November will bring some major updates to the Xbox One's system software, Microsoft announced at its Gamescom 2015 briefing today.
Backward compatibility will finally land on the console for all users, following its surprise announcement at E3 in June.
Over 100 Xbox 360 titles will be playable at launch, including Fallout 3, Dark Souls, and BioShock, and all future Xbox 360 Games With Gold titles will be made backwards compatible with Xbox One.
The Xbox One's system software will also see a refresh, with a new dashboard powered by Windows 10.
Featuring a wholly redesigned interface, the new dashboard aims to enhance the console's multitasking, speed, and community features.
A new movie based on Dungeons and Dragons is under development at Warner Bros., the studio announced this week.
David Johnson (Wrath of the Titans) has written the screenplay, while a quintet of producers including The Lego Movie's Roy Lee are on board as producers.
Said WB's Greg Silverman, "D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property."
The Xbox One gamepad will soon get a keyboard peripheral, Microsoft announced today at its Gamescom 2015 briefing.
Much like its equivalent for the Xbox 360, the Chat Pad is a tiny keyboard that sits between the controller's handgrips.
Its backlit keyboard will make text chat and other text entry easier, and will feature two programmable keys and audio controls.
The International, the largest Dota 2 tournament in the world, was brought to a halt today by a DDoS attack.
Three hours went by as the attack progressed, with no matches completed for much of the day.
Though competition has resumed, the scale and profile of The International may well attract more attacks.
Halo Wars 2 is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10, Microsoft announced at its Gamescom 2015 briefing today.
Creative Assembly (of Total War and Alien: Isolation) is producing the real-time strategy sequel alongside 343 Industries.
Little concrete information has emerged so far, but a CGI trailer closed out the Microsoft briefing, looking suitably Halo-ish.
Xbox One users will soon be able to record over-the-air TV to their console, Microsoft announced at its Gamescom briefing today.
With the aid of the Xbox One's digital TV tuner (sold separately), users will be able to record shows to USB drives connected to their consoles.
The feature will support streaming content to other devices over WiFi, and downloading of content to PCs and mobile devices running Windows 10.
Bungie is replacing all of Peter Dinklage's Ghost dialogue in Destiny with a new performance by Nolan North, says Game Informer.
North was cast as the robotic narrator/assistant in the upcoming expansion The Taken King, but Bungie decided to completely replace Dinklage's performance in the rest of the game as well.
“We wanted Nolan North’s version of the Ghost to wake you up at the start of the journey at level one and follow you all the way to level forty,” explained Destiny creative director Luke Smith.
The world's largest gaming convention kicks off tomorrow in Cologne.
Amongst the announcements and demos expected are Mafia 3, Dark Souls III, Xbox exclusives Scalebound, Crackdown, and Quantum Break, and a new expansion to World of Warcraft.
Gameplanet editor Matt Maguire will be filing stories from the show floor, but for those of us back home, the major press conferences and reveals are taking place at these times:
Software developer Autodesk has launched Stingray, a new game engine based on the Bitsquid engine it bought last year.
The company aims to snag small to medium sized studios with Stingray's blend of drag-and-drop, node-based scripting, high-quality particle and visual effects options, and smooth workflow with 3D apps.
Stingray supports VR, physical shading, depth-of-field, lens blur, and motion blur, as well as systems like PhysX and Autodesk's own Scaleform.
“Walking in front of this mélange are the worst-looking player-created characters in recent memory. The prodigy golfer I spent 15 minutes hand-crafting to the best of my ability looks (unintentionally) like a creepy psychopath...”
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