Probably the most requested feature since the whole Xbox 360 backwards capability news broke, the ability to purchase compatible titles from within the Xbox One store, as well as access and download any free backwards compatible Games with Gold titles for the month. This feature will be added in the March update for the console, and will be available to preview members as of tomorrow.
At a recent Spring Showcase held by Microsoft, Phil Spencer, the head of the company's Xbox division, announced that Microsoft is planning to unify both platforms into one ecosystem running Universal Windows Applications (UWAs). What does this almost fake sounding acronym mean for console and PC users? Well, a potential situation where a purchased game could either be played on a Windows 10 capable PC, an Xbox One, or even a supped up version of the Xbox One aimed at hardcore gamers.
And it'll be a free-to-play curated Forza 6 experience featuring over 60 cars and 20 tracks. This PC version of Forza 6 is also set to bring along the great but badly titled Drivatar AI system from the recent Forza titles, as well as the equally great and also badly titled Forzavista showroom mode. Full details on the title are a little scarce, but there's a rather impressive 4K trailer.
In a few months time Creative Assembly's popular historical warfare series Total War will enter the realm of orcs, goblins, and wizards. With Total War: Warhammer, the series will present an entirely fictional world for the first time, giving players the opportunity to command hundreds of blood-thirsty orcs as they charge into battle. It's like a videogame wish come true, and in the latest video from the game we get a look at an Orc campaign battle.
Another day another new video for The Division, this time focusing on the extra special features of the PC version that will be available to GPU's that carry the Nvidia brand-name. Where talking HBAO+ and PCSS shadows, two things that make shadows and lighting look better than ever before. Shadows so good that even Shadow Man be like, "Damn, they be some nice shadows. Also, isn't it time for a new Shadow Man game?" He's right on both counts, but the PC version of The Division certainly looks amazing.
Dev kits for Microsoft Hololens are expected to begin shipping in late March, with a price point of $3,000 USD. And no that's not an extra 0 due to a typo, the units will be pretty expensive. But hey, Microsoft also debuted a look at Young Conker, an augmented reality AR platform game that utilises specific capabilities of the device.
Which basically boils down to two things, Valve firing host James "2GD" Harding after a day or so of questionable commentary, and the fact that a lot people had problems streaming the event without continuous dropouts and all-round poor quality. And to cap it all off Valve head honcho Gabe "Where's Half Life 3!" Newell took to Reddit, not to apologise to fans or take any sort of responsibility, but to vent. Like some sort of pipe. Or, valve.
If you played The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as either a launch title for the Nintendo Wii or as a swan song for the Nintendo GameCube you probably had a great time. A howl of a tile. Ahem. Notably, The Twilight Princess featured a similar art-style to the popular Ocarina of Time, in that it was perceived as more mature than the previous entry The Wind Waker. With the HD re-release due later this week, Nintendo has released a new trailer which also serves as a highlight reel for the entire game.
At a recent conference in Monaco some of the early environment and weather design was showcased from the recently crowdfunded Shenmue 3. But be warned the footage was captured from the audience, so it's a little hard to make out what it really looks like. Also the screenshots, taken from an update from the official Kickstarter page, are pretty small. But hey, late '90s style tiny screens and low res video is probably the ideal way to hype up a new Shenmue game.
Nintendo has announced the latest entries in its popular portable illegal street monster fighting simulator, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, which are due for release later this year for the 3DS. The two titles were announced in a recent Pokémon themed broadcast from Nintendo, and will arrive in time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pokémon.