The hype train has begun. Yes folks, it is time for E3 2016. Taking place in Los Angeles California this is the big gaming event of the year where the big names in gaming gather under one roof to show off some of the games that they have been working on. Of course, Microsoft had their E3 Briefing on Monday and it was a doozy, so let’s take a look at everything that Microsoft announced at E3 2016.
We have to start off with the unveiling of the XBox One S. It is a smaller Xbox One that comes in white as standard.It will support both video and games in 4k ultra high definition. The XBox One S will also sport HDR content for video and games.
In terms of pricing, the XBox One S will come with 500GB of storage for $299/£249/€299 or 1TB of storage for $349/£299/€349. In addition to these two there will be a version called the limited launch edition with 2TB of storage for $399/£349/€399.
Next up was a new software initiative called Play Anywhere. Basically if you buy a game on Xbox one (and it’s available on Windows 10 PCs) then you will be able to get it on Windows 10 at no extra cost. For example Gears of War 4 is going to be on XBox one and on PC. If you buy it on Xbox one, then you will get the PC version on Windows 10 just like that.
Additionally if you have a game save on a game that’s part of the Play Anywhere programme then that save will automatically transfer over to the PC version.
Microsoft also announced another console called Project Scorpio. We don’t have that many details on it at this time. We do know that it will play games in 4k/ultra high definition and it will support virtual reality headsets. We also know that it will come out in the Holiday season of 2017(i.e. the back end of next year).
There were also some other accessories coming down the line such as a new wireless Xbox One controller that will work with Windows 10 PCs as well as the Xbox One. This will be available in August 2016 for $59.99/£49.99/€59.99.
There was an interesting thing that Microsoft also launched called the Xbox Design lab where you will be able to create your own custom controller. Right now, if you are in the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico then you can start creating and ordering your own custom XBox one controller right now from the Xbox Design Lab website. At this time there is no word on if/when XBox design lab will be opened up to the UK or Europe.
Last but not least, there will be a Gears of War 4 Limited Edition Wireless XBox One Elite Controller. This will be available in very limited quantities in early October for $199.99/£159.99/€199.99. However, some retailers will be taking pre-orders this week.
There were also changes to the XBox Operating System. First of all, the voice assistant known as Cortana will be available on the XBox One and it’s coming soon to users in the UK and the USA (with more countries coming soon.
Up next: Clubs – this is basically a way for gamers to create private communities where they can play games with their friends or other people that they meet online. For example, you might have Jago club for people that play Jago as their main character in Killer Instinct.
There will also be more emphasis on cross-platform play. This basically means that you will be able to play games with people who have a Windows 10 PC. This was already tested with Killer Instinct season 3(which allowed gamers on Windows 10 PCs to play with those on Xbox One).
Of course, that is not the only thing that was announced by Microsoft, they also announced a wide range of titles and here they are:
- Gears of War 4 (coming 11th October to XBox One and Windows 10 PCs)
- Ark: Survival Evolved(coming soon to Windows 10 PCs)
- Battlefield 1 (21st October on Windows PCs, Xbox One and PlayStation 4)
- Dead Rising 4(Holiday season 2016 on XBox One and Windows 10 PCs)
- Final Fantasy XV(30th September on PlayStation 4 and XBox One)
- Forza Horizon 3(27th September on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs)
- Gwent(coming soon to XBox One and Windows 10 PCs)
- Halo Wars 2 (21st February 2017 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs)
- Inside (29th June 2016 on XBox One)
- Recore (13th September 2016 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs)
- Sea of Thieves (Coming soon to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs)
- State of Decay 2(Coming in 2017 to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs)
- Scalebound (Coming in 2017 to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs)
- Tacoma (Coming in 2017 to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs)
- Tekken 7 (Coming early 2017 to Xbox One PlayStation 4 and Windows PCs)
- Tom Clancy’s The Division (Coming 28th June on XBox One and Windows 10 PCs)
- We Happy Few (Coming Summer 2016 on Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs)
All being told I have to say that I am really excited about Forza Horizon 3 and Tekken 7. I always like a good driving game and Forza Horizon 3 looks pretty good based on the game play that we saw during the Xbox E3 briefing. As far as Tekken 7 goes, we’ve already seen a lot of gameplay of it and it looks quite impressive. Additionally the game is going to have Akuma so that is quite the bonus. You can check out a gallery of some of these games below:
Out of all these games, which one are you excited for? Let me know in the comments!