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Submitted by karamsoul 211d ago | news

Is 2014 the Year of the Xbox One? Aaron Greenberg Certainly Thinks So

Karam Elahi writes: "Aaron Greenberg, Chief of Devices and Studios Group at Microsoft, recently sent out a few tweets displaying his enthusiasm and optimism for the Xbox One in 2014. With a decent amount of exclusives and a boatload of multi-platform titles coming out for the system this year, gamers really do have much to look forward to." (Aaron Greenberg, Industry, Microsoft, Xbox One)

doolin_dalton  +   211d ago
Well, it's clearly on pace to exceed 5 million sales by the end of March, which was the target benchmark for success that I kept reading about a few months ago. Having sold 3.9 million in its first six weeks, I'm quite certain MS can sell 1.1 million more Xbox One's over the next 13 weeks.

Sure, PS4 will certainly sell more for now, but MS still has the two biggest system-selling franchises in it's back pocket - Halo & Gears of War. There are many great franchises from last generation that have yet to see a current generation release, but Halo & Gears are two of the top proven system sellers.

The competition is tough right now, but trying to project a victor before the biggest exclusive franchises are released is VERY premature.
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DanielGearSolid  +   211d ago
Was the 5mil success barometer for Shipped consoles or Sold consoles?
doolin_dalton  +   211d ago
Since console manufacturers report only shipped numbers in their official financial reports, I'd have to go with shipped.

Sold (to consumer) numbers are never official, although some tracking services can be pretty accurate for certain regions.
rambi80  +   211d ago
2014 is the year of the PS3. Everyone knows that.
showtimefolks  +   211d ago
shipped

doolin_dalton

actually no, My best friend is the GM of gamestops in state of Louisiana, and he said at their last meeting it was revealed that xbox one had actually sold 1,7 million units. He said sony is reporting sold numbers while MS shipped

ps4's sell out within minutes while a xbox one is extremely easy to find and that's not a good sign for a new system.

also one more Myth that exists on gaming sites about shipping and sold and companies getting paid. Gamestop can buy 3 million consoles on credit, than however many they sell they will pay MS and whatever is left over is on Credit till they sell them or MS wants them back etc,

so now to 2014:

yes MS could have a huge year because they have a lot of games coming. No reason to think otherwise and so will sony because they also have a lot of games coming

ic3fir3

Halo 5 is a system sellar
Titanfall can be played on pc so that will hurt the sales for sure.

Project spark could be huge if done right and really has me interested, its like taking LPB formula to next level. But its a game we have to see more just because it could work and could be crappy

what is D4?

everything else is just gravy.

2014 will be a huge year for all 3 console makers. We will find out more as we get deeper into 2014 about what games will be making the 2014 cut and which will slip to 2015

I say 2014 is a bigger year 3rd party wise than exclusives:

Destiny
Watch dogs
Witcher 3
Dragon Age
MGS5
The Crew from UBI
The Evil Within
Dark Souls II
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Tom Clancy's: The Division
South Park: The Stick Of Truth
Thi4f
Mad Max

The Witness

Kingdom hearts 3 most likely 2015

star wars battlefront most likely 2016 since EA just got the license

Tom Clancy's: Rainbow Six Patriots also most likely 2015

Prey 2 most likely 2015

Final Fantasy 15 most likely 2015

damn so many games so little time. So whether you pick up a ps4 or xbox one there will be a lot of games to be played. Both ms and sony will be offering a lot of exclusives or exclusives content
DanielGearSolid  +   211d ago
@Dalton

True, that makes sense, probably shipped from a business standpoint...

Tho I will say... I really doubt this will be the "Year of the Xbox One"
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MysticStrummer  +   211d ago
The shipped vs sold thing is yet another reversal of last generation. Last gen MS fans always made sure to mention that Sony's numbers were shipped and MS's were sold.

OT - Sony is both outproducing and outselling MS's console. Titanfall will provide a boost, but since it's on three platforms and XB1's version can only be second best it may not be the boost MS fans are thinking it will be.
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guyman  +   210d ago
Rockpapaduh: wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong. Microsoft have announced more exclusives for the Xbox, true, however Sony have far more exclusive games in development from first party studios and more announced games overall. That's a fact. Moreover, "we want games with innovative gameplay", pfft, microsoft announce some new ip's and suddenly they are far more innovative than sony's... Quite pathetic I say. In the ps3/360 era, the innovative one's were SONY u Xbox fan child. Heavy rain, beyond, god of war was innovative vs gears of mediocre and halo
2v1  +   210d ago | Funny
Meanwhile you can't swing a dead cat without hitting an unsold Xbox One.
JohnWall   210d ago | Spam
morganfell  +   210d ago
No doolin, Microsoft no longer has Gears of War in their back pocket.

