Nov 11, 2015 06:00 AM EST

Microsoft Launches New Xbox One Experience — What's In And What's Not?

By Alex Cruz


The New Xbox One Experience or NXOE will be launched by Microsoft on Thursday. With this system overhaul, console owners are expected to experience enhancements visually and mechanically.

What are those features tagging along with New Xbox One Experience?

First on the list of the New Xbox One Experience feature is the most-requested Backward Compatibility. According to Forbes, Microsoft already listed the titles of those 104 Xbox 360 games that will be supporting this feature, and that includes "Call of Duty: Black Ops 1," "Halo Wars," "Assassin's Creed II," "Gears of War" and so much more.

The New Xbox One Experience with Backward Compatibility will let gamers play some Xbox 360 games on Xbox One with no additional cost.

Unfortunately, this privilege will not be extended to PC. PC World learned that Microsoft never planned to match PC hardware in software within the Xbox One, unlike Xbox 360.

However, director of program management for the Xbox at Microsoft Mike Ybarra reportedly said that it was something they should look into.

"It's certainly something that we're looking at in terms of getting people the content they want wherever they play, but nothing that's in place today," Ybarra state.

The next feature included in the New Xbox One Experience is the new, updated Guide. This new hub menu has three options - Messages, Notifications and Friends.

The "Message" will allow you to use voice commands without leaving the current game. The "Notifications" will inform you of friends' online activities, invites, message alerts and achievements, while "Friends" will give you an idea who has signed in as well as create or join party sessions.

Game Hubs are also included in the New Xbox One Experience. As per Heavy.com, this feature can be directly accessed from the homepage, and will let you check on any updates pertaining to your favorite games, like news directly from the developer, see the titles your friends are playing and even compare your stats.

Microsoft did not discuss the specifics of what's coming after the launch of the New Xbox One Experience, but the company said console owners should expect the keyboard and mouse control for the games will come after the background music support.

As to when these supports are coming to Xbox One was not provided. However, many tech critics believe that it won't be until 2016.

After the New Xbox One Experience, there are no major updates planned for Xbox One in December, Microsoft told GameSpot. The tech giant, instead, reportedly wants to focus and make sure that the Xbox Live and other network services will be up and running during the holidays.

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