suggested via Twitter that this may be just the beginning of a push by the company to make digital purchases more appealing to gamers.
Microsoft on Wednesday announced its plans for the first major updates for the Xbox One console. The traditional Xbox Spring Update will be divided into two parts, with releases on February 11th and March 4th, and include new features such as USB keyboard support and a rearranged Dashboard interface.
Fans of the sci-fi shooter Gears of War were disappointed when developer Epic Games decided to move on from the franchise last year. But now Microsoft, seeking to restore the popularity of its Xbox-exclusive title, has purchased the rights to Gears of War, and has new games in the works for the Xbox One.
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.
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.
Many early console adopters are disappointed by the lack of popular first party games like Halo. But Microsoft’s Phil Spencer explained that the company had to decide between releasing Halo 4 last year on the Xbox 360 and having a full Halo game ready for the Xbox One launch.
The Xbox One costs $90 more to build than the PS4, according to estimates released this week by research firm IHS. The most expensive component for both consoles is the AMD APU, but the Xbox One’s Kinect sensor, at $75, accounts for the majority of the cost difference.