They can want it to stay exclusive but until they layout the money it is a level playing field.

And now Epic knows they would have to give up sales on the leading next gen console. A console Mark Rein and Tim Sweeney have praised more than the X1. There is more likelihood of seeing a Gears remake on the PS4 than anything else Gears related in the new gen.
nategrigs  +   211d ago
Well said. Though I don't quite agree with your argument. I think its fair to judge the xbone as a success at this point. Its sold a bunch and made MS money.

The problem the xbone has is the power gap. people hear that the ps4 is more powerful and it doesn't mean anything. But we're gonna keep seeing multiplats that are better on the ps4 (many devs think the gap will actually widen in the coming years). I think that people still on the fence are going to look at that, and the $100, and see no reason to buy an xbone.

I guess I could see Halo moving a fair amount of consoles, but only if its crazy good. Much much better than halo4. People are starting to get FPS fatigue (at least I am)

Edit@showtimefolk: D4 looks like the worst game I have ever seen. I don't know why, but it just really rubs me the wrong way. Its like an over the top early Wii game
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Riderz1337  +   211d ago
3.9M number is shipped, not sold through to customers.
Bdub2000  +   211d ago
Except Microsoft announced them as consoles sold, they have to release actual fiscal sales and earnings to report to their investors on Wall Street. Faking those numbers to fool gamers is not something worth the risk of a federal investigation. So where did your assumption come from?
GameSpawn  +   210d ago
@Bdub

It's a financial "grey" area. Microsoft can construe "shipped" as "sold" because from Microsoft's perspective as the manufacturer they have "sold" those consoles to distributors and stores. This is not a TRUE sale, but can "count" as a sale on fiscal reports LEGALLY as the store or distributor has already PAID (either in credit or actual money) for the consoles they've been shipped.

HOWEVER, here is were this strategy comes back to bite Microsoft in their fiscal ass -- stores/distributors will eventually STOP ordering units from the manufacturer (Microsoft) causing a MASSIVE dip in subsequent fiscal quarterly reports revealing to investors their (Microsoft's) slight of hand.

Even if the distributors/stores return overstock back to the manufacturer (say due to a deal to take a certain number of units to help Microsoft meet its "shipped", to be faked as sold, numbers and later return after a set period) to avoid the situation just previously painted, Microsoft will still have to classify these returns as "losses" on the report as the money or credit that was used to pay for the consoles needs to be refunded back to the distributor/store.

In BOTH cases a tricky accountant can manipulate numbers around LEGALLY to hide lackluster sales and put a positive (or slightly less negative) spin on the reports or at least at the very surface of the fiscal reports. Only those willing to take the time and effort dig into accounting bull****ery will actually find the real picture.
assdan  +   211d ago
Halo has been decreasing in sales since 3. Gears of war MAY sell on multiple systems with it's next title (I don't think it's even been announced yet either).
CrossingEden  +   211d ago
Halo has been increasing in sales since 3? Um, did you bother doing research? Because each halo release since 3, disregarding spin offs, had better launch sales, that means halo reach and halo 4 both had better launch sales. Nice try though.
assdan  +   210d ago
Launch. not overall.
IAmSovereign  +   211d ago
You're off. First. It didn't sell 3.9 million. I't shipped that many. Meaning many of those 3.9 million could still be sitting on shelves. Two, MS doesn't have the biggest system selling franchises. GoW and Halo? Two franchises done to death, their recent entries both got lukewarm reception. If you're going to try to use system seller titles, at least spout off about Titanfall or something.
Bdub2000  +   211d ago
Again, you are another person here stating an OPINION as fact and that should stop. Microsoft announced them as consoles sold, they have to announce fiscal sales and earnings to wall St. And the data has to be accurate otherwise they'd be lying to their investors which is a federal offense. Fooling gamers and hyping the x1 is not worth a federal investigation to Microsoft especially considering that the x1 is only a fraction of "microsoft"
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IAmSovereign  +   210d ago
@BDUB

No, it is not opinion. Shipped and sold are two different things. Take your shitty strawman argument somewhere else.
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SaturdayNightBeaver  +   210d ago
rofl
MASTER_RAIDEN  +   210d ago
@doolin_dalton your fanboyism reaches an utterly pathetic level.

