Xbox One: keep your 360 if you want to play XBLA games

Friday, 31 May 2013 11:28 GMT By Dave Cook

Xbox One won’t lay existing XBLA games. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has suggested that if you want to continue playing them you should keep your Xbox 360.

Speaking with Gamespot, Spencer shed light on the incompatibility of XBLA games and Xbox One.

“Those games will continue to run on your Xbox 360 for as long as your Xbox 360 runs,” he explained. “The box is not backward compatible and we think for somebody who invests in a large digital library that you want to keep your [Xbox 360]. Keep that as a vibrant part of the ecosystem.

“That’s why we’ve made sure that your identity, your friends, are constant between both platforms. You don’t have a separate identity on Xbox One or [Xbox 360]; it’s the same, you are you. My friend’s network is the same on both boxes, my achievements are the same. So we think that service component is an important component to keep constant across both devices”.

Talking about the future of XBLA on Xbox 360, Spencer added that something big will be announced at E3 next month. “I think the [Xbox 360] is going to be very vibrant for many years,” he said. “In fact, we have a huge, I think it’s huge, [Xbox 360] announcement for E3 that I keep wanting to talk about, but I can’t.

“I think it will surprise people. I loved what we did with Minecraft; bring Minecraft to the box; six million units later it’s kind of a beast. I think there’s a lot of life in the [Xbox 360] for years to come.”

So, will you be keeping your Xbox 360 as advised? Let us know below.

Thanks OXM.


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  1. CyberMarco

    No shit!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    I’m about to run out of fingers, here! How many boxes is that, now ;)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. orakaa

    Translation: #dealwithit

    Between this and their plans to make gamers pay more for used games (we don’t know if they’ll keep it but at least for the moment it is planned), do they REALLY think gamers became rich?

    Don’t they know that MANY gamers trade their older console in order to finance the new one? Heck, most of the promotions I see at GAMES or other retailers work based on that “Sell your older console to get the new one cheaper”.

    No compatibility for disc games… okay, why not, but XBLA? It’s bullsh*t.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Goffee

    So, you will need one cable/FREEVIEW/satellite box, one Xbox 360, and One Xbox One (excluding PlayStations, Wiis and the like).

    Is this some advanced form of maths that us shaved apes don’t get?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. bugmenot

    Pretty obvious.

    It’s the same for current PSN games on the PlayStation 4, you won’t be able to play them either except for some which Sony may port onto the PS4.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. VibraniumSpork

    So, plug the 360 into the XB1 and…happy days? Hmm.

    I’m a gamer, but not a techy; isn’t there some form of emulation that could allow all of the old XBLA games to run on the XB1? Surely it’s powerful enough. Is this a tech problem that just can’t be overcome or is this purely a case of forcing people to, in some cases, buy their favorite games twice?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Kanok

    Of cause, I’ll keep my 360 :D

    #7 2 years ago
  8. M. K.

    @4: As far as I know Sony is going to use Gaikai tech in some way to make the PS4 backwards compatible. So atleast there’s an idea to make it happen somehow instead of saying f*** you to the customers, like MS does in the past several weeks :D

    #8 2 years ago

    “I think the [Xbox 360] is going to be very vibrant for many years,” he said. “In fact, we have a huge, I think it’s huge, [Xbox 360] announcement for E3 that I keep wanting to talk about, but I can’t.”

    I think this is a better story than the captain obvious nonsense.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Francis O

    Anybody who buys a X-bone is a idiot. This console screws the consumer on a daily basis.

    Can’t transfer games from the Xbox 360
    Gotta pay a fee for used games
    Gotta pay for Xbox Live when Sony, Steam, and Nintendo are free
    Forcing you to pay for Kinect
    No backwards compatibility of any kind: Games, controllers
    Limited form of DRM – checks every 24 hours

    No amount of games can save this console to me. Paying for Xbox Live is just crazy. I already pay for internet, why do I have to pay for playing a game online? MS can keep their trash.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. RandomTiger

    You can always plug your 360 into the XBONE HDMI in and pretend.

    #11 2 years ago



    You tell ‘em Francis!

    Let’s repeat exactly the same stuff in the next 9000 X1 articles, just in case people didn’t get it the first time!

