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TiX Podcast S1E2 Post-E3 2017

Welcome to the new This is Xbox Podcast.

Join Greg Giddens and Damien Ashley for a new episode of the This is Xbox Podcast.

This episode follows on from the last show and discusses what was shown and announced at E3 2017. Greg and Damien discuss their thoughts on the conferences and their highlights with some of the TiX team contributing their own feelings in short audio segments throughout the show.


Podcast music by Bangmaid
Produced by James Gill

Xbox boss supports Nintendo’s Switch

With the announcement of Nintendo’s new innovation Xbox gaffer Aaron Greenberg has taken to twitter to offer his support. Switch has divided opinion mainly on it’s appearance but Greenberg is excited and supports Nintendo’s idea for new technology.


There, so it’s not all about Xbox’s sales against Sony’s, it’s about an industry inventing new tech and taking us into the future with new and bold ideas. Here’s to the future.

Could a NES emulator be coming to the Xbox One?

Thanks to the Universal Windows Platform initiative which unifies Microsoft’s platforms, Windows developers can submit their applications for release on the Xbox One. Emulators are rife on PC and we could soon see the first hit the Xbox One.

NeoGaf user LuvOfThaGame spotted an interesting Tweet from one such developer, nesbox.com, who have submitted for approvable an emulator that plays NES, SNES, Mega Drive, Gameboy and Gameboy Advance games.


As there’s nothing legally wrong with creating and releasing an emulator, provided they don’t include any code taken from the console’s original BIOS, It’s possible we’ll soon be able to play game Roms on our Xbox One consoles.

However, it’s these ROM files that may cause issues, as they’re covered by copyright. In many countries it’s legal to own Roms of games you own and can no longer play due to the hardware no longer being produced, but downloading them off the internet is still theft.


Microsoft may not approve the release of the app for this reason, not to mention the heat they’ll almost certainly receive from Nintendo and Sega. But if it does get approved we could be enjoying all our old favourites on the splendid Xbox One controller, and wouldn’t that be something.

TiX Podcast: E3 Round-up 2015 Part 2

Welcome to the This is Xbox Podcast.

Join Greg Giddens, Neale Jarrett, Richard Berry and Derek McRoberts in another special show focusing on E3 2015. This is the second part of the round-up show, where the foursome discuss the remaining conferences from Ubisoft, Square Enix and EA, as well as touching on the news from the Nintendo, Sony and PC conferences.


If you want to send us a question or topic for the Email Q&A section, or simply contact us, then shoot over an email to: podcast@thisisxbox.com

You can also follow the hosts on Twitter: @GregGiddens and @BaronVonPleb

You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud.

If you like the show and want to support it, please check out our Patreon page.

The awesome music in this episode was provided by Bangmaid and produced by James Gill. (https://www.mixcloud.com/bangmaid/)

E3 Conferences 2015

E3 2015 is nearly upon us, and we here at This is Xbox are bursting with excitement.

We have some pretty strong predictions on what we’re going to see at the event – listen out for our E3 Predictions podcast coming soon – but it’s the unknown that really get our motor’s running.

“But when are these conferences actually happening?” I hear you ask. Well let me tell you:

Sunday, June 14
•Bethesda – 7 pm PT / 10 pm ET / 3 am BST (Monday)

Monday, June 15
•Microsoft – 9:30 am PT / 12:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm BST
•EA – 1 pm PT / 4 pm ET / 9 pm BST
•Ubisoft – 3 pm PT / 6 pm ET / 11 pm BST
•Sony – 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET / 2 am BST (Tuesday)

Tuesday, June 16
•Nintendo – 9 am PT / 12 pm ET / 5 pm BST
•Square Enix – 10 am PT / 1 pm ET / 6 pm BST
•PC Gaming Show – 5 pm PT / 8 pm PT / 1 am BST (Wednesday)

So those are all the announced conferences and their times – a couple of early mornings for us Europeans – but I for one will be awake and watching all of them, will you be?

Xbox One could be sold in China


Since the year 2000 consoles have been banned in China due to claims that there was an adverse effect on the mental health of young people who played them. Of course, this didn’t stop said young people playing games on their PC’s and nor did the ban stop a grey market trade of illegal consoles.

Today however the Chinese government has introduced a temporary removal of the ban and as such opened up the doors for Nintendo, Sony and of course Microsoft to enter an extremely rich market. The temporary removal of the ban isn’t straight forward at this stage, the government have stated they’ll allow foreign firms (Microsoft, Sony etc) to produce consoles in there free trade zone which resides in Shanghai. Once produced China’s Cultural Department will need to inspect and approve the device before its released on general sale.

Sony have already addressed and responded to the news stating they will ‘continuously study the possibility’. Microsoft have yet to provide a response. According to one analyst, Microsoft already has the edge over its competition in terms of getting consoles on the market the quickest.

Only time will tell if the people of China will finally be able to buy legal, non grey stock of our beloved Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Source: BBC

MCM Comic Con Lands in Manchester


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.

Get your tickets here. 

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