Play Life, Live Games: Xbox makes big announcement at Game Awards
The Game Awards, the closest thing the video game industry has to the Oscars, took place last week and there were plenty of surprises, both in what games went home with the awards and the new reveals that took place.
The biggest news at the show was that Microsoft used the Game Awards to formally reveal the next generation Xbox, now officially called the Xbox Series X. A trailer was broadcast, giving us our first look at the new box and controller.
The system itself has a very unique design in the world of home consoles and looks more like a sleek, black PC than a traditional game console. It’s not as wide or as deep as an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, but it’s much taller than either, with the disc drive in the lower left part of the system.
The new Xbox Series X controller looks almost identical to the current Xbox One controllers, only this time Microsoft has followed Sony’s lead and added a Share button to it, making it extremely easy to post gameplay clips to YouTube, Twitter or stream to Twitch.
According to Microsoft, the new Xbox will support 60fps at 4K, “with possibility of up to 120FPS,” and will also support 8K visuals.
Microsoft also showed off a trailer for what I believe is the second confirmed game being developed for their next gen hardware, after a trailer for “Halo Infinite” was shown at E3 in June. The new game is called “Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II” and the trailer looked terrific, with incredible facial animation.
The show also featured the reveal of the first officially announced PlayStation 5 game, Gearbox Software’s “Godfall.”
Other new game announcements were for “Player Unknown’s Prologue,” the next game from the creator of the hugely successful “PUBG,” and “Fast & Furious Crossroads,” with the trailer featuring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson’s characters from the films.
Some awards were also given out at the show, with the Game of the Year award going to “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice,” the stealth-action game developed by FromSoftware.
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