Posted 18 February 2015 - 10:02 PM
Posted 26 February 2015 - 01:12 AM
Make Room for Three Amazing Games in March – and Double Games with Gold in April
Clean your couch off and get ready for three awesome titles, completely free to Xbox Live Gold members, thanks to Games with Gold. Rayman Legends is the free game this month on Xbox One, and it is – believe us – one of the best platformers ever made. Xbox 360 owners get Tomb Raider, a fantastic, pulse-pounding reboot of the iconic series. And they also get BioShock Infinite, the multi-multi-award-winning shooter set in a city among the clouds. As usual, all games are available only for a limited time*, as part of the ongoing Games with Gold program.
And if these three amazing titles aren’t enough for you, we have one more big announcement: Since the program’s launch at E3 2013, you’ve collectively downloaded over 100,000,000 Games with Gold games! It’s definitely clear to us that Xbox Live Gold members love to game, and Games with Gold fuels that passion. To commemorate this huge milestone, Xbox is giving you more of what you love, with twice the free Games in April! Next month, you can look forward to four free games on Xbox 360, and two free games on Xbox One.
Seriously, you really can’t lose this month, or in April (and we promise it’s not an April Fools joke). To-date, we’ve featured a diverse set of iconic titles like Tomb Raider, Halo 3, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, and Saints Row: The Third – and we’re excited to add many more games to that list in the years to come. It’s never been a better time to be a gamer with Xbox Live Gold!
* Rayman: Legends ($39.99 ERP) Available from March 1-31 on Xbox One
* Tomb Raider ($19.99 ERP): Available from March 1-15 on Xbox 360
* BioShock Infinite ($29.99 ERP): Available from March 16-31 on Xbox 360
It’s hard to capture in words the sheer wonderment that Rayman Legends brings to the small screen. Rayman Legends was built so that anyone can play it, with every aspect of platform gaming done so well that it’s impossible not to love it. It’s got beautifully drawn levels, hilarious situations, a truly fantastic original score, and – most importantly – brilliantly designed gameplay that challenges you without ever becoming repetitive. Did we mention that it’s an absolutely massive game with branching level design and oodles of unlockable content? Oh, and it’s got local co-op for up to four people, too. You’d better download this one while you can get it for free. Seriously.
In the first half of March Xbox 360 gamers get a fantastic title in Square Enix’s reboot of the Tomb Raider series. Experience the intense origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with her raw instincts, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold. Apart from being tremendously fun, Tomb Raider is a beautiful game that features pulse-pounding combat, epic action sequences, environmental puzzles, and tombs to discover.
Finally, BioShock Infinite, one of the most award-winning games of all-time, is now free to Xbox 360 gamers in March. The game puts players into the shoes of U.S. Cavalry veteran turned hired gun, Booker DeWitt. Indebted to the wrong people and with his life on the line, DeWitt has only one opportunity to wipe his slate clean. He must rescue Elizabeth, a mysterious girl imprisoned since childhood and locked up in the flying city of Columbia. Forced to trust one another, Booker and Elizabeth form a powerful bond during their daring escape. Together, they learn to harness an expanding arsenal of weapons and abilities, as they fight on zeppelins in the clouds, along high-speed Sky-Lines, and down in the streets of Columbia, all while surviving the threats of the air-city and uncovering its dark secret.
Check out the full details on our Games with Gold program, and make sure you get in on the action while you can!
* Titles are available as free downloads for a limited time, for qualifying paid Xbox Live Gold members in all markets where Xbox Live is available. Some regions may offer different titles depending on market availability. See Major Nelson’s blog for additional details.
Posted 26 February 2015 - 02:04 AM
Posted 03 March 2015 - 11:05 PM
Posted 04 March 2015 - 06:56 PM
Posted 17 June 2015 - 10:40 AM
Xbox One Backward Compatibility is here. Now you can play a growing number of your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One at no additional cost. With over 100 titles slated for this fall, and hundreds more added every month, Xbox One is now the best place to play your Xbox 360 games. Experience the greatest games lineup in Xbox history—exclusively on Xbox One.
Xbox One Backward Compatibility is easy to use
The Xbox One Backward Compatibility Beta is available starting June 15 for Xbox preview members. The program will launch broadly in fall 2015.
The digital titles that you own and are part of the Back Compat game catalog will automatically show up in the “Ready to Install” section on your Xbox One. For disc-based games that are a part of the Back Compat game catalog, simply insert the disc and the console will begin downloading the game to your hard drive. After the game has finished downloading, you will still need to keep the game disc in the drive to play.
Does backward compatibility cost extra?
Xbox One Backward Compatibility is free and allows you to play select Xbox 360 games you already own on Xbox One.
When will backward compatibility be available?
Xbox One Backward Compatibility is available starting today for Xbox Preview members. It will launch broadly in fall 2015.
How do I get into the Xbox Preview program?
The Xbox Preview program is by invitation only. If your friends are already in the program, they can invite you by using the “Invite friends” page in the Xbox Preview Dashboard app.
Is Xbox Live Gold required for backward compatibility?
Xbox Live Gold is not required for Xbox One Backward Compatibility. However, it is required for any standard Xbox Live Gold feature like online multiplayer.
How are titles selected?
We’re starting with some of the most popular and highest rated Xbox 360 titles. We’re listening to our fans and working with our partners. We’ll continue to update this page as more titles are added. We’re continuing to listen to Xbox fan feedback and you can request titles at Xbox Feedback.
