The Official XBOX Thread

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Congrats to @ozone for winning this year's Xbox banner contest!

briarpack's DOS prompt banner and nillock's 360 blades banner were tied for a close 2nd place.

The Official XBOX Thread

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Specific Announcements

Maybe they'll bring back everything we ever wanted. Slanted circular stages, suit hoodies, and blades!
Maybe they'll bring back everything we ever wanted. Slanted circular stages, suit hoodies, and blades!

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Sunday, June 9 @ 1:00 PM PDT (Your Local Time)

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#2 Posted by delrueofdetroit (87 posts) -

Well deserved win @ozone, nicely done!

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#3 Posted by ozone (158 posts) -

@delrueofdetroit: Thanks! It was the very first idea I had, I’m so glad other people enjoyed it too. Congrats to everyone who submitted to the contest! Can’t wait to see what Game Pass stuff they show off today.

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#5 Edited by nasher27 (358 posts) -

I felt like I was waiting the entire time for some big announcement that never came. The Scarlett video told us basically nothing we don't already know, and Halo (which is what I was excited for most) got a CG trailer which also told us nothing.

Some great moments with Keanu and the Terminator holding a lancer, but overall pretty disappointed.

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#6 Posted by Casepb (775 posts) -

So I will admit I fell asleep for a bit, so I missed a few things. Was this thing really that bad? The only fun thing was the surprise Keanu Reeves. There was really no cool gameplay or anything exciting.

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#7 Edited by NTM (11898 posts) -

Man, I could have been sleeping for work tonight. The conference was okay but not as exciting as I was hoping for, which honestly tends to be the case for most years. I was hoping for more games that'd pique my interest and just more on next-gen. Also, I want another Perfect Dark. The conference just kind of felt like it normally does and considering we're on the verge of next-gen, and it was really Microsoft's time to shine since they're the only ones there, it didn't do a whole lot. Too many CG trailers, or just trailers. Keanu Reeves coming out for Cyberpunk was cool though. I was hoping for an array of back compat/enhanced titles to be announced at once, and the obligatory 'and... you can play it right now.'

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#8 Posted by liquiddragon (3552 posts) -

Woah, do they have Saiyan suits in Sea of Thieves?

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#9 Posted by OurSin_360 (6225 posts) -

I wonder what the sdd space will look like on the scarlett, and if the games run off an external drive will they still take advantage of the increased load times? Also did they say if it was gonna be backwards compatible? Seems like that should be standard at this point right? Also no info on the streaming seemed like a bad idea with stadia coming soon

Cyber punk, outer worlds and pyschonaughts 2 look cool, i was more interested in the hardware since i won't play 99% of the new games anyway lol.

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#10 Posted by mankvill (104 posts) -

I thought it was a pretty good conference, but the first half was better than the 2nd half.

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#11 Posted by liquiddragon (3552 posts) -

@oursin_360: They said something about 4 generations of consoles implying BC. Would be weird if it wasn't given how much they've been pushing it the last couple years

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#12 Posted by nasher27 (358 posts) -

I think a lot of us were looking to Microsoft to potentially show us what the next generation will look like in this press conference, and they basically said they're not ready yet. Which is fair enough, I guess.

Though it feels like a huge missed opportunity on their part.

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#13 Posted by fisk0 (6964 posts) -

Well, the new Xbox does seem to be what I wished the last (i.e. current) gen would be. Remember at the time thinking "what's the point of new hardware if it's not powerful enough to emulate the previous generations yet?". To have full backwards compatibility with all previous Xboxes out of the gate is great. Also happy that we're getting some new lighting rendering this gen, because the way light has been looking has bothered me a lot in these last two generations.

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#14 Posted by BaneFireLord (3570 posts) -

This press conference felt like a big inhale in preparation for a true blowout next year (or whenever Microsoft does their big Scarlett showcase if E3 is dead). But I got an Outer Worlds release date and learned I won't have to pay $60 for it thanks to Game Pass, so I'm happy.

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#15 Edited by frytup (1364 posts) -

@oursin_360: They said something about 4 generations of consoles implying BC. Would be weird if it wasn't given how much they've been pushing it the last couple years

Yeah, it was always going to be BC. That's a big part of the Xbox brand now. They can't backslide.

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#16 Edited by conmulligan (1960 posts) -

They might have mentioned it at the press conference, but this tweet seems to suggest that controllers and other Xbox One accessories will be compatible with Scarlett. It's a minor thing in the grand scheme, but I hope this pans out because it sucks having to re-buy a new set of controllers every generation, and especially so now that they're selling Elites for close to 200 quid.

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#17 Posted by liquiddragon (3552 posts) -

I literally started thinking omg ms and sony are really partnering when they started listing all the PS5 bullet points during the Scarlet part.

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#18 Edited by frustratedlnc (178 posts) -

I was hoping that Halo and Gears would reinvent themselves for their upcoming releases. It was a hugely disappointing show in that respect.

