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  • Keyboard/Mouse Is Coming to Xbox One

    keyboard mouse xbox oneFor those that forget or were unaware, Microsoft is still working on bringing mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One. In fact, they're so close that they're almost ready to announce the first title to support mouse and keyboard support.

    Director for Xbox, Mike Ybarra, recently spoke at a PAX West panel and answered some questions about the progress of keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One.

    They mentioned that the feature is still coming, but they need to be careful about how they implement it. They made it clear that they understand players are concerned about the unfairness of going up against somebody with a keyboard and mouse, so they'll make it a mission to ensure developers have guidelines in place.

    With these guidelines, it will be down to the developer to decide whether they add keyboard and mouse support for their games. Developers are also encouraged to give those with a controller the option to only play with other people with a controller. It'll be the same for those that have a keyboard and mouse so that players can be given an equal playing field.

    For games that don't have competitive multiplayer, for example, a single player or a co-op game, keyboard and mouse support can be added without the need for a system such as the one mentioned above.

    The Xbox team will give developers the opportunity to be coached on how to implement a fair system if a developer does decide to add keyboard and mouse support for their Xbox One title.

  • PUBG Playerbase Overtook F2P Title Dota 2

    pubg playerbase beats dota 2If you haven't played Playerunknown's Battlegrounds yet, chances are you've at least heard of it. The game has quickly become the most played Steam title on PC. Recently, Battlegrounds managed to overtake Dota 2, the reigning Steam champ.

    Battlegrounds hit a peak of 877,000 players earlier this month. With these stats, it narrowly outperformed Dota 2 for both peak player and concurrent player numbers.

    Since the inception of Dota 2 on Steam, not a single game has managed to consistently stay as high in the charts as Battlegrounds has. Over the last few years, very few gameplay titles have managed to get past Dota 2, either. This is partially due to the fact that Dota 2 is a free-to-play MOBA title, just like League of Legends. It's also due to the fact that Steam's company, Valve, has developed the game.

    The closest game to compete with Dota 2 is Valve's other game Counter Strike: Global Offensive. A game currently retailing for around $10.

    The recent stats are even more impressive when you realize that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds currently retails for around $30, three times as much as Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

    Currently, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is exclusive to the PC platform. A third party developer is working on bringing Battlegrounds to Xbox One, and we should see it make it to Xbox's Early Access program soon.

    We don't yet have a release date for the Xbox One version, and there's no news of PUBG ever coming to PlayStation 4.

  • Minecraft Themed Xbox One S Bundle Showcased

    minecraft xbox one s bundleA brand new Xbox One S bundle has been showcased and it features a Minecraft themed skin for the console and the controller.

    The Xbox One S console itself has been coated with a skin that mimics the pattern of a dirt block in Minecraft. Once standing up, the dirt section of the block can be seen at the bottom, with a small layer of green pixelated grass at the top.

    The controller has been themed to look like a Creeper. The controller itself is almost entirely covered in the famous green pixel Creeper pattern. The front-facing buttons feature a green color scheme, while the bumpers, triggers, and sides are black.

    A Creeper face can be seen in the center of the controller, with the Xbox Guide button directly above it.

    Recently, Mojang has worked closely with Microsoft to bring all versions of Minecraft together within the single 'better together' update. With this, all Minecraft players can play with each other, regardless of what platform they are using.

    Unfortunately, at the time of writing, Sony refused to let the cross-platform play happen between their consoles and other platforms. Because of this, the PlayStation versions are limited to multiplayer between consoles within the Sony range.

    This excludes Sony smartphones - unfortunately, because they are running the Android operating system, they will not be able to play with those on PlayStation consoles. They will, however, still be able to play with those on any other platforms, including Xbox One and Windows 10.

  • Xbox One Support for Original Xbox Games Still Coming

    xbox one original xbox supportWhile it may have been some time since Xbox originally announced backward compatibility for original Xbox games, it's been reiterated recently that the feature is still being worked on.

    Phil Spencer was the person to step up and speak about the progress that's currently being made for the backward compatibility feature.

