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Nowadays, many companies have exceedingly high expectations. Capcom was disappointed with the release of Resident Evil 6, Square Enix with Tomb Raider, and EA with Dead Space 3. These games sold really well by most standards, but in the eyes of the developers it wasn't enough. 

And now Microsoft has come forward with their predictions for the entire generation. Yusuf Mehdi – the senior vice-president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business – believes that the combined might of the next generation will result in a billion consoles sold. 

More juicy news after the jump.

Recently, we updated you guys about some box art that had been spotted on the Battlefield 4 sites for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of the game. Now, one of those designs has been confirmed.

Larry Hyrb, Xbox Live director of programming (more commonly known as Major Nelson), posted this image of the Forza Motorsport 5 box art, confirming that this is the official design for Xbox One boxes.

I now think that the PlayStation 4 box art that was previously seen will also be the official art, but we'll find out soon enough!

What do you think of the box art's simplistic design?

Since the reveal of the Xbox One, many people have almost literally jumped on the Nintendo hype-train, resulting in gifs like these. And this one. And since that reveal last tuesday, sales at Amazon UK have skyrocketed. There has been an astounding jump in sales rank for Wii U consoles – an increase of 875 percent to be precise. 

There has also been a price cut to support this growth, going from £289.99, or $437.42 – a lot by American standards – to £219.99 for the basic pack, which translates to $331.83. The system was at #390 in the list of Amazon's PC & Gaming Bestsellers before the conference, but currently has shot up to #48 because of fan backlash due to the reveal.

It's interesting that so many people immediately bought the Wii U after the Xbox One reveal, especially after so many people bashed it for its relatively unimpressing launch. It's a great time to buy a Wii U. After all, there are many great titles coming, and it still has some interesting games like ZombiU. We'll have to see what the reveal does to the performance of the Wii U in the long run.

EA does it again. Its newly announced Need for Speed game – Need for Speed: Rivalswon't be coming to the Wii U. EA's reason? Frostbite doesn't run on the Wii U. Need for Speed: Rivals will make its way to all the other consoles, including the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. It will be released on the Xbox 360 and PS3 on November 19th, and the game comes to the other consoles at a later date. EA had this to say:

“Yeah, Frostbite is not really set up for Wii U. I don’t have all the information, so it wouldn’t be right for me to speak about it. Frostbite 3 is a really capable engine, it’s scalable and it gives us a big advantage on the next generation to support the Xbox One and the PS4, but it’s not being developed on the Wii U.” — EA Representative

Here's some more news coming out of Monday's Xbox One reveal.

You guys all remember that obnoxious cheering during the conference, right? Many people, myself included, wondered who could be that excited about the Xbox One. According to reports, it was not the press.

Adam Sessler of Revision3 tweeted this during the show:

The cheering in the audience is not coming from the press...

Additionally, Jeff Gertsmann of Giant Bomb reportedly tweeted something similar; the tweet has since been deleted, but not before it was documented by NeoGAF user MedIC86:

Applause is coming from the back of the room, for those of you who asked. Pretty sure that's where all the MS employees are.

Many people believe that Microsoft intentionally planted these people in the conference to make the reveal look good, while others believe that the employees were just excited about their products. Personally, I don't believe that anyone cheers that loud without some sort of payoff, but who knows?

What do you think? Was the cheering artificial, or was it genuine? Sound off in the comments!

Remember that fantastic abridged PS4 announcement? Well, VideoGamer is at it again, this time with a brand new abridged summary of the Xbox One reveal conference.

I didn't quite enjoy this video as much as the original PS4 version, but it's still hilarious and even accurate concerning the events of the conference. Give the video a click, and stay with us as more Xbox One news continues to roll in.

Since the reveal of the Xbox One a lot of news has come out. Many exclusive titles have been announced, and the console will have new features that you wouldn't expect to see in a console. Its new controller has been improved, and if it works on a PC I will probably buy it. But there's one disappointment here: you can't use any of your old Xbox 360 hardware on the new console.

Head past the jump for more details.

Earlier this month, we learned that EA had acquired the rights to develop Star Wars games from Disney after the closure of LucasArts. In a few weeks, we will know what exactly this will entail.

According to an article on EA's website, the developer will highlight their plans for Star Wars games; additionally, they will be exhibiting other next-generation games, including Need for Speed, Battlefield 4, and a whole range of EA Sports titles.

Personally, I believe that EA will be making some sort of Star Wars first-person shooter, or possibly a new entry into the Battlefront series. I would prefer a game similar to The Force Unleashed, and I would prefer for it to be good; hey, I can dream, right?

EA's E3 briefing will be entitled "The Download: EA 2013 Preview" and will air on June 10th at 1 PM PT (3 PM CT) on Spike TV and EA's website.

Yesterday, surrounding the Xbox One's announcement press conference, Microsoft told us that all Xbox One retail games would have to be installed directly onto the system's hard drive, and that moving the game onto a second console would be a bit of a hassle. Installing the game onto a second system would require gamers to pay a fee. After the announcement, however, a number of questions regarding the specifics of this process still remained.

