Microsoft is doubling down on the booming e-sports business, raising the prize pool of a competition among players of its Halo video game series to $1 million, from the $150,000 pool at a tournament held last month.
The company made the announcement on Tuesday at Gamescom, the video game trade show in Cologne, Germany, where Microsoft touted a range of coming titles like the next Halo iterations as well as bundles of games sold with the Xbox One console.
Meanwhile, backward compatibility for Xbox One – which will allow owners of the console to play some games designed for the earlier Xbox 360 – will arrive in November, Microsoft said. The feature was announced at the E3 gaming trade show in June.
Microsoft on Tuesday also said it was adding to the Xbox One console a function that will let users record over-the-air TV or stream it to other devices.