Hey, I used to play that!
It's another Xbox, console hardware and Xbox Live thread! Here we talk about absurd Game Pass discounts, Play Anywhere titles, backwards compatibility, cross-platform play, Terry Crews, the dreamy lads at Digital Foundry, and what games we loved from the turn of the century! Wow!
Games with Gold
As always, for those with the paid XBL membership "Xbox Live Gold", four free titles are made available for download for limited timed--two on Xbox One (which require continued membership) and two on Xbox 360 (which are yours in perpetuity). Additionally, all Xbox 360 titles are among the backwards compatible (more on that below
Xbox Game Pass
Like the Xbox-only service EA Access, Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft's own subscription gaming catalog service ("Netflix for video games") with over a hundred periodically rotating titles, making it attractive for digital only libraries and people who want to try first party new exclusives (which will make the rounds on the service at the time of their launch). There is no limit on how many games you can download and install from it, and access is for as long as the subscription holds--permanent purchases made from the catalog are discounted 20%, and DLC by 10% It does not
require Xbox Live Gold (though you would need that for multiplayer access). Game Pass also extends to Xbox Play Anywhere games on Windows 10, just look for the separate download and purchase buttons on the Microsoft Store app.
Xbox One Backwards Compatibility with the Xbox
It's not just for the Xbox 360 anymore! In addition to more than four hundred Xbox 360 titles, more than thirty 'Original Xbox' titles are now playable on the Xbox One (both 'base' and 'X' variations), with some visual upgrades (such as resolution bumps to 1080p and beyond
, not capable on the original console, and improved framerate). Most recent additions include a truckload of classic Star Wars
titles, including both original Battlefront
titles (the non-microtransaction ones), Republic Commando
and KOTOR II
. They work the same way as Xbox 360 titles and do not have additional achievements, and can be purchased from the Xbox website or played from a physical disc (break out your old libraries!). Want a list without the box art? There's one!
The Next Xbox Console/"Project Scarlet"
What is it? What are they? Details are still scarce, but signs point to proximal launches of two consoles to replace the current Xbox One consoles: a less expensive, lower-powered system that will be similar in performance to the current Xbox One X, and a more expensive, higher-powered system that will be the Xbox One X's performance successor. Whenever more details come, be sure I'll be adding them! In the meantime, Microsoft has consistently promised continuity with existing Xbox One libraries, possibly to extend to Xbox 360 and original Xbox libraries. Forwards compatibility between Xbox One and the next machines? They're not ruling that out either!
The Xbox E3 2019 Event
Not until June!
In the meantime, recent releases!
Penny Arcade Forums' Game Clubs
(Gears of War series)
The Bees Knees
Additionally, you can find the forums Xbox Live gamertag list here
, and the form to sign up here