I’ll admit, I didn’t have high expectations for much new coming out of Microsoft’s E3 press conference yesterday. Part of that is because I’m primarily a PC gamer. So I didn’t have a lot of interest in finding out if a new XBOX was coming out or a slimmer model, etc. While I love Halo, it’s not enough to make me buy a console just to play one or two games on. Still, when I watched a replay of the press conference, I found myself pleasantly surprised.

First of all, some of the XBox news did catch my eye. Microsoft got the drop on Sony by announcing its next console, “Project Scorpio“.  “Set to release in 2017, the new system will feature 8 cores, 320Gb memory bandwidth, and six teraflops of performance that will allow for true fully uncompressed 4K gaming. This suggests it will not simply be upscaled 2160p.” Of more interest in some ways than the specs for the new console is the fact it will supposedly be backwards compatible with the XBox One and the XBox One S, that include controllers and peripherals.

But what really made that news interesting was this next bit of news. XBox Play Anywhere will let you buy an XBox One game and then play it on your PC. This supposedly will be at no extra cost — of course, that doesn’t meant they won’t raise the base price of the game. That is something we will have to wait and see.  Confirmed games so far are:

  • Gears of War 4
  • Dead Rising 4
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Scalebound
  • State of Decay 2
  • Halo Wars 2

But what about games? Four caught my instant attention. The first is Dead Rising 4.

Next up is ReCore.

And we can’t forget Halo Wars 2.

Not to be left out, Gears of War 4.