Microsoft this week gave us what was supposed to be the first real collection of footage from multiple games running on actual next-generation console hardware. For obvious reasons this isn’t like an E3 press conference media blowout. If anything it’s just another step in what has been a slow drip feed PR cycle for both Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X.
The main point of the latest Inside Xbox livestream is that we got gameplay footage from third-party games like Madden 21, Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2, Dirt 5, and Bright Memory, but the scope of the presentation really just meant we got quick-cut trailers that showed off the graphics engines and what they might look like on Xbox Series X. We’re not gonna get “real gameplay” until we can somehow see lengthy uninterrupted reels of people playing these games through a normal gameplay camera perspective. Normally that would’ve been on an E3 showfloor but with COVID-19 that might end up coming from later events from Microsoft, Sony, or the individual publishers. I think Electronic Arts’ EA Play around what would’ve been E3 is the biggest one we know of right now. Continue reading