Microsoft did nothing but drops bombs today during its Gamescom 2015 press event. The entire video game news scene has been nothing but Microsoft related items, so you can imagine we’ve been busy as all hell trying to catch up. While you can check out most of the detailed MS news items on our Gamescom page, we also have all lingering details that were shared at the press event listed down below to ensure our readers are in the know when it comes to what Microsoft is planning for the next year of gaming.
So let’s get down to the best of the rest!
First up, it was revealed that the Xbox One TV app will soon be able to DVR over-the-air content for free! This is set to happen in 2016 once the Xbox One begins accepting OTA signals. The new feature will also allow the following:
- Stream recorded TV shows to other devices in your home and schedule recordings while on the go, either via the Xbox app on Windows 10, or through Xbox SmartGlass for iOS and Android.
- Add, review and edit your scheduled recordings from your Windows 10, iOS or Android PC, tablet or phone while you are away from home with ease.
- Download shows to your Windows 10 phone, PC or tablet so you can watch them on an airplane, on a bus – really anywhere – even without an internet connection.
Next up is the reveal that the Xbox One’s backward compatibility feature will go live this November and that there will be 100 titles available to take advantage of it. Additional details can be found below:
- Since the announcement of Xbox One Backward Compatibility at E3 2015, fans have cast over 3 million total votes on Xbox Feedback for the Xbox 360 titles they’d like to play on Xbox One.
- Xbox One preview members have logged more than 83 years playing Xbox 360 backward-compatible titles on Xbox One.
- Gears of War and Shadow Complex are the newest titles playable on Xbox One today through Backward Compatibility.
- Xbox One will be the only next-generation console to offer backward compatibility for free this November. With more than 100 Xbox 360 titles and hundreds more to follow.
- All future Xbox 360 Games with Gold titles will be playable on Xbox One, meaning Xbox Live Gold members will have more free games to play each month on Xbox One.
Xbox One Controller Chat Pad
Finally, the last item that came out of the MS press event that we didn’t cover is the new Xbox One chat pad, which will retail for $39.99 and also be usable on Windows 10 PCs. It’s due out mid-2016, and will feature two programable buttons for whichever Xbox One functions you want to assign to it.
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