Xbox One backwards compatibility is a huge motivator to adopting the system. Find out if your old-school game is supported with this handy list.
Over 600 Xbox 360 and original Xbox games are playable on the Xbox One, including classics like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Morrowind, Fallout: New Vegas, and a ton of Fable games. Of course there's lots, lots more
Microsoft recently stopped adding new games to the list, so the following games are set in stone as the full backward compatibility selection. All of the games below will also be playable on the next-gen Project Scarlett console (as well as all Xbox One games), bridging four generations' worth of titles.
Blizzard are continuing to combat cheaters in Overwatch, and while most games that are played don't contain cheaters the ones that do will now be shut down upon detection.
In the most recent Overwatch developers update, Blizzard Overwatch icon Jeff Kaplan sat down to discuss the more harsh punishments being introduced into the game. According to Kaplan, "the next evolution of cheat detection" will be that once the game detects that a player is cheating it will automatically shut down the entire game.
Players that are not cheating will not be penalized in any means, whether or not they are on the team with the cheater or not. This means that for competitive matches players won't have to be concerned with loosing SR if it appears there is a cheater on the other team. Blizzard seem to be cracking down on cheaters in Overwatch and Kaplan says that "very harsh actions are happening" to anyone who Blizzard finds to be breaking the rules.
Respawn is using an interesting method of annoying cheaters and spammers in the super-famous Apex Legends, with teh developer working on a system that would matchmake cheaters and spammers into matches with other cheaters and spammers.
The developer is tapping into machine learning technology for the next level in detecting and banning cheaters and spammers in the game, as well as doubling to stop cheaters altogether. It seems that Respawn has already got an algorithm in Apex Legends that pairs cheaters and spammers through matchmaking so they play with each other, and not ruin the game for the rest of the server.
Apex Legends, like most popular games, has cheaters. In the Ranked mode of Apex Legends it creates a big problem, and it's something games like Overwatch experience with its similar game modes. Blizzard has, in the last 24 hours, said that it is working on a new system that if it detecting cheating it would automatically end the match. Blizzard won't punish the other players in the game for the abrupt end of the match, it will only punish the cheater.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is grueling, unforgiving, and outright stressful. In other words, it's a FromSoftware game. But it doesn't have to be that way--if you're on PC, that is.
Apart from the higher-end hardware, improved frame rates, and amazing visuals, one big feature sets PC gaming apart from consoles: mods. Mods can drastically change a game and breath life into an age-old classic for years (just ask Bethesda). Now modders are using clever tricks to make Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice a lot less painful.
Introducing Sekiro The Easy, a new player-created mod that buffs the One-Armed Wolf's stats to make him more formidable. The mod boosts damage, defense, and stamina to reduce damage and resource costs per attack, and even raises the item drop rate among other things. It's essentially playing Sekiro with a handicap which lets you practice against certain bosses or even explore areas you couldn't get past otherwise.
Gearbox is very interested in letting PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers play Borderlands 3 together, but there's red tape barring the way.
Borderlands 3 could eventually get cross-play. It's definitely on the table and Gearbox wants to add it in, but it's not really up to the devs. Platform holders like Sony have to greenlight Sony's traditionally been more resistant to opening the cross-platform floodgates (Microsoft and Nintendo are all for cross-play). Luckily Sony is relenting and slowly approved cross-play in games like Rocket League and Fortnite...but we're not sure how Sony's picking these games. Top earners probably get first consideration. Case in point: the new Call of Duty Modern Warfare reboot will have full cross-play.
Due to the process and bureaucracy involved, Borderlands 3 won't have cross-play at launch. The shoot-and-loot multiplayer game may unify all systems "as soon as it's practicable," says Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. And even then there's no guarantee it'll happen.
Amazon's Prime Day Deals discount a PS4 Slim model to $249, complete with two must-have console exclusives.
Prime Day is going on now and we're seeing some impressive deals on games hardware, including this $249 PS4 Slim bundled with Spider-Man and Guerrilla's excellent Horizon: Zero Dawn action RPG. The sale shaves off $50 from the console's base price and spices things up by tossing in two must-play exclusives to boot.
Remember newer PS4 Slim revision isn't beefier than the original 2014 launch model, but it runs cooler, quieter, and is overall more efficient. It's kind of a mid-cycle refresh with a shrunken 16nm APU, whereas the PS4 Pro's GPU horsepower is double the base model with 4.2 TFLOPs of compute power.
Grab a PlayStation Classic for a cool $20 and turn it into a virtual arcade machine.
Sony's PlayStation Classic wasn't a success--it was overpriced, and had terrible in-game frame stuttering issues. But there's a silver lining: it's basically a Raspberry Pi that can be manipulated, hacked, and transformed into a retro wonderbox. Now Amazon's selling the mini-console for a paltry $20, putting it on par with a few day's worth of coffee.
The PS Classic comes with 20 built-in games, but most of them run in PAL rather than NTSC, meaning you should expect frame rate issues (PAL is 50Hz and NTSC is 60Hz). The selection isn't so hot anyway. Luckily the box can be hacked and you can pop on a ton of ROMs for expanded play--the process is actually quite easy, from what I'm told--but remember it only includes regular PS1-era controllers with D-Pads, not DualShocks.
In the market for a PS4 Pro? Pull the trigger on this Prime Day Deal and grab a console and two great games for $300.
Amazon's Prime Day Deals shaves a cool $100 off the PS4 Pro and bundles two of the platform's most lauded titles: Guerrilla's detailed fantasy epic Horizon: Zero Dawn with all its mech dinosaurs, and Insomniac's immensely authentic webslinging Spider-Man adaptation. This discount comes a year or so before Sony's next-gen PS5, which is expected to release in 2020 with insane specs, but there's still plenty of reasons to pick up a PS4 (especially since the PS5 will probably be expensive).
Remember you don't need a 4K HDR TV for the system. Games with PS4 Pro enhancements also improve performance and visuals on HDTVs, including supersampling graphics for 1080p displays as well as frame rate optimizations. Games can run up to 1080p 60FPS on the PS4 Pro and typically hit 4K 30FPS on UHD displays.
Gears of War 5, the next installment in the Gears of War franchise has been declared a non-smoking title after the director of the games strong opposition to addiction.
My dad smoked. He died of a heart attack at age 38. I was 4.— Rod Fergusson (@GearsViking) July 13, 2019
Rod Fergusson, the Gears of War 5 studio director at The Coalition took to Twitter on Saturday about his approach to smoking in Gears of War 5. The games director openly admitted to his long standing approach against smoking and how he has actively gone out of his way to not include it in-game.
Fergusson says: "To be fair, this isn't entirely accurate. I've been against smoking from the beginning and have worked hard to not make it a part of our franchise. Ever notice that the Dizzy concept art for Gears 2 has a cigarette but the actual character in the game doesn't? I stopped it." Following up on that tweet is another which is his emotional attachment towards his opposition of smoking, he says "My dad smoked. He died of a heart attack at age 38. I was 4."
Ubisoft has a goal of letting fans contribute towards some of the upcoming titles soundtracks, by doing this they have partnered with Joesph Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord.
Last year, Ubisoft announced that they wanted musicians to contribute to Beyond Good and Evil 2 using HitRecord. Artists can send in art, music and story elements but wouldn't necessarily get paid for their contributions, only if they were selected by the game studio.
Some artists found it unfortunate that Ubisoft was asking artists to compete their work for a price, instead it could be argued that Ubisoft a more traditional incentive that would be commission work. In a recent partnership announcement from Ubisoft will still be working with HitRecord to curate the music for Watch Dogs: Legion despite the controversy kick back from artists.