Xbox Scorpio: What we know so far

You can watch the announcement of Microsoft's new console live at Xbox's Mixer streaming platform in the same 4K resolution that the platform itself will support, from your 4K TV or UHD PC. Ubisoft has announced it will show more from a few games it's already teased, including "South Park: The Fractured But Whole" and "Far Cry 5". The industry's biggest console makers and game publishers will do a bunch of press conferences, showcasing their most-promising offerings to the gaming fraternity at the expo. Both Sony and Microsoft are going neck and neck this year. With 15,000 regular consumers joining the conference this year, it will be a good test for the industry to see how actual people feel about the experiences on offer.

That's another problem that the Sony press conferences have.

This means that between them, the hundreds of available titles chalk up less than half the play time of Grand Theft Auto V alone.

All this meant was you would have to either insert your Xbox 360 disc in and download an Xbox One version of the game, or just download digital games you owned in the past.

Over the next 24 hours, Microsoft is expected to make a variety of big announcements at their E3 presentation and with the proper reveal of their new Xbox One console, now codenamed Project Scorpio, being among them, the stage is set for this to be one of the biggest showings of the Xbox brand at E3 in years (and also one of the longest running over 90 minutes). It was also one of the first ever mobile devices that could do multimedia, and this was a big deal.

We discussed everything we expect from E3 2017 on our weekly gaming podcast Transition. If your monitor or TV supports the technology, you can watch the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing live in glorious 4K on the official Xbox Mixer Channel or on the Mixer app for Xbox One S. Even without a major Elder Scrolls or Fallout release previous year, they still had a strong lineup with Prey, Skyrim Special Edition, and yes, even Dishonored 2, despite my opinions of that game.

Big games we'd like to know more about include God of War, Death Stranding from Hideo Kojima, The Last of Us Part 2, Uncharted 4 DLC and the long-awaited Final Fantasy 7 Remake. No one is quite sure what Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have planned for the coming years, with strong rumors indicating that the PS5 could emerge sooner rather than later. I'm also curious to see how games like Days Gone and (Viking) God of War are progressing.

Expect to see a lot more about Super Mario Odyssey, Splatoon 2 and ARMS.

Crackdown 3 is likely going to be one of the flagship titles shown off on Project Scorpio.

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If you only look at the games shown at each company's E3 event, the time-to-release gap narrows but still remains in Sony's favor - 13.28 months vs. 13.56.

  • Arturo Norris