Microsoft E3 2015 Press Conference News Roundup

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Following Bethesda's series of E3 2015 announcements last night, Microsoft has also come into the fray with its own set of news and footage of its upcoming Xbox One games.

Microsoft put its emphasis once more on its roster of Xbox One games releasing this year. They started off with a new trailer/footage of Halo 5: Guardians but followed up with tons of other new game and Xbox One service announcements. Check out all the news below!

Previously Announced Games with New Info:

Newly Announced Games:

Other Xbox One News:

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PlatinumPaladin

I haven't yet watched Sony's conference, but Microsoft have definitely put them task this year.

I know that backwards compatibility will win a lot of hearts and minds (and the method by which they're doing it is a huge middle finger to PlayStation Now), but I really don't get it. I don't get why anyone would pay $300+ on a new machine and then use it to play old games. Oh well, matter not to me.

Glad Microsoft opened with Halo. It really didn't strike me as all that impressive. Forza is looking impressive (as is the new GT40), and the lighting effects on Gears blew me away.

I'm a bit gutted Xbox has got the exclusive on recore and Gigantic, but the knowledge Gigantic is a F2P eases the annoyance.

And not that I'm complaining, but it was interesting for a whole Microsoft conference to pass and not include one mention of Kinect.

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northArrow

I'll be the first to admit that when Microsoft announced Quantum Break, Scalebound and Crackdown weren't going to be at E3, I was expecting this to be another awful showing from Microsoft.

I was wrong.

Although I still think they were a little too heavy handed with their usual stable of Halo, Forza, GOW and Fable, (seriously, people are already excited for them and we all know what to expect from these franchises, there's no need to hype them more), overall I was excited for what was shown.

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KiriharaZro

"How backwards" looks like the X1 now?

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greaseman1985

Although I've said I don't care for backward compatibility and I still have my 360, it works perfectly on the XB1. I have 5 games off the initial list of backward compatible games and I tried a couple of them out. Not only do they work perfectly, but I actually want to play those games again now. Its strange.

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wayneextremity

@greaseman1985: They just added my favorite classic Borderlands back! its running more stable than the 360 version, and the upscaling and colors make it look a lot better. Im a preview member and theyve added 5 more games in the past one day

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anakvunky

Seeing hololens, its kinda dejavu with kinect... let just hope this technology will be more useful

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TurianShepard

@anakvunky: Hololens actually has potential, Kinect never did.

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oflow

@turianshepard: You just can't see the big picture. The plan with kinect was always to eventually integrate it with hololens and vr. For those things it has massive potential. Just like they always knew they were making windows 10 a uniform os.

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anakvunky

@turianshepard: We can always hope for it...

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rawkstar007

Microsoft had an amazing show. There is no disputing that. And the Xbox One now having backward compatibility? That's great.

However, I am curious: How many people actually plan on using this feature? I mean REALLY. For myself, I have pretty much never taken advantage of such a feature on previous consoles. It was just never something that interested me but it was nice to know it was there. I suspect that many of those who cried and cried for this feature did so for the following reasons:

1. A safety net for games from a previous console where it would be a viable option to sell said previous console without losing access to one's library. Maybe it crosses one's mind to play a game from the previous console but current gen games are always a distraction that puts it off.

2. It was seemingly a basic feature of previous consoles that, in spite of never being taken advantage of by many, people just assumed it would always be there and felt entitled to it. A "you don't know what you've got until it's gone" mentality, if you will.

I'm not saying that there weren't people that took advantage of this feature. I just suspect that there aren't nearly as many people who truly needed it as the consumer rage would lead us to believe.

Now it falls on Sony to respond in some form. PS Now is their current vehicle that would likely have to lead the charge on this. It may not come immediately, but one can probably guess that Sony will likely reduce PS Now to make games that you own on PS3 free but would still have to pay for the rest. It probably wouldn't be native, but it would definitely be a sign of good faith.

I could be wrong, of course. Just my thoughts.

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PlatinumPaladin

@rawkstar007: What I'm interested to know is how much, if any, of that processing power that was freed up by the dropping of mandatory Kinect will be needed to support the backwards compatibility.

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Rick_Moni

@rawkstar007: I'll put it this way. If they add Dark Souls and Dragon's Dogma DA amongst others to the final list, then I'll be a very very happy gamer being able to play all the games I love in just One system..

(See what I did there?) : )

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greaseman1985

@rawkstar007: I'm one of those that always said I don't care for backward compatibility since I still have my 360. However, this for some reason changed my mind and now I want to play my 360 games on my XB1. I already started playing a couple of them again and I want to play Mass Effect all over again! What really makes it worth it in my opinion is that the 360 games take full advantage of the features of the XB1 such as broadcasting, screenshots, and recording. That's awesome.

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barakz0r

Can somone tell me if there is a chance that a new age of empires game is planned? and if it wil be shown at E3?

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TurianShepard

@barakz0r: They had a "secret" team working on a new one, we'll see if it gets a reveal.

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blprater

I think what Microsoft is doing is great with the backwards compatibility, however, I will wait to buy an Xbone until the final update is out on the market. I want to see the service proven and tested without any hidden gimmicks or that famous, "well you can play used games, but......" I still have a lot of my 360 games that I play and it would be great to be able to dump one of my 360's, I will always keep one as a backup...................just in case.

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wayneextremity

@blprater: Its working better than X360 quality. im playing Borderlands right now and I got my classic profile back, all my loot, everything. PLus they added like 5 more games since i checked last

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greaseman1985

@blprater: What hidden gimmick? There is no gimmick. It works perfectly for the games I tried.

