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Best Xbox Emulators For Android In 2019

Remember the original Xbox from years and years ago? It seems like the console has faded out of people’s memories as bigger and brighter things take its place, such as the Xbox 360 right after it, followed by the Xbox One, and now, the Xbox One X. But, if you want to still play with the original Xbox, there is a way that you can: through an emulator. Emulators are great, because they allow you to, well, emulate the experience of the original Xbox. With an emulator, you’ll be able to play all of your favorite Xbox games — Star Wars: The Old Republic, the original Battlefront games, Battlefield, you name it!

But, how can you get such an emulator on your Android device? Truth be told, it’s extremely difficult because Microsoft has such a tight hold on digital rights, hardware rights and basically, just a bunch of red tape. That said, Xbox emulators for Android are far and few between; however, we found one that’ll work just perfectly for this situation.

Installing an Xbox Emulator

To even install an Xbox emulator, there are a few things you should know. First, they aren’t available on the Google Play Store at all. Again, this is largely because of the red tape Microsoft has on the original Xbox. You can find emulators for different consoles a-plenty on the Google Play Store, just not the original Xbox.

That said, to get an Xbox emulator on your Android smartphone, you will need to download an APK from the Internet — this is an Android app, but not one that was approved for the Google Play Store, so proceed at your own risk.

To even download an APK from an unauthorized source, we need to change some Settings within your smartphone. If you’re running Android 4.0 or higher, head into the Settings app. Scroll down to the Security tab, and then make sure “Unknown Sources” is checked. This will allow you to download and install any APK off of the Internet onto your smartphone.

Keep in mind that you should be wary of what APKs you are downloading off of the Internet. Some can be plagued by malware and potentially infect your smartphone; however, do note that, for the most part, you are safe from stuff like this. This is because Android employs a “sandbox” sort of mechanism to keep viruses contained — this prevents them from reaching other parts of your phone and destroying your operating system install of Android.

Downloading the APK

Now, we just need to download the APK file. You can download The Original Xbox Emulator from this link right here (Mega File Sharing).

In some cases, you might need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to download this emulator. That’s easily solved by an application from the Google Play Store. If you download and install FlyVPN (free), you can easily access the Mega site to start the download of the APK. You’ll have to connect up to FlyVPN once the app is installed, though.

Once it is downloaded in your phone, you can either click on the notification or find the file in yours Files app. Once you locate it, simply tap on the completed download, and The Original Xbox Emulator will begin to install. Once the installation is finished, you should be ready to play the original Xbox with an emulator on your smartphone.

Concerning Games and Controls

One element that is worth keeping in mind is that the original Xbox is from a completely different generation. It was a time when people weren’t even thinking about the touch controls we come into contact with everyday now. With that in mind, many of the games you play on this emulator might feel a little wonky or even not work properly. Things might be a little easier if you pick up a Bluetooth (or wired) Xbox controller for Android phones (there are adapters that make this possible) — and make sure that is an original Xbox controller, too.

It’s also worth noting that you might be hard pressed to find games for your Xbox Emulator. You can find ROMs for the Xbox Emulator here — just make sure that they are compatible with Android first (each game will tell you what platform you can use it on).

Verdict

By following the steps above, you were able to successfully download and install an Xbox Emulator for Android on your phone. Once again, there are very few original Xbox emulators out on the market because of all the red tape, but this one should work for you just fine.

Microsoft to drop $40,000 patch charge on Xbox 360

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It seems Microsoft is preparing to reshape the way indie developers go about patching games on the Xbox 360, previously a patch cost around $40,000 and developers only got one free patch update, to make sure they polished the game to the highest standard.

This will apparently be waved as Microsoft looks to help indie developers who simply cannot afford to pay $40,000 for a small patch to the game. Phil Fish and Double Fine Productions have both complained about the price of patch updates, citing the main reason their games still have bugs.

We are unsure if this will move over to the Xbox One – we believe Microsoft is looking to please indies, possibly because PlayStation 4 allows indie developers to self publish.

Source: Eurogamer

Microsoft Xbox, PC games are coming soon to Android, iOS

Microsoft may offer its Xbox and PC titles to Android and iOS users starting the end of the year, according to a Reuters report. To make this move possible, the Nikkei says that Microsoft has teamed up with Klab, a Japan-based smartphone game company.

