By the time I publish this post, Microsoft’s E3 press conference will be less than
thirty fifteen minutes away. And while some things are sure to be a lock (hi, Xbox One Slim), other announcements or products are still up in the air. Rather than wait patiently, I’d like to speculate-slash-dream about what I’d like to see when Xbox head Phil Spencer takes the stage.
A major push for cross-platform play — If Microsoft wants to get Sony on board for this, it’ll need to do so with a show of strength. Trotting out a bunch of titles that have Windows 10/Xbox One cross-platform play could help.
Microsoft’s plan for VR — It’s been rumored that Microsoft will utilize the Oculus Rift in some way for the Xbox One. If that is true, there’s no better time than E3 to make that announcement. Sony’s VR product comes this holiday, and the Xbox One can’t afford to trail the PlayStation 4 in yet another category.
PC games on Xbox One — The Xbox One is already a PC, essentially; it runs on an adapted version of Windows 10, for crying out loud. Microsoft has already stated in the past that keyboard and mouse support is on the way, leading me to believe that the company plans to bring its extensive library of Windows-compatible games to the Xbox One at some point.
New IP — We’re getting a bunch of new titles for the Xbox One this year and next, but I’d really like to see Microsoft continue to push forward and experiment. To date, Microsoft hasn’t really created a hit franchise on its own. I honestly think we’ll see that change with games like ReCore and Sea of Thieves coming, but it can’t (and shouldn’t) end there.
Xbox One Scorpio — Sony isn’t showing off the Neo, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Microsoft opted out of unveiling (or even talking about) the rumored Scorpio console. But doing so could be an easier pill to swallow for fans if Microsoft tied the Scorpio to the Oculus Rift VR platform.
Phil Spencer told Microsoft’s Major Nelson on Friday that this E3 would be the most important for Xbox since the unveiling of the Xbox 360 over a decade ago. We’ll find out pretty soon if he was right.