They started with the reveal of the heavily rumored Xbox One Slim. Available in white, with a 2TB hard drive, Full 4K and HDR support and 40% smaller than the original Xbox One, it will release in August for $299 in the US, with no current price for the UK at the time of writing.
The New Xbox One Slim
Ending last years conference and starting this years was Gears of War 4 from The Coalition studios. Showing us our first look at the full Co-Op Campaign with local 2 person gameplay with voice actress Laura Bailey, who voices Kait Diaz in the game. Showing off the environmental aspects of the game, utilising the harsh weather to blast enemies with falling trees and scaffolding. The short section also gave us our first look at “The Swarm”, the new antagonists in this installment which will release on October 11th.
Gears 4 showing of the new weapon the BuzzKill
Alongside the Gears 4 news, Microsoft also unveiled their Play Anywhere Programme. Much like Sony’s Cross-buy platform, any digital game bought on Xbox One, will now be playable on Windows 10 Pcs. along with Cross Save capabilities and Cross-Play, allowing you to play however you want to play, wherever you want to play with whoever you want to play with.
Following up was the announcement of Forza Horizon 3 from Playground Games. Set in Australia, and featuring seamless 4 player online co-op, and the largest roster of vehicles in Forza history.
Coming later this year to the Xbox platform is the introduction of Clubs on Xbox One. Clubs allow you to find and play with like minded gamers, and set up tournaments and play sessions fast and easily from your console.
This years ID@XBOX section featured a few new titles coming this year including Cuphead from MDHR studios, PC hit The Culling from Xaviant, Kickstarter success Yooka-Laylee and one man passion project and PC smash hit Stardew Valley.
What followed was our first look at gameplay from We Happy Few, the next title from Canadian developers Compulsion games. Set in an alternate drugged out 1960’s, the game sees you go off your med’s for the first time and see the world as it truly is. Hunted by the government for seeing the truth, you must learn to hide in plain sight amongst the Joy ridden citizens.We Happy Few will go onto the Game preview programme on July 26th
The Creepy Distopian world of We Happy Few
Closing out the games this year was Halo Wars 2. The team at 343 have teamed up with Total War developers The Creative Assembly this time, to bring us a continuation of the story from the first game. Launching on February 21st 2017 on Xbox One and PC, although a week long open Beta starts now on Xbox until June 20th.
Ending the show was the first tease at the currently named Project Scorpio. Said to be “the most powerful console ever” by industry head, it feature complete VR support, native 4K and a high end processor capable of 6 teraflops of power. Coming at the end of next year, so expect more details at next years event.
This years event seemed more of an update than anything else. With no big new reveals, or anything shockingly new. With both Ubisoft and Sony to come later tonight, we’ll have more news to come.