UK numbers company Chart Track has confirmed that the Xbox One which was released on November 22nd has outstripped the Wii U’s overall lifetime sales in the United Kingdom. The news comes after the company announced that the PlayStation 4 had already outsold Wii U’s life to date figures when it was released on Friday, November 29th. Xbox One sales are now up to the 170,000 mark and Wii U sales in the UK are still around the 150,000 mark after a year on sale.
Shopping market research firm InfoScout has confirmed that Microsoft’s Xbox One console proved to be the most sought after games console during Black Friday. However, the Wii U failed to drum enough interest with consumers, as the console was placed fifth behind the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Xbox One dominated Walmart and Target. The console came in at number one with an impressive 31 percent share even though it was the most expensive console at $499.
Apparently, there are multiple reports of Microsoft employees advertising their products at Wii U events taking place in select Best Buy stores this week. One report says a Microsoft employee tried to convince people who were waiting in line to demo a Wii U game to pre-order the Xbox One. According to another report, someone wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the Microsoft logo lingered around the Wii U event and talked to people around a demo station. The next Wii U event at Best Buy this week takes place on Saturday, June 15th.
The tease is finally over and the ‘historic’ franchise from Microsoft’s Rare is none other than Killer Instinct. Originally released for the SNES and N64, the updated Killer Instinct will be exclusive to Xbox One and developed by Double Helix. Check out the trailer above – shown during the E3 reveal – where Jago and Sabrewulf are shown as included in the new instalment. What do you think about Killer Instinct as an exclusive Xbox One reveal? Let us know in the comments below.
I was sent the above image yesterday and automatically assumed it was fake, however you will notice that Halo Spartan Assault is listed which was confirmed today by Microsoft as being in development for Windows Phone and Windows 8. Microsoft has previously said that Rare is working on a historic franchise for Xbox One, so Banjo Kazooie makes a lot of sense. Consider this a rumour for now, but we should know more on June 10th.
IGN has gathered together a bunch of developers to talk about Microsoft’s upcoming video game console, Xbox One. Interestingly Denis Dyack, COO of Precursor Games was interviewed by the publication to give his opinions on the recently unveiled console. Dyack says that he is excited about the potential of Xbox One and appears to be considering releasing Wii U and PC exclusive Shadow of the Eternals on the platform. Here’s what Dyack had to say when questioned about Xbox One.
“We are excited about the potential of X1 and look forward to speaking with Microsoft on how Shadow of the Eternals will be made available on their platform.”
It appears as though consumers in the U.K. weren’t pleased with Microsoft’s Xbox One press conference on Tuesday. Before the company revealed its next-generation console, the Wii U console’s sales rank was at #390 on Amazon UK. Shortly after the Xbox One conference, the Wii U console’s sales rank apparently jumped by a whopping 875 percent, elevating its rank to #40 on the online retailer.
Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer has told Polygon that the company is preparing to reveal a historic Rare franchise for the newly unveiled Xbox One at this year’s E3 event in June. Spencer wouldn’t give any hints regarding which franchise he is referring to, but Rare clearly have a legendary back catalogue of games. Which Rare IP would you like to see revitalised for the Xbox One?
“Fans of Rare and Rare IP I think will be pleased with what we’re going to show at E3. We had a limited amount of time today and a lot of story to tell. But Rare remains an incredibly important part of our development capability. That historic IP that they’ve built I think can play a real important role on Xbox One.”
Mashable has compiled a preliminary chart that compares the Wii U, PlayStation 4 and the newly revealed Xbox One from Microsoft. As you can see above, the Wii U – which has been on the market since last November – has less RAM than the next-generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft. However, unlike the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the Wii U features backward compatibility. Both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are scheduled to launch later this year.
Nintendo and Sony have both seen their stock prices rise following today’s Xbox One announcement from Microsoft. Nintendo saw a rise of around 2.2 percent, while Sony saw a rise of 9.3 percent. We should remember that Nintendo’s shares also rose when Sony hosted the PlayStation 4 presentation in February. On February 22nd Sony’s U.S shares were down 2.7 percent to $14.08 by midday, with Nintendo’s shares up 2 percent to $11.79