Microsoft is cutting the Xbox One X to make room for the next generation

After just two years of service Microsoft is already set to cut the Xbox One X from it production library. In an interview with the Verge, a Microsoft Spokesperson confirmed the American tech giant is solely focused on its next-gen console. To make room for the Xbox Series X, both the Xbox One X and Xbox One S digital will no longer be manufactured.

However, the spokesperson did reassure fans that the standard Xbox One S will still be supported. So, going back and playing any Xbox One games should be easy enough. Equally, we already know that the Xbox Series X will support backward compatibility. So, you probably won’t need your Xbox One anyway once the Series X drops.

Microsoft says farewell the Xbox One X

xbox series xThis decision makes sense when you think about it. The Xbox One X is the enhanced version of the original console designed to support 4K gaming. However, once the Xbox Series X drops the former will effectively become an inferior version of the latter. Rather than supporting an outdated console, it would be better to go all in on its next-gen platform instead.

Interestingly, reports around the industry suggest the Series X won’t be Microsoft’s only next-gen console. In fact, it seems likely that a cheaper, less powerful alternative is in the works. Rumored to be called the Series S, it would offer an option to upgrade for gamers who don’t want to cough up the Series X’s full fee.

That would certainly be an understandable decision too. Although an exact price tag hasn’t been announced, it’s possible the Series X could cost over $500. If so, a cheaper alternative may be necessary to keep the Xbox brand’s mass appeal.

Be sure to keep an eye out as the Xbox Series X is expected to drop sometime this year. It should be interesting to see which between the Series X and PlayStation 5 come out on top. Be sure to let us know in the comments if you think this is Microsoft’s generation to lose or if Sony are the favorites.

Gamers Make Their Move Following USA’s Immigration Ban

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Immigration Ban

Last January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order stating the ban of immigrants entering the United States from seven countries. As stated in the executive order, these countries are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. And now, there is a recent news that the order will be ‘streamlined’. This news shocked the world and urged the gaming community to take action. Players, developers, publishers – the whole gaming community joined hands and made their own statements regarding the immigration ban. Read on and hear the various opinions and views made by the developers and publishers we all support and love.

Unity

Immigration Ban: Unity

 

For those of you who’s been living in a rock for the past decade; Unity is a renowned gaming engine that powers various video games that you might have played. Here are some of those games: War Commander: Rogue Assault, Werewolves Within, I Expect You To Die, Superhot, Ori and the Blind Forestand – the game that reminds us all of the beauty of Shadow of the Colossus – Prey of the Gods.

Now that we got that out of the way; Unity’s CEO, John Riccitiello, sent an internal message to Unity’s employees expressing the effect of the immigration ban to the company’s core values. He also stated that Unity is willing to match the donations (up to $1000) that the employees donate. The donations will be given to reasonable charities/countries like ACLU. Unity is also willing to fly 50 developers from the list of countries impacted by the immigration ban to the upcoming Unite Amsterdam. Now that is awesome.

 

ESA

ESA

Alright, I’ll say it real quick: ESA is the one behind E3. Multiple AAA developers and publishers refer to ESA’s statement. Here, have a look at their statement:

“The Entertainment Software Association urges the White House to exercise caution with regard to vital immigration and foreign worker programs. As a leading force in technology and exporter of entertainment, the U.S. video game industry thrives on the contributions of innovators and storytellers from around the world. While recognizing that enhancing national security and protecting our country’s citizens are critical goals, our companies rely on the skilled talent of U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, and immigrants alike. Our nation’s actions and words should support their participation in the American economy.”

Insomniac Games

Insomniac Games

The developers of Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive made their stand publicly with a video. Insomniac’s founder and CEO Ted Price said, “We at Insomniac Games stand united in strongly opposing President Trump’s immigration ban. There’s no question that these orders will harm us as a company, and many of our team members”.

He also begged the question, “We ask, is this the American way? Is discriminating based on religion, faith, or national origin American? Absolutely not.”

Price also asks those who support Insomniac games to make a stand and let their voices be heard. If you want to watch the whole video, you may click here.

Microsoft

Microsoft

Of course, Microsoft! Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, posted a while back about an email that was sent to the company’s employees. In the email, Microsoft states that the company is willing to provide legal advice and assistance for their employees and for their families who are affected by the order.

