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Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

Celebrate 10 years of Forza with the Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console

The Forza series of motorsport games was launched just over 10 years ago now and to celebrate, as well as launch its eighth game, Forza 6, Microsoft has sought to incorporate its essence into a limited edition Xbox One console. Unveiled as the Xbox One Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Console, the console (and controller) takes inspiration from the Forza 6 cover car, the new Ford GT. Accordingly, there are swathes of blue and lots of little detail that will have avid fans clamoring in delight. Check out the unboxing video posted by developer Turn 10 Studios, hosted by Xbox Live’s Graeme Boyd: Would buy just for the engine start sound. If you’re yet to join the ranks of the Xbox One owners, and you’re a fan of cars and want Forza 6, this may be your best opportunity to marry the two things into one – the Xbox One Forza Motorsport ...

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Xbox One backwards compatibility

Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida calls Xbox One backwards compatibility “interesting”

Although most of the world has decided (for reasons unknown to yours truly) that Sony had the better press conference at E3 2015, Microsoft dealt a sizable blow to Sony with its announcement of Xbox One backwards compatibility. Considering the Xbox 360‘s swathes of games, that’s actually a formidable extra library that the Xbox One has just acquired. And Sony’s response is? “Interesting,” Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida says. To illustrate just what a feat Microsoft has accomplished with the Xbox One backwards compatibility, Yoshida says that “Backward compatibility is hard. I won’t say we’ll never do it, but it’s not an easy thing to do. If it was easy we would have done that,” which sounds awfully like a backhanded compliment. Furthermore, backwards compatibility doesn’t work with Sony’s current PlayStation Now model which makes you pay a subscription to play PS3 games which are featured in its library. We get the feeling that Sony wasn’t expecting ...

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backwards compatibility for the Xbox One

Microsoft announces backwards compatibility for the Xbox One at E3 2015

What a glorious, glorious day it was for current (and future) Xbox One owners. Microsoft‘s E3 2015 press conference happened earlier today and it dropped a huge bombshell: backwards compatibility for the Xbox One is going to be a reality. Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who announced the new functionality, said that it will be free to use as long as you own the Xbox 360 game yourself – those dusty libraries of Xbox 360 games aren’t going to go to waste after all. Depending on your game format, you’ll be able to download existing games in your library, or if you have discs, insert the discs and presumably install them that way. With 100 games to be supported when the features launches “this fall” and many more to be added to the library in the near future, this is surely a sure sign that Xbox One will be the more popular ...

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Xbox 360 games to Xbox One

I like where this is going: Phil Spencer talks bringing more Xbox 360 games to Xbox One

By now, hoping for backwards compatibility on a new video game consoles is pretty much a moot point. Thankfully, Microsoft and Sony have instead started to bring some of its titles from old consoles to next-gen consoles, and we’re excited to see where this goes. On the topic of bringing more Xbox 360 games to Xbox One specifically, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has revealed that he’s very open to the idea this. “Lots of 360 games I’d like to bring to XB1. Only so much time and want to focus on making new games. Not easy tradeoffs.” You can kind of understand where Spencer is coming from, especially considering the line-up that is planned for the rest of the year. Even so, we can’t help but want more of the classics from the Xbox 360 – Viva Pinata anyone? What would you think about having more Xbox 360 games brought to Xbox ...

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Halo 3: ODST

343 Industries says Halo 3: ODST will join the Master Chief Collection next month

Halo: The Master Chief Collection hasn’t had the best track record, to say the least. Marred by severe multiplayer issues long after the game’s release, 343 Industries and Microsoft tried to placate loyal players by saying that they would eventually release Halo 3: ODST as a free add-on to the Master Chief Collection. Well, that time is almost upon us now after 343 Industries announced on Halo Waypoint that the remastered Halo 3: ODST would be dropping sometime next month, as well as a remake of the Relic multiplayer map from Halo 2. For the record, if you bought and played the Master Chief Collection between November 11th and December 19th, you will be eligible to get Halo 3: ODST for free. 343 Industries probably bit off a little more than it could chew releasing all four Halo games, despite only having made one of them, and expected all of it to work flawlessly. ...

