When gamers around the world boot up their Xbox One consoles to play "Call of Duty: Ghosts" for the first time today, the system will do a careful hand-off behind the scenes that involves three separate operating systems developed by Microsoft.
Microsoft Corp. ’s Xbox Live online video-game service probably broke the $1 billion revenue mark for the first time in the year that just ended, helped by sales of movies, avatar accessories and extra game levels.
Microsoft Corp. plans to offer online pay television service from Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. through Xbox Live, in an bid to channel more entertainment to its video-game console, people with knowledge of the situation said.
After 13 years of declining value, some Microsoft Corp. investors want Steve Ballmer’s replacement to take bolder steps to reverse the slide at the world’s largest software maker. That could mean spinning off the Xbox video-game business.
Microsoft Corp. is seeking to hire a television executive to develop original shows as part of a drive to expand its Xbox Live game and video service, according to people with knowledge of the company’s plans.
Microsoft Corp., seeking to position its Xbox One entertainment console as the premium living-room choice for gamers as well as families, showed exclusive titles such as “Halo” and set a price that surprised analysts.
Sony Corp.’s strategy to shield its PlayStation game unit from a strengthening yen is backfiring as the currency heads in the other direction this year, leading to losses ahead of a new console debut for the U.S. holidays.