March's Inside Xbox stream was a wonderful celebration of the women who keep Xbox ticking. Behind the games, behind the decisions, behind the live-streams, behind everything Xbox are powerful women who deserve to be recognised and celebrated. Inside Xbox showed this tonight.
Of course, there were also a few announcements that are sure to get Xbox and PC players excited.
Hit that round up button!
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is finally coming to PC
The biggest and most requested announcement we saw tonight was that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be coming to PC. The release will also be hitting Steam.
Brian Jarrard, Community Director at 343 Industries confirmed that the PC version won't simply be a port, saying that they "really want to bring it to PC in the right way".
Amid a very awkward segment where pizza was mentioned and shown A LOT, Jarrard confirmed that the MCC would be a rolling release on PC. The aim of this is to get some of the content in the hands of PC players as soon as possible, as the final, finished collection will be a fair way out from release. So expect to get the collection game by game; Halo: Reach will be the first game in the hands of PC players and is expected later this year.
343 Industries have been partnering with Ruffian Games and Splash Damage on the PC release.
Halo: Reach confirmed for The Master Chief Collection
One of the final pieces of The Master Chief Collection puzzle has been confirmed. Halo: Reach is on its way to Xbox One (and now PC too) with all of the bells and whistles you would expect from The Master Chief Collection. 4K, HDR, and 60 frames-per-second are confirmed for both Xbox One and PC.
Reach will work differently to other MCC games though, with the multiplayer and single-player split into two separate packages. The multiplayer will be included with your current MCC purchase, while the single-player campaign and Firefight will be a premium product that will require an additional purchase to play. This won't be an issue if you've got Xbox Game Pass though, as both modes will be available with your subscription.
On PC, Reach will not be split into two modes and will be the first game released to PC players.
Minecraft is coming to Xbox Game Pass
The endless success story of Minecraft continues, as Xbox Game Pass members will be able to build from April 4th.
Minecraft's arrival on Game Pass also comes with the news that all future, free content updates will come to the game the same day as everywhere else. The Minecraft Marketplace, split-screen and online multiplayer, and everything else Minecraft will also be available to Game Pass subscribers. That also includes the upcoming Village and Pillage update. So, great news for Minecraft fans!
Project xCloud is shown off on stage
Project xCloud is one of the most exciting video game announcements in recent memory, and Xbox finally gave us a few more details on the streaming platform during Inside Xbox.
Kareem Choudhry, Head of Project xCloud, took to the stage to speak a little bit more about what to expect from xCloud. Mostly, this was information we already knew from xCloud's announcement video last year, but what we didn't know was that public trials of xCloud would begin this year.
There was no other time-frame given for the public trials except that it would be coming in 2019.
The idea that console generations will soon be coming to an end seemed to take a heavy blow this evening, with Choudhry also stating that "we're not getting out of the console business, this is additive".
xCloud was then demonstrated playing Forza Horizon 4 on an Android phone attached to an Xbox One controller. The fidelity of the image looked great, but there was no real way to see what the input lag was due to the lack of movement of the car. It seems like a pretty clever way of making sure any input lag didn't embarrass Xbox during this showcase.
Nevertheless, xCloud is very exciting technology that truly could be a game-changer for how we consume video games. Colour me excited.
The Extra Stuff Round-Up
- Spatial Sound is coming to all Xbox One content, so everything will sound better...I think?
- State of Decay 2 will be getting new difficulty zones: Nightmare and Dread. Both zones will up the difficulty; zombies will be tougher, you'll die much faster, and resources will be even more scarce. The Choose Your Own Apocalypse Update is coming on March 26th with 16 new achievements.
- Tracy Fullerton, Director of Games at USC Games spoke about getting more women into game development and the games industry. Her exploratory, reflective, and beautiful game, Walden: a game, is coming to Xbox One later this year.
- The Xbox Adaptive Controller continues to be the best thing to happen to the video game industry in years, bringing video games to so many people who thought it would be impossible to play. Accessibility is important, people!
- One Piece: World Seeker received a launch trailer and it looks great. The style is overflowing from that game. World Seeker launches on March 15th, that's right around the corner! The first DLC for the game is releasing early Summer 2019.
- A Phantom White Special Edition Xbox One controller is available for pre-order now, and it's a stunner.
- Six Final Fantasy games are releasing/have been released on Xbox One. Those games are: Final Fantasy VII, IX, X - X2 HD Remaster, XII: The Zodiac Age, and XV: Pocket Edition.
- DayZ is coming out of Xbox Game Preview on March 27th, and a new, very long story trailer was shown.
- The Division 2 received a new trailer talking about how it is best played on Xbox One X.
- Finally, the Microsoft Plaza is no more! The Xbox Plaza is the new name of Xbox's E3 building that they takeover every year.
This month's Inside Xbox was jam-packed with news and a wonderful celebration of the women behind Xbox. Next month's Inside Xbox was teased as being one to watch at the end of the stream, so we will see you again next month for another round up of Xbox goodness.