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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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Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

Majora’s Mask 3D was last month’s top-selling game

NPD Group's numbers are in from last month, and it shows overall strong sales in the gaming industry, with February having an 8-percent year-on-year increase. Sales for both hardware and games hit $955.6 million, with $378.2 million of that coming solely from hardware sales (a year-on-year 10-percent increase). Though software sales weren't quite that high, there was a 7-percent year-on-year increase with $338.9 million coming in. It was an overall good month for the industry, particularly Nintendo which saw high console and software sales.

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Sony PS4 sells more than 20.2 million units

Sony PS4 sells more than 20.2 million units

The latest battle of the console wars was Microsoft's Xbox One pitted against Sony's Playstation 4. The results are in from Sony, and it looks like they have come out of the battle ahead in the game. Today Sony reported that is has sold more than 20.2 million Playstation 4's. This makes it the "fastest and strongest growth" game system in Playstation's twenty-one year history, according to Sony. Microsoft has yet to report their sales figures for 2015. Even at the end of last year the Xbox One's sales were close, but they were still lagging behind Sony's Playstation 4.

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Super Smash Bros Wii U debut: watch real gameplay now

Super Smash Bros Wii U debut: watch real gameplay now

Today Nintendo released Super Smash Bros for Wii U, the fifth installment in the series and close companion to Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS. While the video game streaming service Twitch is not native to the Wii U, several means of transmission allow the game to be streamed by 3rd parties. As such, supposing the reviews you've read so far weren't enough to convince you to check this game out, today we're tapping in to some of the most active streams available to the public. Watch as the Smash action unfolds right this instant.

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Xbox One chopped to $330 at GameStop for Black Friday

Xbox One chopped to $330 at GameStop for Black Friday

In a leaked paper insert for GameStop's Black Friday it's been revealed that the Assassin's Creed Unity / Assassin's Creed Black Flag combo box will be even less expensive than the already-cut prices from Microsoft. On the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, you'll be able to pick up the Xbox One "Holiday Value Bundle" for $329.99 USD. That's $70 less than the standard price, or $20 cheaper than the cheapest price the Xbox One has ever been - without the games, mind you. Before Microsoft's business.

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PlayStation 4 software update 2.0 arrives October 28

PlayStation 4 software update 2.0 arrives October 28

The past couple of weeks have been a blur of game console updates and pre-update details, with the Xbox One October update having started rolling out on October 15, and PlayStation having followed closely behind it with details about its own users can expect in the 2.0 update. While Sony did detail the goods last week, in terms of features and improvements, it didn't say when PlayStation 4 users could expect to see the update, which makes it hard to be anticipatory.

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PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

PlayStation 4 trumped Xbox One in September sales

In the latest console war, Sony has frequently trumped Microsoft with more PlayStation 4 sales than Xbox One sales. We've seen that reflected many times, such as at the year's beginning when the PS4 was deemed the bestselling console in the US in January. According to NPD, that reign is holding steady, and despite anticipation otherwise, the PlayStation 4 outsold the Xbox One last month. This was despite Microsoft dangling a free game in gamers' faces last month, which many believed would boost the Xbox One's sales numbers.

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PlayStation 4 firmware 2.0 will include different background colors and more

PlayStation 4 firmware 2.0 will include different background colors and more

Following the Xbox One October update that was announced yesterday, Sony has revealed an expanded list detailing what gamers can expect from the PlayStation 4 system software 2.0 update. The latest software, which Sony has codenamed Masamune, has already been revealed to include things like Themes and Share Play -- the latest news builds upon this, and includes, among other things, the option to change the home screen's background to one of several colors.

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