Microsoft touts cross-platform, new games at Gamescom
MANILA, Philippines – Microsoft held their second big press event of 2015 at Germany's Gamescom on Tuesday, August 4.
With the company's recent move to upgrade its consumer base to Windows 10, one message stood out at the event: “Cross-platforming.”
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox said, “Whether you're a console gamer, a PC gamer, or both, we are committed to delivering the experience you expect from Microsoft."
He also added the press briefing was meant to show how gaming and entertainment experiences on Xbox and Windows are getting better by the innovation and investment in gaming hardware and accessories, as well as the social connection through Xbox Live and its community.
Windows 10 and cross-platform
The press event was filled with world premiere trailers of games. The biggest new trend as the show went on, however, was the number of exclusive cross-platform games between Xbox and Windows 10.
This means that both Windows 10 and Xbox One gamers will be able to play together, a rare feature in games in the past but a very much welcome one for the future. This also means that you can play a particular game on either your Windows 10 PC or your Xbox One gaming console.
Games like Killer Instinct, Bloodstained, Ark: Survival Evolved, Worms W.M.D, and We Happy Few are a few examples of games that will be coming as cross-platform games for both Windows and Xbox by 2016.
New Xbox One features
Mike Ybarra, Head of Platform Engineering, said the Xbox One will now have DVR capabilities to add to its Free to Air HD feature.
Not only will users be able to watch HD shows using their Xbox One; they'll also be able to record their favorite shows while they're watching another program or while playing video games.
The Xbox One is also set to be upgraded to Windows 10 by November. This will mean a smoother, more integrated experience between your Windows 10 PC and your Xbox One console.
Xbox One exclusive games
Xbox also previewed some awesome new games that will hit their current lineup by 2016.
Remedy Games, a development studio known for Alan Wake, showed off Quantum Break. It's an action shooter involving time travel that features protagonist Jack Joyce, played by actor Shawn Ashmore of X-Men fame. The game will also star actors Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Lance Reddick (Fringe).
Quantum Break will also have a live-action show that will come together with the game on April 5th 2016.
Crackdown 3, the latest installment of an Xbox-exclusive game, will now be set in a new city creating a brand new story arc and new destructible environment to wreak havoc on.
Announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Platinum Games' Scalebound seems to have garnered the interest of many in the event. The world premiere trailer of the Xbox One Exclusive game shows players to have the ability to control, ride and battle together with a companion dragon.
The event also announced the development of a long requested game, Halo Wars 2. Creative Assembly, known for their Total War series games, will help in the development of the franchise. – Rappler.com
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