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Xbox One News

This week has been a big week for Xbox One news, from admission, they made ‘wrong decisions’ to possibility of backwards compatibility and new TV shows in-between. The main news was that Microsoft has a new head of Xbox, Phil Spencer and his first job? Apologise and admit that the company did make some mistakes of their new console:

He said: “There is a lot of learning that I did as a leader in the organisation, when I just heard how our message resonated with people and some of the decisions that we made, that I think were actually the wrong decisions, and we had to revisit those decisions.”

With E3 starting next month, Xbox is focusing on gaming in an effort to get back some of the market share they lost to Sony. Phil Spencer said: “E3 is a big time in our industry. We know that this E3 is really important for us. People are looking for ‘okay, what is this change in Xbox, and what does it mean to have a Head of Xbox that’s really focused on games?’ E3 is a great gaming show and I want to make sure that when we’re there, the fans hear us and understand why we’re there.”

Head of Xbox: Phil Spencer Discusses New Role

Microsoft TV: new series coming soon

When the Xbox One was first announced, Microsoft stated they would also be working on original TV shows, such as Netflix do, and now, they have announced, six titles with more to come. The TV includes, the previously announced Halo TV series which will be produced by Steven Spielberg and a soccer-oriented program set to debut with the World Cup called Every Street United. They will also be producing a sketch show starring comic Sarah Silverman, a stop-animation series by Seth Green and a show called Humans which is based on a creepy Swedish thriller about replicant-like robots. Microsoft have also said they have a dozen or more in the pipeline, as they amp up the Xbox one to be a multipurpose entertainment centre. But don’t worry, they are still working on their games….


Xbox one to become backwards compatible

One thing when it was announced that angered many Xbox fans, was the fact that the new Xbox One was NOT be backwards compatible, however it now looks like Microsoft are working on reversing this. The company has hinted that there may be a solution in future to allow gamers to play games, from older models of the console. Frank Savage, Microsoft’s Partner Development Lead did confirm that there are actual plans for an Xbox 360 emulation on the Xbox One at the annual Microsoft Build Developer conference.

He said: “It’s probably not a good idea to hold your breath however, because while there are plans for an emulation…we’re not done thinking them through yet, unfortunately. It turns out to be hard to emulate the PowerPC stuff on the X86 stuff. So there’s nothing to announce, but I would love to see it myself.”