Xbox: Microsoft reveals first games for Series X console

BBC Technology 07 May 2020 07:13
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Microsoft has revealed some of the first third-party games that will be optimised for its next-generation console, the Xbox Series X.

The Xbox livestream featured previously unseen footage of the highly anticipated Assassin's Creed: Valhalla.

But many viewers complained too little gameplay was displayed.

Both Microsoft and PlayStation-maker Sony have promised to deliver their latest consoles in time for Christmas 2020.

Typically, Microsoft holds an annual showcase of games at the E3 show in Los Angeles.

But this year's conference was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, the gaming giant showcased a series of upcoming games developed by third-party studios in a livestream.

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  • racing game Dirt 5, which will let players drive around in ultra-high definition 4K at 60 frames per second (fps) or switch down to a lower resolution for even smoother gameplay at 120fps
  • mystery-horror game The Medium, which will take advantage of the Xbox Series X's ray-tracing capabilities, to deliver advanced lighting effects
  • Second Extinction, in which players work as a team to take down large groups of mutated dinosaurs

Speaking during the livestream, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail - from developer Ubisoft - said the new console offered significant improvements for players.

"To have incredibly fast loading times means we can remove some of the friction from the immersion.

"So to be able to push them further is really wonderful for us."

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