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wayneextremity

Definitely best conference of the Show.

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cwatz12

I thought it was the best conference of the show. MS did very very well.

Honestly everyone delivered though. Its a competitive landscape.

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cainetao11

@cwatz12 said:

I thought it was the best conference of the show. MS did very very well.

Honestly everyone delivered though. Its a competitive landscape.

I agree.

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ExoticCharm

A lot of people that "jumped ship" this gen are now looking for a life boat. This is why you don't buy into hype. Really looking forward to all the new (and old) games coming out on X1!

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hotwog21

this is where we should of been out of the box, so please spare us the excitement, still waiting for microsoft to exert themselves a little. its taken 2 years to get us to the starting line!!!!

AND LETS NOT FORGET WE WERE GOING TO GET CHARGED TO PLAY USED GAMES!!!!!

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SolarChainsawHD

@hotwog21: Even thought they said that playing x360 games on Xbox One IS FREE of charge. I too cant shake the feeling that there is a catch.

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hotwog21

@solarchainsawhd: and its not even true backward compatibility, we are giong to have to wait each month for crumbs and they can stall as long as they like hiding behind the catch "all the developers have to say is yes"

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SolarChainsawHD

@hotwog21 said:

@solarchainsawhd: and its not even true backward compatibility, we are giong to have to wait each month for crumbs and they can stall as long as they like hiding behind the catch "all the developers have to say is yes"

Aaaaa..sooo (since I didnt read the article) the only way a game is becoming backwards compatible is if the Devs of the game say "yes" to it?

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GH05T-666

Xbox won E3 to me, I'm looking forward to Halo 5: Guardians, Rare Replay and the backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games just tops the cake for me!

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greenpolyp

Will you still need the 360 disc after the game downloads? So what happens if you buy a used 360 game that somebody else copied onto their Xone?

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GH05T-666

@greenpolyp: You probably need the disc to run it, like how it works now if you buy an Xbox One game.

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greaseman1985

@GH05T-666: Yes the disc will still have to be inserted. I confirmed it with Mass Effect.

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silentrambo

Microsoft did a great job, the game reveals plus more info on already announced games, and the backwards compatibility and game preview program, all awesome. And there's still more stuff at gamescom!

But kudos to all the other briefings, lots of cool new games on show, in particular, Sony. They too had a lot of new and cool games on show, enough so that I will now probably buy a PS4 to go with my X1. Between X1 and PS4 there is too many awesome games to not have both. Today's briefings and E3 so far have made me really excited for my gaming future, I have never been more proud to call myself a gamer.

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Justicar_1

@silentrambo: Good idea, a gamer should be able to enjoy both consoles without bias, solely celebrating games regardless of the console they're in, (I also own both major consoles).

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I_P_Daily

Kudos MS for a great show.

I liked how F6 will be getting weather effects/night time racing, sure not a big deal for some, but as a massive racing game fan this is great news.

I also liked what I saw of TR, I wish they showed more, which reminds me I need to go pre-order the game ASAP.

BC should be a game changer for MS, lets just hope all developers that have created games for the 360 jump on board as MS said It wouldn't cost them any money, so they would be crazy not to.

II look forward to seeing Quantum Break, Crackdown & Scalebound in a few weeks, and some other announcements MS said they will be making.

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Hard_Serpent

The nostalgia wears off quickly . Also PS had a more exciting , bomb dropping show.

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GuPesci

I just don't understand why Microsoft wont just give Yu Suzuki the 2 million flat and make Shenmue for Xbox. Hardly anyone knows about it, and Shenmue II was exclusive on the original Xbox after Dreamcast took their fall. I feel like that's only right. Even if it doesn't sell crazy copies its only right. We need more Exclusives!!

but its just my opinion I guess..

Oh yea and WTH Microsoft!! Wheres the custom soundtracks without snap!!??

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RighteousNixon

@GuPesci: For the same reason Sony wouldn't pony up the money. Its an old game, one that is unknown to younger gamers today. As cool as it is for old school Shenmue fans, its just not seas big title at all.

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Justicar_1

@RighteousNixon: Agreed.

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blood_borne

Anyone wanna buy my Xbone for $200?

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3CupsofFlower

@blood_borne: Whether the Xbox One is yours or not is the real question. Come of it, you don't have one!

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genocide_223

@blood_borne: I have no doubt you are rasterorsoniou.

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ExoticCharm

@blood_borne: The salt from Sony fanboys is getting out of hand. Do you think it was the announcement of real backwards compatibility , the awesome new IPs, the Rare Collection, or the new UI that made them this way?

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I_P_Daily

@blood_borne said:

Anyone wanna buy my Xbone for $200?

Surely you can come up with something better than that right? I mean you're running out of material, is the salt in your eyes causing you to lose focus :P

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Hard_Serpent

@blood_borne: No but put that thing on craigslist.

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keeper262

They did good this year.

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Dookie_213

Need an invite to the preview program? Add me and message me on Xbox GT: Grove 187 G and I will invite you in. The process takes about 12-24hours before Xbox send you a message with code to download the preview program.

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rparent63

@dookie_213: Dookie please send me an invite to the Preview program.

My gamertag: Z06 Captain

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chechak7

wonderfully news

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vamroc

Just shut up and take my money NOW!!!!!

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blue_haze

can i get an invite for the preview program gt: karasmatc41

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Nowhere97

Can someone invite me for the xbox one preview? My Gamertag is Bigrael