Last year’s conference was in many ways the best conference that Xbox put out there this generation. This year’s conference wasn’t as good as last year’s but it had some good ups but some very low downs that reminded me of some of Playstation’s E3 press conferences.
Last year’s conference was one of the best conferences that Xbox has ever had, this conference just fell flat. Microsoft decided to hold back when Microsoft should’ve gone full in and taken some risks, they held back and they should’ve done better. This conference should’ve beat and blew 2018’s conference out of the water, I wanted more of what made 2018’s conference so good and Microsoft didn’t deliver, sadly.
From next generation to beyond, here are the announcements that Xbox showed off. Here are some of the announcements I found interesting:
Halo is back!
As opposed to last year where there was no info about Halo: Infinite, 343i went in at this year’s E3, showcasing a new brand trailer alongside its release date. Halo: Infinite will release alongside the next generation console in Holiday 2020.
Gears 5 sits in a weird spot. This is the biggest game of the year for Xbox and Microsoft and they decided not to show anything except Escape and a roadmap plus a technical test that will release sometime in July, I’m not really sure why they didn’t go with a campaign demo or a multiplayer demo at this year’s E3. In the end, it feels like Gears 5 will have a staggered release which is not great.
Finally, the release date of Cyberpunk 2077 has been revealed.
The live action / CGI trailer showcased the choices and the consequences that we’ll be able to make in Cyberpunk 2077. The game releases next April, in usual CDPR fashion.
Elite Controller v2
Originally codenamed Project Delphi, that project is now releasing and it will ship this Holiday 2019 and it comes packing some impressive features that definitely makes the older Elite controller seem obsolete and useless. I shall do my first tech review on it later this year.
The Future of Xbox: Next- Generation is here
If you’ve been following along, you know that I mentioned Project Anaconda and Lockhart on the site and now we know the release date of Project Anaconda and Lockhart under the overall umbrella of Project Scarlett.
The console that Microsoft was focusing on in their video, that was very reminiscent of Project Scorpio, focused on Anaconda. We received a good ton of info on Project Anaconda. Anaconda will feature a custom Zen AMD processor, NAVI architecture, 120 FPS, GDDR S RAM, and up to 8K support although I don’t see content releasing in 8K for a while or at all doing this new generation; 8K support is probably there just for HDMI output which means the console will be able to output in 8K, probably upscaled and not native. Microsoft also said that Anaconda uses all solid state SSD which acts as 40% improvement of load times which means next generation games on Anaconda will have very minimal load times in between games which is a plus. It will be a massive improvement over the Xbox One X which is pretty impressive.
Microsoft is obviously holding some of their cards next year when it comes to Project Scarlett and Project Anaconda as we’re a year out from beginning next generation. The info they revealed is enough to keep the hype rolling and enough dripfeed to keep everyone interested which is good enough for me.
The future definitely looks bright for Xbox and although this conference wasn’t as good as last years, it had its good moments. I will be breaking down everything that we saw at this year’s E3 tomorrow and stay tuned later tonight for my review of Bethesda’s E3 conference.