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Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: everything you need to know

Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: everything you need to know

Starting today Xbox One Backwards Compatibility will begin to function, giving Xbox One users the ability to play Xbox 360 games natively. This release will begin with Xbox Preview members as of June 15th - this afternoon. For everyone else, this program will launch in the Fall of 2015. That's a few months away. Before we get there, there are a few things you're going to need to know. First - it's not every single Xbox 360 game in the history of Xbox 360 games that'll get this ability. Many, but not all.

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Microsoft announces 1TB Xbox One, includes new controller

Microsoft announces 1TB Xbox One, includes new controller

After several leaks, and just prior to E3, Microsoft has officially taken the wraps off a new Xbox One package featuring 1TB of storage. The 1TB model will include a revised controller which features a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom edge, allowing any audio head set with a standard plug to be connected. Priced at $399, Microsoft says the 1TB Xbox One will be available starting June 16th, with the existing 500GB model remaining on sale for $349.

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Microsoft launches Xbox One Independent Developers bundle in Australia

Microsoft launches Xbox One Independent Developers bundle in Australia

It's always a good sign that a game console is hitting its stride when it starts becoming available in a number of bundles with pack-in games. Following the recent Xbox One Master Chief Collection Bundle, Microsoft has just announced an "Independent Developers Pack," going on sale first in Australia. The bundle comes with the standard 500GB console, plus seven games from independent developers. Even better, it is believed that the controller that comes inside will be one of the new models featuring an integrated 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Nintendo reportedly considering Android for ‘NX’ console

Nintendo reportedly considering Android for ‘NX’ console

Very little is known about Nintendo's next console, currently codenamed the "NX," and it seems the company plans to keep it that way for a while, as they've already said they won't be revealing anything until sometime in 2016. However, the Japanese business newspaper Nikkei has reported that Nintendo is looking into using Android as the forthcoming system's operating system. This is still pure speculation at this point, and from the sounds of it Nintendo hasn't made a final decision on the matter, however it sounds like it may be part of a new effort to lure developers.

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Retro Freak can play old console games if you have cartridges

Retro Freak can play old console games if you have cartridges

There is no shortage of devices and software that will let you relive your youth's gaming days by letting you play that generation's console titles. But this retro console, appropriately named Retro Freak, is admittedly and curiously different. It makes a boast no other custom-made console has so far been able to make. It claims to be able to play any and all old console games, from Famicom all up to the more recent Game Boy Advance. That, however, seems only possible if you actually have the game cartridge at hand.

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Must Have PS4 RPG Games in 2015

Must Have PS4 RPG Games in 2015

We're barely half way through the year, but the current gen PlayStation 4 is already teaming with games it probably makes your head hurt to count them all. And it isn't just the big titles either, with dozens of indie's carving their way into gamers' hearts. But if you're still on the look out for something to while your time away in front your faithful gaming companion, then take a gander at five of the best role-playing titles to grace the catalog of the PS4 this year. In order of appearance:

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PlayStations with Silent Hills “P.T.” game banned from eBay

PlayStations with Silent Hills “P.T.” game banned from eBay

In the recent past there was a lot of excitement surrounding the playable trailer "P.T." and the promise of a new game called "Silent Hills". Everything about it was great right up until the moment when Konami decided to cancel the game and break a collective bunch of hearts. Joining the announcement was removal of the "P.T." trailer/game, meaning those who hadn't downloaded it were entirely out of luck. Many who had downloaded it did exactly what you'd expect: ran to eBay with their consoles, where their listings were promptly squashed.

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Xbox One April update brings voice messages

Xbox One April update brings voice messages

March isn’t even over yet and we are already looking towards next month and the updates that Microsoft will offer up for the Xbox One game console. The April system update for the Xbox One will bring some nice new features to the mix including voice messages, party chat updates, and other new features. A preview of these features that will land in April will start to roll out tonight.

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PS4 system update “Yukimura” details revealed ahead of release

PS4 system update “Yukimura” details revealed ahead of release

The Sony Playstation 4 is getting its latest software update, version 2.50 tomorrow. The system update, codenamed "Yukimura" offers a myriad of new features for enhanced game play and easier ways to connect with friends. Before you update your console, take a look at what's in store in the latest version of software for the PS4. The PS4 wants to be your destination console when it comes to playing video games with friends. Taking a lead from Twitter, verified accounts will be available to game developers and industry insiders.

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Nintendo “NX” console coming 2016 with “brand new concept”

Nintendo “NX” console coming 2016 with “brand new concept”

Nintendo might finally be taking its fans', and detractors', wishes to heart. The embattled gaming giant, long accused of being slow moving and more risk averse than its industry rivals, might have finally gotten the courage to get out of its shell. It just announced its partnership with game maker DeNA to bring its IP to mobile devices, something radical for Nintendo. Now it is hinting at its next gen console, codenamed NX, coming next year, which might also be something unexpected from the company.

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Xbox One Master Chief Collection, March update launched

Xbox One Master Chief Collection, March update launched

March seems like a big joyous month for gamers, especially Xbox One fans and owners. The annual Game Developers Conference has just concluded last week, bringing inspiration, hope, and excitement to the industry. But for the Xbox faithful, there is even more reason to rejoice. Microsoft has just announced the availability of the long rumored and awaited Master Chief Collection bundle, bringing the iconic Halo titles together in a single package. Plus, the equally awaited March system update has started to roll out to users everywhere.

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Asia to get rare MGS 5 PS4 model in honor of Snake

Asia to get rare MGS 5 PS4 model in honor of Snake

It won't be long now and Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be landing in the market. And to celebrate that momentous occasion, Sony and Konami have worked together to come out with a special limited edition of the PlayStation 4 that bears the unmistakable markings of the franchise' protagonist, Snake. Now, while it isn't yet sure what will be bundled with the console, though best guess is MGS 5: The Phantom Pain, that might not matter to those in the US and Europe, as the variant will be an Asian exclusive.

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