Microsoft E3 2017's five biggest announcements

The Five Best Announcements From Microsoft’s E3 2017 Presentation

Microsoft’s E3 2017 presentation is loaded with big announcements that it’s hard to focus on one thing to get excited about. The Project Scorpio console has finally been properly unveiled, allowing the company to focus on it in the duration of the event. The games that followed were showcased on the platform, igniting more excitement.

Xbox One X

Microsoft kickstarted the event by debuting the Xbox One X, its newest console set to challenge the PlayStation 4 Pro. Looking at specs alone, it already bested Sony’s platform. Its 6 teraflops of graphical power, as noted by The Verge, is more powerful than PS4 Pro’s 4.2 teraflops. Its GPU runs at 1172MHz, which is significantly more than the PS4 Pro’s 911MHz. In addition to that, players without a 4K TV can still enjoy graphical enhancements on their 1080p televisions using “super sampling.”

The Xbox One X, dubbed the smallest Xbox ever, is similar in looks to the Xbox One S. Xbox One games that run at 900p and 1080p should run at native 4K on the console, and the others, including Xbox 360 games, should have a noticeable performance boost.

The Xbox One X is available starting November 7 for the price of $499. The only options gamers have now is a black color and 1TB storage.

Forza 7

The racing game was the first to be showcased on the new console. Locked at 60 fps on 4K resolution, Forza 7 looks absolutely amazing. Racing has never looked this good. Even Porsche is so impressed that it decided to debut the sports car Porsche 911 GT2 RS with a 3.8-liter twin-turbo engine churning out a whopping 700 horsepower, reported The Verge.

You can see the car on the cover of Forza 7, which is set to come out in fall. It is exclusive on the Xbox consoles (One and One X), but you can play it on the PC as well.

Minecraft

At last, you will finally get to see the pixelated blocks on Minecraft in glorious 4K resolution. The Super Duper Graphics Pack is optional, meaning you can stay looking at 1080p blocks if you feel that you don’t need HDR, sharper textures, and special effects, like light rays, per Engadget. This especially looks great on the Xbox One X (with a 4K TV), but a Windows 10 PC with a good monitor can do the trick. Minecraft‘s Super Duper Graphics Pack arrives this fall for free.

Microsoft’s E3 conference also saw the announcement of a unified online play for Minecraft this year.

Assassin’s Creed Origins

If one thing is eternal, that is Assassin’s Creed. A new game has finally been announced, this time based in Egypt. The protagonist, Bayek, an “Egyptian sheriff” called Medjay, protects the people from all kinds of threats. The story will revolve around the formation of the Brotherhood and GameSpot describes the gameplay to be different than a typical Assassin’s Creed title, yet a welcome one. The true open world with free NPCs is some of the game’s strongest points. But the combat is not that polished.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Lastly, there’s the Life is Strange prequel that is set three years before the events of the original title, at the time when Max left Chloe, one of the protagonists of the first game. Max is shown at the trailer as well as Rachel Ambers, the Inquisitr previously reported. It is assumed that familiar characters from Arcadia Bay will appear in Before the Storm as well.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm will come with three episodes with the first one arriving as early as August 31. There are no details yet on the story, but more information can be expected in the weeks leading up to its release.

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