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You Can Play These Original Xbox Games On Your Xbox One Right Now

The launch of original Xbox backwards compatibility has begun! Microsoft has released the list of these 13 games you can play on your Xbox today:

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

If you don’t own some of these games and would like to play them they are now available in the Xbox Live marketplace.

Xbox Scorpio: Are Console Exclusives Necessary?

The Xbox Scorpio had a few moments in the sun last week. We learned about the impressively powerful machine, but we haven’t heard anything about the price point just yet. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it might be steep.

Then the groans started, software drives the gaming workhorse, and PlayStation has been sitting on their mighty throne made of some excellent titles. Horizon Zero Dawn springs to mind with its recent release selling as many as 1,829,337 in its first week alone.

Microsoft on the other hand has had a few set backs, such as the Platinum game Scalebound being cancelled before it had the exclusive spot light from Microsoft. And games like Quantum Break not being as revolutionary as people had hoped. We shouldn’t expect Microsoft to be able to catch up. So far Microsoft hasn’t announced anything remotely close to replacing Scalebound but is that okay?

The console is a mid-cycle upgrade for this console generation, this means that games on the Xbox One need to be played on the Scorpio. The Scorpio will come with improved frame-rates, load times, and resolution over its predecessor and that’s a strong reason to buy a Scorpio in my mind. I want games to play smoother, look gorgeous, and stay consistent with high frame-rates.

Let’s forget the performance for a second, maybe you’ll buy the Xbox Scorpio for that massive 4K display and be blown away by the beauty displayed on screen.  But for the rest of us who already have a PS4 or PS4 Pro what’s going to make us take the leap to the Scorpio? The price point will likely be steep, I don’t think 4K TV’s will be cheap enough by the time the Scorpio comes out to make it affordable, and finally there aren’t exclusives yet to speak of since “No one gets left behind,” said Xbox boss Phil Spencer when Project Scorpio was announced.

If the Scorpio brings out amazing performance that the PS4 Pro can’t match, and isn’t as expensive as a $600 graphics card, I may consider it. I mean hell I have to consider it. But penny pinchers will need a game to sell them on the product, maybe even several, and time will only tell if the Scorpio brings it. I want more games, and the more fantastic and creative they become I’ll look past the consoles shortcomings when it comes to the price point.

E3 2016: Gears of War 4 Demo

Today we had the opportunity to take a closer look at Gears of War 4’s single-player campaign during Microsoft’s Press Conference. The conference offered more details regarding the characters we’ll be playing, and the grotesque new enemies they’ll be facing off against. The game appears to play in a similar manner to previous Gears of War titles, and includes updated graphics of the series’ gorgeous, gothic environments. Head of Coalition studios, Todd Ferguson, also confirmed a brand new wave-based co-op mode entitled Wave 3.0.
Gears of War 4 releases on Xbox One and Windows 10 on October 11th, 2016.


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China completely lifts 14-year video game console ban

by Denis Ricardo (@deniricardo) 

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that China is lifting it’s ban on video game consoles completely, via a statement by the Chinese Ministry of Culture.

The ban was instated in 2001 by the Chinese government, but rumors of it’s lifting had been talked about since 2013. China had temporarily lifted the ban in January of 2014, but only if the consoles could meet government approval.

The ban was instated because the Chinese government believed video games to have a negative effect on children’s behavior, however the PC gaming market was unaffected by the ban. 

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