Xbox One updates – free Forza 5, backward compatibility and more
A few new smidgens of Xbox One-related news have surfaced, and we round them up here...
Microsoft's Xbox One is the subject of a lot of updates at the moment, so we thought we'd take a look at some of the more interesting snippets of info that have emerged recently.
First up is the emergence of a Forza 5 bundle. Some retailers, including Game, started to offer an alternative Day One Edition bundle for those who aren't particularly taken by football. Microsoft's premier driving sim was instead served up as a free accompanying game for the special edition, which then duly sold out in no time at all in some outlets. At the time of writing, Woolworths.co.uk still had stock left. So, if you'd prefer some rubber-burning action free with your Day One Edition, you may want to go check it out.
Next up is the announcement by Microsoft that backward compatibility is most likely headed to Xbox One in the future. According to Microsoft senior director Albert Penello, the Xbox One's use of the Azure Cloud network will make backward compatibility possible, much like Gaikai.
Talking to Gamespot he said, “Using our Azure cloud servers, sometimes it's things like voice processing. It could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box.”
If this functionality emerges, it'll be a very good thing for 360 owners upgrading to the Xbox One. In the same interview, Penello also stated that the abandoned digital game trading functionality may well return to the platform.
"We were trying to implement the ability to trade [and] loan digital games with your friends, which is something that no-one else was doing," he said.
"I think we need to do that. That has to be part of the experience. Right now, we're focused on launch and we switched the programme back to discs, because that's what customers wanted."
He also insists that the family sharing aspect of the system is essential too, saying “We'd love to figure out how to bring that back.
"I still think it was a good idea. Maybe it was a little too soon for some people, but I still think there were a lot of good ideas in there.”
Finally, it's been recently revealed that Microsoft, like Sony, is going to offer reduced price upgrades for certain games. These upgrades will allow owners of specific 360 titles to upgrade to Xbox One copies for $10. The official list of titles has also been released, and they consist of:
- Battlefield 4
- Madden NFL 25
- Need for Speed Rivals
- Call of Duty: Ghosts
- NBA 2K14
- FIFA 14
- Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
Watch Dogs has also been sighted on some retailer websites.
Microsoft's Xbox One will be released in the UK on November 22
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