Six Killer Xbox One Announcements Microsoft Made Today

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Six Killer Xbox One Announcements Microsoft Made Today

In addition to the multitude of sick new gameplay footage we saw today from developers at Gamescom, Microsoft revealed, confirmed and offered updates on some major new projects and features that will be coming to the Xbox One in the upcoming months.  The Xbox One is slumping behind the PS4 in the console wars and it seems Microsoft is looking to go forth with features focused on strengthening the Xbox/Windows ecosystem and working to further cement the One as the living room’s central entertainment powerhouse.

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Backwards Compatibility With Xbox 360

Microsoft revealed this at E3, but today they had plenty of details to drop. Mainly, that users would be able to start playing select Xbox 360 games on their Xbox One consoles beginning in November and that there would be 100 games available at launch. Also, all future Xbox 360 games in the Games with Gold program, which gives Xbox Gold subscribers free games, will now be backward-compatible.

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New Interface Powered By Windows 10

Today, Microsoft also confirmed the November launch date for the overhaul of Xbox One’s interface. The redesigned dashboard will emphasize speed, performance and simplicity. For Xbox One users with Kinect, Windows 10’s Cortana will also offer gamers audio controls.

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DVR Playback

Microsoft announced that DVR capabilities are coming to the Xbox One next year and that gamers will soon be able to record television subscription-free through the One using an over-the-air digital tuner. The service will also be able to stream content to any Windows 10 device which should really serve as a great connector for devouring content on Microsoft products.

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Halo Wars 2 Surprise Announcement

Halo was front-and-center for much of Gamescom today. In addition to showing off plenty of footage from Halo 5, there was a surprise announcement of Halo Wars 2, which Microsoft didn’t say much about, but did specify that it will be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in fall of 2016.

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New Chatpad

Microsoft also showed off a brand new Chatpad for Xbox One controllers today. It’s pretty much the same as the 360’s, albeit with the addition of improved audio buttons on the sides and user programmable keys that can be used for functions like screenshotting or recording in-game DVR clips.

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Limited Edition 1 TB Halo Xbox

In addition to showing off a ton of sweet Halo gameplay, Microsoft unveiled a $500 souped-up limited edition Halo 5 Xbox One that looks really really cool. The console includes a matching (equally really really cool) controller and a digital copy of Halo 5.

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