Xbox Closes a Milestone Year in 2016 with an Exceptional Year Ahead for Gamers

Xbox: Happy New Year! As we start off the new year, we thought we would take some time to look back at a great 2016 and look forward to what will be an exceptional 2017 for Xbox gamers. We were privileged to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Xbox in November, but what made 2016 most special was laying out our vision for gaming at E3 2016, delivering a new version of Xbox One along with great new games and services for you to play on the device(s) of your choice and seeing terrific response from gamers worldwide this holiday. In fact, in November and December we saw Xbox Live engagement reach an all-time high of 3.9 billion hours, up 23 percent compared to the prior year. Thank you!

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Automatic79473d ago

New titles, Project Scorpio, Xbox live beam streaming intergration, continuos support for top 2016 games and more announces. 2017 will be a fantastic year on Xbox One.

I have a feeling a May reveal is happening for Project Scorpio with a ton of games, followed by actual gameplay at E3. Keeping fingers crossed. Can't wait.

XXanderXX471d ago

E3 is going to be awesome for Xbox fans

Overload473d ago (Edited 473d ago )

"Forza Horizon 3 became the best-selling, highest-rated racing game in 2016 and the biggest Forza launch to date. The Forza franchise continues to grow and has now seen well over 14 million players on Xbox One and Windows 10."

(Some what of a mention of sales.)

Also, this means FH3 is over a million, the biggest launch for Forza before was Forza 5

Forza 5 fastest-selling racing game in Xbox history

"Gears of War 4 launched to critical acclaim (Game Informer: 9.25/10, IGN: 9.2/10, Polygon: 9/10) and has had a tremendous reception for its campaign, Horde 3.0 and Versus Multiplayer experiences – all of which are delivered in High Dynamic Range (Xbox One S), 4K (Windows 10) and support cross-play as an Xbox Play Anywhere title. We are seeing incredible engagement on Xbox Live with nearly 23 million Versus Multiplayer and Horde matches played since launch, as well as within the eSports world, where the Gears eSports Pro Circuit has marked the franchise’s dramatic return with a more-than-$1,000,000 prize pool."

(Zero mention of sales.)

It anyone still unconvinced Gears under performed?

BizarroUltraman472d ago

I thought MS wasnt doing the sale # thing anymore. Or was it just for consoles? Seems all I ever hear from them is always some data sheet from Xbox Live.

Overload472d ago

Forza Horizon 3 is the first mention of some sort of sales data for software since Halo 5's launch as far as I remember.

uptownsoul472d ago (Edited 472d ago )

@BizzaroUltraman & @Overload

Microsoft was into sales #'s this time last year. Remember they said, "Every title in our exclusive 2015 holiday games line-up – Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6 and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition – sold over 1 million units" (source: - paragraph 2, sentence 3)

In other words, they're into sales #'s when they can brag & then just into internal game stats when they can't brag about sales #'s

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TGGJustin472d ago (Edited 472d ago )

@TruM0607 Um do you not know how to read? It said the Forza Franchise on Xbox One and PC has 14 Million players. That means Forza 5, 6, Horizon 2, Horizon 3, and Horizon Fast & Furious (which was free btw) have 14 million players. Not Horizon 3 by itself LOL. Also players is not the same as sales. Rocket League for example was at like 20 million players at one point when their sales were only at 8-10 million.

foxdie2k15471d ago

Thats because they are doing shit in the market

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MasterCornholio472d ago

Interesting numbers but I was hoping for an update on sales especially after the release of the Xbox One S.

foxdie2k15471d ago

I got the sale # for you not good at all

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