After a slight hiatus last week, Xbox News is back for a new episode, always with the best news. In the company of Hoversmash, we will see how the Xbox Series X | S had a historic launch and update on stocks, the price of next-gen games as well as the upcoming releases of major titles. Take a seat, let’s take off!
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Xbox Series X | S: historic launch for Xbox
We know the importance of the first week, and even the first 24 hours, in the context of the launch of a console. Bet won for the new Xbox Series X | S which sold like never before. Despite COVID, Xbox was able to hold a global launch in as many countries as possible.
Phil Spencer explains the lack of communication of sales figures
This is a point that comes up regularly. Indeed, for several years now, Microsoft has chosen to no longer disclose the details of certain indicators such as console sales. Phil Spencer took the floor to speak on this point, stressing that he did not want his teams “to focus on console sales” but rather on the number of players. A choice completely assumed with the arrival of new players in the industry with Facebook, Amazon and Google.
Xbox Series X | S breaking risk until April 2021
Many players wanted to acquire a latest generation console on November 10. Unfortunately, many remained on the sidelines with demand exceeding the available supply. In addition, it seems that the situation will remain complicated for several more months. Indeed, it was Tim Stuart, the current CFO of Microsoft, who spoke of the difficulties experienced by the production lines of the Xbox Series X | S. This should last until the start of the second quarter of 2021.
Japanese studio buyout? Spencer denies the information of an active prospecting
For several weeks, a lot of noise has been heard around the acquisition of a Japanese studio by Xbox. Rumors are rife and Internet users are getting carried away by the craziest proposals. However, Phil Spencer wanted to put an end to all the fuss. According to him, Microsoft would not actively seek to acquire a Japanese studio. He points out that he is not present at every meeting of the Seattle giant – it is recalled that Phil Spencer has been on the board of directors since 2017 – and that the redemptions have always been made with studios with which Xbox have been working for years.
Hugues Ricour, CEO of Ubisoft Singapore, dismissed from his post
New twist this week in the dark cases of harassment within the French publisher. As we reported to you a few months ago, the director of the Asian branch of Ubisoft had also made people talk about him through several testimonies of toxic management and sexual pressure on female employees of the studio. According to an internal document that Kotaku has obtained, he is no longer in post at the publisher. Let’s hope that the person replacing him adopts a management on a healthier basis.
Xbox Exclusive Bethesda Games? Not exactly..
The acquisition of Zenimax Media has turned the heads of more than one player, also in the editorial staff. Many of us are considering several scenarios including that of the total exclusivity of the publisher’s future productions. Tim Stuart commented on the news bringing more fog than light. Indeed, he specifies that Xbox does not wish to harm Bethesda’s sales on platforms where the licenses are already present. Nevertheless, he also underlines that the economic model will be brought to change. One step forward, then one back. In short, we will still have to be patient.
Concern with the capture tool on Xbox Series X | S: the fix is in progress
You may have noticed that your Xbox Series X | S captures are not performing as well as expected. Indeed, the resulting pictures are very dark and changing the settings of HDR or color palette Xbox is aware of the problem and is working on a fix for it. The information comes directly from Jason Ronald, Xbox’s best beard and the architect of the Xbox Series X | S.
Price increase for next-gen games: Xbox will act in due course
With the increase in prices at Sony and several publishers like 2K Games, many players are wondering what will happen to Microsoft and its Xbox branch. For now, no changes are planned for first-party productions. These words come directly from the CFO of the American giant. As productions cost more and more, it is conceivable to see a future surge in Xbox Series X | S titles. We will not fail to follow the subject closely.
In the rest of the news: CrossFireX postponement, Cyberpunk 2077 shows up on Xbox Series X and the release delayed by 12 Minutes
It’s already the end of this week’s Xbox News. We hope you enjoyed the program and we’ll see you next week for a new episode. Have a good week everyone!