Xbox One update: original Xbox backwards compatibility up next?

Earlier this week Microsoft rolled out a major Xbox One update, bringing console owners a host of new features.

Following a summer-long preview, the update brought a much faster Dashboard and a more intuitive, horizontal guide that’ll make switching between menu options a breeze.

However, many of the features promised since E3 2017 are being held back for future updates, including backward compatibility with original Xbox games.

Way backwards compatibility

In a recent interview with GameSpot, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said development was currently on track for a launch before the end of the year.

He said: “We’re close. We’re really … I mean, so I have a little dashboard I go to, but I can see all the games where they are in getting approvals in pipeline. I know the games that are coming for the original Xbox.”

When pushed on a possible 2017 launch, Spencer added: “Oh yeah. I feel good.”

Just like the Xbox 360 titles, gamers will be able to insert their physical discs in order to download digital versions of the original Xbox games.

Related: Xbox One X hands-on

Currently, Microsoft has only confirmed two games; Fusion Friendly and Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, but Spencer says there are plenty more in the pipeline.

He said: “I don’t think we’ve announced them all. We have to do this in partnership with partners and stuff to do it, but we’re still on track. I feel really good. The games look great.”

New Avatars

This week’s update also arrived without the pending Avatars overhaul. Back at E3 2017, the company promised the return of custom-made avatars animated avatars from the Xbox 360 era.

However, this time, they’ve have been rebuilt using the Unity engine and that will allows gamers to do more with their Avatars and enjoy greater flexibility when it comes to emotions, diversity and customisation.

You’ve got to give a little

Finally, Microsoft has promised the next major Xbox update should enable console owners to buy games as a gift for their fellow players.

When checking out, Xbox One owners will be asked to pick a recipient, who’ll receive a download code to their registered email address.

Microsoft is yet to add these features to Xbox Insider preview versions, so the company will have to get a wriggle on if it wants them to be available before the end of the year.

Which OG Xbox game would you most like to play on your Xbox One? Drop us a line with a top five @TrustedReviews on Twitter.

Xbox news recap: Xbox One Fall Creators Update releases to all Insiders, Original Xbox Compatibility coming “really soon” and more

Welcome to our weekly Xbox news recap series, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Xbox. Let’s get started.

Xbox One Fall Creators Update now available

The full Fall Creators Update for Xbox One is out for all Insiders, offering the entire suite of changes to people who have thus far only gotten bits and pieces at a time. This should mean that the full public release of the update is imminent. If you aren’t an Insider member, you should be getting the update sometime within the month.

Original Xbox compatibility “really close”

In a new interview with Gamespot, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that Original Xbox Backward Compatibility is “really close.” He also mentioned that there are some compatible OG Xbox games that have not yet been announced yet – so, if your favorite original Xbox game hasn’t been announced yet, there may still be hope.

OG Xbox game Fusion Frenzy on Xbox One

Mixer is the new home for Paladins eSports

Mixer and Paladins – an Overwatch-esque first person shooter – are both generally seen as knock-offs of their big brothers (despite the fact that both of them are actually, in my opinion, pretty great on their own). It’s no surprise that they’ve banded together to try and carve out a better name for their brands. A new partnership between Hi-Rez games and Mixer has made it so that Paladins eSports will be exclusively broadcast on Microsoft’s streaming service.

Phil Spencer says Sony’s cross-play reluctance “not going away”

Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently had some choice words for Sony, which has recently gained the ire of many after being the only major player in the industry that’s resistant to giving cross-play to the gaming community. “If my friends have this console, they can’t play with people who buy another console. That’s a reason they go buy my console,” said Spencer. “That reason is not going to go away.”

Thanks for joining us. To keep up to date with all the latest Xbox news, keep a close eye on our Xbox One tag.


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Xbox One Backwards Compatibility update: THREE new Xbox 360 games arrive from Microsoft | Gaming | Entertainment

Xbox’s Larry Hryb has announced a new batch of Xbox One Backwards Compatibility games are being launched today.

A total of three will be made available today via both disc install and digital library.

Child of Eden, Goat Simulator & KOF SKY STAGE are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today, Microsoft have confirmed.

As usual, each games has a certain amount of votes on the official Xbox One leaderboards, with The King of Fighters: Sky Stage ranking in lowest this week.

