E3 2017 – Let’s talk about the highs and lows of the Microsoft press conference

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No press conference is perfect (something that Konami has plenty of experience with), but most of them will do their very best to wow you. After all, that’s what press conferences are supposed to do. They’re hype to the extreme, mini-festivals of the thing you love the most and they’re more than ready to leverage that passion.

E3’s press conference schedule is pretty much halfway done already. Tuesday this side in Los Angeles has just two big ones left in the form of Ubisoft and Sony’s big annual event. Nintendo has a Direct later on in the week, but that’s an entirely different beast altogether. Microsoft’s press conference was the event that everyone was looking forward to. After all, new console launches are simply the best and Microsoft’s message regarding the in-development Scorpio was simple: The most powerful console ever made.

Look, Microsoft made a smart move to come out guns blazing with the Scorpio before anymore leaks popped up on NeoGAF. It’s a great-looking device, has the aforementioned power under the hood and whatever runs on it will look damn good. It was a great announcement…but it wasn’t terrific. When I look at a press conference that has new hardware to show off, I want one thing from the event: I want my passion for it to have a boner.

Microsoft’s press conference failed to provide that visual Viagra. Sure, there may have been Dragon Ball Fighters Z, the Terry Crews simulator of Crackdown 3 and the impossibly good-looking Athena from Bioware, but I just wasn’t feeling it. The excitement of Microsoft conferences of years past just wasn’t there. I saw plenty of terrific games, but not a single game sold me on them being the definitive experience on the Xbox One X. A device which I’m still insisting on referring to as the Scorpio, as that’s still a better name in my opinion.

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What about your opinion? Am I talking out of my massive behind yet again, or do you agree that Microsoft failed to step and deliver this year on the trademark excitement and flair of E3?

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Last Updated: June 12, 2017

Darryn Bonthuys

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  • Kruger, what do you think!?

  • Francois Knoetze

    Isn’t it Anthem and not Athena?

    • Original Heretic

      Yeah, Anthem. Looks superb so far.

  • Original Heretic

    I think this is really classic. A story about the Xbox. And what’s at the bottom of the article?

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  • Mark Treloar

    On Friday I was joking with a co-worker about them calling it the Xbox one X, only to wake up this morning to find out it wasn’t a joke any more.

  • Jim of the Banana

    Phil Spencer was supposed to save us from Mattrick’s jacket…. 🙁

  • petervs

    Think it was kick ass conference. They delivered on games and new console. What is there not to look forward too?

  • Pieter Kruger

    Everybody is bais, it’s human nature. MS did everything right, millions will buy the Xbox One X , but millions will also keep finding fault with Xbox because it’s not their console of choice. No matter what MS do or say to some it’ll never be enough. Just find sites where like minded people come together and support those. Have fun, enjoy discussing your platform of choice and share the excitement umongst each other. Stop listening to all the negativity! Xbox One X is a fantastic console with fantastic features and games!

    • Jim of the Banana

      “millions” 😀

      • Pieter Kruger

        Yes Chuckles? Did I stutter?

        • Jim of the Banana

          Chuckles is an epic name! You sir deserve a medal. In return, I will pray to the gaming gods that they deliver games to the Boney X. At the moment, it’s the Wii U of gaming consoles.

    • Spathi

      Askuus meneer, dit lyk of daar ‘n moerse balk in jou oog is.

    • Magoo

      For the most part there is a fair amount of constructive criticism due to every product that any brand produces. Certainly no moral high-ground in telling something it’s perfect when you don’t have to worry about the value of a buck.

  • Jim of the Banana

    I thought it was an ok conference; typically a 5/10 in my book. They showed off the Boney X; it looks interesting. They kept the cloud (or all the usual magical microsoft non-existent fluff) out of it. There was no gimmicky crap like Kinect X or Kinect Meh X. State of Decay 2 looks cool (I enjoyed the first game a lot). Anthem looks like a winner (but then this is Bioware… ugh) and the rest I can’t even remember.

    • Jim of the Banana

      I’ll also add, this was legitimately Microsoft’s best showing in 5 years….

  • Jim of the Banana

    Hopefully Sony will save E3 again… 5 years in a row.

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