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  • Has list of backwards compatible OG Xbox games been revealed?

    Microsoft made quite a surprising announcement at E3 this year, when it revealed that original Xbox games were coming to Xbox One via backwards compatibility. The news means that all three generations of Xbox games would be playable on the Xbox One -- at least to some extent. Now, a Twitter user has published what seems to be a preliminary list of original Xbox games coming to the current-generation console. So which titles apparently made the cut? Titles shown in the tweet are: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Dead to Rights, Red Faction 2, Fuzion Frenzy, The King of Fighters...

  • Nintendo Switch tops hardware sales in US for third straight month

    The Nintendo Switch enjoyed a fantastic launch, as units flew off shelves around the world. The big question is whether that momentum can be sustained, and the answer thus far is yes. US sales figures released by the NPD Group show that the console is at the top of the charts for September. When you combine Switch, SNES Mini and 3DS sales, Nintendo systems account for two-thirds of all hardware sales for the month. Whichever way you cut it, that's a huge slice of the pie. "This marks the third straight month that Nintendo Switch has been number one, and the fifth...

  • Report: Shadow of War on Xbox One X is a huge upgrade over PS4 Pro

    The Xbox One X hasn't launched just yet, but we already know from specs that the machine is a marked improvement over the already beefy PS4 Pro. Just how big of an improvement though? Well, Eurogamer's Digital Foundry has shown off a comparison, using Middle Earth: Shadow of War. The video comparison saw PS4 Pro gameplay compared with Xbox One X gameplay captured at a "recent Microsoft event". And the results are a firm win for the Microsoft machine, even at this point. In the comparison, Digital Foundry notes that we have vastly improved textures and better draw distances on the...

  • Gran Turismo Sport VR trailer removed

    In our Gran Turismo Sport VR impressions, we noted that the PlayStation YouTube channel published a somewhat misleading video some time back, showing the feature in action. The video implied that multi-car races were a feature in the game, for starters, while possibly implying that the VR visuals were better than the finished product. As it is, gamers can only use the PSVR in one-on-one races against an AI (no adjustable difficulty at this stage), or switch to the showroom to have a closer look at some cars. In any event, it appears that Sony has since deleted the video from YouTube. But you...

  • Gran Turismo Sport VR verdict: wait for more content

    Gran Turismo Sport has finally crossed the finish line, being the first GT game on PlayStation 4. And it represents quite a technological achievement too, owing to 4K/HDR compatibility and support for the PlayStation VR headset. It's the latter that intrigues us though, as it gives us a reason to use our PSVR headset. After all, games with a fixed seat tend to be best suited for VR, such as racing and flight titles. The game offers one-on-one races using the headset, as you compete against an AI opponent. And the initial results? Well, it gives us a tantalising taste of...

  • Naughty Dog bites back over sexual harassment claim

    In the wake of headlines regarding sexual harassment by Hollywood bigwigs, prominent studio Naughty Dog is now in the spotlight following claims from a former employee. Former Naughty Dog designer David Ballard issued a series of tweets, saying that he had been harassed by a colleague in a more senior position. "In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward," his first tweet reads. In late 2015, I was sexually harassed at Naughty Dog by a lead. My work environment became extremely toxic afterward. 1/ — David Ballard (@DBal) October 14, 2017 Ballard says that...

  • From VR to Pro support, here’s what to know about Gran Turismo Sport

    The latest entry in the mega-popular Gran Turismo franchise is but hours away from release, and many series fans will have already preordered Gran Turismo Sport. But what if you're on the wall about the title? Here's what you should know There is single-player content, but... Don't expect there to be a similar career mode as previous entries, as GT Sport is pretty much focused on online multiplayer. Esports is all the rage etc etc. We have a campaign mode, comprised of a driving school (think license tests), mission challenge (complete various racing challenges and compare results with friends), Circuit Experience (which has you...

  • Watch: Lewis Hamilton’s role in Gran Turismo Sport

    We're but a few days away from the 17 October release of Gran Turismo Sport, arguably one of the most important releases in the franchise's history. Featuring a heavy esports emphasis, it represents somewhat of a departure compared to previous entries. Now, developer Polyphony Digital has released a new video, detailing triple F1 champion Lewis Hamilton's involvement in the new game. "It has been announced that the three time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will be appearing in 'Gran Turismo Sport' as the mentor and Maestro who will lead and guide the players," read an excerpt from the video description. Gran Turismo Sport...

  • Stranger Things and Thimbleweed Park: this week’s top mobile games

    Welcome to Gearburn's Mobile Game Picks of the Week, a weekly series in which Hadlee takes a look at the latest, most entertaining, or time-consuming mobile games on portable screens. There's never a shortage of mobile games, it must be said. But good mobile games? That's another matter, really. In any event, we've scoured app stores for the latest and greatest games worthy of your time and bandwidth. Our highlights this week? Well, it's a blockbuster week actually, with Stranger Things and two PC to mobile ports. Stranger Things (free - Android, iOS) How better to celebrate season two of Stranger Things than...

  • 8 last gen games that would benefit from an HDR upgrade

    HDR, along with 4K, has become the latest graphical feature to be targeted by console manufacturers and game developers. Promising more vivid colours, better contrast between lights and darks and better lights and darks, it looks poised to deliver a solid upgrade for games. But that got us thinking... What about last-generation games that would benefit from the technology? GTA V Technically speaking, it saw a current-generation release as well, but the last GTA game looks tailor-made for an HDR update. Between the pastel hues, pseudo-California setting and the great weather effects, it practically screams out for an update, doesn't it? Oh yeah, and...