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Master Chief will return next year for an all-new installment

The latest reports show that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is still outselling Microsoft’s Xbox One. According to NPD analyst Liam Callahan, the PS4 remained the top hardware platform in April, making its winning streak four months in a row.
 
However, Microsoft has some fresh ammunition to help turn the tides in its favor. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it will offer a $399 SKU of the Xbox One that doesn’t include the Kinect camera — this puts the console at pricing parity with the PS4.

 
And today, Microsoft and 343 Industries announced that the next installment in the “Halo” gaming series, “Halo 5: Guardians,” will come to the Xbox One in Fall 2015. According to Microsoft, “Halo 5” will obviously be a more significant undertaking the “Halo 4” and will fully leverage the hardware capabilities of the Xbox One:
 
That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand new and more powerful engine.  Certainly there are some core elements carried over from prior games, but we’ve invested a huge effort in retooling our tech to take full advantage of the Xbox One’s hardware and ecosystem to create worlds and experiences worthy of next-gen.

In addition to “Halo 5”, Microsoft also announced that the new “Halo” television series would also arrive in Fall 2015. The television series is being developed in conjunction with Steven Spielberg, so we have high hopes for the prospects of this venture.
 
Microsoft will give more details on “all things Halo” at its Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing on June 9.

Sources: Xbox News, VentureBeat



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RE: Nice timing...
By karimtemple on 5/16/2014 7:03:13 PM , Rating: 2
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But yes, Sony focused more on gaming than Microsoft did with this generation of console. How is that a bad thing exactly?
This is the stupidest thing here so I'm putting this first.

"Focused more on gaming" means making more games than usual. Or courting more dev groups. Or inventing new game/graphics tech. Or building up the indie scene. Sony is barely doing any of this. Making a box and refusing to add features to it is not "focusing" on games, it's just being F#@!ING LAZY. You only make the box once!
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First off I don't know how you can even quantify this. Better how?

HA HA, where to start? The PS3 firmware looked exactly the same from 2006 to 2013, and mostly still does. Meanwhile the 360 underwent several changes, each better than the last, and ended up making the PS3 UI look like a flip phone.

With the One, the Xbox dares to do quite useful and fairly cool things for the living room that either won't be done by the PS4 (e.g. TV guide) or physically can never be (HDMI passthrough). They aren't quite worth the price of admission, but they're sweet regardless, and are barely attempted by anything else at all.

Meanwhile, the best Sony has been able to manage with the PS4 is an interface that's no longer offensively bad. Morpheus ought to be pretty cool, though.
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Secondly do you think people who had two or even three Xbox 360's fail on them care about how "good" Microsoft is at firmware?
You're talking about hardware, not firmware. Also I myself went through three 360's, each of which was covered by the warranty that MS themselves extended. In the end, since it was covered, I was fine with the result. The games (and Live) were great. It is true though that I only went through one PS3 failure.
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The Xbox has an image problem, and you can't fix that with intangible BS nobody cares about.
I think people who don't care about home theater convergence are stupid. I've been waiting for a box to even just ATTEMPT this stuff for over a decade now. I've been doing HTPC (still do), but between cable co.'s legislative rampage and MS abandoning Media Center, it's a rough experience to say the least. Boxee failed faster than a speeding bullet. Google TV was f*$&ing awful. The One is no knight in shining armor, but it's nice to see an octo-core-octo-gigabyte superbox make SOME KIND of use of its gigantic potential for capability besides gaming.


RE: Nice timing...
By Reclaimer77 on 5/16/2014 7:35:57 PM , Rating: 3
You said "better firmware". What you SHOULD have said was "better looking".

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"Focused more on gaming" means making more games than usual.


Uhh no. Sony delivered a console that, at the time of release, was ~50% more graphically powerful than the Xbox AND a full $100 less. THAT is focused on gaming. Microsoft's approach was like "Hey, we have the Kinect and uhhh, HDMI pass through!" Whooptie-goddamn-dooo.

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Also I myself went through three 360's, each of which was covered by the warranty that MS themselves extended. In the end, since it was covered, I was fine with the result.


This just shows you're a fanboy, plain and simple.

I'm sorry but the average person? Yeah you've LOST them after one failure. Let alone three!


RE: Nice timing...
By karimtemple on 5/17/2014 11:24:51 AM , Rating: 2
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Uhh no. Sony delivered a console that, at the time of release, was ~50% more graphically powerful than the Xbox AND a full $100 less. THAT is focused on gaming. Microsoft's approach was like "Hey, we have the Kinect and uhhh, HDMI pass through!" Whooptie-goddamn-dooo.
"Our price is lower. We're focused on gaming." Are you daft? What you're trying to say is "focused on graphics." "Focused on gaming" means contributing to the state of the art of video games, either by quality or by quantity.

You only have to make the box one time. That does nothing to focus on gaming. Making a box is the price of admission. You need a box to play the games. A 'focus on gaming' comes after that. And BTW, I haven't seen it yet.
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This just shows you're a fanboy, plain and simple.

I'm sorry but the average person? Yeah you've LOST them after one failure. Let alone three!
The average person played the hell out of the 360. It's an extremely popular platform.

And the fact that I bought more PS3 games than 360 games renders your argument pitifully invalid.
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You said "better firmware". What you SHOULD have said was "better looking".
Yes: better-looking firmware.

UI is an integral component of console firmware so your argument is immediately invalid. Not to mention the fact that other components of Xbox's firmware are more advanced as well. Basically you're either being irrationally argumentative, or you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Either way, I'm a fool for discussing this with you.


RE: Nice timing...
By tamalero on 5/19/2014 1:13:37 PM , Rating: 2
so, are you saying Sony will not upgrade their Firmware to add more features (or remove others) like they did with the PS3 many times?

Also I think you guys are confusing the "Firmware" with the entire Software set of the consoles.

And sorry to say, but the "I bought them once.. therefore I'm not fanboy" is a fallacy used many times.

the Xbox One is getting outgunned badly because the fans felt betrayed at the awful reveal, awful price and awful offerings. (not to mention the lower specs/price differences vs competition).

Microsoft needs to go stronger to turn the tide.


RE: Nice timing...
By karimtemple on 5/21/2014 9:07:57 AM , Rating: 2
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so, are you saying Sony will not upgrade their Firmware to add more features (or remove others) like they did with the PS3 many times?
I'm saying they haven't yet. I'm also saying they won't do it as well as Microsoft, or to the same extent. I pray that I'm wrong.
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Also I think you guys are confusing the "Firmware" with the entire Software set of the consoles.
I'm not. Consoles are appliances, and they run firmware -- these days, with hypervisors.
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And sorry to say, but the "I bought them once.. therefore I'm not fanboy" is a fallacy used many times.
Sounds like you're loosening the definition of 'fanboy.' I've bought 3 generations of PlayStation and 2 of Xbox. It doesn't make me a fanboy to say that I've had every PlayStation and Xbox before the current gen and find that MS does better firmware, it makes me more like an expert witness lol.

Also what I said was I bought more games for the PS3 than for the 360. What the hell kind of Xbox fanboy is that??


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