The Gamescom trade show in Cologne Germany, is one of the biggest game conventions in the world. Microsoft on Tuesday lit the stage on fire with huge Xbox One announcements, that will turn the Xbox One into a powerhouse later this year. There was a ton of news at this show.
Most of the news was unknown at this point, as Microsoft has only hinted about certain tidbits of items coming out later this year. At the Gamescom show, Microsoft held a 2 plus hour keynote with its partners, to show off the hardware and software updates coming to the Xbox One.
New Bundles & Updates Coming
The first big news was about the set of upcoming updates to the Xbox One in August. The Xbox One in August will be getting DLNA, USB Playback, boot to TV, and an updated friends section. The USB playback will be huge as users can now watch any playback on a USB drive, and watch it on their Xbox One.
Additionally, Microsoft announced two new Xbox One bundles for users. Microsoft announced an all-white Xbox One bundle for $400 featuring Sunset Overdrive on October 28. Also, Microsoft announced a $500 Xbox One bundle with the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare skin, which will be $500 on November 3, without Kinect.
Games & Digital Preloading
It wouldn’t be a games show without announcements about upcoming games from Microsoft. Microsoft announced Rise of the Tomb Raider, showed off an awesome demo of Quantum Break due in 2015, showed off a demo of Halo 5, showed off Fable Legends, and finally concluded with Ori and the Blind Forest for later this year.
Last up, Microsoft showed off the ability for the Xbox One to have digital pre-orders and pre-loading. This is a much wanted addition, and will debut with Fifa 15, and Forza Horizon 2 later this year. These will allow users to buy the games digitally ahead of time, and download them in the background, and have the games available come release day. This got a huge applause from the audience at the show.
Xbox One took Gamescom by storm. It was a great set of announcements from Microsoft this year.