Xbox One reveal event breaks viewership records

Microsoft reports 8.45 million people watched online stream in first 24 hours; Spike TV netted 1.73 million viewers.

Over 8.45 million people watched the Xbox One reveal online during the first 24 hours, breaking viewership records, Microsoft announced today. The company says viewership at this level makes the Xbox One reveal event "one of the top-most concurrent streamed events of all time."

Through Xbox.com, Microsoft saw almost three times as many people watching the livestream concurrently than other other major event in the website's history. The event was streamed by Akamai, which reports the Xbox One presentation was among the most watched live broadcasts from the company in its history.

The event nearly doubled peak traffic records for Akamai, Microsoft said, and passed the viewership records set by events like the 2010 World Cup, the Royal Wedding in 2011, and 2012 election night.

Not only was the Xbox One event a hit online, but viewers tuned in through traditional televsion at a record clip. Citing Nielsen data, Microsoft said 1.73 million people watched the briefing on Spike TV and the event was the number one TV show for men 18-34 at 10 a.m. on May 21.

The Xbox One is due out this holiday season. Microsoft will share more details about the platform next month during the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

The company's presence at the trade show will be focused on games. Microsoft will release 15 Xbox One-exclusive titles in the system's first year, eight of which are all-new franchises.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Obinoodle
Obinoodle

Another Call of Duty? It just wont end, will it?

Oh, and 'sport' games that never change each and every year. My oh my.

telaros
telaros

And equally pisses off all of them at the lack of showing and talk about what we all went to see. GAMES! Where they at!?

Icepick_Trotter
Icepick_Trotter

About 8 million people just HAD to see for themselves if it was THAT bad.

"you're right! They ARE charging you for used games!
Damn, Steve, I owe you 50 bucks..."

meharu
meharu

8.45 million people were disappointed.


zJamzy
zJamzy

This place is just filled with PS Fanboys. MS Didn't show many games, true, You might not like call of duty, but they compared the graphics to show us How they improved and what they have done to give GAMERS, a better experience. You PS Fanboys go on about how the Xbox Looks Like a DVR, When you always say how you don't care what the console looks like aslong as it plays games.Why would MS Show us all of their games at the reveal, it was simply to show you most of the hardware and some details and how it actually works, and you know, THE CONSOLE, They get all this stuff out of the way and cleared up, and for E3, 1 Billion Worth Invested in 15 Exclusives, And yeah, they are supporting indie dev, Even if you dont like kinect, and yeah the Kinect 1 was ballsed up, If They can Pull This Off You cant even say its bad. And You can turn the console completly off and change settings for kinect so no, its not always watching you.

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

So that means they lost 8.45 million sales!

thepunisher502
thepunisher502

You kids are still going on and on and on FLAME on lol.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

Note to MICROSCAM, E3 is not going to save you or change a damn thing. You greedy SOB's will just have to #dealwithit

TurboGuru
TurboGuru

Yes, soo many people tuned in to see the magnificient work you had done on the next iteration of xbox..

... and what you ended up giving them WAS A SHIT LOAD OF FUCK!

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

the only thing missing from this POS system is a slot to swipe you credit card every 24 hours.. I'm sure the thought crossed their mind..

juliopalmacr1
juliopalmacr1

The number of people viewing the event does not show the quality of the console, but the expectation from the consumer, too bad for Xbox that the expectation was this high but caused too much dissatisfaction across the console. (Always On, Used Games policy, "Kinect of Interest" (check person of interest if you dont know what I mean), 24h check, 500GB HDD...

EL_Bomberdor
EL_Bomberdor

Seems they are taking anything they can as success atm even if it doesn't actually mean you did well.

JoeGamer1234
JoeGamer1234

I don't quite understand how they can be so goddamned smug about everything despite all of the hate that their reveal has generated. It's like saying.. "Well we don't give a damn what you think, you'll buy our console anyways."

monson21502
monson21502

people wanted to see a real next gen gaming system from a american company . we are sick of all sony`s lies and tricks. weare te point where we dont even watch sony`s shows anymore because all they do is promise stuff then crash our dreams to copy who ever has the best idea that they think migt make them more money

DreamsofGreen
DreamsofGreen

To bad they didn't report a massive increase in frustration in the world upon its conclusion, and to you Microsoft "At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. "

CrushedGear
CrushedGear

@telaros Seriously!! You pathetic whiners need to stop complaining about it!!  Games are meant to be shown at E3!! As of the reveal, Microsoft tried focusing on the additional features Xbox One provides us!! So, stop complaining and be a lil' patient if you can!!

blackace
blackace

@telaros I guess you missed the announcement too. lol!! Games will be shown at the E3. Microsoft said this about 3 times in their pre-reveal announcements, just ignorant gamers who missed that bit of info have been flooding the forums complaining about it. lol!! 

blackace
blackace

@meharu And 8.45 million people will probably still buy it too. lol!!

tylerbrunson
tylerbrunson

@BamaGoatt I think that this shows that as much as the "forumers" think their opinion is almighty and represents the majority, there is another group out there, a more mature (and probably wealthier) group that isn't as swayed to start hating something because new options and features. Every year when I am looking at new cell phones I don't hate how many new things they have added that I might never use, instead I say thanks for trying something new and giving me or the guy down the street the ability to do something different. 

