The Microsoft Xbox One Spring showcase took place last week. Players and media from around the world got hands on time with some of the biggest upcoming titles on Xbox One and Windows 10.
Hosted by head of Xbox Phil Spencer Microsoft reaffirmed its position in the industry by promising the biggest games coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One over the next few months.
At Xbox we believe gamers should be able to play the games they want, with the people they want, on the devices they want,” Spencer said. “Making more of our popular games available for gamers to play on either Xbox One or Windows 10, each powered by Xbox Live, is another important step towards this vision. We are committed to delivering amazing gaming experiences for gamers who play on consoles, PCs or both.
Microsoft showed off various games at the event like Dark Souls III, Killer Instinct: Season 3, and Minecraft being played on Oculus Rift. But apart from the showcase of games, it also had a few sneaky announcements which are the highlight of the event.
New features coming to Xbox One and Windows 10
- Gamerscore Leaderboard in the Achievements section and Hero Stat Leaderboards in Game Hubs
- See Avatars in your Activity Feed if you’ve chosen to replace your gamerpic with your Avatar
- An updated “Featured” section spotlights games, deals, community events and more
- 16-person Party Chat is enabled across both Xbox One and the Windows 10 Xbox app
- Xbox 360 achievements will automatically post to your Activity Feed
- More interactive Game Hubs with web-linking
- Compare your Avatar with your friends’ Avatars
- Reputation interface changes, players with ‘good’ profiles will no longer feature a reputation gauge
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex
Forza Motorsport 6: Apex will be a free to play version of Forza 6, made for Windows 10 and will have much to offer. Forza Motorsport 6: Apex will include trademark innovations iconic to the Forza franchise, such as DrivatarTM opponents and ForzavistaTM cars, as well as new ways to play and compete. The experience also takes advantage of DirectX 12, delivering breathtaking visuals at up to 4K resolution.
Hardware Upgrades Coming To Xbox One?
Microsoft could be working on upgradeable hardware for the Xbox One. Phil Spencer added in his keynote. That Microsoft are looking ahead into the future of an “upgradable Xbox One instead of new console releases”
Spencer believes that consoles, like PCs, should be upgradable:
We see on other platforms whether it be mobile or PC that you get a continuous innovation that you rarely see on console. Consoles lock the hardware and the software platforms together at the beginning of the generation. Then you ride the generation out for seven or so years, while other ecosystems are getting better, faster, stronger. And then you wait for the next big step function.
PC gaming is as important as its ever been in the company. Windows is a critical franchise. Over 40% of the people running Windows 10 are playing games. We want to work hand in hand with our partners to make sure we have the best platform we can have.
Everything we do on any device is being driven by the Xbox team, and that team is 100% committed to success on every platform gamers want to play on. The gamer is at the centre of every decision we make.
Microsoft has a pretty big year ahead with releases like Quantum Break, Fable Legends, Gears of War 4, Killer Instinct: Season 3, and more.