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The Xbox One Preview Program is getting a pretty substantial update pushed out tomorrow. This update is finally giving you the ability to buy those Xbox 360 backwards compatible games straight through the Xbox One store itself.
If you're lucky enough to have signed up and been chosen for the honor of this program, then you'll also be able to enjoy much larger Party Chat rooms, with up to 16 people able to tell you how much you such at one time. You'll also have the ability to include each person individually into your Twitch broadcast, though each person has the ability to decline should they want to. The party leader can also mute the voice of anyone who opted-in to being part of the broadcast, just in case.
And in case you want to show off the things you've accomplished with the nearly 30 million hours of Xbox 360 in Xbox One gaming time, then you'll also be able to share your Xbox 360 achievements in your Xbox One activity feed, which is only natural given that you can play those games on the console now. So why not celebrate all of your achievements properly.
Nintendo is going to get some huge attention this year at gaming-related events like Game Developers Conference next month, and E3 later on in the year in June. Their next-gen NX console is reportedly quite powerful, and according to the latest rumors, requires "near-zero modification" of Xbox One and PS4 games to get them working on NX.
The new rumors are coming from Dual Pixels, with some huge detailed spilled on Nintendo's next-gen console. Dual Pixels reports: "I don't have many details on the device itself but I do have some background for it and some PR techniques they will use for it. A thing to note about this device is that much of it's production was started in 2014 and many of the stuff I list here was outlined by the late Satoru Iwata before his passing. Hence in the company, the NX is considered the last project of their late president. Employees since his passing utter a phrase at the end of meetings and during idea brainstorms which is "岩田のために!" which roughly translates 'For Iwata!'".
Now, if you want the full skinny on Nintendo's next-gen console, Dual Pixels has quite the purported scoop. Here's what they had to say in detail: "The importance of this is that this "new" Nintendo is highly motivated in delivering a fantastic system and games, something that I quote from an employee 'have not seen this much forward momentum on a project since they launched the original Famicom'".
The release of Nintendo's next-gen console is still shrouded in secrecy, except for a few nuggets of information here and there. The latest, is that Nintendo NX will support Unreal Engine 4, Unity and the Frostbite engine.
This might not sound like much, but supporting the major game engines is a great thing for Nintendo, as it'll mean we'll see more games on NIntendo's next-gen console, that we currently see on the Xbox One and PS4. Normally game developers have to port games over to the Nintendo console out at the time - right now, that would be the Wii U - but with built-in support for the major game engines from Nintendo, this wouldn't be a problem.
With all of the financial information coming out from various companies, we're now finding out about Sony's position in the console market.
Sony posted its latest financial results for Q4 2015, where it reported 8.4 million PS4s were sold. VG247 reports that this is "more in nine months of the current financial year than it sold in the full financial year previously, when it shifted 14.8 million".
The company is expecting to sell 17.5 million PS4 consoles across 2016, rolling through its $4.89 billion in sales thanks to the PlayStation side of Sony throughout Q3 2015. At the start of 2016, Sony said it had sold close to 36 million PS4s, compared to Microsoft which has reportedly sold around 20 million Xbox One consoles - we'd say Sony is kicking some serious Microsoft ass in the console race.
Now that we're in the first month of 2016, we're hearing more about the launch of Nintendo's next-gen console, currently known as Nintendo NX.
According to Serkan Toto, a games industry consultant, NX launch titles are being worked on by Bandai Namco. One of these includes Super Smash Bros, but Toto tweeted: "Bandai Namco is currently developing several NX titles. Smash Bros is planned to be a launch title. I am not sure about the date - yet". Someone asked about his source, with Toto replying: "Can't say (sorry), but the source situation is very solid. Otherwise I wouldn't have tweeted".
Toto was asked if Super Smash Bros on the Nintendo NX console would be a totally new title, but he couldn't confirm this news. As for the other titles Bandai Namco is developing for the NX console, we could expect Dragonball Z, One Piece, Pac-Man and Project Treasure - among others.
Announced in November, backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One was almost like the holy grail for some. Despite being a newer console, there're still just so many fantastic games on the 360 that bear replaying, since a lot still had a plethora of games for the older console.
The library has expanded to well over 100 games, but performance issues might make some of them nearly unplayable. Digital Foundry did a test of every major Xbox 360 game that's available right now and found some surprising results. In general, performance is much improved since it was first available, but some games still perform much more poorly than they do naively on the 360.
Halo: Reach is the biggest disappointment with framerate that sometimes dip well below 15FPS. An unacceptable experience. But the underlying emulation might not be optimized for every game yet. Gears of War: Judgement also suffers a similar problem, suffering from horrible framerates that make it unplayable.
YouTuber 'Chris Gallizzi' has used his Core i7-4790K and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 to get Super Mario Maker running on Cemu (the Nintendo Wii U emulator) at 30FPS.
Considering Super Mario Maker is one of the best games on the Wii U, and it's running at 30FPS, this is quite the achievement. The latest version of the Wii U emulator is capable of running Super Mario Maker at 30FPS, with the video above showing off its emulation chops.
While PC gamers have been able to do this for something like 20+ years now, Xbox One fans will eventually be able to play music in the background - but it won't come "before Summer", unfortunately.
The news about background music on the Xbox One is coming from Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who was asked on Twitter. Spencer responded saying that background music wouldn't hit the Xbox One "before Summer, sorry to say".
The Division is getting its very own Xbox One bundle from Microsoft that gives you a 1TB Xbone combined with the game and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial so you can actually get online and enjoy the cooperative RPG to its fullest.
By pre-ordering the bundle (or the standalone game itself) you'll have guaranteed access to the beta that's going to kick off on January 28th, letting us all band-together (supposedly) to take back New York City in a format that, on the surface, looks very similar to Destiny. The gameplay should be different and hopefully is designed in the spirit of other Tom Clancy games, and of his literary works.
Playing The Division at E3 last year was a treat, though the frozen streets were surprisingly sparse. There's scuttlebut in the community about downgraded graphics from what was initially shown, but the examples that are coming out still do look good even if they aren't up to the pretty visuals of the first official gameplay trailer. This definitely isn't another Watch Dogs debacle, at the very least. If that's any consolation. So pick your poison and pre-order, or do the prudent thing and wait for it to release and be reviewed. Ubisoft has promised us that the PC version won't be just another port, but a game that they'll actually optimize so it runs well and looks spectacular, as it should on high-end PC's
The monthly sales report for December from the NPD Group is now out and it shows that the PlayStation 4 enjoyed a nice healthy lead for the last month of the year, which was likely expected by many. That isn't to say that the Xbox One did poorly, just that the PS4 remained on top last month and throughout the entire year.
The PS4 was built upon the success enjoy over the first part of the year and was able the sell around 5.7 million units during the holiday season and over 35 million games. The holiday season covers the period between November 22nd all the way through January 2nd, though that's no easy feat.
While the PS4 didn't quite have the amount of exclusives or timed exclusives as the Xbox One, that apparently didn't stop it from being the leading console of the year. For the Xbox One, no numbers are quoted, though the VP of Xbox Marketing did note that they enjoyed a hefty 61% increase in sales over the same period last in 2014. So both consoles enjoyed great growth year over year and record profits.