We revealed earlier that four EA Sports games – FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14 and EA Sports UFC – would be coming to Microsoft’s all-new console, Xbox One. However, EA has confirmed that those four games will also be coming to PlayStation 4.
EA Sports didn’t elaborate much beyond that point, other than to say that all four will also be coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. So we’ll officially have two different SKUs this year: current gen and next-gen.
After a Microsoft-hosted London event around the Xbox One reveal, Xbox's UK marketing director Harvey Eagle has said that the console will not function without Kinect connected.
"Kinect does require to be connected to Xbox One in all cases, yes," he said. Asked whether the Xbox One will accommodate people who perhaps play in their bedroom rather than their living room, Eagle replied: "Yes, absolutely. We use the living room almost as a moniker - that's where we assume the best screen is in the house. But if you like to play in any other room in the house, the Xbox One will deliver the same quality of experience whatever the environment."
As anyone who's ever tried to play with Kinect in an enclosed area knows, the current technology simply doesn't support it - which means that Xbox One's new Kinect sensor must be significantly different if it will work in any room in the house.
Microsoft has confirmed that your Gamerscore will be able to be ported over from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One, along with your gamertag and your avatar.
The news comes courtesy of the company's UK marketing director Harvey Eagle, speaking at a screening of the Xbox Reveal event in London today. "Your hard earned Gamerscore will port over, so yes you'll take that with you," he says.
"You'll also take your Gamertag, your identity with you. Whilst we're making a much bigger bet on natural identity with the camera, Avatars will also feature as well. All of the gaming identity that you have on Xbox 360 will be there on Xbox One as well."
What you won't be able to take with you is any Xbox Live Arcade purchases, as the Xbox One will not be in any way backwards compatible. Entertainment content that you've purchased, however, like movies, will carry over.
Eidos-Montreal has confirmed that Thief is heading to Xbox One.The fourth installment in the revered stealth franchise was previously announced for PC and PS4.
Regarding the news, Eidos-Montreal General Manager Stephane D’Astous commented that, “The team at Eidos-Montreal is thrilled to confirm that Thief is coming to Xbox One. The next generation of home consoles allow us to create the best and the most immersive Thief game ever."
We'll have much more on this 2014 release leading up to E3.
Ubisoft has confirmed that Watch Dogs is coming to Xbox One later this year.
Along with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, it will be one of at least six next-generation games the company is releasing for Xbox One in the system’s first 12 months on store shelves. This will apparently include new entries in established franchises and new IPs, some of which will be digital titles.
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Warner Bros.' Justice League of America movie may be on the rocks, but it looks like the studio's consumer products division has already gotten a head start on promoting the franchise.
According to Variety, Target is now exclusively selling new JLA merchandise themed around Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, which brokered the deal with the retail outlet, said the look of the summer collection is inspired by DC Comics' New 52, but a lot of the merch also seems to go a little more retro, with designs inspired by the '66 Batman TV show.
In a post-reveal interview, Microsoft President of Interactive Entertainment Business confirmed to Geoff Keighley that a new game from developer Black Tusk would be revealed at E3 2013.
Black Tusk, an internal Microsoft development team, formerly known as Microsoft Vancouver, is rumored to be working on a AAA project that it billed as being "the next Halo." During its reveal of the Xbox One, Microsoft noted that it has 15 exclusive games in production for its next-gen system, including 8 original concepts.
EA has announced NBA Live 14 for Xbox One.
Earlier this month, EA confirmed that a new NBA Live is coming and listed for an October 1, 2013 release.
Today at Microsoft's reveal of the next-generation Xbox One, the company revealed deep Xbox Smartglass integration for phones and tablets.