Both KOF SKY STAGE and Goat Simulator have clocked in less than a 1,000 votes each, making Child of Eden the most wanted of the bunch.

Child of Eden is a rhythm action game created by Tetsuya Mizuguchi, which was originally launched on Xbox 360 in 2011.

“Child of Eden thrusts the player into the center of a battle to save Project Lumi, a mission to reproduce a human personality inside Eden, the archive of all human memories. As the project nears completion, the archive is invaded by an unknown virus. The player’s mission is to save Eden from the virus, restoring hope and peace.”

Goat Simulator is a third-person perspective action video game launched in 2014 by developers Coffee Stain Studios.

“Gameplay-wise, Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you’re a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. Destroy things with style, such as doing a backflip while headbutting a bucket through a window, and you’ll earn even more points!”

The King of Fighters: Sky Stage was released in 2012 for the Xbox 360 and published by SNK Playmore.

It follows news of original Xbox Backwards Compatibility games coming soon from Microsoft.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer said that original Xbox games are close, and that fans should expect some unannounced titles to be included.

Speaking to Gamespot, he said: “We’re close, we’re really close.

“I have a little dashboard I go to and I can see all the games [and] where they are in getting approvals in the pipeline.

“I know the games that are coming for the original Xbox but I don’t think we’ve announced them all. We have to do this in partnership with partners, but we’re still on track. I feel really good. The games look great.”

Original Xbox Backwards Compatibility was announced at E3 2017.

Pixelmator 2.4 for iOS brings full iOS 11 compatibility, including HEIF and Drag and Drop support


 

The iOS version of the image editing tool Pixelmator received an update on Tuesday, with version 2.4 “Cobalt” making the app fully compatible with iOS 11, including support for the HEIF format for images and the ability to Drag and Drop files into Pixelmator projects.

A useful addition for iPad users and part of the productivity additions introduced with iOS 11, the ability to use Drag and Drop makes it easier for users to incorporate other media into their Pixelmator compositions. Files can be moved individually or as a group into Pixelmator, including from Split View and the recent files pop-up window from apps located in the Dock.

The addition of High Efficiency Image File (HEIF) support means that Pixelmator is able to use photographs taken on an iPad or an iPhone using the format, instead of JPEG images. Apple introduced HEIF in iOS 11 to improve the compression of images, reducing the amount of an iPhone or iPad’s storage that photographs consume without losing quality, though apps also have to be updated to support images using it.

The Cobalt update also incorporates a number of bug fixes and other improvements, with the developers highlighting four of the main changes in its release notes. One fix related to the app unexpectedly quitting when “zooming in after starting a selection,” while another solves a problem where Pixelmator would occasionally stop responding after the user immediately tries reopening an image after closing it.

The development team also fixed an error where the composition would randomly disappear when layers are added or removed. Lastly, an issue where buttons in the Color and Format popovers would not respond to touches by the user has been cleared up.

Pixelmator for iOS is available in the iOS App Store for $4.99. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 9.1 or later, and takes up 138 megabytes of storage.

The update to the iOS version of Pixelmator echoes similar changes made to the macOS edition earlier in October. Version 3.7 “Mount Whitney” updated the image editor to be fully compatible with macOS High Sierra and added support for HEIF photographs, as well as a number of other integration and performance improvements.

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility update: Two new games and big Microsoft Xbox 360 news | Gaming | Entertainment

While it hasn’t been the most blistering start to a new month, there have been new Xbox One Backwards Compatibility games released.

Following on from the strong end to September, October has seen the launch of both Fable Anniversary and Fable II Pub Games.

There the only new games launched so far this month, although it appears Microsoft still have more plans for bringing over classic Xbox 360 games in the future.

Xbox chief Phil Spencer recently commented on the latest Xbox One news and how it affects the brand moving forward.

One of the most noticeable aspects of Backwards Compatibility is the ability to sell old games on a new console, but it also has other important roles to fill.

“I see games as an art form,” Spencer told Wired

“Console games can get lost when hardware generations go away. It can become more challenging to play the games of our past. 

“There’s something to be learned from experiencing what I played as a kid. 

“There’s good business there for the content owners, but as players, it’s nice to be able to understand how our artform has progressed.”

This bodes well for fans looking forward to some of those classic Xbox games being added to the library in the near future.

