Microsoft did not screw around this year, starting off their E3 with one of the stronger press conferences they have had in recent years. The main reason? Games and lots of them. Microsoft has come along way since their disaster of a press conference when they announced the Xbox One. That will always be remembered as an epic train wreck and rightfully so. But man was this one really good. Now it wasn’t perfect but Microsoft realized what we all want to see and hear about, games and lots of them.
After a slow start the conference picked up steam. Phil Spencer opened the show with the announcement of the Xbox One X. Project Scorpio is such a badass name that there was almost no way to live up to it unless they kept it. Xbox One X is a bit confusing and realistically not all that cool of a name. This part of the presentation was the weakest. There were technical specs and lots of talk about 4K output. And by my count we got our only mention of teraflops during this segment, surprising actually. Xbox One X will be releasing worldwide on November 7, 2017 for $499. Also if I hear the word exclusive in a deep sounding voice one more time in my life it will be too soon.
Once we got past the Xbox One X reveal the conference truly kicked it into high gear by showing game after game after game. It started with Forza Motorsport 7, which looks jaw droppingly beautiful. Some of the highlights of the conference included Assassin’s Creed Origins, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, State of Decay 2, The Darwin Project, Sea of Theives, Crackdown 3, Ashen, and Anthem. A special shout out goes out to Bioware for Anthem. That game is beautiful and looks awesome. Cannot wait to get my hands on that game. There were also plenty of indie games highlighted, including the much-anticipated Cuphead. The best part about Xbox’s conference was these games were not just talked about. We were shown video of all of them, many of them extended videos, and most of them look fantastic. Microsoft has been touting the power of the Xbox One X for some time now and they sure look to have delivered on it.
The announcement that the Xbox backward compatibility program is expanding to include original Xbox games got one of the biggest reactions from the crowd. They went absolutely nuts over this announcement. Topped off by the announcement that Crimson Skies will be one of the first Xbox games released this Fall. There are plenty of OG Xbox games that this generation has never experienced so this will be a really good addition to the Xbox One for Microsoft.
I actually went into Microsoft’s E3 press conference a little nervous. There had been quite a bit of talk of teraflops since they announced Project Scorpio and frankly most of us do not care about that at all. I want to see the games, I want to know why I need move on from my beloved Xbox One. Microsoft moved their press conference earlier this year so they were not as close to Sony’s press conference and to try and create some momentum heading into the show. Microsoft then proceeded to show off 42 games over their 90 minute press conference, 22 of which have some type of exclusivity to the Xbox One X. Microsoft started their E3 off with a bang and I’m now more excited than ever for the future of the Xbox One.