The veil is lifted, and the product of Project Scorpio is finally revealed.
This year’s E3 press conference for Xbox was a bit of an information overload. Between the official reveal of the Xbox One X (previously known as Project Scorpio), a showcase of dozens of games, and a couple bombshell announcements, it became clear quite quickly that Microsoft was aiming to blow gamers away.
So did they? Well… That’s up for debate.
Showing Off A Car?
I’m a die-hard Forza fan, so seeing Forza Motorsport 7 at the beginning of the briefing filled me with joy, instantly. Not just because it looks gorgeous on Xbox One X with extreme detail and enhanced weather effects, or that there’s going to be a massive list of cars to play with. My joy is more primal. It’s the car nut in me. The little kid in me that wants a ridiculous sports car. The part of me that’s been trying to convince Jennifer to let me buy a Focus RS.
The same testosterone-filled gear head that giggled with delight when the Microsoft spokesman let slip that they were showing off the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS for the first time ever.
Then reality hit me, and I realized that most gamers wouldn’t give a damn about any of that.
Seriously, Microsoft… What were you thinking? At least it wasn’t a huge portion of the show.
All The Games
No, the biggest portion of the show was the non-stop parade of games: Over 40 in total, half of which had some sort of exclusivity on Microsoft platforms. I had trouble keeping up with them all. At one point, I found myself scrambling to type out each game’s title, along with whether or not they are exclusive to Xbox or not.
I failed… Microsoft announced so many games that I couldn’t catch them all.
- The Artful Escape
- Assassin’s Creed: Origins
- Black Desert
- Conan Exiles
- Crackdown 3
- Dark And Light
- The Darwin Project
- Deep Rock Galactic
- Dragon Ball FighterZ
- Dunk Lords
- Forza Motorsport 7
- Hello Neighbor
- The Last Night
- Life Is Strange: Before The Storm
- Metro: Exodus
- Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War
- Minion Masters
- Ori And The Will Of The Wisps
- Osiris: New Dawn
- Path Of Exile
- PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
- Raiders Of The Broken Planet
- Robocraft: Infinity
- Sea Of Thieves
- State Of Decay 2
- Strange Brigade
- Super Lucky’s Tale
- Surviving Mars
- Unruly Heroes
I missed some games, and can you blame me? How could I keep up? I did skip Minecraft for a reason though.
But seriously. Holy crap, Microsoft! I really didn’t expect there to be so many announcements, or so many exclusives either.
I’ll stop you before getting into the argument over what counts as exclusive. The timed exclusivity agreements appear to be due to publishing money being used to get some of these games made, but there are still quite a few, true exclusives as well.
Also, State Of Decay 2, Sea Of Thieves, and Crackdown look bonkers!
From Project Scorpio To Xbox One X
When Microsoft showed off the Xbox One X, confirmed its ridiculous specifications, and Phil Spencer let loose that all games would see performance increases on the new Xbox, the crowd was muted.
They were only waiting for the price, which Spencer delivered cold: $499 US.
I priced parts for a PC with comparable performance, and the best I could do was about $900. Maybe I’m just a noob, but I seriously can’t find a way to build a PC capable of matching the specs of Xbox One X without going well over $500.
Yet, people still aren’t happy. Oh well.
That isn’t all though. Microsoft also let slip that original Xbox games would be playable on Xbox One, following in line with the Xbox 360 backwards compatibility program. It’s a huge win. The Xbox One is now the only system that supports compatibility with every previous version. It lines up with the statements from Microsoft that Xbox is meant to be fully backwards and forwards compatible.
I can’t help but feel like Microsoft made an extremely good impression, but until we know more about the Nintendo and Sony presentations, it’s impossible to know just how well Microsoft made its case.
We will just have to wait and see what the PS4 and Switch have to offer, I suppose.
Don’t believe me? See it all for yourself!
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