While fans may have to wait a little while to see a good bunch of original Xbox titles to be added, there’s still this month’s collection to explore.

The Fable Anniversary edition has had strong backing for its Xbox One Backwards Compatibility inclusion via the official leaderboards site.

Over 34,000 votes have been cast to see it added to the library, while the Pub Games received a much more modest 2,500.

As mentioned above, both title have been made playable via disc install, or digital market purchase.

You can also expect that both will be made available on the Xbox marketplace for anyone who wants to fill in their missing Fable collections.

The Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program currently boasts over 400 games and continues to provide regular new additions.

And while a lot of the most requested titles have now been added, Microsoft still have plans to add a few more.

The most popular games not available as part of the scheme include the Call of Duty Modern Warfare trilogy, Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City.

macOS High Sierra: Latest Version, Problems, Fixes, Features, Compatibility

Apple’s macOS High Sierra, the newest version of its Mac and MacBook operating system, is available now. The updated software, which launched to the public on 25 September 2017, brings new core technologies, opportunities for developers looking to jump on the VR bandwagon, and refinements to apps such as Safari, Photos and Mail.

In this article we’ve got everything you need to know about High Sierra: interface changes, new features and which Macs are compatible with the new OS.

What’s the latest version of MacOS?

macOS High Sierra was made available to download on 25 September. If you want to decide whether or not the upgrade is worth it, check out our Sierra vs High Sierra comparison review.

Apple issued a ‘Supplemental Update’ on 5 October. The update fixes the following:

  • A vulnerability that could expose the passwords of encrypted Apple File System volumes.
  • A vulnerability that could allow a hacker to steal usernames and passwords of accounts stored in Keychain using a third-party app.
  • A cursor bug in Adobe InDesign.
  • An issue where Yahoo messages couldn’t be deleted in Mail.

High Sierra problems & fixes

With every new version of the Mac operating system there tend to be a few issues, despite the fact that Apple runs an intense beta testing program. Below you will see any details we have of problems with High Sierra, and where available the fix for them

Fusion Drives and APFS

If you have a Fusion Drive you might want to hold of updating to High Sierra, although it should work fine, it just won’t be able to take advantage of one of the new features in High Sierra, the new Apple File System (APFS). More on APFS below, 

APFS is limited to Macs with Flash storage (or SSDs). Excluding Fusion Drives, which combine Flash with a Hard Drive, and older Hard Drive equipped models.

Apple’s head of software engineering Craig Federighi has confirmed that APFS will be coming to those models soon, however.

Federighi emailed a member of the public with the news, according to a Macrumors report, saying: “Yes, we plan to add support in a future update.”

The press release accompanying the High Sierra release also stated that Apple plans to introduce APFS support for Fusion Drives, and standard hard drives, in the future.

The support for APFS on Fusion Drives was pulled from the beta in June, Macrumours speculates that this was likely to be due to stability problems and bugs.

Because APFS was included in the early beta, anyone who was running the beta on a Fusion Drive equipped Mac may have issues if they try to update to the final version of High Sierra.

This shouldn’t affect anyone who hasn’t been running the beta version of High Sierra, but if you have been running High Sierra beta on your Fusion Drive equipped iMac then beware that you will need to follow Apple’s advice to convert your Fusion Drive back to the previous HFS+ format before installing High Sierra. 

Apple’s instructions, which you can read here suggest that you should first make a Time Machine back up, then create a bootable installer of High Sierra, and reformat the drive before recovering your data from the Time Machine backup.

Apple also outlines how to overcome this particular challenge using Internet Recovery, but advises that it is only for advanced users.

Security issues in High Sierra

A security researcher has already claimed that he has discovered a way to extract passwords from the keychain in High Sierra.

Synack head of research Patrick Wardle has demonstrated code that is said to extract passwords from the Keychain without requiring a master password.

However, while concerning, this security vulnerability isn’t limited to High Sierra. It is also present in older versions of the MacOS – and Apple has reassured users that: “MacOS is designed to be secure by default, and Gatekeeper warns users against installing unsigned apps, like the one shown in this proof of concept, and prevents them from launching the app without explicit approval. We encourage users to download software only from trusted sources like the Mac App Store, and to pay careful attention to security dialogs that macOS presents,” according to Gizmodo.

