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Microsoft’s E3 Conference – My Highlights

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Microsoft’s E3 conference was a typical Microsoft affair compared with Sony’s E3 Conference. Microsoft began with Forza 6 and a Porche on stage to promote the game in native 4k at 60 fps. This led onto the unveiling of Microsoft’s answer to the PlayStation 4 Pro, the XBOX One X.

I’m not going to go on about the brute power of the mid-generational upgraded machine as they are all over the interweb. It was obviously difficult to grasp how beautiful 4K is on a none 4K device, although having seen it in shops I can only imagine that it looks stunning.

There will be many current XBOX One games that will be patched to support the upgrade, similar to the PS4 Pro. The XBOX One X will launch 7th November 2017.

Another surprise announcement was that backwards compatibility will continue and now the original XBOX games will join the ever growing library. I’m not sure how many gamers out there do actually play backwards compatible games, but I am one of them. Whether games are old or new they are games and should be appreciated for how much time effort and creativity go into each and every one.

All that effort bring many weeks, months and for some even years of fun and entertainment to the home.

Crackdown 3 is one of the exclusive games that were showcased. I just hope that it can live up to the fun gameplay of the first Crackdown. That game was so addictive, it was mint.

Sea of Thieves is another game by Rare that is being pushed heavily by Microsoft. To me the concept is interesting but it’s just not grabbing my by the balls and saying come and play with me. Each to their own.

Cuphead appears to be coming along nicely. I’ll definitely pick this up when it’s released. I’m just hoping that it’s not style over gameplay.

Minecraft also had a showing, as it’s owned by Microsoft now, I would expect anything less. It is getting 4K support and platform crossplay except with Sony’s PlayStation range.

Announced Games and Release Dates from Microsoft’s E3 Conference

Forza Motorsport 7 – 3rd October
Metro Exodus – 2018
Assassin’s Creed: Origins – 17th October 2017
Deep Rock Galactic – 2018
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – Late 2017
State of Decay 2 – Spring 2018
Dragon Ball FighterZ – 2018
The Darwin Project – TBC
Black Desert – TBC
The Last Night – TBC
The Artful Escape – TBC
Code Vein – 2018
Tocamo – 2nd August 2018
Cuphead – 29th September 2017
Ashen – TBC
Life Is Strange: Before The Storm – 31st August 2017
Super Lucky’s Tale – 7th November 2017
Sea of Thieves – 2018
Ori And The Will Of The Wisps – TBC
Anthem – TBC

More indie games listed below from Microsoft:

Osiris: New Dawn, Paladins: Champions of the Realm, Raiders of the Broken Planet, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Unruly Heroes, Fortnite, Battlerite, Surviving Mars, Fable Fortune, Observer, Robocraft Infinity, Dunk Lords, Minion Masters, Brawlout, Ooblets, Dark and Light, Strange Brigade, Riverbond, Hello Neighbor, Shift, and Conan Exiles.

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