E3 2017 – Microsoft Conference Summary

Microsoft took to the stage earlier than previous years, deciding to show off Scorpio and the support for it on Saturday at 10pm UK Time. I’ve got work in the morning, but I could not miss this reveal. Once again frantically jotting notes down as they happened.

A few hours prior to the conference starting Geoff Keighley tweeted out that the Scorpio price would be $499. This of course sent plenty of negativity over gaming forums and shockwaves. So it throws even more intrigue in Xbox E3 briefing and the Scorpio Reveal.

Here’s how Microsoft’s conference went:

The conference starts showing us classic gaming moments that “all lead to this” as the Xbox logo lights up on the screen.

Straight to a trailer with the Xbox Logo. It starts the infamous Scorpio chip we’ve seen from all the Microsoft Scorpio teasers. The console is eventually revealed at the end of this video and to me it looked like a Scorpio.

Phil Spencer is introduced to the stage after the video. It’s called Xbox One X. The World’s most powerful console. Launching on November 7th. Launching world wide. They don’t mention price just yet.

All Xbox One accessories and games will work with Xbox One X. All existing games you own will be improved on Xbox One X. Xbox One X is the smallest Xbox console ever in size.

Onto the games, and Xbox One & Windows 10 exclusive world premier to start the show. It’s Forza Motorsport 7.

A world super car is making its debut at E3 today. Porsche unveiled their new car, the 911 GT2RS. Well, we were onto games, but it appears that Microsoft wanted to spend a good chunk of the conference boasting about the Porsche contract and reveal. We get a demo of in gameplay using the new Porsche. Once that is done Phil is back to the stage.

42 games will be featured on the stage. 22 console exclusives. They’ll play on both Xbox One S and Xbox One X.

Phil introduces a world premiere game next. It gives off huge Fallout vibes initially, but also with a hint of Metro. It’s intriguing that’s for sure as the protagonist battles large mutated rats in a dark sewer. Eventually getting out to some light. Still unsure of what this is as the protagonist pulls out a crossbow, shortly to be attacked by a giant mutated bear. It is Metro. Metro Exodus.

Straight to another premiere. It’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins.

Next up is Jean Guesdon from Ubisoft. He reveals another trailer of in game play of Origins.

Once this finishes Phil is back to the stage. Creative director of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds director Brendan Greene is introduced to the stage. Coming as an exclusive console launch later this year.

Another Xbox One exclusive launch title next. It’s Deep Rock Galactic.

Another Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive, State of Decay 2, Coming Spring 2018.

Onto another Xbox console launch exclusive, we get a bit of cut scene with people killing one another, then it cuts to a very very excited guy on stage commentating some in game action. It’s for The Darwin Project.

Onto a coming this summer trailer. Minecraft is being unified across various game platforms, they showed tablet and a Nintendo Switch built from Minecraft but no PS4 heh. Onto another trailer for a Minecraft and the Super Duper Graphics pack.

And we’re back to Phil. He address that the biggest 3rd party games should be available for Xbox One gamers. Delivering broad diverse experiences to Xbox is part of the job. Phil starts with a game from a recent trip to Japan, it’s a world premier. It’s Dragon Ball Fighter Z. For Early 2018.

Onto an Xbox One / Windows 10 console launch exclusive now. Coming early 2018. It’s called Black desert

Another console launch exclusive. It’s a retro looking indie game called The Last Light.

Next console launch exclusive. A game that looks reminiscent of Tearaway visually, but appears to be a side scroller where you play a guitar. It looks interesting, and like the creators where high when making it. The Artful Escape is the name.

Next game doesn’t inform us it’s an exclusive this time. Looks like a hack and slash / Souls’s esque game. Definitely trying to capture some capture some Japanese game fans. The game is Code Vein which was announced earlier in the year.

And we’re back to Phil. It look’s like we’re moving to 1st party now as Sea of Thieves is brought to the screen. We get a long extended look at the game.

Onto another Xbox One console launch exclusive, Tacoma is coming August 2nd.

A world premiere of an exclusive now. It looks like Tails (from Sonic), then I thought perhaps it’s Conker. It’s a bright and colourful platformer that looks a lot of fun. It is an Xbox One console exclusive. It’s called Super Lucky’s Tale.

Next Xbox One console exclusive. It’s the return of CupHead. Played this at EGX 2 years ago and it was a blast. Glad to see it’s finally coming out on September 29th.

Another Xbox One and Windows exclusive, starring Terry Crews. It’s Crackdown 3.

Next it goes onto a reel of games yet to have their own individual trailer.

  • Raiders
  • Unruly Hero’s
  • Path of Exile
  • Battlerite
  • Surviving Mars
  • Fable Fortune
  • Observer
  • Robocraft
  • Dunk Lords
  • Minion Masters
  • Brawlout
  • Ooblets
  • Dark and Light
  • Strange Brigade
  • Riverbond
  • Hello Neighbour
  • Shift
  • Conan Exiles

All thanks to ID@Xbox.

Phil is back again, introducing a few final games. Onto an Xbox One  console launch exclusive game first. It’s Ashen which we haven’t seen in a long time.

Next to a world premiere from Square-Enix, it’s Life is Strange. HYPE!! It’s the prequel Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

Onto Microsoft’s big capture 3rd party partner, Middle Earth Shadow of War.

Next another exclusive and world premiere. It begins on the stage with piano being played. It’s the sequel to Ori. Ori and the will of the wisp. It looks beautiful.

Onto a little talk about the Xbox 360 B/C. Phil says he heard the feedback about more wanted. The original Xbox games will be part of backwards compatibility. Crimson Skies is shown, it’s launching later this year. 30 titles are currently in the line to be upgraded to be enhanced with 4K support for Xbox One X.

Xbox One X launches at $499 on November 7th. There it is. The show is going to be closed by Anthem. Phil completely glossed over the price. Dropped the price then straight to introducing EA to show Anthem.

And that is the show. We get a sizzle real to finish the conference off, with what we’ve just seen and what’s coming soon.

– Murr


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