Backwards Compatibility Coming to the Xbox One?

April 4, 2014 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment


Although we’ve heard plenty of rumors about how the PS4 could achieve backwards compatibility, it’s been quite a few months since we heard any rumors about Microsoft’s plans to do the same for the Xbox One. At Build 2014, however, the question arose.

“Are there any plans for an emulator for the 360 games?” was the first question asked during Xbox Partner Development Lead Frank Savage’s Q&A session.

He responded:

There are. But we aren’t done thinking them through yet unfortunately. It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the x86 stuff. So there’s nothing to announce, but I’d love to see it myself too.

It doesn’t sound like it’s coming anytime soon, but we’re glad to hear it’s one of Microsoft’s plans. Backwards compatibility is something we’d love to see on the Xbox One. What do you think?

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Respawn: Titanfall Improvements, Xbox 360 Details; Response to Accusations

February 20, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


The Titanfall beta is almost over, and Respawn has responded to a few different questions and concerns on NeoGAF.

First, Software Engineer Rayme Vinson said the full Xbox One game will contain many “under-the-hood performance improvements” compared to the beta version. Of course, the beta itself allowed them to see additional issues that needed to be fixed and worked on before the game is released on March 11.

Next, Producer Drew McCoy confirmed the beta’s usefulness in uncovering bugs and glitches. He also added that the Xbox 360 version, which was not a part of the beta tests and won’t release until March 25, is “coming along really well.”

McCoy also responded to the accusations that Respawn has paid the media to talk about the game, in order to build up hype. He said they’ve fought for Titanfall’s attention and coverage through legitimate means, and such accusations are “the height of insulting.”

Now, we’ve heard a lot of good things about Titanfall, but we never thought Respawn was paying for the attention—after all, a lot of the excitement came from fans themselves after the game was revealed. Only the most diehard conspiracy theorists would think Respawn was paying all those people. At least there has been an official statement on the matter, which should quiet the rumors somewhat.

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Trade In Your Xbox 360/PS3 Toward a Xbox One

January 30, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


According to the promotional offer sent out to several gamers today, Microsoft is putting a new trade-in deal in effect. If you trade in your PlayStation 3 (any model), Xbox 360 Elite, or Xbox 360 Slim, you will receive $100 worth of credit toward the purchase of an Xbox One. The console you trade in must be in full working condition and come with all of its accessories.

There are a few things to keep in mind when considering this deal. First, you must be prepared to buy the Xbox One at the same time that you trade in your console if you want to get the full $100. If you do not plan to buy an Xbox One with the credited money, your old console will be appraised for its value, and you will receive that amount (which may be less than $100) in Microsoft Store credit.

Second, not all Microsoft Stores are participating in this promotion. If you visit the Microsoft Store website, you can select “Your Store” from the top of the page to see whether or not you can get this deal at a store near you.

Third, this offer will only be in effect for a limited time. According to the Microsoft Store’s website, it lasts until March 2, although some players received emails that listed it as ending on February 28. It might be worth contacting your local store to find out when their deal will end. contacted Microsoft to find out what they would do with the old consoles—the Microsoft Store wouldn’t sell used PS3s, after all—and learned that they will be recycled.

Since neither the Xbox One nor the PS4 have backwards compatibility, many players might be reluctant to let go of their old consoles. For those who are done with the previous generation of games, however, $100 for a trade in is a good deal. While GameStop also offers $100 for PS3 trade-ins, their deal applies only to the 500 GB K model, and they are only offering $85 for 320 GB Xbox 360 Slim models.

Microsoft’s deal is a clear move to give players more incentive to buy an Xbox One, which leaves us wondering if Sony and Nintendo will launch similar promotions to increase PS4 and Wii U sales.

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Gears of War: Bought by Microsoft, New Game in Development

January 27, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Gears of War has been a popular third-person shooter series since the first game was released in 2006 for Xbox 360. It dealt with humankind’s struggle against the alien Locust Horde on the planet Sera. Since then, three sequels have followed. The last game to be released was Gears of War: Judgment in 2013. The series won praise for both its single-player and multiplayer modes, with a particularly loyal online community.

Today we learned that Microsoft has bought all rights to the series from Epic Games. In fact, they already have the next Gears of War game in development. The Canadian developers Black Tusk Studios are working on it, and Rod Fergusson, who was previously the series’ director of production, will still be involved in a prominent role. Fergusson had been working with a new studio for 2K games, but has since left them to join Black Tusk.

The Gears of Wars games were always exclusive to the Xbox 360 and Windows, so Microsoft’s ownership should not cause too much of a change. The next entry will probably be made for the Xbox One, and it would not be surprising if the previous games were ported or remade. Since there were many rumors that Judgment would be the end of the series, most fans are pleased with the news – including us!!

