Xbox Chief Phil Spencer Promises More Xbox One Exclusives in 2017

He says it will be an 'exciting year' for gamers, especially with Project Scorpio coming this holiday.

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We don't know much about Microsoft's holiday plans, aside from the release of Scorpio. Despite that, Xbox head Phil Spencer has promised more exclusives for Xbox One players this year than it had in 2016.

Spencer used the Halo Wars 2 release as the jumping off point for a look ahead at what fans can expect from the console in this year. "2017 is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years ever for Xbox gamers," he said on Xbox Wire. "We are preparing to launch the most powerful console ever made this holiday – Project Scorpio – along with a diverse lineup of games. In fact, we are committed to delivering even more exclusive games for both Xbox One and Windows 10 this year than we launched in 2016.  I was very proud of our first-party lineup in 2016 and I am encouraged by an even bigger and more differentiated first-party lineup in 2017, starting with today’s launch of Halo Wars 2."

He mentioned Rare's new IP Sea of Thieves, which is in "technical alpha," as well as State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3. Xbox originals Phantom Dust and Voodoo Vince will also be returning. "Fans of the original Xbox game Phantom Dust can look forward to the re-release of the original classic with Xbox Play Anywhere support and cross-play, as well as improvements to game balance and frame rate," Spencer said. "And Voodoo Vince: Remastered is coming to Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam through the ID@Xbox program. This new edition features high-fidelity visuals and Xbox Play Anywhere support, along with the classic gameplay and brilliant soundtrack fans know and love."

And of course, Spencer just teased the launch "the most powerful console ever made," Project Scorpio, this holiday season." The company has already said that its E3 2017 press briefing is where the big news will be revealed on the new hardware project

Spencer had previously said that 2017 would be "a different year" for the company with no Gears of War of Halo FPS planned as in past years, but said the company still plans to "take risks" despite the cancellation of one of its more high-profile titles, Scalebound from PlatinumGames.

Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb also used the new This Week on Xbox to carry on Spencer's message to fans. 

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    February 17, 2017 10:05 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer Promises More Xbox One Exclusives in 2017

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      February 17, 2017 10:51 AM

      Another one?!

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        February 17, 2017 11:04 AM

        There might be two!

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          February 17, 2017 1:05 PM

          Or three! And then they'll cancel two.

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          February 17, 2017 1:22 PM

          XBox Two confirmed.

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            February 17, 2017 1:51 PM

            Scorpio should launch as XboxEn, both so I can start saying xboxen and because the EN could stand for ENhanced.

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      February 17, 2017 11:18 AM

      I just want Crackdown, and I want it to run well on the stock Xbox One. The closer we get to Scorpio, the closer we get to the OG Xbox One being a door stop. :(

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        February 17, 2017 11:27 AM

        Good because xbox one is the worst console ever made

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          February 17, 2017 11:28 AM

          The controllers are great and Sunset Overdrive was fun. The worst console ever made was the Magnavox Odyssey². FACT

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            February 17, 2017 11:30 AM

            nope xbox one.... I will agree that the elite controller is great the standard ones are cheap plastic junk tho

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              February 17, 2017 1:22 PM

              All opinions have their own validity, but yours is just dumb as shit.

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                February 17, 2017 2:15 PM

                Mi e is one backed up by facts

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                  February 17, 2017 2:17 PM

                  Nothing you've said is a fact other than saying some exclusives are also on PC. Your opinion on lackluster exclusives is an opinion. Thought on build quality is an opinion. Etc

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                    February 17, 2017 3:10 PM

                    I'm pretty sure build quality is verifiable, and not just an opinion. Whether we can verify it or not remains to be seen.

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                      February 17, 2017 3:53 PM

                      His statements are opinions. We can say something is good or bad build quality, but whys truly makes something good or bad? Its not black and white

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              February 17, 2017 2:18 PM

              No way. They're comfortable as hell, and the batteries last forever. The only downside would be the clicky d-pad that doesn't have any throw. Otherwise, best gamepad ever.

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                February 17, 2017 2:28 PM

                The elite is the best gamepad ever I think... The standard ones feel like cheap Chinese knock offs. The analog sticks chafe almost as bad as nintendo64 controllers and the plastic shell is so thin it warps and creaks every time you tence up on the controller. The 360 controllers were much better built.

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                  February 17, 2017 2:37 PM

                  elite controller only has a 90 day warranty and a lot of unhappy reviews out there.

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                    February 17, 2017 6:13 PM

                    90 days really.... I never even paid attention to that I just kinda assumed it was a year

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              February 17, 2017 2:25 PM

              complete nonsense, the controller is basically the only thing MS got right this generation

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                February 17, 2017 3:38 PM

                I really like the Xbone controller but from what I've read, it still suffers from analog stick drift like the 360 controller did and it's pretty common for the bumpers to break. So far my one controller is okay but I don't use the console much and I'm pretty gentle on the bumpers.

