Xbox at E3: 10 most exciting reveals

Earlier today, in Los Angeles, Microsoft held their E3 2015 press conference, and it did not disappoint.  Here´s what you need to know.

Backwards Compatibility

When the Xbox One was initially announced, way back when, we were told, to our dismay, that none of our Xbox 360 games would work on the new g...

15 Jun 2015


Xbox at E3: 10 most exciting reveals

Earlier today, in Los Angeles, Microsoft held their annual E3 2015 press conference, and it did not disappoint.  Here's what you need to know.


Backwards Compatibility

When the Xbox One was initially announced, way back when, we were told to our dismay that none of our Xbox 360 games would work on the new generation of console.  Two years later, a year and a half after initial release, Xbox are finally righting that wrong.  As of Christmas 2015, the Xbox One will be backwards compatible.  An initial list of titles will be released, and that list will be added to as time goes by.  We hope you didn’t trade away any of your old favourites!



As well as announcing a partnership with Valve VR, Xbox demoed Microsoft Hololens, a piece of tech that isn’t just Virtual Reality, but Augmented Reality too.  Of course, Minecraft was the perfect game to demo this tech, and since purchasing Minecraft in in 2014, Xbox have been working on ways to bring the game to life with HoloLens.  The results are fantastic.  Just see for yourself, this has to be seen to be believed.


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Halo 5: Guardians


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The game we’ve all been waiting for?  Probably.  Halo 5: Guardians is just around the corner, and finally we got to see some gameplay footage.  First we were shown a four player co-op mode.  Grand in scale, and graphically stunning, Halo 5 looks like Halo is again going to become a benchmark for cinematic gaming.  

Next, we were shown the multiplayer mode, ‘Warzone’, where players battle with a multiplicity of weapons and vehicles.  

Unfortunately Xbox didn’t answer our most burning question, will we see Cortana again?  We’ve been told there’s a place for her in Halo 5: Guardian, but is it by Chief’s side?  We surely hope so, we’ve only just recovered from the ending of Halo 4!




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From Keiji Inafune, and the makers of Metroid Prime comes a new Xbox One Exclusive, ReCore.  We don’t know much about the release, but what we can tell you is that it’s beautiful.  Set in what looks to be a desert landscape, the female protagonist battles robots alongside her trusty, you guessed it, canine robot companion.  In the trailer we saw robo-dog sacrifice itself for its master, only to be resurrected when the glowing orb that acts as its AI consciousness is put into another robot body.  All in all, looking pretty interesting and we can’t wait to see more.


Rise of the Tomb Raider


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Let’s be honest, we knew we’d see Xbox’s timed exclusive, Rise of the Tomb Raider at E3.  And what we got was pretty spectacular, although we can’t help but think we should have seem some combat, not just Lara Croft traversing a perilous ice capped mountain.  However, what we did see was a wonderfully flowing world.  The game switched seamlessly between live gameplay and the cutscenes that punctuated the action.  What initially looked like it was going to be quite a dark title, with Lara struggling to overcome the mental scars left from the previous game, now seems to be an life-affirming tale of self-discovery.


Fallout 4


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Bethesda already blew E3 out of the water yesterday with their Sunday night press conference, but earlier today they were back, this time on Xbox’s stage.  Here they would announce some pretty exciting news.  PC Mods will be transferable and shareable on Xbox for the first time.  If you’re a huge Skyrim fan like we are, and love to play it on console and PC, you’ll understand how exciting this news is.  Game of Thrones armour mod, here we come!


Gears of War 


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ID confirmed the news that we all knew was coming this morning at E3, Gears of War Ultimate Edition will be coming to Xbox One. This fully remastered edition will run at 1080p and 60fps, and the Beta is available TODAY!

The second piece of news to come from ID was the announcement of Gears of War 4.  Not much is known yet, but we were treated to a few minutes of gameplay, showing a character named JD and a female ‘Gear’ exploring an abandoned, dystopian town, filled with Alien-esque pods of goo, only to be ambushed near the end by a horde of monsters (disclaimer: maybe not horde).  Here we see some pretty badass shotgun and chainsaw action.  Not for the faint hearted.  Gears of War 4 is coming Christmas 2016.


The Division and Rainbow 6


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The Division, the action RPG from Ubisoft set in New York City, finally gets a Beta, exclusively available to Xbox One customers.  To say we’ve been waiting a while to get our hands on this game is an understatement.  Also, in the wake of Backwards Compatibility, Rainbow 6 Siege will be coming with free copies of Rainbow 6 Vegas, and Rainbow 6 Vegas 2.


Forza 6


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Lowering a Ford GT into the press conference arena is a pretty neat way to kick off a game reveal, and that’s exactly what Forza 6 did.  The yearly Xbox title has had a couple of major improvements, one of them being the very sorely missed 'dynamic weather'.  Forza 6 will feature 26 tracks, 450 cars, and 24 car multiplayer, and will be a showcase for the new Ford GT.


Rare Replay and Sea of Thieves


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Anyone who grew up playing games in the 90s and earlys 00s played Rare games.  Banjo Kazooie, Battletoads, Perfect Dark, the list goes on.  And soon, you’ll be able to play them all all again on your Xbox One (apart from some titles, sadly owned by other companies) in Rares new anthology title ‘Rare Replay’.  Featuring 30 titles, for Rare’s 30 years on the block, Replay arrives August 4th.

Rare also announced an new IP called ‘Sea of Thieves’, a first person, multiplayer, swashbuckling adventure game where you can explore jungles with friends and do battle at sea!


And the rest.

With some great new indie titles lined up from some of the best indie devs around, Xbox’s marketplace offering has never looked stronger, and we’re excited to get our hands on titles such as Cuphead, Beyond Eyes, and Ashen.

Xbox are also releasing an ‘Elite’ controller, with 255 custom button set ups and interchangeable parts, which we think will be a huge hit with PC gamers.  

Later today, Sony will host their E3 press conference.  They’ve got a lot to live up to, but from what we’ve seen of Sony in recent years, we’ve reason to be excited.  Follow us on Twitter for live coverage or check back tomorrow for our round up.


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