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Quantum Break is delayed to 2016

Remedy and Microsoft announce Quantum Break is delayed to 2016

One of the most anticipated games on the Xbox One game console is Quantum Break, an exclusive that looks to be one of the first to fully explore the capabilities of the next-gen console’s performance. Involving breathtaking graphics, time warp sequences, and a mind-boggling story, Quantum Break has all the makings of a fantastic game, however, we’re going to have to wait a little longer for its release after it was announced by Microsoft and Remedy Entertainment that Quantum Break is delayed to 2016. The quoted reason for this is that “with so many Xbox One games launching this year, moving Quantum Break to 2016 extends our incredible portfolio into next year with a monster new IP.” The strategy behind this is sound – like Evolve, a new IP is likely to struggle against yearly stalwarts like Call of Duty and assorted sports games in the latter half of the year, so waiting ...

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Xbox One price

Pachter: Xbox One price “will never go back up” from $349

The Xbox One had a pretty shaky opening year, trailing its direct competitor, the PS4, in sales for almost the entire year. Thankfully, Microsoft eventually realized that not everybody needed a Kinect, taking that out of the standard bundle, and following that up with a $50 discount, bringing its price down to $349. That price was introduced as a temporary price for Thanksgiving, but on January 16th, a statement was made that “Effective tomorrow, we have a special promotional pricing of $349”. One would think that this is just a continuation of that Thanksgiving deal, but games industry analyst Michael Pachter doesn’t think so. “It’s not officially a price cut – it’s promotional pricing. This allows the retailer to advertise regularly $399 and now it’s $349, but I have a feeling it will never go back up.” says Pachter And Pachter thinks it’s a lot to do with the way ...

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Xbox One sales

Xbox One sales continue to outpace PS4 in the U.S. in November and December

Even as an Xbox fan, I have to admit that the Xbox One didn’t put up much of a fight for most of 2014. The story was the same, month after month, with Sony’s PS4 dominating sales – that is, until Black Friday. That was when Microsoft discounted its console by $50, bringing it down to $349 USD and has since done some dominating of its own with Xbox One sales. Microsoft just announced that the Xbox One was the top-selling console in November and December in the U.S. saying that the next-gen platform is outselling the Xbox 360 by “50 percent at the same point in its lifecycle”. As a celebration, and presumably a sound marketing strategy, Microsoft is keeping the Xbox One at its limited time pricing of $349 which is sure to jump start its console sales to start of 2015. Speaking about the milestone and new promotion, ...

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Mainstream support ends today for Windows 7, extended supports goes 5 more years

Windows 7 made its debut on July 22 2009. It is hard to think that it has already been 6 years since the update to Vista was launched. Just over 2 years ago Microsoft released Windows 8 followed up by a small update to Windows 8.1 a few short months back. Now we are nearing the release of a revamp with Windows 10 and the currently available Windows 10 preview build. As with all thing tech, there is a shelf life and Windows 7 official mainstream support from Microsoft has reached that point as off today. Don’t go getting your panties in a bunch though. The exit of mainstream support just means you will lose out on free support by phone and Microsoft won’t be investing any more time or money into new features for it. Oh, and hardware warranty claims go bye bye too. While mainstream support has ended, ...

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Xbox One price

New Xbox One SDK makes seventh core accessible to developers

You may have heard that during the week, hackers released the new Xbox One SDK for the purpose of “creativity and research”. While we don’t condone the hacking, we can’t help but notice what was revealed by it. According to Digital Foundry, who has dug into the new SDK, Microsoft has just opened up the seventh core of the Xbox One for developers to start using – prior to this, both the Xbox One and the PS4 have reserved two whole cores for background processing. With this change, developers will be able to access up to “50 to 80 percent of a seventh core”, and according to Digital Foundry this could mean “a small amount of multi-platform titles released during Q4 2014 may have possessed performance advantages over their PS4 counterparts in certain scenarios”. More power, no complaints right? Unfortunately, this change does come at a cost. The extra processing power ...

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