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Xbox nailed it at gamescom - Everything you missed

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No matter on which side of the "Third-party vs. first-party" argument you are, you can't deny that Xbox nailed it at gamescom last night with "Its  Greatest Games Lineup in History." For eSports fans, Xbox announced the return of Halo eSports with the Halo World Championship, kicking off this fall with the biggest investment in Halo eSports history — a $1 million prize pool! Microsoft didn't just strut their stuff with games and eSports, they also talked about the exciting new DVR for Over-the-Air TV coming to Xbox One and the unique features of the Xbox Chatpad and Halo Limited Edition Controllers. Microsoft also expanded on what we can expect from Xbox One backwards compatibility - and it's looking so good! There's never been a better time to purchase an Xbox One 1T bundle, so check out the new range at the end of the article.

Here's what you missed from Xbox at gamescom.

Summary

"The company debuted world-premiere gameplay of anticipated exclusives “Crackdown 3,” “Scalebound” and “Killer Instinct Season 3,” alongside a new gameplay demo of the heavily anticipated “Quantum Break.”  Xbox also announced “Halo Wars 2” — an exciting new strategy game packed with fast-paced action, massive battles and an all-new Halo story, coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in fall 2016. Shawn Ashmore, lead actor for Remedy Entertainment’s “Quantum Break,” surprised fans as he took the stage with Remedy’s Creative Director Sam Lake to discuss and showcase the game’s latest time-amplified gameplay features.

By popular fan request, Xbox announced DVR for Over-the-Air TV is coming to Xbox One as a subscription-free service1 in 2016. Once Xbox One is set up for over-the-air TV, Xbox One owners will be able to record their favorite TV shows, movies and sporting events and store them onto a hard drive, so the amount of recorded content is only limited by the size of the drive.

343 Industries signaled the return of Halo eSports with the Halo World Championship, kicking off this fall with the biggest investment in Halo eSports history — a $1 million prize pool.

The Greatest Games Lineup in Xbox History

Rise of the Tomb Raider: Crystal Dynamics gave fans their first look at one of the expansive hubs gamers will be able to explore in the highly anticipated “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” before showing off Lara’s new guerilla combat skills and the awe-inspiring Prophets Tomb, filled with secrets to be discovered when the game releases this November, exclusively on Xbox.

Forza Motorsport 6: Turn 10 Studios announced four additional tracks coming to “Forza Motorsport 6,” each built from the ground up for this generation — Circuit of the Americas, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Sonoma Raceway and Germany’s famous Hockenheimring — as well as all-new Forza Race Leagues that offer competitive 24-player multiplayer on dedicated servers.

Check out our in-depth Forza Motorsport 6 coverage later today.

FIFA 16: Electronic Arts shared a look at “FIFA 16,” detailing the full roster and new features coming to FIFA Ultimate Team Legends, and reminded fans that EA Access members3 will get exclusive early access to the game beginning Sept. 17, only on Xbox One.

Just Cause 3: Gamers who purchase Square Enix and Avalanche Studios’ upcoming open-world action adventure “Just Cause 3” on Xbox One will exclusively receive “Just Cause 2.”

Check out our in-depth Just Cause 3 coverage later today.

Rainbow Six Siege: Ubisoft provided a look at the German CTU featured in its upcoming multiplayer shooter “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.” Gamers who purchase the game on Xbox One will exclusively receive both “Rainbow Six Vegas” and “Rainbow Six Vegas.

Discover the GSG9, the German counter terrorist unit, in an intense assault on an industrial harbor in this new Rainbow Six Siege trailer. Rainbow Six Siege is an exciting, new approach to the first-person shooter experience that puts tactical combat and masterful destruction at the center of the action. Lead your team of unique, counter-terrorist Rainbow operators through tense and thrilling combat scenarios, and achieve victory through smart preparation and strategic improvisation. Rainbow Six Siege will be available on October 13th 2015.

