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  • Guide All Original Xbox Games You Can Play With Backwards Compatibility

    List of backwards compatible Xbox games on Xbox One, Series X, Series S

    One of the best things about modern Xbox consoles in the year 2021 is that you can still play hundreds of great games spanning the history of the brand, including from both the original Xbox and the Xbox 360. In the case of the original Xbox though, there aren't actually as...

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    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Backwards Compatibility
  • Roundup Here's What The Critics Are Saying About Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Out Now

    It's mostly early impressions so far

    Today's the day! Mass Effect Legendary Edition is now finally available on Xbox, and the first few reviews and impressions have begun trickling in over the past 24 hours, although there's not too much to look at thus far. It seems pretty much every outlet was affected by getting review access later than...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Mass Effect Legendary Edition
  • News New Gameplay Screens Appear To Have Leaked Of Bethesda's Starfield

    Supposedly from an early 2018 build

    Uh, oh! Looks like Bethesda has had a pretty big leak, as a few new gameplay screenshots appear to have surfaced online from the highly-anticipated Starfield, supposedly from an early 2018 build of the game. Twitter user SkullziTV has posted some of these on his account, stating that they are they are "all from...

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    • Bethesda
    • Starfield
  • News Shadow Of The Tomb Raider Is 'Essential' With FPS Boost On Xbox Series X, Says Analysis

    "It easily holds its own against proper Series X and PS5 titles"

    It's been almost a couple of weeks now since Microsoft unleashed a massive batch of 74 FPS Boosted titles for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and of that selection, Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has a clear highlight. To be fair, they've only tested 15 of them, but

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
  • News Dolby Vision For Gaming Is Now Rolling Out To Xbox Series X|S Insiders

    The first consoles ever to support it

    Microsoft has announced today that Dolby Vision for gaming is officially rolling out to Xbox Insiders "this week" for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, which will make them the very first consoles to ever support the feature. Few details have been provided at the time of writing, but Microsoft has told The Verge...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Dolby Vision
  • Feature These 10+ Games Are Coming To Xbox Next Week (May 17-21)

    Here's what's on the way

    Welcome to your weekly Xbox roundup! We've haven't got any major releases on the level of Resident Evil Village or Mass Effect Legendary Edition arriving over the next few days, but there are still some pretty big games on the way, including the much-anticipated Rust Console Edition and day one EA Play title,

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    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Game Pass
  • News Xbox Series Consoles Outsold PS5 Last Month In The UK, But Not Nintendo Switch

    It's all to do with the stock situation

    The latest sales figures for April 2021 in the UK have arrived courtesy of GfK Entertainment and GamesIndustry.biz, revealing that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S were the second best-selling consoles of the month. This is reportedly due to "significant drop in PS5 console stock," which actually resulted...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • PS5
    • Nintendo Switch
  • News 343 Celebrates Halo's 20th Anniversary With Absolutely Stunning 4K Artwork

    "here’s to finishing even more fights!"

    As you might have already heard, this year marks Xbox's 20th anniversary. While the big date is actually 14th November 2021, Microsoft has decided to kick celebrations off early. Halo also turns 20 years old this year, and 343 Industries is joining in on the fun. To highlight the great journey the Halo...

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    • Halo
    • 343 Industries
  • News Gears 5 Will Now Be Forcing Cross-Play Between Xbox & PC Players

    As part of the new Operation 7 update

    The Coalition has announced that as part of Gears 5's Operation 7 update dropping next week on May 18, players on Xbox consoles and PC will now be forced to play together to help with matchmaking times. The studio says that it sees "40% of our players disabling the crossplay option", and the result has...

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    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • PC
  • News Subnautica's Free Next-Gen Upgrade Is Now Available On Xbox Game Pass

    And Subnautica: Below Zero is also out now

    This news has gone totally under the radar over the past 24 hours, with no patch notes having surfaced as of yet, but Subnautica has now been optimised for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S - with the upgrade available for free! This means you can also access it if you play the game via Xbox Game Pass, and...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Subnautica
  • Talking Point Looking Back, What's Your First Memory Of The Original Xbox?

    Did you get one on launch day in 2001?

    The 20th anniversary celebrations have officially begun! The Xbox brand is turning 20 years old on November 15, 2001 (as is the Halo franchise), and as a result, we thought we'd dip into some nostalgia to end the week. It's been a long 20 years, and many of us weren't there at the beginning, but we're willing...

