The Xbox One’s Backward Compatibility program will be launching next week, by which time the full list of the initial 100 Xbox 360 games that will be revealed.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer made the announcement on twitter when asked by a fan when the list would be revealed, resulting him in revealing the date to be November 9th.
There is a bit of a catch to this program, however, as just because one of your 360 games is backward compatible doesn’t mean that you can just pop your disc into the Xbox One and start playing. Instead, inserting the disc will launch a download of an Xbox One friendly version of the game, and any digital 360 games that are compatible will automatically show up in your library.
That new Xbox One Elite controller does look rather smashing, but that’s before you check out the massive $150 price tag attached to it. However, that big price apparently hasn’t stopped many a gamer from scrambling to pick one up, as supplies are already limited.
Microsoft’s Major Nelson has revealed on Twitter that the controller has sold out across the country and that the supplies will be limited at least until early next month. You might get lucky here and there, but the overall stock replenishment isn’t expected to fully take swing until next month.
I honestly can not imagine ever paying this much money for a video game controller, but I guess I’m in the minority on this one!
One big aspect of Final Fantasy XV is the fact that you get around in a convertible, which you can either control yourself or put it on autopilot. A new video has been uploaded that showcases the autopilot mode, which essentially lets you sit back and take in the scenery while the car rides for you.
While the fact that you you don’t have to control the car yourself is cool in a way, it doesn’t seem like it would be something I would use all that often. If someone else is controlling the car then that means you’re just sitting there waiting around, and that is something I can see getting old very fast.
Final Fantasy XV still doesn’t have a release date, though the devs are promising that it will launch at some point next year.
Square Enix has revealed that the timed Xbox One-exclusive Rise of the Tomb Raider will be getting a collector’s edition, which is only available to purchase through the Square Enix e-store and the Tomb Raider store. It will cost $149.99.
This collector’s edition is pretty hefty, as it comes packed with a 12-inch statue of Lara Croft as well as several other curiosities. Scroll down for a complete list of everything that is included with the Rise of the Tomb Raider collector’s edition:
- Xbox One retail copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider
- 12 inch tall statue of Lara Croft
- Collectible steel case
- Replica of Lara’s leather in-game journal
- Model of Lara’s jade necklace
Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to launch for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 10th, 2015. The PC version of the game will launch in the Spring of next year, whereas the PlayStation version won’t launch until the Fall of next year.
Damn, Microsoft is really rubbing it in Sony’s face, isn’t it? First they announce that a hundred Xbox 360 games will be playable by the end of this year on Xbox One, and now it looks like they could be taking the feature even further. While the backward compatibility feature isn’t available yet, that hasn’t stopped people from asking Phil Spencer where else this could potentially go.
When asked by a curious fan on twitter whether or not original games may become backward compatible with Xbox One, Xbox boss Phil Spencer replied with the following:
“I don’t think it’s silly. I ask the BC team this question a lot. Need to finish 360 BC for now.”
This would be friggin’ awesome if they went through with this, as it would be great to be able to play all of the classic original Xbox games without having to whip out the original console. Hell, I just recently had to do that to replay Shenmue II, but you best believe it would have been sweet if I could have played it on Xbox One!
Phil Spencer is hard at work trying to make as many Xbox 360 games as he can compatible with Xbox One, and so far it’s been a huge success. Plenty of games have already been announced and even more will be coming in the future, but there are a lot of games that haven’t been mentioned that people are still begging for. Two such examples are Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon, which are two Beloved RPGs that came out very early in the Xbox 360’s lifetime.
Spencer was recently asked on twitter whether or not Lost Odyssey or Blue Dragon would be getting a sequel, to which he replied with the following:
“First thing I’d like to do is get LO and Blue Dragon in back compat, don’t have that yet.”
So, while we may have to keep waiting on continuations of these series, it does sound like Spencer is trying to get them ready for backward compatibility. As far as what it takes to get it backward compatible, they just need to get permission from the developers of the games. Considering you’d be a bonehead to deny someone making your game backward compatible to allow even more people to play it, it’s safe to say that it’s just a matter of time before the ink is dry on the deal.
The Gears of War series has been known to have some pretty great trailers, such as Gears of War 1’s Mad World trailer and Gears of War 2’s The Last Day trailer.
Seeing as the first game is coming back in a better than ever way, it only seems right that its trailer also has the return of Mad World. The footage from the game looks great and, of course, the song goes perfectly with it. Check it out below.
Gears of War Ultimate Edition launches exclusively for the Xbox One on August 25th, 2015.