So, in an attempt to better explain the Xbox One's policy for a second installations of retail discs, Xbox Live's Major Nelson has released the following statement via his blog:

"We know there is some confusion around used games on Xbox One and wanted to provide a bit of clarification on exactly what we’ve confirmed today. While there have been many potential scenarios discussed, today we have only confirmed that we designed Xbox One to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail. Beyond that, we have not confirmed any specific scenarios. Another piece of clarification around playing games at a friend’s house – should you choose to play your game at your friend’s house, there is no fee to play that game while you are signed in to your profile" -- Major Nelson

While this blog post doesn't completely spell out the process, it does specifically state that Xbox One, in some capacity, does "enable [Microsoft's] customers to trade in and resell games at retail." Also notable is the confirmation regarding gamers' ability to freely play their games via a friend's Xbox One console, provided they are using the profile from their personal console.

As everyone should already know, the new Xbox has just been revealed as the Xbox One, with a slew of new features, prettier graphics, and better hardware. We learned that there will be restrictions on used games, mandatory Kinect integration, Windows 8, and many other features to enhance our living rooms. As more and more information spread about this new console, people started tweeting and sending messages via Facebook to Jim telling him to tear the new Xbox a new one. So in this special episode of the Jimquisition he does just that. Not because he was badgered into doing it, but because he wants to. 

Watch the video after the jump. And thank GOD for Jim.

Following the announcement of the Xbox One yesterday, Mashable has compiled a preliminary chart comparing the specifications of each of the next-generation consoles. While under-the-hood power does not necessarily make a console, it is interesting to see how the various consoles stack up and the choices that each company made when manufacturing their latest, and possibly greatest, consoles. With many details about the hardware of Sony's Playstation 4 still unknown, the chart is incomplete, but it does have a few interesting nuggets to be found within it. See the chart after the jump!

Here's a nice little gem that the folks over at Kotaku recently discovered.

Obviously, this is box art for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Battlefield 4. You may be thinking that this art was found lurking in some forum after being deviously created by an avid fan; however, this box art actually comes from EA, and it is prominently displayed on their Xbox One and PS4 pages for the game. The page also lists the games' release date as October 31st, the same date as the PS3, 360, and PC versions. Could this mean that these consoles will be out on or before then, or is this merely a placeholder date or a mistake?

With these box art designs coming from a major company like EA, they could very well be the official styles for the new consoles. They appear to be somewhat plain to me, indicating that they could also be placeholders. But, who knows, maybe Microsoft and Sony have chosen to tone-down their box art designs?

What do you think of the designs?

As most you will already know, earlier today Microsoft gave us our first taste of the Xbox 360's next-generation successor, the Xbox One. At the huge announcement press conference, tons of details about Xbox One were revealed, regarding everything from hardware specs, to the console's release window, and even the console's controversial policy on used games. Featured below is a big list of all the essential details surrounding Xbox One's unveiling this morning.

Let's start with the most important part of any video game console: the games. Microsoft has announced that Xbox One will be receiving 15 exclusive titles during its first year on the market. Even more impressive is that among those 15 exclusives will be eight brand new IPs. So far, we only know two of those games, Quantum Break and Forza Motorsport 5, but thankfully Microsoft is making their E3 2013 press conference "all about the games," so we'll certainly see more Xbox One titles announced when E3 2013 rolls around in just a few weeks.

On a much more controversial topic, Microsoft has also announced that all Xbox One discs will install the games directly onto the console's hard drive, and, as a result, gamers will be required to pay a fee in order to install and play any game disc on a second Xbox One console. The fee charged will reportedly be identical to the price of the original game.

Head past the jump for the full news blowout! about that Xbox One reveal? What's that you say?! You missed the presentation? Well, YouTube user Darkbeatdk has been kind enough to compress the entire conference into a small 101 second video that truly gives you the overarching themes of the conference. Seriously, you get all the information you need just by watching it.

The video exposes the television capabilities of the Xbox One, while also unveiling the gameplay enhancing technology of games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts. Gamers can now get the realistic puppies they've always wanted in their games.

In case you haven't noticed yet, this video is a parody. And a damn funny one too.

Give the video a watch. It's all you'll ever need to know to understand the Xbox One... so far.

"Fans of Rare and Rare IP I think will be pleased with what we're going to show at E3. We had a limited amount of time today and a lot of story to tell. But Rare remains an incredibly important part of our development capability. That historic IP that they've built I think can play a real important role on Xbox One."

That's what Microsoft Studios corporate VP Phil Spencer said regarding Nintendo's lost studio. Yes, a great game from Rare is likely on the way to the Xbox One. I'm not talking Kinect Sports – no, I'm talking about Banjo-Kazooie or even Conker, though that may be wishful thinking.

As a quick recap of recent Rare trademarks, Microsoft attempted to renew the Killer Instinct trademark. However, that renewal was refused due to "confusion determination." A spiritual successor could be on the way, or even a brand new entry in the series if Microsoft has played their cards right. And then there are Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, and Perfect Dark, all Rare franchises that have appeared on Microsoft consoles.

Of course, we may get an All-Stars edition of Kinect Sports. Or the new game may not even be developed by the studio. Who knows what could show up? Would a new Banjo game affect your opinion on the Xbox One? Sound off in the comments.