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Tech-N9ne

    The silliness of some of you Sony fanbois on this site is amazing.

    What’s the difference with this and PS3 games on the PS4? Nothing.

    @8 Says Gaikai, really? so your gonna re-purchase all you PSN games pay for Gaikai and that’s not saying F you to customers?

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Irani

    Long Live Microsoft , Shame to Sony , Sony Is Loser And Mendacious

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Lengendaryboss

    Looks like your here for your daily dosage of your anti-Xbone campaign, the console doesn’t mess with anyone if they buy it thats that, the consumer is only screwed if the console doesn’t do what it was set out to do which is play games or is misled about Xbone. Oh and no offence but the games you want are on certain platforms. I said this before please link to me where MS says you have to pay for XBL on the One and the fee is Paided by retailers not gamers, gamers pay what the retailers charges them. No BC is not screwing its cost cutting.

    #15 2 years ago



    You’ll find the same guys who go rabid about ‘always online’, jumping for joy about how amazing Gaikai is going to be for Sony.

    You have to wonder what these guys are smoking…

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Lloytron

    Personally I don’t think BC is that big of a deal – If I get XBone then I’ll just keep my 360 under the TV too.

    But the stinger here is that the key line of the reveal, and reasoning behind the name, is that you only need one box for all your entertainment needs…. oh yeah and your 360 :D

    #17 2 years ago
  18. polygem

    “you are you” and we are us…now deal with it.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. monkeygourmet

    @12, 15

    To be fair to Francis, he is only commenting on the stories VG247 are publishing regarding the Xbox One.

    Although everyone’s getting nicely conditioned into the ‘deal with it’ mentality (or didn’t care for B/C in the first place), this is still shitty news for many people, whichever way you look at it.

    I have a PS3, Wii U, 360 and XBMC PC under my TV at the moment, there is zero room for another console unless I swap one out.

    If I do buy a PS4 it’s going to have to swap out my PS3 Phat, and likewise, if I buy an Xbox One it will have to swap out the 360…

    This is pretty shitty as my friends and i play alot of XBLA games; Trials, Castle Crashers etc… etc… Same goes for PS3 & PSN (not as much as XBLA though).

    I have just bought titles like ‘Monaco’, it would be a good feature to transfer titles like this over, especially as they are already on Steam and conversion to Xbox one wouldn’t be that difficult.

    I can just see the evevitable future of MS / Sony trying to ‘re sell’ you games you have already purchased a year down the line…


    Good point! lol :)

    #19 2 years ago
  20. redwood

    xbone wont run 360′s game that has been cleared up before.. why is this a shock to anyone.. besides bc is very expensive.. i dont expect it in ps4 either

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Samoan Spider

    @19 Whilst I agree it’s shite news, the ‘big’ announcement he’s talking about may be the breakout box that was rumoured a while back which would negate any of the issues raised here.

    Also, @16 I was wondering the same thing. “Loser xbox owners have to be always online blah blah but I love my always online Gakai!” I don’t think the fanboy’s have really thought through their rhetoric fully. Basing assumptions heavily on fanboy propagated rumours and speculation is just foolish. In the words of Jack Nicholson “Can’t we all just…..get along?”

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Francis O


    I said this before please link to me where MS says you have to pay for XBL on the One and the fee is Paided by retailers not gamers, gamers pay what the retailers charges them

    - What the hell do you mean?

    This X-Bone forces you to pay for Kinect. I Don’t think all Xbox 360 wanted that. How about DRM? Did Xbox consumers want that?

    Stop damage controlling the X-Bone, the console is a glorified TV box

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DrDamn

    Have they said whether your Live account can be valid for the two systems? I.e. if you have and pay for Gold for MP on 360 will that still be valid for Gold and MP on XBOne? (or vice versa)

    #23 2 years ago
  24. SplatteredHouse

    @13: “What’s the difference with this and PS3 games on the PS4? Nothing.

    @8 Says Gaikai, really? so your gonna re-purchase all you PSN games pay for Gaikai and that’s not saying F you to customers?”

