E3 is underway and the outpour of reveals, announcements and trailers has just begun. Microsoft started the day off with tons of Xbox announcements and reveals, including two new consoles, new Xbox Live features and a plethora of Xbox and Windows 10 exclusives. Whether you were able to catch the presentation or not, I’m going to walk you through everything that was shown off in today’s briefing.
Xbox One S
Microsoft opened their show with the announcement of the Xbox One S. This updated version of the Xbox One is going to be stronger, more powerful and 40% the size of the original Xbox One. The Xbox One S is a slimmer, sleeker and sharper version of the One. The Xbox One S comes with a slightly newly designed Bluetooth controller that has back-grip for better handling. The Xbox One S will have 2TB of storage and will be available for $399 this August.
A big part of Microsoft’s briefing was Play Anywhere. This essentially allows players to save their game on their home console and be able to continue on their computer or tablet with Windows 10. You’ll only have to purchase a game once and you’ll be able to play across your various Windows 10 devices. Nearly all of the games that Microsoft showed off will allow players to Play Anywhere.
Xbox Live will be receiving brand new features this year that will only make for a better experience. Players will soon be allowed to play their music in the background as they play. Xbox Live will allow users that speak other languages to set their console’s language based on the region they live in – Language Region Independence. Microsoft will soon be introducing Cortana to Xbox Live which will be a great addition for long time Xbox lovers. Xbox will also be a great place to build communities by introducing Clubs, Arenas for tournaments and making it easier for players to find a group in online play. These features will all be available this year with some being made available this summer while others will be released this fall.
One of the biggest takeaways amongst many fans was the least talked about reveals in this briefing. Microsoft will allow players to customize their own controllers through the Xbox Design Lab. There will be endless customizable possibilities from the colors of the buttons, controls, the d-pad, grips of the controller and players will even be able to add script. This is Xbox’s answer to the many third party customizable controllers.
There were tons of games, from triple A titles to smaller games, that were announced and there were quite a few surprises.
Gears of War 4 was shown off with an action packed live demo that was played on a shinny new Gears of War 4 Xbox One Elite controller, that will also be available for purchase. Gears of War 4 will be available October 11, 2016.
Forza Horizon 3 demoed live gameplay of the new racer that takes place in Australia. It will be available September 27, 2016.
Recore showed off a new character based trailer that also included some gameplay but no details as to when the game will be available.
Battlefield 1 was revealed to be made available for Xbox One player a week before anyone else; October 13, 2016.
Final Fantasy XV demoed live gameplay and is available for pre-order now.
Ubisoft revealed that The Division will be receiving a new dlc, Underground Expansion, and Xbox users will be able to play it a month before anyone else; July 28, 2016.
Tekken 7 was revealed with a live match between Akuma and Heihachi and it will be an Xbox exclusive, available early 2017.
Killer Instinct General RAAM revealed a new trailer and it will be available next week.
Minecraft revealed Minecraft Realms which will be playable on console, mobile and even VR.
We Happy Few showed off live gameplay of the twisted game and it will be available on July 27, 2016.
Inside revealed a short trailer that didn’t show much but caught many people’s attention, and it will be available June 29, 2016.
If you’re a fan of The Witcher series you should try the closed beta of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game this September.
DeadRising 4 got its own reveal trailer and will be available later this year.
State of Decay 2 was announced in a zombie packed reveal trailer.
Sea of Thieves was revealed with a co-op pirate adventure demo.
Halo Wars 2 received a trailer and will be available February 21, 2017. A week long open beta is now available until June 20.
ScaleBound was shown off with a live co-op boss battle. ScaleBound will be available in 2017.
Microsoft ended their presentation with the reveal of their new console, Project Scorpio. This console will not leave the Xbox One or One S behind and games on the three consoles will all be compatible. The console itself was not revealed but the specs were discussed. Project Scorpio will support 4K HD, will have 6 teraflops and will support VR. Project Scorpio will be available during the Holiday season in 2017.