Microsoft’s keynote was impressive this year and there is lots to look forward to. We’ve got a run down including trailers and new tech!
Their keynote was much more related to PC gaming: introducing a more customizable controller and an early access program for Xbox One games.
The rest of the week is going to be big for augmented and virtual reality: one of the most impressive parts of their show was a HoloLens version of Minecraft, with more information being released next month.
The Xbox One will now be able to play 360 games – Originally dismissive of making previous console games compatible, the company has gone back on that, allowing you to play 360 games. Microsoft will make the first batch of around 100 previous generation Xbox games playable on the console. Players won’t have to pay for titles they already own.
A new Xbox One controller was revealed too. The “Elite” wireless controller includes features like controls that can be re-mapped and a directional pad that can be swapped out. It will work on Windows 10 as well as the Xbox.
Play Xbox One games before they’re released.
Microsoft announced a feature that looks similar to Steam’s Early Access program. Game preview will let Xbox One owners buy and play unfinished versions of games, basically acting as game testers in exchange for being among the first to trial the game.
Halo 5: Guardians was shown in more detail, including cinematic graphics. Multiplayer maps are going to be several times larger than in previous games. It will be released in October.
Minecraft is now a HoloLens game. You can create a pixelated world on your coffee table using HoloLens’ voice and gesture commands to build it. More information will be released in the summer.
As well as this Microsoft confirmed that the next Tomb Raider game is still coming. It was announced back in 2014. It will be launched on Xbox before going to PlayStation.
Gears 4 will also be released late next year. Not much was revealed about the game other than a small bit of footage. Microsoft will be remastering Gears of War with an “ultimate” edition available in beta.