"Sure, PS4 will certainly sell more for now, but MS still has the two biggest system-selling franchises in it's back pocket - Halo & Gears of War."
that "sure," says it all for me. right off the bat i can tell that whatever else you have to say is pure garbage. of the 2 systems, neither has debuted their system sellers aside from killzone for ps4, and forza/ryse for xbone. you honestly think halo and gears (whenever either of those games come out), are just going to levitate millions of units off the shelves till the end of the gen?? do you think people will just stop buying ps4's once those 2 games come out? do you think sony will just stand by the entire gen and not release its own system sellers?
xbox one is losing, PERIOD! you cant even find a single playstation 4 the majority of store shelves. the situation has gotten a lot better since launch, but youd still be hard pressed to find one in most places. with xbone on the other hand, you can walk up to any store right now and buy 5 if thats what you want. AND ITS STILL LOSING!

either way, you wanna talk about unleashing a beast? the ps4 hasnt even been out in JAPAN yet. thats going to generate sony a few million sales in the first few months alone. nobody even thinks the xbox one should be released in japan.
maddskull  +   210d ago
Gears of war isn't an xbox exclusive ip so it can go to any system
Volkama  +   210d ago
It might sound stupid, but I think their biggest system selling game will be the next iteration of COD, and the COD after that.

If the next COD doesn't go for content parity between old and new gen (and assuming MS keep their deal with Activision and get exclusive content and the best servers) then we'll see a huge marketing push to move people on to the One for the next COD release. Even if the PS4 version runs better all over again.

Ghosts wasn't really used to leverage the One version ahead of the 360, as that huge crowd aren't the hardcore gaming fanatics that make up the early adopting crowd.
ic3fir3  +   211d ago
Halo 5, Titanfall, below, D4, Project spark, Sunset Overdrive, Quantum Break, Fable Legends, and possible Forza Horizon 2 and black tusk game, 2014 its amazing for Xbox One
lifeisgamesok  +   211d ago
I have a feeling we will see way more exclusives this gen for Xbox than the others

The people like Spencer, Harrison, Staten at MS are all about games

I can't wait to see all of the new titles
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scott182  +   211d ago
I'm interested to see what Lionhead is up to, I would like to see another "black and white" those were great games.
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WeAreLegion  +   211d ago
Saying Phil Spencer is all about games is an insult to the gaming industry.
IAmSovereign  +   211d ago
All about games now, because being all about TV and Apps wasn't a sustainable platform to take.
cyguration  +   211d ago
Dang, I remember these defense lists back in 2007 whenever the PS3 was getting stomped in sales.

Never change N4G... never change.
Darkfire369  +   211d ago
It is an amazing year for Xbox One, but it's an amazing year for PS3 and PS4 as well. Multiplats this year are coming in strong also.
ifistbrowni  +   211d ago
why are ppl getting 10+ disagrees for having pro-Xbox comments on a Xbox One article?

The article is written, "is 2014 the year for x1."

Of course the comments that follow will be pro-comments, and i dont blame people for talking good upon their console. I just think its ridiculous that someone that has listed the Xbox One exclusives for 2014 is going to get tons of disagrees. So stupid.

Anyways, 2014 should be a great year for gamers. Between the 2 consoles (ps4 and xb1) and the great games releasing for both... I'll be broke and time-less.

Looking forward to 2014 and the games i'll be enjoying on both consoles.
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scootscottskeet93  +   210d ago
"why are ppl getting 10+ disagrees for having pro-Xbox comments on a Xbox One article?"

The real question most people on here are asking themselves is, why are there xbox1 articles on our playstation website?

SONY FOR LIFE!!!!!
B-radical  +   211d ago
Of course they will meet there projected sales...
aiBreeze  +   211d ago
Well after last year, I think it's safe to say things can only get better for the Xbox One really.
first1NFANTRY  +   211d ago
oh watch out folks the greenberg is out of is cave again lol. With the way things are going atm 2014 looks to be Sony's year but who knows, maybe TitanFALL will turn things around for the people pining all hopes and dreams on it. Just make sure you buy it.
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Funky Town_TX  +   211d ago
2014 is the year of the gamer. X1 has some nice games coming as well as other consoles. I can't wait to see the finished products.
wynams  +   211d ago
Guessing 2014 will NOT be year of X1.

