Project scorpio microsoft's e3 announcement. Source: Windows Central

Microsoft dropped a lot of big news during their E3 press conference, but we can help you keep up with the essentials…

1 – Project Scorpio gets a Price and Release Date

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Microsoft’s E3 2017 Conference

One of the biggest mysteries going into E3 was what exactly Microsoft’s next console, previously dubbed Project Scorpio, would be, and how it was going to shape up against the PlayStation Pro. Well, we got an answer.

The Xbox One X (try saying that five times) is the souped-up follow-up to the Xbox One, and one of the biggest Microsoft announcements at E3 this year.

Its specs suggest that it will be more graphically powerful than the PlayStation Pro, supports 4k gameplay, and will feature ‘super-sampling,’ which will boost the shiny shiny on 1080p TVs. Additionally, Microsoft has listened to public demand and decided to make the console compatible with all Xbox One accessories and backwards compatible with 360 games.

However, all of this comes at a cost. $499 USD to be more specific. A hundred dollars more than the PS Pro.

The Xbox One X drops on November 7th later this year.

2 – Original Xbox Games are coming to the Xbox One

Who doesn’t love backwards compatibility?

It’s been 15 years since Microsoft’s original console debuted, so it caught a lot of people (me included) off guard when they announced that they would make original Xbox games playable on the current generation.

Crimson Skies is the first title in a series slated for this treatment and the Xbox chief Phil Spencer stated that we can expect these games to “look better and play better across the Xbox One family.”

These games will start to launch later this year and will be trialled on Xbox Insiders soon.

3 – We Finally Get a look at Anthem’s Gameplay

While Bioware’s latest title was announced at EA’s conference, it was left to Microsoft to show us some actual gameplay.

And look, I appreciate that they took the time to craft a gorgeous sci-fi open world and they’re trying to tell a compelling story, I really do. But honestly, none of that matters. The game has power suits and jetpacks. That’s all anybody should care about.

You can check out the full trailer below:

4 – Crackdown 3 Gets a Release Date

This one has been a long time coming.

Microsoft has been dragging out announcing the release for the next entry in their open-world superhero series since 2014, but now we have a trailer and date. November 7, 2017.

If I wasn’t hyped enough already, the trailer also features a surprise introduction from Terry Crews, which I still can figure out if it was more inspiring or more terrifying. Check it out below:

5 – Assassin’s Creed Origins Takes Place in Egypt

Finally, it wouldn’t be a Microsoft conference without hearing about a new Assassin’s Creed game.

Assassin’s Creed Origins is, surprisingly enough, a game that will tell the origin of the Assassin Brotherhood. And it should not be confused with Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, which is about some dudes in Italy.

In all honesty, these games tend to be judged by how cool their settings are and Ancient Egypt has a lot of promise. Plus, the gameplay trailer showcases a few pleasantly over-the-top powers (I’m looking at you bird vision) and decent combat.

The game comes out October 27th on all platforms and you can check out the trailer below:

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