    Just as much as owners of games playable across Vita and PS3 had to purchase multiple licenses… The difference is that Sony has a history of facilitating and supporting Cross-Play, whilst Microsoft does not. It apparently seems not to as much as recognize the concept, and they’re not showing signs of evolving, yet.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. The_Red

    Thank god. I was worried that my 360 will lose current compatibility. This is great news for Xbox One.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. ps3fanboy

    micro$haft repeat it YET again to their dumb xbots… HA HA!

    #26 2 years ago
  27. M. K.

    @13: I don’t know how it’s going to work, no one knows, but like I said, atleast there’s an idea ;)

    (couldn’t care less about both tbh, just stating some facts ;))

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Irani

    American People Never Buy PS4 , Just Buy Xbox One , For Protectionism , For Your Country

    #28 2 years ago
  29. ps3fanboy

    @28 the mcdonalds,doritos and mountain dew have rot their brains..

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Lengendaryboss

    You said: “Gotta pay a fee for used games” I said: “the fee is Paided by retailers not gamers, gamers pay what the retailers charges them.” You said: “Gotta pay for Xbox Live when Sony, Steam, and Nintendo are free” I said: “please link to me where MS says you have to pay for XBL on the Xbone” I am not damage controlling anything unlike you i see things from the factual POV not the biased one. Wait until E3 if the focus is on TV which they stated it won’t i will let that slide.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. MadFlavour

    Keep your 360, stop paying for live and buying stuff for it, and don’t buy an xbox one. Suggests me.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. viralshag

    @22, And PS4 owners are going to be paying for the Eye, which also comes packaged with the console. What’s the difference?

    #32 2 years ago
  33. mistermogul

    @17 – lol, good point!

    “But the stinger here is that the key line of the reveal, and reasoning behind the name, is that you only need one box for all your entertainment needs…. oh yeah and your 360″

    #33 2 years ago
  34. AmiralPatate

    I think Microsoft is throwing away a features that most people can definitely live without to launch their Xbox One as cheap as possible.
    And it’s probably a better idea than packing it with expensive features that will be thrown away in a latter version for cost reduction.

    And I think they’re conserving ammo for their E3 conference, which is rather smart. They presented the console and key features. Now, all this is out of the way. So there’s only one focus for their E3: games. So while Sony will have to spare time to discuss hardware, they won’t.

    #34 2 years ago
  35. viralshag

    @34, This is true but they do seem to have long slots during the day so I don’t think covering the hardware will take that long. Same goes to features. That is, if they cover any of these at all. There’s nothing to stop Sony from doing an Xbox One style event pre-launch to drum up some more interest.

    The still have to actually reveal the console and what it looks like. Again though, that wouldn’t take too long. I just hope you’re right about MS and showing a game-packed presentation. I will be disappointed if that’s not the case.

    #35 2 years ago
  36. Francis O


    If you borrow a game from your friend. You have to pay to unlock that game on the X-Bone. That is a fee for a used game that the consumer pays.

    Used games come from stores and friends. I’ve borrowed many games from my brother and friends. And MS is trying to tell me I have to pay to unlock the game that has ALREADY been purchased.

    F*ck off Microsoft. Don’t damage control that shit. Are you stupid Legendary? Do you want Sony to do this, if MS has their way, we won’t really own our games!

    #36 2 years ago
  37. AmiralPatate

    I was more thinking about overshadowing the rest of their presentation. I mean, once you’ll see the PS4, it may very well be the only thing you’ll remember. Or maybe it won’t, we’ll see how it turns out. MS have this out of their way, so at least we’re sure it won’t be an issue for them.
    Then again, maybe showing the PS4 will have the opposite effect: overshadowing the Xbox One.

    If you’re not going to buy new games, they’re not going to see your money anyway. Why should they care about you then?

    #37 2 years ago
  38. Lengendaryboss

    @Francis Take a read at either links: or the shorter version:

    Now instead of being here, why don’t you go a praise Nintendo’s good graces in Japan like a good Nintendroid :D I buy most of my games new so it won’t be a problem.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. viralshag

    @37, To be honest, people not bothered about a particular brand will take away the best bits from both. It’s only forumites and fanboys that will be talking one or the other up and trying to throw mud on whichever one they don’t like.