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    • Talking Point
    • Features
    • Xbox20
  • News Xbox Series X|S Will Launch In Mainland China This June, Confirms Microsoft

    With pre-orders available next week

    Microsoft has announced today that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will officially launch in mainland China in a few weeks on June 10, with pre-orders starting as soon as next week from the Microsoft Store on Wednesday, May 19. The recommended retail price of the Xbox Series X will be ¥3,899 in the country,...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • China
  • News SEGA Might Be Thinking About Reviving Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio

    Along with a bunch of other classics

    It looks like SEGA hasn't necessarily given up on the likes Crazy Taxi, Jet Set Radio and other classic IP, as they've been listed for potential remasters, remakes or reboots as part of a new end-of-fiscal-year results presentation. As highlighted by IGN, the slideshow gathers a bunch of examples of past IP...

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    • SEGA
    • Crazy Taxi
    • Jet Set Radio
  • News Good News, Ghostrunner Is Officially Getting A Sequel For Xbox Series X

    With the original having sold 600k copies

    Big fan of last year's hardcore FPP slasher Ghostrunner? Good news! The game is officially getting a sequel, as announced by publisher 505 Games, and it'll be coming to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. In a press release, it was revealed the sequel will receive the double the investment - an initial €5...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Ghostrunner

Thursday13th May 2021

  • News Five More Games Are Now Available With Xbox Game Pass (May 13)

    Get ready to bring the thunder

    It's Xbox Game Pass time! We've got another five games joining the service today, and there are some heavy hitters amongst them including Just Cause 4: Reloaded, Red Dead Online and Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster. Here are the new games you can download with Xbox Game Pass today: Final Fa

    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Game Pass
  • News Microsoft Kicks Off Its 20 Years Of Xbox Celebrations

    "We are excited to celebrate this milestone together"

    Yes, it's really been 20 years since the release of the original Xbox - or at least, it will have been on November 15, 2021! To lead up to that date, Microsoft has begun kicking off the celebrations early, issuing a first wave of 20th anniversary gear into the Xbox Gear Shop, dishing out a bunch...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox 360
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
  • News Xbox Adds More Perks For Game Pass Ultimate Members (May 2021)

    Rogue Company, Spotify Premium & more

    Update: Microsoft has added to this with a new Rogue Company Perk, which we've included below. Original story: The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Perks program is back in force for May 2021, and it's off to a pretty impressive start with 'free' Perks available for NBA 2K21, Apex Legends and even Spotify Premium!...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Game Pass
  • News Bright Memory, An Xbox Series X|S Console Exclusive, Is Now Cheaper Than Ever

    It's been discounted for the next two weeks

    Bright Memory 1.0 was an example of a very affordable Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S launch title on day one this past November, and as of today, it's actually dropped in price by another 20% for the next two weeks. So, what is it? Basically, Bright Memory is a "lightning-fast fusion of the FPS and...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Bright Memory
  • News EA Explains Why Your Mass Effect Legendary Edition Pre-Load Is Only 20GB On Xbox

    It's all to do with Smart Delivery

    The whole situation surrounding Mass Effect Legendary Edition's pre-load on Xbox has been a little confusing up to this point. Some people have reported seeing a file size of 80GB+, some have reported seeing a file size of just 100mb, and now others are reporting seeing a file size of just over 20GB. Which is it?!...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Mass Effect
  • News Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance Arrives This June On Xbox Game Pass

    Set out on an epic brawl through Icewind Dale

    We've got another day one release hitting Xbox Game Pass very soon! Tuque Games has announced that Dungeons & Dragons Dark Alliance will be available on the service across console, PC and cloud on June 22. The game is a third-person action brawler that drops you and your friends into the unforgiving...

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    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Game Pass
  • News Microsoft Is Now Offering 3 Months Of Xbox Game Pass For Just $1

    New subscribers only though

    Microsoft has been running a promotion where you can get a month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for £1 / $1 for a while now, but at the moment, that has been extended to 3 months as part of a special deal. This appears to be available in most regions right now, but there's no word on how long the deal will last: If...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Game Pass
  • PSA Mass Effect Legendary Edition Has An Issue With Certain Xbox Accessories At Launch

    But don't worry, there's a workaround

    Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be with us very, very soon, but unfortunately there's already an Xbox related bug that you'll want to be aware of when using certain accessories - particularly wireless headsets. The team at BioWare and EA say they have identified an issue where the game will crash to the...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Mass Effect
  • News Sunset Overdrive Co-Director: 'We Own The IP, Nothing Stopping Us Making A Sequel'

