The three original Crash Bandicoot games have recently been remastered and were released on the Sony PS4 last week in the form of “Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy”. Since the game was announced there have been questions over whether the game would make its way onto Xbox One, or if it would be a PS4 exclusive with the original games being PS1 exclusives and fondly loved PS1 games at that. However, Sony no longer holds the IP for the games so there have been rumours abound as to whether Activision would release the game for the Xbox One or not. Especially with a lot of the promotional artwork for the game not stating “PS4 exclusive” like a majority of exclusive games do.
Today Sega have announced the release date for the highly anticipated latest Sonic game: Sonic Mania. Sega have gone back to Sonic’s 2D glory days from the Mega drive era and it looks very promising for fans of the 90s Sonic we all came to know and love.
Previously all we knew was that Sonic Mania would be released in the Summer this year but, we can now confirm the official release date is August 15th 2017, so mark it in your calendars!
Sonic Mania will be a download game rather than disc based. But a collectors edition has been available to pre-order for the Xbox One and PS4. Sega have announced that the Nintendo Switch will also receive the collectors edition.
Good news for fans of the original Black Ops game who are also Xbox One owners. The original Call of Duty Black Ops game, originally released in 2010 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS and Windows is now part of Microsoft’s Backwards compatibility program for the Xbox One. So if you have the disc version lying around still, or can get hold of it easily you will now be able to play it on your Xbox One console.
Amazon currently have a deal on where you can buy the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 season pass gift card and receive an additional £5 Xbox Live Gift Card for just £29.99. On first look, some may think the Season Pass Gift Card is a code for the Black Ops 3 season pass but, the code that Amazon send out to you is actually for £35 of Xbox Live Credit. Which you then can of course use to buy the Call of Duty Black Ops III Season Pass, or use the credit for any other games available on the UK Xbox Store.
There seems to be a growing perception that in an increasingly digital world, traditional methods of entertainment are falling by the wayside. In other words, we’re too absorbed in our computers and smartphones to bother with good old fashioned fun. Sometimes complaints about this shift are as simple as someone muttering that kids never play outside anymore, and sometimes they come in the form of a more thorough analysis of the state of human amusement. For instance, a piece at Medium titled “Why Can’t We Read Anymore?” recently took a pretty dire look at what’s happened to human concentration.
Well, it’s about time. EA have announced that the next iteration of the popular football video game FIFA will for the first time include womens international teams. We will see players from teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the United States of America in Fifa 2016.
Current England Womens team captain Steph Houghton was on hand to celebrate as she will be featured in the game herself: “To be one of the first female players included is something we’ll always be able to look back on. Hopefully it will help raise the profile of the women’s game even further”
With the rise in popularity of Womens Football over the past few years, it’s great to see EA take the initiative and include the girls in a game that is undoubtedly a male dominated sport and game genre. You can take a look at a demo below showing the virtual women players in action:
Since the Xbox One was first announced there have been suggestions from consumers that Microsoft should also sell the console without Kinect, much like the Xbox 360. Partly due to many users not being particular interested in the additional device, while others were hoping for a Kinect-less version to drive the price down. Today Microsoft have announced that they will begin selling the Xbox One console without Kinect.
The Xbox One console without Kinect is due to go on sale from June 9th. If you are wanting to add Kinect at a later date, Microsoft will begin selling the Kinect unit on it’s own from the Autumn.
With devices like the VR Headset and the Oculus Rift Headset quietly edging their way onto the commercial tech scene, what does the near future hold for virtual reality?
‘Virtual reality’ is one of those funny terms that can’t help but sound futuristic. Like hover cars and teleporters, it has long since formed a part of the sci-fi wallpaper, ever regarded as a mere twinkle in the eye of the world’s leading electronic engineers. Where virtual reality differs from hoverboards and teleportation in this day and age however, is that it’s here right now. Here, to get you up to speed, is some of the key information you need to know about virtual reality today, as well as some thoughts on the implications of this technology for our near future:
With the announcement of the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft in the form of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One respectively, there has also been quite a bit of discussion surrounding the pricing of games on the next consoles. Currently new releases for the PS3 and Xbox 360 generally cost around £40 from most retailers. With the Xbox One however, games will cost a bit more.
Microsoft have priced the games on their website at £49.99 and include titles such as Dead Rising 3, Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse and Kinect Sport Rivals. However in the US, the pricepoint between 360 games and Xbox One games remains the same at $59.99 which seems a tad unfair to those not living Stateside as us UKers were already paying more than our US counterparts anyway with this generation of games.
With the iteration of the next generation Xbox, the Xbox One and the upcoming dashboard release, Microsoft will be switching from Microsoft Points for purchases to real currency. Whilst this means you will know how much the next Call of Duty map pack is really going to cost you, it already appears to have its downsides.
Those who signed up to beta test Microsoft’s latest dashboard for the Xbox 360 have found that their Microsoft points aren’t worth as much as they used to be. For example, the recently released Walking Dead 400 Days is available to buy for 400 points on the current dashboard and via the Xbox website. However on the beta dashboard, content that costs 400 MSP will cost £4.49. Unfortunately those 400 points you may have had on your account however, are now only worth around £3.33.