The Xbox is the best-selling console for the 20th consecutive month.
With some 193,000 consoles sold this August alone, the Xbox is far and away becoming the dominance in the Video Game market.
The next-generation Xbox, codenamed Xbox 720, is expected to keep flying the flag of dominance, and eventually outselling the current Xbox. Leaks suggest the 720 will have 6 times the graphics power of the current console sold in stores today.
Most of the success story comes from Microsoft’s gift to engage and interact game developers. These developers get first-rate special treatment, elite gaming software and SDKs, as well as Microsoft’s full support and documentation.
I often wonder and stand in awe at the power that Apple holds with the media. Even more impressive is Apple’s ability to control and even manipulate retail stores. I thought this was just part of the unnoticed, but very-real phenomena of a tech giant… but until I walked into my Best Buy store did I finally get it.
It seems like another stroll into one of the largest tech stores in the globe. Best Buy executives are known for being extra careful at letting the consumer figure out things for themselves. Very rarely will you hear a Best Buy employee asking you “ Can I help you Sir?” It’s probably why the store is successful… it is able to keep itself out of your way…
But still… I am not particularly in awe of the store. As far as I am concerned, I am just a customer… so that’s how I entered as a customer. As a big Microsoft fan, I came right in into the Xbox section, eager to try some new games…. what was curious was how many different Apple iPod and iPhone aisles I had to pass before getting to the gaming section… well, maybe product placement, I guess?
But to my surprise I saw a young father with his enthusiastic daughter in the most unlikeliest of places… instead of touring the iPad booth or engrossed with Android tablets, father and daughter were marveled at the Xbox booth… particularly the Kinect booth. It’s a little exhibition that tries to demo the capabilities of Kinect… but what shocked me was that these two thought it was so cool.. and here I am, a tech savvy guy, who takes technology for granted, knows his way around Windows, and can handle some programming.
I guess the point is …. it often takes somebody else to show you how cool a product is. And for me, the moment came when that daughter was dancing with Kinect in front of her smiling papa.
Xbox LIVE PPC Code Redemption is
currently down to unforeseen technical issues currently up and running. An Xbox LIVE Service Alert became active as of 3:00PM. The issue has been resolved and there are no issues to report.
When?…. The issue was discovered some hours ago
Issue?…. Users may have had trouble redeeming PPC codes.
Status?…. FIXED: Microsoft has resolved the issue.
According to an IGN report, the Xbox 720 will feature a monster AMD Radeon HD 6670, which in and out of itself, is 6 times the graphics power of the AMD chip in today’s Xboxes.
Microsoft’s new Xbox is expected to support the latest graphics, and if the report proves right, the RadeonHD 6670 will be taking the Xbox to greater heights, supporting DirectX 11, multi-display output, 3-D output, and un-scaled, true 1080p output.
Based on the Xbox 720’s new graphics hardware, it is safe to say that next generation Xbox will have 6 times the graphics performance of current Xboxes; Reports also suggest that the next-gen console will beat the new Wii’s graphics by a 22% margin.
Game developers could be the only leaks of new information, since only they alone will be provided with the SDK’s for making Xbox games.
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