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The Dose: Microsoft E3 2015 Conference highlights

The Dose: Microsoft E3 2015 Conference highlights

The Dose: Microsoft E3 2015 Conference highlights
June 15
14:03 2015

Nicholas Friedman | Features Editor

Microsoft came out swinging today as the first official conference of the Electronics Entertainment Expo. With new exclusives, gameplay reveals and a lot of Rare, Microsoft set the bar.

The highlights:

Backward Compatibility

What may be the No. 1 feature requested for the Xbox One, the ability to play Xbox 360 games arrives this holiday. Both discs and downloads will work, and users will not be required to re-purchase their games to play them on their Xbox One. Game like “Fallout 4” and “Rainbow Six: Siege” come with their Xbox 360 predecessors for free as well.

Xbox One Elite Controller


A new controller for Xbox One and Windows 10 showed some massive customization with extra buttons, switches and more. This will be the one for all of the hardcore “Call of Duty” and “Forza” players. Look forward to this and its funky-looking D-Pad in the fall


A personal favorite here at The Dose, “Cuphead” brings classic animated cartoons to platforming in a hectic, seamless experience. Seriously, this game looks beautiful.

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Rare Replay and Sea of Thieves


Thirty classic Rare games for $30? That’s insane. Games like “Viva Piñata,” “Banjo Kazooie” and “Battletoads” return to gaming as part of this great deal. For Rare’s new IP, “Sea of Thieves,” it seems ambitious, but we’ll see how it plays out.

HoloLens meets Minecraft

Did this really happen? After announcing a partnership with both Oculus and Valve VR, Microsoft comes out and shows “Minecraft” playable with help from their new holographic wearable, the HoloLens. The entire “Minecraft” world was lain out on a table and examined, with God-level power executable by the player. This will be an E3 highlight this year.

Gears of War Ultimate Edition and Gears 4

Ah, finally. “Gears of War” returns to the stage. After a lackluster game in “Gears of War Judgement,” it was nice to see something that looked fresh. “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” has a beta that starts today, and the game releases in August. “Gears 4” looks to be a return to the first game’s horror meets action form, with some possible “Last of Us” elements thrown in. Expect this Holiday 2016.

Photos courtesy of the E3 Twitter account and Microsoft Game Studios

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Nicholas Friedman

Nicholas Friedman

Nicholas Friedman is the Editor In Chief of the North Texas Daily. In addition, he's had his work published at The Dallas Morning News, GuideLive and the Denton Record-Chronicle.

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