Xbox has kicked off Gamescom 2017 with a major “This is why you want to buy the Xbox One X” push as well as a deeper look at some games announced at E3 earlier this year and a look at some new…well I say new, the biggest go home message from Xbox was “you can play old and really old Xbox games ‘enhanced’ with Xbox One X….yeah, exactly
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
ReCore Definitive Edition:
Jurassic World Evolution
World of Tanks Xbox One X:
Minecraft Custom Xbox One X
Middle-earth: Shadow of War
Xbox One X ‘Project Scorpio’ Custom Console
As well as the above trailers Xbox went into talking about Forza 7 for Xbox One X and strangely spending time bigging it up for PC. State of Decay 2 is looking good but the biggest take home from this briefing is the utter lack of exclusives for Xbox One for this year and especially nothing special to showcase the Xbox One X on launch following yet another delay for Crackdown 3 announced just before Gamescom 2017.
Got to be honest here, I felt Xbox won E3 this year but the total lack of anything “only playable on Xbox” is making this platform look 2nd best right now. Third party games is all well and good but look at PlayStation who just this coming week will be launching Uncharted: Lost Legacy and already having had success with Nioh and NieR: Automata, and Xbox One is light in the exclusive game market right now. No HALO 6 information from E3 or Gamescom and nothing but delay’s to already launched titles or cancellations completely like Scalebound have damaged and continue to damage the brand. Hell most of their big name titles are 2018 and I fully expect Playerunknown’s Battleground to get pushed back to next year as well.
All in all, Xbox at Gamescom 2017 is a push to sell the Xbox One X and right now, Xbox is relying on third part titles to sell it….not good or confidence building.