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Huge Gears of War Ultimate Edition Deal Puts PS4 to Shame

Microsoft is wasting no time capitalizing on the quickly approaching Gears of War Ultimate Edition release date and it’s newly announced support for playing Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. Today the company announced a Gears of War Ultimate Edition deal that’ll save users a ton and properly prepare the Xbox One for battle against the PS4 during the holiday shopping season.

Microsoft announced it’s new Gears of War Ultimate Edition deal on the Xbox Wire news blog early this morning. With Gamescom 2015, Europe’s biggest gaming trade show, set to kick off on Tuesday night, no one expected the company to reveal anything like this.

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Anyone who purchases Gears of War Ultimate Edition from August 25th until December 31st will get digital downloads of the entire franchise. The deal means that with just a $30 purchase users get Gears of War, Gears of War 3, Gears of War 2 and Gears of War Judgement at no additional cost. Each one of these games were originally released for Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game console.

To deliver the titles Microsoft is using one of its newest Xbox One features: backwards compatibility. Instead of having to dig out their Xbox 360 to play these digital downloads, Xbox One owners can simply play them on Microsoft’s newest console. There are no catches, no hoops to jump through.

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Clearly, Microsoft wants to use Gears of War Ultimate Edition to hype next year’s Xbox One-exclusive entry. Simply called Gears of War 4, Microsoft revealed the new entry in the franchise at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. It’s also clear that Microsoft plans on using backwards compatibility as a gun in its knife fight with Sony’s PS4.

Xbox One backward compatibility does exactly what one might assume all gaming consoles do already. Place a disc for a supported Xbox 360 game inside your Xbox One console and backwards compatibility will unlock a digital version that works on the console. Xbox One specific features like snap multitasking and recording gameplay are all supported. What’s more, multiplayer is supported even though you’re playing through an Xbox One instead of an Xbox 360. Microsoft briefly tried something like this on the Xbox 360, but developers had to engineer their games to get the feature to work. Microsoft says that developers and publishers need only approve of the feature and the software emulator inside the Xbox One takes care of the rest.

By comparison, the PS4 doesn’t have backwards compatibility. Instead, Sony opted to build a similar feature using its PlayStation Now streaming service. PlayStation Now lets users rent games and play them on Sony’s servers. Sony’s servers then relay what is happening on screen back to user’s PlayStation console. Though remarkable, it can be expensive. A PlayStation Now monthly subscription costs $19.99 a month after a free trial. Users can also rent games in hourly increments, but that can also add up too.

Like Sony did with the Xbox One’s policy on used games, Microsoft is seizing on the weakness to win over fans and change public opinion. Microsoft says that using this feature Xbox One owners will get to play their old games for free, not through monthly and hourly subscriptions.

In a market where the Xbox One and PS4 were becoming very similar, each console’s approach to backwards compatibility definitely stands out. Microsoft says it’ll have more to share about Xbox One and Xbox on Windows during its Gamescom 2015 briefing tomorrow. Sony won’t have a press conference at Gamescom 2015.

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Debuting on August 4th is Rare Replay. As its name suggests, this game isn’t a new title for Microsoft’s Xbox One console. No, instead it’s a massive remake of classic games created by Rare, a studio Microsoft now owns. This year marks Rare’s 30th birthday as a studio.

Rare Replay, has titles going all the way back to 1983. Jetpac, Lunar Jetman, R.C. Pro-Am, Battletaods, Killer Instinct Gold, Perfect Dark and Banjo Kazooie are among the titles included in the compilation. In total there are 30 different titles included with the game for $30. In total there is 10,0000 in Gamerscore to be earned, though Xbox 360 achievements do carry over.

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15 Comments

  1. c.d

    08/03/2015 at 10:49 am

    it does if you like them kind of games FINAL FANTASY are the games i like to play and ps4 has all the good ones or are about to get all the good ones i played GoW before on the 360 and thought the characters looked dumb the gameplay just wasnt for me too overrated fps, fps fps, or tps are the only popular exclusives Xbox has thats why i have never gotten one had a 360 before which i won and it was unreliable so this is obviously a clickbait article written by an Xbot lol!!!

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  2. Modi Rage

    08/03/2015 at 11:06 am

    Except Microsoft is backtracking. Originally it was only just the first Gears. And Microsoft is only doing this because they’re losing in sales. Microsoft wouldn’t be offering this if they were winning so you should probably stop kissing their rear. Microsoft also wouldn’t be offering backwards compatibility if they weren’t losing. When Xbox One was first revealed Microsoft wasn’t offering backwards compatibility.

