Held annually in Germany, GamesCom is a trade fair for video games. The show is a great venue for publishers and developers to show off games that will be making their way to store shelves before Christmas, or games that are slated for release early next year. It is also Europe’s biggest video gaming expo. Here, publishers typically show off larger sections of their games that were originally presented during E3. Microsoft’s GamesCom presentation discussed exclusive Xbox One games as well as incoming updates for their console.
Microsoft has big plans in store for their next Dashboard update. This update will make it possible for gamers to stream TV programs from their Xbox One to an Xbox SmartGlass app. Microsoft is also working on making it possible to boot your console right to the TV. Finally, the console will also gain both USB and DLNA support, which will make it possible to play just about all of the content you store on your console. This support will allow gamers to stream media to their consoles. Soon, gamers will be able to watch their favorite videos, listen to music, and browse photos.
In addition to all of that, Microsoft is also going to update the social features within their console. New social features will make it easier for gamers to connect with their friends, with an all new “Friends section” coming soon. It seems that Microsoft is listening to its Xbox Live community, who feel that there are improvements to be made. According to Microsoft, this update will make it easier for you to see what all of your Xbox Live friends are up to.
With the announcement of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundle that will be made available in the fall, gamers will also have access to an upgraded hard drive. This bundle includes an exclusive Call of Duty Console, a copy of the game, and a headset. What makes the bundle even better is that this exclusive console’s hard drive is upgraded from 500 GB to 1TB. This is a big jump in storage space, and it will be interesting to see if a 1TB HDD will become the standard for future Xbox One consoles.
Of course, Xbox One owners can always add more storage space by connecting an external drive (larger than 250 GB) to one of their console’s USB ports. With more and more games approaching the 50GB mark, Microsoft is giving their console a thoroughly overdue storage boost.
Microsoft had time to go over the exclusive titles that will be coming to the console in the near future. Games like Fable Heroes and Ori and the Blind Forest, as well as updates to Forza 5 and Forza Horizon 2, were just some of the games that were featured. The new Tomb Raider title, Sunset Overdrive, and Quantum Break also made appearances.
Yet, it wouldn’t be a true Microsoft presentation without Halo. A likely favorite this holiday season will be Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which includes Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 all in one box. It drops in November. What makes it even better is the fact that those new to Halo and Master Chief will have the ability to play from the beginning, with each game running at 60FPS and at 1080P.
At GamesCom, some new Halo: The Master Chief Collection teasers were shown, and Xbox gamers were introduced to the new “Halo Channel”. This will be a new section within the Xbox One Dashboard, and will combine recorded or streamed content from Halo players. The channel will launch in November, around the time Halo: The Master Chief Collection hits shelves. Players will be able to broadcast their own gameplay, and watch other live feeds of other gamers in the Halo community. The Halo Channel will be in line with Microsoft’s plans of creating a more entertainment-focused console.
A Look Back
Microsoft’s presentation at GamesCom seemed to do exactly what it needed to do. On stage, they showed off good news for already existing Xbox One owners, and for gamers who are still deciding on which next-gen console to purchase. With their presentation, the Xbox One seems like a more finished product from its original release back in November of 2013. With all these improvements, Microsoft is certainly hoping it will see some increased Xbox One console sales during the upcoming holiday season.
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