Microsoft is attempting to reassure gamers that it does indeed care about backwards compatibility after its vice president of gaming Peter Moore declared last week that "nobody is concerned anymore" about it.
A post on the blog of a member of Microsoft's marketing team has reaffirmed the company's commitment to allowing Xbox 360 owners to play their old Xbox games on the new console.
Written by team member John Porcaro, the post reads: "Rest assured, we're not done yet. We know for a fact
We got a delightful dozen new screens of the upcoming GTA-gone-native Just Cause, and while the developers may resent the comparison a little, we assure you we mean it as a compliment. Featured in this batch of shots are just a handful of the 180 vehicles available for use on the island of San Esperito, as well as a couple of Rico's crazier weapons. If you need more information on Just Cause, be sure to check out our pre-E3 coverage
Chromehounds simply will not stop assaulting us with new glimpses of what is rapidly becoming the most anticipated game of July. This batch of content focuses predominantly on the frigid wastes of the Morskoj region of Neroimus (the fictional European setting of the game), featuring a bit of rocket-launching, explosive-shell-lobbing
Good news has arrived for gamers that like a little animal husbandry mixed in with their battle against the forces of evil. The popular cross-platform massively multiplayer Final Fantasy XI is due for an upgrade, and the focal point will be the rearing of the giant, rideable chicken-beasts known as Chocobos. In the upcoming patch, players will be able to acquire the eggs of Chocobos and work to raise them into adulthood, at which point they'll be capable of breeding with other
Halo 3, the most anticipated game for Xbox 360, could have been shown in a playable, multiplayer form at last month's E3 games show, according to developer Bungie. The only glimpse of next-gen Halo available at the show was the first ever trailer, despite the game being solid enough for gamers to go
Friday 2 June 2006
Gamers aren't fussed about whether they can use their back catalogues of Xbox games on their new 360s, according to Microsoft's vice president of gaming Peter Moore.
"Nobody is concerned anymore about backwards compatibility," says Moore, conveniently forgetting the uproar that greeted the next-gen machine's paltry support for old Xbox games at 360's launch.
The issue is that each and every Xbox game must be 'patched' by Microsoft before it can work on the 360 hardware.
A flurry of gossip and other internet flotsam surrounds nearly everything that comes out of Microsoft head honcho Bill Gates. The latest morsel of titillation dropped by the head man himself came out of a statement made at the D4: All Things Digital Conference, held in Carlsbad, California. Nebulously alluding (or do we mean eluding?) to possible future Microsoft plans, Gates said, "We are looking at various ways to bring more to that [handheld] space. There is a lot yet that hasn't been
The annual Game Critics Award winners have finally been released, much to the elation and delight of the winners and the certain soul-crushing dismay of those who didn't quite take home the trophy. We would mention how surprised we are that Excite Truck managed to pull in best racing game honors or that Wii Sports has trumped publisher Electronic Arts' sports dynasties Madden and NCAA Football, as well as the NBA 2K series from 2K Sports - but given that Wii managed to pull in best of show, it
We just got a brand new batch of screens from an old favorite that have us delirious with joy. Old-school quarter-gobbler Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting is set to return to living rooms all over the planet over the wildly popular Xbox Live Arcade. Soon to be available for download via the Xbox Live Marketplace, Street Fighter II Hyper Fighting appears to be an accurate version... pack in online battling over Xbox Live and you're talking pure arcade divinity.
Thursday 1 June 2006
A US-based research company firmly believes that a move into the handheld market is still a part of Microsoft's long term plan.
The firm, called The Diffusion Group, recently published a report which has the catchy title of On the Future of Portable Game Consoles: Analysis & Forecasts. It outlines how Microsoft is perfectly placed to get involved with the portable gaming market, in which revenues are "expected to reach $3 billion annually by 2008", and how it could be