In 2016, saying something bold and assertive turns heads.
Microsoft's E3 showcase made it clear that it's doing things different this year.
While Microsoft was only too happy to tease the E3 2016 crowd with its Project Scorpio console, noticeably missing from the showroom floor and news was the PlayStation Neo, a.k.a. the PlayStation 4.5.
Cue frenzied speculation and social media meltdown.
Either way, this year's E3 offered an enduring lesson for game developers and publishers, especially in the wake of previous fads like motion controls that failed to meet the early hype. However, Microsoft has not yet announced a VR partner. All of the leading gaming studios made no secret of the fact that virtual reality games were going to be huge, with a raft of titles either ready to roll out or close to being finished. Meanwhile, rumors about upcoming consoles from Sony and Microsoft are no longer rumors and this means bad news for Nintendo. Buy a digital version of a new game for either, and all your save files will automatically transfer to your hardware of choice. Our podcasts and content will remain free, but with your help, we can make them even better. "But the future of the Spider-Man console games is with Sony and Insomniac".
This iterative, trickle-down strategy could be the approach that Microsoft is now adopting. Most interesting: a built-in power supply. Microsoft, on the other hand, filled in a few blanks on Project Scorpio's spec sheet. The Xbox Scorpio is believed to compete with the PlayStation NEO in the market. I just want to know what kinds of software experiences it can support, and on that front, Microsoft's announcement was sorely lacking.
Debuting two new consoles feels like quite a calculated move on Microsoft's behalf. "And we can be equally as sure that Microsoft will be watching just as intently as it gears up for its own next-gen roll-out", Leadbetter said in a statement.
First, the new Xbox One S, available in August, features 4K Ultra HD video with HDR technology for richer colour and depth, a 2TB hard drive, a Bluetooth controller that can also connect to your Windows 10 PC, and is 40 percent smaller than the current Xbox One. But it is the only big game for the company for this year and is coming for the Wii U and the company's next console, the NX, about which very little is known.
What are you most excited for that was announced at E3? Unfortunately, the price has not been announced yet for either the PlayStation 4 Neo or Project Scorpio, but in both cases, the games that have been released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will also be supported by the new consoles. Which is basically saying that Project Scorpio is already seen as a niche product. Todd Howard, Bethesda's creative director, has said that the virtual reality version of Fallout 4 will come to the new gaming console. "And that's what we designed it for".