Windows 9 coming out in April cuz Win 8 was DOA (as was the surface ... the X1 was the death trifecta for M$) RIP
Megaton  +   211d ago
Can't walk into a store without tripping over a pile of unsold bones. They can channel stuff as much as they want to give the illusion of success, but everyone knows it's the year of the PS4, even Microsoft.
norman123  +   211d ago
yes, Sony. now you got back that arrogant attitude back in early PS3 year that was built up by dominant PS2 years.
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Bdub2000  +   211d ago
Interesting... Supplying your customers with enough product is a bad thing. And *cough sony* not being able to supply their customers is a good thing...Thanks for the lesson on economics.

FYI, not arguing that ps4 is selling better, but will argue that the x1 is selling very well, better than the 360 launch in a shorter period of time (reference: wiki links sales data) meeting their sales projections, and is showing great promise. Just not to Sony fans... And until someone here is making $billions from the sale of their console or successful company, I won't take your "predictions" on x1s future too seriously.
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RenegadeRocks  +   210d ago
lol ! The console just launched buddy ! :P The fact that SOny is producing more consoles per month yet u can't find opne in a store while u can easily find an X1 isn't a case of enough supplies . Its a case of less demand !
Megaton  +   210d ago
Microsoft shipped 3.9m and sold 3m.
Sony shipped 4.2m and sold 4.2m.

PS4 supply > bone supply.
PS4 demand > bone demand.

That lesson is free, FYI.
bsmith61  +   211d ago
Just like how 2007 was "The year of the PS3" or was it 2008?
DevilishSix  +   211d ago
Other than Titanfall are there solid release dates for these X1 games? No and other than Infamous SS in March do we have solid release dates on Ps4 games..No.

So really we know jacks*** on whats confirmed coming out on either system.

All I see coming is E3 and the annual summer drought. Oh and one of these days Watch Dogs might actually come out, lol.
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76erz24  +   211d ago
Actually looking forward to the "summer drought" haha. I have a Xbox One now but I'm gonna by a Ps4 then so I can play all the Sony exclusives I missed.
Letthewookiewin  +   211d ago
I hope it's a good year for the X1. I'd like to pick one up but I need to see Quantnum Break in action and I usually buy a system for Halo none of the other exclusives interest me. Sorry if I offend anyone with my statement.
aragon  +   211d ago
Well Mr Greenberg, release some games then, show ms fans what youre talking about, stop promoting multiplats so much, you guys are losing face off multiplats because of the specs, promote some exclusives release some, release some exclusives some good ones, support the system, the whole generation not just for 4 years, and stop using ps4 footage of multiplats for advertising, and be honest to fans. NB.. I love xbox
pop-voxuli  +   211d ago
Well not unless they changed what "Year of the" means.
christocolus  +   211d ago
So many exclusives this year alone and ms is talking about announcing even more exclusives at e3. They were not joking with the $1b investment. The xbox team i.e Phil Spencer, Phil harrison, Chris Charla etc have been moving in the right direction ever since Don left and getting Joe Staten back will make things even better for the team .

This year alone the console is getting titanfall, halo5, sunset overdrive, project spark, d4, quantum break, fable legends, kinect sports rivals etc then down the road you have forza horizon2, phantum dust2,viva pinata,black tusk ip, crackdown3 and multiple unannounced projects from black tusk, lionhead,rare, 343i,mgs osaka,lift soho,twisted pixel, good science and more exclusive titles probably coming from 2nd and 3rd party devs... Phil has made clear his admiration for sonys inhouse talent,sonys push for new games and their dedication to older ips, its clear ms has learnt.

Believe it or not,this time around Ms is going to put in all they have into making their studios better i.e expanding them and giving them alot more creative freedom.they are going to invest heavily into getting new talent, new ips, sequels and third and second party exclusives and they will market them like crazy.lets not forget the first wave of indie titles coming out soon.. e3 2014 is going to be one to remember for years to come. Here's hoping they bring back blinx,kameo, age of mythology, lost odysee,fuzion frenzy,crimson skies,mech assault,kung fu chaos,banjoe,pgr or rallisport.
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jessupj  +   210d ago
Let's just hope they continue that support instead of dropping it early and abandoning their core customers.

