E3 2016: 9 Takeaways From Microsoft’s Conference

Microsoft set the bar pretty damn high with today’s killer press conference from this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, which is pretty much in swing right about now. From hardware to software, here are nine things you should probably be excited for if you’re a gamer.

Xbox One S

During today’s Microsoft conference, the company announced (more like confirmed) not one but two new Xbox One consoles. The first, 40 per cent smaller Xbox One S is out in August and comes in 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB models, priced $399, $449, and $499, respectively. If you just purchased a new TV, you’ll be happy to learn these babies will play in 4K.

Project Scorpio

Don’t shell out your hard-earned dough for that adorable little Xbox just yet. After rumours galore, Microsoft also announced an even more powerful Xbox One, code-named Project Scorpio. It’s out holiday 2017 and apparently has the highest res, like, ever. Luckily for those of us who are happy to own just one Xbox One, all three Xboxes will be cross-compatible, with all games and accessories working on all of them.

Customizable Controllers

Sick of boring black or white controllers? Xbox Design Lab’s got you covered by letting buyers customise the colours of individual component on an Xbox One controller, like thumbsticks, buttons, and who knows what else.

Dead Rising 4

On to the games, Microsoft confirmed what we all knew was coming with a new trailer for Dead Rising 4, which should arrive this holiday season. Looks like Frank got a flame-throwing triceratops head for Christmas.

Halo Wars 2

The head of 343 Industries showed off a cinematic trailer of their RTS Halo sequel, which drops on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC February 21, 2017. If you can’t wait that long, play the Xbox One beta, which is now live.

Gear of War 4

Not exactly a surprise announcement, but know that Gears of War 4 be the first Xbox Play Anywhere title, in which one purchase lets you play on Xbox One or Windows 10 PC, with streamlined cross-play between both platforms. Take note, Killer Instinct fans, General RAAM will be a new, and very free, playable fighter starting this week.

Forza Horizon 3

Microsoft not only confirmed the latest Forza will be set in Australia and arrive September 27, but also showed off a fresh gameplay trailer, which you can watch below.


This Xbox One/Microsoft 10 exclusive looks dope. It’s made by Capcom legend Keiji Inafune and the team behind the Metroid Prime trilogy. It’s out September 13 and I’m excited.

Sea of Thieves

Another Microsoft exclusive, this one comes from the good developers at Rare. As you can probably guess, it’s pirate-themed. Gotta say I’m diggin’ that unique art style.