Welcome to our weekly ICYMI for Xbox news!
We'll still be posting major Xbox announcements in the main feed, but I'll be collecting some of the more nuanced news, rumours and talking points into one handy post every weekend!
So without further ado, here's our latest edition of This Week in Xbox One News.
NeoGAF outs four new games for backward compatibility
A series of images first posted on NeoGAF before making their way to reddit appear to show four upcoming backward compatible titles for Xbox One. The pictures include Geometry Wars 2, Mirror's Edge, Shadow Complex and Worms 2 Armageddon.
They're certainly not Red Dead Redemption, but if true, it's a good indicator that we'll see an expanded backwards compatibility line-up announced at Gamescom 2015. Mirror's Edge comes as no surprise as EA were among the first publishers to get on board, and Shadow Complex's Chair Games were asking fans to vote for the game to join backward compatibility previously.
Xbox app for Windows 10 updated with new features, game streaming goes live
Major Nelson detailed a ton of new features heading to the Windows 10 Xbox app, ahead of Windows 10's general availability on July 29th. The update brings game streaming out of preview as well, allowing anyone with a Windows 10 device to stream Xbox One games over your home WiFi.
The Xbox app will become more 'Steam-like', curating Windows Store games in addition to PC games downloaded elsewhere in the 'My Games' section. This will happen automatically for the most part, but you can also add games manually if the game hasn't yet been added to Microsoft's database.
You can now party chat between Windows 10 and Xbox One using the Xbox app. The feature is current in beta, but will serve to further unite gamers across Microsoft systems. Phil Spencer recently announced that they're working on bringing Xbox 360 party chat into the fold as well.
For the full list of features, click here.
Killer Instinct figurines in development
Microsoft headed out to EVO to discuss Killer Instinct's future, announcing a wide array of Killer Instinct merchandise in the process. K.I. t-shirts are in development (from EightySix), in addition to highly detailed collectable figurines.
Microsoft also announced Shadow Jago's unique move-set, as the playable version is currently a re-skin of regular Jago. Shadow Jago was a reward of purchasing the Day One Edition 12-month Xbox Live subscription. Shadow Jago's moves will be familiar for those acquainted with Jago, but will mimic the boss version move-set from Season 1's Arcade Mode. KillerInstinctCentral.com compiled the PowerPoint slides on Shadow Jago as follows:
- Shadow Jago has a special combat trait, called Shadow Surge.
- When you perform a special move, simply press the same button again quickly to spend a small amount of Shadow Meter to enhance the attack.
- Just like Jago, Shago can throw a horizontal fireball, but he can also do it in the air!
- If you Surge this move, Shago tosses a 2nd fireball at an angle!
- Shago's uppercut spins vertically with no forward movement, hitting multiple times.
- If you Surge this move, Shago teleports back to the ground for a 2nd follow-up attack!
- Dark Fury is a very anti-cross up
- Boss Shago's signature Ninja Slide attack.
- If you Surge this move, Shago teleports behind the opponent and attacks crossup, but it is unsafe!
- Boss Shago's signatures Dive kick!
- Performing this from the ground causes Shago to flip into the air a set of distance first.
- Bounces off on hit or block.
- If you Surge this move, it will repeatedly hit like a drill and land safely on block, or open a combo on hit.
- You can use it as a linker too!
- Shago's dash and backdash go much farther than Jago's but take longer.
- During travel, Shago phases out and is briefly invulnerable and can pass through opponents.
- You can Throw, Dark Fury uppercut, or Dark Stalking dive kick-leap to cancel to dash early.
- It's killer. Look forward to it!
Gearbox studio head comments on Aliens: Colonial Marines criticism
There's opening a can of worms, and there's blowing up the dam that contains a reservoir of worms. Gearbox's Randy Pitchford could be accused of doing the latter this week when he asked Twitter to submit questions to him with the hashtag #AskRandy. Naturally, users still sore over the universally reviled Aliens: Colonial Marines took Randy to task.
For those who don't know, Aliens: CM was a joint project between Borderlands' Gearbox Software and SEGA. The game became the subject of a lawsuit for advertising that allegedly misrepresented the final product in the extreme. Aliens: CM is notorious for being terrible, from crippling bugs to simply being dull, but the gaming community takes a particularly dim view of the way the game was advertised.
Randy's responses re-ignited the debate over how games are marketed, generating a huge reddit thread and a ton of angry tweets.
Speaking with The Guardian, Pitchford described some critics as 'sadists':
..."If you're making entertainment on a grand scale, if you're reaching millions, there will be tens of thousands of people who absolutely hate us, and some percentage of those will take it upon themselves to let us known how they feel."...
..."I read it in this way: we moved those people, we touched them – even the person who hates [your game] so much, you've affected them. That's why we fight, we're creating emotion and experience - and some people thrive on that type of feeling, some people are sadists."...
