E3 2015: Microsoft’s Xbox Briefing Comes Full Circle With Backwards Compatibility, Highly Anticipated Sequels

Microsoft’s Xbox briefing at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) may have been one of the tech giant’s most well received presentations ever. Besides showcasing a great library of upcoming titles, including the likes of Halo 5, Fallout 4, and Gears of War 4, Microsoft announced the Xbox One will now support backwards compatibility for 100 Xbox 360 games by year’s end. If that wasn’t enough, a new highly customizeable “Elite” wireless controller and HoloLens are on the horizon and both promise to improve the gaming experience. The highlights from Microsoft’s Xbox E3 briefing include:

  • Xbox One, will now offer backwards compatibility for 100 Xbox 360 games year’s end and the support will be native / seamless
  • The Xbox one library grows with upcoming titles including Halo 5: Guardians, Halo Franchise, Fallout 4, Forza Motorsport 6, Gears of War 4, Fable Legends and the newest first-party project Recore
  • Minecraft will be a HoloLens game and gamers will be able to create and interact with a virtual world on their tabletop in augmented reality
  • Gamers will be able to apply to join The Game Preview program which allows Xbox One owners to buy and play unfinished games as “pseudo” beta testers with early access to titles
  • The customizeable “Elite” wireless controller, which hits stores this October, features re-mappable buttons, adjustable parts and boasts unparalleled precision

Microsoft’s Xbox E3 Briefing can be seen in it’s entirety on the Xbox.com. You can also check out many of the Xbox E3 2015 game announcements and gameplay footage on the Xbox E3 playlist on YouTube. There’s also a Xbox E3 Indie Developer game playlist on YouTube that showcases many of the upcoming games being developed by the independent developer community.

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  • SS21O

    That just might be the coolest controller I’ve ever seen.