Xbox One will be getting Windows 10 sometime during November and, along with a new dashboard and interface, the console will be able to utilise the power of DirectX 12. Microsoft made the announcement at Gamescom 2015 in Cologne, Germany.
The console will be ditching the modified DirectX 11 it had been running in favour of the latest iteration which, in conjunction with Windows 10, will be focused on delivering greater speed, plus cross-platform compatibility. DirectX 12 will bring improved graphics and performance in-game, and increase the resources available for future developers to exploit the system’s hardware. The update will also introduce Cortana integration for Kinect users.
If you are a member of the Microsoft Xbox One Preview program, however, you will be able to update to an early build of Windows 10 and DirectX 12 for Xbox in September, a whole two months before the general public, as a beta tester.
Microsoft also announced that Xbox 360 backwards compatibility will be coming to Xbox One during the same month, giving owners access to over 100 games from the previous iteration of the console, boasting improved textures and lighting, with hopes that the catalogue will expand with time, and DVR support will be made available sometime next year.