MICROSOFT has unveiled its own roster of Xbox Series X games at a secretive event.
We caught a glimpse of Halo Infinite, a new Forza game and State of Decay 3.
Here are the biggest announcements…
The Xbox Games Showcase kicked off with a teaser for Halo Infinite, the upcoming addition to a legendary Microsoft franchise.
Microsoft showed off some gameplay footage of the long-awaited blockbuster.
Spartan 117 is back, but he looks better than ever thanks to the impressive Xbox Series X hardware.
Detailed lighting effects are clearly visible – the glint on the Chief’s visor, and lens flare from the sun.
It looks like a quintessential Halo game, blasting alien baddies on epic sci-fi worlds – with assault rifles, sticky grenades and the iconic turreted Warthog vehicle.
We see classic Covenant-style enemies, and iconic weapons like the Needler and shotgun.
And even the audio effects are familiar, including the classic hum of a levitation lift, and the squeals of terrified grunts.
The second big announcement was the world premiere of State of Decay 3.
That’s the next entry in the iconic zombie franchise.
And it looks set to be another terrifying post-apocalyptic classic, just like State of Decay 2.
At the very least, the new game has impressive cutscene graphics.
Microsoft also showed off a very brief glimpse of the next Forza game.
The graphics were rendered in the actual game engine, and they look incredible.
But that’s no surprise: Forza games are always a powerhouse when it comes to visual fidelity.
Sadly there was no Xbox Series S announcement, as was widely predicted.
If the rumours are true, it may still be unveiled later this year.
The Xbox July event showcased games from Microsoft’s own Xbox Game Studio.
It took place on July 23, kicking off at noon New York time and 5pm London time.
Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg previously said on Twitter that the team is “working hard on it”.
The headline rumour, however, was that Microsoft will announce a partner console for the Xbox Series X.
It’s expected to be an all-digital console with no disc tray – likely sold at a cheaper price.
Sony has already offered up much the same with its new PS5, which comes in non-digital and digital variants.
And Microsoft arguably spearheaded this trend with its all-digital Xbox One S, which came out last year.
Everyone expects Microsoft to follow suit with the Xbox Series X and a cheaper disc-less console later this year.
But Microsoft is keeping mum about its plans for the future, and we’ll likely hear nothing until later this year.
It’s likely that the two consoles will launch at a similar price point in the UK, meaning around £500.
Respected Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter thinks we’ll see a major price war.
Speaking to The Sun, Pachter said the Xbox Series X will likely cost $499, while the two versions of the PS5 will come in at $499 and $599.
“They’re playing a game of chicken to see who blinks first,” said Pachter, of Wedbush Securities, speaking to The Sun.
“Microsoft is fully prepared to price at $499 regardless of cost, but I think Sony is hopeful that they will announce first.
“Microsoft is going to wait for Sony to blink first.”
Sadly, neither Microsoft nor Sony have confirmed pricing for either of their consoles – or even hinted at a range.
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