Xbox chief will not reveal Xbox Series X sales figures: “I can promise you that I won’t do that”

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Xbox chief will not reveal Xbox Series X sales figures: “I can promise you that I won’t do that”

The new console generation might have only just launched, but it seems that we’ll never truly know the winner if Microsoft has anything to say about it.

The company has no intention of publicly disclosing the sales figures of its newly released console, according to Xbox chief Phil Spencer. During an interview with The Guardian Spencer said, “I can promise you that I won’t do that,” in response to a question about whether the company would reveal its numbers should the Xbox Series X outsell the PlayStation 5.

“I know it seems manipulative and I’ll apologise for that, but I don’t want my team’s focus on [console sales],” he said. “The primary outcome of all the work that we do is how many players we see, and how often they play. That is what drives Xbox. If I start to highlight something else, both publicly and internally, it changes our focus.”

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“I’ll hold fast to this,” Spencer reiterated. “We publicly disclose player numbers. That’s the thing I want us to be driven by, not how many individual pieces of plastic did we sell.”

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Xbox Series S and X. Credit: Microsoft

Spencer added that the focus for other companies that have recently thrown their hat into the gaming ring – like Google, Amazon and Facebook – has also been the players, while pointing out that those companies are also unlikely to share their sales figures. “I’m not gonna go compete with their numbers based on how many Xbox Series X I’ve sold. [Google] is never gonna talk about how many Chromecast Pros they sold. They’re gonna talk about how many players they have.”

Spencer also noted in the interview that console gaming is slowly becoming a niche in today’s gaming landscape, saying that those who compare Xbox and PlayStation based on sales numbers have “[lost] the context of what gaming is about today.”

“There are 3 billion people who play games on the planet today, but maybe [only] 200 million households that have a video game console,” he said. “In a way, the console space is becoming a smaller and smaller percentage of the overall gaming pie.”

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Microsoft released the Xbox Series X, and its lower-end counterpart Series S, on November 10. On launch day, players were faced with issues on Xbox Live, which, for some users, rendered the consoles unplayable due to game verification issues.

In addition, some Xbox Series X customers have reportedly received broken consoles, with the most common issue in relation to the console’s disk drive. Users have taken to social media with videos and images of their consoles unable to accept a disc, accompanied by loud grinding noises

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Published at Thu, 12 Nov 2020 06:33:17 +0000

A new prison level is coming to ‘Phasmophobia’

Developer Kinetic Games has revealed that it is working on a new level for its popular survival horror game, Phasmophobia.

The developer teased the new level on Twitter, with a cryptic tweet that includes little to no information besides the phrases “In Progress”, “Level Design” and “Make a Prison level”. More details for the upcoming level, including a potential release date, are expected to be released in the future.

Check out the tweet below.

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The screenshot from the tweet was later revealed to be part of the developer’s Trello board of developmental tasks for the game, which is now available to the public for viewing. The board is a roadmap for the game, and reveals that two other levels – Apartment building and Mansion – are currently in the “backlog”.

The game’s current map includes levels such as an asylum, a high school, two farmhouses, two street houses and one road house. The game’s official website also notes that players will eventually be able to hunt ghosts through “houses, prisons, sewers and hospitals with more to come”.

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Phasmophobia. Credit: Kinetic Games

Phasmophobia is an online 4-player co-op survival horror game, in which players will have to investigate a haunted location to put an end to its paranormal activities. The game’s ghosts are “fully procedural”, which means that each game will play out differently, warranting multiple replays.

The game, which is currently available on PC, and enables VR support, in September, but garnered immense popularity over the Halloween period, thanks to a large number of popular streamers playing the game online.

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In other horror game news, Behaviour Interactive recently confirmed that its popular 4v1 survival horror game Dead By Daylight would be available on the PS5, Xbox Series X and Series S as a launch title, and will include graphical improvements and cross-gen play support.

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Published at Thu, 12 Nov 2020 06:25:41 +0000

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