It’s that time of the year again folks—E3 is nigh! Like we do every year, it’s time for us to make predictions as to what we’re going to see. Let me preface this by stating that I’m not some sort of industry insider or expert–I’m just a gamer like you. That being said, here’s my short and sweet list of predictions for this year’s Microsoft presentation.
We’ll finally get a look at the Scorpio.
We’ve already been given tech specs on the Scorpio, so we know what’s under the hood. However, we have yet to see what the new Xbox will actually look like. What better showcase for that reveal than E3? An actual price point would also be awesome to get. Maybe something in line with the PS4 Pro, or maybe even less (fingers crossed for us ballers on a budget). It would be fantastic to see an actual tech demo of the new console, which leads to my second prediction…
New Forza game announced, possibly as a launch game for the Scorpio.
Microsoft announces a new Forza game every year, whether it be in the Motorsport or Horizon series. Last year was Forza Horizon 3, this year it will be Forza Motorsport 7. The best way to show this game off and it’s no doubt mind-blowing visual effects is in 4K on the Scorpio.
More on previously announced games like Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves and maybe a new IP.
Let’s get back to what we want to see: MORE GAMES. We’ve had Crackdown 3 (it’s been 3 years now since it was first announced at E3 2014) and Sea of Thieves dangled in front of our faces for far too long. Microsoft needs to whet our appetites even more lest we forget about them. I see more demos and possibly a 2018 release date finally announced. It’s about time for a new Halo game too. Expect to see some Scorpio exclusives as well. I’d also like to see more on Indie Games, such as Cuphead or Little Nightmares
Xbox Games Pass
It looks like Microsoft and Netflix got together and had a baby. Xbox Games Pass lets you have access to over 100 (for now) games for a low monthly price. It hasn’t gone live yet, but it will have by the time E3 rolls around. Expect for this to be pushed.
More backward compatibility.
One of the best things that Microsoft ever did with the Xbox One was to have backwards compatibility with the 360. I love the fact that I can play some of my favorite 360 games all over again on the One. The backwards compatible library keeps growing. Maybe some Splinter Cell or Max Payne love?
More Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality.
Virtual Reality is becoming the thing again—expect a Lawnmower Man remake anytime—and Microsoft doesn’t want to fall behind. So far, Sony has had the lead in the gaming department application and you can be sure that Microsoft has been studying the numbers. Earlier this month, Microsoft opened pre-orders for its new line of Windows Mixed Reality development kits. These kits could be used for either games or other software uses. We’re gamers here, but I certainly would love to see all possible applications for this technology—just not another tired Minecraft demo! Man, if only Microsoft had a powerful enough console on which to run VR/AR…
Now that I’ve committed this list to the permanency of the Internet, join us after the presentation when we will roll up what was shown. Do you have any predictions of your own? Did I forget something? Let us know in the comments below!