Microsoft gave players a first look at the Halo Infinite gameplay.
The company said the game’s map was more than double that of the last two sci-fi franchise entries put together.
It also promised “more complex visual effects” than before on its upcoming Xbox Series X console.
However, some players expressed disappointment with the quality of the graphics shown in the demo in their reaction on social media.
This may partly depend on the artistic style of Halo Infinite and the live streaming streamed in high definition at 1080p.
A trailer loaded shortly after in 4K showed the details and lighting with a much better effect.
There has been a more positive response to the addition of new weapons, which include a grappling hook and a futuristic automatic pistol.
Microsoft is also promoting the game with much faster loading times than before: a feature that Sony has unveiled much of at the presentation of PlayStation 5,
“There is a large community around Halo, people really love Master Chief, but they also reach a wider audience with people who may not end the story, but spend hours in multiplayer,” commented Ellen Rose, host of the show. Outside Xtra games.
“If Xbox fixes it, it could really help move sales of the new Xbox Series X.”
Microsoft also confirmed that another of its big franchise names would arrive on the new console in the form of Forza Motorsport 8.
It has been described as early in its development, so it is unlikely to be released together with the device.
Other games revealed:
- Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga – a sequel to the original Bafta winner, which will be set in Iceland this time
- Grounded – a third-person action game in which the player’s character has been reduced and must fight insects in their backyard
- State of Decay 3 – a second sequel to the survival horror game, which included a zombie deer in its trailer
In the current generation of gaming machines, Xbox One comes third in terms of global sales, behind Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Nintendo’s Switch
But one expert said it did much better in terms of market share in the UK.
“There is a love of the Halo brand among UK consumers and their tastes are generally more aligned with the United States [where the gap is also closer], “commented Piers Harding-Rolls of Ampere Analysis.
“So, I expect it to be close enough between the two next generation platforms here. But when you look at continental Europe and other global markets, the disparity is likely to be significantly in favor of PlayStation 5.”
Both Sony and Microsoft have invested in exclusive content by acquiring third-party game studios in recent years.
However, they are now pursuing different strategies.
Sony plans to release many of its new games only on PlayStation 5. On the contrary, Microsoft generally intends to launch its forthcoming titles both on PC and on the new Xbox Series X and often also on the existing Xbox One.
So far, neither company has revealed how much their new consoles will cost, although both will go on sale by the end of 2020.
Both can resist in the hope that the other will go first, allowing the second part to modify its strategy accordingly.
However, Harding-Rolls suggested that companies would be wise not to wait too long,
“Coronavirus created pressure on spending, so I think there would be an advantage in giving people the opportunity to preorder,” he said.
By Marc Cieslak, BBC Click
What is the next generation, besides better graphics and faster loading times?
It’s a question I’ve asked all game developers and executives I’ve talked to over the past year.
So far, I have yet to receive an answer that fully answers the question.
After a shaky first presentation from Xbox in May, Halo’s Master Chief’s backup call to this latest event placed the X Series console on a firmer basis.
Compared to Sony’s shock and reverential fear of last month, Xbox has opted for an elegant and classy event. Halo Infinite and Forza Motorsport have used tested Xbox franchises to prove that the new machine will be a force to be reckoned with.
For me, this event reminded us much more of the atmosphere and vibe of the recent Xbox E3 showcases.
An adult story that highlighted a wide variety of games, from crowd-pleasing first person shooters and racing titles to more thoughtful dishes like Tell Me Why, an exclusive platform game with a starring character. They also found time to tease a new fairy tale.
It appears that Xbox is more than ready for another wreckage challenge with PlayStation.
But consumer expectations for the capabilities of the next generations should probably be tempered, until we get a first glimpse of the games they play on new generation machines, rather than making a judgment based on an online promotional flow.