E3 2017: Xbox One X releasing in November

Xbox One X will launch worldwide on November 7th.

Microsoft’s new console was announced immediately at their E3 2017 briefing. Over 3 years of engineering was put into the console, previously known as Project Scorpio.

All current Xbox One games will work on the new console, and according to Xbox, gamers won’t need to invest in a 4K television to enjoy all the graphical benefits.

Microsoft didn’t utter the phrase “next generation” when revealing the Xbox One X – instead insisting that the console will work alongside existing versions of the Xbox One.

A total of 42 games were shown off – 22 of which exclusive to Xbox.

 

 

E3 2017 Conferences LIVE on The Real Michael Pulman

The two big conferences by Microsoft and Sony will be live-blogged right here on The Real Michael Pulman on Monday June 12th and Tuesday June 13th.

Microsoft will be providing more detail on the Xbox Scorpio, and a price is also set to be revealed alongside a release date. But perhaps the bigger question is about the games – just what will Microsoft bring to the party?

Rumors have been rife that Naughty Dog will close out Sony’s E3 conference with some gameplay footage of The Last Of Us: Part II. But could there be more coming? Expect a release date for Days Gone and the new God of War.

Microsoft’s E3 Conference: Monday June 12th @ 9.00am 

Sony’s E3 Conference: Tuesday June 13th @ 1.00pm 

Following the conferences – there will also be a full reaction podcast to be uploaded onto the site shortly after.

Price of Xbox Scorpio’s could make or break its success

Microsoft will launch their much-talked abut high end games console onto the market in a few months, but if the price isn’t right, then you can forget about it being a success.

The Scorpio is always running at its highest capability of performance. Old games will not only look graphically enhanced, but they will run better overall as well. At least that is what Microsoft’s Phil Spencer is claiming.

Microsoft had planned on releasing two more consoles in the Xbox One generation. First was the Xbox One S, released last year, followed by the Scorpio in late 2017. Microsoft’s aim is all about immersion and creating a console that appeals to the core gamer – not the casual.

Speaking on YouTube last week, Spencer promised that the Scorpio will deliver the best console version of games, both third party and exclusive.

There is little doubt that the Scorpio will outshine Sony’s PS4 Pro in almost every aspect. The next time you hear Sony talk about new hardware will likely be the announcement of their next generation console – so Microsoft have the market interest for the time being.

With the PS4 Pro, it looked like Sony were leaning toward targeting that core audience as well, but the effort seemed lackluster from the start. In terms of sales, the PS4 Pro is well down on what Sony would have hoped and that will result in big drops in price prior to Microsoft’s launch of the Scorpio.

How the Scorpio is priced will be important to its success. For a console that is the closest thing ever to a high-end PC, pricing point will make or break its potential mass sales.

The price and release date for the Scorpio will be announced at E3 in June.

 

Xbox Scorpio is already beating PS4 Pro

Microsoft Scorpio is an impressive system, but could it be the next-gen console it has the timing to be?

We are in the middle of a big change to the console gaming space, and it is Sony that has suddenly become the big loser. With the big push toward 4K gaming, both Sony and Microsoft are releasing ‘more powerful’ versions of the PS4 and Xbox One.

Starting with the PS4 Pro, Sony will be the first to drop their upgrade this November, and yes, it will be more expensive than the existing consoles currently on the market. Continue reading Xbox Scorpio is already beating PS4 Pro

What will Microsoft’s Xbox One Slim bring to the table?

With Microsoft expected to reveal the Xbox One Slim at E3 in June, just what will this console look like and will it be enough to bring in sales?

The Xbox One Slim will obviously be smaller in form factor, but how much smaller remains to be seen. No radical redesign to the VHS-like shape to the console is likely, but rather it will be much lighter and and smaller in all of its form factor. The touch-sensitive power button could be replaced, and the console’s operation will be much quieter.

A much larger HDD will be one of the expectations, presumably around the 2TB mark. It would be a surprise to see the power supply built into the console rather than be a standalone “power brick”, even despite the clear evidence that this is one of the big annoyances gamers have had with Xbox consoles over the years.  Continue reading What will Microsoft’s Xbox One Slim bring to the table?