The BBC iPlayer on Xbox One is way over-due, so over due it has been a cause for concern and a flurry of conspiracies have been circulating the internet as to its omission from the App Store on the Xbox One Marketplace.
The BBC have updated their blog to bring awareness that the BBC iPlayer is now available on over 1,200 devices, and that migrating to the newer version of iPlayer to all devices has taken some time. With regards to the Xbox One – a short, brief and blunt statement was confirmed in their blog post.
Q. You said Xbox One was coming soon – any update there?
A. Yes. I am happy to announce that we’re aiming to launch new BBC iPlayer on Xbox One by the end of this year.
When the BBC iPlayer has finally landed on the Xbox One – we’ll endeavour to keep you updated. We might even host a ‘Finally Here’ party and celebrate! At least we now have a time-frame in mind!
Another week and another racing game put through its paces. Last week Need for Speed: Rivals proofed to be strong on the Xbox One as a top contender, but what of Forza Motorsport 5, the king of racing games? Well it finally arrived back with the launch of the Xbox One and judging by all the hype Turn10 and Microsoft generated, it sure had better be good and far exceeding than anything that has preceded it. Was all the noise in the build up to release day just PR hype or is this game as good as they say? Ladies and gentlemen, buckle your seat belts and start your engines, this is going to be a fun ride.
If like me you are a follower of the franchise, you’ll be well aware that this is undoubtedly the best racing simulator around (forget about Forza Horizon – it’s not included), it’s that much better than F1 (no, really it is). Forza Motorsport 5 features in excess of over 200 cars, a petrol heads dream and we are talking some serious motors here from classic muscle cars to icon classics and of course the new McLaren P1, which not only looked drop dead gorgeous but handled like a dream… albeit a simulated dream. Other worthy mentions in terms of vehicles include the classic McLaren M23, Ferrari 312T2 and the modern day Lotus E21 as driven by Kimi Raikkonen in the 2013 F1 Season.
Visually as you would expect Forza Motorsport 5 is polished, it has all the bells and whistles and is exceptional to behold. Especially good is the Forzavista mode which we did have a taste of in Forza 4, basically you can have a good look around the cars opening doors and bonnets etc, all very well modelled and detailed which is great if you are a dedicated petrol head who gets off on looking at these expensive vehicles, as for me I just want to get behind the wheel and do some serious racing.
The gameplay as ever doesn’t disappoint with some very impressive lighting and visual effects that really bring this whole experience to life, handling has improved and you can really notice the difference between the cars, it was great in Forza 4 but now it’s superb.
Perhaps the game’s most impressive revolution is the introduction of Drivatar, a cloud-based system that digitally recreates your driving style to populate other player’s games with your Forza driver; Drivatar. Racing against your friends’ Drivatars is fun and can really apply the pressure as you try to beat your best mate from down the road… even whilst he is at work and your slacking on the sofa. You’ll see things previously impossible to create with computerised AI. Human errors, poor judgement calls and random acts of aggression all make the track a much more dynamic and dangerous place to be, which in turn makes the racing feel truly on the cusp of next gen.
Whilst still talking about AI, at the right difficulty setting, each race transforms from a mad rush to first then a lonely trek to the finish to a competitive, exciting, interesting, and involving experience. The lead will change several times, cars will get damaged, and you’ll find yourself reacting like a real driver, waiting for the right moment to pass.
It’s hard to put into words how much better this is than previous simulation models where the player’s super modified car simply tore past the AI and then spent the rest of the race effectively hot lapping. Somehow, Turn 10 have managed to bring the fun back to a genre that seemed to be all about numbers, statistics, and polygons.
