News of Xbox One backwards-compatibility with Xbox 360 games is exciting, but emulation is a tricky thing, even for powerful new consoles. Can the Xbox One handle complex Xbox 360 games like Mass Effect? Some early testers provide some interesting answers.
Microsoft continues to trail the PS4 in worldwide sales, and is introducing some major changes to the Xbox One that it hopes will narrow the gap. Starting in June, the company will launch a $399 version of the console without Kinect, expand Games with Gold, and decouple entertainment apps like Netflix from an Xbox Live Gold subscription.
Valve took a strong stance against Microsoft Windows when it launched its SteamOS initiative last year, but Microsoft Studios Chief Phil Spencer praised the company last week at GDC, claiming that Valve’s focus on Linux has encouraged Microsoft to redouble its efforts in PC gaming, to the benefit of gamers everywhere.
Many early console adopters are disappointed by the lack of popular first party games like Halo. But Microsoft’s Phil Spencer explained that the company had to decide between releasing Halo 4 last year on the Xbox 360 and having a full Halo game ready for the Xbox One launch.