Microsoft may not have as many top exclusives releasing in 2018, but they have one standout performer.
PUBG on Xbox One is a big game and has been doing well to provide some much needed choice away from the PS4.
Numbers of players are healthy, with new updates being released to help boost performance and stability.
However, while things are improving, the game still needs plenty of work.
And one of the next big updates will be to release the PUBG Miramar map in April.
Battlegrounds developer Bluehole recently gave Xbox One users the news they’ve been waiting for, confirming that Miramar will hit the test servers before the end of this month.
This will be followed by a full Miramar release date in May.
“After extensive efforts, we’ve been able to get Miramar ready for Xbox,” reads a new Bluehole post. “Miramar will be coming to test servers before the end of April, and we expect it’ll hit live servers sometime in May.
“The Miramar test server update will also include new vehicles and weapons, alongside several crucial gameplay optimisations.”
Unlike the PC, the PUBG Xbox One test servers will be available as a separate download. This will give players the option to jump on and test updates before they hit Xbox One.
“In advance of major upcoming patch releases, we will be making available to players a separate PUBG Xbox Download client,” reads a test server post. “There, players can participate in our latest content updates before they are moved to ‘Live’.”
This week also saw a new Xbox One games release being planned by SEGA.
It has now been confirmed that Shenmue 1 & 2 will be released on Xbox One, as well as PS4 and PC.
This was announced during the Sega Fes event in Japan, although the new ports will not be official remakes.
They will be packaged together and will also come with some improvements, although this won’t mean a full-on remaster.
This will include “fully scalable screen resolution, choice of modern or classic control schemes, PC graphics options, an updated user interface, and the option to enjoy either the original Japanese or English voiceovers.”
No release date has been announced for Shenmue 1 & 2, although both will be available as digital purchases on the PlayStation and Xbox game stores.
Shenmue 3 is also in the works, although this will be a modern release, being published by Deep Silver for PS4 and PC.
Microsoft have announced that a total of 19 games are being released on the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program.
All are coming from the original Xbox lineup, including a lot of Star Wars games.
Microsoft confirmed the news during the Inside Xbox episode two stream.
A full list of titles have now been announced, as well as when they will be released in April.
Original Xbox games releasing on April 17:
- Blinx: The Time Sweeper
- Conker: Live & Reloaded
- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
- Hunter: The Reckoning
- Jade Empire
- Panzer Dragoon Orta
- SSX 3
Original Xbox games releasing on April 26:
- Destroy All Humans!
- Full Spectrum Warrior
- Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
- MX Unleashed
- Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory
- Star Wars Battlefront
- Star Wars Battlefront II
- Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
- Star Wars Jedi Starfighter
- Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Star Wars Republic Commando
The tech giant also revealed that these original games will run better on Xbox One X, as well as coming with visual upgrades.
Microsoft also confirmed that new Xbox One X enhanced games are being added today for Xbox One X owners.
This will includes games like Red Dead Redemption, Portal, Darksiders 2 and Gears of War 2.
“You’ll be able to play all of these games on Xbox One through the disc you already own, or you can purchase them digitally in the Microsoft Store. Please check back on release day for local market restrictions as regional availability may vary,” Microsoft adds.
“As a reminder, Xbox 360 games enhanced for Xbox One X run at a higher resolution and 9X the original pixel count when played on Xbox One X. The power of Xbox One X enables the Xbox 360 emulator to showcase the very best version of the game possible with the existing assets – all without touching the game code.
“And through the power of Backward Compatibility, fans can choose whether they want to experience these games with enhanced graphics or in their original form. See below for how to access the setting.”