With over 200 cars to choose from, there should be plenty of courses ready to pick, right? Wrong. There are just 14 circuits (each with their own variations) to pick from in Forza 5. This is a massive and notable cutback in terms of content when compared to 400 cars and dozens of courses as found in Forza 4. Newcomers such as the legendary Spa Francorchamps and Bathurst, Australia are both thrilling circuits, but the appearance of familiar stalwarts like Sebring, Indianapolis and Laguna Seca means that it won’t be long before you’ve seen all the tracks that Forza 5 has to offer. It won’t be long… as in a few hours.
This isn’t to say Forza 5 isn’t a sizeable game however as to be fair the variety of the garage alone makes it compelling for any car enthusiast. Everything is represented in Forza 5 from sports and touring, to prototype and formula cars, Forza 5 introduces more and more disciplines to the games. Then there’s the BBC Top Gear content featuring Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond. Although not particularly deep, their commentary when choosing a new event, championship, or league still introduces some history to the proceedings. And of course there is then the car customisation that offers the opportunity for hours of artistic brilliance and tuning tinkering.
However annoying it may be that Forza 5 is small in comparison to previous titles in the franchise it shouldn’t put players off what is otherwise an extremely solid release. The new haptic feedback and overall controller design provide a much better experience than in previous games, with gear changes, tire slip, and road surface changes all well communicated via the new rumble triggers. On top of that, the analogue sticks are a lot more precise and allow for greater finesse when turning into corners. A large amount of work has been done with Calspan to further the research into tire behaviour modelling and it shows.
The sound is excellent in Forza 5, each engine resonates through the room a with incredible realism, screeching tyres and background noises reverberate around you as you struggle to keep your metal beast on the track.
Forza Motorsport 5 is another triumph of car mania with superb graphics, stunning vehicles and excellent sound; it’s almost everything we wanted albeit the shortage of tracks did add a little disappointment to the affair. Forza 5 is a beautiful world of engines and tire smoke, a world of convincing motorsport with the introduction of Drivatar and tuned AI. If you are looking for a ‘must have’ game for your new Xbox One, this is it.
I am going to make an assumption based on the fact you are reading this… you like the ‘Popular Arts’; videogames, sci-fi, comics, cosplay etc. I know I am right, so if you are based up North and near Manchester, it might be worth getting yourself a ticket to the MCM Expo taking place at the Manchester Central on Saturday 20 July.
Special guests already announced for the event include Warwick Davis, whose Hollywood credits include Willow, Star Wars and the Harry Potter movies; Kai Owen, best known for playing Torchwood’s Rhys Williams; Rupert Young and Eoin Macken, stars of hit fantasy series Merlin; and Gerran Howell (Vlad), Clare Thomas (Ingrid) and Simon Ludders (Renfield) from award-winning BBC show Young Dracula.
The expanded hall will also play host to top games publishers such as Nintendo and Koch Media – the latter previewing Saints Row IV – while the sold-out Comic Village area will be home to talented artists and writers including John McCrea, Antony Johnston, Lee Bradley, Laura Howell, Jack Lawrence, Al Davison and metal band The Dead Lay Waiting with their new comic.
MCM Manchester Comic Con also features costume competitions; onstage panels; a Dance Dance Revolution and retro gaming zone; the battling bots from Robot Live and, of course, stands selling everything from sweets to sci-fi collectables. Retailers attending include anime distributors Manga Entertainment and MVM Entertainment, Tokyo Toys, MyM Magazine and NEO.
Great news all round if you own a Windows Phone 8 – Eastenders is now available to carry around in your pocket through the finally-released BBC iPlayer App for Windows Phones! Now there’s something to celebrate, you just wouldn’t want to miss the opening of ‘Beales new restaurant in the coming weeks would you?
As of right now you can watch and listen to BBC TV and radio programmes from the last 7 days on BBC iPlayer.
On demand content over Wi-Fi and 3G.
Add shows to your favourites so new episodes are quick to find for you to enjoy later.
Ability to listen to BBC Radio in the background.
Browse programmes by category, schedule, featured and most popular.
To install this wonderful streaming app directly to your phone, you can do so directly via the link below.
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