    I just hope both will spend a good amount of time on games as E3 will probably be the turning point for me on making a decision as at the moment I’m not sold on either of them and only one will definitely get my money.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. manamana

    From the looks of it, it’ll be my last Xbox. At least for a long time to come …

    #40 2 years ago
  41. Fin


    #41 2 years ago
  42. manamana


    #42 2 years ago
  43. AmiralPatate

    I’m a PC guy, so I don’t care that much about the whole ordeal. I just want Microsoft to announce Xbox One games will be playable on Windows.
    But that may be wishful thinking :)

    #43 2 years ago
  44. viralshag

    @43, I’m mostly a PC gamer too these days but I’m just hoping if Sony and MS are going more down the digital route, they will take some tips from Steam and PC digital pricing.

    If I could get competitive digital prices and aggressive sales through either of their own online stores, I would happily never go to a retail store again. I’m use to no trading/swapping/pre-owned because of being a PC gamer, so all the stuff being listed as a “negative” for MS at the moment, means very little to me.

    But I think me hoping for Steam-like prices is probably wishful thinking on my part! :P

    #44 2 years ago
  45. dizzygear

    ONE box is all you need eh Microsoft?

    #45 2 years ago
  46. hitnrun

    No one really expected BWC to 360 once they announced the change in architecture and data format – though that doesn’t mean we’d be obliged to buy the console just because we understood – but there’s no reason to obviate XBLA purchases. The problem is strictly a relatively inexpensive software matter and there’s no good reason except that MS wants to do a “soft wipe” on XBLA libraries to sell us the stuff again.

    Even if you want to hold the line that, you know, running XNA on the new architecture is *totally undoable* or would make the system *really expensive*, do you really think DOOM isn’t coming out in the first year for $10? Of course it is. Do you think the fact that MS can see that you already purchased the DOOM license for XBLA – something that costs them effectively $0 to cross-reference – will afford you any kind of discount on the title for Xbone Live? Of course it won’t.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Fin


    Man I fuckin love O Brother Where art Thou!!

    Seriously though, you have to keep your old console plugged into the TV? Cry me a river.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Francis O


    #48 2 years ago
  49. Cobra951

    Oh look. I have to keep an older console to play older-console games. What a shock that is.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. Khan979

    I think paying for a gold subscription on live is BS just to be able to play online with friends, but never the less, I pay for it.

    My biggest gripe is that in order for my son to play online with his profile, on the same damn box I already pay for live on, I have to pay for a second subscription. Live should be tied to the x-box in a way that allows anyone using it to play online with their own profile.

    Luckily for me it’s just my son and I using it, but in a bigger family, this would utterly blow. Hopefully they change this on the xbone, but i doubt it….that would mean less money in their pocket.

    #50 2 years ago
  51. airsick7

    Wow, what a vibrant ecosystem it will be. I can’t wait to have two kinects under my tv. Sweet!

    #51 2 years ago
  52. airsick7

    I just had a thought. Excuse me if this has already been addressed. But if I wasn’t interested in the “tv tv tv” side of Xbox One, could they find a way to use the HDMI IN to let the One and the 360 communicate? Essentially turning the 360 into a glorified HD-DVD add on but for 360 games…

    #52 2 years ago

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    MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore has landed on Steam Early Access. The game popped up on Amazon last month for PlayStation 4 before Nordic Games had the chance to announce it was reviving the former-THQ property for current-gen. It still hasn’t by the way, to our knowledge. According to information sent over today, the initial […]

  • Avalanche is making sure Mad Max stays “true to the collective body of work”

    Mad Max developer’s Avalanche Studios sat down with Game Informer, as part of its month-long exclusive coverage, to discuss the game’s development and physics-based car combat. In the video below, director Frank Rooke and senior producer John Fuller explain the process of designing the open-world game; how the narrative was fully integrated into the gameplay […]

  • Destiny will get another update before House of Wolves drops

    Destiny got a major update with patch 1.1.1 last week, but Bungie isn’t done. The next major Destiny update will arrive before the House of Wolves expansion. In this week’s Bungie Weekly Update, the developer said it wasn’t ready to share details yet. However, more information will be shared in the coming weeks. The update […]

