Twitter: “So far, so-so.”
The Xbox E3 2017 Media Briefing came and went, leaving everyone with impressions lingering at the forefront of their minds. Of course, with all those ideas bursting forth they needed to be shared somewhere, and what better place to do that than on Twitter?
The main spotlight of yesterday’s conference belongs to the very first appearance of Project Scorpio, with the official name of Xbox One X. However, reactions to this name so far… weren’t very enthusiastic, as many people found the name to be uninspired and mediocre when compared to its initial code name of “Scorpio.”
"Xbox One X" is the worst name since "Wii U"
— Nikki™ (@NWPlayer123) June 11, 2017
I honestly don't understand how you can replace a name as awesome as "Xbox Scorpio" with fucking Xbox One X
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) June 11, 2017
“Pushkrimp the Machine” was the original name for Xbox One X #XBOXE3
— CEO Kaz Hirai (@KazHiraiCEO) June 11, 2017
Xbox One X
We all made the jokes when Xbox One was revealed
They managed to come up with an even dumber name
— InsertCleverNameHere (@neufonewhodis) June 11, 2017
Others had some interesting imagination when it came to the reveal of the upcoming console’s name.
change the original XBOXone's name to the XBOX Enterprise Edition to fill out the product line:
— matt cummings (@EiffelArt) June 11, 2017
when Microsoft announced the name "Xbox One X", this is what immediately popped into my head pic.twitter.com/L500uik9lt
— Shane (@FourScore64) June 11, 2017
As for the price tag of $500, the reaction on Twitter was mixed. Some users found it quite suitable for Xbox One X’s powerful specs, while others were concerned that it might be unable to compete with the more affordable PS4 Pro.
Xbox One X is officially $499. It’s a big jump over the original Xbox One but that’s a big price increase over PS4 Pro. #XboxE3
— Austin Evans (@austinnotduncan) June 11, 2017
$499 is a bit rich for Xbox One X. Takes pressure off Sony for tomorrow, but they may cut PS4 Pro price anyway
— Michael Pachter (@michaelpachter) June 11, 2017
Xbox One X starts at $499.
A speaker that plays music and tells u if it's cloudy outside starts at $349
— Robert (@TechRojo) June 12, 2017
— Ben Woodliff (@_GGGhost) June 11, 2017
During the Xbox Media Briefing, Microsoft brought over 40 games to the stage, with 22 being exclusive to Xbox One, Xbox One X, and Windows 10. However, only a few became the stars of the show, with the shining examples of Sea of Thieves….
This is the best showcase of Sea of Thieves so far. Really feels like classic Rare.
— Derrick Bitner (@BitnerdGX) June 11, 2017
Finally Sea of Thieves! I can't wait for the train wreck that is my friends and I trying to operate a boat. It's gonna be awesome! #XboxE3
— Matt Bragg (@Axialmatt) June 11, 2017
— Hillary Nicole (@Pokket) June 11, 2017
… and Forza Motorsport 7…
Someone literally stated with confidence that GT Sport 'looks better' than Forza Motorsport 7. pic.twitter.com/PsOVDhjAbj
— Dreyer Smit (@dreyer_smit) June 12, 2017
Forza Motorsport 7 is going to take racers to a whole new level of realism! Just LOOK AT IT!! 😍😍 pic.twitter.com/0v5EZKc0f4
— Tomek Sobieralski (@Sobski117) June 12, 2017
….then we have things like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (which is basically The Hunger Games simulator).
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One X? WHAT? ARE YOU KIDDING?!!!!!!
— Destin-y 2 Legarie (@DestinLegarie) June 11, 2017
I'm a PS4 guy I have an Xbox One but haven't played on it in near a year Player Unknown's Battlegrounds will bring me back apart from that 👎
— Official PLAYZ (@OfficialPLAYZ) June 11, 2017
Oh god am I going to buy a new Xbox just to play Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds?? I think I might
— Nick Statt @E3 (@nickstatt) June 11, 2017
However, there’s also criticism for other ones, such as Crackdown 3 with its Terry Crews gameplay trailer, featuring absolutely no destruction.
What about the city destruction in Crackdown 3, that kinda looked like it had none. The overpass didn't even break with 14 rockets.
— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) June 11, 2017
Crackdown 3 seemed to feature considerably less environmental destruction than previous trailers. This worries me.
— Boogie2988 (@Boogie2988) June 11, 2017
Bit worried about Crackdown 3, though. Looks like they've dropped a lot of the cool destruction stuff completely.
— Andi Hamilton (@andihero) June 11, 2017
For anyone who doesn’t know what the destruction in Crackdown 3 look like, here’s a short example:
Crackdown 3 is going to shut down the naysayers.
This tech could make Most if not All Games even Better.
Better Destruction & AI pic.twitter.com/7AYm0ts8b2
— Jamie ♏️oran (@JamieMoranUK) April 28, 2017
Also, Microsoft is trying to cram the trend of MOBA with a new game called The Darwin’s Project. And its presentation couldn’t be worse…
The Darwin's Project was kind of annoying. Super weird.
— Joe Vargas (@AngryJoeShow) June 11, 2017
Oh no Xbox what is you doing. This sudden "ESports" transition for Darwin feels so forced #E32017
— Joshua Wittenkeller (@TheJWittz) June 11, 2017
darwin project wins the award for most irritating trailer #XboxE3
— Squallmuzza @ E3 (@Squallmuzza) June 11, 2017
In the midst of mixed reactions, the news of Xbox Original Games announced to be playable on Xbox One apparently saved the day (again!)
sony: lol ps2 games look old and crusty who would play them
microsoft: [announces OG Xbox backwards compatibility to thunderous applause]
>Xbox Originals coming to X1
JET SET RADIO FUTURE IS GOING TO BE ON THE XBOX STORE
— James Cobb (@DigiAtlas) June 12, 2017
The BIGGEST cheer at the conference was when OG Xbox Backwards Compatibility got announced.
Am I lying?
— Press Start Kofi (@PressStartKofi) June 11, 2017
When original Xbox backwards compatibility gets announced pic.twitter.com/BTzHQs7RSu
— Prequel Memes (@PrequelMemesBot) June 12, 2017
It looks like this year’s Xbox E3 Media Briefing still can’t convince the gaming community much with what they’re currently offering. Sure, Xbox One X is a true powerhouse for 4K gaming, despite its awful name. But its game library just isn’t outstanding at the moment. Judging from recent Twitter reactions, Microsoft may have lots of catching up to do if they want to keep up with their rivals.