Microsoft at E3 2016: Project Scorpio, Gears of War 4, and Xbox Live

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Microsoft at E3 2016: Project Scorpio, Gears of War 4, and Xbox Live

Highlights

  • Microsoft will be bring its exclusive games to Windows 10 PC.
  • Xbox One S - a slimmer Xbox One will be out in August as leaked prior.
  • Project Scorpio - a more powerful Xbox is due for Christmas 2017.

"Windows 10 and Xbox One exclusive" was a phrase thrown around throughout the duration of Microsoft's E3 2016 conference. Which should come as no surprise as it was leaked early in the year that most of the company's upcoming games will come to Windows 10 PC and Xbox One.

Speaking of leaks, most of the conference's biggest announcements were revealed before it even began. Be it details for the Xbox One S, Halo Wars 2, Forza Horizon 3, or third-party games like Final Fantasy XV, The Division Underground, ReCore, and Battlefield 1, there was very little that was unknown. Nonetheless, here are the most important announcements from Microsoft's E3 2016 event.

(Also see: Xbox One Exclusives Gears of War 4, Scalebound Coming to Windows 10 PC: Report)

The Xbox will go beyond generations
At the end Xbox boss Phil Spencer stated the company will not wait around five to eight years to sell you a new Xbox. This is due to Project Scorpio - a new Xbox sporting 6 teraflops of GPU power and 8 CPU cores with the objective of letting you play games at 4K resolution and in high fidelity VR. It's due in Christmas 2017 and has been announced now for developers to know what to expect and take advantage of it.

However keep in mind that whatever works on the Xbox One and One S will work on the Scorpio and vice versa.

Scalebound gameplay impresses
From the team behind Vanquish and Bayonetta is Scalebound. After a solid showing at Gamescom 2015, PlatinumGames lifted the lid on the game's stellar co-op mode. There's a wealth of action, a fair bit of strategising, and oodles of gorgeous combat. It will be coming to Windows 10 PC as Xbox One in 2017.

Tekken 7 - one of the rare games that was not leaked
Fighting game Tekken 7 was present at Microsoft's event. There was smooth looking battling and a generous story mode. To celebrate its early 2017 arrival on the Xbox One, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers right now.

Gears of War 4 is coming to PC day one
Also coming to Windows 10 PC, Gears of War 4 had a surprisingly long demo which focussed on teamwork to a large degree. There was a lot going on what with varied weather, environments, and hordes of enemies to defeat. It's out on October 11. Microsoft also unveiled a Gears of War 4 themed Xbox Elite controller to go with it.

Xbox Live levels up
Some new features will be making their way to the Xbox One. These include Clubs to allow you to form communities with friends, Looking For Group which lets you find likeminded gamers, and a new e-sports platform called Arena. In addition to this Background music coming to the Xbox One as is Language Region Independence - which lets you choose your language without being tied by region and voice assistant Cortana.

There were other games such as a host of indie titles such as Inside and We Happy Few out soon as well as a new gameplay trailer for Rare's Sea of Thieves, which seemed like a shared-world game similar to Destiny. Gwent - a card game from CD Projekt RED, makers of The Witcher 3 was also revealed and will be coming to PC and the Xbox One first with other platforms later.

What were your favourite reveals from Microsoft's E3 2016 conference? Let us know in the comments.

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Rishi Alwani Rishi writes about video games and tech. Legend has it he bleeds pixels. More
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