You’ll Be Able to Play Every Xbox One Title on Project xCloud

Microsoft has gone all in when it comes to backwards compatibility on the Xbox One and this will continue into the next generation and Project xCloud.

According to the official Microsoft Xbox Wire news site:

“There are currently more than 1,900 games in development for Xbox One, all of which could run on Project xCloud. Developers creating those games continue working normally – building with the tools they have – while we do the work to make their games accessible to the broadest set of players possible.”

All of this, of course will run off of Azure tech, which Sony will apparently be using for their streaming services as well according to the recently announced strategic partnership with Microsoft.

If you as me, I’m not sold on this whole streaming feature yet. I’m a cynical old school gamer who fears change.

However, if you give me the best of both worlds, letting me play locally but give me the option to stream when the conditions are optimal, then you have my attention.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

Xbox One S All Digital To Cost $250 – Launches May 7

Microsoft has officially announced the Xbox One S All Digital Edition.

The disc-less console will retail for $250, however that price will fluctuate, to ensure that it is always $50 cheaper than a standard Xbox One S. You’ll be able to get your hands on one May 7, 2019.

Also announced, in tandem with the Xbox One All Digital Edition, is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This new subscription service combines Game Pass and Xbox Gold into a single tier for $15 a month.

I like the sleek look of the console, and I’m all for digital distribution as I haven’t bought a physical copy of a video game in over 6 years. However, there is something odd about a console with no disc drive. I just can’t put my finger on it.

Keanu: All Digital Edition

Plenty of Xbox One Backwards Compatible Games Are Coming Down the Pike

Microsoft has some goodies planned for April that includes new backwards compatible titles as well as enhancements to existing games for the Xbox One X.

First off, if you need a Red Dead fix prior to the Red Dead Redemption 2 launch in October, you are in luck. Microsoft will be releasing a visual upgrade to the original Red Dead Redemption on April 17. This certainly is welcome surprise.

Microsoft will also be giving a bit of a face lift to some fan favorites as well, including DarksidersGears of War 2Portal 2Sonic Generations, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. And if that wasn’t enough, eight new original old school Xbox games including The Elder Scrolls III: MorrowindJade EmpirePanzer Dragoon Orta and SSX 3 will be added to the backwards compatibility list.

Finally, on April 26th, old school Star Wars games take center stage, as eleven titles will be added to the backwards compatible list, including the original Battlefront titles, Jedi AcademyJedi StarfighterKnights of the Old Republic II and Republic Commando.

If Microsoft has done one thing right with the Xbox One, supporting backwards compatibility with a constant flow of worthwhile games is one of them.

You Can Stream Xbox One Games to Your Mac Now Apparently

I’m a Mac user, and an Xbox One fan, and yet never once have I said to myself that I wanted to play my Xbox One on my Mac. Well apparently now I can play my Xbox One on my Mac if I’m so inclined, if I’m will to go through unofficial avenues.

Streaming from your Xbox One to a Windows 10 machine has been around since 2015, but if you had a Mac, you were S.O.L. However, if you are willing to part with $10 you can give  OneCast a try. Just so you know, the app is completely unofficial and Microsoft can either shut them down or buy out the company out right.

OneCast claims that the app supports 1080p video, easy set up and low lag. They also state that you can use an Xbox One wireless controller connected via USB or Bluetooth.

[Source: OneCast]

 

 

Xbox Game Pass to include all new games published by Microsoft Studios

It seems like Microsoft will do just about anything to close the ever widening gap between the Xbox One and Playstation 4.  That is a good thing for Xbox fans.

The Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s version of a Netflix like service for games. $10 a month gets you a pretty decent library of games to choose from. I think it’s a pretty good deal if you play a lot of games exclusively on Xbox.

Well, Microsoft is sweetening the pot a bit, if you will, by announcing that all new titles published by Microsoft Studios will be released into Xbox Game Pass on day and date of their global release. That will include highly anticipated games like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3. 

At $10 per month, that is a pretty good deal. Enough to close the gap with Sony? Probably not, but at least Microsoft is making decisions that that will resonate with gamers.

The Kinect is Dead

Microsoft is finally putting the Kinect out of it’s misery according to website Co.Design. Microsoft has ceased manufacturing the peripheral and once retailers run out of stock, the device will be no longer be restocked.

The Kinect was actually an impressive device technically speaking, but developers struggled to make compelling games for it and gamers never embraced it. Also, the Kinect leached processing power from the Xbox One, which made some games run in sub 1080p resolutions versus their PS4’s counterparts, which was a contentious topic for many Xbox One fans.

It’s pretty apparent that Microsoft is trying to wash away all vestiges from the disastrous Xbox One launch. With Kinect going to the trash heap, the launch of the sleek Xbox One S, and a new more powerful Xbox One X on the way, Microsoft’s disastrous announcements at E3 2013 have now been righted. Now if only they announce some exciting games for their shiny new Xbox One X.

[Source: Co.Design]

Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Pass Service

Microsoft has announced today via the official Xbox Blog, a new service called Xbox Game Pass, that will give gamers access to hundreds of titles for $9.99 per month.

At Xbox, we put gamers at the center of everything we do and remain committed to giving you the freedom to play the games you want, with the friends you want, on the devices you want. This year is shaping up to be an exciting one for gamers. As we prepare to launch Project Scorpio this holiday, bringing the most powerful console ever made to the Xbox One family of devices, we continue to make platform improvements to connect the growing community of players on Xbox Live and add to a robust and diverse portfolio of games across Xbox One and Windows 10.

Today, we’re continuing our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games with Xbox Game Pass, a new gaming subscription service coming later this spring. Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for $9.99 per month.

Sounds like a Microsoft version of EA Access or a gaming version of Netflix, if you will.

An interesting concept, and at one time, this would’ve resonated with me. I love gaming (obviously), but I can’t see myself using this service to its full potential to justify the cost. I also have concerns over the size of library and quality of the library.

Microsoft promises that new games will be added every month and that subscribers will get additional discounts if you want to purchase game add-ons or DLC. You don’t need to be an Xbox Gold subscriber to sign-up for Game Pass, but you won’t be able to play multiplayer games, which is a bit of a bummer.

Xbox Game Pass is slated for launch Spring 2017.

[Source: http://news.xbox.com/2017/02/28/introducing-xbox-game-pass/#8h280JBK6Rbhe3bw.99%5D

[Source: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/xbox-game-pass%5D

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War Officially Announced

After Target let the cat out of the bag early, Warner Bros. has officially announced the sequel to 2014’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

The slated release date for the title is August 22, and it’s coming out on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. To add a wrinkle, since we live in an interesting (some would say confusing) state of console gaming, the title will also be interchangeable between PS4 and PS4 Pro, as well as the Xbox One and the Xbox Scorpio. It will also be an “Xbox Play Anywhere” game, so the WB is covering all their bases.

An official official gameplay reveal is scheduled for March 8, so more to come.

Microsoft Shows off a Bit of the Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha

Sea of Thieves, the upcoming open world action-adventure game from Rare and Microsoft Studios for seems to be coming together nicely.

Microsoft has released a video of the latest updates to the technical alpha and the game is looking like a stunner. Graphics aside, the title looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

I wasn’t cool enough to get into the alpha, so I guess the video will have to suffice.