Erik Johnson

Erik Johnson

Spencer: Microsoft working toward 'renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming'

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft is working to develop a "renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming," according to MS Studios head Phil Spencer. Polygon reports from a Q&A last week during GDC, where Spencer revealed PC gaming is on the company's priority list in 2014. "I think Valve's an incredible company," he said. ...

Microsoft: ID@Xbox parity clause enforcement to be decided case-by-case

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft has commented on the controversial parity clause that would force ID@Xbox partners to either launch their titles on Xbox One first, or simultaneously with any other formats. In a statement issued to Edge, a Microsoft representative addressed the clause – explaining that its ...

Microsoft planning Xbox Live integration for iOS, Android games

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft is reportedly looking to expand cross-platform functionality for its Xbox Live service onto iOS and Android platforms. How? By producing easy-to-use tools to help mobile developers integrate Xbox Live functionality into their products – no matter which mobile platform they develop ...

Microsoft unveils 65 new ID@Xbox developers

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft has revealed it has signed on several dozen new developers for Xbox One ID@Xbox program. In a post on Xbox Wire, the company's ID@Xbox director Chris Charla listed 65 new studios that have signed on to develop games for Xbox One through Microsoft's self-publishing initiative. New ...

Microsoft's PC gaming ambassador no longer with company

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft's PC games guy Jason Holtman has apparently moved on, a move that comes after less than six months on the job with the firm. VG247 points to an update on Holtman's LinkedIn profile, indicating the industry veteran left Microsoft at some point last month. Holtman was hired on by ...

Microsoft invests in FourSquare

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft has invested in location-based social network FourSquare to reportedly help develop the firm's rumoured voice-activated assistant app, Cortana. The investment was confirmed by FourSquare CEO Dennis Crowley, but no details were disclosed at the time. However, Bloomberg cities an ...

Microsoft VP Satya Nadella likely firm's next CEO

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft's ongoing search for a CEO might be over as soon as next week, with executive vice president Satya Nadella reportedly the frontrunner for the job. A report from claims numerous sources close to Microsoft have revealed the five-month search should wrap up very soon, due to ...

AMC exec Ari Mark joins Xbox Entertainment Studios

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft continues its push for original Xbox One programming this week, with word that AMC executive Ari Mark has been hired on at Xbox Entertainment Studios. Games Industry reports AMC Network's former VP of development has joined the Santa Monica-based studio as the new head of unscripted ...

Xbox One sells 3.9m units

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft has reported revenue of $24.52bn for the quarter ending on December 31st, 2013 – a 14 per cent increase in net sales fueled by what the firm described as a “great” holiday period. Xbox hardware sold 7.4m consoles during the quarter. Xbox One's output for the quarter totaled 3.9m ...

Microsoft and Machinima defend YouTube Xbox One deal

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft and Machinma have responded to yesterday's report on the pair's confidential Xbox One endorsement partnership, claiming that the deal was a “typical marketing partnership.” In a joint statement to Polygon, the companies denied the arrangement included any shady practices – a notion ...

Microsoft paying YouTube content producers for Xbox One coverage

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft reportedly made deals with several Machinima video partners for extra pay, provided they promote Xbox One without mentioning any endorsement from the firm. A piece on Ars Technica alleges that the terms of the promotion included an extra $3 per thousand views bonus from Microsoft to ...

Xbox One sells 3m units worldwide

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft's Xbox One has surpassed 3m units sold. Xbox corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi revealed the figure yesterday as part of a press announcement, stating that the new console had sold through 3m units across 13 countries prior to the start of the new year. "It's been incredible to see ...

Microsoft shuts down Victoria studio

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft has shut down its Canada-based studio in Victoria, leaving 30 employees out of the job. The firm told Times Colonist that the closure was part of a resource consolidation plan, adding that its “working closely with all employees affected by this change to identify open positions in ...

EA CEO: Console living room dominance will likely end

By Erik Johnson

The living room dominance Microsoft and Sony experience with consoles will soon be challenged, EA CEO Andrew Wilson reckons. Games Industry reports Wilson touched on the subject with investors this week at the Credit Suisse 2013 Technology Conference, stating that in a matter of a few years ...

Microsoft: Core first-party titles will see release on PC

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft has shifted its focus back to developing Windows PC releases of first party titles, VP Phil Spencer has revealed. Spencer noted that, despite the firm's exclusive focus on console offerings for its Xbox hardware over the past decade, PC is now considered an important part of the ...

Microsoft reports record Q1 revenue

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft has posted its first quarter financial results, reporting record revenue numbers for the period. The firm brought in $18.5bn in revenue for the three-month period ending on September 30th, a 16 per cent increase compared to the same period last year. Microsoft also saw overall net ...

Xbox 360 lifetime sales hit 80m units worldwide

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft has announced the Xbox 360 has reached 80m sales worldwide since its launch in 2005. Responding to Sony's PS3 outpacing the 360 at US retail last month, Microsoft revealed the latest lifetime milestone – adding that the company's currently available console has sold 1.6m units this ...

Microsoft awarded $15m in Motorola patent case

By Erik Johnson

A jury has awarded Microsoft $15m in damages following a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Motorola. The suit, which was first filed by the telecommunications company in 2010, claimed Microsoft had infringed upon five different patents. Four of those five alleged infringements were quietly ...

Xbox One 'Season Pass Guarantee' offers 360 DLC rollover

By Erik Johnson

Microsoft has introduced the Season Pass Guarantee program, allowing players to receive Xbox 360 DLC on Xbox One. The program lets Xbox Live users move any season pass content purchased on Xbox 360 over to Xbox One, provided they own the game on both consoles. The company confirmed in its ...

Epicor Recognized as 2013 Sales Achiever by Microsoft

"It is an honor to receive this recognition from Microsoft for outstanding achievement and execution," said Erik Johnson, vice president, technology strategy for Epicor. "This is a testament to our long-standing technology innovator relationship with Microsoft and our ability to ...

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