Gamescom 2014: Microsoft’s Gamescon Press Conference Roundup

Microsoft are still playing catch up with the huge success of the PS4, and today at their Gamescon press conference, they showcased some of the games, features and exclusives they hope will close the gap. This includes the sure to be controversial reveal that Rise of the Tomb Raider will be an Xbox One exclusive.

Press conference summary

  • “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” the follow-up to Crystal Dynamics’ stellar 2013 game, will launch as an Xbox One exclusive in late 2015 — though there does seem be language that leaves the door open for a release on other platforms down the road.
  • Xbox One will be getting new features including DLNA, USB playback, boot-to-TV, an updated friends section among others according to Xbox Wire.
  • Two new Xbox One bundles will hit later this year. An all-white console packed with “Sunset Overdrive” will go for $400 (without Kinect) on October 28, and a “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” skinned Xbox One with a 1TB hard drive and the game for $500 on November 3 (also without Kinect).
  • Microsoft debuted an impressive gameplay demo of Remedy Entertainment’s “Quantum Break” which is set to hit exclusively on Xbox One in 2015.
  • The “Halo 5: Guardians” beta will begin on December 29.
  • Moon Studios’ charmingly dark platformer “Ori and the Blind Forest” will launch on Xbox One and PC this holiday season.
  • The “Fable Legends” multiplayer beta will start on October 16.
  • “Evolve,” the recently delayed shooter from the team that brought us the “Left for Dead” series will offer an Xbox One beta in January 2015.
  • Xbox One digital pre-order and pre-loading begins with Forza Horizon 2 and FIFA 15.



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