While it hasn’t confirmed this, it seems likely that the Supplemental Update issued by Apple on 5 October addresses this vulnerability.

Compatibility with Apps

There may also be issues with apps you use not working properly in macOS High Sierra. To find out if you are likely to encounter issues read: Which Apps won’t work in High Sierra?

New features in macOS High Sierra

Sierra brought some big new features to the Mac, such as Siri and Apple Pay – so what’s new in High Sierra?

MacOS High Sierra brings changes with it that you might be unaware of because they are all happening ‘under the hood’.

These changes to the core technologies include:

  • A new Apple File System that will change the way the Mac stores your data, as well as make copying files faster.
  • Improvements that will enhance 4K video playback (and reduce the space taken up by those videos).
  • The graphics capabilities will be improved, bringing VR to supported Macs.

High Sierra reminds us of Mac OS X Mountain Lion and Mac OS X Snow Leopard – two updates that built on the OS changes introduced in the previous year’s versions (Lion and Leopard respectively), and focused more on the underlying technologies, with fewer changes to the outside. Keeping Sierra as part of the name certainly seems to back this up.

However, there are ways in which these core technologies will improve your Mac experience in a way you will notice. Speaking on 1 August, Tim Cook talked briefly about the “immersive gaming, 3D and virtual reality experiences made possible with the upcoming release of macOS High Sierra”.

There are also some new features coming to some of the apps Apple ships with macOS, such as the ability to turn off autoplaying video in Safari, and new advanced editing tools in Photos.

You can also expect to see updates to:

  • Mail
  • Siri
  • iCloud
  • Spotlight
  • Notes
  • Messages

We’ll discuss the changes coming to all of those apps below, addressing the ‘core technologies’ later on in this article.

Safari

Note Safari 11 is available for earlier versions of the macOS too.

New features in Safari 11 will help you personalise your experience when surfing the web. You can refine your settings for particular websites – making the text bigger for example on one site, or adjusting your location settings for another.

Apple is determined to make surfing the web a more pleasant experience, much to the dismay of advertisers as a result there will be no more auto-playing videos and no more cookies tracking your surfing habits and aiding advertisers who want to target ads to your interests.

Apple sells this as Intelligent Tracking Prevention which identifies trackers and keeps your browsing history between you and your internet provider rather than third parties.

What this means to users is that in macOS High Sierra, Safari automatically blocks audio and video on every site visited unless you specifically tell Safari that you want to hear the audio/video playback. Once you’ve ‘told’ Safari that a certain website can play audio and video, it should remember that the next time you visit the site (because who wants to enable it for every YouTube video they watch?).

As a final nail in the advertiser’s coffin, Apple will make all pages that support Safari Reader appear thus in your browser – with ads stripped out. For more information read How to use the new features in High Sierra. 

Photos

The Photos app for Mac is gaining some new organisation tools including an always-on side bar (like we had in iPhoto). This new side bar will make it easier to find things, or at least that’s Apple’s aim.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

There will be a redesigned Edit view along with new editing tools including Curves for fine-tuning and Selective Color for making adjustments within a defined colour range. You’ll also find new professionally inspired filters.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

macOS High Sierra latest news: Photos

Speaking of editing, Live Photos will gain a new Loop effect, so you can create a looping video, as well as a Bounce effect, which will play the action forward and backward.

There’s also a Long Exposure effect coming which will use Live Photos to blur water or extend light trails for a slow-shutterspeed-like effect. You’ll also be able to capture Live Photos from within FaceTime.

Your People Album will gets larger thumbnails and more accurate grouping of the ‘Faces’ (and this will stay in sync across all your devices if you use iCloud Photo Library.

Apple’s also introducing lots of new Memories categories – including pets, babies, outdoor activities, performances, weddings, birthdays and sporting events, and you’ll be able to easily filter photo collections by your favourite criteria.

Other handy changes in Photos include:

  • Viewing past imports in chronological order
  • The ability to do various functions right from the toolbar, such as rotate and favourite batches of images
  • The selection counter will tell you how many things you have selected
  • Filtering photo collections according to criteria
  • Photos will supports external editors, e.g. Photoshop can launch within Photos and save edits to the Photos library
  • Third-party projects extensions that let you order framed prints, create web pages and more

Mail

Apple has also tinkered with the Mail app for MacOS High Sierra.