Cobalt: Oxeye Game Studio, co-founded by “Minecraft” Lead Developer Jens Bergensten, Daniel Brynolf and Pontus Hammarberg, will launch indie title “Cobalt” as a console exclusive on Xbox 360 and Xbox One in October 2015.

Shoot, roll, punch, and jump your way to slow-motion victory in Cobalt – a couch multiplayer and action platformer from Oxeye Game Studio. Dominate in local or online multiplayer campaigns, or co-op your way through Cobalt’s story game mode as a cyborg sent to uncover the mysterious disappearance of a human colony on an alien planet.

With over 30 multiplayer maps, six different gameplay modes, three dozen types of weapons and unique gameplay elements such as auto-slow-motion and rolling, Cobalt offers endless discovery and entertainment. Oh, and ridable giant space hamsters.

Cobalt is available exclusively for console players on Xbox One and Xbox 360 as well as on PC. Cobalt is rolling into the Xbox Store in October, 2015.

Indies - Windows 10: ID@Xbox showed several innovative titles at gamescom, including “Worms WMD,” “Thimbleweed Park,” “Train Simulator,” “Ark : Survival Evolved,” “Sheltered,” “We Happy Few,” “Bloodstained” and more than 30 independent games coming to Windows 10. Fans have a lot more to look forward to, as more than 150 new ID@Xbox titles are coming in the next 12 months.

Minecraft - Windows 10 Edition: Mojang announced that since the launch of “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” beta less than a week ago, players have traveled more than 826 million meters in-game; the equivalent of circling the earth 20 times.

Games coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in 2016:

Crackdown 3 (XBOX ONE EXCLUSIVE): Stop crime as a superpowered Agent of justice in this hyperpowered sandbox of mayhem and destruction. Developed by original creator Dave Jones, “Crackdown 3” delivers cooperative mayhem and an all-new multiplayer mode2 where destruction is your ultimate weapon, powered by the Microsoft Cloud. Multiplayer beta beginning in 2016.

Stop a ruthless criminal empire as a super-powered Agent of justice in Crackdown 3’s hyper-powered sandbox of mayhem and destruction, from original creator Dave Jones.

Dark Souls III: Known for delivering a high level of unrelenting challenge to gamers, the next chapter of the “Dark Souls” saga returns with “Dark Souls III.” Developer FromSoftware returns to create a new blighted world for players to explore. The embers of a once-proud kingdom set the stage for this new adventure. Players will battle against fearsome enemies and bosses with a variety of weapons and magic through a mysterious land riddled with secrets.

Dark Souls III continues to push the boundaries with the latest, ambitious chapter in the critically-acclaimed and genre-defining series. As fires fade and only embers remain, journey once more into a world filled with more daunting and colossal enemies and environments. Players will be immersed into a world of epic atmosphere and darkness through faster gameplay and amplified combat intensity. New to the series are the Battle Arts attacks. You'll be able to deliver powerful attacks that will break through enemy defenses. Each weapon will have its own unique Battle Arts. Embrace The Darkness

Halo Wars 2 (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE): An exciting new strategy game packed with fast-paced action, massive battles and an all-new Halo story, “Halo Wars 2” is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in fall 2016. Developed by Creative Assembly, a SEGA company and the creators of the popular “Total War” series, in partnership with 343 Industries, “Halo Wars 2” is the sequel to the game that redefined real-time strategy on consoles.

Halo Wars 2 is an exciting new strategy game packed with fast-paced action, massive battles, and an all-new Halo story, coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 in fall of 2016.

Homefront: The Revolution: Homefront: The Revolution is an open-world first-person shooter where you must lead the Resistance movement and wage guerrilla warfare against a superior military force to ignite the Revolution. The dynamic, evolving world responds to your actions as an oppressed nation rises up in defiance against the occupation.

Check out our in-depth Homefont: The Revolution coverage later today.

