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PermalinkI 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.

Post a comment below for a chance to win a copy of No Time to Explain as well as some Halo Wars 2 extras and a Minecraft skin pack. Those of you that followed E3 will recognize this bundle as part of the Mixer Mixpot. I figure at least the NTTE game download will be attractive for anyone that doesnt already have it. It's an interesting and relatively fun indie platformer. I had already 1k'd it.

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
Posted by LifeExpectancy on 19 June 17 at 05:37 | Last edited on 19 June 17 at 07:48
Kinrinku I'm excited for the One x, tho I won't be getting one on launch. . I think everything announced at E3 is pretty great tho.
Posted by Kinrinku on 19 Jun 17 at 07:20
Conor x420a Good read
Posted by Conor x420a on 19 Jun 17 at 09:27
IAteA11ThePies You aren't able to give away the Mixer freebies, all that free content MS gifted us just got added to your account we don't get codes sent to us. Kind though though.
Posted by IAteA11ThePies on 19 Jun 17 at 10:54
Maelstorm95 500$ is a giant price. Considering around the holidays it'll probably be 50$ off or include a game, maybe that'll be more incentivizing. Recently I've gotten back into playing my 360 and have had more fun than one my X1. While the game may look better, its a lot easier to just pop a disc into the 360 and play rather than wait for the x1 to download it. When the x1 came out, I remember it being "the last console" and would just have software updates. If there's a good deal around the holidays/black friday MAYBE this will be a purchase.
Posted by Maelstorm95 on 19 Jun 17 at 12:29
bennjjee Welcome back :-)

I enjoyed the Microsoft E3 conference. I think the One X is a step in the right direction and think the launch price is reasonable considering the specs they've crammed in that thing. I have a 4K tele already so I'm planning on getting one as the games looked pretty incredible in the 4K stream on Mixer. Realise the One X isn't going to be for everyone and for those the One S is a great alternative.

On the platform side - I really like what Xbox are doing with backwards compatibility and it was really welcome to hear that OG Xbox BC is coming.

Like you, Ori and the Will of the Wisps was my game of the show. I also liked the look of EA's 'A Way Out' too.
Posted by bennjjee on 19 Jun 17 at 12:48
LifeExpectancy I got codes because it was never added to my account. I owned rare replay physical but used the code anyway. Dont need this one, figure someone else might. :)
Posted by LifeExpectancy on 19 Jun 17 at 12:51
KatchPhrase420 Anything that said "Console Launch Exclusive" is Microsoft's new way of saying "Timed Exclusive".
Posted by KatchPhrase420 on 19 Jun 17 at 13:20
Xpovos It needed to be $399 to steal market share back from PS/PS Pro. MS can be absolutely correct that the hardware deserves the price point--but it won't matter. Consoles are the loss leader in the game industry, and it seems like even at $499 that's the case for them, based on what I've read. But there's still a difference between "barely breaking even through creative accounting" and genuinely loss-leaders. It's like Gilette. Give away the razor to sell the blades. Get your product into as many hands as possible and the profit on the high margin items can compensate.
Posted by Xpovos on 19 Jun 17 at 13:32
TheFourthHunter Console launch exclusive just means it launches first on Xbox One. Eventually, the games will make their way to the PS4.

Personally, I think exclusives are dumb. Why get joy out of denying a large group of people an excellent game/experience?
Posted by TheFourthHunter on 19 Jun 17 at 14:05
Tanelorn82 Thanks for the contest, but don't enter me in, I've got it in the Mixpot thing. I will probably buy the X at some point, but I will wait a while. I want to wait and see what happens with the 4K/60fps. I want to see which games will truly output this. Some 3rd party developers probably won't bother to use the additionnal power and will probably settle for the same version of the game for Xbox and PS4(Pro).

I like how they went from XBOX, did a 360° to end up with the X Box One X
Posted by Tanelorn82 on 19 Jun 17 at 14:11
TheFourthHunter @Xpovos, MS isn't intending for the Xbox One X to sell millions and millions of consoles. They wanted to put out a beast of a console for the hardcore game who wants 4K/60fps, but also wants a console. They intend for the One S to continue to sell very well and be their massed produced and owned console.

I don't think Phil Spencer is trying to make the Xbox One the dominant console this generation. I think he truly wants to give each Xbox gamer the options they deserve in a console. Want a beast of a machine capable of 4K/60fps? Get yourself the Xbox One X. Want a console that is also a UHD player, but you don't need superior graphics for your game? Xbox One S. Want a cheap Xbox console? Xbox One/Xbox One S.
Posted by TheFourthHunter on 19 Jun 17 at 14:11
Xpovos The point that they don't intend for it to sell millions of consoles is part of the issue. Unless you intend to sell millions of consoles, you aren't intending to impact the market and claim back market share. They are effectively ceding the generation to Sony, despite at this point having the better hardware. That may not end up mattering, but it also isn't a good thing that will improve the future life of the Xbox and Xbox ecosystem.
Posted by Xpovos on 19 Jun 17 at 14:16
TheFourthHunter But look at what Sony having the lead has already done. They've dropped the bullshit the Xbox One started with, the UI is massively improved, the One S was a significant improvement over the One (and should've been where they started originally), and now we have the One X coming. Even if Microsoft doesn't make up the large gap in consoles sold, the deficit has made a HUGE impact on the Xbox ecosystem. MS is now doing things gamers want while Sony sits there and makes stupid comments and decisions frequently (see backwards compatibility, EA Access, cross-platform multiplayer). To me, I don't care if MS sells tens of millions more consoles. To me, they have the much better ecosystem.
Posted by TheFourthHunter on 19 Jun 17 at 15:04