Inside Xbox: Xbox Series X Showcase Summary

May 8, 2020

I don’t think there’s anybody more excited for the next generation to begin than myself. While we’ve seen some amazing games released over the last year or two, current generation console hardware is starting to show its age and once again be utterly blown away by high-end PC games. With Xbox Series X being the most powerful of the next-gen consoles (Check out the specs of both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 here), it’s the easiest bet for some word shattering visuals.

There have been a few glimpses at next-gen games here and there, but up until this point everything has been CGI cutscenes or ‘in-engine’ trailers, with no gameplay trailers or lengthy demos giving us a real look at what next-gen will look like. That’s all changed now, with last night’s episode of Inside Xbox giving us a plethora of new game announcements and looks at Xbox Series X optimised games.

For those of you that weren’t particularly keen on getting up at 1am, we’ve put together a summary below of all the games that were announced or shown, as well as links to their individual trailers where available:

  • Bright Memory Infinite a fast paced first person shooter from Playism/FYOD Sutdio that shifted from gunplay, to swordplay, to racing in a Delorean.

  • DiRT 5 from Codemasters. The latest in the true to life rally racing series, which looks better than ever.

  • Scorn from Ebb Studio an interesting/grotesque Geiger-esque horro game, that was originally kickstarted back in 2017.

  • A massively detailed looking space combat game from Deep Silver/Fish Labs titled Chorus.

  • Patrick Mahones then came on screen to announce Madden 21 from EA. Madden has never looked this good.
  • Vampire: The Masquarade – Bloodline 2 from Hardsuit Labs and Paradox Interactive is confirmed to be coming to Xbox Series X.

  • Raw Fury and Out of the Blue are bringing us Call of the Sea, an immensely colourful first person exploration game.

  • Next up was The Ascent, a cyberpunk twin-stick shooter Neon Giant and Curve Digital with some fantastic trailer music.

  • The Medium was shown next, a new psychological horror game and IP from Bloober Team.

  • Bandai Namco Studios then showed off Scarlet Nexus, an anime styled character action game, where your main character wields psycho-kinetic powers.

  • Then we got Second Extinction, a first-person shooter that showed the player fighting off waves of dinosaurs.

  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon confirmed for Xbox Series X. The latest title in the long-running Yakuza series, moving to a brand-new protagonist and a turn-based RPG gameplay style, this was the first time we’ve seen the game confirmed for any Xbox platform.

  • Finally, we got our first look at Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. It was only a short trailer, giving us a look at some snippets of gameplay from the Viking-themed game.

If you want to watch it in its entirety, the full episode Inside Xbox episode can be viewed here.