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    With original Xbox backward compatibility on the horizon, these are the top picks we'd love to see on Xbox One. Microsoft dropped a surprise unveiling at the end of this year's E3 press conference, announcing plans to expand its existing backward compatibility program for the Xbox One. While select Xbox 360 titles have been playable on the console for some time, support will soon be arriving for original Xbox titles. With a rollout expected for this fall, Microsoft has already begun to confirm the games set to support the feature at launch. We decided to look back at our favorite games of the generation, to choose our top candidates for backward compatibility. List of original Xbox games that are backward compatible on Xbox One Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was one of the earliest releases from now-renowned developer Bioware and generally regarded as one of the best Star Wars titles to date. Set thousands of years before the mai...

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    Earlier this year at the Games Developers Conference (GDC) 2017, Microsoft announced the "Xbox Live Creators Program"– a new system allowing independent developers to quickly publish titles on the Xbox One. Unlike the ID@Xbox program, which comes with its own concept approval process, limitations and procedures, the Creators Program was established to offer a more direct line to the Xbox platform and its offerings. It now appears that the first wave of Creators Program titles has hit the Xbox One, via the Alpha Ring of the Xbox Insider Program. Accessible through a subsection of the Xbox Store called "The Creators Collection," players can now get hands-on with six independently published games from early adopters of the program. As discussed during our interview with ID@Xbox Director, Chris Charla, the games published through the Creators Program undergo significantly less curation than other Xbox One titles. While ID@Xbox developers are subject to legal ties and a closer rela...

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    Serial Cleaner is one of those rare titles that show up every now and then and do something unique. In Serial Cleaner, your job isn't to run around shooting villains or being a gangster. Instead, it's your job to clean up the mess after various scenes of carnage have already unfolded. Working for various shady characters, Bob "The Cleaner" Leaner travels from hit to hit, steam cleaner in hand, removing evidence, mopping up blood, and disposing of dead bodies. Serial Cleaner is certainly among the most unique games I've played so far on Xbox One, but is this stealth 'em up worth $15, or is it taking you to the cleaners? See at Xbox Store Serial Cleaner: What you'll love Serial Cleaner takes place in the 1970s, and it draws more inspiration from movies than video games. Indeed, you can even discover hidden film reels and unlock new crime scenes inspired by some of Hollywood's most iconic films. For $15, it contains a decent amount of story levels, bonus missions, and costume unl...

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    Rainbow Six Siege recently received its 2.1.1 title update, a minor patch to the game as a part of the Operation Health initiative. While the update brought fixes to various bugs and exploits, the game's developer, Ubisoft, is also prepping the stage for a new cosmetic loot system. After a short hands-on with the system prior to its launch, here's everything you need to know about "Alpha Pack" drops. See at Amazon See at Xbox Store What are Alpha Packs in Rainbow Six: Siege? Alpha Packs are a randomized loot drop system coming to Rainbow Six Siege, set to open a new avenue for obtaining cosmetic items. Like other popular shooters on the market that offer "loot crates," Alpha Packs are one-time use bags containing a single piece of randomized cosmetic gear. While various cosmetic add-ons have been available in-game for some time, the introduction of Alpha Packs marks their first major appearance outside of the game's store. What items can be obtained from Alpha Packs? When fi...

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    The Razer Thresher Ultimate may be the best wireless Dolby 7.1 gaming headphones of the year. Here's why. Gaming headphones are like most things in modern technology spanning the super cheap to the "are they serious?" price ranges. The new Razer Thresher Ultimate headphones tilt toward the latter category at $250. But luckily your money gets you far with these head cans. I've been using the Razer Thresher Ultimate with my Xbox One and Windows 10 PC for the last week. Here is what I think. Razer Thresher Ultimate technical specifications For $250 you would hope that the Razer Thresher Ultimate brings all the latest gizmos in sound technology, and it does. Here are the device's key features. Headset Category Specification Sound 7.1 Surround Sound with Dolby Headphone Style Noise-isolating leatherette over-the-ear cushions Wireless 2.4GHz wireless audio Wireless range 40ft (12m) Optical audio Yes (through base station)Optical in and out supported Driver Two c...

