November is going to be huge for the Xbox One

Are you ready for your Xbox One to get a whole lot more modern? 

Starting in November 2015, the Xbox One is getting updated with Microsoft’s newest operating system: Windows 10. Sounds boring, right? OK, fine — it’s pretty boring. What’s not boring is what Windows 10 will do for your Xbox One: a massive visual update to the game console’s dashboard and the ability to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One. 

That second bit is especially important. The Xbox 360 is one of the most popular game consoles ever made, and contains some of the best games.

It’s no surprise that fans have been clamoring for access to those games on their Xbox One consoles for some time now. Microsoft announced the ability to play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One back in June, and people in Microsoft’s “preview program” have been enjoying that functionality for a few months now. In November, the functionality goes wide to all Xbox One users: Microsoft says at least “100 games” will be available at launch, and from a variety of publishers other than Microsoft. Among the publishers listed are biggies like EA, Warner Bros., Ubisoft, and Square Enix.

Beyond updates to the Xbox One operating system and the ability to play Xbox 360 games, this November brings the much-loved “chatpad” to the Xbox One. It’s a controller attachment that enables much, much faster text entry on both the Xbox One and Windows 10 (you can hook your Xbox One gamepad up to your Windows 10 computer). No word on pricing just yet, but we’d guess in the $US30 – $US40 range. 

The chatpad looks like this:

And here’s how it looks connected to an Xbox One gamepad:

If it looks a bit unwieldy, that’s because it is. However, it’s significantly faster for navigating text entry on both the Xbox One and a Windows 10 device that’s not connected to a keyboard.

Should the chatpad and added functionality not do it for you, perhaps a brand new exclusive game will? “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” the next entry in Lara Croft’s action-adventure series, arrives on November 10. Here’s a look at that in action:

 

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