Xbox 360 owners who have not yet thrown down money for a Xbox One will be able to get their hands on the newest Peggle game in the coming months. EA and PopCap Games have announced Peggle 2 will release on Xbox 360 on May 7 in North America and Europe. The release date comes alongside news of the Xbox One version receiving a free update that inserts Duel Mode into the game which is available now.
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Why spend money on flowers and candy when you can buy videogames instead? Twisted Pixel is banking on the fact that there are some gamers out there with this opinion – the Xbox 360 version of LocoCycle (which has been out since launch day on Xbox One) is hitting the virtual shelves on February 14 amidst a rain of Cupid’s arrows and Hallmark cards. If just being able to purchase the game isn’t enough, Twisted Pixel has also announced that picking up LocoCycle between February 14 and February 28 will automatically enter you for the chance to win a custom Xbox 360. Who needs other people anyway?
Source: Twisted Pixel
The second episode of The Wolf Among Us, Smoke and Mirrors, released yesterday, and while fans are eager to play it, those with a season pass seem to be having problems doing so. There is a post on the Telltale forums that has brought the issue to light, and the problem seems to be that nearly everyone who owns a season pass has been asked to purchase the second episode, which clearly shouldn’t be happening.
Telltale has released a statement in regards to the issue: “We are aware of the issue on XBOX Live Marketplace affecting Season Pass owners of The Wolf Among Us where the user is still prompted to purchase Episode 2 even though they own the Season Pass. There appears to be an issue on XBOX Live affecting multiple titles with DLC offerings and Microsoft is actively working to resolve the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience and are hopeful it will be resolved soon.”
While the statement does not offer a time frame for the fix, here’s hoping that this issues get sorted out soon so that players can sink their teeth into the second episode.
Source: Telltale Games
Today is the two month anniversary of the Xbox One console release and if you’re Microsoft you have to be quite pleased with the early returns. The NPD Group data numbers were released last week and the Xbox One sold the most consoles in the month of December. during the busiest shopping month of the year, Microsoft reported that they sold more than 908,000 units in the U.S.. Also, consumers clearly are still buying up the last gen units as more than 643,000 Xbox 360 consoles were sold. Quite an impressive number for a console that has been out for over eight years now. Microsoft was also eager to announce that for the month of December, U.S. sales of both consoles raised over $1.39 billion in revenue.
While the numbers are quite staggering, Nintendo and their 3DS had the bestselling month and year for sales. The 3DS install base has now risen to more than 11.5 million units.
Sony has sold more than 4.2 million units worldwide since the launch of the PS4 in November. The Xbox One, which is in less regions, has sold more than 3 million units worldwide.
These early returns should be a much needed shot in the arm for developers who might have been on the fence on whether or not to make the early development switch to next gen. Consumers are now waiting for the second wave of games to be released for these machines.
Halo: Spartan Assault, the twin-stick shooter set in the Halo Universe and previously exclusive to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8, is headed to Xbox One on December 24, 2013, priced at $14.99. The Xbox 360 version will be available sometime in January 2014 for the same price. Microsoft also announced an upgrade program for both systems, stating that anyone who purchases the Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 version of Halo: Spartan Assault will be able to purchase the title on Xbox 360 or Xbox One for the discounted price of $4.99.
The game’s Executive Producer, Dan Ayoub, announced that the Xbox One version of the title would add an extra co-op mode so that the game could be enjoyed with friends. The Xbox version will also include new weapons and the add-on “Operation Hydra.” If that wasn’t enough, he also noted that Halo: Spartan Assault on Xbox One would run in native 1080p resolution with a smooth 60 fps framerate.
Source: Xbox Wire
The NPD Group released sales figures for the month of September, and there are a number of surprises.
First, the PlayStation 3 has outsold the Xbox 360 for the first time in 32 months. While this isn’t necessarily a major turning point, it is still a milestone for Sony’s once beleaguered system. Released later than its competition and at a significantly higher price, the PS3 long struggled to make headway against the Xbox 360 in North America. That extra year allowed Microsoft to establish an early lead and to later widen that gap through studio acquisitions, exclusivity agreements and some very smart targeting of specific developers and publishers.
