Posts Tagged "Microsoft"

How to Ease Rising XBLA Game Prices

How to Ease Rising XBLA Game Prices

Have you noticed that prices for games in the Xbox Live Marketplace have been making a bit of a climb lately? In similar news, you may have also noticed some of life’s other small details, like “water is wet” and “the sun rises in the morning.” In other words, it’s a little difficult to disregard the recent rise in Marketplace content, because it’s hard not to notice when a cheap alternative to gaming becomes less cheap. At...

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Microsoft Games: Better than Rivals?

Microsoft Games: Better than Rivals?

A company that engineers a game console isn’t judged exclusively by the system they assemble: They’re also scrutinized according to the games they make for said console. After all, who ought to know how to harness the strengths of a platform more than the company that put it together? Xbox’s Chief Financial Officer, Dennis Durkin, trotted out a bold claim regarding first party games during a mid-July interview with IndustryGamers. The Xbox...

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Xbox 360: Can it Last 10-Plus Years?

Xbox 360: Can it Last 10-Plus Years?

Do you love your Xbox 360? You’re in luck. Microsoft has declared that the system is only midway through its life cycle, meaning you might get another six years out of the old workhorse. (Provided it doesn’t Red Ring first. Schwing!) Toward the end of June, Chris Lewis, Xbox’s European VP, told MCV [via CVG and Industry Gamers] that the Xbox 360 received a “huge shot of adrenaline” thanks to the introduction of Kinect. “What we...

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Can Free-to-Play Succeed on Xbox Live?

Can Free-to-Play Succeed on Xbox Live?

Reportedly coming soon to an Xbox Live service near you: Free-to-play games, with in-game purchases made possible with Microsoft Points! Free-to-play games and game consoles have had a curious relationship thus far. You can play Sony’s massively multiplayer online game Free Realms on the PlayStation 3, but it took a long time for Sony to port the game over from its original PC home. Nintendo has made it clear that free-to-play games will not appear on...

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Can Price Cuts Revitalize Console Sales?

Can Price Cuts Revitalize Console Sales?

Maybe the current generation of game consoles is wheezing and writhing in the shadow of upcoming systems like the Wii U and the PlayStation Vita, or maybe the digital and free-to-play markets are increasingly eating up gamers’ time. Either way, sales of boxed retail game product appears to be stagnating in Europe and the UK. UbiSoft believes that price cuts for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 will shock some new life into the fading consoles. “[Game...

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