Microsoft has just released this week’s This Week on Xbox video which contains a fairly good recap of most of the latest news affecting both Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows gamers. Here’s a brief description of everything that was mentioned as well as some elaboration where needed and links to our original news posts for more information on each topic.
- The closed beta for The Division has just been announced and gamers playing on Microsoft’s Xbox One console will be able to dive in 24 hours before everyone else on January 28th. Only those who have pre-ordered The Division on Xbox One will be given access to the beta but the game can still be pre-ordered digitally so that shouldn’t be a problem for many. Xbox One owners have already been given an early look at The Division via a console exclusive “alpha” that ran during December 2015.
- Halo 5: Guardians is getting its first update for 2016 next week and will bring with it new maps and Halo 2’s legendary Battle Rifle in addition to a new armor set and other content.
- Those special members participating in the Xbox One Preview Program are now experiencing a sneak peek at several new features on their console such as the return of the Gamerscore leaderboards, a new avatar shop, party improvements, and more customizability for pins.
- The teams have been chosen for the Halo World Championship Tour. Read more about this massive event here.
- Ten more Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles have been added to the ever-growing library of last-gen videogames now playable on Xbox One. Among the new Xbox 360 titles are Soulcalibur, Counter-Strike: GO, and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings.
- A rather impressive number of new videogames arrived on Xbox One this week such as Gemini: Heroes Reborn, Fortified, and A Boy and His Blob among others. There were also quite a few new game announcements like the new Mortal Kombat game and the new title by the makers of Terraria.
Which Xbox news story do you think was the biggest this week? Let us know in the comments below.