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To start off, Microsoft is supposedly developing an Android and iOS of the game Age of Empires. The version will be in English, and will arrive as a free-to-play title on the Play Store and the App Store. Eventually, the Redmond company will release more titles. Unfortunately, there is no information yet on what these titles will be.

Curiously, Microsoft skips its own Windows Phone platform in the initial release of these formerly Xbox- and PC-exclusive titles. However, the company clarified that Windows Phone will be supported in the future. The games will be released in more languages, as well.

A 1997 release, Age of Empires is one of the company’s more successful franchises, giving rise to three spin-offs and seven additional titles. Since its release, it had been made available for the Nintendo DS and the Mac OS. However, it has not been made available yet on mobile devices. Two years after the release of the original game, Microsoft also came out with a sequel called Age of Empires II. This game received a refresh on Steam just this year with high definition graphics and an enhanced multiplayer mode.

To date, Microsoft is already earning a considerable amount of revenue from Android and iOS users through licensing deals, as well as apps. It has already given iPhone users access to a limited version of its Office productivity suite, which Android users will purportedly be able to enjoy soon, as well. If the information in the report is accurate, these upcoming games will help Microsoft secure a better grip on the smartphone gaming market.

via maclife, reuters, tnw

Xbox Music redesign revealed alongside new Windows 8.1 apps

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Xbox Music

Microsoft is making a few last minute tweaks ahead of Windows 8.1, but the music app seems to have had the most work done to it. The new Xbox Music interface was revealed in leaked builds of Window 8.1 along with a redesigned Windows Store for app purchasing. Microsoft have put a lot of work into the music app now you can play music in just two click rather than the six that it used to take you.

Screenshots of the new Xbox Music update shows a two panel interface that appears to improve feature like discoverability of music and the ability to quickly access your music. The service originally launched in October in Windows 8 and Windows RT, you can also access songs from an Xbox 360 as well. The new update to the app seeks to improve the previously clunky and slow interface, Microsoft said the app is a “simplified design and layout” this update will improve your experience with the app.

The redesign also includes an in-app search box and support for music files on an SD card, this expanded support will attract more users to actually using the service instead of using third party apps. All the improvements will be made available in Windows 8.1, an update that Microsoft will release as a preview version on June 26th alongside its developer conference.

Source: TheVerge

Apple MFi Game Controllers for iOS Hinted at WWDC

[Photo Source: The Verge]
A reference to the MFi game controllers. [Photo Source: The Verge]
Last April, we have reported that Apple is planning to develop its own game controller. Analysts have played down the rumors and Apple refused to comment on the issue. But the recent Worldwide Developer’s Conference finally confirmed that Apple is indeed working on MFi game controllers.

Earlier Meetings with Developers

In the same report that we have published earlier, we cited PocketGamer’s Jon Jordan to be claiming that some developers in San Francisco met with some Apple officials to discuss the development of an Apple game controller.

Apple’s Past Patents

The past patents of Apple, which were filed prior to our report, also pertain to a series of hardware for game controllers. So, this led us to believe that there is a strong possibility that the company will be releasing its very own controller for its line of devices soon.

The Revelation

The MFi game controllers finally came into light when Apple officially unveiled it in one of its slides during the keynote presentation of the WWDC last Monday. At a glance of the main photo above, this can be easily overlooked because the slide that featured it seems cluttered with so many points. But by paying more attention at the upper section on the right part of the slide (where the red arrow points), an observer can read the phrase “MFi game controllers”.

How the Controllers will Look

According to Verge, Touch Arcade has posted images from an Apple developer guide which showcased the designs for the new controllers.

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Possible design of the Apple MFi game controllers. [Photo Source: The Verge]
The photo shown in the report indicates that there are two designs being considered for Apple’s upcoming MFi game controllers. One controller possesses a screen, similar to the ones found in current Nintendo consoles. The second one has the combined features of the Xbox and Playstation controllers complete with Bluetooth connectivity dual analog sticks, D-pad and face buttons.

Source: The Verge

Redbox opens Gamerental site, in discussions about Xbox one, PS4

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Redbox has launched a site called GamingFuture.net where gamers can vent their feelings about the next generation of consoles, this information could be very useful for Redbox to provided the best game rental service for next-gen consoles. Redbox and Microsoft are already quite close partners since the Redbox Instant app launched on the Xbox 360 earlier this year. The friendship seems to be stable at the moment and coupled with this information from gamers they should be able to take some customers from other similar services such as GameFly.