    And Sony can’t offer native backwards compatibility because of the Cell processor in the PS3 so this is a very cheap shot at Sony.

    And your article is way overblown becauseGears 2, 3, and Judgement aren’t being remastered. It’s still the same ugly Xbox 360 versions that you can just play on the Xbox 360.

    And you need to stop comparing Xbox backwards compatibility to PlayStation Now. PlayStation Now is a totally different service and your games will allways be there regardless of hardware, unlike Xbox One backwards compatibility.

    This site is super bias against Sony. You never had anything positive to say about PlayStation Now even when Xbox One didn’t have backwards compatibility. All you do is downplay PlayStation and praise everything Xbox does.

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    • spurtipreetham

      08/03/2015 at 3:18 pm

      Dude, Xbox 360 is also a different architecture to XboxOne. The backwards compatibility is not easy and straight forward as you may thing. Coming to PS Now, It could be where the next level gaming could go but for now I like XboxOne’s way better. This is because if you already own a game you don’t have to buy it again.

      Yes, Microsoft is doing this because they are the underdog for now. Then again it is a win for gamers. So get over the fact that PS4 is better than XboxOne and start to enjoy gaming.

      Give credit where it is due.

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  3. silkeejeezie

    08/03/2015 at 12:07 pm

    Would’ve been better if the other GOW games were remastered. Those games are like $5 a pop anyways. Buy 2 get 1 free from gamestop. It can backfire on all sales. Now the consumer got 5 games to play. Gotta make decision to play the rest before buying a new game.

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  4. Tornado Grapple

    08/03/2015 at 1:15 pm

    People are actually against something that’s absolutely free? Sony fanboyism is a very true and very real mental disorder.

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    • Jamie

      08/03/2015 at 2:17 pm

      And yet the article headline says this puts the PS4 to shame. Maybe Xbox fanboys are delusional?

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  5. mike olson

    08/03/2015 at 1:49 pm

    It’s a nice gesture by Microsoft but kinda pointless. Most everyone that has a Xbox one had a 360, 99 percent of them probably already own those games. Free is free though I guess. It isn’t gonna help Microsoft overtake the PS4 in sales though. That’s gonna take a miracle.

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  6. Mike

    08/03/2015 at 2:03 pm

    Hahaha that’s a funny tittle for the article because The Last of us puts xbox 360 and xbox one to shame.

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  7. Jamie

    08/03/2015 at 2:07 pm

    A mediocre series puts the PS4 to shame? What?

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    • FreeRyu

      08/03/2015 at 7:45 pm

      How is it mediocre? You cant find any other game like Gears Of War.

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      • Jamie

        08/04/2015 at 3:28 pm

        A boring third person cover based shooter with a chainsaw gimmick, about generic musclebound soldiers saving the planet from aliens. The game is boring, and while I can respect peoples opinions if they enjoy it, it certainly doesn’t “put PS4 to shame”. There’s tons of third AND first person shooters I would rather play over Gears any day.

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  8. Matthew Bryant

    08/03/2015 at 3:15 pm

    This article isn’t even remotely accurate. First of all, the Xbox 360 emulator doesn’t automatically make every game work. Microsoft definitely did not state that at E3. You misunderstood them because you don’t understand what they said. There’s still a necessary patch for each game and it’s definitely not as simple as just getting the “OK” from developers. Stop spreading FUD.

    Second, there’s not much additional value being added to the package. It’s nice without a doubt, but Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3 will probably be remastered in the future. They aren’t going to get additional sales from the first 3 at this point, so why not offer them for free? It costs them nothing. Sony is offering Uncharted 1-3 remastered for likely $50 or less. That’s a better deal as far as I’m concerned. It’s not that this is a bad thing, but you’re making this into WAY more than it actually is.

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  9. TigersBurn

    08/03/2015 at 4:23 pm

    Yeah, because if you buy a ps4 or an Xbox one what you really want is outdated crap from last gen…backwards compatibility is a joke and a waste of resources

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    • FreeRyu

      08/03/2015 at 7:46 pm

      Hey if its free don’t complain and hate on it lol

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  10. Skullzz098

    11/25/2015 at 3:08 pm

    PS4 is not put to shame because Microsoft wants to re-release old games on their new system. Sony has been betting Microsoft in console sales since the beginning of this gen. This is why Microsoft is desperately trying to get their audience back. This is a cry for help not putting PlayStation to shame. Sony has already tied more exclusives then ever before and i am looking forward to playing them.

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