Microsoft Exec: E3 Will Have “Surprises”, Xbox One Saw Massive Increase in Game Sales Last Holiday

Aaron Greenberg says Microsoft tries every year to make things better.

Posted By | On 04th, Jan. 2016 Under News

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It’s the New Year and we already have a major delay for the Xbox One with Scalebound. Now, delays aren’t a bad thing but there’s definitely a feeling of a, well, depleted line-up for the console this year. Thankfully, as Xbox Live product manager Aaron Greenberg explained to Gamer Tag Radio, there’s still plenty to look forward to on the Xbox One.

As Greenberg has stated numerous times before, “Our focus has been on having the best games line up anywhere and we have already shared a good preview of what our line up looks like in coming year. So I think people know that we are not stopping and in many ways we are even increasing the number of great AAA games that are coming.”

Regarding the console’s performance over the Holiday season, Greenberg said, “We saw massive increase in game sales. We also saw console sales, we have seen Live engagement grow year over year. We only measure against our own yardstick of what we did the previous year and we are seeing fantastic results and growth year over year.

“As we look forward to 2016, we do have more games, we do expect to sell more games. We expect it to be a bigger year than this year and we will be sharing more about that line-up later but for us, gamers have a lot to look forward to. We shared our big titles like Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, ReCore and some of the other hits coming and we will talk about the line-up and some other surprises as we get later into the year.”

What does that leave for E3 2016? “We are already starting to think about it, what we are going to do there. It will ramp closer to [E3]. My team leads a lot of the planning for E3 and we are excited about it. Every year we try to make it better and this year we will bring some more surprises to the table.”

Maybe a resurrection of Silent Hills? A teaser for Halo 6? We can certainly dream but stay tuned for more updates in the future.

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  • Tga215

    Man y’all just better deliver good games and features that’s all I ask

  • Brian

    keep up the good work MS

  • efnet

    Well whatever they have in store for Xbox gamers I am most certainly eagerly awaiting….

  • Hvd

    the xbox one slim maybe?

    • BrianDavion

      perfecting cross compatability so that it will work on ANY ‘360 disk? hey I can dream right?

    • A verdade ofende

      I hope so.

    • Hvd

      me to i would buy another xbox one if it was 1tb slim.

    • A verdade ofende

      So do i.

    • MadMen

      Its the only reason I havent bought one, I dont want a VCR looking console to replace my 360, when they get a new model, Ill purchase.

  • Zarbor

    I could care less about console sales. Focus has always and forever be about the games. Scalebound delay to 2017 is a MAJOR blow to the lineup in 2016. Clearly they are running into problems with the game since it requires an additional year after showing a demo.

    Yes, delay will only make the game better (we hope) but like the Delaystation I own, filling the gaps with indie titles won’t cut it. Aaron can try smoke and mirrors about E3 surprises but they don’t have anything on that AAA level to replace Scalebound.

    ReCore: looks real interesting and has that potential.
    Quantum Break: seems like it has the goods but they have made too many changes.
    Gears of War 4: still makes me wonder if its not more of the same.
    Halo Wars 2…….no thanks.
    Fable…..child please.

    Shame since it would have been better to have Halo Wars 2 or Gear of War 4 delayed than Scalebound. Not in their control but a shame nonetheless. Glad I have a PS4 as well to go with my XB1. Bring on the XB1 slim in 2016.

    • BrianDavion

      I’ve never even heard of scale bound. that said I think it’s a good guess there will be some suprises. including some games that are surprise hits.

    • Zarbor

      You’ve never heard of Scalebound? Okay, that’s all we need to know.

      There will be surprises but none being released this year.

    • BrianDavion

      just wikied it. intreasting premise but it’s intreast value for me would depend on the writing.

    • Zarbor

      That goes for all of us as well. the game could be killer….huge loss for this year

    • Jason V

      Unless you like Action RPG’s it doesn’t look great imo and not something I would buy. Only thing that is half decent is your dragon. Fighting looks repetitive and just like any other action RPG. Recore looks better

    • Zarbor

      To each his own opinion. We will see once it launches but that’s not until next year so what does it matte now. It doesn’t.

    • Mike

      Scalebound is the only game that has gotten my attention, guess my possible Xbox one purchase will be another year away.

  • tplarkin7

    Games in general are not meeting my expectations. We really need new IPs. “The Best Lineup in Xbox History” all had the number 5 or higher in their titles. We’ve already played those games.

    • This Guy

      Rise of the Tomb Raider? Gears of War: Ultimate Edition? I know they’re not new IPs, but they weren’t the fifth or higher iterations.

    • tplarkin7

      Remakes don’t count. RotTR is well beyond 5 (Maybe 10th TR game?)

    • This Guy

      Of course remasters don’t count, unless they’re PS4 remasters right?

    • XanderZane41

      Rise of the Tomb Raider, GoW:UE, Rare Replay has a 5 or higher in their title? lol!!! I don’t think so.

  • TwinspectreGaming101

    Aaron Greenberg is a marketing guys, he can’t say that his Console sucks. Use some logic

    and by the way numbers aren’t opinions PlayStation had more exclusives in 2015 and it will have more also in 2016.

    • A verdade ofende

      You mean more indie games…

    • One The One

      …, walking simulators and remasters.

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    • TwinspectreGaming101

      keyword GAMES

    • This Guy

      Upvoting yourself again I see. Of the 11 upvotes you got, only 2 of the accounts have any comment history and only one has more than 7 total comments. There must be some significance to the date Jan. 19, 2015 eh considering that’s when they were all created.

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      wat?, what’s the point on upvoting myself? I think you’re mad or something

    • This Guy

      Lol, not mad, and I’m not quite sure why people do it, but it happens. I mean why are so many accounts that were created on the same date with no activity whatsoever upvoting you?

    • TwinspectreGaming101

      these aren’t my account
      because I don’t have so much time for creating new accounts

  • Mark

    Hmm. Personally Ravi, I wouldn’t call this list “depleted”, lol;

    Fable Legends
    Gears 4
    Quantum Break
    Forza Horizon 3
    Crackdown 3
    Sea of Thieves
    Halo Wars 2

    Not counting surprises

  • Mr Xrat

    Hah, on to the damage control after that jewel in the crown Scalebound got pushed out, ReCore went to PC and Crackdown 3 doesn’t even have a release period anymore.

    Four days and 2016 is already a bust on the Bone, congratulations Microsoft.

  • This Guy

    Not again! What was it this time? The janitor unplugged the server?

  • XanderZane41

    Greatness keeps coming…. Can’t wait to see how Crackdown 3 turns out. Also Gears 4 looked incredible at the E3. Can’t wait to see what new surprises they have for us. Maybe a Battletoads game or a new MechAssault game. I hope they bring back their sports lineups like NFL Fever, Links and NBA Inside Drive to XB1.

  • dead fanboy

    Xbox One exclusives of 2016:
    Killer Instinct season 3= 9/10
    Quantum Break = 8.5/10
    Raiden V = 8/10
    Superhot = 8/10
    Cobalt = 7.5/10
    Upcoming Xbox One 2016 exclusives:
    Gears of War 4
    Crackdown 3
    Halo Wars 2
    Kung fu kinect
    Recore and new unannounced IPs maybe Forza Horizon 3.


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