    Don't expect it on Xbox though

    We've pretty much resigned ourselves at this point to the fact that a potential Sunset Overdrive sequel would likely never reach Xbox, but nevertheless the game's co-director says he'd be very interested in making one. Speaking to GQ earlier this week, Insomniac Games' Marcus Smith reaffirmed to the outlet that the...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • Sunset Overdrive
    • PlayStation
  • News Psychonauts Is Now Available With Xbox Game Pass

    Experience Double Fine's classic platformer today

    The moment many Xbox fans have been waiting for has finally arrived - yes, Psychonauts is now available to Game Pass subscribers on Xbox Series X|S and PC. If you've not played this game before, now is a great time to check out Double Fine's classic platformer. It was originally released in 2005 and...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series S
    • Psychonauts
  • News Free Play Days: Try These Xbox Games For Free (May 13-16)

    Push your riding skills to the limit

    It's time for another batch of Free Play Days titles! Two more games are available to play for free this weekend for Xbox Live Gold members, and they're ready to download right now. So, what's on offer? We've got the ever-popular basketball sim NBA 2K21 (the Xbox One version), which is also currently available...

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    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Free Play Days
  • News Tencent's TiMi Forms 'Strategic Partnership' With Xbox Game Studios

    "Will revolve around new game experiences"

    TiMi Studios, a Chinese developer skilled in mobile development and owned by the industry giant Tencent, has formed a "strategic partnership" with Xbox Game Studios. This news comes from Niko Partners' senior analyst, Daniel Ahmad, but at this stage there's not much information about what exactly is...

    • Xbox
    • Microsoft
    • Tencent
    • China
  • News Xbox Studio InXile Entertainment Appears To Be Making An 'FPS RPG'

    Being developed with Unreal Engine 5

    It was revealed last year that Wasteland 3 developer InXile Entertainment was working on an "ambitious" RPG, and now, thanks to a new hint, it looks like that game will take the form of a first-person shooter RPG. This reveal came out of the blue following a tweet from the official Xbox account yesterday, to...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • InXile Entertainment
  • News If You Can't Find May's Gamerscore Challenge On Xbox, You're Not Alone

    It's missing for a lot of people right now

    The Microsoft Rewards 10k Xbox Gamerscore Challenge suddenly reappeared earlier this week - much to the delight of many of us - but unfortunately some Xbox users haven't actually been able to start completing it yet. For whatever reason, there are reports across the web of people who can't see the...

    • Xbox
    • Microsoft Rewards
    • Xbox Game Pass
  • News Xbox Party Chat Is Introducing Speech-To-Text Integration

    And synthesis of speech from text

    Microsoft has announced two brand-new features - now available to Xbox Insiders - that will enable transcribing speech into text and synthesis of speech from text when using Xbox Party Chat. The Xbox team says either feature "can be used to help gamers who are deaf or hard of hearing and/or cannot or choose not to...

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    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Party Chat

Wednesday12th May 2021

  • News Xbox Exec Teases Unannounced IP That Will 'Blow Your Mind'

    Coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one

    Xbox's head of gaming services Ben Decker has been talking to GamesRadar in an interview about Xbox Game Pass, hinting as part of the discussion that Xbox has unannounced IP "that is gonna blow your mind." Decker made the comment while talking about the many Xbox Game Studios (including Bethesda) that are working...

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    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Game Studios
  • News 'The Original' Xbox Dynamic Background Is Now Available

    Included in the May update

    Last weekend on the Xbox Podcast, a number of fans spotted a classic Xbox dynamic background on Major Nelson's dashboard. The May 2021 update for the Xbox Series X|S is now available, and included is a new dynamic background titled "The Original" - and yes, it's the same one Larry had! Here's a look: To apply this...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Microsoft
  • News Did Valve Boss Gabe Newell Just Tease More Games For Console?

    If so, we'll find out later this year

    Legendary video game creator Gabe Newell recently made an appearance at a public school in Auckland, New Zealand, and answered a number of questions related to video games. In response to a question asking if Valve would consider bringing games to the current-generation consoles, he said fans could perhaps get...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Valve
    • Gabe Newell
  • News Remedy Is Finishing Up Work On CrossfireX, Possibly Moving On To Alan Wake 2

    Sounds like the team is busy, busy, busy

    Remedy Entertainment has provided some more details on its current projects in a business review report, confirming that it's finishing up work on this year's release of CrossfireX, and moving on to a big AAA project with Epic Games. Let's start with CrossfireX. Remedy is handling the single-player portion...

