Swirling around the E3 rumor mill are some very exciting things regarding Microsoft Corporation and what it may have in store for us next month. On the gaming side of things, the firm is said to be preparing to show off the next generation of the Xbox. The tech firm is also reported to be pushing out some much-loved game titles just in time for the big event. Sure to please most fans, at least five new games are set to be placed on the Xbox One Backward Compatibility list.
E3 is approaching
Just where has the time gone? This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, better referred to as E3, is already under 3 weeks away. As it is every year, the weeks building up to the occasion are always brim-full of interesting and highly exciting pieces of talk. Just what are our favorite entertainment brands preparing to showcase? It’s always a difficult task sifting the likely facts from the fiction, the truth being that none of us will really know much about anything until the actual event. However, it is even harder to not considering all of them, even if a lot of the rumors turn out to be bogus chatter.
Xbox Two could debut at E3
In terms of Microsoft though, next month has a number of things that allegedly stand to be unveiled. The sheer prospect of a new Xbox, in addition to the re-release of some fan fave gaming titles, has fanboys around the world all giddy with excitement. Reports across the web speak of a new addition to the Xbox line-up. Many have said the upcoming console will be Microsoft’s mid-cycle revamp of the Xbox one, aptly titled the “Xbox One and a Half”.
If you’re a bit disappointed by the name of this semi-upgrade, or find it at all lacking in… “oomf”, then you certainly wouldn’t alone in that department. Even the head of Xbox, Mr. Phil Spencer, has said he isn’t fully on board with the name. This has, in turn, fueled rumors that a full upgrade is hiding in the curtains instead. Yes, E3 could see the unveiling of the Xbox Two, source predict.
“I’m not a big fan of Xbox One and a Half,” Spencer said. “If we’re going to move forward, I want to move forward in big numbers. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it’s reliable, the servers are doing well. If we’re going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people–an upgrade.”
4K resolution is big right now, and if it can be crammed into your smartphone, you can be sure that gamers are itching to see it feature on their consoles too. Even Sony Corp’s Playstation is said to be getting an image quality-centered upgrade. The alleged Playstation Neo would offer gamers 4K resolution without cutting back on its 60fps frame rate. Similar too would be Xbox’s next generation. 4K Ultra HD res is said to be the main quality upgrade in the Xbox 1.5/Xbox Two.
Other features would be virtual reality support, the phasing out of disc drives and some added support for Windows 10.
New titles to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility
In terms of the actual games themselves, June stands to be an exciting time for Xbox fanboys. Just over a week ago, Microsoft’s console saw the release of the hugely awaited Call of Duty: Black Ops on Microsoft popular gaming feature. But 5 more will join the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility roster. Microsoft has neither confirmed or denied the matter, which only adds to our anxiety. However, thought to be ready for the Xbox One are titles like Need for Speed hot pursuit, Dragon Age II, Burnout Revenge and Fable Anniversary. Other Titles too, like Halo 3: ODST, have be reported to be placed on the compatibility list.
We’ll all know soon enough which of these rumors are true and which are just wishful thinking. However, one can’t deny the excitement they all bring to the this year’s E3. So far Microsoft already has a lot of excitement to live up to. It is bound to get even more heated as we edge closer to the conference.