Some others are a lot braver than me. I sure wouldn't be plunking down $500 for an X1 until I knew MS wouldn't do what they've done to their last 2 consoles.
urwifeminder  +   211d ago
Will be for me lots to get into not fazed by anyone else's entertainment but my own will be all over steam sales as well.
_LarZen_  +   210d ago
It's the year of 1080p @60fps....so..no.
DJustinUNCHAIND  +   210d ago
It'll be the "Year of..." whatever system you bought.

For me, it's the year of the Xbox.

For others, it's the year of the PS4.
Feldman9000  +   210d ago
BAHAHAHAHAHA CHECK YOUR LOCAL STORE SHELVES AND LET ME KNOW HOW THAT'S WORKING OUT FOR YOU
larsmax  +   210d ago
just make a make sense articel then we talk again :)
pornflakes  +   210d ago
In terms of GAMES?? Yes, it's the Xbones year.

How many exclusives will Sony have this Year? Not even one...

Its the same as last GEN.. Sony Fanboys know only two sentences:

1: "Wait until.... (SOny exclusives will come)
2: "mark my words...."

buahaha....

I know RYSE is not the best gameplay game but graphically nothing can TOP this game and that's a fact, only fanboys disagree with this fact.
Why o why  +   210d ago
12 to 15 yrs old max

On topic..... greenberg has been quieter than a church mouse. He'll probably get exposed again just like he did last gen talking about games in comparison to sony be it quality or quantity. He should be preforming seppuku......if not then he should at least apologise to ms's core fans who had to sit through 3 years of very slim pickings despite gloating every year prior just like hes doing now....

Apologise for shifting focus and apologise to his loyal fans/fanboys who defended his company when others were questioning ms's direction ultimately to be proved right, leaving those said defenders looking silly. Some of those apologists started to spew nonsense like 'exclusives dont matter' whilst others very conveniently 'uncored' themselves into soccer mums lapping up dream kinect because they were left with little choice......I want my core gaming rivals back...fix it greenberg....lmao

Oh, sorry, I'm doing greenberg a disservice..... it seems exclusives are very important again....welcome back guys ;)
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Lukas_Japonicus  +   210d ago
"How many exclusives will Sony have this Year? Not even one... "

Lmao, what? Infamous SS, Deep Down and Driveclub are all exclusive and coming out this year. You know nothing. Maybe even The Order 1886 too. Then there are all the indies that are PS4 exclusive (on console).

"I know RYSE is not the best gameplay game but graphically nothing can TOP this game and that's a fact, only fanboys disagree with this fact"

No, people who have played Killzone Shadow Fall disagree with that "fact". Killzone not only looks better graphically, but its much better technically too, it runs at native 1080p and runs at 30-60fps in the singleplayer, while Ryse is 900p and runs at 30fps with dips into the teens.
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DevilishSix  +   210d ago
"I know RYSE is not the best gameplay game but graphically nothing can TOP this game and that's a fact, only fanboys disagree with this fact."

Wait what....Forget fanboys, forget exclusives, the new Tomb Raider graphically tops Ryse (yes even the X1 version tops the exclusive) and saying that doesn't mean I am a fanboy it just means I am not uninformed, or unrealistic, and I'm not thick headed. I just try to take things for what they are.
GoodnessGreatness  +   210d ago
Nope.
pornflakes  +   210d ago
so??
ShinnokDrako  +   210d ago
Uhm... it doesn't seem so, sorry Aaron "egg-head" Greenburg...
alti  +   210d ago
What is this "decent amount of exclusives" you speak of? Name 3? Titanfall I'll give you even though it is not at all exclusive. And then there's that tv spin off game, forgot the name because who cares. And then there is....? I dont even know. Saying the Xbox one is going to shine this year because of exclusives is a joke. Sony and even Nintendo are poised to publish far more exclusives.

And dont even get me started on whats become of microsoft's multi platform games. Whoever said those things is either really optimistic, paid off, or a fan boy. Seriously, get real.

Oh, the game was quantum break. Lol, again: who honestly cares at all about that game?
DevilishSix  +   210d ago
I was looking forward to an Alan Wake 2, but nooooooo. Instead we get a game where you can freeze time and move around the special effects. You know what The Matrix did 15 years ago. Forget that noise, where is my Alan Wake 2?
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