We won't be seeing the proper launch of backwards compatibility on the Xbox One until this Autumn, but you can play around with a handful of games right now, if you're an Xbox Preview Member. That's exactly what Ian Higton has been doing. How useful!
Rare has issued a small update for Xbox Live Arcade title Jetpac Refuelled that takes care of an annoying bug that prevents you accessing an unlockable dashboard theme and gamer pictures.
"Provides at least 500 per cent of your recommended daily intake of laser-based alien extinction" goes the rather amusing tagline of this excellent remake of the 1983 ZX Spectrum classic. They should have probably added: "and about 1000 per cent of your nostalgia requirements for the month" for Jetpac Refuelled is pure, deep-brain primal scream therapy for anyone who was born in the '70s and grew up discussing the finer points of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum in the playground.
Unlike all those arcade classics that keep cropping up on Live Arcade, Jetpac is one of those games that practically every game-obsessed Speccy owner played to death. Trips to the arcade were a luxury, and you might have had enough spare change to see you through a handful of games of, Donkey Kong, Gorf and Ladybug if you were lucky, but you could never just play them relentlessly (unless you were rich, in which case well done you). Owning a rubber keyed Spectrum in 1983 allowed you the luxury of being able to just play and play and play until your wore out Q, A, O, P and Space. It was an endless diet of Chuckie Egg, Manic Miner, and most definitely Jetpac. All three were just as good as the games in the arcade, we'd tell ourselves. We were probably right.
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Microsoft has confirmed that Jetpac Refuelled will be this Wednesday's Live Arcade addition.
Rare got into the GDC spirit today by revealing the first footage of its new Live Arcade title, Jetpac Refuelled. You can find the trailer on our very own Eurogamer TV.