Microsoft adds five new internal studios to make exclusive Xbox games

11 June, 2018, 15:47 | Author: Elena Summers
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It wouldn't be a big deal if Microsoft hadn't made VR compatibility a key pillar of the Xbox One X, now the most powerful console on the market, but when Phil Spencer announced it a few short years ago under the moniker Project Scorpio, VR was mentioned in the same breath as native 4K HDR gaming.

Microsoft also revealed several new Gears of War games. Instead of a triumphant demo that caused explosive yells from the audience, 343i showed off an engine tech teaser for its newest Slipspace Engine, which is powering the latest Halo project. Only a select number of titles will support FastStart at launch, and more games in more languages will get support over time for other Xbox Game Pass and Xbox markets. I'm thrilled to join the Microsoft Studios family as it is clear to me that the gaming team at Microsoft shares my passion for storytelling, world-building and creative exploration.

Spencer also confirmed that the company is working on new iterations of the Xbox console but this shouldn't come as a big surprise. It is being developed by DLaLa Studios in partnership with Microsoft's Rare Studio.

Microsoft gave us a Forza Horizon 4 release date as soon as it revealed the game: you can start playing on October 2, 2018.

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But this wasn't Microsoft's only big news.

It is hard to deny the success of the PS4 and Sony, especially when compared to Microsoft and their Xbox One.

The last time we saw a proper game in the Halo series was with the fifth game, Guardians, about three years ago.

The Xbox event was packed with cinematic snippets or play of 52 games, including new instalments to blockbuster franchises such as "Fallout" and "Halo". Perhaps even slightly humbled by the lessons it's had to learn this gen, it's stacking the deck for the next battle for gamers' hearts - and it's a battle it just might win.

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