Aside from a lot of employee support from the developers and publishers. Some companies showed their support in a different way. For example, Humble Bundle offered bundles of games for only $30. Some of the bundles include: The Witness, Stardew Valley, Super Meat Boy, The Stanley Parable, and a lot more.

These are just some of the statements that developers and publishers made in response to the recent immigration ban. How about you? What do you think of the executive order and how do you think does it affect the gaming industry? We like to hear your thoughts in the comments down below. Let’s talk.

 

Xbox One Exclusive Scalebound Has Been Cancelled

Xbox One Scalebound

Times have been hard on venerated studio Platinum Games.  Last year saw the release of two of their biggest critical flops with Star Fox Zero and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.  The latter of those two has already seen its license expire surprisingly early and has been pulled from all digital storefronts less than a year after its release.  Seeing two disappointments from the studio in a row is unexpected given their history of high-quality releases with games like the Bayonetta series and Metal Gear Rising.  Platinum Games was also formed by several former members of Clover Studios, know for its own cult classics like Viewtiful Joe and Okami.  Now, one of their highly anticipated titles, Scalebound, has been cancelled.

Why Xbox One Scalebound was cancelled?

Scalebound was going to be a cooperative hack-and-slash that would have had you and your friends working with huge dragons to bring down even bigger monsters.  It officially ceased development according to a statement released by a Microsoft spokesperson on the game’s official website.  The game was planned to be an Xbox One exclusive and was posed to be a valuable title for broadening the console’s appeal.  Microsoft makes mention of several Xbox One exclusives that are still on the way in their statement concerning the cancellation, including Halo Wars 2 and Sea of Thieves.  An exact reason on why development ceased has not been stated.  Platinum Games is still working on releasing NieR: Automata, a sequel to the 2010 action-RPG published by Square-Enix, sometime this year.

What are your thoughts on this promising title hitting the end of the line?  Did Scalebound‘s announcement and/or cancellation have any effect on your decision on whether or not to get an Xbox One?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Halo Wars 2 Revealed, Open Beta Available Now

It wouldn’t be a Microsoft E3 press conference without some mention of Halo and this year brought the reveal of Halo Wars 2.  The Halo series was originally conceived as an RTS and it will be going back to the genre that inspired it with a sequel to 2009’s Halo Wars.  Set after the events of Halo 5, players will lead their armies across the Ark in a campaign with 13 missions.  Multiplayer will support up to six players with 3v3 match-ups.

The game is being developed by Total War developer Creative Assembly exclusively for Xbox One and Windows 10.  The game is being developed with the console version in mind first, which is a bit of a strange move given that RTS games have always seen the most success on PC.  The game will be a part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, so purchasing it for one system will also allow you to play it on the other at no extra cost.  If you buy it for Xbox One and want to switch to PC or vice versa, you’ll be free to do so with ease.

Halo Wars 2 is scheduled to release on February 21st, 2017.  The open beta is available now and will be running until June 20th.  You can check out the official reveal trailer here.  What are your thoughts on Halo Wars 2?  What changes do you hope to see from the original?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Top 5 Games That Will Make 2016 Sublime

A new year brings a new set of hotly anticipated games to look forward to. 2016 is already shaping up to be an exciting one with Sony and Microsoft continuing their fight for dominance as they pursuit to outdo one another. This along side Nintendo who will start to lift the lid on their latest console; The mysterious NX. All this with a heap of third-party and indie titles plus VR finally becoming a reality. So I think its fair to say its going to be one hell of a year.

Below I have brought together the five games I am most excited about for various reasons which I will go into. All you need to know is I realise there are many more games than whats on show however it’s impossible to talk about them all. The games need to at least look likely to release this year so sorry Last Guardian. Lastly its my own opinion so if you disagree that’s fine. Enjoy

 

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (Playstation 4)

Is this the end for Nathan Drake? Everyone’s favorite treasure hunter is coming out of retirement for one last adventure and oh boy does it look good. Destined to be the largest project undertaken by the much respected Naughty Dog, The winner of 25 E3 awards is easily Sony’s biggest release of the year. Can it match its predecessors though? Most importantly how will Nathan Drake’s story end? All I know is tears will flow.

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Cuphead (Xbox One)

This is the reason I play video games. Every once in a while something brilliant is shown from absolutely nowhere. Two Canadian brothers part of Studio MDHR have come together to make a platformer in the style of a 1930’s cartoon. Straight from announcement Cuphead stood out. It’s beautiful, It’s interesting, It’s new. What this industry demands more for is freshness and that is exactly what Cuphead is. Last year proved that indies can compete with triple A games, Cuphead looks to continue this trend.  A must for any Xbox One owners.

