E3 2015: A Strong Showing From Microsoft

Posted on by Jackie Mueller

Microsoft came out swinging at E3 this year, and boy oh boy did they deliver. It’s safe to say the next twelve months will be a great time to be an Xbox One gamer. Let’s check out some highlights of the presentation, shall we?

One of the biggest surprises at the show was the announcement of backwards compatibility.  That’s right!  Soon you’ll be able to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. It will be completely free to all Xbox One users and only requires a physical copy of an Xbox 360 game. Just pop in the disc and a download of the game will start on the Xbox One. Digital Xbox 360 titles, meanwhile, will automatically show up in the “Ready to Install” section on your Xbox One. How awesome is that?!  This will be a very welcome feature for many users and it’s coming this holiday season.

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There’s also a new controller on the way.  The Xbox One Elite Controller aims to offer an advanced level of precision over the standard controller by including hair trigger locks, swappable parts and the ability to remap buttons.  It’s also designed to work with Windows 10, which is headed to a PC near you on July 29th.  A release date has not yet been announced for the Elite controller, but it will carry a hefty price tag of $150.

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More exciting news was revealed on the game front.  Fallout 4 is set to drop on November 10th, but here’s the kicker – mods for the game created on PC will also be playable on the Xbox One version!  Additionally, every copy of Fallout 4 for Xbox One will also include Fallout 3.

Some new gameplay footage of Halo 5 was also shown, complete with “Warzone” multiplayer action.  Check it out in the video below and mark your calendar for the October 27th release date!

Retro gamers will be excited for Rare Replay, a collection of 30 classic Rare titles coming to Xbox One on August 4th.  For $30 you’ll get gems like Perfect Dark, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Killer Instinct, Battletoads, R.C. Pro-Am and many more.  This awesome set also carries a 10,000 Gamerscore for the achievement lovers out there.

And last but certainly not least, the Hololens VR headset was shown running a new version of Minecraft. No words can accurately describe how cool this is – it’s something you have to see to believe. Check it out for yourself HERE, and prepare to be wowed!

There were many more announcements from Microsoft including Gears of War 4, Dark Souls 3, a new pirate-themed IP called Sea of Thieves, Forza Motorsport 6, and a slew of indie games.  You can watch the presentation in it’s entirety right HERE.

Jackie Mueller
Jackie’s life changed forever when she got her first video game console, an Atari 2600. She has been gaming nonstop for three decades on both consoles and computers, and it inspired her to pursue a career in the IT field. When she’s not gaming, Jackie can usually be found shredding the trails on her mountain bike.

2 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. HB Duran
    HB Duran June 18, 2015 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I was planning on getting an XBox One anyway, but backwards compatibility sealed the deal!

  2. Stacy Place
    Stacy Place June 15, 2015 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Their conference impressed me so much! I’m saving up for an Xbox One now, no doubt!

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