Top Microsoft Gaming Moments of 2017


Throughout E3 this yr, we confirmed the largest and most numerous Xbox video games lineup ever. Lots of these video games are coming in 2018, and as avid gamers we can not wait to share them with followers. Amongst Microsoft Studios exclusives video games are new IP like Sea of Thieves (launching March 20), deep gameplay in fan-favorite franchises like State of Decay 2, and the explosive return of a celebrated franchise to Xbox with Crackdown three – all releasing on Xbox One and PC. That’s along with all the good ID@Xbox and cross-platform video games (extra on that under), and in addition to different unannounced surprises to return.

As we put together to step into the brand new yr, it’s a good time to replicate on our favourite gaming moments of 2017 on Xbox and PC. We launched the world’s strongest console Xbox One X with the biggest video games lineup in Xbox historical past, together with greater than 1,300 titles and over 220 exclusives. Amongst these had been unimaginable 2017 releases from Microsoft Studios, third occasion publishers and revolutionary impartial builders, with over 85 particularly enhanced to reap the benefits of the ability of Xbox One X. We additionally supplied new methods for avid gamers to entry content material, work together with spectators and take part within the recreation growth course of.

Phil Spencer at E3

The joy capped lately with The Sport Awards, the place Forza Motorsport 7 took residence Finest Sports activities/Racing Sport, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds gained Finest Multiplayer Sport, and Cuphead snagged three awards, together with Finest Impartial Sport.

Be part of us as we glance again at our high 10 video games moments of 2017.

  1. The World’s Most Highly effective Console Launches

Reception to Xbox One X has been unimaginable and we’re so grateful for our followers. One of many issues we’ve loved most is seeing how builders are benefiting from the world’s strongest console, with 4K Extremely HD, HDR, Dolby Atmos and different thrilling options and enhancements. Xbox One X actually is the very best place to expertise video games with many enhanced games out there and extra including assist as we transfer into 2018.

  1. The Greatest PC Sport of 2017 Comes Solely to Console on Xbox One

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds took the gaming world by storm in 2017. Over 25 million gamers skilled PUBG on PC and console followers obtained a shot at successful their very own hen dinners with its unique launch on Xbox One as a part of the Xbox Sport Preview program final week. The reception from Xbox followers has been phenomenal with over a million copies offered within the first 48 hours alone. Via the Xbox Sport Preview program, followers get to be part of the event course of, and PUBG on Xbox One will regularly obtain content material updates together with the brand new desert map, Miramar, optimizations, and extra thrilling stuff within the months forward.

  1. Xbox Sport Cross Opens up a New Strategy to Play

Launching Xbox Game Pass was an enormous second for Xbox this yr. Giving followers extra choices to diversify and broaden their library of video games, in addition to uncover new experiences has been necessary to us, which is what we got down to obtain with Xbox Sport Cross. Now we have been excited by the wonderful fan response and engagement with Xbox Sport Cross, which supplies limitless entry to over 100 nice video games on Xbox One.

  1. Xbox is the Finest Place to Play Multi-Platform Video games

This previous yr, we labored with unbelievable publishers and builders throughout the trade to make Xbox the very best place to play their video games. Gamers responded by taking part in greater than 1,870 third-party video games for over 12 billion hours. The Xbox group demonstrated how Xbox Reside is the quickest and most dependable gaming community by logging in additional than three.7 billion hours in multiplayer throughout video games from our companions. This has impressed our companions to boost over 80 Xbox One X video games with any mixture of advantages like quicker loading occasions, larger decision textures, HDR assist or steadier framerates. We’re wanting ahead to an awesome 2018 full of latest video games and much more Enhanced video games with our gamers and companions.

Xbox One X Launch

  1. Forza Motorsport 7 Units a New Bar

All through the years, Flip 10 Studios has labored laborious to push the award-winning Forza franchise to new heights, and the head (to date) was this yr’s Forza Motorsport 7 – a recreation constructed from the bottom as much as showcase native 4K gaming at 60 frames per second on Xbox One X. It was an honor bringing the group probably the most complete, stunning and genuine racing recreation ever made. In September alone, greater than 7.9 million distinctive gamers raced within the Forza group. Subsequent up is the Xbox One X Enhanced model of Forza Horizon three coming January 15, and we’ll have extra thrilling information within the months to return.

