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Xbox Live Creators Program lets anyone publish Xbox games

Xbox Live Creators Program lets anyone publish Xbox games

While the biggest profits in the gaming market naturally come from big titles, big developers, and big publishers, there is an undeniably big indie culture thriving there as well. While PCs have long been the home of indie games and developers, consoles have recently tried to woo this vibrant crowd as well. Microsoft’s latest move at GDC 2017 tries to sweeten the pot even more by allowing anyone, which is to say indie devs, to make and publish games for the Xbox without going through rigorous scrutiny. Unsurprisingly, there are some rather big caveats to keep in mind.

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Cities: Skylines inbound for the Xbox One

Cities: Skylines inbound for the Xbox One

The game Cities: Skylines will be launching on the Xbox One soon, it has been announced. The game’s website says it’ll arrive on Microsoft’s latest-generation console this spring, the newest update for the game following its original release in 2015. The Xbox One version of the game will include the “After Dark” DLC, though whether other DLCs will also be included isn’t known at this time.

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Indie bundle hits Xbox One: 10 games for $20

Indie bundle hits Xbox One: 10 games for $20

The folks at Curve Digital have announced a collection of games for Xbox One all jammed into a single-priced bundle. Each of these games have been out for play in one way or another - on one system or another - before, but they've never been released in a single pack before. Included in the pack are games like Nova-111, OlliOlli, and 10 Second Ninja X, and the whole pack will be available until the 9th of March.

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Grand Theft Auto 4 now backwards compatible on Xbox One

Grand Theft Auto 4 now backwards compatible on Xbox One

Rejoice, GTA fans! Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb has announced that Grand Theft Auto IV is now Xbox One backwards compatible. That means, of course, that Xbox One owners can now pop their old GTA 4 disc into their current-gen Microsoft console and play it without issue. This marks the latest update to Microsoft's expansive backwards compatibility list, which includes many notable games from the company's Xbox 360 era.

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Xbox One Ocean Shadow and Winter Forces controllers launched

Xbox One Ocean Shadow and Winter Forces controllers launched

Microsoft has taken the wraps off a pair of new Xbox One controllers, the turquoise-colored Ocean Shadow Special Edition model and the modern-camo Winter Forces Special Edition Controller. Both of these controllers will be available to Xbox One and Xbox One S owners across the world starting on February 7, says the company. Both controllers will cost $69.99 USD.

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Xbox One backwards compatibility expands with Tekken 6, two others

Xbox One backwards compatibility expands with Tekken 6, two others

Microsoft's ever-growing backwards compatibility list just got a bit longer with the addition of three new titles, the most notable of them being Tekken 6. As with all the other games already on the list, Xbox One owners will be able to play these older Xbox 360 games on the current-gen Microsoft gaming console, breathing new life into one's old-ish video game collection.

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New Micro Machines World Series game release incoming

New Micro Machines World Series game release incoming

One of the most iconic series of miniature car toys will be bringing their first proper video games in YEARS to consoles and PC. This game is part of the official Micro Machines video game series, previously released by such publishing companies as Camerica, Ocean Software, Midway, THQ, Infogrames, and Chillingo. Previous developers include such elder groups as Big Red Software, Merit Studios, Mindscape, Supersonic Software, and Infogrames Sheffield House. Now it's time for a modern release.

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Resident Evil 7 biohazard will be a Play Anywhere title

Resident Evil 7 biohazard will be a Play Anywhere title

Even before zombies or mutated critters were hot (presuming they are), Resident Evil was already scaring the bejeepers out of gamers since 1996. Now past its 20th birthday, the title is undergoing a bit of a facelift in the latest installment, Resident Evil 7 biohazard. To make that celebration even sweeter, Microsoft's Phil Spencer will be inducting the game into its exclusive club of Xbox Play Anywhere titles. Which means you only need to buy the game once and play it not really anywhere but on both Xbox and Windows PC.

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Xbox Inflatable is Microsoft’s pool accessory for Australia Day

Xbox Inflatable is Microsoft’s pool accessory for Australia Day

Microsoft is no stranger to introducing oddity products. There’s the Xbox Onesie, for example, the hooded set of pajamas designed with the Xbox logo and giant pockets for stowing your controller. Now the company is back with another unusual product, this one being a giant pool inflatable designed to look like an Xbox One controller.

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New Xbox One controllers released as store exclusives

New Xbox One controllers released as store exclusives

Two new Xbox One Wireless Controllers have been revealed by Microsoft, one in red, the other in green. These controllers roll with color schemes extremely similar to what we chose late last year with the Xbox Design Lab Xbox One Controller - custom one-tone. The Xbox Design Lab still exists - it still allows users to select their own colors for an Xbox One controller of their choice - but not exactly like these two new releases.

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Dolby Atmos Sound coming to Xbox One: why it matters to you

Dolby Atmos Sound coming to Xbox One: why it matters to you

The folks at Dolby Laboratories have made public their plan to release Dolby Atmos Sound on Xbox One and Windows 10. While they've not yet been exact when it comes to timing and availability, they have been clear that this audio system is meant specifically for gaming. Dolby Atmos works with certified Dolby Atmos speaker systems as well as (virtually) any set of headphones.

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BioShock game series gets Xbox One backward compatibility

BioShock game series gets Xbox One backward compatibility

The BioShock game series is now supported by Xbox One backward compatibility, it has been announced, enabling gamers to play the beloved series without having to buy the new BioShock remastered collection. The announcement was made today by Xbox’s Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb, and the games are already listed as supported in the official Xbox One backward compatibility game list.

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