E3 2016: Microsoft new XBOX and tons of games with a surprise in the end
“I can’t breathe, someone please help me!” Those were my words when Microsoft was releasing games for Xbox and Windows 10 at this year’s E3 because there were so many of them, and thankfully I prepared a list and here we are with a full coverage of badass announcements and the breathtaking keynote.
Microsoft kicked off the briefing by introducing the new XBOX One S with HDR gameplay and a smaller and sleeker body with a new, better and more comfortable XBOX wireless controller which can be entirely customized with different colors and chassis. The body is amazing and definitely has a “love in first sight” appeal. It has an IR blaster and also supports up to 2TB of internal storage. XBOX One S is amazing and the release stimulated the excitement to go through the entire event. Ladies and gentlemen this is the new XBOX One S starting at $299:
It’s E3 and why the heck aren’t we talking about games? Well, buckle up because here we are with a full list of what was shown at XBOX E3 event this year. The following are the XBOX One and Windows 10 exclusives.
1. Gears of War 4
It all started with Gears of War 4 from The Coalition which happened to be the game that also introduced the XBOX PLAY ANYHWERE feature which essentially means that once you buy a game on XBOX you can play it on your Windows 10 PC at no additional costs and the game you are playing can be picked up from where you left it on your XBOX right on your Windows 10 PC, just like that! The game will be available on October 11 this year. The Gears of War 4 XBOX Elite Wireless Controller will also be shipped soon. Here is the video of the official E3 gameplay.
2. Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct was all about the expanded community of players and the new characters introduced in the game and we saw General Raam from Gears of War coming to the Killer Instinct gameplay and the community with a smashing fight. A new character to the game, not bad! Here is he, the one and only General Raam.
3. Forza Horizon 3
The trailer started with one of my favorite songs, “Wicked Love” and boy the multiplayer gameplay was smooth with Australian terrain and loads of cars. Forza Horizon 3 from Playground Games is all about multiplayer with awesome slow-mo jump shots a huge world. Horizon 3 will be available on September 27, this year. This actually is “What a wicked game to play!” You have to watch the trailer.
Another exclusive from XBOX and this game felt like the reincarnation of Arcade gaming with a hint of Borderlands with strategies. The trailer says it for itself.
This “fight against the super-giant hideous creatures” co-op game from Platinum Games allows you to live the dream of the director of the game to play in the world of dragons and humans annihilating those creatures. The demo was awesome and intriguing. The game will be available in 2017.
6. Sea Of Thieves
This one game from Rare allows you to live a pirate life and explore the rich world of the dynamics delivered in the universe of the game. The game was announced with an intriguing trailer and a demo consisting of two teams maneuvering their ships and engaging in a pirate battle in the sea. Here take a look at the video.
7. State of Decay 2
This new iteration to the State of Decay is for the zombie lovers who want a story with skills of survival. The game had an awesome trailer and is an exclusive.
8. Halo Wars 2
This game is a sequel to our beloved Halo Wars which was released seven years ago. The new gameplay is of course more cinematic and has a stronger character build with an awesome trailer and not so shocking robots. Halo Wars 2 gives you an entirely new almost invincible villain. The game has February 17, 2017 as the release date but will be available to all the XBOX One players right now for a week long Beta.
These were the eight XBOX and Windows 10 exclusives released at XBOX E3 briefing. Following is the list of the games announced the event for both Microsoft and other platforms but available first on the XBOX One family.
- Final Fantasy XV (Available September 30)
- Tom Clancy’s The Division: Underdround (Available June 28)
- Battlefield 1 (Available October 21)
- Minecraft Friendly Update (Cross platform multi-player coming this fall)
- Inside (from the makers of Limbo, vailable June 29)
- We Happy Few (XBOX game preview, July 26)
- Gwent: The Witcher Card Game (Closed Beta coming this September)
- Tekken 7 (Available early 2017)
- Deadrising 4
There were all the games introduced at the XBOX E3 Briefing.
XBOX Live is also getting few updates like player’s community depending on the game genre and interests called Clubs for XBOX, more live servers for faster connectivity and greater experience. XBOX Live will allow you to play your music playlist while you play your games and switches the language of your game depending on the region in which you belong and finally XBOX Live will now support Cortana. With new XBOX Live you can now look for groups with which you want to play your favorite games and can also quench your thirst for competitive gaming using Arena for XBOX Live which is the newest and the easiest way to register and compete with the fellow gamers. That was XBOX Live.
Project Scorpio is a dream come true for a gamer. Microsoft is working on a new generation of console which is named Project Scorpio. This new console will deliver super high end graphics with 6 teraflops of computing capability to handle the 4K resolution at 60 FPS!!! This is true 4K resolution with fully uncompressed pixels. The machine boasts 8 CPU cores and over 320 gigabytes of memory bandwidth. Fallout 4 will be coming to the VR in 4K on Scorpio and every game on XBOX One will be supported on the Scorpio. Microsoft says that this will be the most powerful console ever made and well we think there is no doubt about that! Here is the video for Project Scorpio:
This was all that was delivered at XBOX E3 2016 briefing. Stay tuned for more on E3.