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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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The_Infected262d ago (Edited 262d ago )

"We’re excited to show you more of what we have in store for 2017, including the much-anticipated unveil of Project Scorpio, in the coming months."

Sounds like the unveiling isn't to far off now. Pretty excited to see what it looks like and what it's capable of.

Rimeskeem262d ago

Would unveil come before announced or vice versa?

Abash262d ago

With the momentum the Xbox One saw July-October because of the Xbox One S, I expected them to say this was their biggest holiday sales period. No mention of that at all, just some statistics of how many matches were played in Gears 4 and how much all the Xbox One Forzas have sold together.

They must not have had the success during the holiday season they were hoping for

Gaming_Cousin261d ago (Edited 261d ago )

So pretty much Xbox Scorpio is going to be what Steam Box was for Steam. It can only play games from Xbox Marketplace.

I feel like this is going to fail hard especially since it has zero competition with the PC market by offering no new exclusives. There is absolutely zero reason to buy it if you already have a PC. This console will be too expensive for what you get. Yes the hardware will be good, but if you can only play a fraction of the games compared to a PC then it really is a poor investment.

Xbox really lost the ball by giving its exclusives to PC. Now I see them carrying their competition away from PS4 and offering an powerful alternative to PC gaming, one with limited games to play

bouzebbal261d ago (Edited 261d ago )

Unveil ?? Why not release instead ?
I think people are more interested in how the thing is going to look like and do for real, not just some PR talk and promises on paper.

Still talking around the pot and nothing precise around the X1 sales numbers.

ShowanW261d ago

@bouzebbal

go buy Microsoft stock... you may get a detailed report on sales numbers...
or do you need them numbers so that you can have something to sling around on N4G?

Death261d ago

@Cousin,

WTF are you talking about? It can play all Xbox One games, physical or digital.

@Show,

You don't need to be an investor to read their financials, they are available to the public from the Microsoft site. Sony's is as well from their Sony.com.

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Genuine-User261d ago (Edited 261d ago )

I find it weird that they mentioned Recore and custom controllers but not a word for Quantum Break.
I also find it a tad bit odd that MS didn't mention any sales figures for what is arguably their biggest game of 2016.

As for my liking, it was a decent year in gaming on an Xbox one. I played and enjoyed Sherlock Holmes, Quantum Break, Inside and Gears of War 4.

I tried Recore for an hour and didn't like it at all.

Edit:@SirJoJo
"Because unless you've been living under a rock, MS do not realise sales figures"

They don't always shy away from it:

"One week after launching worldwide, Halo 5: Guardians has made history as the biggest Halo launch and fastest-selling Xbox One exclusive game to-date, with more than $400 million in global sales of Halo 5: Guardians games and hardware, pushing the franchise to over $5 billion lifetime. - http://news.xbox.com/2015/1...

"Nice attempt at stealth trolling though"

Clearly not a nice attempt if ignoramus like you are able to detect my magical stealth trolling.

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foxdie2k15260d ago (Edited 260d ago )

Ps4 sold over 6 million just the holiday microsoft has they lil boost a few months ago cuz people were waiting for the ps4pro after it launch ms went downhill plus they got no games at all an QB didnt sell well at all uncharted sold 8.7 mil which sold more than forza horizon gears 4 and halo 5 combined sony put all they sells out there ms is embarressed no games no exclusives just a premium console scorpio with no games to show for it look at the 1Q calender for sony and ms

lxeasy261d ago

Do you think they unveil Project Scorpio at this year's E3?

Automatic79262d 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.

XXanderXX261d ago

E3 is going to be awesome for Xbox fans

Overload262d ago (Edited 262d 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
http://www.eurogamer.net/ar...

"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?

BizarroUltraman261d 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.

Overload261d 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.

uptownsoul261d ago (Edited 261d 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: http://news.xbox.com/2016/0... - 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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TGGJustin261d ago (Edited 261d 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.

foxdie2k15260d ago

Thats because they are doing shit in the market

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MasterCornholio261d ago

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

foxdie2k15260d ago

I got the sale # for you not good at all

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