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                  February 17, 2017 3:47 PM

                  You can get stick drift with any of these analog controllers, but the bumper thing is probably because people aren't using them properly. I'm not saying it's their fault because it's not at all obvious, but they're designed to be rolled onto and not tapped or struck.

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              February 17, 2017 3:46 PM

              The XBox One S controller revisions are fantastic, I have three that I use on my PCs. I slightly prefer them to the Elite because I prefer a little more resistance in the sticks.

              Otherwise yes, its a terrible console.

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          February 17, 2017 12:51 PM

          Whoa there. It's not my console of choice but worst console ever is hyperbole.

          The controllers feel great. (They seem more durable than DS4 as well)

          The backwards compatibility isn't 100% there but has an admirable showing.

          And uh... I dunno... INSIDE debuted on XBone. So there's that.

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            February 17, 2017 1:20 PM

            My position is not hyperbole at all. I will preface by saying that I was there day one in line for the og xbox and 360 and loved both but lets count the many ways Xbox One has fallen flat
            - The system was wayy under powered at launch and married to the connect
            - It has the weakest lineup of 'exclusives' I can remember on any console and I use the term exclusive loosly since most of the games are on PC
            - The library has been very slow to develop
            - It gets the shittiest versions of cross platform games almost every time(last 2 generations typically xbox versions were the best)
            - The GUI is laggy and hard to navigate
            - While the design of the controllers has gotten better the build quality is very very bad on these ones

            ughh thats all I can think of right now but I really cannot remember a console Iv loathed more than xbox one

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            February 17, 2017 1:27 PM

            To be fair, they only started adding BC because they pissed everybody off and they needed a bone to throw them.
            http://kotaku.com/xbox-exec-if-you-re-backwards-compatible-you-re-real-509340172

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              February 17, 2017 4:42 PM

              Funny thing is that its better playing those old games on the 360. The UI is much faster and cleaner, everything still works great, etc.

              I got rid of my XB1 a few weeks ago but its good to hear that they're getting rid of multitasking and features like snap. The hardware was clearly incapable of handling the tasks they wanted it to do. They should also flip the table on the UI and start all over again.

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                February 17, 2017 4:45 PM

                Man I disagree, that 360 dashboard got sloooowwww as hell. Especially if you had a decent number of games installed. I've found the Xbox One BC to work pretty great generally, and many games see better performance than on 360 hardware.

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                  February 17, 2017 5:12 PM

                  I did an A/B comparison a couple weeks ago. My main takeaway is that the 360 is still pretty dope.

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                    February 17, 2017 5:45 PM

                    Not doubting the awesomeness of the 360 in general, mine just became super sluggish

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                      February 17, 2017 6:07 PM

                      Huh, weird. Yeah, mine is still super responsive, great machine!

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            February 17, 2017 4:10 PM

            there's good things about it, but in general it was a pretty embarrassing console - it's one of the few/only times there was a major regression from one generation to the next along most vectors (relative power level, relative price, quality exclusives, etc.) with almost nothing new good to show for it

            I think by that standard it's fair to call it one of the worst consoles ever

            the controllers are good (esp the elite), their BC support is good, the S is a great revision, and I'm somewhat optimistic about Scorpio since they sort of seem to be back on track (except in the exclusives department but I'm hoping they're holding that stuff back to push alongside Scorpio) but in general they really shit the bed then rolled around in it

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        February 17, 2017 1:30 PM

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          February 17, 2017 1:35 PM

          What I'm concerned about is the performance gap between the OG Xbox One and Scorpio. I keep wondering how much leeway MS will give companies in terms of how well a game runs between the two generations seeing that current stuff seems to struggle on the current model. :/

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            February 17, 2017 2:17 PM

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              February 17, 2017 2:24 PM

              It seems like every game runs at a lower resolution and framerate on the Xbox One compared to the PS4.

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                February 17, 2017 3:34 PM

                But many of those PS4 games were plagued with inconsistent frames. Not saying it was much better on Xbox, but the ps4 was in an awkward spot it seemed. Not powerful enough for 1080 30, but many chose to put their games out like that

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            February 17, 2017 4:47 PM

            From what I've seen on PS4 Pro stuff it is really the equivalent of running a nicer texture pack more than anything. Some games run more consistently at 60 fps but it isn't such a difference it feels like a normal PS4 isn't adequate.

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        February 17, 2017 2:23 PM

        It all runs in the cloud anyway so they can get away with it running on older hardware.

        Yeah, right

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