If you’re as hungry to get an Xbox One X pre-order in as I am, you won’t have to wait much longer – info is coming this weekend. Gamescom, the huge European game expo, takes place next week, and Microsoft is helping to kick it off with a presentation on Sunday.
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And a cool surprise
In addition, Xbox marketing boss Albert Penello says we can expect a “cool surprise” on top of the preorder info. What that is is anyone’s guess – it could be anything from a new game announcement to info about when we’ll be able to play Playerunknown‘s Battlegrounds on Xbox One. With Crackdown 3 out of the running, that’s many Xbox One gamers’ most-anticip
Microsoft has a lot of work to do with their Gamescom show. This is the last chance Microsoft has to speak directly to gamers en masse before their new console launches. Right now the compelling reasons to pick up an Xbox One X are Forza Motorsport 7 and maybe – maybe – Assassin’s Creed: Origins, which Ubisoft has billed as looking best on Xbox One X since its unveiling at E3.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is likely the hottest game of the season on Xbox, but that isn’t a game people play for top-end visuals (it’s a game they play to hit people with frying pans). Right now, the best argument for an Xbox One X is just the general improvement many games will see in performance, loading times, and an occasional resolution bump, and that’s a tough idea to market. Sony’s had a similarly difficult time marketing the PlayStation 4 Pro very well. Despite games looking better on the system, they haven’t pushed very hard on the marketing side to get us to buy one.
I hope Microsoft has some good stuff in store for us. The Xbox One X hits on November 7, but Microsoft’s Gamescom show starts on Sunday, August 20, at 3 p.m. EST.