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    PS4 may have gotten a head start, but now it's time for Xbox One gamers to jump into Destiny 2's open beta. Bungie kicks off the Xbox One open beta for its next big project, Destiny 2, on Xbox One today. Anyone who has preordered the game can jump in starting today with early access, while the beta will open up to everyone on Xbox One, regardless of whether you preordered or not, on July 21. As far as content is concerned, the Destiny 2 beta includes a look at the opening mission of the game's story. On the multiplayer front, you'll also be able to check out two competitive modes, along with the three-player Inverted Spire strike mission. If you preordered Destiny 2, you should be able to download the beta now via the Xbox Store on your console and start playing. For everyone else, you can jump in on July 21. The beta period is set to end on July 23. The game itself will launch in full on September 6. See at Amazon Destiny 2 beta: Release dates, preorders, and everything else...

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    Halo Wars 2 tells a very interesting and standalone story, but in what ways can it, and its future expansions, potentially influence the next Halo game, tentatively dubbed "Halo 6?" The war for the Ark that takes place in Halo Wars 2 is, for the most part, an event that remains completely disconnected from the rest of the Halo universe. As the UNSC Spirit of Fire and her crew wage a desperate war to take the ancient Forerunner installation from Atriox's Banished, the rest of the galaxy remains unaware of this conflict, currently focusing on resisting Cortana and her Created regime. But the events that have taken place (or potentially will in future story expansions) in Halo Wars 2 can, and likely will, tie into the main storyline. Here are five ways that Halo Wars 2 can tie into Halo 6. WARNING: Halo Wars 2 and Halo 5 spoilers ahead! 1. Halo ring at the end of Halo 5 The Halo ring shown in Halo 5's legendary ending is very likely to be the same ring that appeared near the end...

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    DOOM is delivering a treat for new players and veterans alike with its latest update. DOOM may be more than a year old at this point, but the critically acclaimed game still has plenty of life left in it. Bethesda is treating fans to a new update for the game, appropriately titled Update 6.66, that not only shakes up multiplayer progression but also unlocks all DLC for everyone. The main highlight of update 6.66 is the revised multiplayer progressions system, which now makes it easier to work towards specific items you want. From Bethesda: With this update, we've changed when and how players unlock additional guns, demons, equipment and all of the player and weapon customization options. Instead of relying on the current random unlock system, everything now unlocks through specific leveling requirements and/or in-game challenges. Now, if there's a specific helmet you want, you can work toward unlocking it by focusing your play style on the related challenge. We're confident ne...

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    Sub-Zero is the latest DLC character for Injustice 2, the stellar DC fighting game from NetherRealm and Warner Bros. A guest star from the Mortal Kombat series, Sub-Zero is a ninja who freezes his enemies with ice attacks and even creates frozen clones of himself. Learn his moves and background details in this handy guide. See Injustice 2 on the Xbox Store See Sub-Zero on the Xbox Store One cold ninja Sub-Zero is a cryomancer, a human with the ability to shape, control, and manipulate ice. In the past, the Lin-Kuei clan was ruled by an evil ninja also called Sub-Zero. That man having died, the current Sub-Zero took his place and vowed to redeem the clan's honor. Sub-Zero travels to the Injustice realm to help thwart the intergalactic threat of Brainiac. This incarnation of Sub-Zero debuted in Mortal Kombat II. Sub-Zero is the first guest character to appear in Injustice 2. He previously made a non-playable cameo appearance in the first Injustice. Sub-Zero and other Mortal Ko...

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    Halo Wars 2 is getting a hot-drop of content that any ODST Helljumper would be proud of. Here's everything you need to know. 343 Industries crewman Jeff Easterling (codenamed "GrimBrotherOne") went in-depth into this month's Halo Wars 2 DLC content that's set to arrive later this month on Halo Waypoint yesterday. Lots of good stuff is on the way — so strap on your armor, get in your drop pod, and let's jump feet first into the first of the two DLC items: the ODST-themed Operation: SPEARBREAKER story expansion. Operation: SPEARBREAKER: A character driven, boots-on-the-ground narrative Operation: Spearbreaker will see the player take control of a tightly-knit group of ODSTs — some of the best troops that Captain Cutter has in his arsenal — over the course of two missions. The expansion is being marketed as a grittier, intimate experience compared to the base campaign's style of narrative. Jeff Easterling himself had this to say: Ironically, in some small ways it almost f...