    When asked about whether Xbox would make any announcements about original Xbox compatibility, Phil Spencer responded by saying "I hope to bring more on Original Xbox backward compatibility this year, yes."

    By this comment, it sounds like the feature is still in the works and it may be some time before it's finalized. There may be some blocks that could potentially slow down the project, but if we're fortunate, we may get more finalized details about an expected release date for the feature before the end of the year.

    It's already been previously confirmed that original Xbox games will run better and look nicer on the Xbox One. While games won't have texture overhauls, their frame rates will be improved thanks to the increased performance of the Xbox One over the original Xbox.

    There will be a library of games available for original Xbox compatibility, starting with Crimson Skies and Fuzion Frenzy. The library of compatible original Xbox games won't be as extensive as the Xbox 360 compatible library, but it'll without a doubt feature some of the most popular original Xbox titles.

  • Xbox One X Pre-Orders To Open Soon

    xbox one x preordersIf you've been keeping an eye on the Xbox One X, formally known as the Xbox Scorpio, then you'll know that the console is set to hit homes around the world very soon.

    While Xbox is planning to push out the Xbox One X to retailers as soon as possible, pre-orders for the new console have not yet been opened.

    Thankfully, Xbox's Phil Spencer has confirmed that he plans to bring the Xbox One X pre-order page online very soon. Phil Spencer took to Twitter to write, "Our plan is set for this. All approvals are done so now just landing the announce with all the info, won't be too much longer."

    This means that the Xbox One X should be on sale very soon. With all of the hype that's lead up to the Xbox One X, we wouldn't be surprised if the console sells out very quickly, so you may want to keep an eye out on Phil Spencer's Twitter page for more updates.

    The Xbox One X is set to launch on November 7 across the globe. The console will be going for $500 USD. Other countries will sell it for their own prices, with the UK selling it for 449 GBP and Australia selling it for $659 AU as an example.

    Recently, it was revealed that the Xbox One X will be Xbox's smallest console yet, despite it also being the most powerful. The Xbox One X can also stand on its side, just like the Xbox 360. This feature was also introduced to the Xbox One S.

  • The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II To Get 4K Xbox One X Support

    the evil within 2 4k xbox one xTwo more games have been listed as 4K supported titles for those that pick up the Xbox One X.

    The new games include The Evil Within 2, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. If you visit the Xbox Games Store link for either of these two games, you'll now notice a number of logos to showcase their 4K support.

    These logos include "Xbox One X Enhanced," "HDR," and "4K Ultra HD" and are often used on games that have had texture reworks for the Xbox One X.

    With The Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus joining the Xbox One X launch party, the list of games with Xbox One X and 4K support is starting to grow.

    Other games recently announced for Xbox One X include the unreleased Crackdown 3, Assassin's Creed: Origins, Forza Horizon 7, and Sea of Thieves.

    A number of developers and publishers have teamed up with Microsoft to launch 4K support for their existing games, as well.

    Some of these upgrades to existing games include Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct, Minecraft, and Halo 5.

    The Xbox One X will launch on November 7, later this year. The new Xbox enhanced 4K console will cost USD $499.

    If you already own a game that will be getting an upgrade to support 4K and HDR on the Xbox One X, you'll simply need to boot up the game on the Xbox One X console and you'll get a prompt to download the necessary files.

  • Battlegrounds First Person Only Mode Coming

    battlegrounds first person only modeIf you've played Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, (Or seen other people play it), you'll know that the game features an option for both third person and first person.

    Despite the option between the two, players will often spend the majority of their game in the third person. To keep things dynamic, the development team behind Battlegrounds has confirmed that they'll be a bringing a first person only mode to the game.

    To begin with, the first person only mode will be limited to solo and duo games in the North America and Europe servers. If the game mode is received well, the development team will open up more servers for all regions and for squad mode.

    It should hopefully mean that by the time Playerunknown's Battlegrounds comes to the Xbox One, the first person only mode will be available for all regions and for all group sizes for those that are interested in it.

    Currently, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is only on the PC. It has quickly become the third most played game on Steam, only behind Valve's own titles, Dota 2, and Counterstrike Global Offensive.

