Microsoft Corporation announced a slimmer version of its Xbox One console and Project Scorpio at this year’s E3 conference. The company claimed that Project Scorpio is the most powerful console ever built. The gaming console will arrive coming in 2017, with 6 teraflops of GPU delivering a premier console gaming experience including true 4K gaming and high-fidelity virtual reality, Microsoft said.
At the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Sony stood out in the games department, showcasing some of the most exciting titles for the Playstation 4. Microsoft also shared a number of great gaming items. Even its latest Windows 10 OS had some impressive features on display.
Microsoft debuted two new consoles at E3. Well, one was more of a mild redesign while the other truly gave fans what they wanted. The Xbox One got a thinner and sleeker variant — the Xbox One S. The other was an all-new innovation and the true next generation in its console range. With a name sure to draw in the gamers, Microsoft called it Project Scorpio Microsoft plans to launch the sleek and slim Xbox One S in August. The company’s new Xbox Play Anywhere program will allow games buy a game once and play it on both their Windows 10 PC and Xbox One console.
“We believe gaming should be fun for everyone,” Microsoft’s Xbox head Phil Spencer said. He added that Gaming for Everyone means “giving you the choice of who you play with through Clubs and Looking For Group on Xbox Live, so you can better connect with people who share your interests.”
New Xbox Games Coming in 2016
There’s a good news for Xbox lover that many new titles are coming this year. The company premiered a wide range of games launching in 2016 and beyond for Xbox One and Windows 10, including a mix of exclusives, blockbusters and independent games.
ARK: Survival Evolved: This is a popular game designed by Studio Wildcard. More than 1 million copies of this game has been sold for Xbox One. The game is soon coming to Windows 10. This looks a cool game. Stranded naked, freezing and starving on a mysterious island, you must hunt, harvest, craft items, grow crops and build shelters to survive. This is a large-scale survival game where gamer needs to learn how to tame, train, breed and ride dinosaurs and primitive creatures.
Dead Rising 4: Developed by Capcom Vancouver, Dead Rising 4 marks the return of photojournalist Frank West in an all-new chapter of one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time. With an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, ambitious new features including new zombie classes and EXO Suits, this game delivers a heart-pounding experience as players explore, scavenge and fight to survive in an epic open-world sandbox. The game will be available Holiday 2016 on Xbox One and Windows 10.
Final Fantasy XV: This is the highly anticipated action RPG and 15th mainline entry in the Final Fantasy franchise. Set in an enthralling world where fantasy meets reality, players will join Crown Prince Noctis and his comrades on an epic journey of brotherhood, love and despair as they unravel Noctis’ destiny and take up arms against the nefarious Niflheim empire. It is coming for Xbox One on Sept. 30.
Battlefield 1: This new exciting game will be released in October. Featuring some of the largest, most dynamic battles in FPS history, experience the dawn of all-out war across war-torn France, in the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert, and in the skies over London. It will be available worldwide on Xbox One and Windows PC on Oct. 21.
Forza Horizon 3: Race and explore the rugged wonder of Australia with your friends in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars as you win millions of new fans and build the world’s greatest automotive festival. As the new boss of the Horizon Festival, you can modify every aspect of race events, and how you get to the finish is up to you. The release data is Sept. 27.
Gears of War 4: After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends Kait and Del must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy. Gears of War 4 is coming as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on Oct. 11.
Halo Wars 2: Developed in partnership by 343 Industries and Creative Assembly, Halo Wars 2 is an action-packed RTS on the biggest Halo battlefield ever. Get ready to lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy, The Banished. The release date is Feb. 21, 2017.
Inside: Developed by Playdead, Inside is the long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s groundbreaking digital hit Limbo. Featuring Playdead’s trademark dark art, emotion and game craft, this adventure puzzler ships June 29, and is available for pre-order now.
Recore: ReCore is an action-adventure game masterfully crafted for the modern generation from legendary video game creator Keiji Inafune and Armature Studio. Play as Joule, one of the last remaining humans, and forge friendships with courageous robot companions to lead them on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world. It is coming as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on Sept. 13.
Sea Of Thieves: Developed by Rare, Sea of Thieves is an immersive, shared world adventure game filled with pirates, unexpected dangers and loot for the taking. Be the pirates you want to be, share adventures with friends, and set your own rules, roles and goals in a world where every sail on the horizon is another crew of players with unknown intent.
State Of Decay 2: The next installment in the fan favorite State of Decay franchise immerses you in an all-new multiplayer zombie survival fantasy. Players work together to build lasting communities where choices made shape an interconnected world and form a unique experience every time. The game will be released as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in 2017.
Scalebound: From critically acclaimed developer PlatinumGames and renowned Game Director Hideki Kamiya, Scalebound brings epic adventures and battles at enormous scales across the beautiful and dangerous open world of Draconis. Customize main hero Drew and your dragon, Thuban, to suit your play style as you battle legions of soldiers and massive monsters solo or cooperatively with up to three additional friends on Xbox Live. The gaming is coming as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in 2017.
Tekken 7: An engrossing story intertwines the past, present and future fates of fan-favorite characters in Tekken 7. The game is coming for Xbox One in early 2017.
We Happy Few: Developed by Compulsion Games, We Happy Few is coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One this summer. In a dystopian, mod 1964 England that lost World War II, the citizens of Wellington Wells are taking a happy drug called “Joy,” and living in denial of their grim existence and a terrible past. Can you survive among them once you stop taking your Joy become a Downer?
Earlier, Microsoft said that it is not adding a TV DVR feature to its Xbox One console. The company said in a statement that it is putting development of DVR for over-the-air TV on hold to focus more on improving gaming experience on Xbox One and Windows.
Last week, Microsoft announced that it will acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion or $196 per share in cash. The boards of directors of both companies approved the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year.