All The Biggest Microsoft Xbox News From Gamescom 2014
Gifs, bundles, and goats.
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Gamescom gets bigger and bigger every year, and although it might not quite rival E3, the show has more than its fair share of big news. Here's a rundown of the biggest Xbox announcements from the show.
If you've got the time, you can also catch up on the entire Microsoft press conference right here, or get a rundown on our thoughts in the video above.
Changes are coming to the Xbox One. Most of these are the result of the upcoming August Xbox One update, but here's what we learned about during the show:
- How do animated .gifs work on your Xbox One? If you've wanted to upload animated images on your system, you'll be able to use them soon.
- Forza Horizon 2 and FIFA 15 will be the first titles to support pre-loading on Xbox One.
- Also look forward to DLNA support, USB media playback, and a boot-to-TV option.
New Hardware Bundles:
- The long-rumored white Xbox One was finally revealed as a $400 Sunset Overdrive bundle system.
- A Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle will come packaged with a 1TB hard drive and a makeover to look more...advanced? The $500 price tag does not include a Kinect.
- The EU will get a special 400 Euro FIFA 15 bundle.
Xbox Games News:
The biggest talking point from Microsoft centered on Rise of the Tomb Raider. With gratuitous use of the word "exclusive," Microsoft heavily implied that Tomb Raider sequel would only be on Xbox. Microsoft Xbox head Phil Spencer later clarified that the deal with Square Enix "has a duration," implying that it will come to other, unspecified platforms at a later, unspecified date.
- Despite the rivalry between Microsoft and Sony, Spencer still congratulated Sony on their "really nice collection of games" at the show. A sentiment that Sony returned in kind.
- In addition to revealing a Halo channel, which will be an interactive dedicated to the blockbuster sci-fi series, we also learned the dates for the Halo 5 beta.
- An Xbox One-only beta for Evolve is coming this January, and Microsoft's system will also get some Evolve DLC before every other system.
- Here's where you can learn about how to get into the upcoming Fable Legends multiplayer this October.
- The million-selling Goat Simulator is coming to Xbox One (and mobile/tablet devices).
We have even more coverage of the games and stories around Gamescom throughout the weekend, but you can check it all out on our hub page here.
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