Killer Instinct Season 3 (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE): Launching in March 2016 on Xbox One and Windows 10, “Killer Instinct Season 3” was announced at gamescom and features eight new characters, including Rash from Battletoads. Killer Instinct and “Rare Replay” players can download and play a limited sneak peek of Rash on Xbox One starting Aug. 4.

Quantum Break (XBOX ONE EXCLUSIVE): From the makers of “Max Payne” and “Alan Wake,” Remedy Entertainment showcased new gameplay and footage of “Quantum Break,” the studio’s latest blockbuster game with time-amplified action and a suspenseful storyline brought to life in a way never done before in the gaming world. “Quantum Break” will be available on April 5, 2016.

See more coverage: Quantum Break teleports into action with new trailer and images

Scalebound (XBOX ONE EXCLUSIVE): Unite with a fearsome, noble dragon in “Scalebound,” the next great adventure from critically acclaimed developer PlatinumGames and renowned Game Director Hideki Kamiya. Available fall 2016.

Check out the first gameplay footage from Scalebound, the next great adventure from critically-acclaimed developer PlatinumGames and renowned Game Director Hideki Kamiya.

DVR for Over-the-Air TV Coming to Xbox One

With DVR for Over-the-Air TV, you can stream shows to other devices, schedule recordings and take your shows with you on-the-go.

  • 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.

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Xbox Chatpad and Halo Limited Edition Controllers Take Your Gaming to the Next Level

The Xbox Chatpad: A new Xbox Chatpad for all Xbox One controllers will let you compose messages to friends, enter codes and search apps in seconds. Two new programmable buttons8 available mid-2016 on Xbox One only will give you access to your favorite features like Game DVR, screenshots or apps at the touch of a button. The Xbox Chatpad is coming this November for an estimated retail price of $34.99/29.99 pounds/34.99 euros.

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Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians Wireless Controller: Featuring a unique laser-etched design inspired by Spartan Locke and UNSC technology, the controller includes metallic blue accents, UNSC military insignias and a bonus Requisition Pack including the Resolute visor. The controller will be available starting in early October for an estimated retail price of $69.99/59.99 pounds/69.99 euros.

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Xbox One Limited Edition Halo 5: Guardians The Master Chief Wireless Controller: Featuring the signature green and metallic orange accents of the Master Chief’s armor, the controller includes laser-etched designs and a bonus Requisition Pack including the Dauntless visor. The controller will be available starting in early October for an estimated retail price of $69.99/59.99 pounds/69.99 euros.

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Xbox One Backward Compatibility

Xbox One backward compatibility launches in November with 100 Xbox 360 Titles and Games With Gold Support. 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.

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New Xbox One Bundles Announced

Xbox One Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition Bundle: Featuring a 1TB custom-designed console and controller, a full game download of “Halo 5: Guardians,” the Warzone REQ Bundle that includes 14 premium Requisition Packs, access to “Halo: The Fall of Reach” animated series, and more. The bundle is available starting Oct. 20 for an estimated retail price of $499.99/399 pounds/499 euros, so fans will have the benefit of pre-downloading “Halo 5: Guardians” to be ready for launch day.

Xbox One 1TB and 500GB FIFA 16 Bundles: Pre-order the Xbox One 1TB EA SPORTS™ “FIFA 16” bundle or Xbox One 500GB EA SPORTS “FIFA 16” bundles today. The Xbox One 1TB EA Sports “FIFA 16” Bundle includes a full-game download of “FIFA 16,” three Xbox exclusive FIFA Ultimate Team Loan Legends and one-year of EA Access for an estimated retail price of $399.99/369 pounds/399 euros. The Xbox One 500GB EA SPORTS “FIFA 16” Bundle includes a full-game download of “FIFA 16,” three Xbox exclusive FIFA Ultimate Team Loan Legends and one-month EA Access for an estimated retail price of 319 pounds/369 euros. Regional offers may vary. As an EA Access member, play “FIFA 16” and other upcoming EA games on Xbox One for a limited time before they’re released.

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