Project Scorpio: Xbox One X
The moment most gamers were waiting for… the unveiling and official name of the Xbox One X. The updated console received a price point as well and will retail for $499USD.
As you can see in the video above, and from the tidbits leading up to this week, Xbox has embraced the “Feel True Power” slogan for the Xbox One X. The mantra of the original Xbox team way back when was to empower developers, delight gamers, and deliver true hardware and technical innovation and, according to Phil Spencer, there’s no power greater than X. The Xbox One X is currently the world’s most powerful console ever made and sets a new quality standard.
Three years of engineering went into the Xbox One X with three goals in mind: Power, Compatibility, and Craftsmanship. As far as power goes, under the hood, the Xbox One X boasts a 6 Teraflop GPU clocking in at 1.172GHz, 12GB of DDR5 memory, and 326GB/s of memory bandwidth. While numbers are fine and dandy, just what does this mean for gamers? It means gaming at true 4K resolution with 4K textures and 4K assets. That’s 8+ million pixels with HDR support, wide color gamut, premium Dolby Atmos sound, and 4K UHD Blu-ray playback.
When the Xbox One S was released, Microsoft was quick to point out that all existing and future games would work on both the Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles. The same holds true with the Xbox One X and existing games will look and play better on the Xbox One X. By using supersampling, you don’t need a 4K TV to enjoy the Xbox One X either. If you are outputting to a monitor or screen that is less than 4K, like 1080p, the Xbox One X will render games in 4K and downsample them to the output resolution which will result in a better image than a standard 1080p resolution, for example.
Using the Scorpio Engine, the Xbox team focused on making the Xbox One X processor the most advanced console processor ever. The new console even has a liquid-cooled vapor chamber — a first for consoles, optimized power management, and is the smallest Xbox ever. That’s right, it’s even smaller than the Xbox One S. Exact dimensions aren’t known at this time, but once we find out we’ll be sure to let you know.
Forza Motorsport 7
Of course, what would an Xbox E3 briefing would be without a new Forza game? Given the every other year release cycle between Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon, there’s no surprise that Forza Motorsport 7 takes the spotlight this year. Besides more immersive and dynamic racing, and more dynamic weather than ever before, there are over 700 cars to be had in Forza Motorsport 7, and, if the trailer is any indication, semi-truck racing as well.
Dan Greenawalt from Turn 10 took the stage and announced that as part of the recent six-year partnership with Porsche, for the first time ever a flagship supercar would be making its debut at E3. Never seen before, he lifted the curtain on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS which will also be the cover car for the upcoming game.
Forza Horizon 7 will be released ahead of the Xbox One X, on October 3, 2017, and is exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10.
Phil Spencer started to talk about the largest and most diverse lineup of games ever shown on an Xbox E3 stage. Xbox has games for everyone, games that push the boundaries. At this year’s E3, Xbox will be featuring 42 games including 22 games with console exclusivity.
Assassin’s Creed Origins
As rumoured over the past few days, the next game in the Assassin’s Creed series is set in Egypt where “The Brotherhood Begins.” Jean Guesdon from Ubisoft mentions that Ancient Egypt was the birthplace of modern civilization, and as such is a fitting birthplace for the Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is set to be released on October 27, 2017.
Brendan Greene, a.k.a. PLAYERUNKNOWN, took to the stage to talk a bit about his 100 player battle royale PC game — PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS. He mentioned how truly community-driven the development of the game has been due to feedback. With over 3 million PC players to date, the Xbox One exclusive launch will be later this year, with Xbox One X enhancements shipping with a final version in early 2018.
Xbox One console launch exclusive. PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is a tactical, last-man-standing shooter being developed with community feedback where players must fight to locate weapons and supplies in a massive 8×8 km island to be the lone survivor. Not Just a Game. This is BATTLE ROYALE.
With over 3 million PC players to date, the Xbox One exclusive launch will be later this year, while Xbox One X enhancements will be shipping with a final version in early 2018.
Deep Rock Galactic
Xbox One console launch exclusive. In Deep Rock Galactic, join a team of badass space dwarves in this stylish one to four player co-op first-person shooter. Fight, dig and explore your way through enormous procedurally generated cave systems, uncover the riches, and make it out alive.
An Xbox One console exclusive launch, Deep Rock Galactic also features Mixer interactivity.
State of Decay 2
Xbox One and Windows 10 Exclusive. 18 months after the zombie apocalypse, the military abandons a refugee camp in small-town America. Those left behind must band together to survive the fall of civilization and the rise of the undead. In State of Decay 2, it’s up to you to gather survivors, build a community, and redefine what it means to survive.
