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.
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
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Even as one of those intoxicated by its play, I will freely admit Bloodborne can be incredibly frustrating. It is the very definition of an acquired taste.”
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