  1. Unique Xbox Video games Be part of Backward Compatibility Assortment

One of many huge highlights this yr was bringing Original Xbox classics into the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program. Compatibility is necessary to Xbox, to builders and their video games, and our group. In 2017, we added 136 Xbox 360, 13 Unique Xbox and 7 enhanced Xbox 360 titles, which helped contribute to the greater than 400 titles out there immediately and 740 million hours of Backward Suitable video games performed to-date.

  1. Impartial Builders Drive Innovation

Yearly, we glance again in any respect the good video games launched by impartial builders all over the world, and 2017 was a banner yr for excellent impartial video games. First off, we launched the Xbox Reside Creators Program in August and it’s already flourishing with greater than 100 video games playable on Xbox One and Home windows 10 PCs immediately. And ID@Xbox continues to be the house for creativity, innovation, and simply plain rad video games. From console unique Cuphead to Thimbleweed Park, What Remains of Edith Finch to Aer, or Fortnite to Tacoma, and favorites like Ark, Smite, Warframe and Rocket League ID@Xbox has quick turn into a brilliant related manner for impartial builders to carry their creations to the Xbox One and Home windows 10 group. With Deep Rock Galactic, Battlerite, The Darwin Undertaking, Black Desert, Full Metallic Furies, Robocraft, Beneath and a whole lot of others within the pipeline for 2018, 2017 could get a run for its cash!

  1. Minecraft Turns into First Sport Ever to Unify Gamers on PC, Cell, and Console

2017 was a yr targeted on breaking down limitations for Minecraft. With the discharge of cross-device multiplayer within the Better Together Update, Mojang and the Minecraft workforce introduced tens of hundreds of thousands of Minecraft gamers collectively on the sport they love the place they need, when they need and on the machine they need. In 2018, Minecraft gamers can look ahead to cross-device multiplayer on Nintendo Swap, an entire new world of under-the-sea adventures with the Replace Aquatic, a spiffy new graphics engine powering the Super Duper Graphics Pack, and extra.

Xbox gamers at Xbox One X launch

  1. Mixer Unlocks New Interactive Streaming Experiences

For the Mixer workforce, 2017 was about group progress and innovation. We welcomed a ton of latest streamers, expanded our current communities and added new ones, and made enormous investments in new options like Four-person Co-Streaming, Mixer HypeZone and our new cell app for iOS and Android that make Mixer the very best place to stream and look ahead to console, PC, and cell avid gamers alike. Seeing communities, creators and recreation builders unite round new experiences on Mixer has been unimaginable – Telltale Video games utilizing “Crowd Play” allows the viewers to manage story selections, for instance, or builders utilizing new technique of interactivity in Minecraft, The Darwin Undertaking, Loss of life’s Door and extra. 2018 will carry much more interactive video games in addition to new capabilities for streamers.

  1. Reinvesting in Age of Empires

Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Age of Empires franchise with the group at gamescom this yr was epic. We introduced Age of Empires IV there, which has lengthy been on many fan want lists. Add that we’re partnering with Relic Leisure, the most effective RTS builders on the planet, and there’s a lot to look ahead to with the storied PC franchise. It’s just the start, as Age of Empires: Definitive Version launches early subsequent yr, and Definitive Editions of Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III are deliberate sooner or later.

  1. The SteamVR library involves Home windows Combined Actuality

The Home windows 10 Fall Creators Replace brings combined actuality to your PC this vacation season, and together with it a catalog of over 2000 of the most well-liked VR video games out there with SteamVR. Home windows Combined Actuality headsets don’t require any exterior cameras or sensors, and arrange in simply minutes so you possibly can benefit from the immersive motion of the highest VR video games out there immediately, together with the entire apps within the Microsoft Retailer.

On behalf of your entire Xbox workforce, thanks to all Xbox followers. You’re what makes gaming on Xbox nice and the motivation that drives our workforce. 2018 goes to be a tremendous yr, and we are able to’t wait to share it with you.

In the event you haven’t already, be sure you take a look at your individual private Xbox Year-in-Review to see the way you gamed in 2017. Glad holidays!

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