Microsoft announced a new console Xbox. The device will be more options for communication with social networks, games and a secondary role. So Microsoft will try to cope with increasing competition from manufacturers of smartphones and tablets. In the sale of the new console will go on Christmas holidays. Will be released at the same time its main competitor – Sony PlayStation 4.
Presentation 21 May Project at the headquarters of Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. Event will occur online at Xbox.com, Xbox Live, and Spike TV.
The gaming industry is facing increasing competition from manufacturers of smartphones and tablets. The company IDC predicts that by the end of 2013, the number of gamers who pay for games on smartphones and tablets, users will surpass the number of consoles. Sales of new video games, consoles and game accessories in the United States in March 2013 compared to the same period in 2012 decreased by one third. The largest drop in sales occurred in the sector of games for consoles – by 32%, according to a study by NPD Group.
The new device from Microsoft will be equipped with faster chips from the company Advanced Micro Devices, and improved hand controller Kinect, which transmits the movement of the player to the console.
“Xbox demonstrates new ways to extend the life cycle of the console with wireless controller Kinect, a new dashboard and partnerships in the field of entertainment content,” – a statement quoted by The Verge Microsoft. Xbox will work on Windows 8.
But the games are not the main function of the new Xbox: console is designed for use entertainment content, including streaming movies and TV shows. The ability to play on the console remain, but in simple games, wrote the publication The Verge, citing sources at Microsoft at the end of 2012. Will go on sale next-generation consoles in the season of New Year holidays, writes The Wall Street Journal , citing sources familiar with the plans of the company.
The emphasis on the social component and the company has made in the console Sony PlayStation 4 (PS4). The device was announced in February 2013. PS4 has a function that allows you to broadcast the games in real time on the social network Facebook, and the user’s friends can leave comments on the game, and also suggest moves or take control and pass the level. The prefix will be available also to the season of the holidays – almost simultaneously with the new product from Microsoft.
Xbox gaming console along with search engine Bing – one of the main generators of Microsoft’s profits due to lower sales of personal computers and the low popularity of Windows 8. Thanks to them in January – March of this year, the corporation was able to increase its net profit to $ 6.1 billion (an increase of 19% compared to the same period in 2012). Revenue was $ 18.8 billion (an increase of 8.2%). Adjusted for deferred revenue and the European Commission imposed a fine of $ 733 million Microsoft earned 65 cents per share, according to her statements for the III quarter of the fiscal year (January – March 2013).