E3 2017 Excites Gamers with New Games and a New XBox
Alyana: The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo just wrapped up in Los Angeles, and gaming seemed to steal the show this year. For more, now, I’m joined by KTVU techs expert Ryan Eldridge from Nerds on Call. Hey, Ryan.
Ryan: Hey. How you doing?
Alyana: Good. Good to see you.
Ryan: So the big news this year was that Xbox.
Alyana: Yeah. So I was gonna say, so until now, Microsoft hadn’t really released a lot of information about their new system called the Xbox One X. First, what are your thoughts on the name? I’ve heard some criticism regarding the name and the big price tag. Five hundred bucks is a lot.
Ryan: Yeah. So this Christmas, we’re gonna have a lotta choice between the new Xbox, the Switch that came out here earlier this year, and, of course, the PlayStation Pro that came out last year. But here’s the interesting thing. Xbox kind of ignored the future of gaming, where Sony is really betting hard on VR. Xbox just sort of ignored it this year. No new VR games coming out. But for the PlayStation 4 Pro, they’re gonna be coming out with a Skyrim. And Skyrim was one of the biggest games a few years back. So they’re gonna do a VR version of that, so us nerds are super excited about that.
But the Xbox One X, you’re right. It’s a pretty hefty price tag at $499, but it is, literally, the most advanced gaming console ever created. It’s got six teraflops of power, which anyone outside of the nerd community has no idea what that means. But it’s super fast. It’s gonna be able to play not just your Xbox One games, but also your Xbox 360 games and, for the first time ever, the original Xbox games. So if you’ve got a big collection of old Xbox games, you’ll be able to play that on the new platform, and that’s pretty cool.
Alyana: If you haven’t already sold them or gotten rid of them, right? I know that’s huge though.
Ryan: Yeah. If you still have the… they’ll likely do like they did with the 360 is if you still have the discs, you’ll be able to put it in the drive just to confirm that you own it. And then they’ll download it virtually, so you won’t need to hold onto the discs.
Alyana: Oh, nice. So do you think then the Xbox will sell more than the PS4?
Ryan: Oh, this year, for sure. So Xbox has been really building up just a huge library of games over the last few years, and the fact that it’s gonna have that backward compatibility is gonna bring a lotta users back to the platform that maybe veered off into the PlayStation platform. And E3 this year, PlayStation and Sony were just kinda blah. They really just showed the games that they showed last year from God of War to some of the zombie games and things like that. There wasn’t really a lot of excitement going on in the Sony booth, although it still looks fantastic. But the Xbox really stole the show coming out Sunday and announcing their new Xbox just before anybody else could get a word in edgewise. It was pretty cool.
Alyana: And you bring up so many… Obviously, they’re remaking one of the best video games of all time. I know that’s one of the big announcements that came out of E3, so talk to us about how exciting this is for gamers. I’m not familiar with the game, but I know many people are and are very happy to hear about this.
Ryan: Yeah. With God of War, I am a huge fan of God of War. I’ve played just about every single one. I borrow a PlayStation from somebody because I’m a Microsoft fan when it comes to the video games. But God of War is just a franchise that will literally make people go out and buy a PlayStation just to play it, and the new game looks phenomenal. We’re hoping that it’ll be released on time and we’ll be able to get our hands on it real soon, so that will be pretty exciting.
Alyana: All right. Well, you’ll have to update us on all of the gaming news later on once you get your hands on some of those games and the new systems, and tell us how they’re all working.
Ryan: Oh, you bet.
Alyana: All right, Ryan. Thanks so much.
Gamers everywhere eagerly await the new games and consoles previewed at E3, an annual gaming entertainment expo held in Los Angeles. This year has seen big news from Xbox (hit: they’ve released a new console!), a slew of new games from both Xbox and PlayStation, and new releases in big platform names like Call of Duty and Battlefront II.
Ryan chatted with Fox 2 in Oakland about all the latest gaming news out of E3 2017.
