This Month in Gaming
Xbox One May Soon Support Original Xbox Games
Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would be making certain Xbox 360 games cross-compatible on the Xbox One -- a feature that fans have been asking for ever since the next-gen console was released in 2013. While this is certainly good news for owners of the Xbox 360, Microsoft made another startling revelation: original Xbox games may also become cross-compatible on the Xbox One at some point.
During a recent interview, Phil Spencer said cross-compatibility of Xbox games on the Xbox One was a matter of priority. This statement is open for interpretation, but many people (including myself) believe that what Spencer is trying to say is that Microsoft will first make Xbox 360 games compatible for the Xbox One, and then they will focus on the original Xbox games.
"Xbox games on Xbox One is something I want to do, but it is a matter of priority," said Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division. "I would love to have the ability to play Xbox 360 on PC at some point too, so we have different things we have to think about when we plan these things. But it would be great to have support for original Xbox games. So yes, I want it, but we have many other things we want to do as well."
You Can Play Fallout 4 on the PlayStation Vita
No, that's not a typo. Owners of the PlayStation Vita will be able to play one of the most anticipated video games of 2015 on Sony's Portable gaming device. The PlayStation Vita may lack the hardware of its companion console, the PlayStation 4, but users can still play Fallout 4 on the device.
Technically speaking, Fallout 4 isn't going to be released for the PlayStation 4. Instead, developer Bethesda has modified the game's controls so it's playable on the portable device using Vita Remote Play. Vita Remote Play allows gamers to transmit the video and audio output of the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 to their PlayStation Vita. Bethesda posted a video of Fallout 4 being streamed to the PlayStation Vita on its Twitter account, along with the following message: Vita Remote Play. Great controls thanks to control-freak @Josh_Hamrick, who helped create Destiny’.
Fallout 4 is scheduled for release November 10, 2015.
Nintendo NX Rumors
It's been a while since Nintendo has released a full-size gaming console. The Wii, for instance, was released almost a decade ago back in 2006. While Nintendo has launched some smaller, portable video game consoles since then, we haven't seen a major console since the Wii. Well, there are new rumors circulating that suggest Nintendo is working on a new console, dubbed the NX.
So, what is the Nintendo NX and when can you expect to see it available for sale? Unfortunately, these are questions that remain unanswered at this time, as Nintendo has yet to even confirm the project's existence. Current rumors indicate that the Nintendo NX will feature new and improved components that build on its existing Nintendo Wii U and 3DS portable gaming devices. As far as titles go, it's safe to assume that the Nintendo NX will support games like Dragon Quest series, Legend of Zelda, Star Wars Rogue Squadron, Mass Effect, and Pokémon.
Tatsumi Kimishima Takes Over as President of Nintendo
There's a new captain controlling the Nintendo ship: Tatsumi Kimishima. The iconic Japanese video game company announced the arrival of Kimishima during a press statement earlier this month. Nintendo's previous president, Satoru Iawata, had died back in July, leaving a void in the company that needed to be filled. Throughout Iawata's reign, Nintendo had experienced plenty of ups and downs. Take the Nintendo Wii U, for instance. Touted as a portable rival to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the Wii U current rests far back as the third leading console.
How will the arrival of a new president affect the struggling company? Nintendo has taken great efforts to expand its ventures in the video gaming industry, branching out into apps as well as new devices (like the aforementioned NX console). Hopefully, a fresh new face will allow it to compete with Microsoft and Sony once again.
Is This the 'Neflix of Video Games?'
For any device or hardware to compare itself to Netflix is a pretty bold statement to say the least. After all, the online video streaming service currently boasts more than 65 million paying subscribers in 50 plus countries. But that's exactly what the GeForce Now is calling itself.
Designed by computer video card maker Nvidia, the GeForce Now offers on-demand video games that are streamed directly to the user's device. But there are a few requirements that must be met in order to use the GeForce Now, such as the following:
- Minimum 10 Mbps Internet connection speed. For games to play at 720p and 60 frames per second, however, you need a 20 Mbps connection. And 1080p games require an even beefier 50 Mbps connection speed.
- Dual-band wireless router or greater.
- 60ms or faster pin to one of six Nvidia data centers which are found in North America, Europe and Asia.
- Nvidia Shield Portable, Shield Tablet, or Shield Android TV.