  • A beta version of Guild Wars 2′s streaming client releasing soon

    ArenaNet has announced a beat version of its streaming client for Guild Wars 2 will be released alongside its upcoming update. How it works is explained in the latest blog post, but in short, it gets players into the game faster, much the same way the streaming client works in World of Warcraft. “Our goal […]

  • Steam storefront updated with Steam Machines, other product pages

    Valve has updated the Steam storefront with a list of various Steam Machines on offer, which range from $460 to $5,000. There is also a store page for the Steam Controller and Steam Link, both of which are out in November for $49.99 each. Steam Machines listed on the service feature a link to the […]

  • Finally, we get a look at Necropolis in action – video

    No longer content with releasing only gifs of Necropolis, Harebrained Schemes has decided to provide a short video. The upcoming third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated levels is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime next year, with a possible console release as well. If you made to PAX East despite the weather, don’t forget […]

  • Super Dungeon Bros will be one of the first cross-play titles for Xbox One, Windows 10

    Another cross-device multiplayer game for Windows 10 and Xbox One has been announced, and it’s Super Dungeon Bros – a “rock-themed, co-op dungeon brawler” from React Games. Super Dungeon Bros tasks four “bros” with raiding underground crypts built by the gods through an ever-changing layout. There, they will be up against “dangerous foes, deadly obstacles, […]

  • Pre-ordering State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition in US nets an in-game knife

    Those who pre-order the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition will net a bonus, according to Undead Labs. Select retailers in the US will offer the following knives as in-game pre-order bonus content: GameStop -  The Avalonian :  A true work of art, taken off the body of a fantasy enthusiast whose excitement at having […]

  • Rollercoaster Tycoon World gameplay teaser video released

    Today, Atari has provided a look at gameplay for Rollercoaster Tycoon World. Set for release during the first part of this year, the game allows players to build their own rides and which can be shared with other players. It will also feature four-player co-op.

  • One Heist challenge in GTA Online pays out $10 million in cash

    GTA Online’s new Heists content was previewed by various outlets at GDC 2015 this week, and according to hands-on with the free upcoming content, there’s over 20 hours worth of things to do and quite a bit of money to gain. Oh, and a VTOL Hydra jet too. According to a really informative piece from […]

  • Activision Blizzard makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list

    For the first time, Activision Blizzard has been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 2015. The survey conducted by Fortune found the company “ranked highly with its employees” which felt the atmosphere was friendly and place in which they could “be themselves.” “We have always considered Activision Blizzard to be […]

  • Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend nets players special monster skin

    A Evolve community event is taking place this weekend, and participants will receive a special skin for Goliath, Kraken, and Wraith. Dubbed the Evolve Hunt for Gold Weekend, it’s the first in a series of upcoming online community challenges and events taking place over the coming months. Those who log-in starting today at 9pm PST […]

  • This video teases contents of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3

    A teaser video and images for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 – Episode 3 have been posted by Capcom. The assets can be considered potential spoilers, so just be aware of that before having a look. The game’s Season Pass costs $20, and the disc version releases March 17 in North America and on March 20 […]

  • GTA Online Heists teaser video is extremely short

    With Heists coming to GTA Online next week, Rockstar has released one of the shortest teaser videos we’ve seen in ages. Hopefully you didn’t blink. Heists, along with Daily Objectives and Adversary Mode, arrive next week on March 10. The PC version of Heists will arrive on April 14 when the PC version of the […]

  • The Division rumors claim Dark Zones support up to 100 players – video

    With the recent leak of older, pre-alpha footage of the The Division, rumors over the game’s contents have been swirling, and today we have a video for you discussing said rumors. Once of the rumors pertain to the game is that it contains 50-100 Player Dark Zones, which are PvP areas. Supposedly, these areas also […]

  • Here’s a look at MGS5: The Phantom Pain emblem creation, limited edition bionic arm

    A look at how to create your own emblems in Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was demonstrated in the latest Kojima Station broadcast, along with a look at the bionic arm replica included in the limited edition. A Venom Snake emblem will come with the limited edition version of the game, parts of […]

  • Elite: Dangerous coming to PS4 once Xbox One exclusivity period ends

    Elite: Dangerous was announced for Xbox One at GDC 2015 yesterday, and those disappointed over the lack of a PlayStation 4 announcement will be pleased to know it’s in the cards. According to Frontier boss David Braben the space-sim will head to PS4 at some point, once the console exclusivity deal with Microsoft has expired. […]

