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Backward compatibility, Windows 10 hit XO in November

Backward compatibility, Windows 10 hit XO in November

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.

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New Dungeons & Dragons movie in the works

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New Dungeons & Dragons movie in the works

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."

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Microsoft announces Chat Pad for Xbox One

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Microsoft announces Chat Pad for Xbox One

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.

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The International Dota 2 tourney hit by DDoS attacks

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The International Dota 2 tourney hit by DDoS attacks

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.

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Halo Wars 2 announced for Xbox One & Windows 10

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Halo Wars 2 announced for Xbox One & Windows 10

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.

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Xbox One to gain full DVR functionality

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Xbox One to gain full DVR functionality

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.

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Dinklage out, North in as Destiny's Ghost

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Dinklage out, North in as Destiny's Ghost

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.

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Here's your streaming schedule for Gamescom 2015

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Here's your streaming schedule for Gamescom 2015

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:

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Autodesk launches Stingray game engine

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Autodesk launches Stingray game engine

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.

Wednesday 5 August

Backward compatibility, Windows 10 hit XO in November
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Backward compatibility, Windows 10 hit XO in November
Big feature updates on the horizon.
New Dungeons & Dragons movie in the works
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New Dungeons & Dragons movie in the works
Here we go again.
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Microsoft announces Chat Pad for Xbox One
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Microsoft announces Chat Pad for Xbox One
A tiny keyboard for your controller.
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The International Dota 2 tourney hit by DDoS attacks
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The International Dota 2 tourney hit by DDoS attacks
Matches delayed by hours.
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Halo Wars 2 announced for Xbox One & Windows 10
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Halo Wars 2 announced for Xbox One & Windows 10
The strategy spinoff returns.
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Cobalt – Gamescom 2015 trailer
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Cobalt – Gamescom 2015 trailer
Mojang's latest.
Halo 5: Guardians - multiplayer trailer
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Halo 5: Guardians - multiplayer trailer
Combat evolves again.
ID@Xbox – Gamescom 2015 montage
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ID@Xbox – Gamescom 2015 montage
The best indies coming to Xbox One.
Meg 9: Lost Echoes trailer
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Meg 9: Lost Echoes trailer
Co-created by author William Gibson.
Thimbleweed Park – Xbox One trailer
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Thimbleweed Park – Xbox One trailer
New from Ron Gilbert & Garry Winnick.
Forza Motorsport 6 – Racing in the Rain trailer
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Forza Motorsport 6 – Racing in the Rain trailer
Turn 10 Studios likes rain more than you do.
We Happy Few - Xbox One trailer
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We Happy Few - Xbox One trailer
Creepy and awesome.
Dark Souls III – gameplay reveal trailer
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Dark Souls III – gameplay reveal trailer
Prepare to die, again, again.
Quantum Break – Time Is Power trailer
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Quantum Break – Time Is Power trailer
Featuring an all-star cast.
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Scalebound - Gamescom 2015 trailer
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Scalebound - Gamescom 2015 trailer
Our first glimpse at gameplay.
Crackdown 3 – first look trailer
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Crackdown 3 – first look trailer
Such pretty 'splosions.
Mad Max – Stronghold trailer
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Mad Max – Stronghold trailer
What a lovely day.
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Xbox One to gain full DVR functionality
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Xbox One to gain full DVR functionality
TV and gameplay, saved to your system.
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Dinklage out, North in as Destiny's Ghost
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Dinklage out, North in as Destiny's Ghost
A complete re-recording.
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Tuesday 4 August

Here's your streaming schedule for Gamescom 2015
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Here's your streaming schedule for Gamescom 2015
Hope you like late nights and early mornings.
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