In a whole list of cool announcements at Microsoft’s E3 show this summer, one of the coolest – even if it was pretty low key – was the announcement of original Xbox backwards compatibility coming to Xbox One. Since the announcement, though, we haven’t heard a thing.
The Xbox One X was officially announced at E3 this year with a November release date. But we’ve been waiting ever since for word on when we’d be able to get our names in the hat for a pre-order. As part of its Gamescom show today, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One X is available for pre-order right now.
When a console manufacturer is getting ready to unleash a new system, making sure it has games is crucial. That’s no different when releasing an upgrade, but it’s a much tougher equation. Showing developers how easy it is to work with the new hardware is key to getting them to spend time and money on it. Microsoft has done just that, and we can glean some better ideas about the system’s power from what the company has said. Eurogamer‘s DigitalFoundry gathered and verified some benchmark information for the Xbox One X from various developer contacts and laid the information out for us.
If you were going off of its E3 presentation this year, you’d hardly know that Sony has services and initiatives like PlayStation Vue, PlayStation Classics, and PlayStation Now, but they’re still alive and kicking. PlayStation Now, Sony’s game-streaming service, is getting a nice bump this week in the form of its very first PlayStation 4 games.
Despite a lack of any announcements regarding a new title in the series, this is a big week for Halo fans. Halo 5: Guardians is officially getting the “true 4K” treatment, and tons of Halo is heading to Xbox One via backward compatibility.
We’ve known for a while that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds would feature new maps, and we finally have our first look at one of the locations—and it’s looking very hot.
The head of the Xbox team, Phil Spencer, has expressed a measure of frustration or offense with how Sony reacted to questioning about their choice to block cross-play.
This all came up as Minecraft and Rocket League are set to work across the PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch platforms in cross-play. If I own those games on my Switch, for instance, I’ll be able to play with you on your Xbox One.
Bungie, BioWare, and Bethesda were the three largest breakout game developers of the 2000s, storming into the mainstream and changing the way we look at shooters, RPGs, and a hybrid of both. This year at E3, each three of the “Bs” is bound to turn up huge, and indeed, two of them will emerge in direct competition with one another.
You wanted big games? Xbox Games with Gold for June is all about big games. They’re a bit older, but there’s no doubt that most of the games this month are flagship titles.