Have you been wondering what to do with that large, black box sitting idly in the corner of your room? “It could make a rather deluxe door stop” you convince yourself as you stare at Microsoft’s seemingly unpopular console.
The news this week that Microsoft is in for some financial trouble is startling, “total restructuring costs are coming out to $8.4 billion. This resulted in a $3.2 billion quarterly net loss” (Forbes). With such a steep decline in quarterly sales and with an overall decline of about 5% in revenues, Microsoft is desperately trying to shake up their formula for success.
Microsoft’s new push is coming from their enterprise business. The majority of this “Revenue from the enterprise side of Microsoft’s bumped up a little to $13.5, up 4% over the previous year” all the while “Xbox revenue grew 27%” (Forbes). So, the Xbox One is finally growing in console sales, but that doesn’t mean that their ascendancy is guaranteed to win out. The Xbox One is still trailing far behind the PS4 in console sales, even with the price reduction in Xbox One consoles; but this could slowly change with the release and implementation of Windows 10.
Has there been any excitement with Microsoft’s OS since XP? Well, Microsoft sure hopes that gamers will leap onto W10 with reckless abandon as they prepare for the release of this new OS.
What’s being promised? International Business Times explains:
“Specifically for gamers, there is also the Xbox app that’s meant for Windows 10. This will give players more ways to connect with friends on the go. More than that, the integration between the Xbox One and Windows 10 means that Xbox One games can now be streamed onto the Windows 10 PC, bringing an integrative Xbox Experience to multiple devices” wrote Galang on International Business Times.
And if that hasn’t tickled you enough, there is also talk of mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox One in conjunction with Windows devices. This, it seems, would be a necessary addition for compatibility with the W10 OS as Spencer stated on Twitter:
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 21, 2015
Check out the video below for more information on the Xbox One and Windows 10 connectivity:
Gaming from the swampy flatlands of Florida since 1989, Alex D’Alessandro is always looking for a way to stay inside and escape the southern heat.