]Welcome to a special Weekly Knockout, where I round up all the gaming news from Microsoft’s E3 2016 Press Conference.
Xbox One S Revealed
Microsoft kicked off by showcasing the new Xbox One S. It will be 40% smaller, with a 2TB HDD, and internal power supply. The console will also feature an IR sensor and support 4K output. It will cost $299 and will come with a revised Xbox One controller, featuring textured grip, Bluetooth support and extended wireless range. You can expect the Xbox One S to hit store shelves this August.
Xbox Play Anywhere
Microsoft announced a new initiative, Xbox Play Anywhere, which gives players access to both Xbox One and Windows 10 editions of any game they buy, for no additional cost. Xbox Play Anywhere will also support cross-save, with Gears of War 4, Killer Instinct, and ARK: Survival Evolved being amongst the first titles to support this new initiative.
Gear of War 4 Trailer
After announcing that the game will support Xbox Play Anywhere, Microsoft went on to exhibit Gears of War 4’s gameplay, which will also support co-op cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 players. At the end of the trailer we also got confirmation that Marcus Phoenix will appear in Gears 4. Finally, a Gear of War 4 elite controller was announced.
General RAAM announced for Killer Instinct
Gears of War’s General RAAM is the next character to join Killer Instinct Season 3’s roster, and is available starting today.
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3 will be a Windows 10 and Xbox One exclusive. Microsoft showed off a gameplay demo, announced that the game is located in Australia, and that it will feature four-player co-op. Horizon 3 will release 27th September 2016 and will also support Xbox One Play Anywhere.
We got a new trailer for one of the games I am personally most excited for, ReCore. The game will release 13th September 2016, and will support Xbox Play Anywhere.
Final Fantasy XV
While it was surprising to see Final Fantast XV at Microsoft’s E3 stage, unfortunately there were no new details announced. Instead, we just got a gameplay demo, which you watch below.
The Division: Underground Expansion
We also got a trailer for The Division’s first expansion, Underground, as well as a release date of 28th June for PC and Xbox One, and 2nd August on PlayStation 4.
Xbox Live Updates
Microsoft detailed what features will be coming to Xbox One, and Xbox Live, in the coming months. First up was background music, a much-requested feature. Second was language region independence. Then third was Clubs, which allows players to create their own communities, which was followed by Looking for Group, a service that will allow players to look for teammates to play multiplayer games with. Finally, Arena was announced, a service to support tournaments.
An update to Minecraft will allow for cross-play between Xbox One, Windows 10, and mobile editions of Minecraft. Texture packs will also be headed to mobile versions of the game.
You can now purchase an official custom controller for your Xbox One. They will cost $79.99, with front and back panels, triggers, analogue sticks, and d-pad all being colour customisable. Additionally, you can engrave the front of the controller, for an additional $9.99.
Indie Game Showcase
As you might expect, there was a showcase of indie games coming to Xbox One. Sadly, no release dates were announced for Cuphead or Below. Also announced, Limbo is free to download on Xbox One.
We Happy Few
We Happy Few is headed to consoles, coming first to Xbox One. The game will also be included in the Microsoft preview program.
Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Announced
A standalone expansion of Gwent, the in-game card game featured in Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, was announced. The game will have a full single player mode, in addition to multiplayer – which will support cross-play. The game will have a closed beta, available first on Xbox One and Windows 10, beginning September 2016.
Tekken 7 Coming Early 2017
We got a new trailer for Tekken 7, as well as a release window of early 2017. The game will be coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Also announced, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, is free for Xbox Live Gold members for one week only.
Dead Rising 4 Announced
As expected Dead Rising 4 was announced, with confirmation of a 2016 release. The protagonist of Dead Rising, Frank West, will return, and the game will once again be set in Colorado. It appears as if Dead Rising 4 will not be an Xbox One/Windows 10 exclusive
Scalebound Co-op Demo
Not much to say here, we got a look at a boss fight, completed in co-op. Check out the footage below. You may also be interested in knowing that the game will be coming to Windows 10, and will support Xbox Play Anywhere.
Sea of Thieves, New Trailers
For Sea of Thieves, we got both a new cinematic and gameplay trailer. Shown in the gameplay trailer, we learned that you can get drunk, and got a more in-depth look at ship battles. During the battles you will of course, be aiming and firing cannons, but you will also need to repair damage to your ship to stop if from filling up with water, and sinking. Sadly, no release date was announced, suggesting the game will launch, at the very soonest, late 2017.
State of Decay 2 Announced
State of Decay 2 was announced with a new trailer. The game is slated for a 2017 release, and will be coming exclusively to Xbox One and Windows 10.
Halo Wars 2
Halo Wars 2 will be released 21st February 2017. The game will be set immediately after the events of Halo 5. A beta for the game begins today.
Project Scorpio Unveiled
Project Scorpio has been officially unveiled, and will release in 2017’s holiday period. The new console’s specs include 6 teraflops of GPU power, 8 CPU cores, and 60Hz rendering. The console will support 4K and VR. The console will also support all games released on Xbox One, and all accessories for the Xbox One. During the reveal Phil Spencer said that “[There will be] a world beyond generations”, and that “no one gets left behind”.