Xbox One Backwards Compatibility new games, Black Ops 2 and Project Scorpio news
Microsoft confirmed this week that Xbox 360 games would indeed be playable on the Scorpio and would also get a nice boost as well.
The Xbox One Scorpio features eight custom x86 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and 40 customised compute units at 1172MHz.
The CPU looks to be 30% faster than that of the original Xbox One, while the GPU is 4.6 times more powerful than its predecessor.
Interestingly, the 8GB of memory – which is up from the 5GB found in the original Xbox One – allows the console to process art assets, making it easier to run 4K resolution visuals at higher speeds.
And all of this is also going to help those wanting to play their Xbox One Backwards Compatibility titles on their new console too.
These games are set to be "smoother, look better, and load faster,” according to Microsoft, who revealed that the 50% faster hard disk speed would also benefit Xbox 360 titles.
Essentially, the Xbox Project Scorpio can use its added firepower provided by the hardware included, to ensure that games will run at top specs, wherever possible.
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And it wasn’t the only big Xbox One Backward Compatibility news this week, with Microsoft also announcing the launch of two new BC games.
While technically the Games with Gold April titles would have been the first new Backwards Compatible titles available for many to download this month, today saw Microsoft confirm more new games for release.
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Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet are now available via Xbox One Backward Compatibility.
Civilization Revolution is by far the biggest of the two title announced this week with more than 22,000 votes for its official inclusion in the program on the Xbox leaderboards; Insanely Twisted has less than 1K.
It also has quite a high average Xbox 360 review score, earning an 84% rating on metacritic, with Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet averaging at 76%.
March proved a busy month for Xbox One Backwards Compatibility, with a total of 17 games from Microsoft, a good amount for anyone who is a fan of the program.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is currently the most sought-after title by fans, based on the official Xbox voting leaderboards.
Microsoft have been forced to speak about its inclusion week-in week-out this year, due to the sheer fan support for its eventual launch.
And while the numbers may have dipped now, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 was still a much-played multiplayer title, years after its launch.
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So you can understand just how popular any form of announcement would be.
Some fans thought they had got that recently, after a leaked listing from a retailer hit the web, apparently confirming the launch of a new Call of Duty Black Ops 2 retail bundle.
Unfortunately this proved to be a prank, all in the name of April Fools and you can imagine the disappointment among fans.
The most recent update on the subject of Call of Duty Black Op 2 joining the lineup came from Xbox chief Phil Spencer, who appeared to rule out any kind of announcement in the coming weeks.
Spencer did tease that a big new title was being planned for launch as part of the Backwards Compatible program soon, which could prove to be a big one.
"One of my most anticipated is coming in the next few weeks, some good ones tee'd up. <no comment on BO2>," Spencer wrote on Twitter.
Sounds like April is going to be an interesting month, although it's unclear just what new games are set to be released.
From Spencer's Twitter hints, it's likely that there will at least one title included from the top ten most wanted list, which currently includes:
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- Batman: Arkham City
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Assassin's Creed III
- GTA V
- Batman: Arkham Asylum