Lackluster First-Party Offerings
With the Xbox One X (formerly Project Scorpio) getting its full unveiling during Microsoft’s E3 2017 conference, the pressure was on for the company to really sell it to players. Sure, it’s the most powerful console in the world, but power means nothing if you’ve got no exclusives to really show it off. Now, we’re not saying that Microsoft had no first-party exclusives on show, but there was nothing special or particularly new that really showcased the power and potential of the One X.
Sure, Crackdown 3 will bring its cloud-powered multiplayer mayhem to the table, but it was always going to be coming to the Xbox One, and let’s be real, it kinda looked subpar in its gameplay trailer. Compared to the likes of Anthem and Metro Exodus, Crackdown 3 looked a little dated and lacking polish. Sea of Thieves showed up, but again, it’s been at the past few Microsoft shows and we’re still no closer to a confirmed release date. As for Forza Motorsport 7, there’s no disputing that it’s going to look great on the One X, but it was pretty much known that we were going to see it show up at E3 2017.
Ultimately, Microsoft didn’t bring a hot new first-party exclusive to really wow fans and get them excited. It’s the same stuff we’ve been seeing for years now (especially you, Sea of Thieves).