Microsoft Studios provided a new statement in regards to the state of the Xbox One as well as several upcoming video games for the next-generation system such as "GTA 5" and "Halo: The Master Chief Collection." According to a report from Aus Gamers on July 17, the company first confirmed that the recent price drop had a positive impact on the hardware sales of the console. Last month, Microsoft Studios officially reduced the price of the Xbox One from $499.99 to $399.99.
The Xbox One has been on a uphill battle against the PS4, which was previously $100 less. As a result, the company decided to remove the Kinect camera from all bundles. In addition to reducing the price for the end user, more resources were also freed up for the developers to use. Future games will most likely look better as the studios have additional room to work with.
Microsoft Studios went on to provide a list of games to look forward to for the rest of this year. The exclusive lineup includes the aforementioned "Halo: The Master Chief Collection," which comes with all four mainline games of the series with all multiplayer maps and other extras such as the multiplayer beta for "Halo 5: Guardians." You can find an image of the compilation near the top of this article. The rest of the exclusives for 2014 are "Blind Forest," "Forza Horizon 2," "Ori" and "Sunset Overdrive."
The console manufacturer also talked a little bit about multiplatform games. Two of the titles, "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" and "Evolve," are getting timed-exclusive DLC on the Xbox One (as well as the Xbox 360 in the case of the latest "Call of Duty" game). "Assassin's Creed Unity," "Destiny" and "GTA 5" round out the rest of the list of releases for this year. An image from "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" is shown near the top of this article (courtesy of the Xbox Facebook website).
According to NeoGAF, the Xbox One only sold around 77,000 units in May. Based on the aforementioned statement, the next-generation system sold at least 154,000 in June. Microsoft has not yet provided a concrete update on the overall hardware sales of the new console since announcing that five million units have been shipped back in April of this year.