Is there a comprehensive list of all the titles?
There is. We have an easy to use PDF available to download for your convenience.
Posted 04 August 2015 - 03:33 PM
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Posted 14 March 2016 - 11:54 PM
This will be ID@ Xbox's third Game Developers Conference showing off amazing new games from independent developers in the ID@ Xbox program. For us, it’s a great time to highlight new games, but also a place to connect with new developers and old friends and listen to their feedback about our program – what people are liking, and where we can do better.
We actually started ID@ Xbox by going out on a listening tour that seemed huge at the time (more than 50 developers!), but today, with more than 1,400 studios creating games for Xbox One and Windows 10 via [email protected], 50 seems like a pretty small number!
Our core principles haven’t changed though – make sure we deliver a huge variety of awesome games to players on Xbox One and Windows 10 by making it as easy as possible for independent developers to publish games on our platforms. The developers have certainly held up their end of the bargain! The list of unbelievably good games on Xbox One from independent developers is really too long to list. And we’re still listening, and we’re still working every day to make things better.
I’m excited today to announce a couple new things that grew directly out of developer feedback.
First, in addition to natively supporting cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10 games that use Xbox Live, we’re enabling developers to support cross-network play as well. This means players on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Xbox Live will be able to play with players on different online multiplayer networks – including other console and PC networks.
Of course, it’s up to game developers to support this feature, and Xbox Live players will always have the option of choosing to play only with other Xbox Live players. We’re thrilled to confirm that Psyonix’s Rocket League will be one of the first games to take advantage of this new capability by enabling cross-network play between Xbox One and PC players, with an open invitation for other networks to participate as well.
Microsoft’s XNA programming framework isn’t supported natively on Xbox One, but there’s an open source solution for developers called MonoGame. This news is a little overdue, but we’re stoked that MonoGame support will be coming to Xbox One soon, thanks to Tom Spilman and our friends at Sickhead Games.
And we’re really excited to be able to welcome MonoGame with a bang, thanks to a partnership with another developer named Tom – Tom Happ. I met Tom at an indie dev event shortly after we confirmed that XNA was not natively supported on Xbox One, and I remember being super bummed that his game was not going to be able to come to Xbox One straight away. Well, today I’m stoked to be able to say that Tom’s game, Axiom Verge, is going to be one of the first games shipping on Xbox One using MonoGame. And hopefully that’s just the first of many!
Continuing Xbox Game Preview
We’re also really excited about Xbox Game Preview, which we launched last year at E3. Many [email protected]games, such as Ark, The Long Dark and Layers of Fear have participated in the program, and the success developers have had there is great to see. As a player, getting to play and offer feedback to an in-development game is a pretty cool experience – especially when you see a feature you requested make it into the game!
Creating a Sustainable Marketplace
When we started ID@ Xbox, another goal was to make sure we kept the same sustainable marketplace for developers that we had on Xbox 360. We don’t just want to provide a platform to ship games, we want to provide a marketplace where games have the opportunity to sell, so developers can achieve commercial success and keep doing what they love to do – make great games for us to play!
Like all entertainment industries, the game industry is hit-driven, and not every game will be a success.
But we’re really happy that a lot of developers are having great financial success on Xbox One. As the director of ID@ Xbox, I sign off on every monthly royalty statement to each developer in the program, and getting to sign off on royalty payments to different developers that are five-, six-, seven- or even eight-figures for the month makes me feel good that we’re delivering on that promise to developers. (And to Xbox One players – thanks for your awesome support of independent games!)
ID@ Xbox on Windows 10
Last year at GDC we announced that we’d be extending ID@ Xbox to Windows 10, to support developers who want to include Xbox Live in their Universal Windows Platform (UWP) games. You can already play some great games from ID@ Xbox developers with Xbox Live on Windows 10 now (check out Oxenfree, Pinball FX 2, Fire: Ungh’s Quest and Stealth Inc 2), and we’re excited that hundreds of developers have committed to shipping on Windows 10 with Xbox Live. And we’ll see the first titles with cross-play between Xbox One and Windows coming soon. (In fact, a little bird told us that tweeting @idarbgame might get you a token to test out cross-play as part of a soft launch now!)
The lineup of independent games that will be coming to Xbox One this year is really amazing –Cuphead, Below, INSIDE, SuperHot, We Happy Few, Worms WMD and Pit People, just to name a very few. And the games that are a bit further out are no less cool.
We’ll be showing 40 different games from independent developers working with ID@ Xbox this year at GDC, both at Media Showcase event, and the Microsoft Lobby Bar in Moscone South. If you’re at GDC, please swing by, check out some games, talk to your fellow devs, and say “hi” to the [email protected]team, who will be at the Lobby Bar, helping out and answering questions. And if you’re an Xbox player, thanks again for playing and supporting the amazing work that independent developers are creating today on Xbox One and Windows 10! You can read more about the games we’re featuring at GDC tomorrow here on Xbox Wire.
It’s been an amazing two years since we showed the first ID@ Xbox games off in 2014, for both players and developers, and everyone on the ID@ Xbox team is stoked to be a small part of that. Independent developers are changing games and innovating in ways that continue to blow us away, and we can’t wait to see what happens next!
Source: Xbox Wire
Posted 15 March 2016 - 09:00 AM
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