Microsoft have released details on the subject of game licensing and how that will work on the Xbox One when it launches, “Loaning or renting games won’t be available at launch , but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners.” this is where the partnership with Redbox comes in handy. There are a limited amount of launch titles with the Xbox One so they maybe waiting until there is a wider range before they all these services to swoop in.

On Redbox’ GamingFuture site there are links to various reports on the Xbox One and PS4, also a comment section so everyone can express them on the matter. If you follow the official Redbox twitter account you will be updated with all of the GamingFuture news.

Source: Engadget

Diablo III coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 September 3rd

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Diablo 3

Earlier today Activison Blizzard announced that they have set a release date for the fastest selling PC game of all time Diablo III to make its debut on Xbox and Playstation, the game will be available on September 3rd. The game has been modified so that the controls are suited to the D-pad so that the gamer feels at home in the game.

The game will include all of the bug fixes and patches that have been added to the game in the past year, so the experience is the same across the platforms. The game itself has received amazing reviews some even reach a perfect 10 out of 10, so this game is definitely worth playing. The publisher hasn’t said when they expect to release a version of the next-gen consoles.

The game will be the first of the Blizzard catalogue to make the move from PC to console and probably not the last. If everything goes well with this release who’s to say that Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft won’t make the jump as well. Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime has said that the experience will be “epic” out of the box, which is a big statement to make but can be backed up by the amount of PC gamers already addicted to the game.

Source: TheVerge

Pandora Launches a new TV Based Experience staring with Xbox 360 and PS3

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Pandora

Pandora has launched a new browser based interface for TV’s today, they hope that it will set the bar for using service like Pandora in the living room. The experience will be supported by Xbox 360 and PS3 along with internet connected TV’s because it is HTML5 based. The goal of Pandora is to become the 21st century radio with their experience, they want to become the only radio station that you go to when you’re surfing the web or on your Xbox or PlayStation.

This move isn’t just a shot in the dark they do have data to back up the new experience; more than 10 million people have listened to Pandora via their televisions or set top boxes. The broadening of the service will also help them in the polls of the most used music streaming service, especially with iRadio about to emerge at WWDC. A browser version of the service keep the control of the platform with Pandora and does not give any control to any OEMs.

The new web experience will give the users the same functionality as they would have in Pandora’s apps and they will be able control the interface via their remote control. The service is available now to use to your hearts content.

Source: TechCrunch

Darkmatter Xbox Laptop lets you unleash your DIY skills

The Darkmatter Xbox laptop gives users with something that few device makers can offer: the pride of assembling your own device. That said, those who prefer to not go through assembling the Darkmatter may order a pre-assembled device, instead.

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Created by the  Austin, Texas-based startup Techjango, Darkmatter boasts of being the first open source Xbox laptop that is compatible with Arduino. The device’s panels are made of 3 mm black acrylic whereas the parts were created through a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer out of ABS plastic. The Darkmatter logo, which is found on the laptop’s lid, is also laser-cut and glowing, lending the device a professional look.

Darkmatter features an Arduino-based custom-made board known as the Xduino360. It comes with a capacitive touch interface with controls such as Power, Eject, volume adjustment, and sync.

Among its specifications are a 720p HD widescreen backlit LED display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, Wi-Fi connectivity, 4GB storage, internal DVD, D-type 3W internal stereo amplifier, dual internal 3W speakers, and a stereo audio jack. An innovative cooling system allows the device to maintain a slim profile.

The compact console also supports Microsoft Kinect and Xbox apps and peripherals. Darkmatter carries support for Xbox 360, as well as Xbox ONE, the latter only for those who are going to order the complete kit.

Those who are interested in offering their support for the laptop may contribute as little as $10 to the campaign. $75 entitles backers to an Xduino 360 board, while $199 gives backers a complete casing kit, but excludes the electronic parts. A complete kit, for those who want to assemble the Darkmatter themselves costs $499, whereas a pre-assembled and tested laptop costs $999.

The team behind Darkmatter hopes to raise $25,000 for the project which will go on for 30 days on Kickstarter.

via kickstarter

Microsoft will only allow one user to play Xbox One game at a time

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Microsoft is treading on murky ground when it comes to used games, with many fans of the Xbox 360 saying they will not purchase the Xbox One if it charges for used game sales.

