Recap: Microsoft’s E3 2017 Press Conference

Microsoft kicked off day two of E3 2017 with their press conference. Here are the highlights.

Phil Spencer took the stage to open the conference. He announced the official name of the Project Scorpio: Xbox One X. It will release November 7, 2017.

Kareem Choudhry took the stage to discuss the technical aspects of the Xbox One X. All games and accessories from Xbox One and Xbox One S will be compatible with the Xbox One X.

The Xbox One X will be the smallest Xbox ever.

World premiere: Forza: Motorsport 7 trailer.

Dan Greenawalt took the stage to discuss Forza Motorsport 7. It runs at a native 4K and 60FPS on Xbox One X. It will have over 700 cars. The game releases October 3, 2017.

Phil Spencer returned to discuss that they will showcase 42 games, including 22 games with console exclusivity for Xbox One.

World premiere: Metro Exodus trailer. It will release in 2018.

World premiere: Assassins Creed: Origins trailer.

Jean Guesdon took the stage to discuss Assassins Creed: Origins.

World premiere: Assassins Creed: Origins extended gameplay trailer. It will release October 27, 2017.

Phil Spencer returned to discuss Mixer (the next generation of live game streaming).

Brendan Greene took the stage to discuss PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds coming to console.

Xbox One X launch exclusive: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will release late 2017.

Xbox One X launch exclusive: Deep Rock: Galactic.

Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive: State of Decay 2. It will release in spring of 2018.

Xbox One console launch exclusive: The Darwin Project.

Lydia Winters took the stage to discuss changes coming to Minecraft this summer. This fall, the Super Duper Graphics Pack will be released.

World premiere: Dragonball Fighter Z. It will release in early 2018.

Xbox One console launch exclusive: Black Desert. It will release in early 2018.

Xbox One console launch exclusive: The Last Night.

Xbox One console launch exclusive: The Artful Escape.

A trailer for CodeVein was shown. It will release in 2018.

Phil Spencer returned to introduce an extended look at Sea of Thieves gameplay. The game will release in early 2018.

Xbox One console launch exclusive: Tacoma. It will release on August 2, 2017.

Xbox One console exclusive: Super Lucky’s Tale. It will release on November 7, 2017.

Xbox One console exclusive: Cuphead. It will release on September 29, 2017.

Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive: Crackdown 3. It will release November 7, 2017.

A montage of titles from the ID@XBOX program was shown.

Phil Spencer returned to discuss the ID@XBOX program.

Xbox One console launch exclusive: Ashen.

World premiere: Life is Strange: Before the Storm. The first episode will release on August 31, 2017.

Michael de Plater took the stage to discuss Shadow of War. An extended gameplay trailer was shown. It will release October 10, 2017.

Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive world premiere: Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

Phil Spencer returned to discuss the backwards compatibility of the Xbox One systems. An expansion to the program will include original Xbox titles. Crimsons Skies will be one of the first titles available later this year.

Over 30 titles will be providing 4K updates to their titles on the Xbox One X.

Xbox One X will be releasing at a price point of $499.

Patrick Soderlund took the stage to introduce Anthem. A world premiere gameplay trailer was shown. The game will release in 2018.

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Microsoft came out swinging with the sheer volume of games at this press conference. I’m excited for the direction they are headed.

Stay tuned this evening for the recap of Bethesda’s presser!

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  1. Is Anthem an Xbox exclusive game, Rebekah? That was the only game that piqued my interest. Is there a certain audience that Xbox was going for during their conference? Just asking!

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    • I don’t think so, I think it was just that the world premiere gameplay trailer was on Microsoft’s stage.

      I’m not sure about a specific audience, but I feel like they cast a wide net to snag as many people’s interest as possible. I was most excited for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but I’d like to find out how long the console exclusivity deal is for before I commit to buying it on the One. I’d prefer to wait it out for Sony.

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    • Of course! I can’t speak to Cuphead, but I feel fairly certain Tacoma and the next iteration of Life is Strange will be coming to PS4 as well. I thought Tacoma was a timed exclusive. But I could be incorrect.

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  2. Microsoft showed off a ton of stuff but there were only a few games that really caught my attention. So the conference overall felt fairly underwhelming for me, but I can see how others may feel differently.

    On the positive side, Assassin’s Creed looks great and the setting in particular really stands out. The Last Night has a cool style that I can get behind, so I’m looking forward to learning more about that one. I was thrilled to see Ashen again as that game looks right up my alley. Although I have not yet played Life is Strange, I plan too soon and therefore it is cool to see that a sequel is in development. Finally, Anthem looks like it could be a lot of fun. I really liked the look of the mobility on display and I’m excited to explore more of that world.

    Ultimately though, there just weren’t any major new exclusives revealed and I’m afraid that the lack of first party titles may continue to hurt Microsoft moving forward.

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    • You and I have INCREDIBLY similar takes on the conference. I was super glad to see so many games (and I really liked what I saw of Assassins Creed: Origins!), but I wasn’t overly interested in many. Though I will definitely fire up the Xbox One to play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as well as Cuphead. Cuphead, finally!

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  3. I was stoked to final have the opportunity to watch Microsoft’s press conference live since it was on the weekend. Now I have to appreciate my good fortune and not be a Grumpy Gus because Bethesda’s press conference is at midnight and I’ve work tomorrow. For one, Microsoft’s conference was live closed captioned and for that I’m deeply grateful (the law is based on content aired on TV and so the press conference has no legal obligation to be closed captioned).

    I ended the event happy that Microsoft went back to the basics with 90 minutes of nearly continuous game talk and a minimum of stage antics. At the same time, I don’t know much about the “launch titles” or not enough to make me too excited and the known developers/IPs were scarce. I want to be more excited for Sea of Thieves but I’m just not and State of Decay 2 was pushed into next year. Still, I’m happy to get early August release dates for Tacoma and Life Is Strange. Onward to E3!

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    • Oh good!! I was really hoping you’d be able to catch Microsoft’s presser, and even better that it was close captioned!

      Holy moly wasn’t that amazing? I mean they showed SO MANY games, just one after another. I’m glad they went that route instead of a lot of technical talk about the Xbox One X. Which, incidentally, has a very confusing name. It’s like the the naming scheme of the Wii U all over again.

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