Plants Vs. Zombies Now Available For EA Access Members Via Backward Compatibility

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EA has added its first Xbox 360 to its Xbox One EA Access program. The original Plants vs. Zombies is now available in the “Vault.”

The publisher has also promised that as more of its library becomes compatible with the backward compatibility feature, we’ll see more of those games included. With Skate 3 already headed for Xbox One support, this is great news.

EA Access Vault games are available to subscribers as long as their membership is current. The service also offers a discount on digital purchases and early play time for the publisher’s releases.

Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition Unexpectedly Released For Windows 10

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Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition Unexpectedly Released For Windows 10

The last thing we knew is that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was headed to PC sometime this spring. The flowers aren’t blooming yet, but the lancers are revving.

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 version as a surprise today. The game is available only via the Windows app store, as it is built on DirectX 12.

The $29.99 release supports 4K displays. Recommended requirements include an Intel i7 @ 4 GHz or an 8-core AMD chip, GTX 980 Ti or Radeon R9 390X, 8 GB RAM, and 60 GB of hard drive space.

Porsche Makes Xbox One Debut In Forza 6 Expansion

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Last year Porsche returned to the Forza franchise in Forza Horizion 2, and now the manufacturer is coming back to Forza Motorsport 6 in the Porsche Expansion – out now.

The pack contains over 20 Porsche cars, including nine new to the console, as well as the Porsche Anthology – a campaign exploring the car manufacturer's history.

Each car can be viewed in the Forzavista showroom mode and customized, and the expansion introduces Virginia International Raceway. The track comes in seven configurations – not to mention night and wet variations.

Backward Compatibility Is A Long-Term Vision For Xbox

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Backward Compatibility Is A Long-Term Vision For Xbox

The announcement that a large number of Xbox 360 games would be made available to play on Xbox One through backward compatibility was, for many, one of the more exciting pieces of news to come out of E3 2015. Many Xbox One owners were thrilled to have a selection of their old games from Xbox 360 work on their new system without having to re-buy them or pay a fee to carry them over.

As head of Xbox Phil Spencer took the stage to address the media at the recent Xbox Spring Showcase 2016, he spoke at great length about the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and how Microsoft and Xbox are utilizing Universal Windows Applications (UWAs) to provide a better experience to Xbox players. One thing that Spencer directly addressed was the frustration of having to reboot your library of games with each new console you purchase. "Basically, every time a new generation shift happens in console gaming, it’s had a tendency to invalidate every game you’ve ever purchased and require a whole new purchase motion, which isn’t great for gamers. It’s great for innovation at that step function, but it’s not that we invalidate the games that we have," he said in his address.

Microsoft Announces Free-To-Play Forza Motorsport 6: Apex For PC

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Forza Motorsport was born on the Xbox home console, but that doesn't mean it has to stay there. The racing title (developed by Turn 10 Studios) is expanding its horizons on to Windows 10 PC machines this spring, but it's not just a port of the Forza 6. Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is a free "best of" version that cuts some features from last fall's title, and which Turn 10 hopes will make believers out of the non-racing crowd on the PC.

The title doesn't include all of Forza 6's cars or tracks, capping out at 63 cars (all allowing players to examine their cockpits and fine details in the Forzavista showroom mode) and 20 tracks (over six locations). However, the game's overall philosophy is different. Dan Greenawalt, creative director at Turn 10, sees it as a curated experience designed to test players' skills and try to make each event a showcase for the game. A big part of this is Apex's new progression system.

Apex scraps the Xbox One Forza 6's XP and credits in favor of a single currency – race points (not an official term at the time of this writing). Race points are accumulated by beating event objectives, and are affected by which difficulty settings you use, and your total race time. Points earn you medals, which unlock cars.

Killer Instinct's Arbiter Uses Halo Controls For Some Moves

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Killer Instinct's Arbiter Uses Halo Controls For Some Moves

The announcement that Arbiter from the Halo series would be appearing in Killer Instinct's third season was met with a good amount of fanfare. We recently had the opportunity to go hands-on with Arbiter (look for our impressions soon) and quickly noticed something very interesting that Iron Galaxy has done in bringing this Halo favorite to the fighting game.

Arbiter's punches rely heavily on the energy sword (known as the Prophet's Bane for some variants of the character), but Iron Galaxy wanted to give a nod to fans of the series he came from. To do this, Iron Galaxy mapped two of Arbiter's most recognizable attacks to the same buttons that they're mapped to in the Halo games. The left bumper causes Arbiter to toss a plasma grenade, which can stick to enemies. Using the left stick, you can control whether you want the toss to be a lofty throw for anti-air or a line-drive right at someone. You can also augment any of Arbiter's throws by tapping the left bumper in the middle to have him finish the throw with a plasma grenade.

Microsoft Is Not Anticipating Xbox One Will Support VR

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 Microsoft Is Not Anticipating Xbox One Will Support VR

During Microsoft's big Xbox Spring Showcase 2016, Phil Spencer announced that not only was Minecraft available to play using the Oculus Rift and Windows 10, but that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey was on-hand to ask questions. This of course raised several questions regarding Microsoft's commitment to supporting VR and, in particular, how Xbox fits into that equation. We spoke to head of Xbox Phil Spencer about what this relationship that Microsoft has forged with Oculus means for Xbox.

It was previously announced that Oculus Rift owners would be able to play games on Xbox One in a virtual reality theater-like setting, but that nothing else beyond that was on the horizon in terms of functionality for the console. Spencer confirmed to us that is still the plan.

"We’re not really focused right now on adding a VR device to Xbox One," he says. "We’re really more focused on the open ecosystem of Windows. We see Oculus and HTC and Valve and other people doing great work on Windows and we’re supportive of that. We want all of these devices to run incredibly well. We’re watching how VR evolves. We’re participating – we have Minecraft and other things that we’re working on in the VR space and with HoloLens as well. Specifically on Xbox One, we’re not really focused on bringing a device to that platform."

Quantum Break's Live-Action Episodes Are Streamed To Save Hard Drive And Disc Space

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Quantum Break's Live-Action Episodes Are Streamed To Save Hard Drive And Disc Space

Remedy Entertainment's upcoming action title Quantum Break looks to combine elements of a live-action TV drama with the choice-based gameplay to deliver a unique experience. Remedy has confirmed to us that the live-action episodes that play following each act of the game will stream to your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC remotely when the game launches in April.

Because the live-action scenes adapt to your decisions, several variations of the same episode were filmed. "We have 40 different variations of the show in total where basically your choices get to make it evolve and change whether it’s from a junction choice or we have these things called 'Quantum Ripples' which essentially unlocked sort of deleted scenes from the show," narrative designer Greg Louden says. "Then combined with that, the show length can change based on your decisions because some episodes are longer as a result and some episodes are shorter. It basically evolves and that’s why we needed to stream it."

Stream Your PS4 To PC And Mac When Update 3.5 Arrives

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Stream Your PS4 To PC And Mac When Update 3.5 Arrives

The beta for PlayStation 4’s next big update is right around the corner. And while many of the features will be available to those who have signed up and been accepted. One major feature won’t be available quite yet, though.

When update 3.5 arrives, you’ll be able to stream your PlayStation 4 to PC or Mac. Specific details on how this will work haven’t been revealed yet, but Sony is calling it “Remote Play,” the same as on Vita and the ill-fated PlayStation TV.

Also in the next update, players will be able to appear offline, see when their friends sign on, schedule play dates with friends, and stream to Dailymotion (joining Twitch and YouTube). The beta begins tomorrow.