A new report may be a welcome bit of a news for Xbox fans concerned with the used game stories. The report states Microsoft will not charge for Xbox One games, but will only allow one user access to the game.

This means if the game is sold, borrowed or given away for free, the console originally running the game will have a deactivated license and the new owner will become the sole owner.

On the lending side, this will mean a user cannot play the original game while a friend does, but once the friend is finished with the game they are allowed to give it back without being charged.

The Xbox One will completely install all the game when the disc is inserted, meaning all the data is there and the disc becomes redundant afterwards.

Microsoft has implemented this one user system to make sure nobody can give the game away or sell it while still playing it, this would lead to real damages to both the publisher and Microsoft.

Source: Polygon

Xbox One adds picture in picture for video calls while Gaming

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Along with the announcement of the new Xbox One they Microsoft has also announce some really cool updates to the software, for instance the ability to go from totally focused on the game and then go to picture in picture mode that allows you to use Skype while gaming. This is where the new and improved kinect comes in with it’s 1080p quality and wide angle lens.

The design of the Skype client is not like it normally looks when you use it on your tablet of computer, it looks like this version has been specifically designed to fit in nicely with your experience. When you are in a Skype call however you will lose a portion of your screen to the right and by the looks of it the video isn’t going to be that large considering the amount of screen real estate it’s taking up.

A new feature that is specific to the Xbox One is group video chat, you can now video chat with multiple people while your all playing on different games or watch netflix. I would make one recommendation if you’re going to stream a movie or play on like be weary that you connection might become unbearable to use because you are using so much bandwidth; this only applies if your not one of the hopefuls waiting for Google fibre.

Source – TechCrunch 

Quantum Break by Remedy Studios revealed at Xbox Event

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Remedy Studios, who were in charge of the Alan Wake series, have revealed Quantum Break, set to come exclusively to Xbox One. Microsoft touted Remedy for having incredibly deep set stories that are vital for the Xbox.

The trailer has left many Remedy fans confused, the live action parts show some Beyond: Two Souls type of deal, with time change averting and causing major problems in the world.

There is then a small part with a shootout between some army forces and another side, it is all quite confusing but we are sure Remedy will preview more at E3.

Xbox One revealed: All In One gaming system

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Microsoft has finally unveiled the new console and they have named it the Xbox One. The console will be an ‘All In One’ entertainment system, offering games, movies, TV, music and apps.

Xbox One will be Microsoft crowning achievement this year, with Windows 8 in the dumps and Office 365 not blasting through the sales. This new entertainment hub could capture millions of potential users.

Microsoft has redeveloped the console, it is larger and comes with a four tone design. Inside the console is 8GB of RAM and runs on new chipset design for developers to easily tackle building games and experiences for Xbox One.

Kinect was also shown off, it has better voice control and from the event is seems to work perfectly with movement, although we will have to wait and see if anything has really changed on the motion sensor.

The Xbox One will have cable TV capabilities, meaning if you are subscribed to Comcast or any other cable provider, you will be able to watch cable through the Xbox One.

This may not be new for PC gamers, but now multitasking is truly unveiled on the Xbox One, the user can switch from a game to a movie to the TV just by telling Kinect to move.

While the technology is impressive on stage, we hope Xbox One will deliver vast and clear experiences and not just half worked multitasking and control.

Finally moving onto games, Xbox One revealed some impressive new marks with their games and said they have 15 exclusive titles ready for launch and 8 of these will be new franchises.

Microsoft has said they will launch their full pre-launch line up of games at E3, with more news on the Xbox One. We will have to wait until June 10 for the full look.

Sony teases PS4 console ahead of Xbox event

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Sony has made a rather blurry teaser video to keep the spirits up before the Xbox event tomorrow, showing the PS4 console at a distance with a sufficient amount of blur and close in capture shots.

One thing missing from the Sony PlayStation event was the actual console, the company made a big deal out of the controller, system and the ways gamers would experience gaming and entertainment.

The company should be unveiling the console and a whole new set of games at E3 on June 10, the same date Xbox is set to reveal their line of new titles.

No details on pricing are available yet, PS4 will be a one-pay plan, we suspect, while Xbox will go with a one-pay and subscription-based plan for more user choice.