I guess E3 ends my hiatus.
I know it's been quite some time (nearly four months) since my last blog. I thank those of you who continue to follow me. Life has been busy these last few months, what with finishing the build on our new house and closing on it, having my wife's long-awaited surgery, and site walkthrough duties. This won't be a long blog, but rather a quick hello and a giveaway, and a few thoughts on E3.
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So E3. We finally got the scorpio reveal. The name is silly to me, but MS gonna MS with this Xbox One 'family' naming scheme. Everyone is talking about power, but I'll tell you what excites me most: the faster hard drive! We've been chained to these ancient 5400 rpm drives since the OG Xbox and the 360. The load times on some games are absurd! It's nice to see progress on that front. Although I fear 4k textures might negate the speed, but if devs can cache those textures in that super fast RAM, hopefully all will be well.
I feel like MS should have just bitten the bullet and increased the CPU power as well to make it a full-fledged next generation. I know they're saying they are moving away from console gens, but the CPU is what bottlenecks framerate, and 60fps is a lot more important to me than 4k if I am being honest. OG Xbox was only a four year generation, and look how that worked out for the 360 (RROD aside). It's why I play fewer AAA and more indies these days. Too many AAA devs target 30fps on console, which is irritating.
And the games... MS definitely showed up game-wise, though with third party games and indies. There is still some confusion if some of the exclusives shown were timed exclusive, or if "console launch exclusive" means only XB1 and PC permanently. Is that such a bad thing though? 3rd party games are 90% of what console players purchase anyway. Destiny 2 and Anthem will likely sell as much, or far more, than any first party exclusive on either side. That saddens me too, because Ori and the Will of the Wisps was hands down game of the show for me. It deserves to be a 100 million seller. I hope it at least breaks 1 million sales in the first month of its release.
But is scorpio truly worth $500? If you're big on AAA games, yes. The GPU, better memory architecture, and better hard drive ensure that it will be the best place to play AAA 3rd party multiplats until Playstation's inevitable PS5 in 2019 or 2020. For me? I may wait and see what kind of 4k enhancements Ori has. I dont play many AAA games anymore anyway, and my Xbox One S runs the indies just fine.
What say you folks?
Peace, love, and gaming ~ Life