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Telltale Games: Batman (PC/MAC)

Now that Rocksteady have completed their take on the Dark Knight, Telltale are taking over the mantle to give their own take. Recently announced but promised for this year Telltale storytelling mechanic is one that may be wearing for some yet throw Batman in the mix and people perk up. Are we going to see more time spent with Bruce Wayne and detective work becoming a key part? Unlike Rocksteady’s version of the Bat it is more likely you will have to use your brains over brawn.

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Legend of Zelda Wii U (Nintendo Wii U)

Will we finally get a real open world experience set in the majestic world of Hyrule? With Nintendo in a period of transition, there’s reason for concern that their hottest property will enter a ‘Twilight Princess’ state being released on both the Wii U and NX. Whatever the outcome the newest Zelda looks to marvel surely set to take the gaming world by storm. That is if we can trust early footage.

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No Man’s Sky (Playstation 4)

Imagine having the opportunity to explore the entirety of the universe, well that’s what studio Hello Games are promising. Understandable if currently you are a bit pessimistic,  nevertheless if this is executed right it could become one of the greatest exploration video games ever. No pressure.

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So there you have five sublime games to look forward to this year. What video games are you most looking forward to? Leave us a comment below to tell us why.

Rare Reveals Canceled Conker Game As Project Spark DLC Also Cancelled

It’s no wonder that Conker the Squirrel drinks as much as he does given the amount of bad luck he’s had.  After debuting in the cult classic Conker’s Bad Fur Day at the tail-end of the Nintendo 64’s lifespan and having it remade for the original Xbox as Conker: Live and Reloaded, things have only gone from bad to worse and back again for Rare’s adorable little jerk.  On September 28th, 2015, Rare revealed concepts and artwork for a new Conker game that was planned to be developed for the Xbox after the release of Live and Reloaded.  Called Conker: Gettin’ Medieval, the game would have had a focus on multiplayer and set in medieval times with various reimaginings of characters from the Conker series.  The game wouldn’t have been focused on Conker himself, but rather the world that the Conker series is built around with its representation of Death taking the central role instead.  Perhaps the game would have gone more into the background of the Conker series, such as explaining why the Panther King has such a hatred of squirrels in the first place.

The reveal of this cancelled Conker game coincides with the recent cancellation of another Conker game.  Project Spark had episodic DLC based around Conker called Conker’s Big Reunion.  Along with the announcement that Project Spark will be dropping microtransactions with its next update for an entirely free model, it was also announced that the remaining episodes of Conker’s Big Reunion, along with all other episodic content planned for Project Spark, has been cancelled.  If you’ve made any purchases of or on Project Spark on or after July 28th, 2015, you can refund it for Microsoft Store credit equal to your money spent.

It’s a sad day for Conker fans, but maybe Playtonic Games can reincarnate him as Barry the Bad-Mouthed Badger or something once they’re done with Banjo-Kazooie successor Yooka-Laylee.  What are your thoughts on these two canceled Conker games?  Which would you rather have put back into development if you could?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Mouse And Keyboard Support Coming To Xbox One

Phil Spencer, Xbox department’s CEO, revealed earlier today that the Xbox One will feature an option to use a mouse and keyboard at certain occasions.

In a Conversation regarding the upcoming Xbox One straming functionality that is coming to Windows 10, Phil Spencer explained he really likes the idea, and would like to see the other way around.

“Those aren’t far away […] Mouse is what we’d need to add.”

In an answer to a fan, Phil Spencer explained that to fully incorporate a Windows-like streaming mechanic to the Xbox One, Microsoft will first need to embody mouse and keyboard support.

But it’s still unknown whether or not games that are supported with both the Xbox One and Windows 10 will accept the mouse and keyboard, as games like Fable: Legends are obligatory when playing on Windows 10.

For now, only 10 apps have been confirmed to suit in both systems, one of them being Microsoft: Edge, the replacement for Internet Explorer.

Next up on Microsoft’s plans is the release of the final version of Windows 10, which will come with a whole new User Interface, which will obviously bring entirely new features, just like the virtual intelligent assistant: Cortana.

