An Exceptional Year Ahead for Xbox Gamers

Could 2017 be the year for Xbox?
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Completely happy New Yr!

As we begin off the brand new 12 months, we thought we’d take a while to look again at a terrific 2016 and sit up for what might be an distinctive 2017 for Xbox avid gamers.

We had been privileged to rejoice the 15-year anniversary of Xbox in November, however what made 2016 most particular was laying out our imaginative and prescient for gaming at E3 2016, delivering a brand new model of Xbox One together with nice new video games and companies so that you can play on the system(s) of your alternative and seeing terrific response from avid gamers worldwide this vacation. In reality, in November and December we noticed Xbox Stay engagement attain an all-time excessive of three.9 billion hours, up 23 % in comparison with the prior 12 months. Thanks!

Trying again, we reached numerous thrilling milestones in 2016, together with:

  • Xbox One house owners loved practically 400 new video games to play in 2016, together with critically-acclaimed console exclusives like Gears of Struggle four and Forza Horizon three.
  • Forza Horizon three grew to become the best-selling, highest-rated racing recreation in 2016 and the most important Forza launch to this point. The Forza franchise continues to develop and has now seen properly over 14 million gamers on Xbox One and Home windows 10.
  • Gears of Struggle four launched to essential acclaim (Recreation Informer: 9.25/10, IGN: 9.2/10, Polygon: 9/10) and has had an amazing reception for its marketing campaign, Horde and Versus Multiplayer experiences – all of that are delivered in Excessive Dynamic Vary (Xbox One S), 4K (Home windows 10) and help cross-play as an Xbox Play Anyplace title. We’re seeing unbelievable engagement on Xbox Stay with practically 23 million Versus Multiplayer and Horde matches performed since launch, in addition to throughout the eSports world, the place the Gears eSports Professional Circuit has marked the franchise’s dramatic return with a more-than-$1,000,000 prize pool.
  • The Xbox Play Anyplace program launched, which allows avid gamers to play a rising listing of titles like Gears of Struggle four, Forza Horizon three, ReCore, Killer Intuition: Definitive Version, Everspace and Astroneer on Xbox One and on Home windows 10 PC at no further price. You’ll be able to decide up the place you left off on both system, bringing all of your saves, recreation add-ons and achievements with you.
  • Xbox One house owners loved greater than 265 million hours enjoying Xbox 360 video games in 2016, together with highly-requested titles like Pink Lifeless Redemption, Name of Obligation 2, Name of Obligation three, Name of Obligation: Black Ops, Name of Obligation: World at Struggle, Mass Impact 2, Mass Impact three, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Skate three, by way of Xbox One Backward Compatibility.
  • It was a giant 12 months for the Minecraft neighborhood with the launch of Minecraft: Training Version in addition to the discharge of Minecraft to new platforms equivalent to Gear VR, Oculus Rift and Apple TV. As well as, 150 new options had been added to Minecraft from greater than two dozen updates.
  • With new titles for Home windows 10 and development in Home windows 10 gadgets, avid gamers performed greater than 2.5 billion hours simply in November 2016, which is a 127 % improve in comparison with November 2015.
  • Xbox Stay was rated the quickest, most dependable gaming community in an unbiased examine by IHS Markit within the U.S. and U.Okay.
  • New system updates on Xbox One and the Xbox app introduced Golf equipment and Searching for Group (LFG) on Xbox Stay, in addition to Cortana and Background Music. Because the launch of Xbox One in 2013, over 200 new options have been added.
  • Followers created over 2.four million personalised Xbox Wi-fi Controller designs by way of Xbox Design Lab within the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
  • Final however not least, we launched Xbox One S, delivering the one console with built-in UHD 4K Blu-ray, 4K video streaming and HDR for gaming and video. New titles with HDR help included Gears of Struggle four, Forza Horizon three, NBA 2K17, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Closing Fantasy XV, The Elder Scrolls On-line and World of Tanks. Xbox One S was among the many top-selling client merchandise this vacation in lots of markets, and its launch helped set the engagement information we skilled.

Trying ahead, we anticipate 2017 to be a particular 12 months for Xbox avid gamers.

We is not going to solely launch essentially the most highly effective console ever in Mission Scorpio, however we additionally plan to convey numerous thrilling enhancements to Xbox Stay. And we’ll ship a terrific portfolio of latest video games with Xbox Stay help on Xbox One, Home windows 10 or each this spring. We’re particularly enthusiastic about Halo Wars 2, which launches on Feb. 21. There are a lot of different titles coming by this spring, like Resident Evil 7 biohazard, For Honor, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, TEKKEN 7, Thimbleweed Park, Mass Impact Andromeda, South Park: The Fractured however Entire and Tacoma.

We’ll even be releasing new add-on content material or expansions for a lot of of our greatest 2016 titles, together with titles from Microsoft equivalent to Gears of Struggle four, Forza Horizon three, ReCore, Lifeless Rising four and Minecraft. You’ll be able to anticipate our third-party companions to supply content material to reinforce your gaming experiences as properly.

We’re excited to point out you extra of what we now have in retailer for 2017, together with the much-anticipated unveil of Mission Scorpio, within the coming months.

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Phil Warren has been writing for since the start. A huge gaming fan mainly Xbox and Playstation. He is always looking for the latest news and reviews for all gaming consoles and games.