All you need to know from Microsoft's E3 Event

The Microsoft E3 event, as expected, had its Xbox in the centre stage. Most of the announcements revolved around the Xbox and even the greeting was made under the name of ‘Team Xbox.’ Keeping Xbox as the showstopper, Microsoft took pains to stress the tighter bond between Xbox and Windows 10.

The Games

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Not being a zealot gamer, this section didn’t really excite me. There many announcements, some expected and some not. The first game announced was the Halo 5: Guardians. Halo 5: Guardians appeared at last year’s E3 as well, but we’ve now gotten a much better look at the game’s cooperative combat and its over-the-top cinematic graphics. Halo 5: Guardians is coming later this year. Next up was Recore, a Microsoft Studios exclusive helmed by Keiji Inafune. We don’t know much about this one except it takes place on some sort of abandoned planet and you’ve got a robot companion. Other than the name, all we got was a trailer. For the Fallout 4 lovers, Microsoft announced free compatibility of the Fallout PC mods. Following to the unheard success of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Microsoft has announced the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 in relations with EA. Proving my conception that video games are weird, Microsoft actually brought the new Ford GT and Henry Fors III on the stage as a prelude to the announcement of the Forza 6 and didn’t even give much information about it. We even a cinematic trailer for The Division which focused on the game’s post-apocalyptic nature. We also saw a _Rainbow Six: Siege_trailer that focused on the plane level shown in the alpha last month. Confirming its existence, we got gloomy trailer for Dark  Souls 3.  PC gaming finally getting its due at an E3 press conference, Gigantic was announced as a Windows 1o and Xbox exclusive. Gigantic is releasing this fall. We also got a look at the new Gears of War game—officially dubbed Gears 4. I have got to sayGears 4 looks gorgeous. Also officially discussed was Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, a remake of the original Gears of War running at 1080p, 60 fps. Including these exciting titles, we also saw many other gaming announcements at the event.

Xbox 360 on Xbox One

By the end of 2015, Microsoft has confirmed that they will make around 100 games of last generation Xbox titles available for the Xbox One. Microsoft has also asserted that users won’t have to pay for the pre-owned titles. 100 games are just the beginning, we will surely see more as the time passes.

The Elite Controller

The Elite wireless controller is a more customizable version of the standard Xbox gamepad. The elite gamepad features the same controls but now are capable of remapping and the directional pad can be swapped out. It works on Windows 10 as well as the Xbox, making it a bit of a competitor to the computer-friendly and similarly remappable Steam Controller.

The Early Access Program

As of today, Game Preview will let Xbox One owners buy and play the games in their development days itself. In exchange, the gamers will act as beta testers for better debugging of the games. This looks a lot like Steam’s Early Access program which led to the better development of many games.

Augmented Minecraft

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During the first announcement of the HoloLens, we saw a man playing a Minecraft-like game on his coffee table. But now it’s official, Microsoft demoed the Minecraft for HoloLens and we should learn more about this soon. Just imagine creating a pixelated world on your coffee table!

In theory, Microsoft is in battle with Sony here, but its keynote seemed like a much more personal response to PC gaming: it introduced a more customizable controller and an early access program for Xbox One games.  One of the coolest parts of the presentation was the HoloLens version of Minecraft, which we’ll uncover more about next month. Microsoft is imminent to the release of its flagship exclusive Halo 5: Guardians, which is coming out later this year. And the rest of its slate, including Rise of the Tomb Raider and a newGears of War, doesn’t look that bad either.

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