They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, but Pitchford's defensiveness over Aliens: CM seems to have left a particular bad taste. Reddit user DeedTheInky summed up the general sentiment succinctly:
Thank you so much, Gearbox, for the experience of pre-ordering a game for $50, and then feeling the emotion of being pissed off because the game was an unfinished piece of shit that I couldn't get a refund for. Keep fighting that good fight. :/
I've picked up Aliens: Colonial Marines for Xbox 360 (for a whopping £4) in a bout of morbid curiosity. I'll be streaming the game next week on our official Twitch channel, like some kind of gaming masochist.
Fallout 4 gameplay footage from E3 appears on YouTube
Bethesda revealed Fallout 4 just before E3 2015 to a fanfare matched only by Xbox One's backward compatibility. Studio head Todd Howard guided us through the Boston wasteland during the event, and Bethesda have now uploaded that footage to YouTube without Howard's voice-over.
Fallout 4 is likely to be among the biggest selling games of 2015, bringing with it expansive features like dynamic settlement building, over 10,000 lines of voiced dialogue and several hundred hours of gameplay. Hopefully, we'll be able to give you a closer look at Gamescom 2015.
ICYMI - Some of Windows Central's biggest Xbox articles of the week
- Xbox One sales up 51% in June, Playstation 4 maintains overall U.S. lead
- The Xbox One game Chariot can link to Philips Hue connected lights
- Microsoft taking pre-orders for the Xbox One Elite Controller in Europe
- Trials Fusion: The Awesome Max Edition brings tons of platforming motocross fun to the Xbox One
- Prototype Biohazard Bundle now available on Xbox One
- Xbox executives pay their respects to Nintendo's Satoru Iwata
- Customize your mini-me with Xbox Avatars on Windows 10 Mobile
- Xbox licensed Turtle Beach Stealth 420X wireless headset launches July 18
New Xbox One game releases for the week ending July 17th, 2015
SlashDash - Other - Nevernaut Games
"For 2-4 Players. SlashDash is an adorable ninja party playground for up to 4 players. Shoot, teleport, slash, and, of course, dash your way to glory across beautiful play fields in 4 inventive game modes."
No Time To Explain - Action Adventure - tinyBuild GAMES
"No Time To Explain is a game about shooting the ground, putting on weight and setting your body on fire. Blast yourself through time and alternate realities to rescue your future-self from a giant crab sent by your evil time-twin from another dimension!"
So Many Me - Action Adventure - Extend Studio
"A charming puzzle platformer starring Filo and his band of misfit clones as they attempt to save a world threatened by an ancient, malevolent evil. Using their combined powers, Filo and his fellow Me must puzzle their way through a land of exotic creatures, devious traps and evil minions."
The Fall - Action Adventure - Over The Moon
"Experience the first story in a mind bending trilogy! The Fall was recently awarded Game of the Year for Best Story from Giant Bomb."
Tachyon Project - Shooter - Eclipse Games
"Tachyon Project is an action-packed dual-stick shooter driven by a story. Through the story mode, you'll progressively unlock all the weapons, secondary weapons and perks available to configure your ship."
EA SPORTS™ Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR® - Sports - Tiburon / EA
"Golf without limits in EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR. Usher in the next generation of golf with the power of the Frostbite 3 engine and play the most beautiful sports game to date."
Prototype® Biohazard Bundle - Action Adventure - Activision
"Bundle includes Prototype® and Prototype®2 with DLC! PROTOTYPE Discover what lies beyond the edge of evolution. Play as Alex Mercer, a genetically mutated shape-shifter with no memory of his past hell-bent on solving the mystery of his existence as he tears through a densely populated New York City."
Trials Fusion: The Awesome Max Edition - Racing - Ubisoft
"This edition of Trials Fusion includes: Trials Fusion main game The Season Pass featuring 6 DLC packs."
And that's a wrap!
I've been away from my Xbox for over a week (complete with withdrawal symptoms), but I'm looking forward to giving some of the recent ID@Xbox releases a try. As mentioned earlier, I've picked up Aliens: Colonial Marines for the Xbox 360, as the game managed to completely pass me by until the drama this week. What have you guys been playing? Hit the comments!
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Benchmarking the new Surface Book 3 15 with GTX 1660 Ti and 10th Gen i7
Although it's too early for a review, here are some initial benchmarks from the new Surface Book 3 15-inch with a Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce 1660 Ti (Max-Q) and how it compares to Surface Book 2 and other premium laptops. Spoiler: While the CPU is just OK, that 1660 Ti definitely bumps up the Book 3's potential.
Review: Sabrent's Rocket Q SSDs are fast, well-priced and go up to 4TB
Sabrent has a new SSD range available in the form of the Rocket Q. These new NVMe SSDs use QLC NAND, but offer impressive speeds and storage capacities at affordable prices. Check our full review to see how they compare against other SSDs.
Review: How do I go back to Wi-Fi 5 after using TP-Link's Archer AX6000?
TP-Link's Archer AX6000 is an 802.11ax router designed to take your network into the future. However, it might not be exactly what you're looking for due to its high-end specs and relatively high price. We explain in this review.
Give your sim racing game a lift with one of these great sets of pedals
A good set of pedals is a crucial part of any sim racing setup, and thankfully you don't have to spend a small fortune to get something special. Whether you're a beginner, more advanced, looking to spend a little or money is no object, there's a set of pedals that's right for you.