  • Here’s two new The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to salivate over

    Two new screenshots from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have been released, and they are gorgeous as always. The screenshots follow the two released over the weekend. You can look at the new images in full HD glory over on Only Single Player. CD Projekt Red is at PAX East this weekend showing off the latest […]

  • Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

    With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC. Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream […]

  • Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

    We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers. All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game. The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle […]

  • US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL. Your full update is below. eShop Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy Proun+ – Proun+ […]

  • Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

    Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One. The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine. As […]

  • First run of Rodea the Sky Soldier copies on Wii U come with Wii version

    The first print run of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will come with the Wii version packed in, NIS America has confirmed. The publisher confirmed today in a press release that anyone who buys the first run of the retail version of Rodea the Sky Soldier on Wii U will find the Wii […]

  • Unreal Tournament 4 lets modders sell cosmetic items to players

    Unreal Tournament 4 is a game built with the help of the modding community. So it’s only natural that it will feature a marketplace where all cosmetic items can be sold. Epic Games has confirmed that it will allow modders from the community to sell the cosmetics items they’ve created on the game’s marketplace. The […]

  • D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is coming to PC – rumour

    SWERY 65 has shown off D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die running on PC at GDC this week, teasing that a possible port may be on the way. D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is SWERY 65′s latest project. An episodic detective affair, D4 came out on Xbox One last September and utilised Kinect as its main […]

  • Valve’s Lighthouse, VR controllers and more explained

    Valve’s less-talked about prototype VR controllers and its Lighthouse technology have been shown in more detail. When HTC announced Vive, the VR headset it’s working on with Valve, it mentioned “base stations” and ergonomic controllers. Now we know what they meant by that. The controllers are still in prototype phase, and will look better when […]

  • Listen to two professional Counter-Strike players explain why Dust2 is so popular

    Hear what makes iconic Counter-Strike map Dust2 one of the most popular maps in shooter history from two former eSports players. Sal “Volcano” Garozzo and Shawn “FMPONE” Snelling are both retired professional Counter-Strike players who are currently working as designers. At GDC this year, the pair hosted a panel titled “Community Level Design for Competitive […]

  • Core Morpheus hardware locked in, no plans for wireless version

    Sony has finalised the core hardware for its VR headset Project Morpheus, and does not currently plan on releasing a wireless version. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke to Gamespot at GDC and confirmed that the core hardware of Morpheus is “pretty much done” but that “lots of tweaks and improvements” are still being […]

  • Watch the full Phil Spencer keynote from GDC 2015

    The full GDC 2015 keynote of Xbox boss Phil Spencer is now available to watch. In case you missed last nights’s Phil Spencer keynote at GDC 2015, the whole thing has been made available to watch on YouTube. The address is titled “The Future of Gaming Across the Microsoft Ecosytem,” and it’s where Spencer announced […]

  • Elite: Dangerous won’t be “dumbed down” for Xbox One

    The Xbox One version of Elite: Dangerous will in fact be the same as the PC one. Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier came out on stage last night at GDC to announce the game making its console debut on Xbox One. Some have feared that the port would not provide the same experience as the PC […]

  • Virtual reality: by gum, it’s really happening

    Virtual reality has exited the realm of peripheral gimmick and turned into something that just might go mainstream. VR has an uphill battle ahead of it. The tech is going to be expensive, and there are a number of problems that need to be solved before it could be considered an inclusive technology (motion sickness, […]

  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes Game of the Year at GDC Awards 2015

    And the winner is: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor beat out Alien: Isolation, Bayonetta 2, Destiny, and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to win Game of the Year at the Game Developer’s Choice Awards 2015. Elsewhere in the awards, Ustwo’s mobile hit Monument Valley was a stand-out favourite, with wins in the Innovation, […]

  • Alien: Isolation was prototyped in third-person – video

    Alien: Isolation is one of the most effectively scary triple-A games in years, but it didn’t start off a perfect creation of pure terror. Creative Assembly prototyped Alien: Isolation in third-person perspective before they nailed down the final approach. The developer revealed this during a GDC 2015 presentation, and it’s a good reminder that games […]