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@juliopalmacr1 I really was looking forward to owning both systems but MICROSCAM has lost their minds with their POS console. For them to change any of the problems would require them to rebuild their console. It's not going to happen which to me=FAIL. Oh I'm sure there will be some idiots that could care less what Microscam shoves up their rear and will gladly take it with a smile. SMH

monson21502
monson21502

@EL_Bomberdor it was a hour show.. they showed games and they annouced 15 exclusives were coming out in the first year. at e3 we will get to see them all. what did sony show us in 2 hours? not too much  imo only like the looks of 2 games shown and i will probably not play either of them as much as madden or cod.... ms is smart.. they didnt get rich  for being dumb

blackace
blackace

@JoeGamer1234 We don't know what will change at the E3. If they said they are listening and working on something, I'll wait and see what that is at the E3. 

monson21502
monson21502

@JoeGamer1234 no thats sony!! they said we would get another job to buy the ps3!! they were so smug this time they didnt even show off their console...wow!!!

JoeGamer1234
JoeGamer1234

Must be nice to have that false sense of success.

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

@monson21502 Lies? You mean all the support that the PS4 is getting? All the developers that are on-board with it? Not rehashing Halo and Gears time and time again? If that's your idea of Sony lying, then yes they "lied".

And in case you are new to, well, life; everything popular is copied. Doesn't matter what it is. If it's popular and has lots of success it will get copied, simple as that.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@monson21502 so the only thing you have to say positive about the failboxone is that it's from an American company? Actually that American company doesn't manufacture their POS system in America. And as a American I am not proud of how MICROSCAM screws over the very gamers who made them. You sir are a blind troll idiot. #dealwithit

thepunisher502
thepunisher502

@tylerbrunson @BamaGoatt people don't view it in that way some not all of these people are still young. people don't understand why they have DRM's why They would charge company's for used game sales and what that does for the core

BamaGoatt
BamaGoatt

@tigertaru @BamaGoatt Best part of the whole thing was seeing Adam Sessler tweeting that the clapping was coming from behind the stage lol. They knew it was bad enough to hire people to clap how pathetic is that.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@monson21502 @EL_Bomberdor You still trolling kid? I'm sure you will be one of the few idiots standing in line waiting to purchase this POS system. Have fun while microscam rapes you dude..lol

Mendax2013
Mendax2013

@monson21502 @EL_Bomberdor they showed multiplatform games. Most M$ exclusives are dead/dying series and/or kinect games. Sony showed us many different games, their fantastic vision for the new console, what devs will support it and why..

JoeGamer1234
JoeGamer1234

The reveal they had would have been better off at one of those consumer electronics entertainment expos or something instead of generating hype about a gaming console and they show essentially nothing involving games save a couple of little clips about games no one cares about. Call of Duty, that's your ace? C'mon!

monson21502
monson21502

@Mendax2013 @monson21502 lol you will see who goes down after E3. when sony is left trying to copy ms blows our minds with games. sonys E3 will be all about trying to show it can do what the wii u and xbox one can do then they will show a game like mgs5 and u all will go nuts and have to wait almost 2 years for it

blackace
blackace

@JoeGamer1234 @monson21502 They probably won't be showing many games at the E3, cause they already showed them all. They will instead be giving you all the bad news that they've been avoiding. 

Srenuka14
Srenuka14

But half the things their doing with pre owned games and how you will need things mandatory is incredibly greedy yh it will have games but what their doing is not consumer friendly

juliopalmacr1
juliopalmacr1

@JoeGamer1234 @monson21502 Agree, and by games they meant real games.... not just "sport" games and the Call of Duty, WITH A BRAND NEW DOG. Oh my god, it's so fluffy I am gonna die... (C'mon, get serious, a dog is your ace?)

monson21502
monson21502

@Mendax2013 @monson21502 @JoeGamer1234 dvr is hudge in the world today. do u know how much people could save a month if a gaming system could replace our dvrs??? if we can watch our favorite tv shows on the system we can take back our dvr boxes and save 30 bucks a month! thats a hudge plus to alot of families .. trust me ms knows what its doing....

Mendax2013
Mendax2013

@monson21502 @JoeGamer1234 a gaming console should be about games, not about gimmicks that pcs could do 10 years ago.

otherwise they shouldve just named it a TV BOX.

monson21502
monson21502

@JoeGamer1234 @monson21502 oh but u was the happiest boy in the world at sony for giving you two free games after they let hackers have ur moms credit card info and where u live i bet. sony could have put better firewalls to block them but choose to proctect the system from being modded first and they just let us hanging wide open . luckly the hackers just did it to prove a point and not rob us blind!

VegasDawg
VegasDawg

@JoeGamer1234 @monson21502 Get so sick of comments like this, MS said it was a hardware reveal and they will be showing of a billion dollars worth of games at E3. So what's your point? again you must hate just to hate?????

JoeGamer1234
JoeGamer1234

@monson21502 It's as if the focus has shifted from being all about games, to being all about anything other than games.

JoeGamer1234
JoeGamer1234

@monson21502 And shall we get started on the Kinect 2.0 being required to play games. Sure, let's just give them permission to invade our privacy EVEN further. Now they can hear and watch what we say and do rather than just monitor our activity. So... yeah. I think Microsoft should crash and burn for this.

JoeGamer1234
JoeGamer1234

@monson21502 @JoeGamer1234 And you could even argue that these conferences where to reveal the hardware and E3 is for the games, but there again one can argue that it's about the games and not the hardware. So. I think in a lot of ways Microsoft made a huge mistake by not having more to show in terms of games as that's what people want. They are promising 8 new IP's and like 15 AAA titles within the first year, and the best thing they could show us is some bullshit clips from a Call of Duty game? Please!

JoeGamer1234
JoeGamer1234

@monson21502 @JoeGamer1234 I mean correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what the core consumer watched these reveals for to begin with was to see what "next-generation" titles we will be playing and not the hardware. If the aesthetics of a console is THAT important to people than they're gaming for ALL the wrong reasons. These consoles could be ugly as sin, but if they play games worth a damn than I could care less what the box looks like.