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Halo: Spartan Assault arrives early for Xbox One

December 23, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


It wasn’t scheduled for release until December 24, however Halo: Spartan Assault is available for you to download right now on the Xbox One, just check out the Xbox Games Store on your console.

Halo: Spartan Assault is a top-down shooter already available on Windows PC and Windows 8 mobiles, and it is also scheduled to arrive on the Xbox 360 console some time next month. The game itself is set some time between the events that took place in each of Halo 3 and Halo 4 and follows the rise of Commander Sarah Palmer. You take on the role of either Palmer of a Spartan named Edward Davis in the game.

Spartan Assault has over 30 campaign missions as well as co-operative online multiplayer, so make sure you check it out. At just $14.99 it’s not going to break the bank either (although online play between Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles owners will not be possible).

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Game launch lineups: Xbox 360 versus Xbox One

November 18, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


We know what the Xbox One games launch lineup looks like, but can you remember what the lineup for its predecessor, the Xbox 360, looked like? If not, we don’t blame you given that the console launched way back on November 22 2005!

Anyway here’s the Xbox 360 games launch lineup from 2005 (yup, eight years ago). There’s more than a few classics in there including Call of Duty 2, Gun, Perfect Dark Zero and Project Gotham Racing… What were your favorite Xbox 360 launch games and how do you think it compares to the Xbox One list. Which lineup would have you more excited?

  1. Amped 3
  2. Call of Duty 2
  3. Condemned: Criminal Origins
  4. FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup
  5. Gun
  6. Kameo: Elements of Power
  7. Madden NFL 06
  8. NBA 2K6
  9. NBA Live 06
  10. Need for Speed: Most Wanted
  11. NHL 2K6
  12. Perfect Dark Zero
  13. Peter Jackson’s King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie
  14. Project Gotham Racing 3
  15. Quake 4
  16. Ridge Racer 6
  17. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06
  18. Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
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Titanfall confirmed Xbox and PC exclusive

October 29, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Titanfall is a 100% confirmed exclusive title for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC only, Electronic Arts’ CFO Blake Jorgensen advised during his company’s earnings call today. This means if you own a Playstation 3, or are planning on getting a PS4, don’t expect it to become available for your platform – ever.

In the case of Titanfall, it’s a brand new IP and it’s exclusive only for the life of the title on Xbox One and Xbox 360 and PC.

Major Nelson also decided to confirm the news himself via Twitter:

Titanfall is due out for the Xbox One (and Xbox 360 and PC) on 11 March next year.

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Call of Duty Ghosts Xbox 360 to Xbox One Upgrade Process

September 16, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


The PS3 to PS4 upgrade process for Battlefield 4 was recently detailed here and today we have the same thing but for Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Xbox systems. Microsoft are calling it the “Xbox Game Ahead Program” by the way.

The way it works is actually pretty cool. What you can do is purchase a special digital “dual-license” version of Ghosts for the price of $69.99 ($10 more than the normal RRP of the game for one system), and this special version of the game will contain both Xbox 360 and Xbox One digital versions that you can play – both being linked to and unlockable via your Xbox Live Gamertag.

There is also an alternative, other way you can do it which is especially good for those of you who don’t know whether you’ll ever want the Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Ghosts. You can simply buy the digital version of the game for Xbox 360 from the Xbox Live Marketplace ($59.99 and note it must be the digital version) and then if you want to get the Xbox One version, pay an additional $10 to download the Xbox One digital version. Although note that this special offer/pricing will only be available until March 31 2014.

And just to confirm, all your statistics and unlocks etc will follow you seamlessly as you transition from Xbox 360 to Xbox One (and back again, should you wish). Pretty neat!

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Evolution of the Xbox dashboard

September 10, 2013 by Staff - 1 Comment

Who remembers the blades on the Xbox 360, or even the original green Xbox dashboard? In case you can’t, here’s a cool little image that should jog your memory.


Yup, the blades were cool! Thanks to KillerByte2 of Reddit for the memories.

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Amazon Xbox 360 to Xbox One game trade-up program

August 20, 2013 by Staff - 2 Comments


We know the feeling. You don’t want to pony up for a brand new Xbox One console just yet, but still want to play new games on your Xbox 360. Fine. But what then if the Xbox One becomes irresistible and you have to get one. What do you do with all your new Xbox 360 games that could have been Xbox One games!? Swap them for a $10 fee of course!

GameStop has already announced it’s Xbox 360 for Xbox One game trade-in program and Amazon has just revealed that it is going to be doing the same thing. Full terms and conditions are here, but basically prior to December 31 2013 you’ll be able to trade any eligible Xbox 360 game in for $25 plus another bonus $25 that comes by way of this promotion. That leaves you with only $10 to make up to grab the Xbox One version.

The supported games are as follows: Battlefield 4, Need for Speed: Rivals, Madden NFL 25, Call of Duty: Ghosts, FIFA 14, Watch Dogs, NBA 2K14 and Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag.

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