Microsoft has announced that Xbox One will be introduced in 26 additional markets in September, including the PlayStation’s homeland Japan. It’ll allow the company to achieve better sales figures.
The list includes specifically Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and Turkey. The wait is long, but the Xbox One is finally to achieve even more territories, which were delayed due to some localization issues.
Although, the Xbox One still lags behind the PS4 sales, but received a boost thanks to Titanfall, which has been the fastest-selling game of 2014 in the UK. The last official sales numbers reported by Microsoft and Sony were about 3.5 million units shipped for the Xbox One against 6 million PlayStation 4 units. FYI, Titanfall is already available for PC and will launch shortly on Xbox 360 too.
“You’re spending an average of over five hours per day on Xbox One. And following the launch of “Titanfall” – as well as the highly anticipated Twitch broadcasting feature – we’ve seen you light up Xbox Live even further. In fact, last week we saw the highest number of hours logged on Xbox Live since the launch of Xbox One.”, quoted Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi on the official blog and it’s indeed a good news.
In related news, Microsoft also detailed about the Xbox One’s Next Wave features. Xbox Live users who’re participating in preview system updates will be getting the update in coming weeks, while the whole Xbox Live community will have to wait for April.
Here’s the list of Xbox One’s Next Wave features:
- Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
- Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This actually was one of the most frequently requested features from the first preview wave and we made it a priority to include it in the April update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list. We’ll also add the ability to view friends’ most popular apps.
- Blu-ray 50 Hz video output support for content recorded at 50 Hz will resolve video playback issues some Xbox Live members in Europe are experiencing.
- Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to fine tune the quality and reliability of Xbox One commands.
- Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
- Updates to Xbox One device management to address issues controlling TVs, set top boxes, and receivers that our customers have reported.
- New audio settings to tune how much volume is lowered when Kinect is used in communications.
The release of Titanfall and the launch of console in other countries will surely improve the sales figure of the company in comparison to Sony’s PlayStation 4 that is already available in 48 countries.
Source: Xbox News