Updates will include improvements to search to make it easier to find what you are looking for amid our ever growing inboxes.

Top Hits adds a section at the top of your search results that includes the messages deemed to be most relevant to your search. These Top Hits are based on the the mail you’ve read, the senders you reply to most often and people you have designated VIP status. According to Apple, the more you search, the smarter it gets.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Mail

macOS High Sierra latest news: Mail

Mail will also offer a long-requested feature; split-screen view when running the app full-screen.

Essentially, if you’ve got the Mail app open full-screen in macOS High Sierra and you want to send a new email, the composition window will open on the right-hand side of the screen instead of a new window, as currently it does in macOS Sierra.

Siri

Apple remains the only major AI player to offer the choice between a male and female voice, and these voices are going to get even more natural in macOS High Sierra.

Siri’s voice will be much more expressive and less robotic. You can expect more changes in expression and intonation.

Siri is more than just a pretty voice, though. It will be taking on the role of DJ, learning your preferences based on what you listen to (if you’re an Apple Music subscriber) and making recommendations, as well as helpfully putting together playlists for you.

Spotlight

The main addition to Spotlight appears to be integration with flight information. You’ll be able to enter your flight number to see arrival and departure times, terminals, gates, delays, and more.

Spotlight results will also include multiple Wikipedia pages when there is more than one answer to your query.

Notes

We think this one is a great addition – you’ll be able to Pin your most frequently used notes to the top so you can easily find them. This sure beats having to re-save a Note every time we access it so that it doesn’t get buried.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

You’ll also be able to add tables to Notes.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

macOS High Sierra latest news: Notes

Messages

This is perhaps one of the most exciting elements of the new Mac and iOS operating systems.

Your Messages are going to be stored in iCloud, so if you ever lose your phone you won’t lose all your messages, and more importantly, your Messages will be in sync across all your devices, so you won’t see alerts on your Mac for messages you have already read on your iPhone.

macOS High Sierra latest news: Messages

macOS High Sierra latest news: Messages

Because Messages will be stored in the cloud they won’t take up space on your Mac or iPhone either.

Apple File System

Now we’ve covered the fun stuff (i.e. the apps we use every day). Onto the under the hood changes that will hopefully enhance our overall experience on our Macs come this autumn.

First up is the introduction of the Apple File System (APFS) on the Mac. APFS arrived on our iPhones earlier this year in an update to iOS 10, and when it arrived the first thing we all noticed was that we got gigabytes of space back following the update. This is because Apple has rearchitected the way it stores data on its devices.

But APFS will do more than reduce the amount of space our data takes up. It will also make duplicating a file and finding the size of a folder instantaneous.

macOS High Sierra latest news: APFS

macOS High Sierra latest news: APFS

It also keeps files safe with built-in encryption, helps protect data from power outages and system crashes, and offers simplified data backup, according to Apple.

And perhaps most importantly, it is compatible with HFS drives and data, so you shouldn’t lose any data (although we’d always recommend that you back up!), and is designed with future advancements in storage technology in mind.

Why is this so exciting for Mac users? In addition to offering increased security when compared to the standard HPF system and built-in drive encryption, it offers a dramatic speed bump in file transfer speeds – ideal for those that move/copy/duplicate large files.

The introduction of APFS may even free up a bit of storage like it did for iOS users when Apple introduced it in iOS 10.3!

Video

High Sierra will also see Apple move to the H.265 video standard to support better 4K playback. H.265, also known as HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) compresses video 40% more than H.264, and means high-def videos will take up less space on your Mac. High-quality video streaming will be possible too.

It’s not just about watching videos, though. The hardware accelerations on the new iMac and MacBook Pros will make HEVC encoding and editing possible.

(H.265 will also be arriving in iOS 11 for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and the next iPhone.)

Metal 2

The Metal technology built into macOS makes it possible for apps to use the full power of the graphics processors. The incoming Metal 2 update brings new capabilities in machine learning, virtual reality and external GPU support.

The API has also been refined, and Apple claims it offers improved performance.

In conjunction with Thunderbolt 3, Apple will offer external GPU support on supported Macs (although this is expected to be a later addition, coming in Spring 2018).

