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Microsoft E3 conference as it happened - round up

Microsoft kicked off its E3 with this trailer, before anyone arrived on stage. Not a bad way to start.

Once the trailer was shown, Bonnie Ross from 343 Industries got things started, telling us about we’ll be seeing new IP and a fantastic line up of titles, starting it off with Halo 5: Guardians, which also got a date of October 27.

We found out that the environments are four times the size of previous maps and that it’ll have a new gameplay mode known as WarZone which sees the epic size of the campaign arrive online.

Next up was a world premiere from Kenji Inufane, the creator of Metroid Prime and it looks pretty stunning. It’s known as Recore and is a sci-fi/post apocalyptic title with a female protagonist and a robot. It looks interesting, although all we saw was a CGI trailer, so we’ll hold judgement till we get some gameplay.

Phil Spencer was next on stage to talk up Microsoft’s E3 line up and then revealed that Xbox One would become backwards compatible. In other words you’ll now be able to play your Xbox 360 games on your Xbox One. Pretty impressive stuff. You can even take screenshots and broadcast. Only a select few titles will be available to begin with, although you won’t be charged for games you already own.

Spencer then went on to show off the Elite Xbox One controller that allows you to swap out features, change the analog sticks, bumpers and D-pad as you wish. There are also hair-trigger locks and the D-pad has been replaced by a textured rolling pad. It’s coming later this year.

Bethedsa came to the stage next to show more Fallout 4. We saw a new laser musket which you crank and then let loose. The game also looks pretty fantastic, which is an important point to add. The big news? Mod created on PC will be able to be transferred and shared and played on Xbox One.

Peter Moore was next on stage to talk about EA Access, reminding us that you can play EA’s new releases before anyone else. He also revealed that EA is adding Titanfall to the EA Access vault and then revealed that Dragon Age Inquisition will also be added later this year. This week EA Access is free to everyone.

Next he revealed Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2, revealing that it’ll have more ways to play and be bigger and better than before. We then saw the World Exclusive Premiere.

Henry Ford III and Turn 10 ’s Dan Greenawalt came on stage next, showing off Forza Motorsport 6, which as you would expect looks highly detailed and very stunning.

So what could follow that? It was yet another World Premiere, this time for Dark Souls III, which was shown off in a new trailer, although there was no gameplay. It’s coming 2016 as expected. It doesn't appear to have any Xbox One exclusive content.

Another trailer shown was for The Division and afterwards it was announced that Xbox One players get first access to the beta in December.

Rainbow Six was also mentioned and as was the fact that the original games will come free with the game and that you’ll be able to play via backwards compatibility if you already own them.

Another new game was shown next for Windows 10 and Xbox One, which had a cartoon vibe to it and plenty of fast paced action, it’s known as Gigantic. Some of the Indie videos was posted about earlier where also shown off.

Here's the montage.

One of the titles shown off Tacoma.

This trailer was followed by the appearance of some other indie devs, such as Aurora, who showed off Ashen, a new Xbox Exclusive.

A new early access style of gaming was announced next, allowing you to try out a game for free and then pay to be involved if you like the look of what you see. Elite Dangerous and Day Z are part of this scheme. Elite and The Long Dark arrive today. You can try them out for free as mentioned.

So what was next? A new Windows and Xbox One title from the creators of Day Z. It'll come to early access and is known as ION. We didn't see enough to actually know what it's all about, but the trailer is below.

Rise of the Tomb Raider next, showing Lara climbing up an ice covered mountain and failing a little at the same time. Still, the game looks absolutely stunning, although no date was given other than Holiday 2015.

RARE was the next studio to arrive, with the screen showing a mega pack of RARE titles throughout the year, such as Perfect Dark, Battletoads and more. This was to bring news of the RARE Replay pack for Xbox One, allowing you to play these games once more.

We also got to see the RARE exclusive known as Sea of Thieves. It's a pirate based adventure with sea and ship battles, although there wasn't too much to see. Check out the trailer below.

Fable Legends was shown next. It is free to play on PC and Xbox One, allowing players on both to play together. You can also see that trailer below.

News of a partnership for PC was mentioned next, with Valve VR. Microsoft also repeated the news of the Oculus partnership and the way that you can stream Xbox One games via PC to the Oculus.

Hololens was next and its no surprise that Minecraft was being showcased along with it. A video showed how it works and it looked pretty incredible. It's hard to describe until you watch the video below, but a holograph of Minecraft appeared on a table, showing how you can use voice commands and manipulate the world using the glasses, voice control, all while someone else is playing on the controller.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition was next. The original game remastered for Xbox One and releasing on August 25. The multiplayer is getting a public beta today. 

The new Gears of War was also shown off, it looks pretty stunning in the CGI that was shown off, while the gameplay looked as good as you'd expect from a Gears of War title, which is due Holiday 2016.

And that was it. So what do you think?

Edited On 15 Jun, 2015

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Turniplord 2 years ago
you missed the main point about Fallout 4 - mods on the Pc can be moved over and used on the Xbox one
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Turniplord 2 years ago
Thought it was okay - Backwards comp was the biggest surprise (even if it is a 'put in disc and download a xbox one version') so not all games will work with it :(. The controller looks good, but they have obvioulsy copied Scuf controllers - so will be an issues between the 2 regarding prices. And the minecraft bit with the glasses was mental!
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Hymeleon 2 years ago
The hololens part was shows through virtual camera, how it was seen through glasses - resolution and all - is unknown. And Minecraft probably was picked for demo because Xbone will have hard times showing something more graphically advanced in virtual space...
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Hymeleon 2 years ago
Only exclusive game that got me interested is Recore, but since there was no gameplay shown it's still another Scalebound...
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Danny_936 2 years ago
ShopTo, hurry up and put the controller pre order listing up.
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Michael 2 years ago
Microsofts best E3 in years, the hologram thingy they showed with mine craft was the kinda stuff you imagine isn't possible I had to pinch myself to see if I hadn't dreamt it up. That rare collection with 30 games on it looks amazing value and I will be able to play jet pack and battletoads now on my xbone! and I really really want that Cuphead game badly.

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