8 Great Revelations
By Matthew Arcilla
The Xbox One may not have won over as many gamers as the Xbox 360 did in the previous generation of video game consoles, but that means Microsoft had a lot more to prove this year. That’s why at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, Microsoft presented an astonishing line up of games, hardware and new features.
Granted, it’s on the show floor with public demos and backstage presentations where the real stuff happens, but for those of us watching at home, Microsoft may have had the most exciting announcements. Here’re just eight of them.
Xbox One X is the Most Powerful Console Ever
At long last, the much buzzed about ‘Project Scorpio’ has been unveiled and it’s the Xbox One X. Touted as the most powerful console ever and the smallest Xbox ever, it is Microsoft’s response to the PS4 Pro. It’s kind of a monster though, as the Xbox One clocks in of 6 teraflops, which is nearly four to five times more muscle than the Xbox One and PS4. Unfortunate name though, as now you have to make sure your relatives don’t get confused and get you an Xbox One ‘S’ this Christmas.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins Is Confirmed
One of the constants of gaming over the past decade was a new Assassin’s Creed every year. But unpolished releases and a stale formula have led to less than happy fans and anemic sales. So, the franchise took a break. Now it’s returned looking fresher than ever. The imaginatively named ‘Origins’ takes place in ancient Egypt, in a time before Ezio, Edward and Evie. It’s a bold new look for the franchise, and while it’s still coming to PS4 and Xbox One, it looks even better on the Xbox One X.
Cuphead Is On The Horizon
This side-scrolling shooter looks like nothing else that gamers have ever seen before, melding bullet hell action with the look of a 1930s Max Fleischer cartoon. But while it turned heads when it was initially announced way back in 2014, three whole years passed with no word on its release. At this E3, Studio MDHR and Microsoft eschewed hype in favor of a promise: a September 29, 2017 release date.
Terry Crews Lets Us Know Crackdown 3 Is Real
Alongside Halo and Gears of War, Crackdown was one of the first major smash hits of the Xbox 360. The return of the franchise with a third installment was heralded with the announcement of the Xbox One in 2013, touting the most destructible open world ever with processing enhanced by the power of the cloud.