    The Xbox One version of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is predicted to launch before the end of 2017 if things go swimmingly with development. An exact release date for the Xbox One version hasn't been set, but we should be given one soon.

    What are your thoughts behind all of the hype surrounding Playerunknown's Battlegrounds? Is it a game worthy of the hype, or is it a little undeserving of the recent success it's been given?

  • Dead by Daylight Released to Consoles

    dead by daylight consolesPerhaps after seeing the success of the Friday the 13th game, the Dead By Daylight developers have now pushed out their release for their game across PS4 and Xbox One.

    The new Dead By Daylight console launch is available exclusively as a digital download from either the Xbox Games Store or the PSN marketplace. The new console version has a number of achievements for Xbox One and trophies on PS4 for players to unlock.

    For those unaware, Dead By Daylight is a survival multiplayer game that gives players the chance to play as either one of the survivors or as the killer.

    When playing as the single killer, you must attempt to kill each of the survivors before they can escape. When playing as the survivors, you must team up with other players to either escape or take the killer down.

    There are a number of different killers available, some of which are based on real life serial killers or serial killers from pop culture. The killers available in the console release are the Trapper, the Wraith, the Hillbilly, the Nurse, the Shape, the Hag, and the Doctor.

    Just like with Friday the 13th the game, trying to win as the survivors is far more difficult than it would first seem, despite the fact that the survivors outnumber the Killer.

    This new wave of asymmetrical multiplayer games has certainly brought a breath of fresh air to the industry, so we're grateful to see Dead By Daylight available on Xbox One and the PS4.

    Dead By Daylight will initially be available for $29.99

  • Watch Dogs in New Xbox Games with Gold Lineup

    watch dogs xbox games goldThe Xbox Games with Gold lineup for June 2017 was revealed earlier this month, but for those unaware, Watch Dogs has now been made available for free to all Xbox Live Gold members.

    The Games with Gold lineup for June 2017 includes a number of incredible triple-A titles, as well as a selection of indie games.

    To begin with, Speedrunners will be available on the Xbox until June 30. Speedrunners is an action-packed running game that puts 4 players against each other. It can be played locally or online. Players must run, jump, and use their environment to either outrun or take down their competition.

    Starting from June 16, Watch Dogs will be available for free for all Xbox Live Gold members. Watch Dogs will be available until July 15.

    Watch Dogs is Ubisoft's open world third person shooter title that features a futuristic Chicago, Illinois. Players must use the gray hat hacking techniques of the protagonist, Aiden Pierce, to get themselves out of a variety of dangerous situations.

    Dragon Age: Origins has also been made available for free - this game was made free on June 16 as part of the June Xbox Games with Gold lineup. Dragon Age: Origins, will remain free until June 30.

    Finally, a DLC pack for Phantom Dust has been thrown into the June 2017 Games with Gold lineup. This DLC pack will be available for free until June 30.

    Earlier in the month, Assassin's Creed III was also available for free, but this was removed on June 15 and replaced with Watch Dogs

  • New Copilot Controller Mode Comes to Xbox One

    copilot controller mode xbox one insiderA brand new Xbox One Insider update showcases some of the new upcoming features we can expect for the Xbox One, including a brand new Copilot controller mode.

    The new Copilot controller mode will allow players to assign two controllers to a single control input. This opens up the opportunity for better accessibility for those with disabilities or better support for parent-child gameplay.

    Here's an example of the Copilot controller mode in action: A parent can switch on copilot mode while watching their child play the new Yooka Laylee game. The parent can spectate, but when the child comes across a part they're finding too difficult, the parent can jump in to help with their own controller. Both the parent's controller and the child's controller will be able to control the characters in Yooka Laylee.

    Alternatively, if a user has a disability that makes it difficult for them to access all of the buttons on a single controller at once, they now have the option to split the controls across to controller, giving them more accessibility.

    This new feature is still in the 'beta' phase in the Insider version of the Xbox One dashboard, but it should be pushed out to the live Xbox One dashboard soon. So far, the feature seems to be working as it's intended. We think this is a great new feature that should bring new opportunities for everybody to the living room.

    What do you think of the new copilot controller mode?

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