After E3 2018, The Xbox One's Future Has Never Been Brighter

After E3 2018, The Xbox One's Future Has Never Been Brighter

Microsoft kicked off their annual E3 press conference with a bang by revealing a cinematic trailer for 343 Industries' Halo Infinite. These five join a base that already included 343 Industries (Halo), The Coalition (Gears of War), Turn 10 (Forza Horizon), and Rare (Sea of Thieves), creating something of a war council for Microsoft going forward. It's unclear whether Infinite is a direct sequel to Halo 5, or if it's a spin off game. The Xbox One X is hailed by Microsoft as the "world's most powerful console; the device is faster and has more computing power than its predecessors, the original Xbox One and newer Xbox One S. It competes with Sony's Playstation 4 Pro". The game looks lovely already but will see a higher visual fidelity through the power of Xbox One X.

At a media briefing ahead of the annual E3 video game show, Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's gaming business, outlined initiatives to keep the business strong.

E3, short for Electronic Entertainment Expo, officially opens Tuesday, but several large game publishers and hardware makers are holding preshow events.


Microsoft purchased Ninja Theory (makers of Hellblade and Heavenly Sword), Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, Compulsion Games (creators of the upcoming We Happy Few) and State of Decay creator Undead Labs.

It wouldn't be a big deal if Microsoft hadn't made VR compatibility a key pillar of the Xbox One X, now the most powerful console on the market, but when Phil Spencer announced it a few short years ago under the moniker Project Scorpio, VR was mentioned in the same breath as native 4K HDR gaming. The game launched with a number of race types, including drift, rally, and more standard, point-to-point races. While the first game was a visual marvel on its own, Techland seems to be taking a totally new visual direction with Dying Light 2. It is coming out in 2019. The Xbox One's next year-or-so is looking pretty healthy.

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