E3 is underway and as tradition dictates, Microsoft will hold the first major briefing at E3 2016 for Xbox today (13/6/16). With the news of the ‘Xbox One Slim’ console already leaked, today should confirm its details and pricing in an effort to kickstart a reboot for the Xbox One which has slowly recovered from the disastrous ‘Mattrick’ launch and with Phil Spencer now steering a steady Xbox One ship, today should be full of big news, reveals and hopefully a good number of surprises.
Below are the trailers and news from the briefing along with my thoughts on how the Briefing delivered a new fresh look for the Xbox One:
Introducing the Xbox One S
Introducing the new Xbox One S. Play the greatest games lineup, including Xbox 360 classics, on a 40% smaller console. Experience richer, more luminous colors in games and video with High Dynamic Range technology. Stream 4K video on Netflix and Amazon Video, and watch UHD Blu-ray™ movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD. Includes the newly streamlined Xbox Wireless Controller.
Gears of War 4 – Campaign Demo and LE XBox One S Controller
Crush the competition with the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – Gears of War 4 Limited Edition, featuring a gritty, battle-weathered design, an arsenal of swappable components, Hair Trigger Locks, an exclusive in-game item, and three Gear Packs.
Killer Instinct Character Reveal – General Raam
Merciless. Fearless. Massive. Cunning. An opponent that all fear to face. Now that feared enemy, General RAAM, has arrived in the Killer Instinct universe.
Forza Horizon 3 Trailer
Forza Horizon 3 Official E3 Trailer – In Forza Horizon 3, you’re in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars, including the debut of the 2017 Lamborghini Centenario. Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you
Recore E3 Gameplay Trailer
From the legendary creator Keiji Inafune, and the makers of Metroid Prime comes ReCore, an action-adventure crafted for a new generation.
Join Joule Adams as she leads a group of Corebot companions on an adventure to save mankind in the dangerous world of Far Eden.
Coming September 13
Final Fantasy XV Xbox One Gameplay Demo
The Division Underground Expansion (First on Xbox One)
Minecraft – Cross Platform Play Announced
ID @ Xbox Showcase
Xbox Design Lab – Xbox Wireless Controller
We Happy Few – Xbox One Preview
Tekken 7 Trailer
Gwent The Witcher Card Game
Dead Rising 4 Reveal Trailer
Scalebond MP Gameplay Trailer
Sea of Thieves
State of Decay 2 Announcement Trailer
HALO Wars 2 Official Trailer and Beta Trailers
Well for me this was a very solid and sound briefing from Microsoft and Xbox. With the closing reveal of the all powerful Xbox One Scorpio in development for release next year, and the Xbox One S revealed today (after it had already leaked yesterday), the Xbox One is a huge family of consoles to work alongside Windows 10. The S is a natural next step for the console that in my opinion has needed a rebrand and a rebuild since it was launched in a condition already weaker than the PS4 and has suffered from the comparisons and lesser performance that Sony’s powerhouse and with the PS4 Neo confirmed but apparantly not being shown at E3, the Xbox One S is releasing at exactly the right time when momentum is with the One finally.
As for the games, the standard look at what we are working on list. Gears of War 4 looks great, Dead Rising 4 was expected and a safe fun Holiday release. Scalebound, which has been very quiet in recent months showcasing a large set piece multiplayer demo was impressive, it still has my attention just as Recore does and it looks fun. Forza Horizon 3 looks incredible and ID @ Xbox is as busy as ever with We Happy Few really grabbing my attention. Sea of Theives looks insanely fun with friends and I am itching to get my hands on the HALO Wars 2 open beta! (downloading now)
Overall a solid and fluid Xbox briefing that shows that lessons have been learned in the last two years and that Phil Spencer is definitely steering the brand in the right direction with the focus back on great games, exclusives and improving hardware but keeping the pricing to a sensible level.