Xbox: Microsoft reveals first games for Series X console
Microsoft has revealed some of the first third-party games that will be optimized for its next generation console, the Xbox Series X.
The Xbox livestream featured unreleased footage of the highly anticipated Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.
But many viewers have complained about too little gameplay.
Both Microsoft and the PlayStation manufacturer Sony have promised to deliver their latest consoles in time for Christmas 2020.
Typically, Microsoft holds an annual showcase of games at the E3 show in Los Angeles.
But this year’s conference was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, the game giant showed a series of upcoming games developed by third-party studios streamed live.
- racing game Dirt 5, which will allow gamers to drive in 4K ultra-high definition at 60 frames per second (fps) or switch to a lower resolution for even smoother gameplay at 120 fps
- mysterious horror game The middle, which will take advantage of the Xbox Series X ray-traced features, to offer advanced lighting effects
- Second extinction, where players work as a team to bring down large groups of mutated dinosaurs
Speaking during the livestream, the creative director of Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Ashraf Ismail – from the Ubisoft developer – said that the new console offered significant improvements for the players.
“Assassin’s Creed has always been committed to new technologies in order to promote the most immersive experience we can.” He said.
“Having incredibly fast loading times means we can remove some of the friction from the dive.
“Norway and England of the dark age breathe living worlds.
“So being able to push them further is really wonderful for us.”
Many of the new games will be part of Microsoft’s “smart delivery” agreement, which allows people to play the games they have purchased on any compatible Xbox console they own.
For example, a player who purchases a game on Xbox One S and then switches to an Xbox Series X will not have to purchase the game again if it is part of the deal.
However, many viewers complained that Microsoft had promised to showcase the “gameplay”, but the stream mainly had trailers and pre-rendered movies.
“Where was the gameplay?” asked a viewer on YouTube.
“Do they know the difference?” asked another.
Microsoft said it would host another stream in July by revealing games from its studios.
This will include Halo Infinite, a new game from the highly successful Halo series.
By David Molloy
The specifications of the new Xbox X Series have been known for some time.
And its graphics power will be on par with a high-end consumer graphics card for gaming computers.
But nothing on display in Microsoft’s livestream was incredibly realistic or light years ahead of current games.
The Xbox team promised that everything it revealed was representative of real gameplay.
But everything has been carefully taken care of.
And there were no live game demos: nobody sat and talked to viewers during one of the games.
If the videos really reflect the quality of the graphics that will be published later this year, they will certainly be impressive, especially the lighting and many explosions on display.
This is important, because developers often design games with consoles in mind.
And this should establish a new baseline, which includes better effects and sharper visual effects.