Top 7 announcements from Microsoft's E3 Xbox One X event
Microsoft kicked off E3 2017 in style today with a briefing packed full of exciting game and console news. Not only did we get our first look at the new Xbox One X, but there was an absolute load of new games and console exclusive news to boot. Here's a look at the top six announcements from Microsoft's Xbox One X E3 briefing.
Xbox One X
It goes without saying that the reveal of Microsoft's newest entry in the Xbox lineup, the Xbox One X, was at the top of everyone's minds going into today. With true 4K gaming, and plenty of horsepower to back it up, the former "Project Scorpio" is already looking pretty hot. If you can stomach the $499 price tag, Xbox One X is looking like a must-have when it launches on November 7.
Original Xbox Games on Backward Compatibility
That's right: original Xbox games are coming to Xbox One backward compatibility. Combined with the already-available Xbox 360 backward compatible titles, that means all games from the entirety of Xbox's storied history will be playable on the newest hardware. This is a manual process, so it will be a slow drip of additions, to be sure. But fans of games past and present should be stoked.
22 Console Exclusives
Even before the stream of game trailers and announcements started coming, Microsoft addressed one of the biggest complaints about the Xbox One: console exclusives. In total, Microsoft showed off 42 games on stage. The kicker, however, is that a full 22 new games were announced as exclusives for the Xbox One platform. If you've found yourself a little green with jealousy over exclusives on a certain other platform, then take heart.
Forza Motorsport 7
That we would get a look at the next Forza was basically a foregone conclusion going into the conference. Still, seeing the gorgeous visuals of Forza Motorsport 7 running on Xbox One X was quite the treat. The game will include 700 cars, 30 circuits, dynamic weather, and more. But let's be honest: the real draw is the 4K resolution running at 60 frames per second.
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is a console launch exclusive for Xbox
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, the battle royale that is tearing up the gaming world at the moment, is coming to Xbox One later this year as a console exclusive. It'll arrive later in 2017, and a later patch will add support for 4K and better visuals on Xbox One X. We can't say for sure whether it will always be exclusive to Xbox, but it's a good catch for sure.
Another big reveal was the next entry in the popular Metro series, Metro Exodus. Set in the remains of Russia after a nuclear war, the survival shooter looks like a pretty spooky romp. The game will hit Xbox One and Windows 10 in 2018 with, of course, 4K visuals at 60 frames per second on Xbox One X.
Minecraft is killing fragmentation
Lastly, Minecraft is finally addressing one of its biggest issues: fragmentation. Thanks to a new bedrock engine, Microsoft is uniting players from all modern versions of Minecraft Realms, letting them play together across Windows 10, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile version. Only the PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 versions are left out, but most players should still be covered. There's no word on when this is set to roll out, but the game is also getting the 4K treatment this fall on Windows 10 and Xbox One X.
What were your favorite parts of Microsoft's E3 2017 briefing? Did we skip anything you're looking forward to? Let us know below, and be sure to keep it locked to Windows Central for more from E3.
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This also showed me that MS aren't really committed into making games and gaming. We knew about the yearly Forza, so that's hardly a surprise, but besides that the 2 actual console exclusive they announced are Super lucky's tale and the next Ori game. That's it.
I gave Spencer the benefit of the doubt all these years. I was ready to listen XB fans who were saying "wait for E3" but coming up with a new term to mislead gamers and not really showing a lot of major exclusives is really pathetic. I just wish MS stop listening to their "fans" who will keep cheering no matter what. Listen to the majority. Those who didn't buy your XB1 console. Listen to the criticism. Invest in making games. Take risks in making new games, new IPs. Spencer said cancelling Scalebound was a good thing for XB gamers. How is it a good thing? Is investing in time deals with indie studios a good thing?
Are you the majority?
I thought cod, bf, nfl, fifa, etc were the ps4 top sellers? Are you ps4 owner? Do you own gaming pc our gaming notebooks? If xb1x's not good enough, what else is good?
Can you leave your old ps4 in the office and do your cloud sync with ps5 at home?
Can you do cross play between ps4 and ps5 with your not-gamer-anymore girlfriend / wife?
Can ps4 games run on / sync between pc so that I can continue my progress outside? Will ps4 games run on 6" win10.arm?
What's the point investing into PS family after XBox's bc/fc/xpa announcements (plus free-unlimited-cloud-sync and region-hot-swap)? * Although Spider-Man loo interesting butt currently I only have one exclusive on ps4, Horizon - Zero Dawn. Will I get ps5 for Horizon2? That's one exclusive vs all other games (plus the benefits)
Majority of gamers didn't buy the XB1 because it sold around 30m.
Most people I saw excited about XB1x are XB/MS fans or already own the weaker XB1. I personally don't see the point in all those question though.
The GB (bigger library) beat the Game gear (more powerful)
The SNES (bigger library) beat the Genesis
The PS1 (bigger library) beat the N64 (more powerful)
The PS2 (bigger library) beat the Gamecube (more powerful) and XBox (more powerful)
The DS (bigger library) beat the PSP (more powerful)
The Wii (bigger library) beat the PS3 (more powerful) and XBox360 (more powerful)
The 3DS (bigger library) beat PS Vita (more powerful)
The only big game that is coming this year exclusively for the Xbox One is crackdown and that game hot a big downgrade in destruction that it was its big selling point, I think that PS VR even has more big exclusives coming for this year, and that is embarrassing. And that 500$ for the Xbox One X is a mistake, I think that they didn't learned that 500$ isn't a good price.
Both system can cross play.
Don't forget, there's something called GamePass. Invest into ps4 3rd party games now is... unwise... ps4 was the better choice because xb1 is more expensive and a lilo under powered but now you have fc/bc, free unlimited cloud sync, etc on XBox family's side.
It seems many folks seem to forget how many pots Microsoft has their fingers in. They have to consider how one product is going to impact another or their partners. Sony, on the other hand, is kind of a one trick pony. The PlayStation is their major money maker.
With the PS4 you get those 5 or 10 exclusives (it is actually more though) but you aren't giving up on anything, you are giving up in games if you choose a Xbox because you aren't getting those 5 or 10 exclusives.
Forza Horizon 2
Phantum dust (cancelled)
Cuphead Gamescom 2014
Screamride E3 2015
Sea of Thieves
Gears of War 4 Gamescom 2015
Halo Wars 2 E3 2016
Forza Horizon 3
State of Decay 2 Gamescom 2016
My decision is based on platform, I like how my XBOX, phone, PC all sync via my Microsoft Account, I vastly prefer the Xbox controller, Xbox Live Gold is way better than Playstation Network imo, Xbox has better parental controls, and I like Cortana. All these lead me to Xbox and there are more games I enjoy than I have time for and there are probably others I would enjoy but just haven't got time to try.