Microsoft's Xbox One backwards compatibility is almost taken from granted these days, but let's not forget the scale of the achievement here - even the standard Xbox One S model has the ability to outperform original hardware both in terms of CPU and GPU performance, with most titles sticking far closely to their frame-rate targets than they did on original hardware. But just how much faster could original Xbox 360 titles run if developer-imposed 30fps caps were removed? And is there a case for the games of today to include optional modes that unlock performance, only becoming fully exploited when running on the hardware of tomorrow? It's a topic I've been considering recently having checked out how Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter runs on Xbox One hardware after its recent back-compat release. It's an early Xbox 360 release originally released in March 2006, mere months after the launch of the console itself. It's also remarkable in that it mostly runs at 60 frames per second on Xbox … [Read more...] about In Theory: Could 30fps Xbox games run at 60fps on next-gen hardware?
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There are few more versatile video game peripherals out there than an Xbox One controller. You can use it to play your original Xbox One, Xbox One S, or Xbox One X, obviously, but you could also Bluetooth sync it up with your laptop for some super-solid travel play, or plug it straight into your Windows gaming machine with no additional setup needed. Don't just stick with the controller you got in your Xbox One bundle - you'll definitely find a use for a second even if you don't do much local multiplayer, and there are so many options out there.Speaking of options, this guide will also highlight a few accessories that will help you get the most out of your Xbox One controller, no matter how you use it. This is gonna be fun.The best upcoming Xbox One games for 2018 and beyondDoes the Xbox One controller work on PC?Yep, all official Xbox One controllers work on PC, too! Any game you could play with an Xbox 360 controller on PC should also work with an Xbox One controller with minimal or … [Read more...] about The best deals on Xbox One controllers (June 2018)
Sony is finally allowing third party PS4 controllers to go wireless with Hori’s Onyx, and it’s the perfect PS4 pad for those who prefer the Xbox controller. When I get the chance to talk about Hori, it’s usually around arcade sticks. The Japanese peripheral company has always been a fairly quality-driven house, and their product line-up stretches far beyond sticks to things like console-based keyboard and mouse setups for those who want to truly unbalance online shooters and even little portable screens for your PS4. The Onyx marks an exciting new landmark for Hori, however: they’re the first officially licensed, wired PS4 controller other than the standard-issue DualShock 4 from Sony themselves. The Onyx does a pretty good job of distinguishing itself too, as the photo below will demonstrate: As you can tell, the Onyx has quite a bit more in common with the Xbox One’s controller than it does the PS4’s DualShock 4. This is a pretty smart move, all … [Read more...] about If you prefer Xbox Controllers but own a PS4, Hori’s Onyx Wireless pad is perfect for you
This week, we’re running a big list of what we — and a group of trusted friends — recently voted as the 500 best video games of all time. For the backstory, criteria, explanation of why Breath of the Wild isn’t on the list, etc., head to the beginning here: The 500 best games of all time. For numbers 400-301, scroll down. 400. Mirror's Edge (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) Keep moving. That's the main objective of Mirror's Edge. Releasing alongside dozens of first-person shooters, Mirror's Edge stood for daring to be different. Putting an emphasis on using first-person parkour to outsmart enemies, rather than just shooting through them, Mirror's Edge was a flawed beauty stuck in the memory of those who just kept running through its clean, white city. 399. Braid (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) In many ways, the modern indie explosion started with Braid. Unlike anything people had seen at the time, Braid and its time-bending puzzles … [Read more...] about The 500 best games of all time: 400-301
As Polygon's recent fifth birthday approached, we started thinking about what we could do to celebrate it. And what's more fun than ranking the 100 best games of all time? 500? So we did. We started by setting rules upfront. We asked everyone to vote based on innovation, polish and durability, rather than simply personal taste. We cut games released in 2017 to eliminate recency bias. And we left out sequels that we deemed too similar to the games that came before them. Then we voted, but we knew we had gaps in our knowledge on staff. So in addition to gathering votes from the Polygon team, we worked with a group of external and freelance writers to pull in their input: Kahlief Adams, Susan Arendt, Katherine Cross, Jon-Paul Dyson, Benj Edwards, Cara Ellison, JC Fletcher, Jenn Frank, Harold Goldberg, Janine Hawkins, Blake Hester, Laura Hudson, Henry Lowood, Jeremy Parish, Carolyn Petit, Andrea Rene, Jaz Rignall and Gary Whitta. Collecting all those votes together, we then combed through … [Read more...] about The 500 best games of all time: 500-401