Xbox Sale Starting Next Week

Microsoft's Xbox Ultimate Game Sale returns next week, when many Xbox 360 and Xbox One titles will be offered at deep discounts. Now, Microsoft has announced some of the discounted games.

A teaser video was published that reveals some of the games that will be on sale, including Far Cry 4, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Goat Simulator, among many others. A written list is also available below, but specific prices have not yet been announced.

Sale with discounts ranging from 40%-50% and Gold subscribers are getting an additional 10% off on top of that price as well.

Xbox Ultimate Game Sale titles include:

  • Assassin's Creed III
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Far Cry 4
  • Goat Simulator
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • The Orange Box
  • Ori and the Blind Forest
  • Slender: The Arrival
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Xbox One Sells Over 111,111 Units Daily

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Since its launch 18 days ago, Xbox One is proving to be the must-have gift this holiday season with more than 2 million consoles sold through to consumers worldwide, averaging over 111,111 units sold per day – a record-setting pace for Xbox. Millions of fans around the world who have purchased Xbox One have shown incredible engagement with the all-in-one games and entertainment system, spending over 83 million hours in games, TV, and apps on Xbox One since the system launched on Nov. 22.

“We continue to be humbled and overwhelmed by the positive response from our fans. We are thrilled to see sales of Xbox One on a record-setting pace, with over 2 million Xbox One consoles in homes around the world. Demand is exceeding supply in our 13 launch markets and Xbox One is sold out at most retailers.  We’re also particularly excited to see consumers engaging in a wide range of games and entertainment experiences on the platform, with more than 1 million paid transactions on Xbox Live to date,” said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of strategy and marketing, Xbox.

Xbox One is also proving to be the most popular online multiplayer community for gamers with over 39 million Xbox One achievements unlocked and 595 million total Gamerscore achieved.

“Demand for next generation gaming continues to be very strong,” said John Love, director of video games at Amazon.  “At peak demand, customers were ordering the Xbox One console at over 1000 units per minute on Amazon.com.”

“The Xbox One entertainment system is one of our hottest selling products this holiday season,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of Merchandising at GameStop. “GameStop is experiencing high demand from our customers for this innovative console and we are working closely with Microsoft to receive more units to fulfill our customers’ holiday shopping lists.”

“Xbox One is one of the hottest Christmas gifts this holiday season and was a top seller this Black Friday,”  said Chris Nagelson, vice president of entertainment for Walmart U.S. “We are refreshing our inventory as fast as we can to ensure customers can give and receive the new console for Christmas.”

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!  

Skype to Replace Xbox Live Chat

A person familiar with the matter said Microsoft will be "consolidating all their communications technology" around the Skype platform. This means that Skype will become the default chat service on the next generation Xbox console as well as on PC and tablets.

He added: "You might jump to the conclusion that we'll see asynchronous voice and video messages in next-gen Xbox Live".

Microsoft's $8.5 Microsoft completed an acquisition of Skype in 2011 for $8.5 billion (£5.4bn, €6.4bn) acquisition of Skype in 2011 was marked as the software giant's largest ever acquisition in its forty year history. The corporation has since opened its own Skype division within Microsoft, headed up by Skype's former Chief executive Tony Bates.

As a result Skype will become the default chat service on the next generation Xbox console, instead of the current Xbox Live voice chat. This will undoubtedly ensure video messaging as well, potentially during gameplay. In November, Microsoft announced it was preparing to close its instant message chat service MSN and replace it with Skype's messaging tool.

A recent job advertisement revealed Microsoft was seeking a user interface designer for the "next gen Xbox". The job location was said to be at Microsoft's UK-based Skype offices. The job ad reads: "The team you'll join is responsible for Skype in the living room (broadly the home), across various devices but with a focus on the large screen and the next generation of Xbox" 

Microsoft Beta Testing web-based Xbox LIVE account region switching

Soon, you'll be able to migrate your Xbox Live account from one region to another, moving your Gamertag, achievements, MS Points balance and XBL subscription with it. However, Microsoft warns that certain region restricted content will not be transferred in some cases, meaning that apps including TV and movie services and Xbox Music passes cannot be moved, and no refunds will be issued for paid subscriptions. Our own Editor-in-Chief, Ken Seiler, had this to say:

I was quite fortunate in my move from Ireland to Norway that I didn't get hit with that many issues, and a few years back when I moved to Germany for several months, my xbox functioned just fine. But I have heard several issues from friends who moved outside Europe. They couldn't buy new games without ordering online, they couldn't buy MSP in store, it needed to be with credit card and so forth. It sounded like a pain in the ass, and I almost abandoned my Xbox whilst moving because of it. Thankfully, the gamer in me didn't allow it.

It's good to hear that Microsoft have taken this on board and are trying to make things easier for gamers. This is a great first step to finally moving away from the shackles of your region. Pretty soon, region restrictions will be a thing of the past.

The official Microsoft tool will make it simple to migrate entire accounts from one region to another. Once every three months it will be possible to migrate your gamer tag, Achievements, Microsoft Points and Xbox LIVE Gold subscription.

This tool will enable users to bypass having to call Microsoft's support line for help in transferring their Xbox Live accounts when moving to a new region, making the process easier and less problematic. Surely that can only be a good thing.

Microsoft has yet to officially announce the region migration tool, but expect Microsoft to officially unveil the service once it exits beta.