  • Madden 15 added to EA Vault

    Madden 15 is now included in EA’s all-you-can-eat subscriber service. Madden 15 is the ninth game to be added to the EA Vault, a stash of games available on demand for EA Access subscribers. It's still Madden Season for EA Access members – Madden NFL 15 is now in The Vault for all members. Go […]

  • Source Engine 2 doesn’t have hidden costs or royalties – but is Steam exclusive

    Three major engines went free at GDC 2015, and each of them is monetising in a different way. There’s been a heck of a lot of discussion about development tools and the costs associated with them during GDC 2015. First Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would be free, bar royalities on successful releases. Then […]

  • Final Fantasy creator hates sequels

    Final Fantasy, a byword in prolific franchises, was created by a man who hates sequel. Final Fantasy games are famous for being reinvented with each core release, and it was not until series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi began to withdraw from the franchise after Final Fantasy 9 that we started seeing regular sequels and spin-offs. Speaking […]

  • Guardian complaints led to the closure of Destiny’s Loot Cave

    Destiny players are to blame for the shuttering of the much loved Loot Cave. Early in Destiny‘s history, many players got hugely excited about the “Loot Cave”. Accessible shortly after starting the game for the first time, this high-volume spawn point allowed players to stand in one place, taking out waves and waves of low-level […]

  • Xbox and PC games boss Phil Harrison to leave Microsoft – rumour

    Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business VP and EMEA head of games Phil Harrison is rumoured to have thrown in the towel. Microsoft has not issued a statement on Harrison’s alleged departure, despite repeated questioning by press at GDC 2015. Instead, word comes via multiple sources speaking to GamesIndustry at the show. According to the rumours, Harrison […]

  • Metal Gear Online commentated trailer explains stuffed dog – but not invisibility

    Metal Gear Online developer Kojima Productions has provided significantly more insight into how the multiplayer side of The Phantom Pain works. Metal Gear Online is the online multiplayer component of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami hasn’t shared a great deal about it yet, but we did see a very cool Metal Gear […]

  • Elite: Dangerous Xbox One trailer shows off space MMO

    If Elite: Dangerous looks this good on Xbox One we have nothing to complain about. Microsoft revealed Elite: Dangerous is coming to Xbox One this year during its GDC presentations today. We don’t know very much about the port, but I suppose we ought to have expected it; Frontier Developments has a very close relationship […]

  • Battletoads to appear in Shovel Knight Xbox One

    A Battletoads remake must be on the horizon. Right? Right?? The Battletoads will appear in the upcoming Xbox One version of Shovel Knight, Yacht Club Games revealed today. The Battletoads drop in for a fight! Shovel Knight is headed to Xbox One and meets up with @RareLtd brawling trio! — Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames) […]

  • The Division pre-alpha footage leaks, Ubisoft says it’s well out of date

    The Division fans finally got a look at Ubisoft’s MMO this week, but the publisher has said the footage is not in any way representative. Pre-alpha footage of the The Division was leaked this week, but has since been thoroughly smacked down by takedown notices. All that remains are a few screenshots and a GIF: […]

  • Microsoft HoloLens designer killed in hit and run accident

    Very sad news out of Redmond this week, as Mike Ey was killed in a tragic accident. Ey, 30, was one of the key project designers on Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset. He was killed on Saturday morning in a rear-end collision. The driver of the second vehicle fled the scene but was tracked down by […]

  • AMD throws support behind VR with new low-latency anti-nausea tech

    GPU manufacturer AMD has released a new SDK compatible with “a broad set of VR devices”. Called LiquidVR, the tech is designed to “bring better content, comfort, and compatibility to VR applications” including games, simulation, entertainment, education, social media, travel, medicine, real estate and ecommerce, apparently. AMD said maintaining comfort and realism in VR environments […]

  • Danganronpa 3 in the works, but a long way off yet

    A new Danganronpa is happening. Danganronpa 3 is in the very, very early production stages, writer Kodaka Kazutaka has confirmed. Nothing about the project is “set in stone”, Kazutaka told Polygon, so there are no details to share yet; the characters and story may change several times before being finalised. The writer said he’s weighing […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare MLG Pro League 2015 schedule announced

