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E3 2015 - In a rather unexpected move, Microsoft has decided to make it possible to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. The company will include the backward compatibility for at least 100 titles starting this Christmas, with additional support branching to other games later down the road.
Those of you with digital Xbox 360 titles will simply find the game in your Xbox One library once Microsoft rolls out support. It's a clever move by Microsoft to try to woo gamers, many with large collections of Xbox 360 titles, to hopefully purchase an Xbox One sooner rather than later.
"If you've been waiting to move from your Xbox 360, now's the time," said Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox division.
The Nintendo 3DS has surpassed 15 million units sold in the United States, boosted by a strong library of game titles, Nintendo said. The Japanese gaming company launched the 3DS to US consumers in March 2011, and had to refresh efforts immediately due to disappointing early sales.
However, the addition of Super Mario, Mario Kart, Smash Bros., and Pokemon has helped boost sales. To date, the 3DS has sold more than 52 million units worldwide, as Nintendo continues to cater to a niche gamer group.
"While crossing 15 million units is certainly a significant milestone, we are equally excited about the new momentum we've created in 2015 thanks to new hardware and an unrivaled library of software," said Scott Moffitt, marketing executive at Nintendo, in a statement published by GameSpot. "With more great games on the way and a hardware system for every type of gamer, 2015 is shaping up to be one of the stronger years yet for Nintendo 3DS in the United States."
Epic Games has teased that there will be performance improvements to Unreal Engine 4-powered games on the Xbox One thanks to DirectX 12. The news was revealed by Ray Davis, the General Manager of Epic Games, during an interview with Gaming Bolt.
Davis said: "The most intriguing aspect of DirectX 12 to me is the notion that it's a concerted effort to remove as much cruft from between the developer and the hardware itself, which means out of the box we're able to immediately do more for free, essentially. Microsoft has done a great job with the updates, and it's also worth mentioning that they've been a great partner in soliciting feedback from the developers to help guide the future design. Hopefully we'll see the official launch soon so players can start seeing the benefits firsthand!"
Davis continued, adding that DX12 and UE4 could deliver even better looking, better performing games on the Xbox One: "Unreal Engine 4 already does a great job of showcasing what the Xbox One is capable of and with the advent of DirectX 12 we're excited to see developers squeezing even more out of the hardware. Several internal Microsoft teams are using UE4 for games development so it's made it incredibly easy to closely partner with them and to ensure that Unreal Engine is a great development tool for the broader Microsoft ecosystem".
The Sony PlayStation 4 has retaken its console sales lead over the Microsoft Xbox One after a strong month of May, according to The NPD Group.
"As we head into E3, we would like to thank gamers for making PS4 the top-selling console and the leader in software sales in the U.S. in May," a Sony spokesperson told GamesBeat. "We are truly humbled by this success and we look forward to sharing what's next for PS4 at our E3 press conference on June 15."
The PS4 has dominated the Xbox One so far in 2015, outselling the American manufacturer every but April - and Sony has continued to solidify its strong lead. In addition, the PS4 versions of the top 10 game titles in May outsold their Xbox One counterparts - well, except for Minecraft.
Microsoft needs a boost with its Xbox One gaming console, and hopes an upcoming refresh will help woo potential customers. The new version, which was an expected announcement, features a 1TB hard drive, along with a modified Xbox One wireless controller.
The storage capacity has been doubled, a welcome addition that should be critical with more console gamers downloading digital games. Meanwhile, the new controller features a 3.5mm stereo headset jack, which is an improvement considering Microsoft didn't decide to include it the first time around.
The new Xbox One will cost $399, while the 500GB model will be available for $349.
Microsoft plans to launch a new Xbox One bundle featuring a console unit with 1TB of storage and the shiny new controller with a 3.5mm audio jack.
There was a brief listing on Amazon for the console bundle, which includes The Master Chief Collection for $400, but it has been removed. The Amazon listing noted that the "item will be released on June 15, 2015," which means a public announcement is expected during E3.
Although 1TB of storage may seem like overkill for game consoles, it could become a necessity with the rise of downloadable content. Destiny weighs in at 25GB, while Batman: Arkham Knight will be 45GB - so you may want that larger storage space.
Fallout 4 will take place in post-apocalyptic Boston, with all of us starting out trying to escape Vault 111. Bethesda Softworks teased Fallout by launching a website with a countdown clock on Tuesday, and hasn't disappointed. Here is Fallout 4's first new trailer:
Fallout 4 will be available for the PC, Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One. Interested gamers can pre-order the game, and some rumors predict the game available in time for Christmas this year.
Bethesda promised additional details during its showcase at E3 later this month.
The Nintendo NX, a next-generation console the Japanese company is currently working on, may not run Google Android.
Despite previous rumors that Nintendo would adopt Android, company spokespeople reportedly shut down those rumors: "There is no truth to the report saying that we are planning to adopt Android for NX," according to a Nintendo spokesperson, speaking to the Wall Street Journal.
Considering Nintendo has been making gaming consoles - and various other gaming-centric offerings - since the early 1980s, it shouldn't be surprising to hear they will keep the NX's console development in-house. Despite the reports in Japanese media, it seemed a bit too hard to believe Nintendo would suddenly rely on outside help to develop an OS for the company.
We covered Ed Zarick's awesome laptop Xbox and PlayStation console mash-ups not too long ago and now he's back for more.
Titles the PLAYBOX 4 One Mk. II, this PlayStation 4 and Xbox One combo unit contains an upgraded 24" Vizio LED LCD screen.
His previous edition was such a success that event Wayne Brady from Lets Make a Deal called him up to place an order, which drew Zarick from Edsjunk.net to produce this advanced edition.
Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick believes the full potential of the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One haven't been fully realized yet. Take-Two has plenty of next-generation console games in the pipeline, including NBA 2K16, Borderlands 3, WWE 2K16, Battleborn, and others.
"We have yet to see entirely what the technology can allow," Zelnick said while speaking during the 43rd Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference. "We've had a couple releases for new-gen, but I don't think we remotely have seen what can be done, and that's super exciting. And that speaks to many of our titles; hopefully all of our titles, ultimately."
Meanwhile, PlayStation President Andrew House also expressed excitement that E3 2015 will feature new PS4 titles that really show what the console is capable of.