Let’s jump right into it shall we?

The biggest announcements, and yet not that surprising, all the new hardware.

Xbox One S (fairly safe assumption “S” stands for slim) which is 40% smaller than the original One, true 4K Ultra HD, up to 2TB of storage and starting at a very decent $299 price point.

How does the size compare?  What exactly does 40% look like?  Here you go:

 

But wait!  There’s more!  Not content to just reveal a slimmer version of the current console, Microsoft unveiled the new console, codenamed Project Scorpio.

Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Project Scorpio will all “work together”.  All accessories and games will work on all three consoles.  No one gets left behind indeed.

Project Scorpio – Holiday 2017

 

Now, with your shiny new consoles you need shiny new accessories, right?  If you’re like everyone else and you harbor a desire to personalize your controller then Microsoft has answered your wish.

 

Play Anywhere is a new feature that allows you to take your game from Xbox One to a Windows 10 PC and back at no additional cost.  It also allows you to play with friends on the opposite platform, meaning your friend can play on PC while you play on a console or vice versa.

 

 

Not stopping there, Xbox Live is getting some new features:

Cortana makes the jump to the console.

Background Music – Play music in the background while you game.

Language Region Independence – Allows you to choose your language no matter where you are located.

Clubs – Create communities, or clans, or guilds, or tribes, or whatever you want to call it.  The point is you can create a group independent from any game and instead encompass all the games on Xbox.

Looking for Group – Allows to you leave the game and look for people, no more hunting in game spamming “LFG”, you can form your group outside the game then head inside the digital landscape to slay to your hearts content.

Arena – Competitive play and tournaments.  More or less an e-sports training ground, there is nothing wrong with that.  Surprised it hasn’t happened before.

 

Coming this fall, powered by Xbox Live, Minecraft gets some new features including dedicated server and cross platform play.

 

 

Now onto the actual games.

Gears of War 4 – October 11, 2016

Xbox One & Windows 10 Exclusive, features Play Anywhere

A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy.

 

 

Killer Instinct – General RAAM

Xbox One & Windows 10 Exclusive, features Play Anywhere

Gears of War enemy comes to to Killer Instinct.

 

Forza Horizon 3 – September 27, 2016

Xbox One & Windows 10 Exclusive, features Play Anywhere

You’re in charge of the Horizon Festival. Customize everything, hire and fire your friends, and explore Australia in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars. Make your Horizon the ultimate celebration of cars, music, and freedom of the open road. How you get there is up to you.

With an amazing Wicked Games cover.

 

ReCore – September 13, 2016

Xbox One & Windows 10 Exclusive, features Play Anywhere

As one of the last remaining humans on a planet controlled by robotic foes bent on your destruction, you must forge friendships with a courageous group of robot companions, each with unique abilities and powers. Lead this band of unlikely heroes on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world. You can’t save mankind alone. Survival Starts in the Core.

 

Sea of Thieves – 2016

Xbox One & Windows 10 Exclusive, features Play Anywhere

The freedom of the pirate life awaits in Sea of Thieves, a shared-world adventure game filled with unknown dangers and loot for the taking. Be the pirates you want to be and share adventures with friends in a world where every sail on the horizon is another crew of players with unknown intent.

 

Scalebound – 2017

Xbox One & Windows 10 Exclusive, features Play Anywhere

Experience the journey of Drew, who is pulled into the strange, beautiful and dangerous world of Draconis. There Drew is bonded to a fearsome and noble dragon, Thuban, the last of his kind. These two, lone-wolf heroes thrown together by fate must learn to fight as one to defeat the powerful enemies that threaten Draconis and Earth.

 

State of Decay 2 – 2017

box One & Windows 10 Exclusive, features Play Anywhere

The next installment in the critically acclaimed “State of Decay” franchise immerses you in an all-new, multiplayer zombie survival fantasy. Players work together to build lasting communities and tell their own unique story within an interconnected world that remembers the choices you’ve made throughout.

 

Halo Wars 2 – February 21, 2017

box One & Windows 10 Exclusive, features Play Anywhere

An all-new enemy threatens the Halo universe and the only thing standing between Armageddon and humanity is the brave crew on board the Spirit of Fire.

 

Inside – June 29, 2016

Xbox Arcade

Limbo is currently free on Xbox One, the studio’s first game.

 

We Happy Few – Early access in July

The tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial.

 

Dead Rising 4 – Holiday 2016

With all the holiday themes, I sure hope it’s a holiday release.

 

Tekken 7 – Early 2017

 

and many, many more….

 

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