Microsoft held its Gamescom 2014 press conference in Cologne, Germany today. Maybe you followed along with our liveblog and the event's livestream, or pounded away at the "F5" key to see the flood of news slide down our front page. Regardless, we have a recap of this morning's events below (okay, this afternoon where the conference was held).
The Xbox One preview program is expanding its feature set to include an improved friends section, the ability to view messages, friends, parties and achievements via a snapped app and the ability to play media from a USB device following DLNA protocols.
Microsoft and 343 Industries announced a new Halo-themed digital destination for PC and Xbox One called the Halo Channel. The channel broadcasts live Twitch-enabled gameplay and offers original content based around the Halo series.