Microsoft E3 2015 Highlights

Bear with me here, lots was announced during the hour and a half Microsoft press conference, and I want to cover as much ground as possible.

The first (and most surprising) announcement was that Xbox One will become backwards compatible with select titles. There will be 100 Xbox 360 titles available for play on the XBONE this fall. From the sounds of it, it won’t be any additional hardware, only a software patch update.

Microsoft showcased a handful of Xbox exclusive games: Halo 5: Guardians, Gears of War 4, Forza Motorsport 6, and Rise of the Tomb Raider are all Xbox exclusive titles.


Halo 5: Guardians revealed both a new trailer and live gameplay footage. The gameplay took place during a Locke level of the single player campaign as the Guardians follow Master Chief’s trail. Single player campaign will present a seamless add/drop local co-op and alternate between telling the story of Spartan Locke and Master Chief. The Halo 5 trailer debuted a new multiplayer game type known as Warzone. Equated to be the most similar multiplayer experience to the original Halo’s Sandbox, Warzone brings reds versus blues to an all new level with 24 players in a 12 v. 12 match.


Gears of War 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider both had World Premiere live gameplay footage. Rise of the Tomb Raider‘s footage has not been uploaded yet as of the writing of this post, but it does say coming soon on the end card for the gameplay trailer, so it’s only a matter of time, right? Man, both of these games are so pretty to look at.


Fallout 4 made a second appearance at E3 during the Microsoft Press Conference. Aside from showing a little more recorded gameplay, the footage mostly covered a compressed version of last night’s Bethesda conference. A new feature to the series: mods developed for Fallout 4 on Windows 10 will also work with the Xbox One version. Mods for console: the future is now.


Continuing with the surprising cross-platform gaming, Fable Legends will be available for Xbox One and PCs running Windows 10. Fable Legends will be Free to Play and you can play with both PC and Xbox players in the same match, bridging the gap between device-specific online multiplayer, how exciting!


Classic game developer Rare announced Rare Replay, an Xbox One collection of 30 classics with a possible 10,000 gamerscore. Some of the classics include Perfect DarkBanjo Kazooie and Battle Toads.

And of course, I wouldn’t be able to finish this recap without mentioning the last major tech announcement from Microsoft. The Hololens originally debuted in January. Live on stage, Mojang (pronounced Moh-yang) gave a gameplay demo on Minecraft, displaying a Minecraft world holographically on a table. With gestures and voice commands, we viewed the world from a spectator mode. The Hololens will combine VR with real life; really, the future is actually finally upon us.

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