Xbox One X
Formerly referred to as Scorpio or Project Scorpio, the latest generation of Xbox is “the most powerful gaming console on the market. It can play games in native 4K, often at 60 frames per second, though there aren’t a lot of games yet capable of taking advantage of its capabilities. It can also play games in HDR at higher frame rates than the Xbox One S.
How does the Xbox One X compare with the PlayStation 4 Pro (released last year)?
It hosts a faster processor (6 teraflops vs. PlayStation 4 Pro’s 4.2 teraflops) and more RAM (12GB vs. 8GB). They both offer 4K Gaming, but Sony offers native VR. Xbox says VR functionality is in the works, but they won’t produce a native headset.
The big difference? The Xbox One X will set you back $499, which is $100 more than the PlayStation 4 Pro at $399.
The Xbox One X will hit shelves on November 7th.
Thinking of holding out for the next generation of PlayStation? The PlayStation 5 is expected out in 2019 (on their 6-year product cycle) or 2020.
Xbox Revealed more than 40 new games, including:
- Anthem (from Bioware) will offer a co-op, open world environment where everyone gets to fly around in mechanical suits like Iron Man. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EL5GSfs9fi4
- Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Brotherhood returns with their hawks and murderous sneaking, this time with pyramids. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUuKIpCM2o0
- Forza 7 Motorsports for console & PC. The latest generation of Forza offers the racing excitement you’ve come to expect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87z5J3YtlWw
New PlayStation games were deemed “more anticipated” than Xbox games by fans
- God of War 4 looks pretty amazing and the story-driven gameplay is sure to impress fans of the franchise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOE2BVRCUkM
- Marvel’s Spider-Man gives players the chance to fight crime as Spidey, swinging through the incredibly detailed cityscape slinging webs and taking out bad guys. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4zm30yeHHE
- Days Gone is a new series where you’ll get to channel The Walking Dead, fighting zombies… LOTS of zombies. It’s narrative storyline is said to be pretty intense. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd0d0CKwsk8
PlayStation Virtual Reality (PSVR) was introduced for a bunch of new games, including Elder Scrolls V Skyrim.
More exciting news:
New Call of Duty WWII
For Xbox One, PS4 & PC. The latest generation of this massive franchise is a “return to its roots” game, taking place during World War 2. It promises a more diverse/global cast than previous generation, has a main campaign that you can play solo, along with the expected multiplayer experience. Fans can pre-order to get access to a private beta launch of the multiplayer.
New Star Wars Battlefront II from EA
Due out November 17, this new single-player campaign “gives players a perspective from the Empire’s side.” It takes place between the sixth film of the franchise, Return of the Jedi, and the seventh film, The Force Awakens. Multiplayer playable characters will include Darth Maul, Kylo Ren, and Rey, among other fan favorites. You’ll be able to play on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Pre-order for early access to multiplayer beta.
New for Nintendo
Nintendo stuck to game announcements, which isn’t surprising as their newest Switch console just debuted just last year.
The Metroid franchise is coming to Switch with Metroid: Prime 4 and to Nintendo 2DS with Metroid: Samus Returns.
A mainline Pokémon game is coming to Switch sometime next year. While details were scarce, fans of the franchise are excited. Super Mario Odyssey will be out on October 27th and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is getting two expansions.
In addition, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim will be coming to Switch in the near future.
A new Atari?!?
No definitive news yet, but Atari has a new console coming: https://www.ataribox.com/
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About The Author: Andrea Eldridge is CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, a computer repair company that specializes in on-site and online service for homes and businesses. Andrea is the writer of a weekly column, Nerd Chick Adventures in The Record Searchlight. She prepares TV segments for and appears regularly on CBS, CW and FOX on shows such as Good Day Sacramento, More Good Day Portland, and CBS 13 News, offering viewers technology and lifestyle tips. See Andrea in action at callnerds.com/andrea/.