Microsoft’s ‘Halo’ effect: Hunting for the next game hit

In MicrosoftNextHitthe Xbox universe, there’s “Halo” —and there’s everything else. The venerable franchise has sold more than 60 million copies to date and shows no signs of slowing down.

While the Master Chief and his crew cast a big shadow, Microsoft has actually put together a strong catalog of other go-to franchises along the way, including “Gears of War” and “Fable”. In late October, it published its latest effort to build another franchise: “Sunset Overdrive”.


Happy 15th birthday, Sega Dreamcast!

Few dreamcaststars have burned as brightly — and burned out as quickly — as Sega’s Dreamcast console.

Adored by players from the moment it was announced in 1998, the system was truly ahead of its time. Even today, on the 15th anniversary of its debut, the Dreamcast has a fan base more loyal than many modern systems.

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Xbox One adding external storage support, real names

Microsoft X1-external supportis about to tackle one of the biggest problems with the Xbox One.

A June system update to Microsoft’s new console will enable support of external storage devices, alleviating fears that owners will have to delete games when the system’s somewhat paltry 500 GB hard drive fills up.

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U mad, bro? This prototype Xbox 360 controller can sense it

Ever prototype-stanford-controlleryell at a game because it was too hard or nod off because it was too easy? What if the game could change based on your feelings while playing it?

Researchers at Stanford may have just solved that particular Holy Grail. A team in the electrical engineering lab has created an Xbox 360 controller that gauges your brain activity as you play — and alters the game to react accordingly.

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Video game brain drain: Top execs leave industry

As CNBC-ps4the video game industry says goodbye to one generation of hardware, it’s also saying goodbye to a number of high-profile names.

In the past several weeks, well-known, high-ranking executives at Microsoft’s Xbox division and Sony’s PlayStation unit—as well as other less familiar names—have announced their departure, and some analysts say these could reflect broader shifts in the industry.


Renowned Xbox gamer becomes the first to reach 1 million Achievement points

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It took eight years and three months, but insatiable gamer Raymond Cox has finally done what he set out to do: reach the unthinkable Xbox Live Gamerscore of 1 million.

Cox, who goes by the username Stallion83, hit the milestone late last night after finishing a game of Titanfall. It was a momentous achievement, but hardly the first for him.

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Is the Xbox One in trouble?

Roughly microsoft-xbox-one2three months after the Xbox One hit stores, its price was cut.

On February 24, Microsoft lowered the retail price of its next generation console in the UK from £429.99 to £399.99, the equivalent of a $50 price cut in the U.S. At the same time, the company unveiled an upcoming Titanfall bundle in both regions, which includes a copy of the system’s most anticipated game at no additional charge.

The bundling of such a big game raised some eyebrows, but the UK cut really set gaming forums ablaze. Was Microsoft acknowledging weakness in Xbox One sales? Was it “pulling a Nintendo” to remain competitive? Was the company throwing in the towel?

Not at all, but it’s clear the company — and its flagship console — have their work cut out for them.

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Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One update will target social features

The xbone-dashXbox One may have gotten out to a strong sales start, but there have been a few bumps along the way — especially with the system’s social features.

Many of those problems could be going away in the near future, though, as Microsoft has announced it’s working on a significant update for its next-generation system, intended to address user criticisms.

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