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Xbox One sales slow down in the latest quarter

Xbox One sales slow down in the latest quarter

A mixed quarterly earnings report from Microsoft reports that sales of the Xbox One have slowed while revenue generated by Xbox Live has grown.

Microsoft cited “increased users and deeper user engagement” as the reason for a 30 percent increase in revenue from Xbox Live. Xbox Live users increased by 18 percent over the quarter.

However, Xbox platform revenue was down 24 percent or US$306 million over the same period. The decrease was precipitated by both a decline in volume and lower pricing. Microsoft sold 1.6 million Xbox One consoles over the quarter, compared to 2 million year-on-year.

Over the nine months to 31 March, computing and gaming hardware revenue increased US$499 million year-on-year, largely on the back of higher revenue from Surface. However it was only a 6 percent increase as the gains were offset by the Xbox platform's shrinkage.

Microsoft first-party games, now including a significant contribution from the recently acquired Minecraft, increased US$305 million or 83 percent.

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Bloodborne patch 1.03 now live

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Bloodborne patch 1.03 now live

A patch that addresses performance issues and load times in Bloodborne has gone live on PlayStation Network.

The most significant change is the reduction of load times by approximately 5 to 15 seconds. The patch also addresses a bug by which the game becomes much easier after running for 24 hours.

Reduced loading times (by approx. 5-15 seconds; may vary by circumstance)
Fixed bug that left certain lifts and elevators inoperable
Fixed bug that resulted in bosses becoming immobilized
Fixed bug that left players unable to advance NPC events during multi-play
When the PS4 is put into Rest Mode during online play, the game will now return to the main title screen upon resuming play. This will resolve matchmaking issues related to Suspend/Resume
Other various bug fixes

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Marvel and TellTale to team up in 2017

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Marvel and TellTale to team up in 2017

The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones developer TellTale games has announced a new partnership with Marvel.

The partnership was announced yesterday in San Francisco. "We're excited to reveal an all-new partnership with the incredible team at Marvel Entertainment," said Telltale. "We'll be teaming up on the development of an upcoming Telltale game series project set to premiere in 2017!"

The deal with Marvel is the latest in a string of new partnerships for the studio.

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Rocksteady reveals Arkham Knight PC specs

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Rocksteady reveals Arkham Knight PC specs

Rocksteady has shared its minimum, recommended, and ultra PC specifications for the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight.

To run the game in the black, players will need 8GB RAM, 3GB graphics memory and 55GB of free hard drive space.

The system specs presented below were presented by Nvidia, hence the lack of information on competing GPU brands.

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Overlord: Fellowship of Evil promises dirty deeds, done co-op

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Overlord: Fellowship of Evil promises dirty deeds, done co-op

A new Overlord game is coming to new-gen and PC this year, Codemasters has announced.

According to the developer, Overlord: Fellowship of Evil is “a fresh breath of putrid air in fantasy action RPG gaming”.

Series writer Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and voice of Gnarl Marc Silk both return, in what Codemasters call “a brand new, darkly comic quest”.

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Assassin's Creed creator announces Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

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Assassin's Creed creator announces Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

The latest game from Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets is an episodic third-person survival title called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.

As reported by Eurogamer, Désilets announced the game with a brief teaser at the Reboot Develop 2015 conference in Dubrovnik.

"Through each episodes [sic], we want the player to relive the greatest moments of mankind with a documentary twist,” said the former Ubisoft creative director.

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Microsoft apologises for streaming PC Witcher 3 footage on Xbox One channel

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Microsoft apologises for streaming PC Witcher 3 footage on Xbox One channel

Microsoft has apologised for airing a misleading The Witcher 3 video on its Xbox One YouTube channel.

The publisher presented footage of an early quest in The Witcher 3, called Precious Cargo, and superimposed an Xbox One logo over it.

However, the recording was of the PC edition, running at 1080p and 60fps. The Xbox One edition of The Witcher 3 will run at 900p and 30fps.

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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will be Cross-Buy after all

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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty will be Cross-Buy after all

If you own Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty on PlayStation 4, you can get it on Vita for free once that version is released.

The above applies even if you got the PlayStation 4 version for free via PlayStation Plus.

You can also get the game for free on PlayStation 3 if you want to play it on an older console for some reason.

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Sega unveils Total War: Warhammer – “War on a scale as yet unimagined”

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Sega unveils Total War: Warhammer – “War on a scale as yet unimagined”

Total War: Warhammer has been officially announced for PC, Mac, and SteamOS by Sega and developer The Creative Assembly.

The game’s existence was accidentally outed earlier this year when it was mentioned in a book featuring art from all The Creative Assembly games.

It will be the first in a trilogy, and will tie into two further standalone installments and additional content packs to create the single largest Total War experience ever, featuring “war on a scale as yet unimagined”, according to Sega.

Friday 24 April

Bloodborne patch 1.03 now live
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Bloodborne patch 1.03 now live
Load times addressed.
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Marvel and TellTale to team up in 2017
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Marvel and TellTale to team up in 2017
Everyone be cool.
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Gameplanet 2015 readership survey
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Gameplanet 2015 readership survey
Let's talk about you.
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Xbox One sales slow down in the latest quarter
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Xbox One sales slow down in the latest quarter
To 1.6 million.
Rocksteady reveals Arkham Knight PC specs
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Rocksteady reveals Arkham Knight PC specs
Nothing too gruelling.
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Project Spark – Conker Community Creations trailer
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Project Spark – Conker Community Creations trailer
Conker gets a fan-made makeover.
Orbit – Xbox One trailer
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Orbit – Xbox One trailer
A "twin-stick spacebrawler".
Project Cars – The World Is Yours trailer
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Project Cars – The World Is Yours trailer
Go globetrotting.
Project Cars – Career Mode trailer
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Project Cars – Career Mode trailer
Workin' 10 to 2.
Overlord: Fellowship of Evil announcement trailer
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Overlord: Fellowship of Evil announcement trailer
Team up, backstab.
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Stirling Castle Event trailer
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Stirling Castle Event trailer
Interview at a castle.
Assassin's Creed creator announces Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
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Assassin's Creed creator announces Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
Still battling for 1666: Amsterdam.
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Rainbow Six Siege – British Team trailer
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Rainbow Six Siege – British Team trailer
Multinational ass-kickery.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops III – "Ember" teaser trailer
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Call of Duty: Black Ops III – "Ember" teaser trailer
COD goes all Deus Ex.
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Mad Max – Gameplay Overview trailer
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Mad Max – Gameplay Overview trailer
Lookin' good.
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Thursday 23 April