Apple is offering an External Graphics Developer Kit to developers of apps that use Metal, OpenCL, and OpenGL. It costs £749 and will furnish them with all the hardware and software they need to optimise their app, it includes:

  • Sonnet external GPU chassis with Thunderbolt 3 and 350W power supply
  • AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB graphics card
  • Belkin USB-C to 4-port USB-A hub
  • Promo code for $100 towards the purchase of HTC Vive VR headset

Find out more about this here.

macOS High Sierra latest news

macOS High Sierra latest news

Virtual Reality

Apple will be offering support for VR content creation for the first time in High Sierra and as a result developers will be able to create immersive gaming, 3D and VR content on the Mac.

These capabilities are limited to the new 2017 iMac with Retina 5K display, the new iMac Pro coming in late 2017 and any supported Mac paired with an external GPU (although the latter will be delayed until Spring 2018).

Developers will be able to use peripherals like the HTC Vive VR headset and apps like Final Cut Pro X, SteamVR, Epic Unreal 4 Editor and Unity Editor to create immersive new worlds, says Apple.

Regarding its own video suite – Apple says that Final Cut Pro X will add support for professional 360-degree workflows with the ability to import, edit and export 360-degree video, “later this year”.

Already, Steam is optimising their SteamVR platform for macOS and enabling connection of the HTC Vive headset, according to Apple.

macOS High Sierra latest news: VR

macOS High Sierra latest news: VR

This is in part thanks to the new Metal 2 technology introduced as part of the update that’ll give the existing Mac range a hefty boost in terms of graphical power, and signifies a huge step in the VR world; only months ago, Oculus claimed its Mac support was on hold due to the power required to use the headset.

Will this change now? Only time will tell, but we imagine it will be the case. 

Read next: Can you use Oculus Rift with Mac?

Which Macs can run High Sierra?

Thankfully, every Mac that can run the macOS Sierra can run High Sierra. Those machines are:

  • MacBook (Late 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 or later)
  • Mac mini (2010 or later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 or later)
  • iMac (Late 2009 or later)

Read about how macOS High Sierra compares to Windows 10.

Xbox One news: Xbox One X pre orders, PS5 release, Backwards Compatibility update | Gaming | Entertainment

Fans have been given another chance to grab one of Microsoft’s new upgraded consoles before their full release later this year.

The Xbox One X will debut in November and is set to become the most powerful console on the  market.

It will be able to offer more than its main rival, Sony’s PS4 Pro, although it will mostly rely on developers to ship enhanced versions of games.

New Xbox One X pre-orders were released this week, as Argos gets more stock ahead of release date.

With the November 7 release date creeping up fast, Argos has been given a new allocation of stock.

After selling out of their first batch within two days, fans have another chance to pre-order the console for launch.

The Xbox One X has been dubbed the world’s most powerful console, and will cost £449.99 when it launches on November 7.

The console is still available from Argos at the time of writing.

All you’ve got to do is visit the Argos website, type in your postcode and check if pre-orders are available in your area.

James Cooke, video games buying manager at Argos, said: “With our last pre-order window selling out in two days, we expect high demand for the widely-anticipated Xbox One X. 

“We’re delighted to offer the world’s most powerful games console and encourage fans looking to get their hands on the Xbox One X before Christmas to visit Argos.co.uk to secure this in-demand product.”

The PS5 could already have its first blockbuster game, as Avalanche Studios hints at what’s to come for the next-gen.

While the PS5 release date remains a mystery, Just Cause developer Avalanche has provided further proof that the next-generation of consoles is coming.

And it looks like Avalanche will be at the forefront of the new generation of PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

The developer is advertising for staff to work on its next-gen sandbox engine.

“Avalanche Studios is currently looking for a senior programmer to join a small team developing our next generation open world / sandbox multiplayer engine,” reads an Avalanche job post.

The developer also shed some light on the kind of things it will be prioritising for its next-gen games engine.

Based on the job ad, destructible environments will play a big part in the next generation of multiplayer games. 

“As a Senior Multiplayer Programmer you will influence the architecture and drive the implementation of all multiplayer technology in the Avalanche Apex engine.

“This is a great opportunity to work with some of the most complex and rewarding challenges in game development today; Open worlds, sandbox gameplay and highly destructible multiplayer environments.

“As with most multiplayer development, a keen sense of fun gameplay and that 6th sense for what gives the perfect “feeling” are both key aspects for this role.”