    • Xbox
    • Remedy
    • CrossfireX
    • Alan Wake 2
  • Poll What Do You Think Of The New Quick Resume Improvements On Xbox Series X|S?

    Happy with the new upgrades?

    The May 2021 Xbox update officially rolled out yesterday across the world, and arguably the biggest highlight of the package was a bunch of improvements to Quick Resume on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. In particular, you can now see at-a-glance which games are being saved in a Quick Resume state on your console, so...

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    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Quick Resume
    • Polls
  • News Scarlet Nexus Is Getting A Timed Exclusive Demo For Xbox Series X|S

    "Are you ready, OSF Cadets?"

    Update: As expected, the demo also now appears to be coming to Xbox One on May 21. Original story: Bandai Namco's Scarlet Nexus will be with us in just one month on June 25, but before that we're getting a timed exclusive demo on Xbox, arriving May 21 for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and May 28 for PS4 and PS5...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Scarlet Nexus
  • News It's The End Of An Era, Xbox OneGuide Has Switched Off Its TV Listings

    You can quit making those TV jokes now

    The majority of us have some pretty negative memories of the Xbox One reveal and its overreliance on TV-based features, but there were some cool aspects to that integration, and Xbox OneGuide was a notable example. Sadly though, this month marks the end of an era - as part of the May 2021 Xbox update, the core...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • OneGuide
  • News EA Confirms Battlefield 6 Will Be A Cross-Gen Release

    Official reveal scheduled for this June

    Although there were rumours last month that EA'S next entry in the Battlefield series would not support older platforms like the Xbox One, it seems this is not the case. During the company's full-year earnings call on Tuesday, EA's CEO Andrew Wilson clarified the game will be coming to "current-gen and...

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    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Battlefield
  • News Fans Will Be 'Really Blown Away' By The New Battlefield Trailer, Says EA

    "Everything I've seen in the game is spectacular"

    There's a lot of hype surrounding the new Battlefield, which is now officially expected to be revealed in June, and EA has talked a bit more about what fans can look forward to from the trailer when it arrives in a few weeks' time. As part of an earnings call yesterday, EA CEO Andrew Wilson lavished...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Battlefield
  • PSA Titanfall 2, Sniper Elite 3 Are Ridiculously Cheap In This Week's Xbox Sales

    Both are discounted by 90%

    You've probably had a chance to browse this week's Xbox sales by now, which feature discounts on over 250 games, but there are a couple of titles we wanted to highlight that are discounted by a massive 90%. Specifically, the incredible Titanfall 2: Ultimate Edition and Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition are both heavily...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Titanfall 2
  • News Toy Soldiers HD Returns To The Battlefield On Xbox This August

    A remaster of the Xbox Live Arcade game

    Here's a blast from the past! 2010 Xbox Live Arcade game Toy Soldiers is officially getting an HD remaster on Xbox One this August, allowing you to "experience the award-winning XBLA hit updated for a whole new generation!" According to the game's trailer, Toy Soldiers HD will feature new content, skins,...

    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Toy Soldiers HD
  • News Ubisoft Wants To Build Free-To-Play Games For All Its Biggest Franchises

    But don't worry, the premium releases will continue

    Ubisoft made a splash last week when it announced a free-to-play version of The Division called 'Heartland' would be arriving sometime between 2021 and 2022, and the company says we'll see more titles like this in the future. As part of its latest earnings call (thanks VGC), Ubisoft confirmed it...

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    • Ubisoft
  • News Xbox Cloud Gaming Might Now Be A Requirement For Indie Developers

    According to a confidential document

    We laid eyes on a bunch of confidential documents last week as part of the Epic Games Vs. Apple court battle, and the latest document doing the rounds has appeared to reveal some interesting information about Xbox Cloud Gaming. This 222-page confidential document - created in September 2020 - has reportedly been...

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    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Xbox Cloud Gaming
  • News LucasArts Classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors Arrives On Xbox This June

    Along with its sequel, Ghoul Patrol

    The nostalgia is kicking in! Disney and Lucasfilm Games have announced that 1993's cult classic run-and-gun shooter Zombies Ate My Neighbors is making its Xbox debut on June 29 - along with its 1994 sequel, Ghoul Patrol. Both are packed together for a single price of £11.24 / $14.99 (

    • Xbox
    • Xbox One
    • Xbox Series X
    • Xbox Series S
    • Zombies Ate My Neighbors

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