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2017 E3 Recap: Playstation vs. Xbox

2017 E3 Recap: Playstation vs. Xbox

One of the best events of the summer is back, a gaming convention by the name of E3 where new video games are displayed to the public with puzzled release dates…

What I mean by puzzled release dates is gamers have been waiting for Kingdom Hearts 3 since The Dark Knight Rises came out, and maybe even before that. A new trailer for KH3 dropped during Sony's presentation and of course there wasn't an release date, but it did state at the end we'll get a trailer at D23 (a convention for Disney), so who knows? We get excited for this game every year, just for it to be pushed back another 5 years. As far as I'm concerned the game is probably already finished and people been playing it, but let's get into what we've seen these past couple days from Xbox and PlayStation.

Xbox presented a new console or an upgraded version of their current system, previously called Project Scorpio; it's now the Xbox One X, which isn't really a bad name for it but Scorpio did sound better. The Xbox One X is a serious upgrade to the One and One S; it's a much smaller system, the One X is running on a 6 teraflop GPU, HDR 4K resolution for both gaming and movies, and backwards compatibility. Microsoft has had some ok conferences in the past but this might have been their best in a while, the highlight that caught my attention was the backwards compatibility, we can already play a great selection of 360 games on the One but to announce that us gamers can play all original Xbox games really soon is major. So you’re telling me I get to go back and play classic games such as Halo 2, NFL Fever 2002, Brute Force, Conker Reloaded, MechAssault, and Unreal Championship? Yeah sign me up ASAP! I remember the days of the first Xbox, I loved it, even though we had to use that big ass controller (I switched that up soon as the smaller controller was released).

 I still didn't understand the DVD playback kit, it should've played DVDs from the jump, and also being able to play music in the background while playing your games was dope; so I was already on the team since 2002. The One X is supposed to be the most powerful system, we'll see when it drops November 7, and for the price to be $499, it's really not bad like people at making it to be but it probably could have been $50-$100 cheaper. They'll probably change the price quick like they did with the Xbox One in 2013 anyway, and with pre orders and stores like Best Buy and GameStop having trade-in deals, you won't even be paying $500 to begin with.

I'm excited to play games like Metro Exodus, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Cuphead, Anthem, and even Assassin's Creed Origins. Xbox has been taking heat for not having as many exclusive games as PlayStation, even though they're working on a lot now. I'm not really worried about that, exclusives have been the go-to that the fan boys use in console debates; the jig been up. Xbox is more of a entertainment console right now and I'm not gonna act like I'm excited for every game that is announced, knowing damn well I won't be playing. Microsoft impressed me this time around and I can't wait for the One X.

On the PlayStation side, Sony do what they always did at E3, they're key moments at e3 were the new Uncharted, Spider-Man, Days Gone, Crash Bandicoot, Yakuza 6 and last but not least God Of War. With those games announced I might have to get a PS4 again, maybe the Pro or the gold console soon. I'm not a big PlayStation fan but they come through most of the time at E3, but this year to be real, both parties had ok presentations; nothing was really mind blowing. I’ve seen some things I liked from both sides but most of these games announced won't be out till 2018 anyway, and the other games that were shown were just games you can play on either system. This is  why I'll never understand how the console wars still exist, both systems still have issues and both have advantages over the other in some aspects.

I’ll give both conferences get a 3 out of 5 stars. Nintendo, we already know what to expect from them, and you PC gaming bozos can also step while you’re at it.

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