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Xbox One App Update for Windows 10 Brings Game Streaming, Party Chat and More

Microsoft is always trying to unite all of their users across their operating system and taking advantage of usage of similar OS on console and PC. With Windows 10 release approaching, Microsoft have updated their Xbox One app to allow users of the app to stream their games on their PCs alongside other features that are new available for usage.

“We’re taking the game streaming function on Xbox One, as announced last month, out of preview and expanding it to everyone who owns an Xbox One and has a PC or tablet with Windows 10. This means you can play the great library of games you’ve built for Xbox One on your Windows 10 PCs when you’re not in front of your console.”

There is various improvements done on the app and new features introduced. They are listed below:

  • Party chat is now enabled, allowing users to chat with multiple friends at the same time;
  • The app will automatically detect Windows Store games and include them under the ‘My Games’ tab – even a number of older, non-Store games will be added;
  • The Home tab has been improved, which provides easy access to game streaming, recently played games and also shows you a number of featured games for better discovery;
  • You can now change your Avatar or gamerpic, along with a host of other options, under the Customize tab; and
  • Sharing clips and screenshots of your virtual adventures has been made easier.
  • New and simplified introduction to new users of the app

The Xbox One app update is a good move by Microsoft and its effect will be noticed in a short while but it is predictable that it will please everyone who uses the app. ( Credit: Neowin )

Shuhei Yoshida Says “I was very surprised.” Regarding Xbox’s Backwards Compatibility

Microsoft took everybody by surprise by revealing that the Xbox One will now offer backwards compatibility to Xbox 360’s games. Although this will be done title by title but Microsoft promises there will be a total of 100 games that support the new feature by the end of this year.

President of Sony’s worldwide studios, Shuhei Yoshida, was in an interview with Edge magazine’s latest issue and he discussed the matter and why Sony aren’t thinking about doing the same and that their main focus is “creating PS4 games.”. He also thinks that Microsoft’s goal of 100 games by end of the year might not happen.

“I was very surprised. It must have taken lots of effort for them to realise the backwards compatibility, because the Xbox 360 and Xbox One use very different kinds of architecture,” muses Shu. “And I’m very curious. They showed a very short list of titles that work, and doing software emulation means you have to work title by title. So I’m curious to see what kind of games will be included in those 100 games that they say will be compatible by the end of the year.”

He continued to comment on Sony’s PS Now service that lets you stream your PS3 games on your PS4 and play them normally. Although this can be considered as a backwards compatibility in a way but as Yoshida puts it “PS Now is a network service,”.

“We don’t have backwards compatibility with PS4. With PS Now you can play PS3 games on PS4, but the main purpose of PS Now is a network service,” he continues. “By removing the requirement of games running on the console itself we can bring PlayStation games to multiple devices,  including non-PlayStation devices. We just announced an alliance with Samsung in the US so people who purchase Samsung TVs canplay PlayStation games on their TV. So that’s the main purpose, not to provide backwards compatibility.”

Yoshida’s own opinion is that remaking games, remasters, HD and stuff like that,  is better than just offering backwards compatibility since it allows to improve the game in terms of performance and visuals.

“I totally understand people asking for it, and if it was easy, we’d have done that,” he adds “But our focus is creating PS4 games and adding new services. Remaking games on PS4 makes the games even better – with The Last Of  Us, you can play at 60 frames per second, and the same goes for Dark Souls 2. Actually, I just finished Dark Souls 2 again on PS4.”

Tell us what you think of Yoshida’s latest statements and if you still want Sony to follow Microsoft’s steps and offer backwards compatibility.

Gears of Was Ultimate Editon Bundle Announced

During this year’s Comic-Con, Rod Fergursson – Gears of War’s head manager – announced the Gears of War Ultimate Edition, which will be a special edition of the Xbox One that will come with a 1080p version of the original Gears of War:

“At yesterday’s Gears of War panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Rod Fergusson stated that every Xbox One sold starting August 26 would include a copy of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. To clarify, only the Xbox One Gears of War:Ultimate Edition bundle will include a copy of the game,” reads the statement.”

He also mentioned why they’re making a current-Gen edition:

“We’re committed to offering gamers a variety of choices to help them jump into the current generation of gaming this year and are excited to offer the Xbox One Gears of War Edition bundle next month.”

It has also been announced that Gears of War Ultimate Edition will include some extra missions that were excluded from the original Xbox 360 version.
This Gears of War Bundle will cost $350, the same price as the original Xbox One system.

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