E3 2017: Microsoft Press Conference Recap
Microsoft just wrapped up their big Xbox presser, and boy were there a ton of games. Also, welcome the Xbox One X to the world, formerly known as Scorpio.
Yes, the Scorpio is officially the Xbox One X, will launch on November 7th for $499, and will be compatible with all existing Xbox One accessories and games. They announced that the console itself is the smallest Xbox console ever and will be cooled by a "liquid cooling vapor chamber," which sounds fancy. Existing games will run in supersampled 4K (or native in certain patched games).
Then there were games; a lot of games. Here's a giant list:
- Forza Motorsport 7: Will run in native 4K on X, will be a Play Anywhere title for Xbox and PC
- Metro Exodus: New game in the Metro series
- Assassin's Creed Origins: Will have new inventory system and leveling
- PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: Port will be console exclusive at launch
- Deep Rock Galactic: Minecraft-inspired co-op shooter
- State of Decay 2: Will have Play Anywhere support for Xbox and PC
- Darwin Project: Esports-heavy action competition game
- Minecraft: Will finally unite all editions' servers across PC, mobile, and consoles
- Dragonball FighterZ: Developed by the Guilty Gear team
- Black Desert: MMORPG
- The Last Night: Stylish pixel art/3D world adventure game
- The Artful Escape: Music-influenced platformer
- Code Vein: Dark Souls-esque action game
- Sea of Thieves: Footage of full co-op mission, use clues to locate treasure, group-on-group combat
- Tacoma: Release date 8/2
- Super Lucky's Tale: Update/sequel to Oculus Rift launch title
- Cuphead: Release date 9/29
- Crackdown 3: Features the voice/likeness of Terry Crews, looks like Crackdown
- Life is Strange: Before the Storm: Prequel starring Chloe and Rachel
- Middle-Earth: Shadow of War: Footage of enemy recruitment system
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps: Sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest
- Anthem: EA's mech-suit, 3rd person Destiny-type open world game
Microsoft also revealed that original Xbox games will be added to the backward compatibility program, confirming Crimson Skies as one of the many titles. They also clarified that some already released games will be patched with 4K graphics compatibility, including Rocket League, Gears 4, and Final Fantasy XV.
That was a lot, but they showed the new system has impressive power and a lot of new releases. The Xbox One X is an interesting thing, and we'll see how they build it up further as we approach the launch.