Here’s everything you might have missed from Xbox’s 2016 Spring Showcase

Earlier this week, Xbox showed off everything coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 this Spring, and while it’s not quite what I was expecting to hear from an event that was embargoed for an entire week, it’ll do.


For those interested in how the experience will change on Xbox One, you’ll be able to download an update this Spring (or today, if you’re a Preview Program member) that will allow you to purchase backwards compatible titles the same way you buy your Xbox One games, parties will now be capped at 16 people. Parties will also be available on Smartglass as well. You can also have all chat audio go straight into your headset of choice, instead of annoying everyone with the sound of screaming and all that jazz. You’ll also now be able to include party chat in your Twitch streams, if you’re into that. However, all party members must consent to the use of their voice within your stream, because, laws.

For those who just wanna record their sweet 360 no scopes, when the update launches, you’ll be able to change the length that your Xbox auto-records every time you say “Xbox, record that” or if you don’t own a Kinect, double tapping the Xbox button and hitting X. Options range from 15 seconds, all the way up to 5 minutes, which is still small, but hey, it’s progress.

If you hunt them ‘cheevos, you’ll be happy to know that achievements have been added to the sidebar, now making achievements easily accessible while slaying zombies. Xbox 360 ‘cheevos will also be added to Xbox One, Smartglass, Xbox app, and Windows 10 activity feeds.

For those with friends, anyone posting videos in your friends or followers list, you’ll be able to play said videos without jumping over to the associated app.

Quantum Break

For those interested in Remedy’s next game, Quantum Break, the TV show aspect of the upcoming game will be available to stream in 1080p on Xbox One or 4K on PC.

You will be given the option to download the videos on Xbox One, but not on PC, due to file size.

Killer Instinct

If you haven’t heard, Halo‘s Arbiter is heading to Killer Instinct: Season 3 on March 29th for Xbox One and Windows 10.

Arbiter’s main attack relies heavily on Prophet’s Bane (or Energy Sword, for the faithfuls out there). Now, if you’re just getting into Killer Instinct from playing Halo, I’m happy to report that the LB triggers a plasma grenade, which you can aim with the left stick. You can also activate this during any one of your throws, which could possibly be advantageous if you’re trying to really finish off your opponent without doing much busy work.

As expected, if you pull RT, you can use Arbiter’s Carbine, mainly to juggle enemies and is over very quickly. To avoid spamming, Iron Galaxy has made sure that neither the grenades or ammunition is unlimited. Grenades regenerate over time, but your carbine ammo does not, so players should use this option sparingly. Once you run out of ammo, you basically just use the Carbine to hit things in their faces.

Killer Instinct: Season 3 will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10 starting March 29th. The Combo Breaker bundle will be available for $19.99 and will include everyone in Season 3, but if you pony up $29.99, you’ll also get all the costumes. If you’re just hopping into Killer Instinct, you can buy every single character and costume from every one of the three seasons for $59.99.

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex

The “greatest hits” version of Forza Motorsport 6 comes to Windows 10 and it won’t cost you a penny.

Apex includes 63 cars and 20 tracks, so you may grow tired of seeing similar cars and tracks, but it’s free, so hey, that’s cool.

Gone is XP, replaced by race points, which are gained by completing objectives. If you played a Forza game in the past, this is probably familiar to you.

Stay tuned for release details right here.

Forza Motorsport 6

Today, Forza Motorsport 6 gets a Porsche expansion including these cars:

  • 2015 Porsche #19 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid
  • 1960 Porsche 718 RS 60
  • 1957 Porsche 356A Speedster
  • 1998 Porsche #26 Porsche AG 911 GT1 98
  • 2004 Porsche 911 GT3
  • 1987 Porsche #17 Racing Porsche AG 962c
  • 1955 Porsche 550A Spyder
  • 2011 Porsche #45 Flying Lizard 911 GT3 RSR
  • 2008 Porsche #7 Penske Racing RS Spyder Evo

The expansion will run you $19.99.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

Gears of War is out on Windows Store now as an exclusive Store title. It costs $29.99, supports 4K, and recommends an i7, GTX 980 Ti, 8GB RAM, and 60GB of hard drive space, which probably isn’t a good sign.




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