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Xbox One counts sales in zombie kills despite tight availability

Xbox One counts sales in zombie kills despite tight availability

Xbox One gamers have spent more than 50m hours playing titles and consuming entertainment on their next-gen console, Microsoft has announced, warning that "demand is far exceeding supply" in each of the thirteen countries the PS4 rival has launched in. Taking a different route to Sony, which confirmed 2.1m PlayStation 4 sales since launch earlier today, Microsoft's number blast picks out the headline statistics from each of the high profile launch titles that arrived alongside the Xbox One.

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Microsoft’s Project Spark enters public beta on Windows 8.1

Microsoft’s Project Spark enters public beta on Windows 8.1

Project Spark was announced for the Xbox One back in June. The game is described as being one that offers "an endless adventure where everything is customizable." Project Spark will allow users to play what other creators have built and also build for others. Basically, the users are the creators and the players. And there is a bit of good news for those who may have been waiting to get hands-on with Project Spark.

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Xbox One developer functionality accessible, Microsoft issues warning

Xbox One developer functionality accessible, Microsoft issues warning

Earlier this year, Microsoft's Xbox corporate VP Marc Whitten stated that that all Xbox One consoles will eventually be able to work for development, something promised to come along but not be available when the console first launched. Despite still not being available, some industrious Redditor has discovered how to access the functionality in the consoles at the moment, something that has prompted Microsoft to issue a warning.

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Xbox One availability gets Microsoft-based boost

Xbox One availability gets Microsoft-based boost

As it has been with essentially every major console release over the past several decades, Microsoft appeared (at first) to be having trouble keeping stock in stores with the Xbox One. What we're seeing now, less than a month after the machine was first put out on the market, is another seemingly sudden gush of availability, right on schedule here on what's called "Cyber Monday". And this isn't the first time this has happened for this machine.

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Windows 8.1+ software update “Threshold” to unify PCs, phones, and Xbox One

Windows 8.1+ software update “Threshold” to unify PCs, phones, and Xbox One

This week the Windows 8.1 (formerly known as "Blue") software update continues to roll out as it has for the past several weeks, making way for the same sort of push for Windows Phone devices this spring. What's just appearing this week for news on the generation after this one is the likes of "Threshold", a system that'll further combine the powers of the Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Xbox One software environments. This update series, as it were, will be delivered in the spring of 2015.

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Xbox Video for web launches – No HD for it or Windows Phone app

Xbox Video for web launches – No HD for it or Windows Phone app

Microsoft has launched Xbox Video online, expanding the streaming media service from Windows 8.1 PCs and Xbox One to the web, ahead of its expected arrival on Windows Phone. The new site supports consumption of both previously purchased content - once you've logged into your account - and buying new media through the webstore, which can then be played back on a PC, Windows tablet, or Xbox. However, there are a few drawbacks to the new web version, which Microsoft has confirmed will also impact the smartphone release.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts beats up Xbox One and PS4 launch title charts

Call of Duty: Ghosts beats up Xbox One and PS4 launch title charts

If there's a single title that seems to have done things especially right with the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, it's Activision and Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Ghosts. The teams behind the push to both systems are likely sharing a hearty set of high-fives this week as they've come up first in a variety of measures for both console launches. This COD: Ghosts record-book entry set starts with a note that this game is the #1 best selling Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game at leading North American retailers - beating down the whole rest of the launch pack.

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Xbox One causing UK gamers television woes

Xbox One causing UK gamers television woes

One of the Xbox One's touted features is the ability to watch live TV while playing a game via connectivity to one's cable provider and a small video box in the bottom of the gameplay screen. For gamers in the UK, this is proving to be a buggy feature, with users reporting that streaming television through the consoles results in "juddering" pictures, something caused by refresh rate differences between the US and UK.

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