Perhaps it will be a new Just Cause sequel, or maybe something completely different.

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility just got a major boost, as Microsoft adds four huge classics to the scheme.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 are all now backwards compatible on Xbox One.

This includes all of the original campaigns and multiplayer.

Even better news is that the Halo games come with free DLC, which means even more maps for multiplayer.

The Halo series took longer than expected to come to backwards compatibility, as 343 spent more time making sure they were up to scratch.

“We know everyone is very eager to get their hands on the Xbox One back-compat release of Halo: CE Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, and Halo 4,” reads a recent 343 blog post.

“We are eager to get them into your hands! The Xbox back-compat team is hard at work on final polish and we continue to work closely with them to help test and evaluate all four games for launch. 

“We’re taking extra time to ensure the experience lives up to fan expectations but I hear we’re making great progress and release should be getting closer.”

Xbox One NEWS – Games with Gold October 2017 reveal, HUGE Backwards Compatibility update | Gaming | Entertainment

Xbox One fans are counting down to the Games with Gold October 2017 reveal.

And with the month almost at an end, fans should find out the October 2017 games lineup on either Monday or Tuesday.

The first Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles would then be available from October 1. This would be followed by the second batch of games on October 16.

The games list currently remains a mystery, but a horror game is always a good bet going into October.

For the time being, fans can download the likes of Forza 5 and Oxenfree. You can see the current lineup below…

  • Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year Edition: Available September 1 to 30 on Xbox One
  • Oxenfree Available September 16 to October 15 on Xbox One
  • Battlefield 3: Available September 16 to 30 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility just got a major boost, as Microsoft adds four huge classics to the scheme.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 are all now backwards compatible on Xbox One.

This includes all of the original campaigns and multiplayer.

Even better news is that the Halo games come with free DLC, which means even more maps for multiplayer.

The Halo series took longer than expected to come to backwards compatibility, as 343 spent more time making sure they were up to scratch.

“We know everyone is very eager to get their hands on the Xbox One back-compat release of Halo: CE Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST, and Halo 4,” reads a recent 343 blog post.

“We are eager to get them into your hands! The Xbox back-compat team is hard at work on final polish and we continue to work closely with them to help test and evaluate all four games for launch. 

“We’re taking extra time to ensure the experience lives up to fan expectations but I hear we’re making great progress and release should be getting closer.”

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility is about to add a true classic to the games list.

Microsoft has confirmed plans to make Fable Anniversary available as part of Xbox One Backwards Compatibility.

That’s according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, who said that Fable Anniversary is being worked on right now.

“Hey Phil can we expect Fable anniversary to go backwards compatible on the Xbox One any time soon I have been waiting ages,” asked one fan on Twitter.

Spencer replied: “This should come, it’s being worked on now.”

Fable Anniversary is one of the most requested games on Backwards Compatibility, securing 34,000 votes from fans.

Xbox Games with Gold Backwards Compatibility boost ahead of October 2017 free games lineup

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Xbox Games with Gold Backwards Compatibility boost ahead of October 2017 free games lineup

The announcement is coming this week, and due to the short timeframe available, is likely to be revealed by Microsoft as early as Monday or Tuesday – just ahead of Sony’s own lineup coming on Wednesday.

However, before the Xbox could get the chance to do so, they were informed about some rather excellent news in relation to and the Xbox Games with Gold September 2017 titles.

Earlier this week, one Xbox fans posted on to let Xbox boss Phil Spencer know just how successful the consoles backwards compatibility feature can be, with a screenshot of the concurrent players for Battlefield 3.

The same Battlefield 3 that was also made free to Games with Gold subscribers in September.

According to the screenshot sent to Phil Spencer, Battlefield 3 had – as of September 19th at roughly 4.30 in the afternoon – 7713 concurrent players online.

By comparison, there were only 2137 players on PS4 and 2682 on PC.

In response, Phil replied: “To me this is why cross-play, back compat etc is important. Want to keep older games going with a playerbase that can sustain.”

It goes to show, those older backwards compatible games Xbox give players each month are still worth checking out, because thanks to the Xbox services, most will have a thriving player base.

It’s also worth remembering that if you’ve yet to download this month free Xbox Games with Gold titles that you still have time – but you best hurry up!

