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Xbox at E3 2017: The 12 best announcements

42 games, Xbox One X pricing and date

Microsoft’s press conference kicked off with the official name and final look of the company’s new console, the Xbox One X, and then proceeded to focus on 4K and how many games would have it. All said there were 42 games shown off during the press conference with more than half exclusive to the Microsoft console. There were also details about some neat new features coming to the platform.

Below you’ll find a quick summary on the biggest news to come out of Microsoft’s E3 2017’s press conference.

Image of Xbox One X console and controller
Xbox One X console and controller
Image: Microsoft

Project Scorpio got a locked-in design, specs and an official name, price and date

Microsoft’s powered-up new Xbox is officially named the Xbox One X (XB.O.X.). It features some impressive, but already-known specs, is the smallest form factor and will cost $499 when it hits Nov. 7 worldwide.

Xbox One enhanced program will bring enhancements to 35 games for Xbox One X

Five already-released Microsoft first-party games and 30 third-party games will be receiving enhancements for the Xbox One X, we’re told. Though what that means isn’t exactly clear.

Original Xbox games are coming to Xbox One

Xbox backward compatibility, as in compatibility for the original Xbox games, is coming to the Xbox One. We didn’t learn a ton about what that will entail, but we were told that a lot of those original games will feature enhanced graphics when played on the Xbox One.

Anthem - guy in market
BioWare/Electronic Arts

Anthem on an Xbox One X is absolutely stunning

In BioWare’s Anthem, you play as a sort of flying, power-suit wearing explorer in a deadly planet filled with giant monsters and some lovely scenery. The customizable Javelin suits grant players “superhuman capabilities.”

3 million people play Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and it’s coming to Xbox One

Playerunknown himself, Brendan Greene, took to the stage to announce that the popular battle-royale PC shooter is coming to the Xbox One exclusively. The game is coming to the console “late 2017” with Xbox One enhancements.

Minecraft gets 4K graphics and an upgrade that unifies all versions of the game

The Better Together Update delivers community marketplace, massive serves and cross-platform play to the console version of the game this summer. The update will unify Minecraft across mobile, Windows 10, VR and Xbox. The Super Duper Graphics Pack also hits this fall.

Sea of Thieves has lost treasure, massive storms and trading

The Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive received a wide-ranging gameplay video showing off a variety of interesting elements for the game including a treasure hunt, ship-tossing storm, broadsides and even a pirate boarding. Sure it looks fun, but boy is it pretty too. It hits early next year.

Crackdown 3
Sumo Digital

Crackdown 3 is awesome, but we already knew that

Terry Crews kicked off a new trailer for the upcoming sequel to Crackdown 2 with a … pep talk? Turns out that he’s in the game too as Commander Jaxon. Crackdown 3 returns you to the Agency as a super cop unleashing mayhem in an open world. It hits Xbox One and Windows 10 on Nov. 7.

Metro Exodus returns players to a post-apocalyptic world in 2018

Developer 4A Games blew the audience away with an amazing video showing off what the first 4K Metro game will look like. So far, we only know it’s coming to Xbox One and Windows 10.

Assassin’s Creed Origins takes place in ancient Egypt

Assassin’s Creed is back, this time to tell the origin of the Assassins in a story that takes place in ancient Egypt. Assassin’s Creed Origins is confirmed for release Oct. 27 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. It hits later on the Xbox One X, which comes out Nov. 7.

The Shadow of War demo showed off a delightful Orc named Bruz the Chopper

Our first in-depth look at the sequel to Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, showed off a recruitment run for new orcs to build out an army as you prepare for an assault on a massive citadel being held by a two-headed troll. The demo helped to highlight the new nemesis system and showcase the beautiful look of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War.

Forza Motorsport 7 - engine block
Forza Motorsport 7
Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios

Forza is so popular that Porsche decided to debut its new car at E3

Forza 7 runs at 4K native with locked in 60 FPS, but perhaps more interesting is that Porsche pulled back the curtain on its new real world supercar, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, at E3. The game ships on Windows 10 and Xbox One Oct 3.

On top of the major moments of the show were a huge amount of trailers and gameplay for other games like a Life is Strange prequel, Cuphead, State of Decay 2, Deep Rock Galactic and many, many more. Check out all of the videos right here.

E3 2017 begins on June 13, with press conferences starting June 10. For the big announcements, make sure to check out our one-stop shop for the show's streams.

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