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Masiv / Oct 28, 2017
As promised, Xbox One backwards compatibility with original Xbox games will arrive this year. But the feature is coming much sooner than we expected, as the first games arrived Tuesday, Oct. 24.



A total of 13 games will be supported initially on Xbox One. Microsoft shared a list of these games on the Xbox Wire, and in addition to the two we'd repeatedly heard about -- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge and Fuzion Frenzy -- we'll also be able to play Ninja Gaiden Black, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and Black.

Here's the full list:
Black
BloodRayne 2
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
Dead to Rights
Fuzion Frenzy
Grabbed by the Ghoulies
The King of Fighters Neowave
Ninja Gaiden Black
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Psychonauts
Red Faction II
Sid Meier's Pirates
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The video below showcases what Knights of the Old Republic looks like running on an original Xbox versus an Xbox One S. While you're unlikely to mistake it for a newly released game, it does look noticeably better, with sharper textures and less aliasing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1kDabyaw5k

Xbox games will not be added to the backwards-compatibility list on the same sort of timetable as Xbox 360 games. Following this initial set of 13, the next "batch" of game will arrive sometime in spring 2018. 
Falconer / Sep 28, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F63h3v9QV7w
The all-new trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, the story of outlaw Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they rob, fight and steal their way across the vast and rugged heart of America in order to survive. Coming Spring 2018 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems.



This will be a prequel about Dutch's Van der Linde Gang from the first Redemption game. This means we will get to see John Marston when he was younger and more rogue.



According to the updated website "Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience." LINK

Hunting, Horse breaking, and train robbing are activities featured.
Masiv / Aug 12, 2017


The 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship is headed to the East Coast of America for the first time, as the top 32 teams in Call of Duty today will compete at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Aug. 9-13.
 
With the 2017 season offering the largest season prize pool in Call of Duty history of $4 million, it’s only fitting that the Amway Center, set to be one of the largest venues that will host a Call of Duty tournament to date, will be the place where $1.5 million of that prize pool will be on the line. Part of the City of Orlando’s largest redevelopment plans in the city’s history, the Amway Center has played host to All-Star Games and world class performing artists, and will now hold its first major esports tournament.

Watch Live right now (Saturday, August 12, 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IcFuRRUvwg
Masiv / Jun 11, 2017


The next version of Microsoft's long running Xbox line of video game consoles is named Xbox One X. It costs $500, and launches November 7.

Microsoft detailed the new console during a press briefing in Los Angeles. The Xbox One X looks strikingly similar to the Xbox One S (Microsoft's previous console), but is notably smaller.

The other big difference about the Xbox One X is how powerful it is.

It's capable of powering 4K gaming — the next step up in graphical fidelity after HD — as well as 4K Blu-ray discs. It's got "six teraflops" of processing power, which means it's far more powerful than the current models of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — even the new, more powerful PlayStation 4 Pro.

The console is being touted as the most powerful game console ever made, and Microsoft says it's also the smallest Xbox ever made. 

Aside from being powerful and small, the Xbox One X is an Xbox One: It can play all your existing Xbox One and Xbox 360 backwards compatible games. It also works with all your existing Xbox One accessories, from gamepads to racing wheels.



Xbox One X was previously announced as "Project Scorpio," and Microsoft only showed off its chip at the time. The Xbox One X console is expected to launch on November 7, starting at $500.
Falconer / May 11, 2017


Square-Enix has just announced that they are splitting their partnership with IO Interactive putting the future of the Hitman series in doubt. In 2009, Square-Enix took control of IO & is currently has begun negotiations with potential new investors to keep it going.

Square-Enix is keeping the IP for Hitman while discarding IO. This is what happened to the great Sleeping Dogs game which since has been dead as a series.

Square-Enix Statment
Falconer / Apr 06, 2017


THIS IS BAD! A LOT of people on Twitter & Reddit are turning on Gearbox Software. Also they are financially in trouble. If they dont break their contract they could go bust and there will be no more Borderlands 3.

Gearbox Draws Controversy After G2A Partnership With Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBakPg6x63Q

https://twitter.com/TheFourSeven/status/849899240100950017

UPDATE:
Gearbox partners with G2A, then vows to back out unless G2A takes steps to fight fraud
Masiv / Mar 01, 2017


Microsoft joins PlayStation Now and EA Access in offering a Netflix style subscription service for games on Xbox One. 
Xbox Game Pass will allow Xbox One owners to download an unlimited amount of games from a rolling catalogue of over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games in exchange for a £7.99/$9.99 monthly subscription fee. Much like Netflix's content, games will cycle in and out of the service, with players given the opportunity to purchase games they particularly like from within the service. And also like similar services, the catalogue will be made up of slightly older games rather than the newest titles. Early games confirmed for the service include Halo 5: Guardians, Saints Row IV, Mad Max, Lego Batman and Fable III.



Unlike Netflix and PlayStation Now, however, you will download  games to your console rather than streaming. In a post on Xbox Wire announcing the service, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said "One of the best things about Xbox Game Pass is that you can discover and download the full titles directly on your Xbox One. That means continuous, full-fidelity gameplay without having to worry about streaming, bandwidth or connectivity issues." 

Spencer also confirmed that several third party publishers are on board with the service including 2K, 505 Games, Bandai Namco,  Capcom, Codemasters, Deep Silver,  SEGA, and Warner Bros. Notable absentees are EA, which has its own similar download service in the form of EA Access, and Activision.

The service is planned to launch for Windows 10 eventually too, but will roll out on Xbox One first. Members of the Xbox Insider preview program already have access to an early build with a limited catalogue, while the full service will launch for Xbox One in late Spring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZoHUI5aY9E

The service will be completely separate from the Xbox Live Gold subscription and will not affect the Games with Gold offers that roll around each month.
Falconer / Oct 18, 2016
They have just announced on twitter that RDR2 is coming Fall 2017!



Developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience. - http://www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption2/