What We Learned From the Controversial Inside Xbox Series X Showcase

With the battle between Sony and Microsoft heating up, fans have been champing at the bit for a taste of new information. When Microsoft announced it was hosting an Inside Xbox showcase, interests were piqued. This was meant to be the first big unveiling of gameplay from the Xbox Series X console, ultimately revealing if the much-talked-about but rarely-sighted upgrades were worth it. Ubisoft latest title, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was the star attraction and following on from the game’s own impressive release, fans were understandably excited to see the gameplay in action. Instead, what they got was a 30-minute showcase that focused more on storylines and cinematics than it did on the gameplay of the 15 games in question.

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla Inside Xbox

Xbox Series X Showcase

The broadcast showed off a number of trailers for upcoming and pre-existing titles, whetting the appetite of Xbox fans. However, as the showcase went on, a number of viewers pointed out that the gameplay showcased was uncharacteristically light on gameplay. Tensions came to a head when the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla segment was aired. While advertised as showing gameplay, the showcase provided only a brief look into some already-seen cinematic footage. It’s safe to say that fans weren’t overly impressed, taking to Twitter with the hashtag #Xbox2020 to complain.

What We Learned From Inside Xbox

But despite the Inside Xbox event not really living up to expectations, we did learn a few interesting tidbits of information that are sure to keep the hype train rolling. As part of the presentation, Microsoft revealed that several new games will utilise its Smart Delivery Feature, meaning that you can download the version that matches your current hardware. It’s a huge boost for those not looking to upgrade their hardware right now. Even better, it doesn’t require an additional fee and is done automatically so you don’t need to worry about installing the incorrect version.

Here is a list of announced games that will utilise Smart Delivery;

  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
  • Call of the Sea
  • Chorus
  • DiRT 5
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Second Extinction
  • The Ascent
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Smart Delivery is an opt-in for third-party developers, so you might not see it adopted for your favourite games, but it appears by and large that the feature is being implemented by most companies.

DiRT 5 Inside Xbox

Xbox Series X News

With all the disruption caused by CVOID-19 and an event that didn’t meet expectations, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Xbox Series X release date may be getting pushed back. However, Jerret West, CVP Gaming Marketing at Microsoft has confirmed that the Summer release is still on track.

“What was already going to be a once-in-a-generation year for gaming – a new generation of consoles, a wave of new next-generation games, and the launch of new ways to play with game streaming – 2020 has become the year that challenged us all and tested every commitment we’ve made in the face of COVID-19,” West said. “Our goal remains to launch Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite this Holiday. For PC players, we plan to support the community by making all our major releases at launch available with Xbox Game Pass for PC, including Halo InfiniteWasteland 3Minecraft Dungeons and of course, Microsoft Flight Simulator.”

Chorus Inside Xbox

While the Inside Xbox Series X event wasn’t entirely what fans had hoped for, there is a silver lining. Microsoft is planning another first-look event in July, this time with the first-party Xbox Studios titles such as Halo Infinite. It could be a big opportunity to capitalise on the console war ahead of the proposed Summer release.

You can check out the Inside Xbox event below.

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