Seeing as the actual conference is over an hour long, I decided to draft a brief overview that discusses both the positive and negative points of the three main aspects of the conference; the new #XboxOneX (#ProjectScorpio) information, the 42 new #games#Microsoft announced (22 of which were exclusives) and then the decision to extend the Xbox One’s #backwardscompatibility feature to include original Xbox games.
Xbox One X: Price And Release Date
I’ve noticed a rather mixed response to this announcement in the fact that there’s quite a few #gamers who are indeed excited for the #console and then there are others who are a bit more critical and really force hardware developers to answer the question, “Why should I want this?”
A lot of the detractors of the new console are saying that it is very expensive – almost expensive enough to warrant just waiting till you have enough money to buy a #gaming#PC, if you are indeed in the market for an upgrade.
Then, there is also the fact that the Xbox One X (as well the #PS4Pro) does not have any exclusive games. All of the announced titles will be available on the original Xbox One as well Xbox One X, so the only thing you’re really missing out on is a better-quality image if you choose not buy it, it seems.
Honestly, I do own a #PS4 and PS4 Pro and you do begin to notice a difference between the two consoles in terms of graphics if you use the Pro for an extended period of time and then go back to the base console.
However, I do believe that if you don’t have the two consoles to switch between frequently, you could definitely argue that the differences between the two become a lot less noticeable to the average gamer.
In the same way that the PS4 Pro does not make up the largest percentage of new PS4s sold, I don’t really think that Xbox One X will make the bulk number of new Xbox Ones sold.
Games, Games, Games (And More EXCLUSIVE Games)
Microsoft showcased a total of 42 new games, with a total of 22 being console#exclusive, even if only for a limited time.
I saw quite a few people make the comment that it seems that Microsoft went around the world, signing timed-exclusivity contracts with a lot of indie developers in order to deal with their supposed exclusive problem.
Most gamers had already seen some information, whether announcement information, images or trailers, for #Crackdown3 and #StateofDecay2, and so admittedly one did expect to see trailers for those titles.
Personally, I am really excited for #SeaofThieves and Crackdown 3. I can really see myself getting into the social aspects of these two games (I’m just hoping that Sea of Thieves has sea shanties.)
Overall in terms of announcements, I did find it a bit disappointing that I was somewhat more interested in the big multi-platform titles, such as #AssassinsCreedOrigins and Anthem, than most exclusive titles.
I mean Microsoft is trying to get me to upgrade my Xbox One to an Xbox One X and if I already have a console that can run these titles in 4K (even if it’s #nonnative4K), why should I buy another one, if not to see the amazing exclusives?
However, with regards to multi-platform titles, #Anthem is the title that #Bioware was supposedly focusing on instead of #MassEffectAndromeda and thus this gives me faith that it is going to be an absolutely amazing game as Bioware games generally are.
Going Back To The Beginning: Original Xbox Games On Xbox One
To be entirely honest, this was probably the announcement that I was least concerned about, in terms of a personal level, but I am interested to see how the general Xbox One install base makes use of it.
Last week, an Ars Technica study suggested that only 1.5% of the time spent on Xbox One was spent on backwards compatible titles. Microsoft then came out and defended the feature, stating that a total of 508 million hours had been spent on backwards compatible games by the 51% of the Xbox One install base that used the feature.
I’m not entirely sure about how much gamers actually use the feature, but I’ll definitely say that I don’t really make all that much use of it. I do find I difficult to go back and want to play older #games, when there’s so many new games coming out that I want to play all the time.
I do know, however, that there are a lot of gamers out there that are very excited for the feature and thus it will be interesting to see which games most gamers would actually like to play again.
Overall, some may view my analysis as somewhat negative, but I’d rather like to say that I’m being cautiously optimistic with all of the new information Microsoft provided gamers at their #E3conference.
Microsoft did make a lot of really cool announcements made this year and I can’t wait to play some of these new games.
I might hold out on an Xbox One X at launch, but knowing myself, I’ll probably land up buying it sometime due to my endless need to let my #gaming addiction part me from my money.
What was your favourite announcement at Microsoft’s Xbox E3 showcase? Are you excited for the Xbox One X? Which new title are you looking most forward to? Please share in the comments down below.
Check out the E3 trailer for Xbox One X here: