Xbox One X, Minecraft cross-play, and new games: all the big Xbox news from E3

Microsoft has unveiled the world’s most powerful console at E3 – the Xbox One X.

Formerly code-named Project Scorpio, the Xbox One X packs 40% more power than any other console, offering true 4K gaming for unprecedented graphics and immersion, alongside a built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player for stunning movie experiences.

Showcasing a record 42 titles on its E3 stage including 22 with console exclusivity, Xbox debuted a wide range of titles from game creators large and small, all of which play better on Xbox One X.

Titles include Assassin’s Creed Origins (which made its world premiere at the Xbox event), Crackdown 3, Forza Motorsport 7, Sea of Thieves and much, much more.

Microsoft also announced that the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility library will be expanded to nearly 400 popular Xbox 360 games, including some Xbox classics like Crimson Skies. Titles like Gears of War 4, Rocket League, Minecraft, Resident Evil 7 and more will also receive updates to take full advantage of the Xbox One X’s power.

The Xbox One X will hit shelves on 7 November, for €499, £449 and $499.

Minecraft for all

Microsoft also revealed that a new ‘Better Together Update’ will unify Minecraft across consoles, mobile and Windows 10 versions of the game, allowing more people than ever to play with their friends.

The update sees additional branding dropped from the Minecraft name, and the new cross-play feature will be available on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and Windows 10. Downloadable content will also be available across all devices.

Minecraft is also offering a new 4K graphics pack for improved lighting, shadows and water effects, taking full advantage of the Xbox One X’s power.

For more information and a list of all the games that were shown off at Microsoft’s Xbox conference at E3, please visit the original Xbox Wire blog post.

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