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Xbox One: Your definitive guide

By Tamoor Hussain on Wednesday 29th May 2013 at 9:30 AM UTC

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The games

Games were not the primary focus of Microsoft's Xbox One presentation. It showed off EA Sports titles such as FIFA 14 and Call of Duty: Ghosts - games with broad appeal - but the bulk of its announcements are being saved for E3 in June.

Microsoft did offer some broad facts, such as that it is preparing for 15 exclusive games for release in the first twelve months, eight of which are new IP.

"Microsoft has more titles in development now than at any time in Xbox's history," said Phil Spencer, corporate VP of Microsoft Game Studios.

EA games deal
At its Xbox One conference, Microsoft detailed a "broad strategic partnership" with Electronic Arts. Andrew Wilson, vice president of EA Sports, confirmed that EA will have FIFA, NBA Live, Madden NFL and UFC games for the Xbox One within "the next twelve months".

EA's sports games will be powered by 'Ignite', a new engine that "blurs the line between real and virtual".

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"These new EA Sports games will deliver massive innovations in human intelligence, true player motion and living worlds. Adding to its commitment to Xbox One, EA Sports also announced the promise of exclusive content to be revealed in the coming months," a press release stated.

Ghosts timed exclusives
Infinity Ward also made an appearance at the Xbox One reveal. The studio showed off the first Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer, and went on to confirm the extension of a DLC partnership with Microsoft which will deliver Ghosts DLC to Xbox One players earlier than on any other platform.

Forza 5 and Quantum Break
Meanwhile, Forza 5 is in development at series creator Turn 10, which has "taken the best of Xbox One to redefine the series". Microsoft pledged that the game will be available on launch day.

"Built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox One and the infinite power of the cloud, no game better delivers the sensation of being behind the wheel," read a press release.

Another exclusive title, Quantum Break, is the latest game in development at Max Payne and Alan Wake studio, Remedy.

"Quantum Break is a revolutionary entertainment experience that blurs the line between gaming and TV by integrating drama and gameplay into one seamless, uniquely immersive experience. How you play the game impacts the show, and the show informs how you play the game."

Following the event, Remedy's Sam Lake released a video saying the studio will return to Alan Wake "when the time is right".

Broad third-party support
Since the Xbox One reveal, a number of already announced multiplatform titles have been confirmed for Xbox One. The list includes Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and Watch Dogs from Ubisoft, which also pledged to have additional new IPs and digital titles ready for Xbox One's first year; Bungie's Destiny; Battlefield 4 from DICE and EA; and Eidos-Montreal's Thief.

Crytek's website has also confirmed that Ryse, last shown at E3 2011, will be exclusive to Xbox One.

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