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E3 2017 Microsoft Gaming Conference
Microsoft’s conference at E3 2017 has come and gone and it was a conference that received a very mixed reaction. On the one hand, the conference’s heavy focus on video games was heavily praised by Xbox fans and the fact that we learned more about the specification of Project Scorpio, now known as Xbox One X, was interesting.
However, the $499 starting price for the Xbox One X was considered by some to be too steep and the lack of launch exclusives for the Xbox One X is a problem for Microsoft who are behind Sony in terms of the ‘console war’. With this in mind, let’s look at the positives and negatives of Microsoft’s Conference at E3 2017.
The main thing that I took away from Microsoft’s conference was the commitment that they had to games, especially to first-party titles. In recent years, Xbox has struggled to compete with PlayStation in terms of first-party exclusives. While Gears of War 4 is an exception, exclusive games for the Xbox One have either been delayed (Cuphead), cancelled (Scalebound) or underwhelming (Quantum Break) when they have eventually been released.
Something needed to change for Microsoft and I was pleased to see a dearth of video game announcements and reveals at Microsoft’s conference. It was game after game after game and there was something for everyone to enjoy and get excited for. Hopefully, this will bring some new gamers to Xbox.
I also appreciated Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to backwards compatibility by announcing that original Xbox games will begin to be available to play on the Xbox One. This will obviously please the fans who have been with Xbox since the beginning. It is a consumer-friendly move and that is always a good thing
Despite the good in Microsoft’s conference at E3, I should be honest and say that I was a bit underwhelmed. Part of that is down to the Xbox One X. While Microsoft did enough to convince me that I will eventually buy an Xbox One X, this will not happen on its release date of 7th November. The specification is impressive and I liked how my current accessories will work with the Xbox One X.
However, the starting price for the Xbox One X will not be affordable for a lot of consumers, including me. Additionally, the fact that Forza Motorsport 7 was the only real Triple-A first-party announcement at the conference will only satisfy a minority of Xbox gamers. For me, the lack of Halo was a real detriment to the quality of the conference. While the extended look at Bioware’s Anthem was great to see, this was a third-party game.
I wanted to see more Triple-A first-party exclusives at this conference. As I previously mentioned, I appreciated the variety of video games that were showcased. However, most of these games were ones that did not hugely appeal to me. Most of the games looked mid-budget and were lacking in the cinematic storytelling that I want to see from Xbox.
Overall, this was one of Microsoft’s weakest press conferences in recent memory and it does little to help Xbox in the ‘console war’ that they have with PlayStation. I hope that the Xbox One X does well for Microsoft but I am skeptical.