Starting off, it can be said that it was reasonably better than most of what was presented yesterday. However with that being said the conference on its own was....middle of the road. It started out with the announcement of the XBOX One S, which is a smaller more streamlined console that has 4K capabilities, Blu-Ray and up to 2 Tb hard drive, with a price that starts at $299.99, which includes the updated wireless controller. The next thing mentioned was the XBOX Play Anywhere program which is a cross play platform where people on Xbox, can play with PC and vice versa, the first game to be included in this is going to be Gears Of War 4.
After a slow start they moved onto the games, the first of which was Gears Of War 4. They introduced a new enemy called the 'swarm' and other than a gameplay demo that looks like they are sticking with the formula of the previous games, though the graphics do look quite nice, and the sandstorms add a nice extra layer to the gameplay, at least as far was shown in the demo. Along with the sawblade weapon that they showed they announced a Gears 4 themed Elite controller. After a weird Killer Instinct trailer introducing the new fighter to the game, General Raam from Gears Of War, they moved on to Forza Horizon 3. The new location of the game is in Australia, and it includes four player drop in and out co-op play. The amount and types of cars have increased from the previous games, this is going to be a part of the program that XBOX is starting with all future games where if you buy the game digitally on Xbox you get it for PC for free, it releases on 27, September, 2016.
The next few announcements were rather lackluster, there was a new trailer for the game ReCore, that showed off a bit of gameplay, as well as the name of the character, known as Joule, the next part was a bit odd where they showed off the Titan fight in Final Fantasy 15. While it was visually striking, the fight itself was odd, whether that was due technical difficulties, or unused to the controller, it was an odd demo. After a forgettable trailer for The Division announcing the first piece of DLC, and a re hash of the Battlefield 1 trailer that was showed at the EA conference, they spent a bit of time, talking about their new 'features' that they are going to implement this fall. The three features are Xbox clubs, which seems similar to the similar PS4 feature of the communities, then there is LFG (looking for group) which is as it sounds and helps to get people together to finish content, as well as a way to set up tournaments with various games, which will also work in accordance with the plans that EA also has for such. Sadly the slow pace and uninteresting lasted for a while longer, with a long drawn out information on a Minecraft update to the game, Minecraft 'realms' which is a cross platform functionality for Minecraft. Also another thing that made the conference drag more than it should have was the mention of personalized controllers, and the half-assed presentation of the up and coming indie games coming to the Xbox one.
The rest of the conference spent a lot of time going back and forth between interesting and cringe inducing. The inclusion of 'We happy Few' for the early access version of Xbox, the announcement of a standalone Gwent game, Tekken 7, Dead Rising 4, and Scalebound, the best part of the conference was by far the game showing of Sea Of thieves. Developed by Rare, this game seems to be quite broad and all encompassing with the things that can be done when it comes to gameplay. Even with the announcement of Halo Wars 2, and State Of Decay 2, the conference ended on a somewhat flat point by announcing the more pwerful console, currently called Project Scorpio, which is not to be released until holiday season 2017.
Overall, this conference while so far the best of the bunch, had its own issues when in regards to pacing and spending too much time on parts that were overly boring and/or pointless. Another thing is that with the announcement that if you buy the games digitally you get the PC version of the game for free, the question that needs to be asked is, do you need to have an XBOX? are they making themselves irrelevant, and if so why announce the new versions of the console? It could possibly be said that they want to give people the options in how they want to play their games, though, at face value it gives the appearance that the XBOX is not the focus, and they need to make sure they get the message they want to get across properly. In conclusion, while they flip flops with pacing were annoying, and the messages they were giving were confusing, it was still up to this point the best conference.