News Roundup | 4 Apr – 10 Apr

We all love playing games. It’s our hobby – in many cases our passion – and if you are anything like us you’ll have a voracious appetite for gaming news. Here are last week’s top stories.

On Monday, it looked as though one of the Visual Design Leads at Xbox may have inadvertently revealed something rather interesting regarding Microsoft’s next move when it comes to consoles, namely the Xbox neXt – or so we thought, judging by an entry on David Gardner’s LinkedIn Profile is anything to go by.

Gardner has been working at Xbox for four years and previously worked on the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and the Smartglass. The Xbox neXt was something that we had ever heard of, though. As it turns out though, the rumour mill was working overtime for no reason. The following day, an Xbox Spokesperson debunked the story with a short statement:

“Xbox neXt was an old internal team name for a group that worked on releasing Xbox One and is not related to a future console… We have nothing further to share”

Not all rumours lead to facts – but sometimes the speculation is fun in and of itself. Nice beard, dude.

XboxNext2

Ubisoft’s The Division might be the biggest game around right now, if the way Division-themed news is being gobbled up. Even the news of the Division Daily Reset pops up in our ‘most-read’ list from time to time, and this was the case on Tuesday.  Somewhat ironically, when the daily reset failed to appear at the end of the week this also became big news, as did the reason for the missing reset.

The Division

Backwards Compatibility news always generates interest – there’s life in the old Xbox 360 dog it seems – and who doesn’t love revisiting classics? On Wednesday, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson revealed that two new games had been added to the Backwards Compatibility list, Outland and Gunstar Heroes.

A couple of days later, there was some slightly bigger news – eagle eyed Reddit user conorthorne stumbled across a hint that Modern Warfare 2 could be finding its way to backwards compatibility soon. Conorthorne snapped this image, saying “MW2 was on the Xbox Store and wouldn’t let me buy it just said error then it was gone :(” Granted this could be a hoax but let’s remember that Left 4 Dead 2, Castlevania: SotN and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 all accidentally leaked in a similar manner, before officially joining the programme a few weeks later. Fingers crossed.

Modern Warfare 2 Backwards Compatibility

And there we have it – another week done and dusted. What was the biggest Xbox news for you this week? Why not let us know in the comments?

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Stacey

Amazingly, prone to intermittent fits of unexplained optimism. Lived alone and liked it so much he bought the company. Wouldn't mind being a little less clever and a little more handsome. Arranges words into painstakingly grammatically correct order for a living. Likes: Sunshine, TV, couch, cats, games. Dislikes: Rain, people, arranging words into painstakingly grammatically correct order. #ILHIMH

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