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Sony to add backwards compatibility; Playstation 2 emulator for PS4

Microsoft made waves announcing Xbox 360 backwards compatibility for the Xbox One at E3 2015, and Sony is showing they have their own, similar plan up their sleeves.

A Playstation 2 emulator has been confirmed by Sony.

The emulator is currently in the works but no exact details are yet available regarding what games — or how many games are going to be included.

While the Xbox One took advantage of the tremendous success of the Xbox 360 with backwards compatibility, the PlayStation 4 is arguably in a better place skipping back two generations. The new generation console will be taking on part of the library of the best-selling console of all time. While many of the titles are outdated, this is certainly a welcoming feature — especially for older gamers who want to experience the nostalgia.

Digital Foundry suggests that the PS2 emulation software is already being utilized by the PS4 console. The latest PS4 Star Wars bundle includes copies of Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter along with the new Star Wars Battlefront release. Digital Foundry claims that these games all run on the same PS2 emulator that Sony is expected to soon roll out in a larger scale.

More info to come soon. Follow Pixelpine on twitter for updates.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One backwards compatible games

Backwards compatbility may very well have been the feature that won Microsoft E3 2015, and after a long five months the promises that they made are finally coming to fruition.

Xbox Live’s Major Nelson and Head of Xbox Phil Spencer revealed exactly which Xbox 360 will be available on the Xbox One November 12.

“At Xbox, we believe that gaming is universal and should be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. Our philosophy since launching Xbox One two years ago has been to put gamers at the center of everything we do and create the best, most seamless gaming experience possible.” – Mike Ybarra and Larry Hryb

104 games — mostly first party games — will be part of the initial launch. The majority of the games are not particularly major titles or among the top titles that gamers were clamoring for in the Xbox Live uservoice community reach-out initiative by Microsoft.

Instead the biggest name titles include Just Cause 2, Fable II, Fallout 3, Mirror’s Edge, Super Meat Boy, and all of the Gears of War games. There is an extensive collection of Xbox Live arcade games as well.

While the selection isn’t particularly bad, there are still many gamers that are reasonably disappointed that even Halo: Reach will still be a ways away. Reach, Halo Wars, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite and Skate 3 are among the big name games that are “on the way.”

Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Red Dead Redemption, and Skyrim were the top three requested titles and nothing was mentioned regarding future compatibility with these titles. It’s certainly possible that Microsoft simply has been given the go-ahead from Bethesda or Rockstar to release their games again through backwards compatibility.

Still, backwards compatibility is here, and it’s a major bonus for the console struggling to compete with the PS4 in European and Asian markets. Microsoft is continuing to re-invent it’s image and inticing previous-gen gamers with a few more games with the added media features of the Xbox One (game streaming, screenshots, game DVR) can’t hurt.

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Microsoft releases new “Mad World” trailer for Gears of War Ultimate Edition

Mad World, a fan-favorite game trailer for the original Gears of War, has been recreated and released with the updated/improved visuals of Gears of War Ultimate Edition on the Xbox One.

The trailer set to the tune of Gary Jules’ Mad World originally released in 2006 in the build up to the first Gears of War’s release. It had a certain emotional touch that resonated well with fans and the recreation looks to do the same thing.

This latest iteration begins just the same as the one from ’06, but cuts to some more looks at the new gameplay and cutscenes.

Check out the nearly decade old trailer below:

Gears of War Ultimate Edition is taking the classic Gears of War trilogy and bringing them to Xbox One. The main game includes a new and improved version of the first Gears of War while download links will be available with the help of backwards compatibility to bring the entire Gears collection of Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War Judgement to the current generation console.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition releases exclusively on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs August 25 for $39.99.

Also introduced recently is a new Gears of War-Xbox One bundle currently available for preorder for $349 (500gb console).

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Burnout Paradise on its way to Xbox One through backwards compatibility

For a series that seems to be dead in the water since the release of Burnout Paradise in 2008, Criterion Games is finally going to be able to bring one their most recent chaotic and destruction-focused racing game to the Xbox One through the recently revealed backwards compatibility feature on the Xbox One.

The developer recently announced on twitter that they are in talks with Microsoft to make this a reality — likely for the holiday release time frame of backwards compatibility at the end of the year. Talks shouldn’t be too difficult as Microsoft and Phil Spencer have claimed that a developer only has to give Microsoft the go-ahead with no work on the end of Criterion.

Backwards compatibility was announced at E3 2015 with 100 games due for its debut during the holiday season. To vote for more games to come to the Xbox One console through this method gamers can go vote at Xbox’s user voice page.