After the frankly failed launch of the Xbox One console, the Redmond corporation did not recover right away. It took serious changes in the leadership of the gaming unit in order to find the right direction for further development. A new console, code-named Project Scorpio, should wipe Sony's nose with its PlayStation 4 Pro as much as two teraflops. But what is the cost of such a powerful iron, and can Microsoft surprise us with a new line of exclusive video games? The official conference at the E3 2017 exhibition should answer these and many other questions.
Of course, the conference began with a spectacular presentation of the new Microsoft gaming console, finally got its final name instead of the "code". So (the drum roll!), The new console is now called not Project Scorpio, but Xbox One X. The prefix, unlike the devkit, lost its built-in front screen, and its lower half became somewhat smaller than the top, which reminded me of the legendary Sony PlayStation 2. It's already 7 November the console will go on sale. The cost was promised to be announced at the end of the conference.
For three years, Microsoft engineers have been working on a new console. GPU with a capacity of 6 teraflops, operating at a frequency of 1,172 GHz, against 4.2 teraflops from the PlayStation Pro. Support Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, 12 gigabytes of GDDR5 memory with a bandwidth of 326 GB / s and a 1 TB hard drive. True 4K. All games and accessories from the previous Xbox One family consoles are compatible with the new console. The load time of games decreases, and the picture quality increases. Support HDR, 8 million pixels on the screen and completely honest 4K without tweaks – guaranteed. A powerful 8-core processor with a frequency of 2.3 GHz is cooled by a system based on the technology of the vapor chamber, which we already told you about.
The first game that was demonstrated for Xbox One X was, as expected, Forza Motorsport 7. Microsoft entered into a contract with Porsche, which allowed it to include in its simulator a new model of the legendary manufacturer's car. The game will go on sale simultaneously for Windows 10 and consoles of the Xbox One family on October 3, 2017.
World premiere of the game Metro Exodus, which will be released in 2018.
Another premiere. The game, information about which leaked to the Network long before the E3 2017. Of course, it's about Assassin's Creed Origins. The action of this story takes place in Ancient Egypt. The main character will have to visit the gladiator's skin, fight with crocodiles in the waters of the Nile, visit the legendary Egyptian cities of Alexandria and Luxor, and help him in the adventure will be a tamed eagle. The game will go on sale on October 27 of this year.
The creator of the shooter Player Unknown's Battlegrounds will release its game on the consoles of the Xbox One family. This game, despite its external simplicity, became a real hit on Steam. It will be released on the Xbox at the end of this year.
Another exclusive – the game Deep Rock Galactic.
And again, the exclusive Xbox and Windows 10. This time it's about the State of Decay 2. Personally, I really love the first game of this series, so I'm looking forward to its continuation. There will be a sequel in the spring of 2018.
A third-person shooter called The Darwin Project.
Minecraft will combine versions of the game for mobile devices, consoles, PCs and even VR-devices. Microsoft will allocate for this case servers that allow users of different platforms to play with each other. This will happen at the end of this year. In addition, the game's graphics for the first time since its release will be redesigned and improved in all respects, including effects, lighting, 4K-resolution, animation, etc.
World premiere of the Japanese fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ.
Temporary console exclusive Xbox One – MMORPG from Korea Black Desert.
Incredibly stylish game The Last Night in the spirit of pixel "Blade Runner". Here I am directly animated!
The strange musical platformer The Artful Escape.
A new game Code Vein from the studio From Software will look at Microsoft prefixes.
Pirate team adventure Sea of Thieves acquired a new demonstration of the gameplay.
Strange sci-fi game TACOMA. Release on August 2.
The Super Lucky's Tale platform will be released on the Xbox consoles, after not shooting at the Oculus Rift.
The long-awaited exclusive Xbox One – fighting game Cuphead will go on sale on September 29.
Shooter Crackdown 3 advertises Terry Crews. Of course, the game will also be released for Windows 10. Release on November 7.
Video cutting of games from independent studios under the aegis of the program ID @ XBOX.
Temporary exclusive Xbox One and Windows 10 – Ashen game.
World premiere of the game from the publishing house Square Enix. Of course, this prequel is so adored my teenage adventure Life is Strange with the subtitle Before the Storm.
The previously announced Middle-Earth: Shadow of War was demonstrated to us in the case.
World premiere, although we learned about the game about a day before the announcement. The sequel to the gorgeous platformer Ori and the Blind Forest will be called Ori and the Will of the Wisps.
The Xbox One family consoles will get backward compatibility with the games for the very first Xbox. The new Xbox One X console will receive patches for many Xbox One games for free, increasing their resolution to 4K. The cost of the new console will be (ta-yes!) 499 dollars. The miracle did not happen, despite the fact that I, like many other gamers, hoped for a fantastic price tag of 399 dollars, business is business. Expensive iron costs money.
The conference ends with the demonstration of a new BioWare game called Anthem, which was teasered yesterday at the EA conference. And then immediately it becomes clear where all the money that was intended for the development of Mass Effect: Andromeda was gone. At the same time, everyone understands that the new game is technically done by Destiny 2 long before the release of the latter. The game is scheduled for release in 2018.
A little cutting from what you can please the Xbox One X. Finally, so to speak.
And here is the complete record of the whole Microsoft conference, if you are suddenly afraid of missing something important.