E3 2015: Xbox One Shows 360 Compatibility, New UI, Halo and Gears

By On 22nd June, 2015

Could this be it? The moment Microsoft finally laid to rest the mistakes it made at the Xbox One reveal? Would the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing, held at the LA Conference Centre on Monday, put the often-criticised console on top?

Undoubtedly, yes. And although Microsoft’s conference focused on XB1’s games for 2015, they had some game-changing new features for the Xbox One console itself – most notably the addition of Xbox 360 backwards-compatibility. With Xbox One’s library suddenly expanded, and a ton of fantastic new exclusives, on the horizon, Xbox One is now looking like brilliant value.

For all the Xbox E3 2015 details, read on.

Xbox 360 backwards compatibility

Everyone expected Halo 5Gears of War 4 and the rest. Not many expected Xbox’s biggest bombshell of the conference – that Xbox One will soon be able to play hundreds of classic 360 titles.

There’s nothing gimped about Xbox One’s newest feature, either. A demo of the original Mass Effect was described as running “exactly like it does on Xbox 360, but better thanks to the power of Xbox Live.” Players will be able to:

  • Play disc and download games
  • Play multiplayer with friends on Xbox 360
  • Stream games to their Windows 10 PCs
  • Use Xbox One features in Xbox 360 games, like screenshots, broadcasting and game DVR

The list of compatible games is expected to grow pretty quickly. “We’ve made this easy for game developers. They just need to approve titles, no work is required on their part.” If you needed a final push to upgrade from Xbox 360, maybe you just got it.

New Xbox One Experience

Gamers haven’t really been loving the Xbox One’s user interface, designed as it was for a console that was fully Kinect-ed and online 24/7. Once Microsoft ditched Kinect and always online, the console’s UI seemed a bit slow and awkward.

Enter the New Xbox One Experience. Remember the 360’s New Xbox Experience, and how cool that was? Xbox One is about to get a lot better too, with faster access to games, friends and features. Cortana, Microsoft’s version of Siri, is there for Xbox One owners with Kinect.

Xbox One Elite Controller

Do you consider yourself to be an elite gamer? Then you might want to fork out £129.99 for an Xbox One Elite Controller.

It’s got rear paddles. It’s got hair trigger locks. You can swap out its sticks and D-pad (so maybe Xbox players might finally have a decent one to play with). Controls and sensitivity options are all fully remappable and customisable, and it comes with its own special carry case. All in the name of “pro-level precision.”

Xbox One E3 2015 game trailers and demos


Although we’re all about the best-priced hardware bundles here at Console Deals, we’re not foolish enough to leave out the games. There were some truly hype-inducing demos and reveals at yesterday’s briefing – here’s our round-up of the biggest.

Gears of War 4 – Yep, this looks like Gears of War with shinier graphics. Day one!

Halo 5: Guardians – 343 Industries showed off great-looking demos of the campaign and multiplayer. Let’s hope fans will like it more than Halo 4.

Fable Legends – Lionhead Studios has a new Fable game for you. Maybe without Peter Molyneux they’ll make a game that delivers everything it promises!

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Can the newest Tomb Raider top the brilliant reboot from a couple of years ago? It certainly looks the part in this trailer.

Sea of Thieves – Rare has a new game and it’s not for Kinect. In fact, it’s about pirates and it looks pretty lovely.

Rare Replay – 30 classic Rare games, including Battletoads and going all the way back to the Sinclair Spectrum, all in one set? Sounds like a good deal to me.

Did the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing deliver everything you were hoping for? Let us know in the comments.

Neil Wheatley

Copywriter, NUFC fan, dad to Wolfie and lifelong gamer. Sheffield and Manchester, UK.