Published: Tue, June 11, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

E3 2019 Xbox Briefing | 5 key talking points

E3 2019 Xbox Briefing | 5 key talking points

I've gone over why Microsoft's decision to make all of its games available on PC and Xbox means I'll never need to buy an Xbox in the past - but if Microsoft showed off a genuinely innovative console that really pushed hardware boundaries - I might be interested.

There still isn't much that's clear about Project Scarlett, Microsoft's follow-up to the Xbox One, which was revealed for the first time at the E3 conference in Los Angeles on 9 June. And Microsoft made a big song and dance about Project Scarlett loading games and content at quite a lick, thanks to new superfast storage and the ability to use the SSD as virtual RAM.

Anyway, now that Google already shared pricing details and more for Google Stadia, we hope that Microsoft won't wait to do the same for Project xCloud.

At E3 2019, Microsoft announced that its Xbox Game Pass service for PC.

"While ray tracing is a staple of Hollywood visual effects and is beginning to worm its way into $10,000 high-end processors, no game console has been able to manage it. Yet". It's expected to be supported by the unveiling of a second console with reduced processing power in comparison to Project Scarlett - and like competing services, it'll work on a wide range of devices.

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The subscription-based service gaming service will cost $5 per month but will launch at an introductory fee of $1 per month, according to the Microsoft website. We also got early looks at some of the high-profile titles, including Gears 5, Halo: Infinite, and Cyberpunk 2077, among others.

Here then is what we know about each gaming powerhouse based on official details and rumours, and how they might compare. As of today, there are still too many Xbox One games that are capped at 30FPS (even on Xbox One X), and that's true even for some flagship Microsoft games such as Sea of Thieves, which is far from being the most photorealistic title you can find on the platform.

Everything else, From Metro Exodus, Shenmue I+II, The Messenger, Battle Chasers and the rest of the games are available to download and play - you just have to find them through search and not by browsing the list of available games.

Also, "both consoles will support games in 8K, double the current 4K standard this is available on their PS4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles".

"Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is off the charts as a consumer value proposition", said NPD analyst Mat Piscatella. I will especially lament the games that I'll have to dig my Xbox 360 out to play.

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