State of Decay 2 will be an Xbox Play Anywhere title.
The Darwin Project
The Darwin Project is reinventing the battle royale sub-genre. It challenges players to survive the cold and fight to the death in a treacherous, snow-covered arena. In The Darwin Project the environment is as dangerous as the players themselves.
Minecraft! Servers! Crossplay! 4K! The Better Together Update brings community marketplace, massive servers and cross-platform play to console this summer, unifying Minecraft across mobile, Windows 10, VR and console!
The next update is all about Unifying Minecraft with a Community Marketplace, Massive Servers, and Crossplay. The free 4K update will roll out in the fall of 2017 with the “Super Duper Graphics Pack.”
DRAGON BALL FighterZ
Xbox One console launch exclusive. Black Desert is a sandbox oriented MMO featuring next-gen graphics, full action combat and an immense seamless world full of adventure and danger. Travel through the lands in search of treasure and adventure or become one of the top craftsmen in the land. Set up trade routes and breed horses or compete against other guilds in epic siege warfare.
The Last Night
Xbox One console launch exclusive. The Last Night lets you explore a two-dimensional cyberpunk open world, built with four unique districts each with distinct architecture, cultures and industries. Experience action and infiltration gameplay in the great tradition of cinematic platformers and travel between districts using taxis, ferries, or monorail while trying to keep a low profile and remain undetected. Meet a diverse, inclusive cast of complex characters to interact with through meaningful, branching dialogue and enjoy varied gameplay such as driving down epic highways, flying drones, and hacking droids to do your dirty work.
The Artful Escape
Xbox One console launch exclusive. The Artful Escape of Francis Vendetti is a video game about great expectations, famous folk singers, lingering shadows, space Gods, hallucinogens, individuality, reptile shops, and wild imaginations. It’s an action, adventure, exploration, narrative driven, musical-laser-light-battle kind of game and is the debut of release from Beethoven & Dinosaur.
Sea of Thieves
Currently in closed beta, Rare’s Sea of Thieves has already seen a ton of interest. The developers took us through a bit of a walkthrough of the upcoming game.
An Xbox One Console Launch exclusive, Tacoma launches on August 2nd.
Super Lucky’s Tale
The Xbox One Console exclusive will launch on September 29th.
Who’s ready for some Terry Crews?
Over 500 games have been released on Xbox One and Windows 10 through the ID@Xbox program to date with much more to come from independent developers.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
Michael de Plater from Monolith Productions took the stage to talk about and showcase this upcoming Xbox Play Anywhere title. Middle-Earth: Shadow of War hits consoles and PC on October 10, 2017.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive. From the creators of the multi-award winning “Ori and the Blind Forest” comes the highly anticipated sequel: “Ori and the Will of the Wisps.” Embark on an all new adventure to discover the mysteries beyond the forest of Nibel, uncover the hidden truths of those lost, and unravel Ori’s true destiny. Ori and the Will of the Wisps is a 4K UHD, Xbox One X Enhanced, Xbox Play Anywhere title.
After not having really done anything with the Xbox Avatars for the Xbox One, Microsoft is pushing ahead with new Xbox Avatars.
Xbox Backward Compatibility
Launched two years ago. the Backward Compatibility Library currently stands at 385 titles. Half of Xbox gamers have played Backward Compatibility games and Phil Spencer announced a huge expansion to the program — original Xbox games. More info coming when it launches later this year, but “OG Games” will look and play better on the Xbox One console family.
Xbox One X Enhanced
After announcing further Xbox Backward Compatibility, Spencer also mentioned that those who own Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct, Halo Wars 2, and Minecraft will be receiving 4K updates for free.
In addition, over 30 titles from third-party developers will also be receiving 4K updates for free as well. Titles include Final Fantasy XV, Resident Evil biohazard, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, and Rocket League.
With that, Spencer touched once again on the “largest and most diverse games lineup” for gamers of all ages and interests. Starting today, you can pick up an Xbox One S for $249USD, and on November 7th you can pick up an Xbox One X for $499USD.
Executive VP of EA Worldwide Studios, Patrick Söderland, took to the stage to close the show and showcase more of what EA teased yesterday — Anthem, the new IP from BioWare. After speaking about how new IPs are the lifeblood of studios, as well as a great risk, Jon Warner, the Game Director for Anthem showed off the world premiere gameplay video for the game. Check it out below.
What did you think about the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing? Excited for the Xbox One X? What do you think about the price tag? Was there something not announced you were waiting for? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.