High-profile, big name releases like BioShock, Mass Effect and The Orange Box all hit the Xbox 360 first. These were massive, massive titles that could truly justify the “Only on Xbox 360″ stamp, and if they were to appear on PS3, it was anywhere from two months to a year later. Microsoft also successfully lured away the single biggest former third-party PlayStation-exclusive franchise: Final Fantasy.
Unfortunately, there was little Sony could do to stop the bleeding. It had to focus on making the PS3 profitable. This meant lowering production costs and resisting the calls for significant price cuts. The past year or two, we’ve seen the strategy starting to work, with the system starting to turn around. That said, this generation has been tough for the PS3, so it’s nice to see the September sales bump.
Next-gen consoles like the Xbox One will no doubt be big sellers this holiday season, but current-gen is where you’ll find the better bargains. Major Nelson has revealed three new Xbox 360 bundles being released just in time for the shopping season. The three bundles are:
- 250GB Kinect bundle including Kinect Sports: Season 2, Kinect Adventures, and Forza Horizon
- 4GB Kinect bundle including Kinect Sports: Season 2 and Kinect Adventures
- 250GB bundle including Halo 4 and Tomb Raider
Every bundle will come with a free one-month Xbox Live Gold subscription. Retailers in the US are having a holiday 2013 price promotion, which will save you $50 on any console bundle. The promotion has already started and will last until January 4, 2014. More information on the bundles, including pricing, can be found at Xbox.com.
Source: Major Nelson
Sales data from the NPD Group shows that Nintendo’s 3DS outsold the Xbox 360 and PS3 in August 2013. This is the second summer month in which the 3DS has managed to outsell the two consoles, taking the top spot in June, as well. While Nintendo did not release specific August sales data for the 3DS, Microsoft did announce numbers for the Xbox 360, which moved 96,000 units.
The industry saw significant growth this past August, with Madden NFL 25, Saints Row IV and Disney Infinity taking the top three US game sales positions, respectively. The 3DS has certainly managed an impressive turnaround as well, given its unsteady start; Mario & Luigi: Dream Team placed sixth in the top 10 August game sales, making it the only non-Disney handheld title to do so.
According to Xbox Director of Product Planning Albert Penello, backwards compatibility is “absolutely” a possibility at some point in the future for the Xbox One. Speaking to GameSpot at PAX Prime in Washington, the senior director mentioned that “what the cloud can do is sort of hard to pin” from “voice processing” to “rendering full games” and “delivering it to the box” itself. Penello noted the cost of this as something to consider as well, in addition to the quality of the service that they would be able to deliver. Despite this nothing has been confirmed yet in the way of backwards compatibility in terms of the console’s future and the integration of cloud technology.
He also discussed in the interview the concept of digital technology and how this will impact the next generation console moving forward. Talking about the push towards all-digital Penello said that “For us, we probably said it was going to happen sooner than people were ready for it to happen.” However, when asked if they had ever imagined the Xbox One without a disc drive, Penello denied this stating that ”the size of the games that are coming now” are the reason for the necessity of the disc drive within the console.
It’s hard to tell whether or not gamers will ever be able to relive old Xbox and Xbox 360 favorites on the new console but thanks to the use of cloud technology this idea does not seem entirely impossible. For the full interview with Albert Penello head over to GameSpot.
Hitbox Team’s 2D sweep-’em-up platformer, Dustforce, was released to PC and MAC users back in early 2012. Last week, Capcom announced that Xbox 360 gamers will now too get a chance to clean things up.
According to a post on the Capcom Unity site by Brett Elston, Capcom’s Community Manager, Dustforce is coming to platforms such as the PS3, PS Vita and the Xbox 360. At the time of this post, there are no details about a release date or the price for Dustforce.
There was also no information if this is going to be a straight port from the PC or if new features/modes are in the works to breathe some new life into this almost two year old title. Currently, the PC version has more than 50 levels, an online leaderboard, and 4-player local multiplayer modes.