Currently, Xbox One owners with an active Xbox Live Gold membership can download three great games.

Throughout September Xbox Live Gold members can download Xbox One racing release Forza Motorsport 5, which is a nice way for players to gear up for the new  release in October.

In addition, fans can also download ghostly supernatural thriller Oxenfree all the way until October 15th.

Which is great, because even if you don’t play it this month, download it and save it in time for Halloween next month!

Lastly, and as we’ve already alluded to, there’s Battlefield 3 which even today, six years after release, remains one of the best modern-day shooters.

Just to be clear, here are the remaining Games with Gold titles up for grabs and the dates for when you can download them.

• Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year Edition: Available September 1 to 30 on Xbox One
• Oxenfree Available September 16 to October 15 on Xbox One
• Battlefield 3: Available September 16 to 30 on Xbox One and Xbox 360

You can learn more about each of the free games below:

Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year Edition

Get behind the wheel and experience the adrenaline rush of your ultimate car fantasy! Forza Motorsport 5: Racing Game of the Year Edition includes a new graphics engine with 17 tracks, and the Top Gear Car Pack with an additional 10 cars to race and customize. Play with a friend on your Xbox One, or with up to 15 opponents online, and try to keep your eyes on the track because this game is truly gorgeous.

Oxenfree

In this award-winning teen supernatural thriller, you accidentally open a ghostly portal during an overnight party, releasing unknown paranormal forces. Using an innovative speech bubble system to control the flow of the story as you move around, you must work with the others in your group to figure out what the forces are and how to stop them. Which of the possible endings will you experience?

Battlefield 3

Get ready for truly awesome combat in Battlefield 3. Using Dice’s amazing Frostbite 2 engine, take advantage of the destructible world around you as you battle your enemies in heart-pounding action. Dynamic audio and extremely lifelike character animation add to the realism of the single-player missions and the multiplayer online battles in locations from Europe to the Middle East and North America.

Xbox One X news – UK pre-order update, forward compatibility, graphics vs PS4 Pro | Gaming | Entertainment

New  X pre-orders have been released this week, as Argos gets more stock ahead of release date.

With the November 7 release date creeping up fast, Argos has been given a new allocation of stock.

After selling out of their first batch within two days, fans have another chance to pre-order the console for launch.

The Xbox One X has been dubbed the world’s most powerful console, and will cost £449.99 when it launches on November 7.

The console is still available from Argos at the time of writing.

All you’ve got to do is visit the Argos website, type in your postcode and check if pre-orders are available in your area.

James Cooke, video games buying manager at Argos, said: “With our last pre-order window selling out in two days, we expect high demand for the widely-anticipated Xbox One X. 

“We’re delighted to offer the world’s most powerful games console and encourage fans looking to get their hands on the Xbox One X before Christmas to visit Argos.co.uk to secure this in-demand product.”

New Xbox One X enhanced games have been revealed for the console, as Microsoft talks forward compatibility.

Taking the tally to more than 130, the newly announced Xbox One X enhanced games include Far Cry 5, LA Noire, Greedfall and Okami HD.

Microsoft has also teased the possibility of forward compatibility for the Xbox One X.

Microsoft’s Albert Penello teased how the Redmond-based tech giant may tackle the typical console generational upgrades in an MCV UK interview.

He said: “We care a lot about compatibility, we have a huge effort around compatibility, and that’s not just backwards compatibility.

“I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that we care a lot about compatibility and in this day and age people have shifted to caring more about their community and their apps, than caring about the piece of hardware that they’re on, and we have just moved with that.”

Xbox One X fans have been given some good news in the battle with the PS4 Pro.

Ahead of the console’s November release date, one developer believes that the differences between the Xbox One X and  Pro are big, and that we should notice the difference in graphical quality with the bigger titles.

BetaDwarf CEO Steffen Kabbelgaard said (via Gamingbolt): “The strength of the Xbox One X is surprisingly big, which logically would mean that the games on the Xbox One would look at lot better than the PS4.

“Chances are that developers that want to go to the limit will edge more towards the Xbox One X because of the relative ease of porting to PC and the other way around with the UWP.  

“The main thing that would keep cutting edge developers away from the Xbox One X would be backwards compatibility, with the original Xbox One being a lot weaker. Then again, the same goes for PS4.”