Microsoft Cut New VR Deals + Old Xbox 360 Games To Run On Xbox One
The announcement was made at the company’s pre-E3 press conference today. This comes on top of last week’s announcement that Microsoft will team with Oculus to bundle an Xbox One controller with its Rift headset so Oculus wearers can stream Xbox One games to their headsets and play Windows 10 games on a PC.
A similar capability could be announced this week for the Valve/HTC-developed Hive headset, though no further details were announced today.
Old Xbox 360 games will be playable on the newer Xbox One console, Microsoft has announced at the E3 games show.
It has developed technology that lets the older games run on the new console “natively”.
Microsoft said Xbox One owners will not have to pay again to play the games that they already owned.
100 titles will be available to play when the feature launches at Christmas but “hundreds” more will be available soon after.
The titles will show up automatically in a player’s games library when they became available, it said.
The press conference also saw Bethesda Studios give some details about the version of Fallout 4 it is creating for the Microsoft’s console.
Player-made add-ons, or mods, for the PC version of the game will be able to run on the Xbox One as well, said Todd Howard, game director at Bethesda.
Also announced was a version of Minecraft that has been revamped to run on Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens. The new version turns the flat world into an interactive environment that can be explored in depth. Owners of the original game will be able to join in multiplayer Minecraft sessions seen via the HoloLens.
Microsoft bought Minecraft maker Mojang in October 2014 for $1.5bn.
The press conference also saw Microsoft announce a partnership with game maker Valve on its virtual reality headset system. No details were given about what will emerge from the tie-up. The announcement comes only days after Microsoft revealed a deal with Oculus to use an Xbox controller as the navigation system in that VR system.
Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games at analysts IHS, said Microsoft’s line-up was a clear ” challenge” to Sony. It had developed features, functions and peripherals as well as a long list of exclusives that should make the Xbox One more appealing to gamers.
“There is also no doubt that Microsoft’s strength of offering will help its position in the market against Sony’s PS4,” he said.