Microsoft Conference Reactions - E3 2017

Microsoft tries to start a new conversation today with the official details of their new iteration in the Xbox One family code-named Scorpio. How will Microsoft fair as they move themselves to Sunday in order to avoid the Microsoft Morning vs. Sony Evening that usually dominates Monday?

My Predictions

  1. Halo 6 Teaser a la the Master Chief in a poncho one we got for Halo 5
  2. Scorpio Release Date: November 3rd. Will be fully backward compatible for all Xbox consoles including the original
  3. Scorpio Price: $599.99 (some kind of trade-in offer on 360s and Xbox Ones to help bring down the cost
  4. Crackdown 3 trailer and release date in October (6th?)
  5. At least three new Triple-A IPs are shown off to help enforce the idea that Xbox is about games.

Prediction Results

Rumors started breaking of a $499 price point for the Scorpio this morning. And they were indeed true. Launching November 7th (so I was off by a measly four days). But the announcement that the Xbox One Backwards compatibility program is expanding to titles from the Original Xbox effectively means my call that the new system will be all-encompassing backwards compatible (for games that give the go ahead I guess).

No Halo 6 teaser but Crackdown got a trailer and a November 7th release date (which I’d’ve thought they’d make a bigger deal about tying it into the Xbox One X’s launch). And lastly we had 42 games shown, including 22 “exclusive” titles with a healthy mix of Triple-A new IPs, indie titles, and established franchises.

Score: Let’s say 1.5/5

My Notes from the Show

Shows starting off with a trailer for the Xbox Scorpio. Phil Spencer comes out to rebrand the Scorpio as the Xbox One X. Coming November 7th. Fully backward-compatible with Xbox One library with better graphics and load times. Strongest processor chip in a console. Xbox One X is the smallest console they’ve built.

Forza Motorsport 7 used as the first showcase of the new tech. And then they announced a new Porsche. Exactly why I tune in to E3: for all of the latest motor vehicle news. New Forza is coming October 3rd (4K and 60 fps one Xbox One X).

42 games in the conversation, with 22 console family exclusive.

Not gonna lie. Metro Exodus looks pretty cool.

Assassin’s Creed Origins debut trailer. Jean Guesdon - creative director - comes out to talk a bit before showing more of the game via some alpha gameplay. Origins seems to be leaning more into the the RPG mechanics. Out October 27.

Brendan Greene - PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds creative director. Bringing PUBG exclusively to Xbox One later this year.

Deep Rock Galactic trailer.

State of Decay 2 trailer showed off some of it’s game elements. Coming Spring 2018.

The Darwin Project revealed...and then shoutcasted.

Minecraft will feature cross-play across different systems and a 4K update.

Gaming Bum Rush section:

  • Dragonball FighterZ Early 2018
  • Black Desert MMORPG
  • The Last Night
  • The Artful Escape
  • Code Vein, 2018

Sea of Thieves extended demo showing the game is about more than ship v. ship combat (like last year’s demo) but that’s still a major component too.

Oh hey there Tacoma - August 2.

Super Lucky’s Tale - a sequel(?) to the Oculus launch VR title.

Cuphead coming September 29th.

Crackdown 3 starring Terry Crews, coming November 7.

Osiris New Dawn, Raiders of the Broken Planet, Unruly Heroes, Path of Exile, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Fable Fortune, Observer_, Robocraft Infinity, Dunk Lords, Minion Masters, Brawlout, Ooblets, Dark and Light, Strange Brigade, Riverbond, Hello Neighbor, Shift, Conan Exiles in the ID@Xbox sizzle reel.

Ashen

Life is Strange: Before the Storm - Ep. 1, August 31

Shadow of War extended gameplay look. More of the nemesis system at play - October 10

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Official Xbox One X price point of $499.

Anthem extended gameplay. Definitely giving vibes of Destiny meets Titanfall