E3 2015 left the gaming community biting their nails with mixture of excitement, anticipation, and irritation. While titles such as Fallout and Shenmu revved the ante, fans were literally going crazy at the mention of Final Fantasy’s upcoming reboot. The introduction of many new gadgets and mods helped to make this E3 one of the best anyone can recall and set a high bar for XBOX GamesCom to achieve.
Despite the surprise that Sony hit the public with when choosing not to present at XBOX Gamescom, we can’t imagine that their vault is empty – after all, they just revealed a mobile projector for the PS4 that creates a visual experience boasting a 1920×720 resolution, 32 lumens, and up to a 120” screen size (in other words, it’s pretty damn cool) in a gizmo that’s barely larger than the controller. Say farewell to your cumbersome televisions – the future is here.
Devoid of the Sony front, XBOX Gamescom assured fans that there was still a plethora of novelties awaiting their futures. We saved you from the repetition and the long, drawn out presentations to find out what’s coming up for the XBOX community.
Microsoft released gameplay footage of Quantum Break, the Remedy creation based on the TV show. The game will be a third-person shooter in which the player will be essentially manipulating time and indulging in almost everything that occurs in the show. In fact, the designers mentioned that being familiar with the show would help players to make decisions in the game. It will be released on April 5, 2016 – guaranteed.
My fellow nerds might be happy to find out that Windows 10 will be released for XBOX One in November and the main screen will be redesigned according to the 10 layout. Siri’s XBOX counterpart, Cortana, will also be added to the mechanics of the OS. One of the really nice features of this shared OS (because, you know, PCs run 10, too) is the introduction of Cross-Platform usage: players will be able to play online multiplayer games with others across platforms and purchase games for XBOX One and stream them on their 10 PCs or tablets. Don’t get too excited yet as the developers have made only a few games cross-compatible (Fable: Legends and Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night will be the first of many) but the streaming capability is limitless. Another sweet feature is the DVR option that allows you to record or download programs to any compatible 10 device – all the more time to binge watch every episode of Bleach. Yes.
Microsoft upped the ante by making all XBOX 360 Gold titles compatible with XBOX One. Now you don’t have to watch those old games pass you by in all their free glory – even though you made the upgrade to XBOX One, you can still play them, too.
Killer Instinct Season 3 will launch in March for XBOX One and Windows 10 and content is still being garnered for what looks like a really great game. I’m quite biased as Killer Instinct is my second favorite fighting game (second to Dead or Alive, of course) but IT LOOKS REALLY COOL. Rash from Battletoads was recently debuted as a playable character and his moves fully reflect his brawny guise although you can’t gain access to him unless you’ve purchased some KI content before or Rare Replay.
Last but not least, XBOX Gamescom sought to cause ripples in the tides of multiplayer fanatics worldwide with the announcement of a $1 million Halo World Championship (up from $150,000 last month) later on this year, a new Halo-themed XBOX One console (with 1 TB of memory, oh my!) coming out on October 20 (only seven days before Halo 5: Guardians comes out), and there was also mention of Halo Wars 2 is coming out next year and it’s looking pretty nice although most of the details are hush-hush right now.
Don’t forget to check out what else is new in the gaming world through our continued highlighting of Gamescom 2015 .
Ref: Geek Culture