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  • Happy Birthday PlayStation 2, you are almost old enough to drive

    Amidst all the GDC 2015 hoopla today, we forgot to wish PlayStation 2 a Happy Birthday. The system turned 15 years old today, going by its March 4, 2000 launch date in Japan. It was released in the west that autumn, and had shipped 100 million units in less than six years post launch. PS2 […]

  • Here’s what the final version of Valve’s Steam Controller looks like

    A look at the updated Steam Controller has surfaced via a hands-on post from Polygon. Valve said what you see in the images below is the final version of the controller. The controller has gone through numerous revisions since it was first revealed, but it seems Valve has decided on two touch pads which work […]

  • The Sims, SimCity developer closed down

    The Sims 4 developer Maxis has been shuttered, EA has confirmed. The Sims, SimCity and the rest of the Sim franchise has traditionally been helmed by Maxis, which had its flagship studio in Emeryville, California. Now EA has confirmed with Kotaku that this studio is being closed. “Today we are consolidating Maxis IP development to […]

  • Gigantic MOBA coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One with cross-play

    Today during GDC 2015, Microsoft announced that the new IP from Motiga called Gigantic will be cross-play enabled. Slated for Windows 10 and Xbox One, the five-on-five third-person battle arena game allows the player to select from an array of heroes with distinctive powers and play styles. Players will then make their way through areas […]

  • Here’s a look at Unreal Tournament DirectX 12 gameplay

    Epic Games is creating Unreal Tournament using Unreal Engine 4 running on DirectX 12, which Microsoft says “sets a new bar for visual fidelity.” DirectX 12 is a single API developers can access across Windows devices, which can result in a 20% improvement in performance over DX11 running on the same machine. The Unreal Tournament […]

  • Wireless adapter for Xbox One controllers out later this year

    Microsoft announced at GDC 2015 today it will that all wireless Xbox gaming accessories will be designed for and supported on both Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs moving forward. Later this year, a wireless adapter will be released, allowing current Xbox controllers and future devices to be used wirelessly on PCs. This will […]

  • Microsoft offers up more details on Spencer’s GDC 2015 talk

    Microsoft has provided more details on Cross-Buy functionality between Windows 10 and Xbox One as well as the Xbox Live SKU and other announcements made during Phil Spencer’s talk today. During the session, the head of Xbox shared “the next step” in the company’s plans for a unified platform across all Windows 10 devices which […]

  • Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 this summer

    Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 as a Game of the Year Edition. inXile Entertainment announced the news on the PS Blog, noting the edition contains enhancements and improvements. The game has been ported to Unity 5, which was announced over the weekend, providing upgraded visual effects, “improved character models, upgraded environments, and Unity […]

  • Cross-Buy detailed for Windows 10 and Xbox One; Elite: Dangerous coming to Xbox One

    During Xbox boss Phil Spencer’s session at GDC 2015 today, it was announced Elite: Dangerous would release on Xbox One. Spencer also outlined cross-buy functionality across Windows 10 and Xbox One. Spencer’s talk started off with Frontier Developments announcing Elite: Dangerous for release this summer as a console debut on Xbox One, suggesting the Elite: […]

  • Longbeards Culture Pack available now for Total War: Attila

    The Longbeards Culture Pack is now available for Total War: Attila and it comes with three new playable factions. The Langobards, the Burgundians and the Alamans can be played in both single and multiplayer campaign modes as well as custom and multiplayer battles. A new feature called The Lay of Ybor is also included. It […]

  • Nvidia unveils Titan X as world’s “most advanced GPU” – video

    Nvidia revealed Titan X as “the world’s most advanced GPU” during Epic founder Tim Sweeney’s State of Unreal session a t GDC 2015 today. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage during the panel stating it contains “8 billion transistors,” and has 12GB of RAM. Pricing wasn’t announced, but it was rumored back in January […]

  • Steam sale discounts titles announced for SteamOS

    With many of the year’s most popular games heading to SteamOS, Valve has decided to host sale in celebration. Here’s a short list of titles on sale. The full list of PC, Linux, Mac and SteamOS discounts can be found through the link. The Banner Saga Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Batman: Arkham […]