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#19 Posted by Brackstone (958 posts) -

It was fine. The biggest moment was Cyberpunk of course. The From game would be huge if it weren't leaked, but it's still crazy. Their indie showcase was great.

Otherwise, it's a resounding meh. A whole lot of fluff about the new console without anything specific (and a weird fixation on loading times), Halo's still Halo (but it's kind of a reboot now?) Gears is still Gears. I like a lot of what Microsoft is doing, but they aren't giving me compelling reasons to buy an xbox. And maybe that's not their goal, I do want to build a PC and then some of their offering will be enticing, but still, the parts of the conference that mattered were the third party things.

That Star Wars game also continues to look unimpressive. Forest Whitaker dropping into frame was hilarious.

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#20 Posted by Blu3V3nom07 (4499 posts) -

Congratulations Microsoft on purchasing Double Fine. That was the best part of the show, it really made me smile. I can't wait to see what y'all do with them.

A Dougle Fine game, set in the Halo Universe, would be amazing for example.. ?

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#22 Posted by Jesus_Phish (3912 posts) -

After the Cyberpunk/Keanu thing there wasn't all that much to write home about.

Forza Lego could be fun and cool.

I was kind of taken aback when they did the Gears thing. They showed off three wrestlers, explained they're going to be playing and making new Escape mode maps - but then showed an entirely CG trailer for the mode? Instead of showing any gameplay of it? That game is out in September and you don't show any gameplay?

The Scarlett video is just the Xbox One X video, again, but this time two months after Sony brought Wired to see the PS5 and basically said all the same stuff.

The xCloud stuff just sounds like an after thought. I'd really expected more, more of a push on why their service is going to be better than other upcoming streaming services.

This conference was almost the total opposite of the Sony one from last year - which was 4 games, each getting heavy gameplay segments. This one was like 60 games, but about 3 of them outside of the ID@XBOX sizzle reel showed what looked like actual gameplay.

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#23 Posted by Fram (1870 posts) -

Game Pass gets more and more stacked. It has become such good value.

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#24 Posted by deactivated-5d1d502761653 (305 posts) -

@frustratedlnc said:

I was hoping that Halo and Gears would reinvent themselves for their upcoming releases. It was a hugely disappointing show in that respect.

Kinda my takeaway as well. The Gears presentation was so disjointed, that it foremost confused me.

Just hope Halo isn't just a follow up of Halo 4 which was kinda underwhelming to me,

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#25 Posted by wardcleaver (345 posts) -

The conference was about what I expected, given that we are about a year away from a new console release. Cool to see Gears, Halo, and a release date for Cyberpunk 2077.

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#26 Posted by Capum15 (6011 posts) -

Cyberpunk was hilarious and great and real dumb, but easily my "specific game related" highlight. Halo is my favorite everything, essentially, but that trailer felt like some kind of tech demo or... something, and did absolutely nothing for me, which makes me a bit sad. If it was a reveal trailer, it would've been great.

Forza Horizon 4: Legos was silly and I need to get back into that.

All I remember from the Gears segment was the Terminator which was amusing. The Star Wars game reminds me of Force Unleashed, which I loved, so I'm hoping it's good. That Elden Ring trailer was cool.

The Game Pass / Ultimate thing was awesome and I've already made that switch. Probably my favorite non-specific game related highlight.

I just want them to show me some actual Halo-ing.

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#27 Posted by Shindig (4982 posts) -

I found it odd that six months out from release, they showed nothing of Gears 5's gameplay. They played this open goal way too safe but at least they have the service in place to cover anybody who doesn't want to adopt an Xbox One 18 months away from new consoles.

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#28 Posted by PDXSonic (575 posts) -

I think it was a fairly tame showing, but its the one before the big E3 so that's somewhat expected. Bunch of fun games coming to Game Pass that I'll give a shot.

Also getting my two years of XBL Gold converted to Ultimate for $1 is a total win.

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#29 Posted by Jesus_Phish (3912 posts) -

Can anyone tell me, if I sign up for Xbox Game Pass for Windows, can I play that Forza Lego DLC when it's out or would I have to buy that separate?

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#30 Edited by Haz (434 posts) -

I thought Microsoft's showing was just okay. I came out of it not super excited for much this year or in early 2020, however getting confirmation of a new console for Holiday 2020 launching with Halo Infinite was great.

I think Microsoft has the most potential/exciting future in a post-Don Mattrick world. With Phil Spencer running the show 100% now, I'm way more excited about the future of Xbox than I was a few years ago. Everything they've mentioned has sounded promising, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Backwards Compatibility have been amazing features for me personally.

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#31 Edited by BoboBones (291 posts) -

@jesus_phish: Sorry if my response is late, but Game Pass only includes the base game. You can buy the DLC, or the Ultimate upgrade, so if you cancel Game Pass, you’ll still own the DLC, but not the core game.

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