Missed out on all the announcements from the opening day of Gamescom 2015? We've got you covered. Microsoft got us underway with the announcement that Windows 10 will be coming to the Xbox One sometime in Novermber, bringing DirectX 12 to the console. Members of the preview program will be able to access it in September.
DVR, backwards compatibility and Chatpad:
During the briefing, Microsoft revealed that over-the-air DVR features will be coming to the Xbox One in 2016, with a dedicated section showcasing all the recorded shows. The feature will allow you to remotely schedule and record shows thanks to Instant On, stream from the Xbox One to Windows 10 devices, and download locally.
In gaming-related news for the console, Microsoft has announced that all future Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles will be backwards compatible, allowing you to play Xbox 360 titles on the Xbox One. If you have an Xbox One but not the Xbox 360, you can still claim the free two titles a month under the Games with Gold program and play them on your console. The feature is set to go live in November with over 100 games available at launch.
Microsoft also announced a new accessory for the Xbox One, called the Chatpad. The accessory adds a keyboard to your Xbox One controller, allowing you to communicate with your friends on Xbox Live with ease. The Xbox One Chatpad launches November 3, and is now available for pre-order for $34.99:
Check out the video below for all the announcements from Microsoft's Gamescom 2015 briefing:
Xbox One Elite Controller, Halo 5 bundle and Seagate's 2TB HDD
Microsoft had the Xbox One Elite Controller — which will retail in October for $150 — available for demo at the venue, and Richard Devine was able to take a closer look at the controller:
There were a few controllers in Ford livery as well on display, with the only drawback being that they won't go on sale anytime soon:
Microsoft also showcased a limited-edition black and silver Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One bundle, which is essentially a 1TB Xbox One with a custom paint job:
- Here's a first look at the Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One bundle
- Pre-order Halo 5: Guardians Xbox One bundle from the Microsoft Store ($499)
The latest game in the Halo universe, Halo Wars 2, was also showcased, with the game set to launch in the fall of 2016 on the Xbox One and Windows 10:
For those worried about running out of storage on their Xbox One, Seagate has announced a 2TB external hard drive that will be available later this month for $109.99:
Games, games and more games
Before the event, Microsoft teased that it would showcase the "greatest games lineup in Xbox history," and in that regard, the Redmond giant managed to deliver. Microsoft announced a series of independent titles that will be available for the Xbox One later this year. Upcoming games include Cities: Skylines, Train Simulator, Thimbleweed Park, State of Mind, Worms WMD and much more:
Forza Motorsport 6 is scheduled to launch September 15 as an Xbox One exclusive, with the game featuring over 450 cars and up to 24 players in multiplayer mode:
New trailers for Just Cause 3 and Rainbow Six: Siege were also released:
Minecraft developer Mojang — which is now owned by Microsoft — announced that it would bring Oxeye Game Studio's colorful platformer Cobalt to the Xbox One and Xbox 360:
Quantum Break, the action game from Remedy, will be finally released for the Xbox One on April 5, 2016:
A bevy of titles were also announced for the Xbox One preview program, including Sheltered, Ark Survival Evolved and We Happy Few:
Other titles that were announced include Killer Instinct Season 3, which will be available in March 2016, and Deep Silver's Homefront: The Revolution, which will launch its multiplayer beta this winter.
What has been the highlight of the conference thus far for you?
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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.