Xbox One E3 2015 Highlights

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Xbox One has its share of E3 2015 highlights as it did lots of reveals at the entertainment expo this week. The Electronic Entertainment Expo 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center flooded the technology world recently as fans of video games got a treat of new and upcoming games this year and onwards. E3 2015 is now closed, and it had given venues for gigantic makers in the world of video games to share their forthcoming projects.

This year’s Entertainment Expo first talked about the first wave of augmented and virtual reality hardware, which has the potential to change the future of gaming. As conversations went by, it narrowed to huge companies, one of which is Microsoft, and its discussions were centered on Xbox One.

There were fresh Xbox titles debuted at this year’s E3 for an all-new user experience, while indie game enthusiasts got some updates from their favorites. Xbox Game Preview and a new software allow gamers to download selected games for free and give feedback. Blockbuster games Gears of War 4, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gigantic and Forza Motorsport 6 also made grand appearances at E3 2015.

E3 2015 also saw the announcement of Xbox One Elite controller coming this October at $150, aimed at serious gamers who have the freedom in customizing it to their liking. Its parts are replaceable and swappable while trigger sensitivity is in its utmost.

One of the Xbox One E3 2015 highlights is the application of Microsoft’s augmented and virtual reality headset, HoloLens, as it is about to change the gaming experience and show everyone how the games of the next generation will look like. It first lands on Minecraft.

The digital assistant in Microsoft platforms, Cortana, will be making her way to Microsoft’s game console as well in a big revamp of the dashboard this fall when Windows 10 will be on Xbox One. Microsoft’s gaming console will have lots of changes, functionality and appearance wise. Xbox One needs the Kinect sensor to be able to use Cortana’s speech recognition.

This holiday, Xbox One owners can play exclusives like Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Forza Motorsport 6, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, Fable Legends, Gigantic and Rare Play.

Gamers found backward compatibility as the coolest of all Xbox One announcements at E3 2015. Credit goes to an Xbox 360 emulator which will be coming to the members of Xbox Preview, and to the public in this year’s holiday season. Xbox One will initially have only 21 Xbox 360 titles. Microsoft Corporation will welcome the gamers to air out the Xbox 360 games they want for Xbox One.

Backward compatibility surprised the tech community as well, including PlayStation owner, Sony Corporation. Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. President Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer he did not think it was possible, and it might require lots of engineering effort. He expressed that for now, Sony Corporation has no plans to do the same for PS3 and PS4, mentioning technical reasons. He said PS3’s architecture is unique, and some of its games use Signal Processing Unit. “It’s going to be super challenging to do so. I never say never, but we have no plans.”

Microsoft is partnering with VR upstart Oculus Rift and commits to work with the VR platform that rivals Valve. The Windows software maker will overhaul the Xbox One dashboard this year. Among the Xbox One E3 2015 highlights is Halo 5, the console’s expected blockbuster, together with other exclusives like Gears of War remaster coming in August.

By Judith Aparri

Edited by Maurice Cassidy

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