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    Microsoft recently added customizable gamerpics to Xbox, following a huge outpouring of requests from fans. But what features are still missing? Microsoft collates feedback on Xbox via UserVoice, which is a service all sorts of companies use to gather opinions and suggestions from their customers. On UserVoice, you can sign in with your Xbox account, upvote favored ideas, and add your own suggestions for the perusal of Xbox's platform team. It's similar to the Feedback Hub on Windows 10. This week, we asked our forum users to submit their own ideas for features they'd like to see hit Xbox, and I thought it'd be fun to take a look across the top suggestions from across the community. Here's some of the most-requested (realistically possible) features and functionality Xbox users would like to see on the console. Family Game Sharing One great piece of feedback comes from user EnzoTen, who notes how poor the experience is for families with multiple consoles purchasing digital g...

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    A new leak appears to confirm what was already rumored: ReCore is getting a definitive edition release. Though we have yet to hear any official word on the matter, a ReCore: Definitive Edition appears to be on its way. Some eagle-eyed Reddit users spotted a change to ReCore's art in the Xbox One achievement list. The new cover, which was only briefly displayed on the list before being pulled, clearly shows the title "ReCore: Definitive Edition." What's curious about the spotting is that the image was swapped with the standard ReCore achievement listing. This could hint that current owners may be in line for an upgrade to the Definitive Edition once released, but that's only speculation for now. Given the criticism of the game for launching in an unfinished state, however, it would make sense to form some good will with those who have already made the purchase. Given that the Xbox One X is also right around the corner, it's likely we'll see some enhancements for the new console as...

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    If you need to get a new power brick for your Xbox One, here's where you'll find one. The newer Xbox One S and forthcoming Xbox One X have an internal power supply, so if you get a problem there you'll be sending it off for repair. But original Xbox One uses an infamously gigantic power brick, and if you encounter a fault you can simply replace just that. That's great news… now all you have to do is find one. That's where we come in. Here are the best places to find yourself a replacement Xbox One power brick. Microsoft If you'd like to just go on the Microsoft Store and buy a power brick then you're about to be disappointed. You can buy one from Microsoft, but it's a bit of a process. The first thing you have to do is register your console for a device repair at support.microsoft.com/en-us/devices. Then when you're creating the order, select accessories from the first drop down box and power supply from the second as shown in the image above. Go through the steps, make s...

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    Marvel Heroes Omega is a free to play superhero MMO with plenty of depth, including a robust crafting system. Crafting can be daunting early on, but this guide will teach you how to level up your crafting NPCs so you can make the best equipment! See Marvel Heroes Omega on the Xbox Store See Spider-Man: Homecoming Founder's Pack on the Xbox Store See Deadpool Founder's Pack on the Xbox Store Crafting In Marvel Heroes Omega, crafting is used to upgrade and create armor, gear, and other items. The crafting system unlocks after players complete the tutorial missions and the Learn Crafting System mission within Avengers Tower. You'll craft items and perform other functions via four SHIELD agent NPCs (non-player characters). These agents appear in each Headquarters location, starting with Avengers Tower. Three of them are designated on the map by atomic symbols and one by a dollar symbol. Similarly, three can be leveled up and will offer more items at higher levels. The maximum le...

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    Zombies are back in Call of Duty: WW2, and they look absolutely terrifying. The first trailer for Call of Duty: WW2's zombie mode is here, and, as you'd expect, it's chock-full of undead Nazi soldiers. Check out the revealtrailer below: In typical fashion for the series' zombie modes, Call of Duty: WW2 Nazi Zombies will follow its own separate narrative arc as part of a co-op survival mode. This time, you'll be fighting against zombies to recover stolen works of art in an otherwise unassuming Bavarian village. Here's how Activision describes it: Players will embark on a chilling and mysterious journey through a snowy Bavarian village in Mittelburg, Germany, as they attempt to recover priceless works of art stolen by the Axis powers in World War II. This village holds a shadowy secret key to an unimaginable and monstrous power. Nothing is as it seems in this zombies horror, as a dark and sinister plot unfolds to unleash an invincible Nazi army of the dead. Everything we kno...