Inside Xbox: Episode 2 – XBOUK News Roundup
After the successful return of Inside Xbox last week; a show that was popular back in the Xbox 360 days, Larry Hyrb aka Major Nelson, has returned for the monthly live broadcast of the show, and comes with some exciting new announcements.
As you may have already heard, they teased some ‘surprises’ last week over the internet where most speculated avatars and new original Xbox games becoming backwards compatible. Well, a list of five backwards compatible titles was announced earlier today which includes:
- Destroy All Humans
- Full Spectrum Warrior
- MX Unleashed
- Panzer Elite Action
But that’s not all they had in store for us! Bill Stilwell, head of the backwards compatible team also announced more OG titles coming to backwards compatibility, with a whopping seven Star Wars titles inbound which should make a bunch of old-schoolers happy.
- Jade Empire
- SSX 3
- Blinx: The Time Sweeper
- Panzer Dragoon Orta
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Star Wars Battlefront 2
- Star Wars: Jedi Knight
- Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
- Star Wars: Republic Commano
- Full Spectrum Warrior
- Hunter: The Reckoning
Bare in mind that these titles aren’t yet available but will be released incrementally over due time. And also to note, that Xbox Live services for original Xbox titles are inactive, so unfortunately you won’t be able to play online multiplayer with these titles however, system link cans till be used.
That’s not the only backwards compatibility news that headed our way tonight either. A new line of Xbox 360 backwards compatibility titles known as ‘Xbox 360 Enhanced Titles‘ are ready to play tonight. These titles include:
- Red Dead Redemption
- Gears of War 2
- Portal 2
- Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
- Sonic Generations
Note that Sonic Generations is the only new addition to the Xbox 360 backwards compatibility list, but also arrives as an Xbox 360 Enhanced title. What’s amazing about this, is that they’ve taken the technology used for enhancing OG Xbox titles and applied it Xbox 360 titles making them stand out much more than you remember with their improved resolutions.
All Gears of War 2 DLC will also now be free including all multiplayer maps in honour of the new enhanced backwards compatibility.
Larry and Graeme interview actor Michael Ironside, who so happens to be the voice of protagonist Sam Fisher from the Splinter Cell series. Talking about who he based Sam Fisher on and also his views on voice acting as opposed to stage or film acting. With the recent announcement that Ghost Recon: Wildlands are including a special mission featuring Sam Fisher, it’s possible they’re teasing a new title in the series. Let’s just see how his story in Wildlands pans out. Special Operation 1 is available today.
A new mode is also included in Year 2 known as Sabotage, along with a new assault class with a solar pulse ability. Sam Fisher’s character also comes complete with his own set of skills for the special operation.
They also announced that they will have four major title updates with new modes and content. To celebrate the year 2 update, Laura of Ubisoft announced that Xbox will be having a free weekend of the game this weekend 12th-15th April.
You can check out the Ghost Recon: Wildlands Year 2 trailer featuring Sam Fisher:
Highlights of PUBG’s Brendan Greene as he joins forces with musician Deadmau5 to enjoy a few games of PUBG during PAX East and the announcement of Miramar map coming soon.
PUBG will be featured during the Xbox Free Play Days during the 19th-22nd April, where your Battle Coins will transfer across to the full game if you choose to purchase.
Major Nelson walks us through the latest Spring Update coming soon with features that include:
- 1440p display
- Freesync (Variable Refresh Rate)
- Auto Low-latency mode (aka Game mode)
- Broadcasting to Mixer is simplified
- Share Controller feature, which allows Mixer viewers of your stream to take control of your controller
- Share screenshots and captures directly to Twitter
- Light & Dark themes
- High Contrast option
- Narrator volumes and Input Learning Mode
- Microsoft Edge browser updated to match Windows 10 version
- Download content via Edge and view through the Browser app
- Updated Tournament features
- New community and club features including filters and sorting
- New options to balance background music audio and gameplay audio
- System sounds has been revamped
The spring update will be available to all users, but note that preview members have had access to these features for some time.
Robocraft Infinity will be coming to game pass Wednesday 11th April – the day of launch. Luis Dellinger, Mark Simmons; the developers of Freejam provided a VT of the birth of Robocraft and some top features you’ll want to know about the game. Having spawned from a free to play title into a paid-for title incorporates a whole new system from it’s predecessor, making it easier for people who want to just fight with a robot and aren’t interesting in building. They’ve completely overhauled the game, making it a polished experience for Xbox.
You can check out the ‘Getting Started’ trailer for Robocraft Infinity below:
A new surprise addition to the Xbox Game Pass was also announced: Bomberman Live: Battlefest, will be available from Monday 16th April.
The full list of Xbox Game Pass additions for April are:
- Robocraft Infinity
- Cities: Skylines
- Sacred Citadel
- Cluster Truck
- Bomberman Live: Battlefest
- Portal Knights
- theHunter: Call of the Wild
- Kingdom: New Lands
Developer Overkill break silence over their original announcement of their take on a co-op The Walking Dead title featuring an all-new goresome trailer introducing Maya, which you can check out below:
Following the trailer, an interview with Saul Gascon, producer of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, talks about how they built the game with co-op in mind with different characters with their own unique set of skills and ‘heroic’ storylines. More information regarding the game will be released when they are “ready”.
Fanfest at E3 this year will include 1000 Xbox fans to their briefing for the first time ever, however the fanfest event itself will be selling tickets for the first time with all proceeds going to charity. Tickets for fans will be randomly drawn for fans in the next couple of days. Every fanfest attendee will be given a fanfest jersey and a limited edition 2TB Sea of Thieves hard drive – that glows in the dark! More goodies will be in store for fanfest attendees, which will be announced closer to the event.
You can visit Xbox Wire to enter the draw to win fanfest tickets.
Other mentions during the show include Minecon Earth livestream information, the start of the Forza championship showdowns, highlights from PAX East this year, this months Xbox Game Pass additions, Sea of Thieves underwater treasure hunt and highlights from last years Xbox Fanfest.
For those who watched the show, you have a chance of winning yourself a copy of Hellblade.
In case you missed it, you can watch the recorded broadcast of Inside Xbox: Episode 2 below for yourself and enjoy the show!
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