Xbox had a massive show at E3 2016! We got a taste of not one, but two brand new Xbox One consoles (!!!), a bunch of games as well as the brand new cross play and buy feature called Xbox Play Anywhere.
Xbox One S
40% smaller, IR Blaster, integrated power supply, 2TB HDD, 4K gaming, and HDR Gaming. All for $299, the Xbox One S is the smaller version of the Xbox One, with a few improved hardware tweaks and a new look. The Xbox One S will be available later in 2016.
Probably the biggest news of the evening was the announcement another Xbox One console. The console will support 4K gaming and VR at the same time, with 8 GPUs, more and faster RAM and many more features. Although it’ll be tremendously more powerful than the Xbox One, Microsoft has stated that the console is part of the Xbox One family and that all games will work across the three versions of the Xbox One console. Project Scorpio is set for release in December 2017.
Xbox One Wireless Controller
Microsoft revealed a new Xbox One Wireless Controller which will have a few new features on it like a textured grip, wireless button, and improved range. The biggest new feature is the ability to custom design your own Xbox One controller to your liking with your own colour scheme, engraving, and more. Both the new Xbox One consoles’ Wireless Controller will be available at the same time, in late 2016.
Xbox Play Anywhere
Microsoft has been hinting at cross Windows 10/Xbox One play for months now and we can officially say that it is happening. A new program called Xbox Play Anywhere will feature on select Xbox One games. When buying a game with the Xbox One Play Anywhere logo on it, you will also get the Windows 10 version of the game for free.
Gears of War 4
Gears of War 4 will be the first title to release on the Xbox One Play Anywhere program. We saw some epic gameplay in a demo, which showed off the game’s intense combat and brand new ferocious beasts. The single-player campaign will also feature co-op campaign support and you will be able to play with friends on both Xbox One and Windows 10. The game is due for release on both platforms on 10 October 2016. Microsoft revealed an exclusive Xbox One Elite controller in a Gears of War 4 theme, also available in October.
Microsoft revealed that General RAAM will be coming to Killer Instinct 3 this week and will be free for all for a limited time only. General RAAM is known for his appearances in all the first three original Gears of War titles.
Forza Horizon 3
Microsoft revealed that its latest entry in the Forza Horizon series will be set in Australia. The game will support Xbox One Play Anywhere. A gameplay demo showed us some gorgeous jungle settings with both off-road and on road vehicles to play with. The game will feature a brand new 4-player co-op so you and your friends can race together and play around in each other’s games. Forza Horizon will be releasing on 27 September 2016 for Xbox One and Windows 10.
The game follows the story of a set of robots with their own set of unique skills. Each one will be used for different circumstances in the game, and utilizing them for different areas is key to getting throough the game.
Final Fantasy XV
The game is set for release on 30 September 2016.
Tom Clancy’s: The Division – Underground Expansion
Starting on 28 June 2016, Xbox One owners will get exclusive early access to The Division’s first expansion pack called Underground. The pack will have some brand new missions to take on, as well as procedural dungeons to explore for loot and XP.
DICE announced that starting on 13 October, if you are on Xbox One and a member of EA Access, you will be able to play the full version of Battlefield 1.
Microsoft announced that it is hard at work at launching new servers across the world to provide a better and more stable online gaming experience for all. Xbox One will also be receiving some major updates in July like background music, Cortana, and a brand new storefront to find the games you want to buy and own.
Xbox Clubs will also be launching in September which will allow gamers to join a social media-like hub for different games, chat about them, making friends and playing together. Xbox One Arena will be added to your Xbox One console (and the new Xbox One consoles) later this year and will allow you to create your own tournaments for your friends to partake in.
Minecraft Cross Network Play
Microsoft revealed that it is opening up Minecraft to play across iOS, Windows Mobile, and Xbox platforms. This means that no matter what platform you are playing Minecraft on, other than PlayStation, you will be able to team up with friends and play together in their world.
We Happy Few
This title has been under the radar for some time now, and we are quite intrigued by it. Microsoft finally showed off some new gameplay of the game, which resembled a very similar look to the Bioshock series. The game will enter Xbox One preview on 16 June 2016.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
If you loved Gwent in the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, then you will love this news. CD Pojekt RED will be bringing a standalone Gwent game to Xbox One and Windows 10. The game has been built from the ground up with brand new visuals and improved gameplay mechanics. The game will feature a dedicated single-player mode, as well as a cross play multiplayer mode. The game will be available in September, with beta sign ups now open.
It has been a while since we have had a decent Tekken game, and Microsoft, along with Bandai Namco games, revealed the latest in the Tekken series, Tekken 7. The game looks explosive as ever with brand new combo systems, as well as a new improved story mode which transitions between fights and cinematics. The game is set for release in early 2017.
Dead Rising 4
In a festive trailer with some rather catchy music, Capcom revealed Dead Rising 4, with all new weapons and brand new out-of-this-world contraptions to build to help you fight off the thousands of zombies. Although we did not get any release window, the game looks really great.
State of Decay 2
The long-waited sequel to the 2010 release State of Decay was officially revealed in a gory and intense trailer. The trailer showed off the game’s iconic settlement feature as you try to survive the zombie apocalypse and gather new members to help you do so. There was also some awesome zombie kills to end it all off. No release date was given.
Halo Wars 2
Along with a new trailer, we got to see some gameplay for the first time ever, and we loved what we saw. 343 Industries revealed that it is launching an open beta today and it will last an entire week. As for the final release of the game, expect it on Xbox One and Windows 10 on 21 February 2017.